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Microprocessor server benchmarks seen as irrelevant
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10/31/2012   2 comments
Dhrystone and Spec benchmarks are less important as server design focuses less about IT and more on e-commerce and operational expenses.
"Arrgghh," said I…
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2012   18 comments
In which we discover yet another way in which Hurricane Sandy can mess up your day…
Samplify’s APAX IP Core speeds CPUs, GPUs, app processors, and ASIC/FPGA-based SoCs
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
APAX hard/soft intellectual property (IP) core accelerates memory, I/O, and storage throughput up to 8X.
TI shows embedded tablet with $70 BoM
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10/31/2012   7 comments
Texas Instruments slashed the cost of tablets for a broad range of embedded markets with a reference design that has a bill of materials of just $70.
Video: Stranded by Sandy, ARM CEO videos from taxi
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10/31/2012   1 comment
Warren East made a virtual appearance at AMD’s historic press conference in San Francisco thanks both to cloud computing and swirling dark clouds.
New low-power sensor hub solutions from Atmel
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
Sensor hub solutions with integrated motion and touch sensing incorporating maXFusion technology to address the growing motion sensor market.
ARM tips 64-bit 'big-little' processor, partners
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10/30/2012   14 comments
ARM revealed details of its next generation of "big-little" processors along with the six partners who will help implement the technology.
Embedded S/W design re-use: IDEs are rising to the challenge
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
Integrated development environments (IDEs) have evolved to include productivity-enhancing resources, freeing the engineer to focus on design differentiation.
TI’s MSP430FR59xx MCUs boost performance, slash power
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
First class software, support, tools, and tech docs offer everything developers need to get started with MSP family delivering lowest total power consumption.
High-performance dual-I/F chip-card MCUs from STMicroelectronics
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
First to combine advanced ARM SecurCore SC000 processor, contact/contactless interfaces, and support for multiple transport-card standards.
What Internet of Things needs to become a reality
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10/30/2012   32 comments
Estimates of the future market size for the Internet of Things cover a broad range, but most pundits agree that it will eventually dwarf any other technology market.
The x86 is dead. Long live the x86
10/30/2012   20 comments
AMD helped mark a milestone for a new era in which the venerable x86 and even microprocessor architecture no longer reign supreme.
AMD to ship ARM-based server SoCs in 2014
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10/29/2012   9 comments
AMD will ship 64-bit server SoCs using ARM V8 cores in 2014 with its SeaMicro interconnect fabric on board.
Two burning questions for ARM this week
10/29/2012   3 comments
Here's hoping ARM TechCon will offer details about ARM’s first 64-bit design and some data about the advantages of its big/little concept.
London Calling: ARM riding shotgun for AMD?
10/28/2012   3 comments
ARM CEO Warren East should be flying in for appointments in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, but will he also be the "special guest" at an AMD event?
Red Hat joins Applied in ARM server drive
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10/25/2012   1 comment
Red Hat said it will support X-Gene, the 64-bit ARM server SOC family from Applied Micro, expected to demo next week.
Silicon Valley Nation: The 64-bit question on ARM, AMD
10/25/2012   Post a comment
Any significant push into servers almost demands a tighter partnership between the two processor companies.
Slideshow: 10 things you should know about Win 8
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10/25/2012   32 comments
The debut of Microsoft’s latest OS will twist the PC industry into more pretzels than a yoga class. We explore some of the more interesting positions.
The iPad Mini and Apple's design strategy
10/25/2012   1 comment
Apple's introduction of the iPad Mini provides new clues about where it is headed in terms of processor technology and memory as well external and internal design.
ARM, Mali and making it real
10/25/2012   2 comments
At next week's ARM TechCon, I’ll discuss OpenCL and how it is enabled on ARM-based systems along with a discussion of GPU computing and various use cases.
Apple may trip at faster iPad pace
10/24/2012   2 comments
I think Apple’s experiment with six-month product cycles for the iPad will be short lived and will not extend to its iPhone franchise.
Apple may falter with faster iPad pace
10/24/2012   11 comments
Apple’s experiment with six-month product cycles for the iPad will be short lived and will not extend to its iPhone franchise.
Core demand driving ARM revenue
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10/23/2012   1 comment
Chip IP specialist ARM Ltd. bucked the negative earnings trend among the technology and other sectors during the third quarter.
Apple steps up pace with Mini, iPad 4, A6X
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10/23/2012   3 comments
Moving to a six-month product cycle, Apple debuted a fourth-gen iPad with an A6X processor and a larger than expected 7.9-inch iPad Mini.
Elusive startup pits IBM Power servers against x86, ARM
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10/23/2012   11 comments
Startup Severgy enters the increasingly crowded field competing with energy efficient servers using a novel architecture—IBM’s Power.
Intrinsic-ID launches cloud security app using "Electronic Fingerprint"
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10/22/2012   Post a comment
The Saturnus application enables secure data access anytime, anywhere.
