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DSP weekend reader vol. 1 no. 4
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11/30/2007   Post a comment
This week: MATLAB-to-C tips, Cortex-R4 optimization, DaVinci APIs, and more on lossless audio.
XMOS gets working silicon, sets product launch for Q1 2008
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11/30/2007   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor startup XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has got working silicon back from its foundry supplier and is now touting an aggressive roll out of its XS-1 family of programmable silicon in 2008.
Freescale expands 8-bit MCU line
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11/30/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at consumer, industrial and automotive applications, Freescale's S08 MCU family has gained 30 highly integrated devices that include USB connectivity, 5V-operation and motor-control options.
Return to profitability is first priority, says AMD's Ruiz
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11/29/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices is focusing its efforts on a return to profitability, AMD CEO Hector Ruiz said.
Using Op Amps with Data Converters - Part 1
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Part 1 of a five-part excerpt from the "Op Amp Applications Handbook" offers an introduction to selecting op amps for use with data converters.
Viewpoint: Embrace platform-based design
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
A fickle market and unpredictable consumer tastes make platform-based design a time- and money-saver for manufacturers.
Carbon transistors touted as outperforming amorphous silicon
News & Analysis  
11/28/2007   1 comment
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are claiming to have perfected a method of making room- temperature transistors that are 100-times faster--as fast a amorphous silicon--by fabricating their channels from thin films of carbon-60, also knows as buckyballs or fullerenes.
Low-pin count 16-bit MCUs provide 40 MIPS performance
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has added to its PIC24H 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) family three devices that feature low pin counts with up to 32 Kbytes of flash program memory in packages as small as 6x6 mm.
World's smallest digital signal controllers (DSCs) get memory boost
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11/27/2007   Post a comment
Microchip's low-pin-count digital signal controllers (DSC) now offer up to 32 Kbytes of Flash.
Altera presents new Nios II embedded evaluation kit
Product News  
11/27/2007   2 comments
New kit showcases FPGA design capabilities for embedded systems with design examples that highlight features such as hardware acceleration and remote hardware update.
Advanced PCTV solutions announced by NXP
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11/27/2007   Post a comment
NXP has announced the arrival of two brand new additions to its PCTV family. The SAA7164BE and SAA7163AE are new PC TV processors designed to bring multi-streaming, and PVR capabilities to desktop and notebook multimedia PC TV USB applications.
Matsushita starts commercializing Elixent's RAP technology
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11/27/2007   Post a comment
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has started embedding the reconfigurable chip technology that it acquired through the purchase last July of Elixent Ltd, initially into an AVC-Intra codec board that will be an add-on for a Panasonic solid state camcorder.
Rambus shows path to terabyte memories
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
At its developer conference in Japan, Rambus Inc. is expected to demonstrate technologies that could enable links to memory chips delivering at up to a terabyte/second, showing a potentially lower cost alternative to 3D chip stacking.
Safety-conscious automakers push IC system-level approach
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
The ability of microcontroller- and microprocessor-based systems to satisfy automobile customers' needs for comfort, safety, information and entertainment in the car is fueling an explosion of applications and of cooperation between automakers and chip companies.
Using the ARM Cortex-R4 for DSP, part 2: Software optimization
Design How-To  
11/26/2007   2 comments
BDTI explains how to work with the Cortex-R4's pipeline, instruction set, and SIMD capabilities to optimize its performance.
Multicore DSP design guide
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11/23/2007   Post a comment
Here is a collection of articles on multicore DSP design. Be sure to bookmark this page--it will be updated as new articles appear.
IP licensing fosters design flexibility
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Emerging automotive electronics design model "decouples" supplier choice from technology choice, while advancing industry standards.
Using the ARM Cortex-R4 for DSP, part 1: Benchmarks
Design How-To  
11/19/2007   1 comment
BDTI explains the DSP features of the Cortex-R4, reveals its benchmark results, and shows how the Cortex-R4 stacks up against other ARM cores and against the competitors.
AMD betting Phenom's got game
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
In its ongoing computer processor race with Intel, Advanced Micro Devices rolled out the 65-nm Phenom, its first native quad-core desktop processor as well as a chip set and platform based on it.
DSP weekend reader vol. 1 no. 2
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
Here's a collection of the week's most important DSP articles. Enjoy!
