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posted in October 2005
New CPU available with Carbon's VSPs
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
Pacific Design's configurable VUPU processor is now available on Carbon's VSP validation platform.
Cool tool aids paralyzed engineers
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
An incredible piece of FREE software called Dasher helps people communicate and remain productive.
PIC MCU adds extra serial ports, faster A/D converter
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
The newest members of Microchip Technology Inc.’s PIC18F high-end 8-bit microcontroller family offer an extra serial port for expanded connectivity and a faster analog-to-digital converter for quicker measurement.
New high-end 8-bit PICs from Microchip
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
New high-end 8-bit PIC microcontrollers provide more features (extra serial ports, nanoWatt technology, faster ADC) and 30% cost reduction.
PowerPC MPUs integrate RAID acceleration hardware
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
The newest versions of the PowerPC processors from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. integrate both RAID 5 and RAID 6 acceleration hardware. The units offer increased redundancy and protection for critical embedded and networking applications.
Patriot drops lawsuit; partner to pursue litigation
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
Patriot Scientific has dropped patent infringement lawsuit against several Japanese companies. Its strategic partner, the TPL Group, has filed a suit against Fujitsu, Matsushita, NEC Toshiba and their affiliates.
Four Japanese companies sued for MPU patent infringement
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Four Japanese electronics giants are the target of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by a U.S. intellectual property management company.
RTOS support for Stretch processors
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Accelerated Technology's Nucleus PLUS RTOS supports Stretch's software-configurable processors for compute-intensive applications.
Cool "stuff" from Actel, Altera, and Xilinx
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
In the schematics for an old computer I found a "Banana Register" (because the data came in bunches)...
8-bit MCU line adds more integration for under $1
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its 8-bit MCU offerings with the launching of the S08QG family at pricing below $1 in large volumes.
New configurable processor from Stretch
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Stretch software-configurable processors' multiple GigE Ethernet ports supported by Treck TCP/IP protocol stack.
Actel ARMs the masses with the M7
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
The most popular 32-bit embedded processor, the CoreMP7, a soft ARM7 optimized for size and speed, is now available for use in Actel FPGAs.
H.264 video encoding with Stretch's S5000 software-configurable processor
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
From a technical perspective, the primary difference between H.264 and other MPEG standards is the use of multiple reference frames, wider search ranges, and smaller macro blocks for motion estimation, all of which ultimately translate to increased computational intensiveness. A Stretch engineer explains how the new S5000 software-configurable processor offers unusual scalability and flexibility.
Microchip unveils 64-pin PIC microcontroller with integrated LCD driver module
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Microchip announces its new PIC16F946 microcontroller, which features an integrated LCD driver module that is capable of driving 168 LCD segments.
Microcontroller drives 168 LCD segments for automotive and industrial applications
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Microchip’s newest PIC-based microcontroller drives 168 liquid crystal display segments. The PIC 16F946 offers system designers an integrated LCD module and provides easy access to varying pin counts and levels of performance.
TI MSP430 MCU breaks 500 Nano amp barrier
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Targeting battery powered applications, the MSP430F20xx microcontrollers from Texas Instruments Inc. now deliver 500 nanoamps in standby mode utilizing a very low-power oscillator technology. The oscillator allows the MCU to be totally self-clocked in an ultra-low power standby mode with self-wakeup capability using no external components
TI offers volume production on digital signal controllers
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its 32-bit TMS320F2801, TMS320F2806 and TMS320F2808 digital signal controllers are now available in volume production quantities.
PMC-Sierra, Power Integrations post gains
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor suppliers Power Integrations Inc. and PMC-Sierra Inc. posted sequential sales and earnings gains.
Multimedia processors bring video to mobile phones
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Broadcom has expanded its mobile multimedia processor family to support high-quality video on handheld screens and the capture of 5 megapixel camera images.
Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard MCUs get a performance boost
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Motion Technology Corp. has a new family of high performance flash card microcontrollers for use in Secure Digital (SD) cards and MultiMediaCards (MMC).
Update: Intel falls short of earnings guidance on charges
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Intel Corp. posted third-quarter earnings of $2 billion, or 32 cents per share on sales of $9.96 billion, compared with year-ago third quarter earnings of $1.9 billion, or 30 cents per share on sales of $8.5 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Onyx DSP features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound functionality
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor says its DSPD56374 DSP now features Dolby Digital, Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Headphone technology functionality. The DSP will allow consumers to enjoy a cinematic experience through any standard set of headphones or stereo speakers whenever or wherever they choose, including in the car, or with portable devices like MP3 players.
Inline security processor family touts Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
Cavium Networks newest line of security processors have two SPI-4.2 interfaces to handle 10 Gbps I/O or eight integrated Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The processor family can handle a variety of protocols including IPsec, SSL and WLAN security and multi-protocol at the same time.
