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ASE Test posts profit but sees flat fourth quarter
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
ASE Test Ltd. (Taipei) reported third-quarter net income of $20.6 million, or 21 cents per share on sales of $163.5 million, compared with $0.7 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $103.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Sun: Erstes 'Niagara'-Silizium ist fertig
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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
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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.
Sun spins first silicon of 'Niagara' processor
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems has manufactured first silicon of its next-generation Niagara processor, which isn't due to ship until 2006.
Intel claims speed record with NASA's Itanium-based supercomputer
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. jumped into the supercomputer sweepstakes, announcing that its Itanium 2 processor powers a NASA system running at what is claimed to be a world-record speed of 42 teraflops/s.
Convergence Connections
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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.
ZiLOG MCUs get programming support from BP Microsystems
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
ZiLOG, Inc.'s Z8 Encore!, eZ80Acclaim! and Crimzon LP32300 microcontroller (MCU) families will be supported by device programmer supplier BP Microsystems.
Serverfarm-on-a-Chip schon bald Realität?
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Dallas' 16-bit MCU boasts 3.6 normalized MIPS/mA performance.
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor's 16-bit microcontroller line called MAXQ boasts the industry's highest MIPS/mA.
Low Cost 32-Bit Micro - boasts a strong peripheral set
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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
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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
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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.
Weak orders, inventory woes afflict more semi suppliers
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Semiconductor suppliers continued to see an inventory buildup put a stranglehold on their quarter earnings as orders softened, with many seeing revenue decline from year-ago or previous quarter levels.
QuickLogic, Renesas to partner on Wi-Fi solutions
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
QuickLogic Corp.has partnered with Renesas Technology Corp. to enable low-power solutions for the expanding Wi-Fi market.
Graphics display controller supports 70Mbps PCI bandwidth, dual display output
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.'s newest 32-bit graphics display controller IC called the MB86296 Coral PA, has b een designed for advanced navigational and video display applications in automobiles.
Transmeta rutscht tiefer in die roten Zahlen
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Der bedrängte Prozessorhersteller Transmeta hat im dritten Quartal seinen Verlust ausgeweitet. Außerdem musste das Unternehmen seinen Abschluss für das zweite Quartal noch einmal überarbeiten.
Embedded CPUs take on media tasks
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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
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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
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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.
Rockwell boosts use of Intel network processor
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10/19/2004   Post a comment
Rockwell Automation Inc. announced Tuesday (Oct. 19) it is expanding the use of Intel's IXP465 network processors in industrial automation applications to link the factory floor with other enterprises.
Intel taps 90-nm process for integrated network processor
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10/19/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is leveraging its 90-nm process technology to roll out what one analyst said is the first integrated control and data plane processor.
Intel stoppt 4-GHz-Pentium
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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.
Intel pulls plug on 4.0-GHz P4
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10/14/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is quietly letting its customers know that it has pulled the plug on a planned 4.0-GHz speed grade of its Pentium 4 processor.
32-Bit RISC Core - comes with royalty-free licence
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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
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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"
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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:
EU says four countries favor Intel when procuring PCs
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10/13/2004   Post a comment
The European Commission charged Wednesday (Oct. 13) that the governments of France, the Netherlands, Finland, and Sweden are favoring microprocessors from Intel when procuring PCs, thus violating European Union regulations.
Intel posts gain despite weak demand
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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"
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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
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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.
MultiApplication Smart Card - loading of applications at any time
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
ZeitControl presents the MultiApplication BasicCard, a new member of the BasicCard family. The innovative BasicCard allows loading of multiple applications into a single BasicCard, even in cards already issued to end customers.
ST And AMP SC Connectors - no polishing and no curing
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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.
PowerPC processor targets embedded storage and networking apps
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp.'s (AMCC) PowerPC 440SPe processor offers three independent PCI Express interfaces and one PCI-X version 2.0 interface. The newest PowerPC chip is aimed at such applications as RAID controllers and storage area networking (SAN) equipment.
Focus-On Microcontrollers
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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.
Infineon adds 16-, 32-bit MCUs for auto and industial apps
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies has beefed-up its microcontroller line with the launching of three new 16-bit MCUs for automotive and industrial applications as well as a new 32-bit device in its TriCore family for cost-sensitive industrial applications.
Low Power Microcontrollers - for the next generation intelligent sensors
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Renesas Technology has announced the H8/38602F, the first of its new Tiny Super Low Power microcontrollers. The device uses a high performance 16-bit H8/300H CPU core that offers extremely low power consumption and includes 16 kbyte of on-chip single supply flash memory.
Suns Ultrasparc IV+ verdoppelt Rechenleistung
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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
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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
MCU software suite optimized for embedded apps
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
ZiLOG, Inc. has a new version of its ZTP integrated, preemptive multitasking OS and TCP/IP protocol software suite. As with earlier releases of ZTP, the latest Version 1.4 is optimized for embedded systems.
ARM und MIPS machen Prozessoren mediatauglich
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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