Platform-based design still getting the kinks out News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment Platform-based design can save considerable time, but the first chip based on a new platform required some architectural fine-tuning, according to the leaders of a Philips Semiconductors hardware team that designed the Nexperia Digital Video Platform and the first iteration of the DVP architecture: the pnx8500 chip.
GPRS mobile data networks will fail if challenges not overcome, says report News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment STAMFORD, Conn. -- Despite the promises of general packet radio service (GPRS) offerings in GSM cellular networks, the technology will fail to meet the revenue expectations of mobile operators, according to a new report from Gartner Inc. here today.
GPRS--which promises to deliver higher-speed data in mobile networks--will prove to be a great technological disappointment until capacity, device and application challenges are overcome, according to the report.
AMD concedes poor performance of early Hammer processors News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment After several months of hyping the performance of its 64-bit Hammer chips in multiprocessor servers, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. acknowledged Monday (June 3) the assessment of an e-mail circulated last week that said early performance results don't look good.
System C: a realistic SoC debug strategy News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment As Moore's Law steams ahead, the resulting rush to retool for ever-smaller geometries has led to the realization by most leading companies designing systems-on-chip that the emphasis in SoCs is on that "S," for system.
Reconfigurable IP requires a flexible software development toolset News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment Until recently SoC technology was considered the exclusive domain of high-tech multinational companies. That's because of the high entrance barriers: the need for diverse and complex expertise, the high costs of hardware and software development tools and the shipment volumes required to justify the cost of ASIC development.
UMC becomes first foundry to offer Mips' 64-bit processor cores at 90-nm node News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Mips Technologies Inc. here today announced a major licensing and marketing deal for its new 64-bit microprocessor cores with Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC)
Under the plan, UMC will port and make available Mips' "Amethyst" line of 64-bit cores for its 130-nm process (0.13-micron) as well as it yet-to-be-announced 90-nm (0.09-micron) technology.
Embedded real-time behavior requires "design-in" processes News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment In embedded environments, where the reliability of one element of a design often dictates the reliability of the whole, issues such a real-time correctness is best achieved through "design-in" techniques rather than the traditional "test-in" timing performance procedures at the end of development.
Kozlowski steps down from troubled Tyco Product News 6/3/2002 Post a comment After two years of riding a wave of accounting criticisms and the resulting plunge in Tyco International Ltd.'s stock price, chairman and chief executive Dennis Kozlowski today abruptly resigned his position and has been replaced by John Fort, the man from whom he took over the job 10 years ago.
Agere completes spin-off from Lucent to become independent company News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment ALLENTOWN, Penn. -- After months of negotiations and delays, Agere Systems Inc. here today announced it has completed the spin-off from its parent company, Lucent Technologies Inc.
As part of the move, Lucent has distributed approximately 945 million shares of Agere common stock to nearly 5 million shareowners. With the distribution, Agere has become an independent and separate company, said John Dickson, president and CEO of Agere, based in Allentown.
Rambus, Samsung, Asustek launch low-cost RDRAM-based modules, PC boards News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- Rambus Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today launched a new RDRAM-based memory-module line, said to reduce board space and systems cost by about 50%.
Rambus also announced a deal with Asustek Computer Inc., one of Taiwan's largest PC motherboards. Under the terms, Asustek will manufacturer motherboards, equipped with Rambus' new memory-module architecture.
AMD garners support for new 64-bit processors from Taiwan's motherboard makers News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- At the Computex trade show here today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. announced that more than 35 leading hardware vendors plan to support its upcoming 32/64-bit microprocessor lines.
PC motherboard, chip set, memory, clock generator, and others pledged support for AMD's eighth-generation processor lines, code-named ClawHammer and SledgeHammer, according to the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company. ClawHammer will be known as the Athlon in the market, while SledgeHammer will be brande
Bi-stable organic material shows three-way switch News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment US-based researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have developed an organic material with bi-stable properties they claim could form the basis of a new class of electronic memories and switching devices.
Industry sanguine over chip security News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment The smartcard industry says it is relatively unconcerned about the potential impact of a hack attack described in a paper by researchers from Cambridge University last month.
3G waits on 2004 News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment Vodafone will roll out 3G networks in the UK and the rest of Europe by the end of this year — but it will hold fire on promoting them. The company does not see 3G becoming a mass market on this continent until 2004.
ADSL chipset News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment The Pathfinder processor chipset has been unleashed for ADSL systems designs.
3-W W-CDMA MMIC News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment Aimed at wideband CDMA (W-CDMA) base station designs, the TMD1925-3 is a 3-W S-band GaAs MMIC that spans the 1.9 to 2.5 GHz range.
AMD demos four-way server based on new 64-bit processor at Taiwan show News & Analysis 6/3/2002 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- At the Computex 2002 trade show here today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. demonstrated a four-way server, based on its upcoming 64-bit microprocessor line.
Conducted at Taiwan's largest PC trade show, AMD's demonstration marks the first showing of a four-way computer platform, based on its new 64-bit chip, dubbed Opteron. The platform consists of four Opteron processors, running a 32-bit Web server on top of a 64-bit SuSE Linux operating system.
Bandwidth bartering rules in tough times News & Analysis 6/1/2002 Post a comment At a time when bandwidth is plentiful but reliable service is hard to find, it's natural that both users and startup carriers would think of physical-layer sharing and bandwidth swapping as a means of making use of untapped pipeline potential.
Laser-diode bias controller comes complete News & Analysis 6/1/2002 Post a comment The X9530 laser-diode-bias controller incorporates all circuitry necessary to control the bias of a laser diode while allowing for compensation of temperature drift and laser-diode manufacturing variations.
Differential amplifiers exhibit low distortion News & Analysis 6/1/2002 Post a comment The THS4502 is one of a family of fully differential amplifiers with a distortion figure that is at least 10 to 20 dB lower across the entire frequency spectrum than that of current offerings, according to the manufacturer's charts.