Industrial-, automotive-grade Atom processor coming, says report
Product News 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.
Samsung shows 8 Gbit DRAM at ISSCC
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
iSuppli cuts PC growth forecast
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
Design How-To 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.
Processor startup freezes in 'VC winter'
News & Analysis 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.
Cray second to break petaflops barrier
News & Analysis 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 and Canonical to bring Ubunto
Product News 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.
AMD hangs up on smart phone market
News & Analysis 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.
Renesas MCU specializes in driver-assist systems
Product News 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
News & Analysis 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.
Qualcomm launches low-cost PC alternative
News & Analysis 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
Design How-To 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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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.
Congatec rolls Atom-based automotive starter kit
Product News 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.
Is the U.S. falling behind in chip R&D?
News & Analysis 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.
Intel rolls health care system and service
News & Analysis 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.
AMD back on track with Shanghai CPU
Product News 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.
AMD specifies Dresden expansion plans
News & Analysis 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.
Automotive electronics faces hybrid challenge
Design How-To 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.