New Blackfin microcontroller lowers cost, power Product News 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.
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.
e2v selects Cortus' 32-bit CPU core News & Analysis 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.
AMD, Intel face 'murky' Q4, uncertain 2009 News & Analysis 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.
Groups partner for wireless sensor nets Product News 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 Product News 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.
Opinion: Winners, losers in AMD fab deal Blog 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?
Video: Chartered speaks on AMD, 32-nm progress News & Analysis 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.
Analysis: AMD stops bleeding, but still has long way to go Blog 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.
ARMv8 instruction set will be application driven, says exec Product News 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.