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posted in January 2006
Freescale adds 5-volt capable family of 8-bit HCS08 MCUs
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Freescale says its new MC9S08AW family of 8-bit MCUs is the first HCS08 core-based microcontrollers that support 5-volt industrial and automotive applications. The devices offer enhanced brown-out detection for controlled power-on reset in the event of a brown-out or power failure.
600 MHz MPU targets automotive infotainment apps
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology’s newest 32-bit superscalar processor runs at 600 MHz, the highest speed yet for an SH-based MPU. Targeted applications for the new SH7785 are automotive infotainment systems and other high-performance multimedia systems that process 2D and 3D graphics.
8-bit MCU packs 32 KB of SRAM and 256 KB of flash
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics 8-bit uPSD3400 Turbo Plus microcontroller series is now available with 32 Kbytes on-chip SRAM. The devices also integrate 256 Kbytes of flash memory, USB 2.0 full-speed as well as other interfaces and peripherals.
MIPS64-based processors target intelligent networks
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Cavium Networks has beefed-up its line of single and dual core MIPS64-based processors. The 64-bit processors target networking, wireless, control and storage applications.
ARM-9 based MCU packs vector floating-point coprocessor
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Targeting embedded applications, Philips has launched its 90-nm ARM-9 based MCU. Integrated into the 32-bit chip is a vector floating-point coprocessor and USB On-The-Go. Another feature is the ability to operate in ultra-low-power mode down to 0.9V.
Philips MCU delivers 200 MHz, USB OTG and low power
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Priced at under $8 in volume quantities, the LPC3180 is among the earliest standard-part 32-bit MCUs to be based on an ARM9 core.
Throughput drives 32-bitter's design
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has developed a high-performance 32-bit RISC processor core with an instruction-set architecture de- signed from the ground up to increase computational throughput per cycle.
Analysis: Accurate prognosis of electronics industry difficult
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
Two weeks into the earnings season, getting an accurate pulse of the electronics industry remains difficult as companies’ results continue to track unevenly.
First Indian semi study out next week
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
A gap in the Indian semiconductor industry-- the lack of any official statistics on the industry here-- will be filled next week with the release of a market research study.
Toaster-sized Cell BE-based processor appliance achieves 200 GFLOPS
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. has just unveiled the third member of its Cell Broadband Engine (BE) based family of embedded computers claiming a throughput of 200 GFLOPS.
ARM11 CPU and physical IP combo delivers 750 MHz at 90 nm
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
ARM Limited reports that an implementation of an ARM1176JZF-S processor, enhanced with the ARM Artisan Advantage cell library and memories, has been able to achieve a frequency of more than 750 MHz using a 90 nanometer foundry process.
Fanless MPU scales up to 1.5GHz at no more than 7.5W
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
VIA Technologies' VIA Eden and Eden ULV Processors take fanless computing to 1.5Ghz.
Baseband chipset supports EDGE and GSM/GPRS handsets
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices SoftFone baseband chipset supports 3.0-megapixel camera integration, offers large library of ringtones, and eliminates the need for a co-processor.
Development kit supports 8051 MCUs
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron International is now offering its $99 development kit and evaluation module that supports all of its 8051-based MCUs.
Intel tips 45-nm process, demos chips
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Seeking to get a jump on its rivals, Intel Corp. disclosed the initial details of its 45-nm process.
AMD to offer $500 million in common stock
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices intends to offer approximately $500 million worth of its common stock and grant the underwriter, Merrill Lynch & Co., a 30-day option to purchase an additional $75 million worth stock to cover over allotments.
Commentary: AMD positions Dirk Meyer as successor to Ruiz
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
What does AMD's decision to promote Dirk Meyer to president and chief operating officer mean?
8-bit MCUs tout new embedded peripherals
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has expanded its ST7Lite family of 8-bit microcontrollers for power applications in lighting, low-end motor control, uninterruptable power supplies and ovens. The latest offerings provide flexible digital peripherals, accurate and fast 10-bit ADC and fast comparator with 16 selectable voltage references.
AMD sees sales gains, spins off Spansion
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1/18/2006   Post a comment
AMD Inc. reported net earnings of $96 million, or 21 cents per share, on sales of $1.84 billion in the fourth quarter of 2005, as the semiconductor supplier incurred charges related to spinning off the Spansion memory business.
Audio processor touts 800Mbit/s 1394b data rate capability
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1/18/2006   Post a comment
BridgeCo claims to have doubled bandwidth on FireWire/1394b thanks to its new audio platform.
Evaluation systems for Cell BE Technology available
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. has begun shipping its first board-level evaluation systems (CTES) based on Mercury Dual Cell-Based Blade incorporating IBM’s next generation Cell Broadband Engine processor.
