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Microprocessor server benchmarks seen as irrelevant
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10/31/2012   2 comments
Dhrystone and Spec benchmarks are less important as server design focuses less about IT and more on e-commerce and operational expenses.
ARM TechCon keynote: Move bits not atoms
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10/31/2012   10 comments
Professor Jonathon Koomey of Stanford University cautioned ARM TechCon attendees to take a system-level view of issues.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs for trusted systems
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx demonstrates foundation technologies that help developers to overcome the challenges of building safe and secure systems.
Samplify’s APAX IP Core speeds CPUs, GPUs, app processors, and ASIC/FPGA-based SoCs
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
APAX hard/soft intellectual property (IP) core accelerates memory, I/O, and storage throughput up to 8X.
Slideshow: New York struggles to recover
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10/31/2012   2 comments
We hoofed it over the East River bridges from Brooklyn to Manhattan to gauge the pace of recovery in stricken New York City.
Slideshow: New York struggles to recover
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10/31/2012   2 comments
We hoofed it over the East River bridges from Brooklyn to Manhattan to gauge the pace of recovery in stricken New York City.
Sigma Designs cuts jobs, weighs sale of R&D programs
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10/31/2012   1 comment
TV and video processing SoC vendor is cutting jobs as part of a broad corporate restructuring.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – October 31st
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
ARM, Cadence, Cortus, DcD, DisplaySearch, Elliptic, eSilicon, Forte, Imperas, Jasper, LDRA, Mentor, Proton, Space, Synopsys, Uniquify, Xilinx and XYALIS made the lineup today. See here for their news
Medical device costs seen leveling off
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
U.S. spending on medical devices remains about flat at 6 percent of total health care spending, said a group lobbying for repeal of a medical device tax.
TI shows embedded tablet with $70 BoM
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10/31/2012   7 comments
Texas Instruments slashed the cost of tablets for a broad range of embedded markets with a reference design that has a bill of materials of just $70.
Video: Stranded by Sandy, ARM CEO videos from taxi
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10/31/2012   1 comment
Warren East made a virtual appearance at AMD’s historic press conference in San Francisco thanks both to cloud computing and swirling dark clouds.
Crowds flock to ARM engineer training
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10/31/2012   3 comments
Free training for engineers under the ARM Accredited Engineer program proved a big draw on the opening day of ARM TechCon.
Linear Technology LTC6804 battery monitor
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
Linear’s latest battery monitor can measure up to 12 series connected battery cells at voltages up to 4.2V with 16 bit resolution and better than 0.04% accuracy.
Acer delays launch of Windows RT tablets
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10/30/2012   4 comments
Taiwanese OEM reportedly pushing back launch to see how Microsoft's own Surface tablet sells.
App developers are weak link for Android security
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
When it comes to Android app security, what's the weakest link? Mobile handsets, communication links or servers, data centers? We looked for some answers.
SparkFun’s LogicBlocks kit teaches digital logic
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
Clever new product designed to help beginners learn how to use digital logic.
New low-power sensor hub solutions from Atmel
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
Sensor hub solutions with integrated motion and touch sensing incorporating maXFusion technology to address the growing motion sensor market.
ARM tips 64-bit 'big-little' processor, partners
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10/30/2012   14 comments
ARM revealed details of its next generation of "big-little" processors along with the six partners who will help implement the technology.
Quad patterning a possibility at 10nm, says TSMC
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10/30/2012   4 comments
Quad patterning may be needed for 10-nm process technology if EUV lithography is not ready in 2015 when TSMC hopes to start using it.
'Superstorm' Sandy takes out data centers, websites
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10/30/2012   3 comments
Sandy, the hurricane turned superstorm that has killed at least 76 people and left millions without power, has also wreaked havoc on the Internet.
Tektronix hopes to shake up ASIC prototyping
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10/30/2012   1 comment
Tektronix says that you no longer have to compromise when considering visibility in an FPGA prototype. Where does the claim stand on the truth meter?
TI’s MSP430FR59xx MCUs boost performance, slash power
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
First class software, support, tools, and tech docs offer everything developers need to get started with MSP family delivering lowest total power consumption.
High-performance dual-I/F chip-card MCUs from STMicroelectronics
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
First to combine advanced ARM SecurCore SC000 processor, contact/contactless interfaces, and support for multiple transport-card standards.
Custom cores in the cards for AMD, ARM?
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10/30/2012   7 comments
It’s a slow reveal, says AMD CEO Rory Read (shown), but the winks and nods we picked up suggest AMD hopes to spin SoCs with custom ARM cores—someday.
Slideshow: Inside IBM’s superconductor lab
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10/30/2012   20 comments
The search is on to find man-made materials with no resistance at room temperature. "It’s just a question of finding the route," says IBM fellow Stuart Parkin.
Apple drops two senior execs
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10/30/2012   5 comments
Scott Forstall, senior vice president of Apple's iOS operating system, is one of two executives leaving the company in a structural shakeup.
