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In-system emulation technology support for the MPC85xx
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Goepel electronic announced the development of a special model library for Freescale processor types MPC85xx to support its in-system emulation technology VarioTAP.
Using multicore procesors in embedded systems - part 1
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Physical constants such as the speed of light, the size of electrons, and the operating temperature limits of silicon mean that Moore's Law can no longer be relied on to provide extra performance ad infinitum. Do multicore processors provide a solution?
NEWS - Rapid configuration of AMBA NIC-301 enabled by CoWare/ARM partnership
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
New CoWare SBL-301 SystemC Bus Library for CoWare Platform Architect provides configurability, visibility and rapid turnaround time, enabling system designers to efficiently optimize AMBA NIC-301 network interconnect-based designs.
Exec details ST's ARM Cortex-A9 licensing choice for HDTVs
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In an interview with EE Times, Laurent Remont, director, R&D/Architecture Group, Home Entertainment and Displays Group at STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), provided details on ST's decision to build its next-generation HDTV consumer device around the high-performance ARM architecture.
Viewpoint: In defense of Hector Ruiz
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10/29/2009   2 comments
Ex-AMD boss Hector Ruiz might have been justified in providing confidential information about the company's reorganization to a group being investigated for insider trading but he alone can end the controversy by disclosing why he talked so candidly about his former employer.
Intellon, Whirlpool snag smart grid grants
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Proposals from chip designer Intellon Corp. and white goods giant Whirlpool were among a broad group of 100 projects selected Tuesday to share $34 billion in federal funds to accelerate deployment of smart electric grids.
ST licenses ARM Cortex-A9 multiprocessor core
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has licensed the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for use in its next-generation set-top-box and digital TV system-on-chip (SoC) ICs.
Update: Ex-AMD CEO Ruiz reportedly linked to insider-trading case
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Ruiz, the former CEO of AMD, allegedly supplied confidential information about the company's plans to spin off its manufacturing operations to a defendant in the Galleon Group insider trading case, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
ARM gains ground in non-mobile applications
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Processor IP vendor ARM Holdings plc (Cambrige, England) did not escape unscathed from the crisis. Amidst a revenue decline of 8 percent in Q3/2009, the company however reiterated its sales targets and claimed to have gained market share particularly in non-mobile markets.
Qualcomm creates open source software group
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10/26/2009   1 comment
Qualcomm Inc. announced Monday it has set up a separate wholly-owned subsidiary to work on open source software for mobile systems, the Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. with a dedicated group of engineers led by Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
Tilera raises $10 million in Quanta 'cloud' deal
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Notebook computer maker Quanta Computer Inc. (Taoyuan, Taiwan) has made a $10 million investment in Tilera Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), a startup developer of multicore processors and compilers.
Energy Micro plans to raise $10 million in 2010
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Energy Micro AS (Oslo, Norway), the startup that has brought the Gecko family of 32-bit microcontrollers to market, is planning to raise about $10 million in venture capital in the first half of 2010.
ARM CTO: power surge could create 'dark silicon'
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Without fresh innovations, designers could find themselves by 2020 in an era of "dark silicon," able to build dense devices they cannot afford to power, according to the chief technology officer of ARM Ltd. at the company's annual tech conference where FPGAs and netbooks were also hot topics.
Energy Micro launches ARM-based Gecko microcontrollers
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10/21/2009   2 comments
Startup Energy Micro AS (Oslo, Norway) has launched its first products, the EFM32 family of microcontrollers, otherwise known as Gecko, with the claim the microcontrollers offer more than four times the battery life of existing 8, 16 or 32-bit microcontrollers.
TI launches ARM processors for industrial apps
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10/21/2009   1 comment
Texas Instruments Inc. (Houston, Texas) has announced the availability of two Cortex-A8 based microprocessors optimized for industrial applications. Cortex-A8 is developed by ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
Forum split on future of chip startups
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10/21/2009   1 comment
A discussion panel organized here by Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) revealed some of the dynamic tension between the fabless chip startup community and their key suppliers — the EDA companies and the foundries. Held immediately before an evening meeting intended to put hopeful startups in front of venture capitalists, the round-table aired a number of issues facing startups but drew few conclusions.
