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IAR correlates software with dev board power
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4/30/2010   2 comments
C/C++ compiler and software development tools supplier IAR Systems AB (Upsalla, Sweden) has announced a method whereby developers can correlate development board power consumption with the software running on ARM-based microcontrollers.
Synapse, Silicon Labs team on wireless mesh
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Snap, the operating systems for wireless sensor networks from Synapse Wireless Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) has been linked up with the Si1000 wireless microcontroller from Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Austin, Texas) to enable sub-GHz connectivity for smart meters, building automation and personal medical devices.
Atheros weaves mesh networking effort
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Atheros Communications is trying to rally interest in a standard for using mesh technology in home networks, an effort that would help the company merge and add value to its Wi-Fi and powerline chip products.
Atmel development tools target ZigBee-certified Smart Energy applications
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has released the Atmel BitCloud Profile Suite, a ready-to-use framework for rapid development of ZigBee-certified applications.
TI unveils lowest power JFET-input audio operational amplifiers
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Extending its Burr-Brown Audio line, Texas Instruments has introduced a family of JFET-input op amps featuring ultra-low noise and distortion to maximize audio system quality and performance.
ESC - Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform combines best of serial and parallel processing
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform combines best of serial and parallel processing, with ARM-based processing architecture that delivers ultimate levels of performance in embedded systems.
ESC - Plurality launches world's first scalable 256 multicore processor for wireless infrastructure
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Plurality has launched the world's first scalable 256 multicore processor for wireless infrastructure, creating a new category of acceleration co-processors, dubbed HyperCore, that simplifies code compilation, delivers performance that scales linearly with the number of cores, and offers power consumption that rivals hard-wired ASICs.
The servers are coming, says ARM's CEO
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4/28/2010   7 comments
Servers based on ARM multicore processors should arrive in the next 12 months, according to Warren East, chief executive officer of processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
Samsung ships multi-chip package with a PRAM chip for handsets
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Samsung has started to ship what it claims is the industry's first multi-chip package (MCP) with phase-change random access memory (PRAM) for use in mobile handsets beginning later this quarter.
Multicore not up to snuff for basestations
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Multicore processors should be ideal for wireless base stations, but so far both the chips and their tools fall short of meeting engineers needs, according to a senior developer at HuaWei speaking at the Multicore Expo.
1-GSPS quad DAC yields design efficiency in wireless base stations
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
ADI says its 1-GSPS quad-channel DAC is an industry-first at this speed and integration level, and reduces PCB area by 20 percent compared to dual-channel options.
ESC - Synapse and Silicon Labs introduce complete solution for wireless mesh networking
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Synapse and Silicon Labs introduce complete solution for wireless mesh networking. SNAP and Si1000 wireless MCU enable sub-GHz connectivity for smart meter, building automation, and personal medical devices.
NXT acquires Audium Semiconductor's IP to offer USB-powered loudspeakers
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
NXT plc announced the strategic purchase of the IP of Audium Semiconductor and associated assets. The company intends to use Audium ICs to produce complete audio platforms incorporating its Balanced Mode Radiator technology together with ultra-efficient power amplifiers.
Chip makers 'flying blind'
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4/27/2010   1 comment
Semiconductor companies can improve their supply chain visibility and extract additional value from the operations by increasing sales force effectiveness, boosting integration with external value chain partners, and optimizing planning and fulfillment processes.
ESC - Digi enables all M2M embedded products with out-of-the-box cloud connectivity
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Digi International today announced that all Digi and Rabbit embedded products will be configured to easily connect to the iDigi "cloud" out of the box.
ESC - IAR Embedded Workbench now supports ARM Cortex-M4
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
The newest version of IAR Embedded Workbench adds software performance for Cortex-M4's signal processing.
ARM posts record results in Q1
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc turned in record financial results for its first quarter of 2010 with revenues at $143.3 million up 19 percent on the revenue in the first quarter of 2009. The quarter saw ARM achieve its highest ever unit shipments leading to record royalty revenues, profits and net cash generation.
IDT debuts power converter, timing chipset with coupled inductor technology
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
IDT has announced a new family of voltage regulators designed to help customers reduce their total system power loss by combining its timing portfolio with a multi-phase controller and featuring coupled inductor technology.
LED driver features dynamic headroom control for high-power applications
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
National has started to sample what it says is the first LED driver with dynamic headroom control and multiple outputs for high-power applications that accurately and efficiently drives up to four strings of LEDs.
Four automotive converters fit in a 25mm² IC
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Maxim has announced an automotive-grade PMIC with two DC-DC converters, two LDO regulators, and a power-good reset output for voltage monitoring-all in a 5mm x 5mm footprint.
Netronome debuts cards, system for packet processing
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Netronome will debut at the Multicore Expo two PCI Express Gen2 adapter cards and a chassis-based system using its 40-core network processor announced late last year at a time when rival Cavium Networks is expected to announce a 32-core device.
Vitesse expands broadcast video IC line
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Vitesse recently expanded its broadcast video IC portfolio with what it claims is the industry's highest performance, lowest power, smallest footprint crosspoint switch.
Controller safeguards low voltage electronics from input power surges
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC4361, a 2.5V to 5.5V overvoltage and overcurrent protection controller designed to safeguard low voltage, portable electronics from damaging input voltage transients and current surges.
Samplify offers IQ compression for 4G conversion
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a provider of signal compression technology and ICs has announced Prism IQ compression technology optimized for wireless infrastructure applications using the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) standard.
Tensilica launches third generation 8-MAC VLIW DSP core
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Tensilica Inc. has introduced its third generation ConnX 545CK 8-MAC (multiply-accumulate) VLIW (very long instruction word) DSP core for SoC designs.
