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AUDIO: SigmaTel to challenge with integrated TV ICs
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4/3/2006   Post a comment
SigmaTel Inc. has entered the TV audio market with a line of high-fidelity, multistandard TV audio processors.
Summit: Processors aiming higher
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At the heart of almost every consumer and industrial product is an embedded processor. But as designers push to add features or lower system costs, new generations of embedded processors are stepping forward to take on the higher processing demands or improve system integration. This week's Microprocessor Summit, part of the Embedded Systems Conference, will show off some of the latest high-performance and highly integrated embedded processors.
New 32-bitters go to extremes for embedded
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With 32-bit processors now the CPU of choice for more than half of all new embedded system designs, two companies have bracketed the category with their own offerings. One is an extremely low-cost 32-bit microcontroller family from Luminary Micro Inc.; the other, being readied by Atmel Corp., is a highly integrated, high-performance 32-bit pro- cessor family that marks a price/performance milestone.
SECURE NETWORKS: Crypto fits sensor nets, RFID tags
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Certicom Corp. today will roll out software and a hardware core to bring its elliptic curve cryptography architecture to constrained environments such as sensor networks and active RFID tags.
FACE-OFF Cisco challenges interconnect industry
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In a surprise move, Cisco Systems Inc. and startup Cortina Systems Inc. will release an interconnect protocol today that they hope will be broadly used to link communications chips at data rates of 20 Gbits/second and beyond. But their Interlaken technology will be incompatible with a similar effort in a late stage of development at the Network Processing Forum, a group of about 30 silicon and systems developers.
ROBOTICS: Board grants autonomy to bots
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Analog Devices Inc. has teamed with robotics expert Fred Martin to create a single-board solution for autonomous robots. The Blackfin Handy Board, containing all the electronics needed for sensing, processing and actuating robots, will be announced this week at the Embedded Systems Conference.
NAND moves into new markets
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NAND flash, like the Pac-Man videogame character of old, continues to gobble up new storage markets, in many cases replacing tape- and disk-based storage. While NOR-type flash will continue to be used in hundreds of systems to store boot-up code, market research firms report that it is NAND flash that is growing fast, in turn driving growth in the semiconductor industry.

USB JTAG debuggers target ARM, Xscale, PowerPC micros
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4/1/2006   Post a comment
A pair of inexpensive USB 2.0 JTAG debug interface devices are now available from Macraigor Systems. These devices target ARM, Xscale, and PowerPC microprocessors.
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