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Flat-panel chips branch out
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With the introduction of the gmZAN1 LCD controller chip this month, Genesis Microchip Inc. has merged its native architecture with that of Paradise Electronics Inc., which it acquired a year ago.
Stackable jacks save board space
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AMP Inc. is shipping stacked modular jacks that aim to save designers space on several fronts.
Cirrus launches three-chip set for home theater audio
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Cirrus Logic (Fremont, Calif.) said that its three-chip home theater audio chip set delivers functionality that would otherwise require as many as eight chips.
That Corp. buys 4-inch fab from Sipex
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Audio chip supplier That Corp. here said it was bucking the fabless trend and buying a 4-inch wafer fab in Silicon Valley from Sipex Corp.
UltraRF to build LDMOS parts for Stanford Micro
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UltraRF, which makes RF power semiconductors for wireless communications, has formed an alliance with Stanford Microdevices Inc. to supply power devices to basestation infrastructure markets.
AKM shows 24-bit D/A for consumer audio apps
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AKM Semiconductor has introduced the AK4380, a 24-bit stereo audio digital-to-analog converter for cost-sensitive, high-performance consumer and professional electronics systems.
Covering New Ground
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LCD Panels
Building A Common Basis For Communication
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E-Commerce Standardization
DDR-II fuels fires of DRAM debate
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Fresh details have emerged about the second spin of double-data-rate DRAM, the newest contender for the throne of next-generation high-performance memory.
Lithography advances hinge on 157-nm resists
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The effort to develop a 157-nm lithography solution, based on a fluorine excimer laser, is in full swing. But serious questions are being raised about whether resists that work at those wavelengths will be available in time for planned commercial manufacturing in 2004 or 2005.
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Auto test bench streamlines verification
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As embedded systems and the microprocessor cores on which they are based grow more sophisticated, verification during the design cycle is becoming much more challenging for designers.
IP-defined MPUs make ideal system fit
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Finding an off-the-shelf processor that is an ideal fit for an application is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly as embedded systems become more specialized.
SoC-based kit offers fast development
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As Internet appliances begin to enter the mainstream, designers will increasingly need to focus on getting these products to market as quickly as possible.
Configurable processors match ASIC flow
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Custom-designed processors with rigid instruction sets are not optimally suited for embedded system-on-chip applications.
EEMBC sets up performance benchmarks
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There has been a long-standing realization that application developers need objective benchmarks to measure the performance of embedded processors.
Two-level cache goes the DSP distance
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Two-level (L1/L2) cache architectures achieve high performance while significantly reducing digital signal processor and overall system cost-even as they maintain the determinism required for real-time applications.
Net processors optimized for data paths
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To overcome their most challenging problems, network equipment designers need solutions focused on their applications.
Configurable CPU a boon in router design
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When engineers at Hyper-chip Inc. started development on a network router that scales from 64 Gbits/second to more than 1 petabit/s, the traditional approaches of using either hard-coded logic or a standard microprocessor architecture would have created difficult problems.
UMS processor platform is flexible
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Traditionally, silicon in the form of ASICs and application-specific standard products (ASSPs) has been custom designed for high-performance digital image processing, communi- cations and mulitmedia systems.
Java steps up to the mainstream 8-bit plate
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Java has just taken another small step into the mainstream of embedded computing. Scenix Semiconductor Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) this week will introduce a Java-programmable virtual machine for its SCX family of 8-bit modified-Harvard-architecture microcontrollers.
Burgeoning applications drive processor design
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With the emergence of the much-hyped age of "post-PC" embedded and net-centric computing, markets and applications are proliferating, forcing developers to look for new, alternative processors to embed in their designs.
Supply chain gets stress test
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Sematech appoints Cleavelin as COO
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Rinn Cleavelin, an assignee to Sematech from Texas Instruments Inc., has been named chief operating officer for International Sematech.
High-tech looks to profit from patents
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A new crop of players, strategic advisers in tow, are elbowing their way to the negotiating table for the next round of intellectual-property deals.
AMP mulls pacts with Arrow, TTI
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