Freescale adds 5-volt capable family of 8-bit HCS08 MCUs Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Throughput drives 32-bitter's design Product News 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.
AMD to offer $500 million in common stock News & Analysis 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.
8-bit MCUs tout new embedded peripherals Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
Updated: Intel misses guidance, raises 2006 capex News & Analysis 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.
January Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response" News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
NEC 32-Bit MCUs feature embedded flash memory Product News 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...