Updated: Intel misses guidance, raises 2006 capex
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. posted net earnings of $2.5 billion, or 40 cents per share on sales of $10.2 billion in the fourth quarter, with revenue falling below the company’s updated guidance for revenue of $10.4 billion to $10.6 billion.
ADI DSP finds way into VoIP phone
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc.’s Blackfin DSP will be used in a collaborative Voice Over IP phone launched by Be Here Corp., a venture-funded conferencing specialist.
January Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Looking back at the past year, a striking trend emerges: Increasingly, the hardware used for signal processing is something other than a DSP. I made a quick survey of the year's developments by skimming the archives on www.InsideDSP.com. I discovered that only about half of the chips BDTI wrote about in 2005 were DSPs. The rest of the chips were general-purpose processors, FPGAs, or other types of hardware.
January Newsletter: Case Study--Measuring Processor Energy Consumption
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Energy consumption is a chief concern for many digital signal processing applications, especially for portable applications where battery life is paramount. In these applications, an accurate understanding of energy consumption is critical to processor selection and to system design. Unfortunately, many obstacles hinder comparisons of processors' energy consumption.
January Newsletter: BDTI Releases MIPS24KEc Benchmark Scores
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Today BDTI released the first independent benchmarks results for the MIPS24KEc licensable processor core. The MIPS24KEc is MIPS' highest-performance 32-bit core, and it is the first core to incorporate the "DSP ASE" signal-processing instruction-set extensions. BDTI's analysis shows that these extensions give the MIPS24KEc serious signal-processing capabilities.
January Newsletter: New TriCore DSCs Target Motor Control
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Last month Infineon introduced two new TriCore-based processors, the TC1161 and TC1162. These new chips join Infineon's TC1xxx family of chips targeting motor control and other computationally demanding industrial signal processing applications. The new parts offer an appealing mix of price, performance, and on-chip integration.
Designing a Windows CE 4.2 platform with real time features
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1/16/2006   Post a comment
The head of development at Garz & Fricke describes a project for the development and design of a GPS based compass for use in merchant shipping.
Intel's stock likely to remain 'range bound' in '06, says analyst
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1/13/2006   Post a comment
Intel's stock is likely to remain "range bound" and continue trading at between $23 and $29 in 2006, according to semiconductor industry analyst Michael McConnell.
Integrated single-chip repeaters handle ever-lengthening automotive CAN buses
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1/11/2006   Post a comment
Integrated repeaters that use advanced mixed-signal technology are lower cost, and more robust and reliable than discrete components of previous CAN networks.
NEC 32-Bit MCUs feature embedded flash memory
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1/11/2006   Post a comment
NEC Electronics has unveiled 23 additions to its V850 series of high performance, 32-bit general purpose microcontrollers (MCUs). The devices are the first V850 series MCUs with only embedded flash memory, designed to facilitate more efficient development of applications.
Apple offering Intel-based iMacs ahead of schedule
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1/10/2006   Post a comment
Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicked off Macworld 2006 by announcing that new Apple iMac computers, based on Intel's Core Duo processor, are available immediately, six months ahead of schedule.
Athlon 64 FX-60 dual-core processor targets PC gamers
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1/10/2006   Post a comment
AMD newest dual-core Athlon processor family is targeted at power-hungry gamers, PC enthusiasts, and users of high-end digital media.
Freescale commits to simplifying 8-bit application development with a new tools set
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1/9/2006   Post a comment
Freescale has launched new development tools for its 8-bit MCUs that feature built-in functionality to speed time-to-market.
Nextgen communications/media engine targets home nets
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1/6/2006   Post a comment
In a follow-on to its IP3000/StreamEngine 3000 processor, Ubicom Inc. used the Consumer Electroncis Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., to introduce its next generation StreamEngine 5000.
CES: Multicore powers new SoC video engine platform
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1/6/2006   Post a comment
At CES, MediaWorks Integrated Systems took the wraps of its multicore-based fully C-programmable MediaFlex platform for a range of media-based consumer electronics designs.
Single-chip audio processors meet BTSC-region TV set standards
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1/6/2006   Post a comment
Fully-featured digital audio decoder/processor family supports all popular multi-channel audio standards, and extends lip-sync delay for flat panel .
Intel moves into entertainment business
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1/6/2006   Post a comment
Long known as a chip supplier for the PC world, Intel Corp. is trying to make its mark in the world of entertainment.
Processor and middleware platform eases network upgrade for consumer OEMs
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1/5/2006   Post a comment
BridgeCo says its new embedded digital media player reference design connects audio systems to home networks.
HDTV video system chip has dual video processors, RISC
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1/3/2006   Post a comment
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Silicon Image, Inc. rolled out its SiI 8200 video processor for digital audio playback, photo display, and video recording applications in next generation mass market high definition TV


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