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Automotive gateways spearhead in-car network integration
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Electronic gateways must provide bandwidth and latency in tying together diverse data buses. Here's what challenges design engineers face, and how to overcome them.
HDDs take on hard-driving automotive-infotainment data storage
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
Perpendicular magnetic recording yields higher and more stable recording densities and disk-drive storage capacity up to 10 times greater than current limits.
StarFabric VMEbus board packs dual Motorola processors
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a 6U-sized VMEbus PowerPC processor board that packs two fully independent PowerPC 7448-based compute nodes. It also gives you two StarFabric ports as well as two Gigabit Ethernet ports and four serial ports.
Linux version targets embedded industrial boards
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
If you’re designing embedded computers that run Linux, you’ll be interested in this implementation from board maker WinSystems, The company is debuting what it call Blue Collar Linux, an implementation of GNU Linux for industrial-based applications running on the company's boards.
NEC says parallelizing processor cuts time, cost
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Japan-based NEC Corp. has announced it has developed a multicore processor technology capable of performing automatic parallelization of application programs, without modifying them.
PMC plug-in puts RapidIO communications on VME processor board
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12/16/2005   Post a comment
Mil-aerospace board maker Thales is rolling out a RapidIO VME mezzanine card for one of its existing PowerPC single-board computers. The board can now be serially interconnected, using RapidIO, into an extensible packet-connected computing mesh.
PortalPlayer to license Java for media players
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
PortalPlayer Inc., a supplier of advanced semiconductor, firmware and software solutions for the personal media player market, has licensed Sun Microsystems' Java platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) technologies for its personal media player platforms, expected to be released in the first half of 2006.
Flash makes the case for telematics data storage
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12/2/2005   Post a comment
There is a potential Achilles’ heel for today's impressive automotive entertainment systems--the rapidly escalating need for large amounts of digital storage.


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