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TI doubles memory in new MSP430 MCUs
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1/30/2013   Post a comment
MSP430F66xx devices provide more memory, analog integration, and device scalability for blood glucose meters, home automation, activity monitors, and low-power wireless applications.
Atmel, Exegin to offer wireless smart grid solutions
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1/30/2013   Post a comment
License agreement provides smart grid OEMs the opportunity to utilize proven Atmel smart grid solutions with ZigBee support in mesh networks.
Energy Micro to showcase cool customer apps at embedded world
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1/30/2013   Post a comment
Make sure you visit the folks from Energy Micro at Embedded World 2013 (Hall 1, Booth 523) and tell them "Max says Hi!"
STMicro brings smartphone style to simple appliances
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1/30/2013   Post a comment
Java environment optimized for STM32 microcontrollers heralds richer GUIs and faster time-to-market for basic electronic products.
Android processor core is royalty free
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1/30/2013   11 comments
Processor IP licensor has enhanced its line of cores with the BA25, which it claims has the highest code density in a processor that is suitable for running Linux and Android applications.
Freescale attacks Cavium with security coprocessors
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1/30/2013   Post a comment
Freescale’s C29x security co-processors will sell for as little as $99, significantly undercutting the Nitrox 3 from Cavium.
DesignCon: "Uncomplaining" engineers must demand better EDA tools
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1/29/2013   11 comments
Jonah Alben, Nvidia engineering VP, sees longer, more difficult design cycles if tools-investment complacency lingers.
Android benchmark gets update, publishes online
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1/28/2013   1 comment
An Android benchmark is getting an update and is now publishing results online that compare performance of mobile devices.
Intel says no LTE-processor integration until 2014
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1/28/2013   15 comments
Two years after acquiring Infineon's wireless business unit Intel has begun shipping LTE modem ICs but sees integration of LTE and application processor coming in 2014.
Kotura preps fab deal amid silicon photonics surge
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1/25/2013   8 comments
A “large CMOS foundry” will make 100G silicon photonics chips for Kotura that will sample later this year, facing competition from Cisco, Intel and Luxtera.
London Calling: Nokia's Lumia hit by supply chain woes
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1/25/2013   7 comments
Mobile phone company Nokia has posted a profitable quarter but things are not looking so good for the firm's Lumia smartphone line, which has been hit by supply chain constraints.
Qualcomm preps ARM server SoCs
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1/25/2013   17 comments
Qualcomm has posted job openings that make it clear it will join at least seven companies making 64-bit ARM server SoCs.
Many-core startup builds out ecosystem
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1/24/2013   2 comments
French startup Kalray's successful demonstration of third-party software and tools working with its 28-nm MPPA 256 processor has allowed it to raise additional venture capital funds.
TI integrates USB on C2000 Piccolo real-time, floating-point MCUs
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1/22/2013   Post a comment
Piccolo F2806xU MCUs are perfect for motor control systems, renewable energy and power applications; integrated USB facilitates on-the-go field diagnostics and communications.
Check out TI's MCU BoosterPack design challenge
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1/22/2013   1 comment
Enter original designs by March 1, 2013 for the chance to demo your design in the TI booth at DESIGN West.
Energy Micro’s low power MCU delivers long battery life
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1/22/2013   Post a comment
ARM Cortex-M3-based EFM32 Giant Gecko keeps handheld control asleep with 1.2µA low energy capacitive touch sensor interface.
Atmel expands ARM Cortex-M4 based flash MCUs
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1/22/2013   Post a comment
Running at 120MHz, new SAM4E ARM Cortex-M4 processor-based MCUs provide Ethernet and dual-CAN connectivity and advanced analog capability.
Embedded vision boosts driver-assistance designs
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1/22/2013   1 comment
Automakers look to a common ‘smart’ platform from which they can introduce and deploy driver assistance systems. Embedded vision technologies are one approach.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC wins Microprocessor Report Analyst Choice Award
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1/21/2013   Post a comment
Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC recognized for being first to market and opening new opportunities for designers.
How to implement automotive smart rear-view cameras
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1/21/2013   1 comment
Rear-view cameras are now required by law, and embedded vision technologies can ease implementation.
Processor market to surf tablet wave in 2013
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1/21/2013   1 comment
Total microprocessor sales to rise 12 percent in 2013 with slight improvement in PC demand and continued strong growth in mobile SoC processors, says IC Insights.
Facebook covets core-heavy ARM SoCs
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1/18/2013   8 comments
Vendors need to design simpler server SoCs and lower cost flash if they want to fill the many sockets emerging in data centers for the social networking giant.
Slideshow: Intel Lights 100G Interconnects at Facebook Summit
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1/17/2013   31 comments
Open Compute Summit saw an engineering kicker for data center servers via samples of 100 Gbit/s silicon photonics interconnect modules.
Top 10 Microcontroller Articles of 2012
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1/16/2013   4 comments
Here are the Top 10 most-viewed microcontroller-related articles from 2012, including "How To" design articles, news items, product pieces, and commentary offerings.