Registration open for international SoC conference
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
The third international System-on-Chip (SoC) conference and exhibition will be held on the 1st and 2nd of November 2005 in Newport Beach, California.
2.8 teraFLOPS 7U CELL-based blade due out early next year
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
Beating even the partners in its development, Mercury Computer Systems has revealed it will within a month or so begin shipping a 2.8 teraFLOPS 7U board based blade system configuration powered by the IBM-Sony-Toshiba CELL BE (Broadband Engine) processor.
AMD opens new 300-mm fab in Germany
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10/14/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. opened its first 300-mm fab in Dresden, Germany, with outgoing German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder lauding the jobs the fab will create.
AMD opens new 300-mm fab in Germany
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10/14/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. opened its first 300-mm fab in Dresden, Germany, with outgoing German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder lauding the jobs the fab will create.
Dual 8051 MCU is tamper-resistant
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10/11/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Laude, a new company based in Austin, Tex. Has begun offering a tamper-resistant, dual MCS8051 instruction-compatible MCU.
October Newsletter: ARM Takes New Direction With Latest Core
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
Last week ARM announced its latest processor core, the Cortex-A8. The Cortex-A8 is the highest-performance ARM processor to date, and it differs in many ways from older ARM cores. Most notably, the Cortex-A8 is the first processor to use the NEON signal processing extensions, and it is the first superscalar ARM core.
October Newsletter: Microchip Announces Speedier DSC Family
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
This month, Microchip Technology announced the dsPIC33F family of 16-bit, flash-based "digital signal controllers," or "DSCs. " The 3.3-volt dsPIC33F uses the same instruction set as its predecessor, the dsPIC30, but the new family will run at a faster clock speed (40 MHz vs. 30 MHz) and add an 8-channel DMA controller.
October Newsletter: Multi-Tiered Software Optimization
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
While nearly all signal processing applications require some degree of software optimization, some applications require a sophisticated, multi-tiered optimization approach in order to meet their performance goals. Unfortunately, many signal processing software developers are experienced with only a subset of the many levels of optimizations.
October Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
In the last year or so I have noticed an impressive surge in new processors targeting digital video applications. Why is everyone suddenly so eager to market a digital video processor? And how many of these processors have a chance of long-term success, given that mature applications are typically dominated by only two or three architectures?
Microchip steps into 16 bit MCU territory with new PIC24 family
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
In significant second step away from the eight bit microcontroller market that has been its mainstay, Microchip Technology Inc. this week announced its intention to start deliveries early next year of a new family of PIC24 sixteen bit MCUs, 22 in total initially, as well as 27 new 16 bit dsPIC33 digital signal controllers.
ARM's latest processor touts low-power solution for mobile applications
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10/7/2005   Post a comment
ARM has begun licensing its newest applications processor called Cortex-A8 targeted at next generation mobile devices. The CPU has been designed to run at more than 600 MHz in low-power 65nm processes.
DARPA Challenge pushes driverless vehicles
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10/7/2005   Post a comment
One leading contender switches to lasers for vision. Here's the story direct from the vehicle team leader.
Mercury announces its first Cell blade
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10/6/2005   Post a comment
Mercury Computer Systems Inc.'s first product based on the IBM Cell processor relies on IBM's BladeCenter design and will offer peak operating speeds of 400 Gflops.
ARM7-based MCU offers features specifically for industrial apps
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10/6/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has developed an ARM7 based MCU series for factory automation, POS terminals and other industrial applications. The MCU is said to offer single 5V power rail, robust operation, extended temperature range of -40C to +105C and a set of peripherals tailored for industrial use.
Audio engine provides turnkey 24-bit audio for SOC designs
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10/5/2005   Post a comment
Tensilica’s Xtensa LX processor has been given an add-on package. The company has launched the Xtensa HiFi 2 Audio Engine, enabling system-on-chip designers to quickly design audio-enabled devices such as cellular phones, portable music players, DVD drives, and set-top boxes.
MCU line doubles on-chip flash to 16 Kbytes in 24-pin QFN package
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10/5/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has beefed-up the amount of on-chip flash on its C8051F316 and C8051F317 MCUs. The units now offer 16 kBytes in a new 4 x 4 mm 24-pin QFN package.
MIPS says sales declined
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10/4/2005   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies Inc. said it expects revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 ended Sept. 30, to be $11.8 million to $12.0 million, compared to $14.3 million in the prior quarter.
Fujitsu brings out new 32-bit automotive RISC MCUs for a drive
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10/4/2005   Post a comment
As a follow-on to its previous MB92460 microcontrollers, Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe has just come out with a new family of 32-bit RISC MCUs targeted at a range of next generation automotive applications.


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