Groups debut multicore API, benchmarks News & Analysis 3/31/2008 Post a comment Efforts to improve techniques for programming and measuring multicore processors take three small steps forward as the annual MultiCore Expo where the Multicore Association will announce it has completed work on a standard applications programming interface for communications and started work to define a standard for embedded virtualization and a related group will show the first fruits of its efforts to define a benchmark for multicore CPUs.
Chip sales decline 4.9 percent in February News & Analysis 3/31/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales came in at $20.14 billion for February, up 1.5 percent from the corresponding month last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), and in line with normal seasonal patterns for the industry.
ARC, Toshiba extend licensing deal Product News 3/31/2008 Post a comment ARC International and Toshiba have extended their partnership developing configurable multi-processor technology and, as part of the deal, the Japanese chip maker has also extended its license to use the ARChitect Processor Configurator.
Mango DSP and Steelbox Networks create analytic-enabled intelligent video networks Product News 3/28/2008 Post a comment Mango DSP, a provider of intelligent video servers for the CCTV, video surveillance and homeland security defense markets, and Steelbox Networks, developer of "the world's fastest media appliance", have signed a partnership agreement. The partnership will present the industry with a comprehensive intelligent video, processing, distribution, storage and management solution.
Researchers tout foldable, stretchable Si circuits Product News 3/28/2008 1 comment Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new form of stretchable silicon integrated circuit that can wrap around complex shapes such as spheres, body parts and aircraft wings, and can operate during stretching, compressing, folding and other types of extreme mechanical deformations, without a reduction in electrical performance.
Huge growth seen for MEMS sensors, actuators News & Analysis 3/27/2008 Post a comment Worldwide sales of MEMS-based semiconductor sensors and actuators are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent between 2007 and 2012, reaching $9.7 billion in five years compared to $4.1 billion in 2007, according to market research group IC Insights.
Digital signal controllers integrate 16-bit audio DAC module Product News 3/26/2008 Post a comment Microchip Technology announced six 28- and 44-pin 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers with a dual-channel, 100-ksps, 16-bit audio DAC module for price- or size-conscious embedded system designers who require improved audio performance or wish to add audio playback to existing embedded applications.
Innovative Semi CEO hatches incubator fund for Asia, eastern Europe News & Analysis 3/26/2008 Post a comment Nabil Takla, founder and chief executive of Silicon Valley-based Innovative Semiconductor Inc., is teaming with a few like-minded semiconductor industry executives to start a tech incubator fund that will assist startups in Asia and eastern Europe. The still-to-be-named organization, the fund corpus of which was not disclosed, will nurture entrepreneurial engineers who lack the market exposure, mentors and money to commercialize technologies on their own.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 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 ...