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DesignCon's 5 Toughest Tech Questions
News & Analysis  
12/28/2012   11 comments
FPGA or ASIC? What are the issues for 3-D interconnects? Enquiring tech minds want to know.
Silicon Valley Nation: Processor speed kings crowned
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12/20/2012   Post a comment
Want to know who's got the fastest CPUs and GPUs? Ask gamers. (Hint: AMD and Intel.)
Apple, Nvidia may stack graphics for Macs, iPads
Blog  
12/18/2012   7 comments
Rumor is Apple is working with Nvidia on some chip stacks that could power novel iMacs, Macbooks and even iPads starting late next year.
PLX, Kontron drive PCIe backplane to 5.6 GB/s
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12/17/2012   Post a comment
Kontron used switches from PLX Technology to drive a PCI Express 3.0 backplane at average rates of 5.6 GBytes/second.
Meeting Zuckerberg and Mr. EUV
Blog  
12/13/2012   3 comments
I learned a little something in brief encounters this week with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and the man I think of as Mr. EUV—two very unique men in black.
Texas Instruments ISO1540 and ISO1541 isolators
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12/13/2012   Post a comment
TI rolled out the lowest-power, bidirectional I2C isolators that are intended to extend the lifetime of industrial isolation.
IBM details 3-D server chip stacks
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12/12/2012   4 comments
IBM will show work stacking 45-nm server processors with memory and transceivers at IEDM, techniques that could give it significant performance and power gains.
Intel leapfrogs ARM (for now) with Atom server SoC
News & Analysis  
12/11/2012   20 comments
Intel is shipping Centerton, aka the S1200, claiming design wins for the server SoC aimed at fending off a growing crowd of ARM server SoCs.
28-nm FDSOI is production ready, says ST
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12/11/2012   11 comments
To coincide with a meeting on process technology held alongside IEDM, European chip company ST has announced that its 28-nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) is available for pre-production volumes from its wafer fab at Crolles, France.
Intel upping Atom ante
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12/7/2012   20 comments
Intel is positioning its upcoming Atom-based Centerton chip as a server alternative to 64-bit ARM devices.


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