ISSCC points to tomorrow's cellphone
News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment
Chip designs to be described at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February will show a future for cellphones that pack 32 Gbits of flash, play high def video and range across networks from the oldest GSM to the latest 3G.
PCI Express gears for backplane role
News & Analysis 11/24/2008 Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. has defined a way to run Ethernet over its PCI Express switches, reducing cost and power by eliminating the need for Ethernet silicon in some backplane-based network and computer systems.
Build low power video SoCs with programmable multi-core video processor IP
Design How-To 11/21/2008 Post a comment
Low power programmable multi core video processor IP, requiring lower clock frequencies and voltages, achieves efficient parallelism using specialized blocks for common video processing computations -- including H.264 encode and decode -- while maintaining flexibility for future upgrades. With power consumption comparable to ASICs, this SoC architecture scales to 1080p and beyond.
Analysis: Lessons from an ultrawideband survivor
News & Analysis 11/20/2008 Post a comment
The merger of ultrawideband chip startups Staccato and Artimi shows a way forward for others in what one executive recently called a venture capital winter by combining companies and their investors to shelter investments and give new technologies time to gain traction.
Report: Ethernet won't dominate at 100G
News & Analysis 11/20/2008 1 comment
Ethernet will not dominate multi-gigabit networks to the extent it has dominated sub-gigabit networks, according to an upcoming report on 40 and 100 Gbit networks from Freesky Research.
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.
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.
RIM's Bold bests other phones' transfer times
Teardown 11/17/2008 Post a comment
We pitted five smartphones against each other to test their download speeds and get a feel for the user experience with movies, TV shows and audio CDs. For the second consecutive year, the BlackBerry Bold took the gold.
Synopsys announces USB 3.0 cores
Product News 11/12/2008 Post a comment
Synopsys is announcing its plans to ship intellectual property cores for the USB 3.0 interface a week ahead of a conference where the initial spec for the fast interconnect is expected to be released.
Denali offers USB 3.0 verification IP
News & Analysis 11/12/2008 Post a comment
EDA and IP provider Denali Software said its PureSpec verification IP (VIP) product now supports the USB 3.0 specification from the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, allowing device and system designers to begin advanced USB 3.0 development.
HDMI backers ready for 3DTV role
News & Analysis 11/11/2008 Post a comment
Proponents of the High Definition Multimedia Interface say they believe the industry will be able to deliver stereoscopic 3-D televisions eventually, and that the HDMI interface is ready to go for first-generation 3DTVs.
NetLogic preps 100G Ethernet PHY chip
News & Analysis 11/10/2008 Post a comment
NetLogic Microsystems Inc. is angling to become the first company to sample a physical layer chip for the upcoming 40/100 Gbit Ethernet standard, one of the first pieces of the puzzle for a market expected to come together slowly over the next few years.
U.S. broadcaster gives thumbs up to mobile TV spec
News & Analysis 11/10/2008 1 comment
Ion Media, a large U.S. television broadcaster, has announced good results from recent trials in Chicago and Denver of mobile TV using a draft standard from the Advanced Television Systems Committee, reporting the technology was easy to set up and delivered better than expected reception.
Rohm reportedly cutting 5% of workforce
News & Analysis 11/7/2008 Post a comment
Japanese chipmaker Rohm plans to cut about 5 percent of its workforce, including the elimination of around 600 people that came to the company through the recent acquisition of Oki Electric, according to a Reuters report.
The iPhone advantage: Spreadtrum sinks, Skyworks soars
News & Analysis 11/7/2008 1 comment
Cell phone chip vendors Skyworks Solutions and Spreadtrum Communications posted dramatically different financial results for their most recently concluded quarters. The difference: one of the firms makes a part for Apple's red-hot iPhone.
Intel, IMEC ponder cognitive radio
News & Analysis 11/6/2008 Post a comment
Intel Research is hosting a workshop on cognitive radio this week, one of many efforts around the globe including work at Europe's IMEC research group exploring cognitive and software-defined radios for more efficient wireless networks.
Marvell cuts revenue guidance
News & Analysis 11/3/2008 Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group lowered revenue expectations for the quarter ended Nov. 1, saying it now expects to report a 6 to 7 percent decline from the net revenue of $843 million posted in the prior quarter.
Silicon plants 10G Ethernet on motherboard
News & Analysis 11/3/2008 Post a comment
Mellanox Technologies and Teranetics have teamed up to create what they claim is the first chip to bring 10 Gbit Ethernet over copper to server motherboards, the ConnectX ENt, hoping to accelerate what to date has been a sluggish uptake for the high speed link.