AMD rolls first post-acquisition ATI graphics card Product News 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.
Options scandal: Atmel expects big restatement News & Analysis 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.
Analysis: PortalPlayer tries to get off the mat News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Intel invests in Vietnamese IT firm News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
AMCC offers security-enabled SoC Product News 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.
Pentagon urges 'relevant' R&D News & Analysis 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.
Intel revenue, income up sequentially News & Analysis 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 targets digital-audio Applications Product News 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.
LSI Logic rolls next-gen media processor architecture Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Multi-core MPEG-4 video encode partitioning Design How-To 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 Product News 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 Design How-To 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Marvell expects 10% revenue drop, restatement from options News & Analysis 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.