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The Intel Atom processor E6xx series Hands on Event
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10/29/2010   1 comment
A free multi-city event offers the opportunity to learn about Intel’s next-generation Intel Atom processor products for embedded designs.
Interconnect pushed China super to #1
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10/28/2010   26 comments
A homegrown, ultrafast interconnect chip set was part of the secret sauce behind the Tianhe-1a, the first China-built system to be named the world's fastest supercomputer.
Microchip adds license for MIPS32 M14K cores, expands 32-bit MCU options
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10/28/2010   6 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. is licensing the MIPS32 M14K family of cores from MIPS Technologies Inc. to expand on its 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family, which is currently based on the MIPS32 M4K.
Intel backs cloud computing alliance
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10/27/2010   6 comments
Intel through its clout behind cloud computing, pledging to help drive the creation of standards, including participation in an alliance of global businesses.
Samsung tablet borrows handset chips
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10/26/2010   17 comments
Samsung's Galaxy Tab reuses much of the hardware found in the company's smartphones, following a path Apple and other cellphone makers have pioneered.
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown: Dell Streak vs. The Archos 7
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10/26/2010   11 comments
The promo for this ARM TechCon event is actually a bit misleading: “Which tablet PC will come out on top? Watch as EE Times Editors Brian Fuller and Patrick Mannion dissect the inner workings of the devices and explore which is the strongest contender, based on speed, power consumption, display, features and functionality.”
Apple Air not the end for mobile drives
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10/20/2010   14 comments
One more thing, Mr. Jobs, I want a hard disk drive and an optical drive in my notebook—like, forever.
How fast will a fictitious 8-bit micro run in an FPGA?
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10/19/2010   18 comments
In which my friend Joe Farr poses a question to ponder with regard to the effective speed he might obtain if he were to implement an 8-bit micro of his own devising in an FPGA
Intel confirms new Oregon R&D fab
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10/19/2010   17 comments
Intel has confirmed speculation that it will build a new R&D wafer fab in Hillsboro, Ore., and upgrade other existing U.S. facilities for 22-nm production at a total investment of between $6 billion and $8 billion.
TI flexes ARM in embedded processors
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10/19/2010   6 comments
Texas Instruments is packing dual 1.5 GHz Cortex A8 cores, a DSP and high-end peripherals into new chip families aimed at a broad range of wired systems.
Freescale rolls auto CPUs for in-dash apps
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10/19/2010   6 comments
Freescale Semiconductor announced new high-end automotive processors at Converence 2010 in Detroit.
Consumer electronics rebounds, says iSuppli
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10/15/2010   20 comments
The consumer electronics equipment and semiconductor markets are rebounding in 2010, according to analyst firm iSuppli Corp.
Update: AMD hits sales target, projects flat Q4
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10/14/2010   26 comments
Advanced Micro Devices reported a slight decline in revenues for its third quarter and projected flat sales for the coming three months.
QuickLogic's new ArcticLink II CX CSSPs target smartphone and tablet applications
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10/13/2010   1 comment
QuickLogic's new ArcticLink II CX family of CSSPs are ideally suited to address the needs and challenges of the mobile market with regard to products such as smart phones and tablet computers...
Boost Encryption Performance with Intel AES-NI
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10/13/2010   Post a comment
Kenton Williston reviews the basics of encryption and then digs into the details of the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) in the 2010 Core processor family.
Analysts lukewarm on Intel after Q3 report
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10/13/2010   20 comments
Wall Street analysts gave generally mixed reviews to Intel's third quarter earnings report, saying the company's sales target for the fourth quarter was better than feared, but suggesting that the company still faces some headwinds.
ESC Boston and embedded's #1 problem
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10/13/2010   Post a comment
"Embedded" has somehow evolved to a dirty word, or at least a boring one, getting associated with many vital, but "boring" machines that just don't generate excitement.
Designing for reliability
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10/13/2010   Post a comment
Kenton Williston highlights key methodologies for designing rugged, reliable systems.
Otellini throws down gauntlet in tablets
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10/12/2010   32 comments
Intel chief executive Paul Otellini threw down the gauntlet in tablets, the one soft spot in an otherwise solid quarter for the microprocessor giant despite a somewhat sluggish market.
Go beyond the datasheet, Part 2: Understand the considerations
Design How-To  
10/11/2010   18 comments
Part 1 looked at how and why IC parameters are defined as they are. Here in Part 2, we look at what you need to know if you want to reap the rewards of going beyond those specs.
ARM, SMIC extend partnership to 40-nm node
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10/11/2010   2 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc and Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) have announced an agreement to collaborate on the development of a physical IP library platform for SMIC 65-nm LL and 40-nm LL technology process nodes.
Update: Microsoft's tardy response to iPhone
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10/11/2010   20 comments
Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 phones are the last—or near last—of the iPhone-alikes for an industry sector still germinating the next big leap forward.
Processor reorder buffer timeout - a debug guide
Design How-To  
10/10/2010   4 comments
This paper provides an overview of the Processor Reorder Buffer timeout and provides methodology to debug these types of system issues. Using the debug methods and debug tools suggested in this document should help reduce the time to debug these system issues. The process is to gather more information about the failure until the cause is identified and then put preventive steps in place to eliminate the failure.
IDF 2010 highlights
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10/7/2010   Post a comment
Intel's Eric Mantion offers up a plethora of "wow"-inspiring highlights from the recent Intel Developer Forum.
LG slashes Android phone to $49
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10/7/2010   50 comments
LG Electronics rolled out a $49 Android handset, one of the most notable of a flood of devices using the Google software at the CTIA show.
Logitech's Revue draws mixed reviews
News & Analysis  
10/6/2010   15 comments
The first GoogleTV device—the $300 Logitech Revue—is getting a thumbs up for its Web/TV integration and video conferencing but faces steep competition.
Hypervisors pose challenges in developing multicore automotive electronics
Design How-To  
10/5/2010   63 comments
Partitioning, which prevents applications from interfering with each other, is vital. And achieving it without extensive software modifications is even better.
CPU technologist sues patent pool firms
News & Analysis  
10/4/2010   32 comments
Microprocessor technologist Charles H. Moore (Chuck Moore) has announced he has filed a law suit against patent licensing firms Technology Properties Ltd. LLC (The TPL Group) and Alliacense LLC alleging fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
Microchips' Solar Micro Inverter Reference Design lowers cost and improves efficiency of solar power systems
Product News  
10/1/2010   2 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. has announced a fully digitally-controlled Grid-Connected Solar Micro Inverter Reference Design that connects to any standard solar panel and converts the panel’s DC output into AC power, which can then be fed into the public power grid.
Open-source multicore processor project begins
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10/1/2010   53 comments
ORSoC AB, a Swedish design house that took over responsibility for maintaining the OpenCores website in 2007, has announced that work has begun on OpenRISC 2000 (OR2K), an upgrade to the open-source OpenRISC 1000 32-bit processor.


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