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Debugging: The 9 Indispensible Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Software and Hardware Problems (Chapter 5, Part 2 of 3)
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
These excerpts from an excellent book will help you learn how to be effective at that elusive but critical engineering skill of hardware and software debugging
Squeeze power efficiency out of processor-based designs -- Part two
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
In this two-part article, we offer tips and tricks for power optimization and power system design. Part two focuses how to minimize power consumption through efficient power supply design.
8-bit MCUs offer cost-effective USB control
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its 8-bit JM microcontroller family with the MC9S08JM16 MCUs - offered as cost-effective USB control solutions for industrial and consumer applications.
Industrial-, automotive-grade Atom processor coming, says report
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The world's largest chip maker Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) is developing a variant of its Atom processor for use in harsh environments such as automotive applications, according to a Nikkei Electronics article. The industrial or automotive Atom, currently named Embedded Menlow XL, is due to ship to customers in 2009, the report said.
MCUs: Renesas SH74504/SH74513 MCUs speed response of driver-assist safety systems
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Operating at 240MHz, the 32-bit devices rapidly process large volumes of sensor data for implementing "preventative safety" features.
Samsung shows 8 Gbit DRAM at ISSCC
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Samsung will describe 4 and 8 Gbit DRAM chips, and a team from Toshiba and SanDisk will detail a 64 Gbit NAND flash chip packing four bits per cell at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February.
ISSCC points to tomorrow's cellphone
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Chip designs to be described at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February will show a future for cellphones that pack 32 Gbits of flash, play high def video and range across networks from the oldest GSM to the latest 3G.
Mixed-signal, 16-bit microcontroller extends battery life in power-sensitive applications
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAXQ2010, a 16-bit mixed-signal microcontroller with a power-saving stop mode that reduces power consumption to 370nA typical and 6.5 uA maximum at +85 degrees C, thus extending the life of battery-powered devices.
Featured Product: TI Class-D amps cut car audio costs
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Increased integration and channel flexibility offered.
iSuppli cuts PC growth forecast
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Market watcher iSuppli Corp. has slashed its 2009 forecast for growth in PC unit shipments by nearly two thirds in another sign of the expected impact of the economic downturn.
Illinois gives sneak peak on multicore programming ideas
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois have detailed their agenda for defining the parallel programming capabilities needed for tomorrow's multicore processors in a white paper that provided one of the most specific plans to date for a next-generation multicore CPU they plan to build in tandem with new parallel programming tools.
Squeeze power efficiency out of processor-based designs -- Part one
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Processors play a key role in minimizing power consumption and extending battery life. Too often, designers limit their options for minimizing power consumption to little more than using low-power components. In fact, because processors can control the entire system, they in turn offer several ways to reduce and save on power consumption.
Fear and hope stalk the chip industry, suggest analysts
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Chip industry analyst group Future Horizons is predicting that the semiconductor industry will see a 2 per cent decline next year but that there will be no re-run of the huge downturn of 2001.
Processor startup freezes in 'VC winter'
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Ambric Inc., one of a handful of startups pursuing aggressive multicore chip designs aimed at applications in areas such as video processing, is closing down and will sell its assets after failing to secure a $15 million series C round of venture capital funding.
NEC : Automotive image processors allow real-time object detection
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
NEC Electronics has introduced the IMAPCAR2 image processors, intended for automotive safety mechanisms and collision-prevention systems.
Little things mean a lot
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Modest economy and emissions gains, when spread out, can become significant.
Adobe and ARM accelerate Flash and AIR
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Support for Flash Player 10 and Adobe AIR will bring rich Internet applications to ARM-powered devices.
Firms to optimize Adobe Flash for ARM-based devices
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Adobe Systems and ARM Holdings are expected to announce a partnership to optimize Adobe's Flash Player 10 for mobile phones, televisions, automotive platforms and mobile computing devices based on the ARM platform.
Cray second to break petaflops barrier
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
The world officially has a second petaflop-class computer, the Jaguar system at U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory hit Linpack performance of 1.059 petaflops using a Cray XT5 system in the latest rankings of the world's fastest supercomputers.
ARM introduces S/W interface standard for Cortex-M series processors
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
New standard from ARM provides a single, scalable interface standard across all Cortex-M series processor vendors enabling easier code sharing and re-use.
Intel rolls next-gen desktop CPUs
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will officially roll out its first Core i7 processors, claiming they are the world's most powerful CPUs based on integer processing performance.
ARM and Canonical to bring Ubunto
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Popular commercially-supported Linux distribution Ubuntu to be available on low-power ARM SoCs with rich integrated graphics and video subsystems and a proven track record of low-power design.
Featured Product: Microchip rolls inductive touch sensing
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Inductive touch sensing allows users with gloves, and on surfaces that contain liquids, to activate electronic functions on panels made of plastic, stainless steel, or aluminum.
Comment: Sun needs new focus to survive storm
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
If Sun Microsystems wants to survive, it needs a new identity, something its latest reorganization, drastic as it is, fails to deliver.
Letter to the editor: Intel and sensationalism
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
The headline "Intel cuts 4Q guidance by up to $2.2 billion" reads like something from the NY Post. Why not run "Intel 4Q guidance cut by as little as $800 million?"
Debugging: The 9 Indispensible Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Software and Hardware Problems (Chapter 4, Part 3 of 3)
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11/14/2008   3 comments
These excerpts from an excellent book will help you learn how to be effective at that elusive but critical engineering skill of hardware and software debugging
AMD hangs up on smart phone market
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
In its drive for profits, AMD will deliver a 65 nm chip set geared for small notebooks next year, but it will not pursue the class of so-called Mobile Internet Devices and smart phones Intel is going after with its current and future Atom CPUs.
