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Analyst rails against the fab-lite
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1/28/2010   6 comments
The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Future Horizons sees 30% chip market boom
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
The worldwide chip market is set for two years of more than 20 percent growth and could even hit more than 30 percent growth in a single year, according to Malcolm Penn, the principal analyst and founder of the U.K. market analysis company Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England).
Oracle, Sun ready to lift veil on merger plans
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
Oracle and Sun Microsystems will discuss their plans for the combined company just four days after the European Commission approved the merger, an event that needs to answer a range of questions about the future of the company's microprocessors, systems, software—and staff.
Java Essentials for Embedded Networked Devices - Part 1: Windows and Linux set up
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Designing Embedded Internet Devices" (2003) discusses how to obtain and set up Java for both Windows and Linux personal computers.
MIPS appoints former Cavium exec as CEO
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has announced the appointment of Sandeep Vij as president, chief executive officer and director, replacing interim CEO Anthony Holbrook who will continue to serve as chairman.
PRODUCT HOW-TO: Using the Blackfin Processor for Bus-Powered USB 2.0 Compliant Designs
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
How to use the low power ADSP-BF527 Blackfin processor and its built-in in USB physical layer interface (PHY) to incorporate high speed USB 2.0 capabilities, as well as USB On-The-Go (OTG) functionality into a wide range of portable consumer and embedded devices.
LSI adds four-core PowerPC, eDRAM to arsenal
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
LSI Corp. has added a new Power PC processor and fast embedded DRAM cores to its library, claiming demand for custom silicon is on the rise in its core networking and storage markets as it moves into 40nm technology and targets the transition to 10 Gbit Ethernet.
Korea recruits Abu Dhabi investor for chip initiatives
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
ATIC of Abu Dhabi, the government investment vehicle behind GlobalFoundries, has agreed to explore with the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association potential collaborations and partnerships in the chip industry.
Rise of the Embedded Internet
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
This Intel white paper looks at how breakthroughs in computing performance per watt, along with advances in wired and wireless broadband connectivity, will enable the development of billions of new intelligent embedded devices - the embedded Internet.
Memory to boost market growth, says analyst
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
The flash memory, DRAM and optoelectronics (LEDs) sectors will fare best in 2010 as worldwide semiconductor revenue advances 15 percent to $257 billion, according to market research firm Databeans Inc. (Reno, Nevada).
Teardown: Moto Droid emulates other iPhone killers
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1/15/2010   2 comments
Motorola's Droid smartphone includes hardware similar to other so-called "iPhone killers" and carries a bill of materials cost of $179.11, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Point/Counterpoint: Intel beyond the PC
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1/14/2010   5 comments
The PC era is drawing to a close. Intel Corp., which built an empire on the personal computer, is aggressively seeking new markets. Will it succeed? Here are four diverging views on Intel's strategy.
With Otellini at the helm, Intel will prevail
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
Intel will succeed with its strategy to push its X86 architecture into new markets, thanks largely to the leadership of CEO Paul Otellini.
Intel in the untethered era
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
Intel has been one of the world's most innovative companies for decades. But can the world's largest chip maker have a dominant position in the ongoing mobile computing revolution?
Intel's quest for digital domination is an impossible dream
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1/14/2010   1 comment
Intel Corp. will never be "the preeminent provider" in its new target markets. Here's why.
Six reasons why Intel remains a good bet
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1/14/2010   2 comments
With Intel moving to drive its x86 architecture beyond the PC to the embedded market, underestimating the world's biggest chip maker based on past failures could be a mistake.
ARM raises royalty rate with Cortex
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) is extracting a higher royalty rate for cores from its Cortex processor range than for older ARM processor cores, according to Tim Score, chief financial officer.
HP, Microsoft partner in cloud computing
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
In another move toward consolidation in business computing, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft said they will spend as much as $250 million over the next three years in a new collaboration to deliver integrated systems, software and services for cloud computing.
Using an FPGA to tame the power beast in consumer handheld MPUs
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1/13/2010   Post a comment
Shorter product lifecyles and lower volume consumer product families have led designers increasingly to turn to the FPGA for handheld-product development. But doing so requires grappling with new challenges in terms of area, speed and power.
Analyst: Intel may acquire FPGA vendor
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1/13/2010   11 comments
Intel may look to acquire an FPGA supplier such as Xilinx or Altera in 2010 in an effort to expand its presence in the embedded market as well as SoCs, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Apple, Qualcomm seen as winners of CES trends
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1/12/2010   2 comments
In the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show, analysts are upbeat on the outlook for consumer systems, especially those tied to emerging mobile devices and 3DTV, and singled out Apple and Qualcomm as two of the big winners from the trends at the show.
Analyst expecting big quarters from Intel, AMD
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1/12/2010   Post a comment
Benefitting from strength in notebook computer and server sales, microprocessor vendors Intel and AMD are expected to report strong results for the fourth quarter of 2009 and set higher-than-expected sales targets for the first quarter of this year, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Google smartphone teardown reveals few surprises
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
Google's Nexus One smartphone carries an estimated bill of materials cost of $174.15 and features chips from Qualcomm, Synaptics and Samsung, among others, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Intel launches netbook app store
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Taking a page from Apple's playbook, Intel has launched an online store offering applications for netbook computers.
