Sun: Erstes 'Niagara'-Silizium ist fertig News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Sun Microsystems hat erste Exemplare seines neuen 'Niagara'-Prozessors produziert, dessen Markteinführung allerdings nicht vor 2006 stattfinden soll. Der Baustein enthält acht 64-Bit-Ultrasparc-Kerne. Als "Durchsatz-Prozessor" positioniert, soll der Niagara neue Systeme antreiben, die vorwiegend kommunikationsintensive Aufgaben wahrnehmen.
Contactless MCU embeds 2KB of EEPROM Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' newest contactless smartcard microcontroller called the ST19WR02 has 2-kbytes of EEPROM embedded on-chip for applications ranging from financial institutions to mass transit operators.
Convergence Connections Design How-To 10/26/2004 Post a comment Automotive DesignLine connects you to the presentations and show floor at the Convergence 2004 and the Real-Time Automotive Seminar in Dearborn, Mich. Here are quick links to some of the featured speakers as well as news and product announcements from both events.
Serverfarm-on-a-Chip schon bald Realität? Product News 10/26/2004 Post a comment Schon bald werden Entwickler die Rechenleistung ganzer Server-Farmen auf einen einzigen IC packen können. Dieses Zukunftsbild skizzierte jedenfalls Richard Newton, Dekan des College of Engineering der Universität Berkeley, vergangene Woche in seiner Rede auf dem 'Synopsys EDA Interoperability Developers Forum'. Geht es nach Newton, werden wir schon bald unzählige Software-konfigurierbare Prozessoren auf einem Chip haben, die arrangiert in verschiedene Bereiche unterschiedliche Aufgaben übernehme
Embedded MCUs tout increased integration Product News 10/25/2004 Post a comment SMSC says its new KBC1100 and KBC1100L family of integrated microcontrollers expands the role of the traditional keyboard controller (KBC) to be the first mobile embedded controller solution that integrates critical thermal, power and system management capabilities with keyboard scan, serial port and consumer infrared (CIR) functionality into a single device.
ARM diversifiziert Prozessorspektrum Product News 10/25/2004 Post a comment ARM verabschiedet sich beim Prozessor-Core von seinem 'One-Size-Fits-All'-Ansatz. Künftig wird der Chipentwickler sein Angebot an 32-Bit-Prozessoren stärker diversifizieren. Das Unternehmen will damit der steigenden Vielfalt von Applikationen mit Embedded-Prozessoren gerecht werden.
Mobile Graphics Engine - for next generation mobile phones Product News 10/25/2004 Post a comment The S1D13721 offered by Epson is an LCD Controller solution from the "Mobile Graphics Engines" series and designed with 3D graphics support for the digital video revolution in mobile products. It contains a 2D/3D engine, integrated dual port camera interface, hardware JPEG encoder/decoder and can be interfaced to an external MPEG codec.
Low Cost 32-Bit Micro - boasts a strong peripheral set Product News 10/22/2004 Post a comment NetSilicon, a division of Digi International, launched a low cost NS9360 microprocessor. It is a lower cost version of the high performance NS9750 chip, launched last year, and is based on the 32-bit ARM926EJ-S processor running at 177MHz and boasts a strong peripheral set.
MCU line touts on-chip CAN Version 2.0B Product News 10/22/2004 Post a comment Renesas Technology America, Inc. has added six 16-bit M16C/29 group microcontrollers (MCUs) that provide flash memory, comprehensive peripheral functions, and an interface circuit that supports the controller-area network (CAN version 2.0B) standard.
ARM makes application-processor play Product News 10/22/2004 Post a comment No longer taking a one-size-fits-all approach to its cores, ARM Ltd. said it will start offering a more diverse lineup of 32-bit processors to meet an ever-expanding list of applications using embedded processors.
