UWB chip pioneers Staccato and Artimi merge News & Analysis 11/20/2008 Post a comment Ultrawideband and Wireless USB chip and software specialists Artimi (Cambridge, England) and Staccato Communications (San Diego, Calif.) have merged, with the new entity also closing a $20 million round of equity financing.
NXP sees sales decline by up to 25% in Q408 News & Analysis 11/20/2008 Post a comment In a grim update on immediate prospects, NXP Semiconductors said it is forecasting a 15 to 25 percent sequential decline in sales for the fourth quarter of 2008, blaming the weakening macroeconomic conditions and a deteriorating sales environment.
Illinois gives sneak peak on multicore programming ideas News & Analysis 11/19/2008 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Illinois have detailed their agenda for defining the parallel programming capabilities needed for tomorrow's multicore processors in a white paper that provided one of the most specific plans to date for a next-generation multicore CPU they plan to build in tandem with new parallel programming tools.
Distributed 1-W power amplifier covers DC to 6 GHz News & Analysis 11/19/2008 Post a comment Hittite Microwave Corporation has released chip and SMT GaAs pHEMT MMIC power amplifiers, designated HMC637 and HMC637LPS respectiveley, which are ideal for military EW, test & measurement equipment, and telecom applications from DC to 6 GHz.
Infineon rejuvenates ULC handset platform Product News 11/19/2008 Post a comment At the GSM Asia in Macao, Infineon has introduced a successor to its XGOLD 101 platform for Ultra Low Cost (ULC) handsets. While the chip vendor continues to produce the XGOLD 101, the next-gen XGOLD 102 offers enhanced functionality.
Processor startup freezes in 'VC winter' News & Analysis 11/18/2008 Post a comment Ambric Inc., one of a handful of startups pursuing aggressive multicore chip designs aimed at applications in areas such as video processing, is closing down and will sell its assets after failing to secure a $15 million series C round of venture capital funding.
Study: China consumed one-third of chips in '07 News & Analysis 11/18/2008 Post a comment Semiconductor consumption by electronics manufacturers in the Chinese market grew by 23 percent last year, as China consumed more than a third of the chips produced globally for the first time, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Operators push for more NFC enabled phones News & Analysis 11/18/2008 Post a comment Operators from around the world have renewed their call for handset makers to incorporate full NFC functionality, including the standardized Single Wire Protocol Near Field Communications interface, into their models from the middle of next year to speed the uptake of contactless payments.
Mercury unveils multi-GPU development platform Product News 11/17/2008 Post a comment The VXS-based Mercury Sensor Stream Computing Platform offers scalability in compute power, performance, and thermal management, and allows for much greater, tunable performance for a variety of commercial and defense applications.
Spec drives USB to 300 Mbytes/s and beyond Product News 11/17/2008 1 comment The widely used USB interface officially gets an upgrade to a version 3.0 at a developers' conference where a handful of companies are expected to announce product plans for the new spec with data rates that could hit 400 Mbytes/second.
TI, Fulton power up for wireless power News & Analysis 11/17/2008 Post a comment Texas Instruments has started working with Fulton Innovation to accelerate the latter's development of wireless power solutions that can charge portable devices without traditional power cords.
Fast network products debut at SC '08 News & Analysis 11/17/2008 Post a comment At the Supercomputing 2008 conference, QLogic Corp. debuted a range of 40 Gbit/s Infiniband switches based on a new ASIC and Alacritech Inc. launched an upgraded version of its 10 Gbit Ethernet adapter card that can be used for partial offload of TCP processing.
Report: Micron homes in on Qimonda News & Analysis 11/17/2008 Post a comment If German publication Wirtschaftswoche is correct, memory chip vendor Micron Technology has acquired an option to take over competitor Qimonda along with the takeover of Qimonda's stake in the Inotera joint venture.
Cray second to break petaflops barrier News & Analysis 11/17/2008 Post a comment The world officially has a second petaflop-class computer, the Jaguar system at U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory hit Linpack performance of 1.059 petaflops using a Cray XT5 system in the latest rankings of the world's fastest supercomputers.
ARM and Canonical to bring Ubunto Product News 11/14/2008 Post a comment Popular commercially-supported Linux distribution Ubuntu to be available on low-power ARM SoCs with rich integrated graphics and video subsystems and a proven track record of low-power design.
Could Nokia really buy chips from Qualcomm? News & Analysis 11/14/2008 Post a comment Qualcomm Inc. is hoping to win chipset business from mobile phone maker Nokia, now that the companies have at least partially settled some of their differences, it emerged at the chip maker's Analyst Day.
AMD hangs up on smart phone market News & Analysis 11/14/2008 Post a comment In its drive for profits, AMD will deliver a 65 nm chip set geared for small notebooks next year, but it will not pursue the class of so-called Mobile Internet Devices and smart phones Intel is going after with its current and future Atom CPUs.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...