ARM stretches out with A5 core, graphics, FPGAs
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10/21/2009   3 comments
ARM Ltd. opens its annual Silicon Valley technical conference announcing the Cortex A5, a new core to anchor its high-end line of mobile and embedded processors as well as plans to bolster its nascent position in graphics, extend its progress in microcontrollers and take a step in a potentially new direction with FPGAs.
Integrated high-voltage power IC enables quick warm-up benefits for CFLs
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
An integrated high-voltage power IC designed to drive dimmable Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) has been unveiled by NXP Semiconductors that offers quick warm-up and unprecedented dimming capabilities down to 10 percent of full light intensity.
PC maker sees slow road for USB 3.0
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10/21/2009   1 comment
Description: Intel's decision to wait until 2011 to support USB 3.0 in PC chip sets will put mainstream adoption of the interconnect on hold for a year, said a senior technology manager at a top tier PC maker who also called for separate 60 GHz industry groups to unite in the wake of the failure of wireless USB.
Synopsys optimizes high-performance energy-efficient ARM processor-based designs for mobile devices
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) has created an optimized reference implementation methodology for the ARM Cortex-A8 processor that claims to achieve greater than 2 GHz (4000 DMIPS) at 540 mW.
Comment: ARM, Xilinx and the future of programmable platforms
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10/19/2009   10 comments
The information provided to me so far about the ARM-Xilinx programmable systems collaboration was long on canned quotes and short on detail which of course leads to all sorts of questions and speculations.
ARM, Xilinx to collaborate on programmable systems
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have announced they are collaborating to enable ARM processor and interconnect technology to be implemented within Xilinx FPGAs.
Accelerate your MCU-based design process
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10/16/2009   1 comment
As microcontroller architectures evolve into full-fledged SoCs, MCU users are getting dragged into the software implementation, an area they may not fully understand. This feature will show you how to use software components to your advantage to reduce costs, save time and reduce risk.
Analysis: Solid Q3 for AMD, Intel; now for the hard part
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. looks set to outperform rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. when the enterprise IT equipment market rebounds as expected early in 2010 just as the consumer sector that drove strong PC sales in the third quarter begins to fade.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., which is fighting to catch up with the leading-edge semiconductor technology pace set by its rivals, has said it plans to extend its 45-nm bulk CMOS to 40-nm and 55-nm geometries.
Tata ports ROS-ES operating system to Tensilica processors
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
ROS-ES, a real-time operating system for embedded systems, developed by Indian design services company Tata-Elxsi Ltd. (Bangalore, India), is now available for the Xtensa and Diamond processors from Tensilica Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.).
AMD Q3 net loss narrows despite 22% sales plunge
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s third quarter net loss narrowed slightly from the year-ago period and the company's overall performance improved strongly on a sequential basis as the chip vendor benefitted from debt buyback, rising demand for notebook computers and lower operating costs.
Slideshow: Chip R&D, Euro style
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
There is no shortage of semiconductor research and development in Europe, as our recent visit to R&D centers in Belgian and the Netherlands attests.
Freescale sees growth in smart metering, mobile medical
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
Ecology and health concerns are transforming the economic and technological landscape, bringing some significant revenue-producing opportunities to all links to the chain. Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has decided to catch the ball on the bounce.
Dell sees gradual move to new mobile platforms
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
Dell Inc. will move gradually into new kinds of mobile platforms, said founder and chairman Michael Dell, who also expressed cautious optimism computer demand is picking up.
Threading through the code parallelization maze: Part 3
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
In this three part series, Max Domeka, author of "Software Development for Embedded Multicore Systems," outlines how to use multithreading to parallelize code for use in multicore apps. Part 3: Debugging and tuning multithreaded code
Analysis: Happy days are here again for Intel
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10/14/2009   3 comments
One year after the onset of a steep and frightening semiconductor industry downturn, the world's No. 1 chip maker is once again sitting pretty, forecasting that revenue will return to the $10 billion mark in the fourth quarter.
Updated: Intel beats expectations
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Intel posted third-quarter sales of $9.4 billion, beating consensus analyst expectations which called for revenue of $9.04 billion for the quarter. The company also gave a fourth-quarter outlook that exceeded expectations.
