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AMD rolls first post-acquisition ATI graphics card
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10/31/2006   Post a comment
AMD rolled out the first product borne of its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies, a graphics card that makes use of ATI's CrossFire technology and is billed as providing "gaming enthusiast-class" technology at a low price point: $149.
AMCC expands family of PowerPC evaluation kits
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10/30/2006   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has expanded its family of PowerPC evaluation kits, with the addition of four kits supporting its PowerPC440EPx, 440GRx, 440GX and 440SPe processors.
Options scandal: Atmel expects big restatement
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10/30/2006   Post a comment
Atmel is the latest high-tech company to acknowledge it would restate a significant portion of its historical financials in connection with past stock options granting practices, saying its financial statements for 2003 through 2005, plus the first quarter of 2006, should no longer be relied upon.
Xilinx announces new MicroBlaze embedded kit
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10/30/2006   Post a comment
Low-cost kit includes Xilinx Platform Studio Integrated Design Environment, Spartan-3E embedded board, and flexible 32-bit MicroBlaze soft processor.
Xilinx XtremeDSP development tools reduce Power for Virtex-5 DSP applications
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10/30/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx, Inc. has launched version 8.2 of its XtremeDSP development tools. These tools consist of the System Generator for DSP and AccelDSP, which feature optimized DSP support for XilinxVirtex 5 LX and LXT.
Analysis: PortalPlayer tries to get off the mat
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10/27/2006   Post a comment
Beleaguered Portal Player, the once high-flying media processor vendor that was decimated by the loss of a key slot in Apple's iPod earlier this year, is bidding to reinvent itself with a new licensing model geared toward the sub-$100 MP3 player market and a technology enabling a second LCD screen on notebook PCs.
ARM embraces SOI technology
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10/27/2006   Post a comment
Soitec and ARM have signed a cooperation agreement to make Soitec's silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology available for the ARM microprocessor IP. Thus, SOI performance benefit becomes available for developers using ARM processors.
Beyond DVD: Is the next home entertainment center the car?
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10/26/2006   2 comments
Infotainment will serve up a digital cornucopia of video, GPS navigation, safety, and other features. But beyond a wide data "pipe," flexible silicon, derived from consumer electronics, is needed.
Intel invests in Vietnamese IT firm
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10/25/2006   Post a comment
SAN JOSE, Calif. — FPT Corp., a provider of information and communications technology in Vietnam, has issued new shares to private equity firm Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and Intel Capital. Under the terms of the agreement, FPT (Hanoi) received a total investment of $36.5 million, from TPG and Intel Capital.
Merged AMD-ATI plans combined CPU/GPU chips in '08
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10/25/2006   Post a comment
Aiming to leapfrog archrival Intel, Advanced Micro Devices announced its Fusion program under which it will deliver a wide range of merged x86 CPUs with on-board graphics accelerators as part of its acquisition of graphics and chip set designer ATI Technologies.
RTOS support for LatticeMico32 processor core
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10/24/2006   Post a comment
Having the uC/OS-II kernel included with Lattice's development tools will accelerate embedded system development on the LatticeMico32 processor core.
AMCC offers security-enabled SoC
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10/24/2006   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has begun general sampling of its new PowerPC 440EPx embedded processor. Delivering Gigabit Ethernet, security acceleration and USB support, the 440EPx targets printing systems, industrial control, wireless LAN access points and other general embedded applications.
ARM7 Flash MCUs support GByte-plus SDRAM, NAND Flash and CompactFlash
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10/23/2006   Post a comment
Atmel's three newest additions to its SAM7 family of ARM7-based USB microcontrollers include an external bus interface that provides access to massive amounts of external NAND Flash, SDRAM, CompactFlash, SRAM and ROM storage.
Pentagon urges 'relevant' R&D
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
U.S. military planners, faced with mounting casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan along with a decline in federal R&D spending, are pressing contractors to shift their focus from gee-whiz technologies to "relevant" ones that can save lives and improve capabilities today.

8-bit IR remote MCU integrates learning capability
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
ZiLOG's latest addition to the Crimzon Infrared (IR) remote microcontroller (MCU) family is the ZLR64400 8-bit MCU with 64 KB of ROM.
