Intel preps many-core 'Knights Corner' processor News & Analysis 5/31/2010 1 comment Intel Corp. has said it plans to offer many-core processors targeting certain applications in high performance computing. The first product, codenamed "Knights Corner," will be implemented on Intel's 22-nm manufacturing process and integrate more than 50 processors.
Strong April chip sales drive prediction higher News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment Actual global chip sales were $23.41 billion in April, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association, which quotes numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. Cowan LRA model moves annual prediction up.
April averaged chip sales beat expectations News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for April was $23.579 billion, up 2.25 percent compared with the previous month and up 50.4 percent compared with the year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
Saxony agrees to aid Abu Dhabi with technology News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment The German state of Saxony has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority agreeing to set up opportunities to share and exchange knowledge and expertise in advanced technology R&D, in particular in microelectronics, according to the Advanced Technology Investment Co.
Startup proposes SOI JFETs for low power News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment SuVolta Inc., a startup formerly known as DSM Solutions Inc., has revealed some details of the company's plan to achieve low power IC operation through the use of complementary junction FET technology.
PicoChip cofounder joins antenna, backhaul firm News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment Peter Claydon, co-founder and former chief operating officer of PicoChip Design Ltd., has joined Deltenna Ltd., a developer of wireless communications systems, according to a report in the Silicon South West newsletter.
China taps Nvidia for world's second biggest computer News & Analysis 5/31/2010 1 comment Using Intel and Nvidia processors, a Chinese computer maker has installed in Shenzhen what experts say theoretically is the fastest supercomputer in the world, an indication both of the rise of China and of graphics processors as a growing ingredient in high-performance but relatively low power systems.
Nokia, CEA-Leti to present high-speed NFC News & Analysis 5/28/2010 Post a comment CEA-Leti and Nokia have developed a radio frequency front-end IC that supports high-data rate short-range communications between a reader, typically a mobile phone, and a memory tag, which is due to be presented at the upcoming VLSI Symposium.
Dell taps Android, Snapdragon for mini tablet News & Analysis 5/26/2010 3 comments On the same day Dell Inc. announced an ARM/Linux tablet, a panel of mobile experts—including a designer of the Dell device—suggested alternative platforms for tablets and netbooks are on a road of slow but steady growth.
Powerline backers spar over smart grid market News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Competing powerline proponents used the platform of the Connectivity Week event to fire off competing announcements to position themselves for success in the emerging smart grid market that has huge potential, but sees no end in sight to years of fragmentation over technical approaches.
Videos: Net pioneers on smart grid, Web congestion News & Analysis 5/25/2010 1 comment In separate keynote addresses in Silicon Valley, Vint Cerf, co-developer of the Net's TCP/IP protocol, shared his thoughts with developers of the smart electric grid and Larry Roberts, who helped launch the forerunner of the Internet, explained his ideas for remedying the congestion that plagues the Web today.
Intel extends business plan competition News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
Intel rolls mobile CPUs for ultrathin notebooks Product News 5/24/2010 1 comment Intel Corp. announced Core 2010 notebook processors geared to create a new class of ultra-thin, ultralow power portables expected to power as many as 40 systems designs less than an inch thick and weighing just two to five pounds.
Clients to become more like servers, says ARM's CTO News & Analysis 5/24/2010 Post a comment Processors for mobile clients are going to have to take on many of the functions associated with networking infrastructure, according to Mike Muller, chief technology officer of ARM. This will be part of an explosion of processing requirements for wirelessly-connected devices that will require multiple application-specific processors to keep power consumption down, he added.
Freescale rolls microcontrollers for smart meters Product News 5/24/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductors has rounded out its line of integrated microcontrollers targeted at use in smart utility meters with two new families targeting low and mid-range meters but communications modules remain separate given the fragmented state of that market.
New tube: Interview with GoogleTV's top engineer News & Analysis 5/21/2010 7 comments A day after the announcement, we spoke with Vincent Dureau, the engineer behind GoogleTV about the genesis and outlook of the project, its technical specs and why he doesn't see it as a problem that GoogleTV does not have any cable-TV partners yet.
Cypress debuts 32-, 64-Mbit fast asynchronous SRAMs Product News 5/21/2010 Post a comment Aimed at storage servers, switches and routers, testing equipment, high-end security and military systems, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has introduced 32-Mbit and 64-Mbit fast asynchronous SRAMs, featuring fast response times and the smallest footprint at these densities.
Cable, MIPS missing in GoogleTV picture News & Analysis 5/20/2010 7 comments Two big pieces were missing when Google rolled out its picture of the future of integrated Web and TV services at Google I/O—cable TV providers who deliver most of the broadcast content and MIPS Technologies that powers many of the sets.
Coming this fall: GoogleTV on Intel-powered Sony TVs News & Analysis 5/20/2010 10 comments Google officially rolled out its GoogleTV initiative at its annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco, promising its designs for set-top boxes and related software and services will reshape television by integrating the Web and TV.
Chip makers back Google's open source codec Product News 5/19/2010 1 comment A handful of mobile chip makers--including ARM, MIPS, Nvidia and Texas Instruments--said they will support Google's move to establish V8, a video codec it acquired with On2 Technologies in August.
Dell, IBM give thumbs up to ARM servers News & Analysis 5/17/2010 6 comments Dell Inc. will test this summer multicore ARM processors from Marvell for possible use in low-power servers for large data centers, a trend for which an IBM executive also expressed support in more general terms.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.