A finer body of men…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/19/2012   8 comments
Well, things are certainly bouncing along merrily here in the pleasure dome (my office). In fact, I just took place in a jolly interesting email exchange…
Auto apps accelerated by triple-play graphics cores
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10/19/2012   2 comments
The instrument panel in an automobile provides a critical interface between the driver and the vehicle. There are advantages that result from using three specialized graphics engines to implement a modern instrument panel in the form of an electronic display.
Entrepreneur says Win 8 marks end of PCs
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10/19/2012   77 comments
Microsoft will start promoting apps written for the byte code interpreter in Win 8 rather than the x86 compiler, starting what an industry veteran calls the end of traditional PCs.
AMD eyes ARM IP and realignment
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10/19/2012   11 comments
AMD CEO Rory Read (shown) outlined a shift in the chip maker's business model that will see it "building reusable IP blocks" to reduce development costs and speed execution of the new strategy.
AMD announces 15% staff cut
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10/19/2012   Post a comment
Microprocessor vendor AMD has swung to a net loss in third quarter results for 2012 and has announced it will restructure in the fourth quarter and reduce its global workforce by approximately 15 percent.
AMD lays off 15 percent, eyes embedded push
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10/18/2012   4 comments
Advanced Micro Devices said it is laying off 15 percent of its workforce to reduce costs while targeting the embedded chip sector.
ST-Ericsson gain Samsung design win
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10/18/2012   Post a comment
Mobile phone chip company ST-Ericsson has gained a design win inside the Samsung Galaxy S III mini smartphone with its NovaThor modem and applications processor.
OMG! The most amazing "must see" photos!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/17/2012   23 comments
You simply MUST look at these pictures – trust me, you won’t regret it (have I ever lied to you before?)
Calxeda roadmap leads to 64-bit CPU in 2014
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10/17/2012   4 comments
Calxeda disclosed a two-year roadmap leading to its first 64-bit chip just days before ARM TechCon, when others are expected to announce 64-bit ARM server SoCs.
TSMC taps ARM's V8 on road to 16 nm FinFET
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10/16/2012   14 comments
Cliff Hou (shown), vice president for R&D at TSMC, laid out the foundry’s 20- and 16-nm roadmaps, including plans for FinFETs and 2.5-D chip stacks.
Mega-cool audio reality costume
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/16/2012   2 comments
The people at Think Geek keep on coming up with things I never knew I wanted (until I see them) and that I cannot afford, like...
4 Billion CEVA-powered chips and counting
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10/16/2012   Post a comment
Additional milestone reached for LTE/LTE-Advanced DSPs, surpassing 20 customer design wins; in audio/voice DSPs, CEVA powers more than 2 billion devices to date…
Monk fish croon their soothing songs of snooze...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/16/2012   25 comments
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear... I think I can feel a challenge coming on…
XMOS repositions itself as MCU company
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10/16/2012   5 comments
Firm, a pioneer in programmable multicore processors, is launching tools and IP to reposition itself as a high-end microcontroller company.
AMD said to be cutting staff
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10/16/2012   7 comments
AMD is rumored to be planning to cut its workforce by between 10 and 30 percent, according to multiple reports.
Analysts clash over where Marvell ranks among smartphone suppliers
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10/15/2012   3 comments
With the smartphone chip market emerging as an industry driver, rival analysts disagree on where Marvell Semiconductor fits in the rankings for apps processor suppliers.
TI's new Hercules TMS570 ARM safety MCUs
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10/15/2012   Post a comment
SafeTI design packages: 32-bit Hercules safety microcontrollers, TPS65381-Q1 PMIC, and DRV3201-Q1 motor driver help speed customer motor control design and certification.
Atmel's new MCU-Based RF transceiver family
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10/15/2012   Post a comment
Ideal for long-range car access and smart RF systems, the new devices' flexibility helps reduce production time and costs.
Japan set to rescue Renesas
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10/15/2012   15 comments
The Japanese government is poised to rescue struggling Japanese chip company Renesas Electronics through a buyout led by a government investment fund.
A pig, a mouse, and two asses walk into a bar...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/12/2012   2 comments
This all started with an email whose subject line was "Allergic to cats?" Inside this email was an image that certainly made my eyes water…
ARM, LSI on-chip link connects up to 32 cores
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10/10/2012   Post a comment
LSI's first Axxia comms processors using ARM cores will include a new interconnect initially capable of linking 16 cores.
ARM, Intel battle heats up on networking front
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10/10/2012   6 comments
Both ARM and Intel are poised to boost market share in networking and communications systems at the expense of Freescale and Power-based chips.
Wherefore art thou Tensilica?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/10/2012   3 comments
A little bird tells me that things are going so swimmingly well at Tensilica that…
Wow! Tensilica licensees have shipped 2 billion IP cores!
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10/10/2012   3 comments
Current run rate of 800 million cores a year is up 50 percent over 2011.
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