Using multicore procesors in embedded systems - part 1 Design How-To 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?
Exec details ST's ARM Cortex-A9 licensing choice for HDTVs News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
ARM gains ground in non-mobile applications News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
ARM CTO: power surge could create 'dark silicon' News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
PC maker sees slow road for USB 3.0 News & Analysis 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.
Accelerate your MCU-based design process Design How-To 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.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm News & Analysis 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.
AMD Q3 net loss narrows despite 22% sales plunge News & Analysis 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.
Freescale sees growth in smart metering, mobile medical News & Analysis 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.
Analysis: Happy days are here again for Intel News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
ARM success could trigger takeover bid, says analyst News & Analysis 10/12/2009 15 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 News & Analysis 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.).
ESC: System developers win out in Intel vs. ARM struggle News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
Nvidia won't build chipsets for Intel's Nehalem News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Design How-To 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.
ARM, GlobalFoundries to work on 28-nm HKMG process News & Analysis 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.
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.