COM Express module equipped with Intel's latest graphics core
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
ADLINK's latest Computer-on-Module (COM), the Express-MV, is based on Intel's Core2 Duo processor and GS45 chipset with Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, and is well suited for power sensitive applications.
Applied Micro offers lower-power 405/460 SoCs
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. is offering energy-efficient versions of its 405 and 460 embedded system-on-a-chip processors that consume up to 40 percent less power in a variety of embedded applications.
Nvidia launches Tegra 2 processor
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Nvidia Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has launched its ARM-based Tegra 2 processor. The device appears to be aimed at tablet computers but could also show the future direction for mainstream processors, which are expected to combine, as the Tegra 2 does, CPU, graphics and video functions.
Qualcomm to jump from 45- to 28-nm with TSMC
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1/8/2010   1 comment
Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) has said it working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) on 28-nm process technology and that it intends to move directly to the advanced process in 2010.
CES Exclusive: Inside the Que ProReader e-book
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
The vice president of product engineering at Plastic Logic told EE Times the story behind the design of the potentially ground-breaking e-book, gave us a virtual tour of its internals and shared his thoughts on the state and future of mobile consumer design in an interview on the CES show floor.
Analysis: IC firms look to ride Apple tablet wave
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Chip vendors at the Consumer Electronics Show are pushing products built into mobile computers with a tablet form factor, hoping to ride the wave of buzz expected to be generated by Apple's rumored tablet media pad.
Ambarella targets pocket-sized hybrid cameras with its A5s SoCs
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1/7/2010   1 comment
The Ambarella A5s family of SoCs combines high-speed CPU and low-power 45nm technology to support megapixel photography in pocket-sized hybrid cameras.
Video: Intel Atom versus ARM Cortex-A9
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1/7/2010   4 comments
The ARMflix channel on Youtube has provided a side-by-side performance comparison of a netbook based on the Intel Atom processor and a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 development board.
Prepare for 2010 demand surge, says analyst
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
Looking forward to 2010 Bill McClean of IC Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.) observed that both PC and cellphone unit volume shipments are forecast to increase at double-digit rates in 2010 and that this indicates an IC market boom is coming.
Single-chip demodulator/decoder for Internet-TV
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics announced the Sti7167, a single-chip demodulator/decoder for Internet-TV, terrestrial or cable set-top boxes, enabling economies of scale and time to market acceleration.
China is en route to double its IC production capacity over ten years says SEMI
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
A recent research by SEMI indicates China is committed to narrow the gap between its IC production and consumption, leading to doubling the country's global equipment and materials market in ten years.
TV makers hear video phones ringing at CES
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
TV makers want to morph the big-screen HDTV into a 3-D capable, Internet-connected video phone, but details on how they will do it were scarce in a series of back-to-back press events before the official opening of the Consumer Electronics Show.
Marvell claims first quad-core ARM processor
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1/6/2010   3 comments
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a supplier of chips for storage, communications and consumer electronics, has claimed to have developed the world's first "quadruple" core processor based on the ARM architecture.
CES: Lenovo shows hybrid x86/ARM notebook
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
Lenovo is launching at CES a hybrid x86/ARM-based notebook, the IdeaPad U1, on the heels of announcing an ARM-based smartbook.
Reporter's notebook: The CES tsunami hits
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1/5/2010   1 comment
While I slept last night, more than a dozen of the companies fired off press releases about new or improved platforms at the Consumer Electronics Show that could change the way something happens for the average Joe--two days before CES even begins.
Startups try to revive null convention logic
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Wave Semiconductor Inc. has agreed to acquire low-power circuit technology based on an asynchronous form of logic expression called null convention logic from Camgian Microsystems Corp.
Vizio puts 60 GHz in HDTV, Blu-ray drive at CES
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1/5/2010   3 comments
Vizio Inc. will announce at the Consumer Electronics Show plans to use the 60 GHz chips from SiBeam Inc. in a high definition TV and Blu-ray player that will ship in June a move the startup says is a sign its technology is leading a hotly competitive race to enable wireless video in the home.
Lenovo announces ARM-based netbook at CES
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Lenovo has become the first top tier PC maker to announce an ARM-based netbook, the Skylight which uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at a gigahertz and Lenovo's own variant of Linux.
Report: Intel to launch 32-nm MPUs at CES
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Intel plans to launch more than a dozen new 32-nanometer procesors at the Consumer Electronics Show from its Westmere series, including Clarksdale for desktops PCs and Arrandale for laptops.
SENSORS - Touchscreen controller features lowest power, smallest footprint for portable devices
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
Semtech's SX8650 touchscreen controller features lowest power, smallest footprint for portable devices. It boasts throughput output rate of 50 kSPS and 15kV ESD Protection.
SIA salutes resumption of chip sales growth
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
Commenting on the three-month average of global chip sales for November, George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, said that year-on-year sales growth had resumed and most markets were showing signs of strength.
November's averaged global chip sales beat expectations
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $22.645 billion in November, ahead of expectations, and up 8.5 percent on the same figure in November 2008, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
Video: What to expect at CES 2010
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
In a video preview of the Consumer Electronics Show, editor-at-large Rick Merritt shares his thoughts about what to look for at CES this week including analysis of 3DTV, e-books, smartbooks and wireless video.


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