Am2045B teraOPS-class MPPA device from Ambric
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11/15/2007   Post a comment
Ambric's Am2045B offers higher performance and lower power than its predecessor, the Am2045A teraOPS-class MPPA.
Under the Hood: Intel's 45-nm high-k metal-gate process
Teardown  
11/14/2007   2 comments
On Nov. 12, Intel shipped the first 45-nanometer microprocessors using high-k metal-gate technology. Whether to underscore the significance of the event or to reinforce that his famous law remains on track, Gordon Moore has become a central figure in the marketing of Intel's 45-nm technology.
Xilinx announce latest and greatest MicroBlaze 32-bit soft processor core (and lots more "stuff")
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
New MicroBlaze 7.00 from Xilinx boasts mega-cool features like an MMU that enables commercial-grade OS support.
Altera's Nios II FPGA soft processor core now available for standard cell ASIC designs
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
As part of an Altera-Synopsys collaboration, the Nios II processor core is now available as a DesignWare Star IP offering.
ARM rolls SecurCore processors for smart cards
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
ARM introduces its SecurCore SC300 processor with advanced security features and energy efficiency for smart card applications.
Under the Hood: First 45-nm chip forms heart of Panasonic Blu-Ray DVD player
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
It's hard to choose a DVD player given the war going on between the Blu-Ray and HD DVD formats, but the Panasonic DMR-XW200V Blu-Ray player stands out given its use of the first true 45-nm device available on the market: the Matsushita UniPhier LSI. The chip allows two high-definition screens to be processed at the same time, in this case at resolutions of 1080P.
India debuts on Top 10 computer list
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
India debuts for the first time as home to one of the world's most powerful systems in the latest ranking of the Top 500 supercomputers, released at the Supercomputing 2007 conference.
Intel details 45-nm Penryn benchmark data
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11/11/2007   Post a comment
Setting the pace for the semiconductor industry, Intel Corp. has officially rolled out the first members of its Penryn family, 16 45-nm processors using new high-k dielectrics to control current leakage.
DSP weekend reader vol. 1 no. 1
Design How-To  
11/9/2007   Post a comment
Here's a collection of the week's most important DSP articles. Enjoy!
Renesas develops new CISC architecture
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11/8/2007   Post a comment
For embedded applications in office automation, consumer electronics and industrial systems, Renesas has developed a new 32-bit microcontroller family. Now the company provided first architectural details. With its CISC approach, the chips promise to deliver improved code efficiency.
Radar chip set to bring safety to mid-range cars
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11/7/2007   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies has started sampling a range of radar system ICs that it says could bring long- and medium-range automotive radar to mid-range cars as soon as mid 2010.
IBM-led group may double spending on packaging
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11/6/2007   Post a comment
The IBM-led Common Platform alliance plans to step up its investment in semiconductor packaging technology to pave the way to 32nm devices, potentially doubling its current level of spending in the area.
Tensilica rolls major upgrade to Diamond processor family
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11/6/2007   Post a comment
The second-generation processors feature additional multipliers and dividers, up to 30 percent lower memory power, and bridges for AXI-based AMBA systems.
Cray integrates DRC's FPGA-based RPU in next-generation hybrid supercomputer
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11/6/2007   Post a comment
Cray XT5 family of supercomputers includes hybrid blade featuring DRC's Reconfigurable Processor Unit (RPU).
Mini-ITX motherboard sports Intel Q965 Express chipset
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11/5/2007   Post a comment
Advansus, a joint-venture company of ASUS and Advantech, has unveiled what it claims is the first Q965 MiniITX motherboard.
DARPA doesn't disappoint
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/5/2007   Post a comment
Being at the Urban Challenge weekend was fun, inspiring--and akin to Woodstock for techies. Our coverage includes exclusive photos and video.
Tool speeds apps on multi-core Intel, AMD chips
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11/5/2007   Post a comment
RapidMind Inc. rolls out the first version of its multi-core software development tool to support x86 processors, claiming it can provide up to eight-fold performance boosts on quad-core CPUs on some applications.
9100 series Itanium processors target data-intensive applications
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11/5/2007   Post a comment
Intel has unveiled the 9100 series dual-core Itanium processors for data-intensive, mission-critical applications.


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