Embedded CPUs take on media tasks Product News 10/20/2004 Post a comment Movies on car dashboards, animated 3-D displays on car navigation systems. Camera phones that double as MP3 players, and PDAs as camcorders. The media-everywhere scenario brings lots of new bells and whistles to the consumer — and a whole set of mostly unfamiliar tasks to the world of the mobile-systems designer. A flurry of processor and architecture announcements early this month showed the direction in which vendors of CPU cores are moving to meet the challenge.
8-bit MCU has 16 Kbytes of flash on-chip Product News 10/20/2004 Post a comment Royal Philips Electronics has launched a highly integrated 8-bit single chip LPC936 microcontroller, continuing its strategy to offer a migration path for designers who need additional performance without moving to a new architecture.
ARM7 flash MCU goes for under $3 Product News 10/19/2004 Post a comment Atmel Corp. has launched what it believes is the first family of ARM7-based flash microcontrollers with prices starting at less then $3, targeted at 8-bit applications.
Intel stoppt 4-GHz-Pentium News & Analysis 10/15/2004 Post a comment Intel lässt die geplante 4-GHz-Variante des Pentium 4 einen stillen Tod sterben: Das Unternehmen hat seinen Kunden mitgeteilt, dass es die Entwicklung des superschnellen Prozessors eingestellt hat.
32-Bit RISC Core - comes with royalty-free licence Product News 10/14/2004 Post a comment Cambridge Consultants launched a novel 32-bit RISC core that brings a new level of code density and power economy to deeply-embedded applications. The XAP3 core is available in Verilog RTL and can be fabricated in under 50,000 gates in a variety of ASIC and FPGA technologies.
32-Bit RISC Microprocessor - based on the SH-2A CPU core Product News 10/14/2004 Post a comment Renesas Technology has announced the SH7206, the first SuperH 32-bit RISC microprocessor based on the new SH-2A CPU core. The device offers an operating frequency of 200 MHz, 128 kbytes RAM, 16 kbytes cache memory and a variety of on-chip peripheral functions, including multifunction timer units for motor control, that reduce application size and cost.
Not always "hold:" Some analog industry analysts say "buy;" others say "sell" News & Analysis 10/13/2004 Post a comment We've been getting reports on analog companies from Doug Freedman at American Technology Research. Now we're starting to get reports from the Deutsche Bank Equity Research Group (and its sister organization, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein). These reports show what is happening in the supply chain for standard linear and power management ICs. We frankly wish the news were better:
Intel posts gain despite weak demand News & Analysis 10/12/2004 Post a comment Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) reported third-quarter sales of $8.5 billion, up 5 percent sequentially and up 8 percent year-over-year in spite of sluggish PC demand and customer inventory adjustments.
Micronas Launches Ngene PCI Express Multimedia Controller Product News 10/12/2004 Post a comment Micronas demonstrated a breakthrough in multimedia architecture at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco: Ngene® is based on the switched point-to-point PCI Express' architecture, enabler of greater bandwidth and performance required for PC-based multimedia applications.
October Newsletter: ARM, MIPS add DSP Extensions Design How-To 10/11/2004 Post a comment This month both ARM and MIPS announced new signal-processing-oriented instruction set extensions for their future processor lineups. Both sets of extensions add
single-instruction multiple-data (SIMD) operations that will greatly expand the signal processing capabilities of the two processor families.
October Newsletter: CEVA Announces Software-Based Multimedia Acceleration Design How-To 10/11/2004 Post a comment This month DSP core licensor CEVA announced an unusual multimedia acceleration technology called MediaMagic. Instead of using specialized hardware accelerators, MediaMagic improves multimedia performance using a software technique CEVA calls a "pattern recognition engine." When using the MediaMagic pattern recognition engine, CEVA claims its CEVA-Teak and CEVA-X1620 cores are competitive with hardwired solutions in terms of performance and energy efficiency.
