Japanese firms countersue Patriot over patents News & Analysis 12/20/2005 Post a comment Processor developer and IP company Patriot Scientific Corp. has been named a defendant in five declaratory judgment lawsuits filed in the Federal District Court in Oakland, Calif., by a group of 20 Japanese electronics manufacturers.
Tokyo court orders release of evidence in AMD suit News & Analysis 12/16/2005 Post a comment In a possible turn of events in the suit by Advanced Micro Devices against Intel Corp., the Tokyo District Court said it would require the Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC) to release evidence obtained during its investigation of Intel K.K.
TriCore-based MCUs target industrial apps. Product News 12/15/2005 Post a comment Infineon’s newest TriCore-based 32-bit MCUs are targeted at motor drives and industrial control applications. In addition to a 66MHz CPU, the MCUs integrate 1MByte of embedded flash memory and a comprehensive set of peripherals in a low-cost package.
8051-based MCU line targets data acquisition apps Product News 12/13/2005 Post a comment Ramtron has joined the growing number of vendors offering 8051-based 8-bit MCUs aimed at signal conditioning, data acquisition, processing and control applications in the industrial, medical, consumer, instrumentation and automotive markets.
December Newsletter: Analog Devices Introduces $5 Floating-Point DSP Product News 12/12/2005 Post a comment This month Analog Devices introduced the ADSP-21375, the newest member of its SHARC floating-point DSP family. The new chip will operate at 266 MHz and be priced at $5 in 10,000 unit quantities. It will target consumer audio applications and cost-sensitive application areas traditionally dominated by low cost fixed-point DSPs, including industrial, automotive, medical and instrumentation applications.
December Newsletter: TI Launches First "DaVinci" Video Processors News & Analysis 12/12/2005 Post a comment Last week TI unveiled its first "DaVinci"-branded processors, the TMS320DM6443 and the TMS320DM6446. These processors target home entertainment, surveillance, and other video applications. TI also recently announced the OMAP2430 and OMAPV2230, which target smart phones and PDAs. Although the OMAP chips do not use the DaVinci brand name, they use the same basic architecture as the DaVinci processors.
December Newsletter: Creating Top-Notch Tools for Signal Processing News & Analysis 12/12/2005 Post a comment Signal processing is becoming important in an increasingly broad range of embedded systems. As signal processing workloads become more widespread, these workloads are increasingly assigned to embedded processors that were not designed with signal processing in mind. Because these processors were not designed for signal processing tasks, the processors’ software development tools often lack critical features needed for signal processing software development.
December Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response" News & Analysis 12/12/2005 Post a comment It's so tempting. You need to figure out how much processing power you'll require to implement a particular video compression algorithm, and there, out on the Web, is the data you need -- but for a slightly different scenario. You tell yourself, "Well, I don’t have the exact data I need, so I'll just multiply the data I do have by a scaling factor that will account for the differences in the workloads." But that’s where things can go badly wrong.
Intel expects to meet guidance News & Analysis 12/8/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Intel Corp. said it expects fourth quarter sales of $10.4 to $10.6 billion, compared to its previous guidance of $10.2 billion to $10.8 billion.
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.