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posted in January 2007
AMD share of x86 market hits new peak
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices took its largest slice ever of the x86 market in the last quarter of 2006, according to a report released Wednesday from a PC market researcher.
AMD targets notebooks with Fusion processors
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
Notebook computers are the target of the multicore Fusion processors from Advanced Micro Devices that will merge x86 and graphics cores in hybrid processors set to ship in 2009.
Motorola expands use of TI Omap for 3G, WiMax
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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
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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
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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."
Segger Microcontroller Systems' RTOS supports ARM RealView Microcontroller Development Kit
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1/25/2007   Post a comment
RTOS tools supplier Segger Microcontroller says its embOS OS now supports the ARM RealView Microcontroller Development Kit.
AMD posts loss, sees flat Q1
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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
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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
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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.
Toshiba's 8-bit MCU targets portable digital consumer apps
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
Employing a new 8-bit core, Toshiba's TMP89FS60UG/FG MCU is aimed at a wide range of applications from portable digital-consumer products to large-scale uses requiring large-capacity ROM, such as air conditioners, washing machines, and other white goods.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 3
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Beyond the antenna and tracking, key technologies include the physical radome, the low noise block amplifier/IF converter, motors, and rotary joints.
EU set to rule in Intel antitrust probe
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Antitrust investigators asked the EU to formally charge Intel Corp. with illegally thwarting competition in the computer chip market, according to reports.
Networked audio platforms enable consumer product designs
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
BridgeCo Inc.'s newest reference design platforms based on the company's audio processor and software technology enable consumer electronics OEMs to rapidly create audio products.
EU set to rule in Intel anti-competition probe
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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.
Reduce power consumption in embedded designs with dynamic voltage and frequency scaling
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
To reduce power consumption, processors, developers who use support dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) will find it a useful in a wide range of mobile and embedded designs.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 2
Design How-To  
1/12/2007   1 comment
This installment details the challenges of acquiring, locking onto, and tracking DIRECTV satellites while a car is in motion, multi-satellite capability, and the enhanced features made possible by incorporating a GPS receiver.
Renesas consolidates Chinese operations
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1/12/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology has unified its disparate sales and technology support operations in China to provide more uniform service to customers as they, themselves, expand in the region.
TI beefs-up MSP430-based development tool offerings
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1/11/2007   Post a comment
Targeting designers of portable, battery-powered applications, Texas Instruments has launched its new T2012 and the MSP-Mojo target boards for TI's eZ430 development tool.
Jennic's ZigBee controllers boast low price
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1/11/2007   Post a comment
The JN513X family also has a complementary range of modules, evaluation kits, software and protocol stacks.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 1
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1/11/2007   2 comments
In bringing DIRECTV satellite signals into a car, design engineers had to ensure reliable, continuous service, all in a compact, aerodynamic package.
Chip surplus swells in 4Q as market cools
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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.)
Jennic's wireless microcontrollers support IEEE802.15.4B and ZigBee
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
Jennic has launched its JN513x family of wireless microcontrollers. IEEE802.15.4B and ZigBee variants of the MCUs are available.
Freescale expands 8-bit MCU family for small appliances
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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
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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.
Microchip Technology sells development software via download
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc.'s microchipDIRECT e-commerce Web site now provides a "software for sale" download capability for its MCUs.
Freescale offers WiMAX infrastructure development platform based on PowerQUICC, StarCore DSP
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
Incorporating its PowerQUICC communication technology, StarCore digital signal processors and a field programmable gate array, Freescale Semiconductor's WiMAX base band development platform works together with Media Access Control and Physical Layer software.
HDMI receiver supports high-bit-rate audio
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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 rolls Vastlane TMDS switches
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
High-definition video IC provider Silicon Image Inc. introduced the first generation of its VastLane transition-minimized differential signaling switches at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show.
Conexant rolls HDTV processors for set top boxes
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Conexant Systems unveiled a pair of new video decoders for personal video recording-enabled set-top boxes used to receive high-definition programming in worldwide networks.
The Top-10 Programmable Logic "How To" articles of 2006
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
From alternative FPGA architectures to implementing three inversions using only two NOT gates (and no XOR gates), here's the "best-of-the-best" from 2006.
Silicon Image claims secure CE storage processor
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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.
Optimize your DSPs for power and performance
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
Mobile multimedia applications need chips with both high performance and low power. To design such a chip, you must use a wide range of techniques. Here's how to make it work.
Tools streamline FlexRay design
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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.
SigmaTel cuts Q4 outlook as CEO resigns
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
Troubled media IC vendor SigmaTel slashed guidance for the recently concluded quarter and announced the resignation of the company's top officer, Ronald Edgerton.
eASIC adds ARM926EJ processor to structured ASIC line
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
eASIC Corp. has added the ARM926EJ processor to its Nextreme 90nm Structured and configurable logic IP family. Now, FPGA, ASIC and System-on-Chip designers get fast-turnaround design with no-minimum order quantity.
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
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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.


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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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