Flat-panel chips branch out News & Analysis 1/31/2000 Post a comment 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.
Lithography advances hinge on 157-nm resists News & Analysis 1/28/2000 Post a comment 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.
Two-level cache goes the DSP distance News & Analysis 1/28/2000 Post a comment 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.
Configurable CPU a boon in router design News & Analysis 1/28/2000 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/28/2000 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/28/2000 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/28/2000 Post a comment 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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments