PowerPC MPUs integrate RAID acceleration hardware Product News 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.
H.264 video encoding with Stretch's S5000 software-configurable processor Design How-To 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.
TI MSP430 MCU breaks 500 Nano amp barrier Product News 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
Update: Intel falls short of earnings guidance on charges News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
2.8 teraFLOPS 7U CELL-based blade due out early next year News & Analysis 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.
October Newsletter: ARM Takes New Direction With Latest Core Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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" News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
ARM7-based MCU offers features specifically for industrial apps Product News 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 Product News 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.
MIPS says sales declined News & Analysis 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 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 ...