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Featured Product: Fujitsu enhances economical automotive display controllers
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Device does not incorporate a traditional 2D/3D rendering engine, which allows it to operate at frequencies of 80 MHz for reduced power consumption. The sprite engine also does not require the more expensive frame buffer memory typically needed for graphics rendering, but uses a simpler line-buffering technique.
Atmel motor driver chips feature high reliability
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10/30/2008   Post a comment
For always-on applications that require high reliability in rough environments, Atmel has developed two new brushless dc motor driver chips. Application examples are fuel pumps, turbochargers and exhaust gas recirculation.
AMD taps Bozzo to head Euro region
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10/30/2008   Post a comment
AMD has appointed Alberto Bozzo as corporate vice president and general manager of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
Featured Product: Simulink Fixed Point 6 targets more accurate design, simulation
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Simulink upgrade delivers capabilities for designing and simulating fixed-point systems and generating optimized code for implementation, while streamlining workflows.
Intel increased MPU share in Q3, iSuppli says
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Intel increased its dominance over the worldwide microprocessor business in the third quarter, accounting for 80.4 percent of all revenue in the product category, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Gopher takes the grunt out of microcontroller picks
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
GruntWare has developed a Web-based search tool that enables designers to select a proper microcontroller for embedded applications.
Blackfin gets Microsoft .NET Micro Framework support
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices' Blackfin processors will have Microsoft .NET Micro Framework available, enabling developers to use Visual Studio.
New Blackfin microcontroller lowers cost, power
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices lowers the cost and power, while increasing the performance, of its Blackfin family of microcontrollers with BF51x series aimed at voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP), mobile devices, motor control and automotive applications.
ON Semiconductor expands automotive transceiver family
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10/25/2008   Post a comment
The NCV7341 CAN transceiver provides the interface between a CAN protocol controller and the physical bus and can be used in both 12 V and 24 V systems.
Fall ESC08 Boston Preview: Lawyers, multicore design and the meanings of words
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10/25/2008   Post a comment
Performance and speed in embedded design, particularly multi-core systems, depends of the specifics of the application.
MCUs: Renesas Unveils R8C/Lx Series MCUs with LCD capabilities
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10/23/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America, Inc. has launched a new generation of microcontrollers (MCUs) with an on-board LCD controller. The new devices integrate advanced features such as a data transfer controller (DTC) and data flash memory with a background operation (BGO) function.
Integrated automotive IC consolidates door-mounted drivers
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10/23/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' L99DZ70XP adds enhanced electrochrome mirror controller alongside motor, lighting, and heater drivers, allowing door-zone control from one location.
Need a watchdog for improved system fault tolerance?
Design How-To  
10/23/2008   1 comment
Need a watchdog? This article outlines the requirements for a robust Watchdog and guidelines to be considered while designing this fault tolerant system monitor. Methods for refreshing a watchdog, write protection mechanism, early detection of code runaway, and a self-test of the watchdog are described.
Coming up on ESC Boston
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10/22/2008   Post a comment
ESC features BYOES program, live Tear Downs
e2v selects Cortus' 32-bit CPU core
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10/22/2008   Post a comment
Sensors, semiconductors and electronic tubes specialist e2v technologies plc (Chelmsford, England) announced it has selected the APS3 32-bit CPU core from France-based Cortus SA for sensor interface mixed-signal ASICs.
Freescale delivers automotive MCU for 'green' engine design
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor says it has introduced the industry's most powerful and sophisticated microcontroller (MCU) for engine control in mainstream, high-volume automobiles.
DC Motor Drive Basics - Part 1: Thyristor Drive Overview
Design How-To  
10/21/2008   5 comments
Review the fundamentals of DC motor drives with this excerpt from the book "Electric Motors and Drives: Fundamentals, Types and Applications," which begins with a look at the operation of thyristor-fed DC motor drives.
Free ColdFire processor for Altera Cyclone III FPGAs
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10/21/2008   1 comment
The V1 ColdFire processor FPGA CIII is available now from the folks at IPextreme.
New chips up safety margins for drivers
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
Convergence 2008 hosted the debut of vision processing chips aimed at making automobiles safer, greener and easier for drivers to operate.
Microcontroller-based RF transmitter family targets automotive remote keyless entry applications
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has announced the AVR-microcontroller-based RF transmitter family ATA577x for remote keyless entry (RKE) applications, incorporating the company's well-known AVR microcontroller, ATtiny44V, and the T5750/53/54 RF transmitter.
Cooperation on Linux development toolkit for ARM
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
Macraigor Systems and Viosoft have jointly announced the availability of an integrated development toolkit for the embedded Linux environment on ARM processors.
Renesas, Express Logic roll MP3 platform
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10/20/2008   Post a comment
At its recent technology conference here, Express Logic Inc. and Renesas Technology Corp. rolled out a reference design platform for the development of MP3-based media players.
AMD, Intel face 'murky' Q4, uncertain 2009
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10/17/2008   Post a comment
The growing economic uncertainty is forcing leading semiconductor companies to adopt a cautious tone with their fourth quarter financial forecasts and likely to impact capital expenditure spending as well as plant utilization and inventory level planning for 2009.
Analysis: AMD, Intel face 'murky' Q4, uncertain '09
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10/17/2008   Post a comment
The two fiercest rivals in the semiconductor market appear to have something they can both agree upon: The forecasting environment just got murkier.
AMD beats expectations, but posts 8th straight loss
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10/16/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices posted a third quarter net loss of $67 million, or 11 cents per share, the company said.
