Freescale expands 8-bit MCU line Product News 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.
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.
Advanced PCTV solutions announced by NXP Product News 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 Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
AMD betting Phenom's got game Product News 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.
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.
Under the Hood: First 45-nm chip forms heart of Panasonic Blu-Ray DVD player Teardown 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Renesas develops new CISC architecture News & Analysis 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.
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.