Motorola expands use of TI Omap for 3G, WiMax Product News 1/29/2007 Post a comment Motorola is broadening its use of Texas Instruments' Omap processors for 3G and WiMax products, and may be retreating further from StarCore and other designs that originated with Motorola spinout Freescale Semiconductor.
Server wars turn full circle News & Analysis 1/29/2007 Post a comment Just six months ago, Sun Microsystems Inc. chief architect Andy Bechtolsheim was lampooning Intel microprocessors as power hogs. Advanced Micro Devices' CEO, Hector Ruiz, was a darling of Wall Street, where rumors were rife that Dell soon would adopt AMD's Opteron chips.
Analyst upgrades Broadcom rating Product News 1/25/2007 Post a comment Citing positive feedback through channel checks and saying the company's touch screen technology may have a far larger market opportunity beyond Apple's iPhone, analyst Alex Gauna of UBS Securities upgraded his firm's rating on Broadcom's stock to "buy" from "neutral."
AMD posts loss, sees flat Q1 News & Analysis 1/24/2007 Post a comment A major acquisition and a price war with rival Intel Corp. left Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) with a net loss of $574 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Broadcom restates, takes $2.2B in options charges News & Analysis 1/24/2007 Post a comment Broadcom announced the filing of amended and delayed 2005 annual and 2006 quarterly reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which included net readjustments of $2.2 billion as a consequence of improperly backdated stock options.
Favorable tax claim lifts ST's Q4 News & Analysis 1/24/2007 Post a comment Buoyed by the favorable resolution of a tax claim, STMicroelectronics posted a net income of $276 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $2.48 billion during the fourth quarter of 2006.
EU set to rule in Intel anti-competition probe News & Analysis 1/17/2007 Post a comment Antitrust investigators have recommended that European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes formally charge Intel Corp. with illegally thwarting competition in the computer chip market, according to a report.
Chip surplus swells in 4Q as market cools News & Analysis 1/10/2007 Post a comment Amid signs of a seasonal slowdown in the semiconductor market, excess chip inventories continued to swell in the fourth quarter of 2006, leaving the industry with a surplus of parts worth $4.3 billion, according to iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.)
Freescale expands 8-bit MCU family for small appliances Product News 1/10/2007 Post a comment Based on its 16MHz HCS08 CPU core, Freescale Semiconductor's new MC9S08QD2 MCU joins its 4K predecessor, QD4, to offer a high level of integration and 5V support within 8-pin packages that make it ideal for cost-sensitive applications requiring higher voltages.
Why Multiprocessor DSP Systems Need CORBA Design How-To 1/9/2007 Post a comment CORBA enables software components in a multiprocessor system to easily communicate--regardless of what language they are written in, what OS they run on, or where they are located. Even better, CORBA makes it easy to move functionality between DSPs, GPPs, and FPGAs.
HDMI receiver supports high-bit-rate audio Product News 1/8/2007 Post a comment High-definition video IC provider Silicon Image rolled out a pair of VastLane High Definition Multimedia Interface 1.3 receiver chips, including the SiI9135, which it claimed is the first HDMI receiver to support high-bit-rate audio.
Silicon Image claims secure CE storage processor Product News 1/5/2007 Post a comment Silicon Image introduced what it claims is the first storage processor with content security enabled by automatic drive locking, requiring no effort by the end user. The device, dubbed the SteelVine SiI5733, is targeted toward HDTV, digital video recorder, set-top box and PC motherboard manufacturers, the company said.
Tools streamline FlexRay design Design How-To 1/4/2007 Post a comment The right choice of tools can ease the design of a complex FlexRay system. Within minutes, a system can be configured and ready for download to target hardware.
What is a Segway? Automotive DesignLine Blog 1/4/2007 Post a comment Seems like "Catch 22" is alive and well, in the presence of a ban on Segways in Holland.
Pixelplus claims split decision in patent ruling News & Analysis 1/3/2007 Post a comment South Korean fabless chip vendor Pixelplus said it obtained a favorable ruling from the Korea Intellectual Property Office granting the company's request to "effectively cancel and invalidate" a disputed contact hole process patent claimed by South Korean rival MagnaChip Semiconductor.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 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 ...