Analyst: Intel's Q3 sales should top expectations
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Intel's third quarter sales should exceed consensus analyst expectations and Intel's own revised guidance thanks to strong quarter-to-quarter growth in PC builds, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Slow recovery seen for end-user electronics
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
The electronic equipment industry is on the road to recovery, but a sustainable recovery pattern will not emerge until next year, according to a forecast by market research firm Gartner.
ARM success could trigger takeover bid, says analyst
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10/12/2009   14 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) is set to outperform Intel in the netbook and smartbook markets over the next two and three years, but that prospect of success could trigger a takeover bid for the company, according to Didier Scemama, semiconductor analyst with ABN AMRO Bank NV.
NXP to transfer CMOS IP, staff to Virage Logic
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10/12/2009   1 comment
Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has agreed to transfer part of its advanced CMOS intellectual property (IP) rights, 160 staff and certain engineering equipment to Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.).
Is Silicon Valley still relevant? Join the conversation
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10/9/2009   7 comments
A growing chorus of critics argue that Silicon Valley has become irrelevant as a far as silicon technology is concerned.
ESC: System developers win out in Intel vs. ARM struggle
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
Intel faces a tough uphill battle if it wants to compete with ARM in the embedded systems-on-chip applications arena, yet the ultimate winner may be the design and development community where increased levels of abstraction are reducing classic instruction-set independencies.
OVP offers free simulation models of ARM processor cores
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
The Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) initiative has released models of ARM processor cores supporting the v4 and v5 instruction sets. These models work with the OVP simulator and can operate at hundreds of millions of instructions per second (MIPS). The open source models of the ARM7, ARM9, and ARM10 processors are available for free from the OVP website.
Still plenty of silicon to come from Silicon Valley
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
There's a vocal minority of individuals who claim silicon is no longer at the heart of Silicon Valley.
Nvidia won't build chipsets for Intel's Nehalem
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10/8/2009   Post a comment
Graphics chip vendor Nvidia has halted development of chipsets for next-generation Intel processors that feature the direct media interface bus, pending the outcome of current litigation between the two companies, Nvidia said.
UMC to take Singapore fab to 40-nm manufacturing
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10/8/2009   Post a comment
Leading foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has said that its Fab 12i in Singapore has begun an expansion project to increase capacity and enable the 300-mm fab to use 45-nm and 40-nm manufacturing processes.
ARM reports 45-nm SOI test chip with 40% power-saving
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10/8/2009   Post a comment
Researchers from processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have reported on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) 45-nm test chip that demonstrates potential power savings of up to 40 percent over traditional bulk process for manufacturing chips at the same geometry
Americas region continues to lead semiconductor recovery
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
The Americas region achieved actual sales of $3.22 billion in August 2009, up 7.6 percent from the same month a year before, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. The Americas, which is dominated in terms of sales by the U.S., remains the only region able to demonstrate monthly sales growth year-on-year.
August 'actual' chip sales hint at double dip
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
Despite the optimistic commentaries heaped upon the global sales of semiconductors in August by the Semiconductor Industry Association and others, the months' sales returns show the gap between sales this year and last year increasing. The Americas is the only region bucking this trend.
A standard micro
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
One of the big success stories of recent times has of course been ARM. The last few years has seen the widespread adoption of the ARM Cortex-Mx processor family. Many key semiconductor vendors such as Atmel, NXP, ST, TI and Toshiba now offer Cortex-based microcontrollers.
IMEC launches integrated solutions for technology exploration
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
IMEC launched the industrial affiliation program (IIAP) INSITE or Integrated Solutions for Technology Exploration, aimed at fabless and fablite companies.
ARM, GlobalFoundries to work on 28-nm HKMG process
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
Processor and physical intellectual property provider ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and chipmaker GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) have agreed a deal to support customers implement the Cortex-A9 processor on GlobalFoundries 28-nm high-k metal-gate manufacturing process.
Fastboot technology for ultra small Intel Atom processor designs
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10/5/2009   3 comments
With automotive head units increasingly being implemented as an integrated computing device, boot times are becoming a critical factor. While x86-based computers are known for their long start-up times, there are techniques to drastically speed up this process.
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