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Modular units speed DSP/ARM solutions
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11/24/2003   Post a comment
LSI Logic Corp.'s newest ZSP processor core module boards are aimed at SoC and platform developers that want to integrate a ZSP500 or ZSP400 based subsystem with any available ARM processor core module. These board-level solutions are said to provide for seamless integration and a rapid prototyping environment for shortened time-to-market for voice, multimedia or wireless applications.
AMD makes splash on MPU, fab fronts
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11/24/2003   Post a comment
Last week was a big one for Advanced Micro Devices Inc. At Comdex early in the week, Sun Microsystems Inc. announced it has adopted AMD's 64-bit Opteron for new single- and dual-processor servers. According to analyst Nathan Brookwood of Insight64, Saratoga, Calif., Sun executives hinted that the company might use Opteron for Sun workstations, of which roughly a million units are sold each year.
Processors Begin 64-bit Push
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11/23/2003   Post a comment
At the Microprocessor Forum IBM unveiled its first 64-bit PowerPC microprocessor, one of 18 new computer, embedded or network processors detailed the event.
Go with the measured flow and detect rotational motion with this controller
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11/20/2003   Post a comment
Reduce your cost and design time with automated meter reading features. This is the industry's first single-chip microcontroller unit for electronic flow measurement and motion detection.
First Look: IBM's Power5 Processor
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11/18/2003   Post a comment
Power5, which will debut in 2004, will be a dual-core processor with a shared L2 cache memory and external L3 caches integrated on a multi-chip module (MCM). Power5-based systems will be four times as fast as IBM's current Power4-based p690. Murray Slovick examines IBM's newest server chip.
AMD Adds to 32- and 64-Bit Opteron Processor Lineup
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11/18/2003   Post a comment
Model 248 delivers 32-bit performance for 2-way servers and its 64-bit capabilities can provide system builders with a platform to customize according to their customers' needs.
Itanium to Get Multithreading in 2005
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11/16/2003   Post a comment
Rick Merritt reports that Intel Corp. will use multithreading and a whopping 24 Mbits of cache in the Montecito version of its Itanium processor. The news could vault Itanium ahead of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Ultrasparc, according to industry analysts, but the Intel processor will still lag IBM Microelectronics' Power series.
Processor Companion Marriage
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11/15/2003   Post a comment
Processor Companion Marriage
Intel: ready with shift to high-k at the gate by 2007
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11/5/2003   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Texas -- Faced with intolerable levels of wasted power in its microprocessors, Intel Corp. said that in 2007 it will make the switch to a high-k gate insulator, reducing current leakage at the gate by at least 100 times.
IC sales up 6.5% in September, with 17.5% jump in Q3
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
The IC recovery continues to pick up steam. Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $14.4 billion in September, up 6.5 percent from $13.6 billion in August, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
32-Bit SuperH MPU has on-Chip Ethernet Controller and Host Interface
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Corp.'s new SH7618 32-bit SuperH RISC microprocessor is targeted for use in digital audio/video products requiring network connection capability.
Intel Takes Gaming To The Extreme
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Intel Corporation on Monday (Nov 3)introduced the Pentium 4 processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading (HT) technology at 3.20 GHz. The Santa Clara, CA chipmaker said computers based on this new processor are expressly designed for high-end gamers and computing enthusiasts.
Avnet offers AMD Athlon 64 processor-based custom systems
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Avnet Computing Components has announced that AMD Athlon 64 processor-based custom white box systems are now available through its online configurator - QuickSource. Customers can purchase AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Athlon 64 FX processors via the telephone (1-888-300-8277) or configure fully validated AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems via Quicksource at www.quicksource.avnet.com
IBM scores processor win for Xbox
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp.'s Technology Group announced today (Nov. 3) that the next- generation Xbox electronic game console will use a yet-to-be-designated IBM processor. IBM's chip will replace Intel Corp.'s Pentium III processor now in the current Xbox version. The Intel chip runs at 650 to 800MHz.
Power management troubles vendors
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Wary of the worsening power consumption problem, processor vendors are increasingly willing to try new methods to combat leakage and dynamic power.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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