Yoshida in Vegas: Chasing elusive LTE design wins
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1/16/2013   8 comments
ST-Ericsson, Renesas Mobile, NVidia, Marvell and others have been developing LTE baseband chips for more than a year with little to show for. What's the hold up?
ARM backers jump on Facebook’s server bandwagon
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1/16/2013   11 comments
Applied Micro and Calxeda are among ARM server SoC vendors supporting a new CPU-agnostic board spec that is as part of the Facecbook-led Open Compute Project.
PC processor revenue to rebound in 2013
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1/16/2013   5 comments
Worldwide PC processor revenues declined by 2.4 percent in 2012 but are set to grow again in 2013, according to market forecaster International Data Corp.
To-do list beyond UHDTV: Audio, voice, connectivity
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1/15/2013   6 comments
Despite the hoopla over Ultra HDTV at CES, three unmistakable trends have emerged, and consumer electronics companies are busy addressing them.
Analyst: Mobile chip market was $31-bn in 2012
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1/15/2013   2 comments
Market for smartphone and tablet computer chips grew faster than overall semiconductor market and is on track to reach nearly $39 billion in 2016, says the Linley Group.
ARM friends Facebook at summit
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1/15/2013   2 comments
ARM SoC vendors Applied Micro and Calxeda will take part in the Facebook-led Open Compute Summit this week, a sign the social networking giant is poised to move beyond the x86.
Yoshida in Vegas: How to walk away from smartphones
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1/14/2013   8 comments
A chip company can walk away from smartphone sockets and still ride the wave of a rising smartphone tide. How to do that? Ask Ambarella.
Asian vendors rise as PC sales slump in Q4
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1/14/2013   1 comment
Lenovo and Asus gained in the fourth quarter, but holiday PC sales declined for the first time in more than five years. Global PC sales fell 6.4 percent in the last quarter, the first such holiday season drop in more than five years with Lenovo and Asus among the few making gains
London Calling: Are ARM's core days numbered?
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1/11/2013   27 comments
What happens when everyone is designing their SoCs with cores licensed from ARM? Where's the differentiation?
DesignCon SMEs: Tough Path to 25G+ High-Speed Signals
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1/11/2013   5 comments
A hornet's nest of issues -- crosstalk, loss, and noise -- are challenges on the road to 40G and beyond.
ARM and Cadence tape out 14nm processor
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1/10/2013   Post a comment
ARM and Cadence have taped-out a 14nm FinFET test chip targeting Samsung's process
XMOS extends xCORE multicore MCU family
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1/10/2013   1 comment
10-, 12- and 16-core versions of multicore microcontrollers with Hardware-Response create flexible range of USB 2.0-focused devices.
Samsung reveals eight-core mobile processor
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1/10/2013   20 comments
The Korean chip giant has launched an eight-core ARM-based application processor; claimed to be the first that uses the "big-little" processing technique to improve power efficiency.
What Facebook is building may be just…a building
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1/9/2013   6 comments
Here are my hunches about Facebook’s "big news" for its Jan. 15 press conference will be. What are yours?
ARM CEO on '56-inch smartphones', IoT rollout
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1/9/2013   5 comments
From CES, ARM CEO Warren East talks about radical changes in the TV business and what ARM can do to speed to roll out of the Internet of Things.
Intel outlook clouded by weak demand, analyst says
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1/9/2013   15 comments
Despite advances in smartphones and tablets, an analyst remains bearish on Intel but said Atmel has plenty of headroom in touchscreen controllers for laptops.
Broadcom takes two ARM architecture licenses
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1/9/2013   8 comments
Fabless communications chip firm takes architectural licenses for ARM 32-bit and 64-bit instruction sets and looks forward to designing its own processor cores for broadband access, set-top boxes and to extend its applications reach.
AMD targets notebooks with quad-x86 processors
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1/8/2013   5 comments
Advanced Micro Devices has demonstrated working silicon for two quad-core x86 system chips that target ultrathin notebooks and convertible tablet-notebooks.
Forget the iWatch, get ready for Apple iWear
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1/7/2013   15 comments
Expect an Apple wrist device in 2013, an iPhone companion with a curved display, gesture recognition and maybe even using solar power or energy harvesting.
Nvidia seen leading in tablets, Qualcomm in phones
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1/7/2013   7 comments
Revenue growth for mobile applications processors surged 77 percent for tablets and 58 percent for smartphones in Q3, with Nvidia and Qualcomm leading the way.
Five More Tough DesignCon Questions
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1/4/2013   2 comments
What happens when high speed meets low power design? What’s the outlook for 25G x 4 versions of 100G Ethernet?
Amazon spinning out Kindle’s Lab126?
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1/3/2013   8 comments
The secretive R&D group behind the Amazon Kindle has nearly 250 positions open, including many senior management jobs -- if its Web site is to be believed.
IPad 3 called 'unbalanced' as Apple, TSMC rumors fly
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1/2/2013   20 comments
With more reports asserting that Apple will start making chips at TSMC, an analyst says the iPad 3 designed suffered because it lacks of the latest process technology.


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