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Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said.
Manage flash memory in auto infotainment systems
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
As the costs of NAND and NOR flash continue to fall, in-car infotainment systems are using storage in ways that no one thought possible only a few years ago. To succeed, these systems need flash file systems that can ensure data integrity, even when power failures or uncontrolled shutdowns occur.
Scalable application processors target wireless handhelds
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Marvell has launched its first family of application processors based on Intel's XScale Technology. The PXA3xx series are aimed at such applications as feature handsets, GPS navigation systems, wireless handhelds and other consumer electronic devices.
Eclipse plug-in offers ThreadX kernel-aware debugging for MIPS cores
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
Express Logic, Inc. and First Silicon Solutions, a division of MIPS Technologies, Inc. have jointly launched ThreadX kernel-aware debug support for the MIPS SDE software development toolkit.
STMicroelectronics offers tool set for MCU line
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is offering a low-cost, complete evaluation and development package for its tiny 8-pin versions of the ST7Lite microcontroller family, with a recommended resale price of just $12.00.
Renesas' emulator programs MCU's on-chip flash
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America, Inc. has launched its E8a emulator, an ultra-small tool for debugging embedded systems and programming Renesas microcontroller's on-chip flash memory.
Atmel extends 8051 flash MCU line with 128-Kbyte device
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has beefed-up its 8051 based microcontroller line with the launching of AT89C51RE2, a new MCU with 128 Kbytes of flash program memory.
Achieving multicore performance in a single core SoC design using a multi-threaded virtual multiprocessor: Part 2
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
The details on the new instruction extensions added to the MIPS32 basic instruction set that make possible the efficient operation of the Virtual Processing Element in single and multicore 34k SoC applications.
Kozio's kDiagnostics ships with AMCC's Saguaro evaluation kit
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Kozio, Inc.'s evaluation version of its kDiagnostics software is now shipping as part of Applied Micro Circuit Corp.'s (AMCC's) new Saguaro evaluation kit for the nP3705 packet processor.
Extreme automotive environment challenges sensor design
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Regardless of the specific application, most automotive sensor modules share a common high-level architecture and a set of stringent requirements that make for a challenging design under the high temperatures, noise, and vibration found in a car. Here are some design hints to deal with these hurdles.
Cray, IBM picked for U.S. petaflop computer effort
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Cray Inc. and IBM Corp. will split nearly half a billion dollars as part of a government contract announced by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 21) to fund development of petaflop-class supercomputers before the end of 2010.
Report: Broadcom in iPhone, analyst says
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Wall Street analyst Alex Gauna of UBS believes that Broadcom has secured a socket in Apple Computer's anticipated mobile phone product, according to a Reuters report.
Analyst: PortalPlayer nabs Apple iPhone design win
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
PortalPlayer, the media processor company that famously lost a key socket in the next-generation iPod nano earlier this year, has secured an applications processor design win in the forthcoming iPhone from Apple Computer, according to a Wall Street research analyst.
Georgia Tech center to foster Cell processor
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Georgia Tech's College of Computing has partnered with Sony, Toshiba and IBM to create a "center of competence" focused on fostering the Cell microprocessor technology in such applications as bioinformatics, scientific computing, finance and entertainment.
Fast booting techniques meet automotive infotainment/telematics activation needs
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
No single technique can possibly manage all of the booting and shutdown requirements of car infotainment systems. Nonetheless, several techniques have emerged that, together, address almost any fast-boot scenario.
ZiLOG's MCU offers vector control capability
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
ZiLOG's Z8 Encore! MCU (FMC16100 Series) is claimed to be the first 8-bit MCU to offer vector control capability, a feature that significantly lowers the bill of materials costs for appliance manufacturers.
Freescale sets licensing of ColdFire MCU architecture to embedded customers
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Broadening customer access, Freescale Semiconductor has begun a ColdFire microcontroller licensing program for the embedded design community. The V2 ColdFire core is available now for licensing through IPextreme Inc., semiconductor intellectual property (IP) licensing specialists.
'Teardown' finds Sony taking a bath on each PS3
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Sony is taking a considerable loss of more than $240 per unit on each PlayStation 3 video gaming console, according to a "teardown" analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
PIC MCU embeds peripherals for motor/fan control
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology's newest general purpose PIC microcontroller offers designers specialized peripherals for cost-effective control of fans or small motors.