AMD pushes 32 nm, x86/graphics CPU to 2011
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices has pushed back its plans to introduce processors that combine x86 and graphics cores to 2011 when it will roll its first 32 nm products originally planned for 2010.
Renesas MCU specializes in driver-assist systems
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Europe has announced the SH74504 and SH74513, 32-bit MCUs with embedded flash memory for automotive driver-assist system control applications. Designed around Renesas' SH-4A CPU *1 core, they have been developed specifically for driver-assist systems such as those capable of obstacle detection and collision avoidance.
Intel, AMD battle it out in 45 nm CPUs
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices officially unveiled Shanghai today its first 45 nm processor server just days ahead of Intel's formal disclosure of its second-generation 45 nm server chips in a battle for leadership in high-end PC processors at a time when analysts project a decline in the overall CPU market in 2009.
Intel cuts Q4 guidance by up to $2.2 billion
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Intel cuts its fourth-quarter business outlook, saying it now expects to report revenue of $8.7 billion to $9.3 billion after earlier guiding for revenue of $10.1 billion to $10.9 billion.
Qualcomm launches low-cost PC alternative
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. has launched its Kayak platform aimed as an alternative to Windows desktop PCs for users in developing countries and announced more than 15 companies have committed to use its SnapDragon chip set, aimed at high-end mobile Internet devices.
Freescale, McLaren develop future Formula One electronics
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Beginning 2009, Formula One racing cars can be equipped with energy recovery systems similar to what is in today's hybrid drive cars. Freescale Semiconductor and McLaren Electronic Systems (MES) will collaborate to develop the complex systems for next-gen racing vehicles.
ARM group seeks to extend microcontroller software reuse
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) came to a hotel adjacent to the Electronica exhibition here and announced the availability of the Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS), a hardware abstraction layer for the Cortex-M processor series.
Control ICs for energy-efficient fluorescent ballasts cut component count, increase reliability
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IRS2530D and IRS2158D 600V control ICs for energy-efficient dimming fluorescent lighting ballast applications.
Congatec rolls Atom-based automotive starter kit
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
Aiming at developers of automotive infotainment applications, board computer manufacturer Congatec AG (Deggendorf, Germany) has introduced a starter kit which includes Intel's Atom microprocessor. The kit is the result of a cooperation between Congatec, Xilinx and Wind River Systems.
Analyst cuts estimates for Intel, AMD
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
An analyst cut revenue and earnings estimates for microprocessor vendors Intel and AMD, citing "significantly weaker" PC demand than existed a month ago.
Is the U.S. falling behind in chip R&D?
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
Bell Labs' exit from semiconductor R&D could portend the decline of U.S. superiority in electronics, but major chip makers argue that universities and national labs will take up the slack.
Got OCP? The Role of the OCP in Multicore Designs
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11/9/2008   Post a comment
A brief exposition on the role of the open core protocol (OCP) in system-on-chip designs and the impact of the newest Version 3.0 on the design of multiprocessor SoCs.
Intel rolls health care system and service
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11/9/2008   1 comment
Intel Corp. has decided it wants to be the first big systems integrator in what it believes could be a trillion dollar market for home health care services, rolling out a new line of systems, software and services for health care providers.
Featured Product: TI dual-core MCU geared for auto safety applications
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11/8/2008   Post a comment
With dual Cortex-R4F processors, device meets IEC 61508 SIL3 or ISO26262 ASIL D safety standards for critical systems such as braking, steering, chassis and stability control, and advanced driver assistance.
AMD back on track with Shanghai CPU
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11/7/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices is back on track with its latest 45 nm Shanghai processor driving an uptick in sales in high-end server markets, but longer term OEMs expect to see neck-and neck competition in 2009 and beyond.
Qualcomm leaps into top 10 among chip suppliers
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11/7/2008   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. used a 27 percent year-over-year growth rate to jump to ninth among the largest semiconductor suppliers through the first three quarters of 2008, according to a top 20 ranking compiled by IC Insights.
Report: Man indicted for stealing Intel trade secrets
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts have charged a man who worked for Advanced Micro Devices with stealing more than $1 billion worth of trade secrets from Intel, according to a report.
Using comparators to detect accessories in portable audio applications
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Here's how you can configure a comparator in various ways to provide simple and cost-effective detection of external accessories like jacks, headsets, and hook switches in portable applications.
AMD specifies Dresden expansion plans
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Backed by a strong investor, AMD has plans to expand its production lines — and future foundry service providers — fab 36 and fab 38 in Dresden. During a congress in Munich, Udo Nothelfer, Vice President Manufacturing and Technology for AMD's Fab 36, provided details on the company's strategy and roadmap.
Europractice, Sun team for multicore design support
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems and Europractice have teamed for a three-year project aimed at widening the use of the OpenSPARC CMT open sourced multi-core, multithreaded processor architecture, particularly in European universities.
Automotive electronics faces hybrid challenge
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
The quest to better fuel efficiency for cars leads to hybrid drive and electric drive concepts. In order to implement these concepts, the vehicle's power supply system has undergo significant modifications. In parallel, engineers drive the optimization of conventional gasoline and diesel engines. Either approach affects the electronics landscape within the cars.
Secure microcontrollers designed for machine-to-machine communication modules
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11/4/2008   Post a comment
Atmel has announced the availability of its the AT90M family of secure microcontrollers designed for machine-to-machine (M2M) modules. By using GSM or UMTS networks, these modules provide wireless connectivity to a range of equipments that communicate without human intervention.
Microchip Technology enhances Mid-range 8-bit PIC MCU core
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11/4/2008   Post a comment
Enhanced Mid-range microcontroller core from Microchip Technology includes numerous feature and peripheral improvements.
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