PIC MCU line moves up to 16-bits Product News 11/30/2005 Post a comment Microchip Technology has launched its first family of 16-bit microcontrollers. There are 22 general-purpose devices that offer up to 40 MIPS performance, 16 Kbytes of RAM, 256 Kbytes of flash program memory, and up to 100-pin packages.
Platform modeling workshop Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 11/29/2005 Post a comment If you're going to be in Grenoble, France on 9 December 2005 and have nothing to do, then I have just the place for you to go...
Industry group forms to create multicore HW/SW standards News & Analysis 11/22/2005 Post a comment Responding to increasing calls from embedded system developers, a newly formed industry group - The Multicore Association - will meet next week to begin work on developing standards for
inter-processor communications, debug and other software development tools and building blocks.
MCU offers on-chip “learning” capability Product News 11/17/2005 Post a comment ZiLOG has added the ZLP12840 to its Crimzon infrared remote microcontroller line. Packed into this device is the ability to learn codes from other infrared remote controls via a learning circuit.
ColdFire MPUs tout on-chip USB functionality Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has beefed-up its 32-bit ColdfFire microprocessor offerings with two new devices that offer greater control, connectivity and security features for embedded applications such as factory automation, medical devices and retail point-of-sale scanners.
Huawei to use Agere processors News & Analysis 11/15/2005 Post a comment Huawei Technologies will use Agere Systems Inc.’s Advanced Payload Plus 300 network and Link Layer processors in its next-generation 3G infrastructure equipment.
ARM9 MCU draws 2.5 microA in standby for POS apps. Product News 11/14/2005 Post a comment Atmel Corp. touts the low power specs for its new ARM-9 based MCU. Operating at 500Hz, the MCU draws 400 microA. Maximum operating power at 180 MHz with all peripherals turned on is just 65 mA. In standby mode, the device consumes only 2.5 microAmps.
Omap2420 antes up for handsets Teardown 11/14/2005 Post a comment During some downtime at the San Francisco Airport, fresh from the latest CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment conference, I had a moment to reflect on the flurry of presentations and sermons. It struck me that even with purposeful positioning from most of the companies present this year, they had all converged (pardon the tech pun) on the same theme: voice, data apps, music and video, all done wirelessly. That makes my life a little easier as I sit down to write a review of Texas Instruments' Om
Intel OKs share repurchases of up to $25 billion News & Analysis 11/10/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Intel Corp. announced that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $25 billion in shares of common stock under the company's ongoing stock repurchase program. The board also approved a 25 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to 10 cents per share beginning the first quarter of 2006.
ARMv7-based MPU targets mobile computing Product News 11/9/2005 Post a comment Qualcomm disclosed early details of its new microprocessor that has been optimized for integration into the company’s Mobile Station Modem (MSM) solutions. The ARMv7 architecture-compliant Scorpion microprocessor will enable the convergence of mobile handsets with consumer electronics features by delivering reduced power demands in mobile environments.
Transmeta sales, earnings up News & Analysis 11/8/2005 Post a comment Processor technology IP supplier Transmeta Corp. reported net earnings of $10.1 million, or 5 cents per share on sales of $27.9 million in its third quarter ended September, compared with a loss of $28.8 million, or 16 cents a share on sales of $7.0 million in the year-ago quarter.
AMD surpasses Intel in U.S. PC market, says firm News & Analysis 11/8/2005 Post a comment Microprocessor supplier AMD Inc. has scored a minor victory in its long uphill fight to wrestle the processor market from Intel Corp., as the company overtook its archrival in the U.S. retail PC sector, according to market reseach firm Current Analysis.
November Newsletter: Latest StarCore Architecture Promises More Speed News & Analysis 11/7/2005 Post a comment Last week StarCore unveiled the first details of its next-generation DSP core family, the SC3000. The most notable new feature is the family’s high clock rate: According to StarCore, SC3000 cores will achieve a clock rate of 1 GHz in a high-performance 90 nm process. In comparison, StarCore claims that SC2000 cores can achieve clock rates of about 600 MHz under the same conditions. StarCore has also boosted the SC3000’s performance with a variety of new instructions.
November Newsletter: ARC Previews Powerful Media Extensions News & Analysis 11/7/2005 Post a comment Last week processor core licensor ARC introduced a multimedia subsystem for its ARC 700 family of configurable cores. The most notable feature of this subsystem is the SIMD engine. This engine features a 128-bit-wide data path that can perform up to sixteen 8-bit operations, eight 16-bit operations or four 32-bit operations per cycle.
November Newsletter: Video Benchmarking News & Analysis 11/7/2005 Post a comment Digital video has emerged as one of the hottest markets for DSPs and other types of processors. As a result, many processors now target digital video applications. However, not every processor is up to the challenge. Digital video applications have heavy computation and memory-bandwidth loads, so it’s critical to choose a processor that can handle those demands. For this reason, system and SoC designers who are evaluating processors for digital video applications are strongly motivated t
November Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response" News & Analysis 11/7/2005 Post a comment The complexity of a processor’s core architecture has a significant impact on how difficult it will be to optimize the code. But more and more, it’s critical to also consider the complexity of the whole chip. I was recently (and painfully) reminded of this fact a few months ago when my colleagues and I set out to optimize some video software for an ARM9E-based SoC.
Zilog reports loss as margins slide News & Analysis 11/3/2005 Post a comment Microprocessor supplier ZiLOG Inc. reported a net loss of $4.8 million, or 29 cents per share on sales of $20.5 million in the third quarter, compared with a loss of $2.0 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $22.8 million in the year-ago quarter and $6.1 million, or 38 cents per share on sales of $20.6 million the previous quarter.
USB MCUs boost speed specs, flash memory Product News 11/2/2005 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor has expanded its line of enCoRe USB microcontrollers at signaling rates of 12 Mbps and 1.5 Mbps with various amounts of on-chip flash. The units are aimed at a broad range of human interface devices such as mice, keyboards, wireless dongles, and gaming controllers as well as Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) handsets.