Intel ordered to produce evidence News & Analysis 12/28/2006 Post a comment A U.S. District Court in Delaware has ordered Intel to produce documents and other evidence related to its business conduct outside of the U.S., according to a statement issued by Advanced Micro Devices.
Multi-threaded design tackles SoC performance bottlenecks: Part 2 Design How-To 12/27/2006 Post a comment Coupling processor operation closely to bus and other computational demands leads to a dramatic increase in automotive vision system processor efficiency. With further tuning, optimizing the bus to work closely with the hardware threads improves performance and provides a more controllable, measurable, and predictable system latency.
ST reorganizes product groups News & Analysis 12/13/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics said it plans to reorganize its product segments into three separate groups and as one of its top executives left the company. Effective Jan. 1, ST will divide its product groups into an Application Specific group, a Flash Memories group and a Multi-segment group.
Audio trends for 2007 News & Analysis 12/12/2006 Post a comment Audio is one of those technologies for which listeners have a gold standard for quality. The standard is live music performed in an acoustically competent hall. As more people remember what audio should sound like, audio quality on all fronts will improve. Henry Davis outlines six trends that will highlight what's in store for audio design in 2007.
NXP platform marries GPS, multimedia capabilities Product News 12/12/2006 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors introduced a new personal media player platform combining GPS navigation functionality with multimedia capabilities. The offering is based on NXP's Nexperia mobile multimedia processor PNX1090 and software from NXP and partner ALK Technologies.
ARM9 MCU touts 41.6 Gbps on-chip bandwidth Product News 12/11/2006 Post a comment The newest member of Atmel's SAM9 microcontroller family, the AT91SAM9263 employs 27 DMA channels including Atmel's 18-channel peripheral DMA controller, a nine layer bus matrix, and two additional busses for data- and instruction-tightly-coupled-memories, that boost CPU performance and on-chip data transfer rates of up to 41.6 Gbps.
NEC's MCUs enhance memory, pin counts Product News 12/11/2006 Post a comment NEC Electronics America, Inc. has added sixteen new devices to its line of 16- and 32-bit all-flash microcontrollers. These MCUs offer up to twice the memory and a significant increase in pin-count options compared to previous devices in the line.
In-circuit programmer supports Atmel AVR MCUs Product News 12/8/2006 Post a comment RPM Systems Corp. has launched its MPQ-AVR, a four-port, in-circuit programmer for Atmel AVR microcontrollers. The system features on-board flash storage of program images, and offers stand-alone, PC-controlled or ATE-controller programming modes.
ST's MCUs are automotive-qualified Product News 12/7/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' ST7FMC microcontroller family has been
Automotive-Grade qualified to meet the specific and rigorous demands of the
automotive market. The devices now operate over the full automotive temperature range of -40 degrees C to +125 degrees C and include safety features such as current sensing used for stall detection, asynchronous emergency stop, write-once registers and Clock Security System.
PC chip sales up 6% in '06, IC Insights says News & Analysis 12/7/2006 Post a comment Buoyed by an increase in main memory, personal computer IC sales are projected to increase by 6 percent in 2006, achieving an all-high despite a slowdown in PC sales, according to a report from market research firm IC Insights.
MCU supports IP broadcasting and DTCP-IP copyright protection Product News 12/6/2006 Post a comment Renesas Technology America's 200 MHz SH7652 microcontroller with on-chip Ethernet control incorporate both copyright protection function for IP broadcasting and the Digital Transmission Contents Protection Over Internet Protocol (DTCP-IP) copyright protection standard for in-home distribution.
AMD: 'Digital living room' to take many forms News & Analysis 12/6/2006 Post a comment Contrary to the prevailing wisdom, the PC will not necessarily be the centerpiece of the so-called "digital living room," according to an Advanced Micro Devices executive, who said the concept will result in many usage models.
AMD, Hynix to crack top 10 in '06, iSuppli says News & Analysis 12/4/2006 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices and Hynix Semiconductor will finally break into the list of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers this year, according to a preliminary ranking from market research analyst iSuppli, which increased its chip industry growth forecast to 9 percent for 2006.
Analyst cuts '06 chip forecast, warns of tough Q4 News & Analysis 12/4/2006 Post a comment A financial analyst cut his forecast for 2006 semiconductor industry growth for the third time and said the Philadelphia Stock Exchange SOX semiconductor index could decline in December given continued supply chain inventory reductions, impending first quarter seasonal weakness and continued negative year-on-year industry revenue comparisons.
SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
Analyst downgrades Broadcom News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment A Wall Street analyst who last week said Broadcom has secured a socket in Apple's forthcoming cellular handset downgraded Broadcom's stock rating to "neutral" from "buy."
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.