Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings News & Analysis 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 Design How-To 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.
Extreme automotive environment challenges sensor design Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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.
Analyst: PortalPlayer nabs Apple iPhone design win News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
ZiLOG's MCU offers vector control capability Product News 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.
Toshiba launches MIPS-based SoCs for digital TV apps Product News 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.
Zarlink to make four-channel Infiniband push News & Analysis 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.
TI's automotive MCU employs two ARM Cortex R4 cores Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
AMD's CTO predicts 'attack of the killer micros' News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
All eyes on Vietnam News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.