MaxLinear launches satellite receiver ICs
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10/29/2012   Post a comment
RF and mixed-signal IC vendor MaxLinear announced the MxL500 family of Full-Spectrum Capture tuner-demodulators for DVB-S/S2 satellite television systems.
AMD to ship ARM-based server SoCs in 2014
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10/29/2012   9 comments
AMD will ship 64-bit server SoCs using ARM V8 cores in 2014 with its SeaMicro interconnect fabric on board.
Windows Phone 8 targets everyone but business users
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10/29/2012   20 comments
The most memorable tag line for Windows Phone 8 is: “We reinvented smartphones around YOU.”
Fujitsu rolls out low-power FRAM
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10/29/2012   1 comment
Device operates from 2.7 V to 5.5 V and offers 256 Kb capacity.
IBM claims carbon nanotube IC breakthrough
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10/29/2012   2 comments
Researchers put 10,000 carbon nanotube transistors on a chip for first time in step toward developing replacement for silicon.
Xilinx announces defense-grade All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs
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10/29/2012   Post a comment
Fail safe capabilities extend Xilinx secure leadership with the industry’s only defense-grade All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs for demanding applications.
Post-election push seen for innovation ecosystem
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10/29/2012   7 comments
Venture capitalists are calling for a renewed push for an U.S. innovation ecosystem in the aftermath of a divisive presidential campaign.
Rugged cellular router connects M2M
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10/29/2012   Post a comment
The SPECTRE 3G cellular router by B&B Electronics wirelessly connects remote M2M equipment over CDMA and HSPA+ cellular networks.
Communications to pass computers as top market for ICs
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10/29/2012   1 comment
Fast-growing communications IC market to be worth more than computer IC market for the first time in 2014, according to a report.
Windows 8 won't help DRAM makers
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10/29/2012   5 comments
Unlike previous Windows rollouts, Win 8 won't result in a double-digit spike in DRAM bit shipments, according to IHS iSuppli.
Samsung's Q3 smartphone shipments double Apple's
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10/26/2012   9 comments
South Korean firm grows lead over U.S. rival as pair continue to lead the pack.
Robots making inroads in the home, study finds
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10/26/2012   4 comments
A Georgia Tech study found that older Americans would accept robotic assistance for household chores, but not for personal care.
Tektronix boosts PCIe 3.0 Tx/Rx automation test
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10/26/2012   Post a comment
A new interference test set and other enhancements to Tektronix’ BERTScope bit-error-rate testers and PCI Express test software give silicon, host, and card designers a powerful automated transmitter/receiver compliance and debug platform for the PCI Express 3.0 bus standard.
X-ES adds 6U VPX module to its Intel Core i7 processor-based product line
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10/26/2012   Post a comment
With a dual- or quad-core processor, 16 GB of memory, and dual PMC/XMC sites, the company's XCalibur4440 is well-suited for the most demanding military applications.
Vishay launches ultraviolet LED in PLCC-2 package
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10/26/2012   Post a comment
Solid-state device replaces mercury vapor lamps in production curing operations.
RF transceiver requires just 2 mA of current to transmit, receive data
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10/26/2012   Post a comment
Microsemi has released an ultra-low power sub-GHz radio in a compact chip-scale package for wireless sensor applications.
TI houses Bluetooth v4.0 devices in QFN packages
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10/26/2012   Post a comment
TI has expanded its CC2560 and CC2564 Bluetooth wireless connectivity portfolio with QFN packages, more module designs and new software.
CEO Clemmer carving out NXP 2.0 strategy
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10/26/2012   3 comments
NXP Semiconductors CEO Rick Clemmer has reduced the chip maker's huge debt, brought in an experienced management team and targeted key market segments.
Touchstone expands low-power current-sense amplifier portfolio
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10/26/2012   Post a comment
Touchstone's latest current-sense amplifiers combine a very low 1µA supply current, a 200-µV (max) VOS, and very low gain error for cost-sensitive applications.
Freescale cutting jobs in strategic realignment
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10/26/2012   8 comments
New CEO chooses battlegrounds in effort to improve market share, bottom line.
Spansion sees strong embedded, consumer growth for flash
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10/25/2012   Post a comment
NOR and NAND technologies find success even in a gloomy economy.
Red Hat joins Applied in ARM server drive
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10/25/2012   1 comment
Red Hat said it will support X-Gene, the 64-bit ARM server SOC family from Applied Micro, expected to demo next week.
NASA and WPI open robot competition
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10/25/2012   Post a comment
NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have opened registration and are seeking teams to compete in next year's robot technology demonstration competition, which offers as much as $1.5 million in prize money.
Electronics supply chain unprepared for conflict minerals law
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10/25/2012   5 comments
Supply chain may not have enough time to prepare for regulatory requirement to disclose use of so-called "conflict minerals."
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