ESC - NFE-3240 is highest performance PCIe Gen2 acceleration card
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Netronome's NFE-3240 PCIe Gen2 acceleration card delivers first 2-port 10-gigabit Ethernet with enhanced I/O virtualization support.
ESC - The ARMADA 310 processor drives greener embedded enterprise apps
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Marvell's new sub-one watt GHertz-class ARMADA 310 processor drives greener embedded enterprise apps, combining high performance and extensive feature set with makedly lower power.
ESC - ARM-based MCU adds functionality and precision for industrial/white goods apps
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Toshiba's TMPM380 ARM-based MCU is a low cost 32-bit MCU for analog circuit control that adds functionality and precision for industrial/white goods apps.
MIPS, Imagination team up to wrestle with ARM
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies and Imagination Technologies will announce at the Embedded Systems Conference a non-exclusive marketing alliance geared to support chip designers using cores from both companies in a shot across the bow to their mutual competitor, ARM Ltd., which is developing its own graphics cores.
AMD rolls seven embedded CPUs at ESC
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices will roll out at the Embedded Systems Conference embedded versions of PC chip sets, graphics and as many as seven x86 processors, including AMD's first embedded chips to support DDR3 memory and the HyperTransport 3 interconnect.
Renesas gets in-touch with Immersion touch interface
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics America Inc. and Immersion Corp. have collaborated to provide a system-level solution that enables designers of consumer electronics; white goods; and medical, building automation and office equipment to integrate haptic [touch] feedback in product designs.
Analysis: Freescale moves closer to IPO
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s growing revenue, improving operating performance and steps taken to adjust debt maturities combined with a favorable equity market have put the IC vendor several steps closer to its goal of selling shares in an initial public offering.
Freescale operating loss shrinks as sales jump
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. reported improved performance in the March quarter with sales rising 21 percent and operating loss narrowing sharply although the chip vendor reported net loss of $257 million versus $2.3 billion of non-cash net profit in the year-ago quarter.
ESC: Via rolls 64-bit MPUs for embedded apps
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. has rolled out the VIA Nano E-Series processor line, a family of x86-based, 64-bit devices for the embedded markets.
ARM stock rises on Apple takeover talk
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4/22/2010   2 comments
London's financial district was full of rumors on Wednesday (April 21) that Apple is considering a takeover of processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), according to the London Evening Standard newspaper.
Panel to question whether multicore is ready for prime time
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
At the Multicore Expo, multicore tool vendors and system developers will share their thoughts on multicore ROI
WIRELESS/RF - CC430 MCU RF platform jump starts RF designs
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
The CC430F513x microcontrollers (MCUs) from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) are supported by a rich developer ecosystem, offering complete, scalable hardware and software for single-chip radio frequency (RF) solutions.
QuickLogic rolls low-power system block for mobile devices
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor QuickLogic announced a new proven system block for its customer specific standard products (CSSPs) that the company said enables handheld mobile system developers to conserve energy through effective power management by shutting down the CPU and the CSSP between bursts of activity caused by peripheral devices.
Audio/video clock generator needs no external clock conditioning
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
A new triple-rate (3G/HD/SD) audio/video clock generator from National Semiconductor Corp., eliminates the need for external clock conditioning in professional and broadcast video equipment.
Reports: Google buys chip design firm Agnilux
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4/21/2010   8 comments
Google Inc. is following Apple into the IC design business by buying a chip design team company, according to reports. Google has bought Agnilux Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), which was formed by former design engineers who had been brought into Apple and then quit to form their own company.
Mirics launches TV decoding on GPU
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, England) has announced the launch of a multi-standard broadcast TV decoder that uses a Cuda-based graphics add-in-card for computational acceleration.
Numonyx 1-Gbit phase-change memory delayed
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4/21/2010   1 comment
Nonvolatile memory maker Numonyx BV (Geneva, Switzerland), the company being acquired by Micron Technology Inc., has yet to sample customers with a long-awaited 1-Gbit capacity phase-change memory. The indications from Numonyx are that samples will be available in 2010 with volume production expected in 2011.
Multicore communication processor requires no external memory
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
LSI Corp.'s APP3100 is a multicore communication processor that gives networking equipment providers a space-efficient and cost-effective product for accelerating carrier Ethernet and network security functions.
TSMC stresses automotive embedded flash qualifications
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) claims to have shipped nearly 600,000 200-mm diameter wafers containing 0.25-micron AEC-Q100 qualified embedded flash ICs.
Seagate erases fiscal Q3 loss on demand boost
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
Seagate Technology Inc. improved its operating performance in the fiscal third quarter with net income of $518 million versus net loss of $275 million as revenue jumped 42 percent from the comparable year-ago quarter.
Multiplexers provide higher data rates without compromising signal integrity
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has expanded its multiplexer product line with devices that are designed to function at high input rates/clock frequencies.
Energy management SoC measures eight single phase outlets simultaneously
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
Teridian Semiconductor has launched an energy measurement SoC, the 78M6618 (6618), for use in data center power distribution units (PDUs) and applications in the smart home, including intelligent power strips and circuit breaker panels.
ST samples low-power ARM microcontrollers
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV has announced it is sampling the STM32L series of ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers
Asian consumer networking startup raises $10.5 million
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
Synerchip Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a fabless chip company providing high-speed digital interface semiconductors, has announced it has closed a $10.5 million Series C round of financing.
New converged network blends Ethernet, Infiniband
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4/19/2010   1 comment
The race toward converged networks took a step forward as a trade group announced a capability for layering Infiniband's low latency features on top of Ethernet for high performance computing applications running on large clusters.
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