32-bit MCUs deliver high-quality graphics for automotive displays
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
TI has expanded its 32-bit TMS470 MCU platform with the TMS470PLFx devices for automotive instrument cluster host controller applications in a variety of vehicle diagnostics and driver assistance applications.
32-bit RISC CPU controls automotive electric motors
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
Renesas has unveiled its first MCU built with the company's MONOS embedded flash technology. The SH7147F 64-MHz, 32-bit RISC MCU is designed for controlling electric motors in automotive chassis, safety and hybrid electric systems.
Hybrids, navigation, and market outlook
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
Auto electronics topics ranged far and wide as I cruised the floor at the Convergence 2006 conference.
Automotive MCUs feature embedded flash, high clock speeds
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America introduces three 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with embedded flash memory and high 80 MHz clock speeds for next-generation automotive applications.
Intel slashes '06 capex; likely to trail Samsung
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
As expected, Intel trimmed its 2006 capital expenditure outlook, saying the company now expects to spend between $5.7 billion and $5.9 billion. It's likely Intel will trail Samsung in 2006 capital spending.
Intel revenue, income up sequentially
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
Intel posted third quarter net income of $1.3 billion, up 47 percent sequentially but down 35 percent year-to-year, the company said. Revenue of $8.7 billion was up 9 percent sequentially but down 12 percent year-to-year.
32-bit MCU delivers power efficiency for automotive apps
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor said it has introduced the industry's first dual-core, 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) family with flexible low-power modes for automotive applications.
Bluewater Systems to use Altera FPGAs for customizable, ARM-based module
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
Cyclone FPGAs enable Snapper 255 to be fully customizable to meet diverse design requirements for a broad range of ARM-based processor systems.
Profits soar at Samsung, further growth expected
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. reported record quarter-on-quarter profits for its third quarter, with sales of memory chips and mobile phones leading the charge.
USB 2.0 based JTAG emulator supports ARC processors
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Corelis, Inc.'s USB 2.0-ARC/MetaWare JTAG emulator enables software and firmware developers to obtain the throughput and portability of the Corelis USB-1149.1/E controller while using the MetaWare Debugger for ARC processors.
Hot products: Cavium's 1-GHz processor, OmniVision's 1.3-megapixel sensor
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Among the hottest products at www.eeProductCenter.com are a new processor line that offers 1-GHz performance, a family of three-axis accelerometers and a camera chip sensor that enables thinner camera phones.
Analysis: ARC Player Subsystem and SMIC Partnership
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
BDTI evaluates ARC's new multimedia player subsystem, and analyzes its just-announced partnership with Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC).
Speaking of voice recognition
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
Automotive speech recognition is so widespread already that Nuance currently equips one million cars per quarter with its products.
ADI offers audio starter kit for Blackfin DSP
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10/11/2006   Post a comment
Targeting audio applications, Analog Devices, Inc.'s Blackfin Audio Starter Kit offers a complete package of development software and hardware to enable fast time to market for embedded audio designs.
Intel enables modular approach to WiMax telecom build out
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10/11/2006   Post a comment
Emphasizing a modular yet flexible approach to quickly building out a WiMax network, Intel has announced the NetStructure baseband card that combines transport, control and baseband processing in a standards-based AdvancedMC form factor.
AMD gives deeper peek into quad-core Opteron
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10/11/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices (provided a deeper look into the quad-core Opteron, detailing six areas where it will enhance the CPU expected to appear in 2007.
Ramtron chip combines FRAM with real- time clock/calendar
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10/10/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron's new FM3130 is billed as a 64-kbit 3-volt FRAM-Enhanced processor companion device that combines the benefits of nonvolatile ferroelectric RAM with an integrated real-time clock/calendar in one tiny package.
Reconfigurable MPU targets wired and wireless network applications
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10/10/2006   Post a comment
Imsys Technologies' has made use of the re-configurability of its IM3000.x microprocessor architecture with the launching of three new versions optimized for different wired and wireless network applications.
32-bit MCU targets digital-audio Applications
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10/10/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.'s TMP92FD28FG/DFG 32-bit MCU combines a high-performance SuperFlash MCU for audio control with a USB host controller. It is targeted at automotive and consumer digital-audio applications.