Opinion: Tech won't be starved for investment
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10/16/2008   Post a comment
Funding isn't going to trip up tech companies in the current credit meltdown. What could leave them reeling is being unprepared either for a softening market or the eventual economic upturn.
Groups partner for wireless sensor nets
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10/15/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor and Nivis LLC, a leading developer and integrator of wireless network technologies, are to combine their respective technologies to provide wired-to-wireless platform for commercial and industrial sensor mesh networks.
Nvidia rolls high end Intel chip set
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10/15/2008   Post a comment
Over the next few years, the market for integrated graphics chip sets will diminish and ultimately disappear, but in the short term, Nvidia Corp. sees an opportunity it is attacking with a chip for Penryn-class Intel processors that it claims delivers five times the graphics performance of Intel's own integrated parts.
Renesas rolls MPU for affordable telematics
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10/15/2008   Post a comment
Japan's Renesas Technology Corp. has outlined its microprocessor roadmap in the telematics market, tipping a pair of chip technologies for future low- to high-end cars.
Analysis: Mobile products lift Intel, but Q4 uncertain
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10/14/2008   Post a comment
Buoyed by growth in revenue from microprocessors and chip sets for mobile computing, Intel posted a third-quarter profit of $2 billion but warned of poor fourth quarter visibility due to the current financial crisis.
Apple, Samsung unveil notebooks
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10/14/2008   Post a comment
Electronics heavyweights Apple and Samsung Electronics announced new notebook PC products, some of which will compete head-to-head in the U.S.
Multi-Core -- A New Challenge for Debugging
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10/14/2008   Post a comment
Development of complex systems with powerful hardware on one side and ambitious applications on the other side, benefits from on system-spanning on-chip support for debugging.
AMD foundry exec downplays IP issue, seeks new customers
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10/10/2008   Post a comment
The success of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s bold plan to spinoff its capital-intensive semiconductor manufacturing operations rests on the shoulders of Doug Grose, a 20-year IC industry veteran.
NXP launches fast ARM Cortex-M3 MCUs
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10/10/2008   Post a comment
NXP's low-power 100-MHz LPC1700 MCU runs Ethernet, CAN and USB simultaneously without bottlenecks.
Simple embedded wireless resolves rural public transport scheduling
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
Wireless protocol's frequency agility, data rate, and range offer a low-cost, robust system feeding a simple visual interface.
iSuppli trims IC outlook, warns conditions may worsen
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
Market research firm iSuppli trimmed its 2008 semiconductor industry revenue growth forecast amid signals that the chip market may be feeling the impact of the credit crisis and economic downturn.
Gartner may cut IC outlook, urges calm
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
Market researcher Gartner dropped its IC forecast for 2008 and 2009, projecting that the IC market will grow 4.2 percent in 2008 and 7.8 percent in 2009.
Video: ARM's chief on the economy and Atom
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
The outlook is for stormy weather in the global cellular industry, but ARM Ltd. chief executive Warren East is hopeful his company is diversified enough to remain stable.
Opinion: Winners, losers in AMD fab deal
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
AMD plans to spinoff its manufacturing arm into a new foundry vendor, with financial help from the Abu Dhabi government. This will turn troubled AMD into a pure design house. Who are the winners and losers in this deal?
NXP : ARM flash MCUs operate at 125 MHz
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
NXP has announced the LPC2900 series microcontrollers based on the ARM968 core.
Video: Chartered speaks on AMD, 32-nm progress
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
A top executive with Chartered Semiconductor tried to put a positive spin on the announcement that Advanced Micro Devices will spin off its fabs into a new foundry, suggesting the move will expand the market for its shared 32-nm process technology.
NEC to add 0.15 micron capacity to California fab
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
NEC Electronics will increase production capacity at its fab in Roseville, Calif., adding a 0.15-micron process to the facilitt's 8-inch wafer line.
AMD's Meyer touts benefits of Abu Dhabi deal
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
AMD CEO Dirk Meyer was bullish about the chip maker's fab-lite strategy and new partner Advanced Technology Investment Co. of Abu Dhabi.
Cadence rolls ARM hardware/software co-verification environment
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems announced the availability of an ARM hardware/software co-verification environment that the company says accelerates the system validation process for mutual customers of the two companies.
Analysis: AMD stops bleeding, but still has long way to go
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
AMD's decision to spin off its manufacturing facilities in a joint venture qualifies as the most significant event in its history. It's debatable, as company executives contend, that deal rises to the level of other seminal events in the history of the semiconductor industry.
ARM's impressive trace makes debug a snap
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
ARM's latest tool suite, RVDS 4.0, has top-notch trace and profile features.
Microcontroller for mid-range motor control and inverter applications
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Europe has launched the SH7243 SuperH flash microcontroller that uses the SH-2A core. It has been designed specifically for the mid-range drives, and general-purpose inverter markets.
TSMC reportedly settles with IP licensor
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has reached a settlement with UniRAM Technology Inc. over disputed trade secrets, according to reports.
Infineon's XC2200M microcontroller enhances MCU family for automotive body applications
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies has introduced a new series of highly-integrated microcontrollers designed for use in automotive body applications, featuring very low power consumption in stand-by and operation mode, higher performance and AUTOSAR compliance.
ARMv8 instruction set will be application driven, says exec
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc is working on a next-generation instruction set architecture to be the basis for a future set of processor cores. When introduced its capabilities and its extensions to the current architecture – ARMv7 – will be driven by applications and partners, according to a senior company executive.
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