Toshiba launches MIPS-based SoCs for digital TV apps
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components has expanded its TC904XX family of single-chip system-on-a-chip solutions for mid-range and low-end digital TV applications. The SOCs employ a 64-bit MIPS-based RISC host processor and two highly optimized DSP processors for compute-intensive multimedia tasks.
Intel leapfrogs AMD with quad core x86 processors
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. officially rolled out its first two quad-core CPUs, claiming it has retaken the lead from archrival Advanced Micro Devices in the multi-core CPU wars.
Zarlink to make four-channel Infiniband push
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11/9/2006   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor has placed a four-channel Infiniband interface into the Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable (QSFP) transceiver package supported by 21 component and system companies. The company will demonstrate 10- and 20-Gbit/sec versions of its module at next week's Supercomputing 2006 show in Tampa, Fla.
Broadcom claims first universal DVD chip
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11/9/2006   Post a comment
Consumer and communications chip supplier Broadcom introduced what the company labeled the first single-chip solution to support both Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD standards.
TI's automotive MCU employs two ARM Cortex R4 cores
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has turned to the ARM Cortex R4 as the microcontroller core for its new TMS570 MCU for automotive safety applications. The TMS570 uses two identical Cortex R4 cores combined with an initial two Mbytes of on-chip flash memory.
Intel to spend $1B in Vietnam, says report
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Continuing on its spending spree, Intel Corp. has been given permission to boost its investment in Vietnam to $1 billion, according to a report from the Associated Press. In February, Vietnam's Ministry of Investment and Planning approved an investment license for Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.). The license enabled Intel to spend $605 million in the nation.
Microchip Technology adds to line of small PIC MCUs
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11/7/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its PIC microcontroller line with the introduction of a new four-member family of 28- and 40/44-pin MCUs. The PIC16F88X family maintains compatibility with the PIC16F87XA family for easy migration, while providing a host of new features.
BroadLogic claims video processor is cable's Holy Grail
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11/7/2006   Post a comment
BroadLogic Network Technologies, a provider of chips for broadband networks that counts TimeWarner Investments among its prominent investors, said it has introduced a video processor that enables cable operators to triple their digital spectrum.
AMD's CTO predicts 'attack of the killer micros'
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11/7/2006   Post a comment
Get ready for a new generation of microprocessors that combine graphics and CPU functions in heterogeneous cores, said Phil Hester, AMD CEO, in a keynote speech at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD).
Power.org launches Power ISA Version 2.03
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
Power.org, the open collaborative organization that enables, develops and promotes Power Architecture has launched the merged instruction set architecture called Power ISA Version 2.03 and the Power Architecture Platform Requirements (PAPR) specification.
PIC MCU targets intelligent motor control
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology's newest PIC18F1330 and PIC18F1230 8-bit microcontrollers are aimed at basic, open-loop and low-end closed-loop motor control that is not algorithmically intensive.
All eyes on Vietnam
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
China may be the name on everyone's lips when it comes to the preeminent Asian market and production base, but a growing number of major technology firms are taking notice of a new contender to the throne: Vietnam. Investment and investor interest in the country is skyrocketing, much of it from technology firms lured by the country's youthful and increasingly connected population.
ADI previews Blackfin DSPs with Lockbox secure technology
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
Targeting emerging multimedia/networked in-vehicle automotive among other applications, Analog Devices newest Blackfin processor family touts a balance of increased I/O and memory bandwidth, on-chip memory, and integration of system peripherals. The BF54x family embeds new Lockbox Secure Technology that protects developers' software code.
Atmel's tinyAVR MCUs tout high-speed timers
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has beefed-up its flash AVR microcontroller line with the addition of three new 20-pin tinyAVR devices with high-speed timers targeting battery chargers, sensor end-points and motor control applications.
Emulation system supports PIC MCUs and digital signal controllers
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11/1/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has begun offering its MPLAB Real ICE emulation system for the development of applications employing its PICmicrocontrollers and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers. The system supports standard and advanced debugging facilities, such as complex break points, application code trace and data logging, code execution stopwatch, and real-time variable monitoring.


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