October Newsletter: Designing a Processor for DSP News & Analysis 10/11/2004 Post a comment As digital signal processing finds its way into an ever-broader range of applications, processors that were not designed with signal-processing applications in mind are often called upon to perform substantial signal-processing tasks. At the same time, DSP processors are taking on new types of tasks--for example, processors designed for audio applications often must handle video as well. Often, the best way for a processor vendor to meet these expanding, evolving signal processing requirements i
October Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response" News & Analysis 10/11/2004 Post a comment At September's Intel Developer Forum, Intel President and COO Paul Otellini gave a keynote speech that lacked the usual obsession with clock speed. Instead, Mr. Otellini's speech focused on issues like parallelism, integration, and power consumption. What struck me about this change in emphasis is that Intel now seems to be reading from an embedded processor vendor's playbook.
Under the Hood: JVC Digital Videocam offers a cast of analog players Teardown 10/8/2004 Post a comment The GR-DV3000 digital video camera from JVC represents an emerging breed of hybrid still/video digital image-capture devices which rely heavily on support from the analog world. Capable of capturing megapixel stills and electronically-stabilized, the videocam uses a wide assortment of analog parts. What is unusual, Portelligent's David Carey shows, is the number of data converters and image processors from Japan.
ST And AMP SC Connectors - no polishing and no curing Product News 10/8/2004 Post a comment LightCrimp Plus connectors offer ST and AMP SC connector versions that require no polishing and no curing " just strip, cleave and crimp. Delivering easy and quick fibre termination, the connectors meet TIA/EIA, IEC, CECC and EN specifications and operate in temperatures ranging from -10 to 60°C.
Focus-On Microcontrollers Design How-To 10/7/2004 Post a comment With no slowdown in sight, the automotive industry continues to consume huge number of microcontroller chips for applications ranging from engine- and dashboard control to meeting the growing requirements for passenger safety, comfort and convenience.
Suns Ultrasparc IV+ verdoppelt Rechenleistung News & Analysis 10/6/2004 Post a comment Mit der Vorstellung seines neuen Ultrasparc IV+ zeigt Sun Microsystems, dass die hauseigene Prozessorarchitektur noch lange nicht reif ist fürs Altersheim. Die neue Ausgabe des Prozessors gilt als doppelt so schnell im Vergleich zu vorliegenden Versionen.
Power control for electronic motor drives achieves higher performance at lower cost Design How-To 10/5/2004 Post a comment The trend is accelerating to use advanced electronic control for motor drives in motion control, industrial machines, appliances and automotive, writes this consumer applications executive. Impetus for the faster growth is driven by a combination of energy efficiency regulations plus performance requirements for precise control of torque and speed. In one of several application articles initially solicited for an EE Times magazine supplement, International Rectifier offers a vision for efficient
ARM und MIPS machen Prozessoren mediatauglich Product News 10/5/2004 Post a comment Mehr Leistung aus ihren Prozessor-Architekturen wollen die Hersteller ARM Holding und MIPS Technologies herausholen. Beide erweitern die Instruktionssätze ihrer Prozessoren um Multimedia-Befehle. Bei der Implementierung gehen die Chip-Architekten der beiden Unternehmen indessen unterschiedliche Wege.
AMD verschätzt sich im Flash-Markt News & Analysis 10/5/2004 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) hat seine Umsatzprognose für das kürzlich abgelaufene dritte Quartal nach unten korrigiert. Als Grund nannte das Unternehmen eine Nachfrage nach Flash-Speichern, die unter den Erwartungen gelegen habe.
TI's 16-bit MCU line touts 0.8 uAmps standby power Product News 10/4/2004 Post a comment Texas Instruments' newest family in its MSP430 16-bit RISC microcontroller product line offers system designers real-time clock standby power of 0.8 microamps with the ability to switch in less than one microsecond to a fully synchronized 16 MIPS in active mode. Power in active mode is spec'd at 300 microamps.
Automakers Look to New Vision for Telematics Blog 10/4/2004 Post a comment Telematics isn't dead; it's just taking a nap.. Many automakers, for example, are revving up plans for Bluetooth-equipped phones in their vehicles. Others are pursuing various wireless concepts for in-vehicle navigation. And General Motors hasn't budged on its support of its OnStar Division, despite reports that the division is struggling financially.
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 ...