Freescale integrates Quicc engine with e500 CPU core
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10/10/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor is taking the next step with its PowerQuicc III family of network controllers, adding a Quicc engine module to a gigahertz-class e500 processor core.
IntellaSys offers T18 compiler/simulator for SEAforth multicore processors
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10/9/2006   Post a comment
IntellaSys Corp.'s new compiler/simulator supports its recently introduced SEAforth multicore processors for embedded applications.
LSI Logic rolls next-gen media processor architecture
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10/9/2006   Post a comment
LSI Logic unveiled the company's next-generation, multi-core transcoding media processor architecture, Domino[X], said to offer flexibility and scalability to address both high-performance professional codec solutions and cost-sensitive consumer electronics products.
Cavium's Octeon processor line touts 1 GHz performance
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10/9/2006   Post a comment
Cavium Networks has launched its 1 GHz OCTEON Plus family of multi-core MIPS64 processors. The new units double the performance of the OCTEON CN38XX through higher frequency and architectural enhancements while maintaining full software and pin compatibility.
Freescale's 8-bit MCU offers 5V operation
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10/6/2006   Post a comment
The MC9S08QD4 is Freescale's smallest 8-bit MCU in its S08 family and provides for better resolution and speed of conversion by offering up to 5 volts performance with a 4-channel, 10-bit analog-digital converter with automatic compare function.
Renesas adds multimedia application processor
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10/6/2006   Post a comment
Renesas' new SH7722 single-chip processor supports next-generation video standards and minimizes power consumption for long battery life.
Multi-core MPEG-4 video encode partitioning
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10/6/2006   Post a comment
Partitioning a video-encoding algorithm onto a multi-core architecture can utilize a variety of techniques, including data partitioning and pipelining. Cradle Technologies explains them, and how to do MPEG-4 Baseline Profile implementation on their multi-core CT3600 processor family.
Ardence RTX 7.0 supports Intel Core 2 Duo processors
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10/6/2006   Post a comment
Ardence said version 7.0 of RTX, its real-time solution for Embedded Windows, has been tested and validated to support the new Intel Core 2 Duo processors. In addition, Ardence, a General Member of the Intel Communications Alliance, is working closely with Intel to add Intel-specific enhancements to its product line.
Get better DSP code from your compiler
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10/5/2006   Post a comment
Signal processing algorithms and the DSPs used to run them have specialized characteristics. As a result, compilers can't generate efficient DSP code without help from the programmer. BDTI explains how to coax efficient code from your compiler.
Toshiba expands 16-, 32-bit MCU lines
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has beefed-up its embedded flash microcontroller line with the launching of two new 16-bit MCUs and a new 32-bit MCU based on SuperFlash technology.
Fanless SBC operates in rugged environments
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
WinSystems has launched its EBC-855-G, an EBX-compatible, Intel 1GHz ultra low-power, Celeron (Dothan core) single board computer.The fanless SBC operates over an industrial temperature range of -40° to +70°Celsius.
Embedded flash enables 'smart' automotive interface applications
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
In SoC design, arranging the co-existence of components, especially non-volatile memory, is not an easy task, because where there is complexity there is also the potential for cost.
Analysis: Sandbridge launches low-power programmable handset processor
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
BDTI evaluates the new Sandbridge SB3011, a low-power, fully-programmable processor aimed at replacing baseband and application processors in cellular handsets.
Automotive instrumentation cluster MCU touts on-chip TFT display drive
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10/3/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's latest 16-bit microcontroller is aimed at the next wave in automotive instrumentation clusters. The MC9S12XHZ512 MCU is said to be the industry's first instrumentation cluster MCU featuring an integrated thin-film transistor display drive.
Intel offers dual-core processors at embedded apps
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10/3/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp.'s Core 2 Duo E6400 and T7400 processors are now being aimed at embedded applications, ranging from bank ATMs to point-of-sale cash registers.
Marvell expects 10% revenue drop, restatement from options
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10/2/2006   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group said it now expects revenue for the current quarter to be down 10 percent from the $574 million it posted last quarter. The company also said it would likely restate some of its historical financials as the result of an ongoing investigation into historical stock options granting practices.
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