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posted in December 2006
Top auto electronics stories of 2006
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
From cosmic rays damaging electronics to the FlexRay protocol's impact on auto safety, here are the stories electronic engineers thought were tops for the year.
Intel ordered to produce evidence
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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
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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.
Embedded multitasking with small MCUs: Part 1 - State Machine Constructs
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12/23/2006   Post a comment
In the first of a two part series based on his book "Embedded Multitasking with small microcontrollers," author Keith Curtis explains how simple state machine constructs can simplify the programming of long and involved control sequences.
Tutorial: Software implementation of Trigonometric Functions using a CORDIC algorithm
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12/23/2006   Post a comment
How to implement fixed point trigonometric routines in software for use in a variety of drive control apps using the Coordinate Rotation Digital Computer (CORDIC) algorithm.
Multi-threaded design tackles SoC performance bottlenecks: Part 1
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Multi-threading processor core tackles both the CPU efficiency and the bus latency bottlenecks in driver-assistance/vision/navigation system SoC design.
Genesis, Silicon Image reach multimillion dollar settlement
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Genesis Microchip said it has agreed to pay Silicon Image $4.5 million to settle terms of a memorandum of understanding entered into by the companies in 2002. But Silicon Image puts a different spin on the agreement, saying it was worth far more.
Microcontrollers integrate power-saving technology
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Atmel has released four AVR microcontrollers that incorporate a power-saving technology for multi-year battery life in LCD, lighting control, security, home automation, ZigBee and other battery applications.
NXP claims highly integrated PC TV processors
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Claiming to offer new levels of performance and system integration, NXP Semiconductors introduced a pair of PC TV processors for desktop and notebook multimedia PCs.
ST reorganizes product groups
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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
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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.
Fujitsu readies H.264 format video-processing IC
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.'s upcoming MB86H50 video processing IC has been designed for real-time compression and decompression of high-definition TV-level video in H.264 format.
IBM awards university grants for Cell processor
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
IBM Corp. has made equipment and services awards to ten universities using the company's Cell Broadband Engine processor based on the Power Architecture.
NXP platform marries GPS, multimedia capabilities
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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
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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
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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.
DRAM makes move to copper
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor Insights' teardown shows that Micron has brought copper interconnects to the MT47H32M16CC-5E 512-Mbit DDR2 DRAM chip.
FPGA-to-ASIC integration provides flexibility in automotive microcontrollers
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12/9/2006   Post a comment
The primary benefit of using MCUs has been high level system integration combined with relatively low cost. However, there are hidden costs associated with these devices well beyond the unit price.
In-circuit programmer supports Atmel AVR MCUs
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Cavium Networks & Entropic Communications offer reference designs for digital media over coax
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Cavium Networks and Entropic Communications have jointly launched two reference design platforms for products and systems targeting the distribution of digital entertainment to and inside the home. The reference designs are based on Cavium Networks' OCTEON and NITROX Soho processors and Entropic's c.LINK-270 chipsets.
HDMI transmitter supports Super Audio CD
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Image rolled out is latest High-Definition Multimedia Interface transmitter for use in set-top boxes, DVD recorders and DVD players.
AMD: 'Digital living room' to take many forms
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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 rolls first 65 nm CPUs, sees fast shift to 45 nm
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
Executing on its goal of being a fast follower to archrival Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices rolled out its first 65-nm x86 CPUs.
AMD rolls first 65 nm CPUs, sees fast shift to 45 nm
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
Executing on its goal of being a fast follower to archrival Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices rolled out its first 65-nm x86 CPUs.
AMD, Hynix to crack top 10 in '06, iSuppli says
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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
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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
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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
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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."
Infineon maps multi-gate technology to CMOS
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Infineon reports a major breakthrough in semiconductor technology, promising significant reductions in space and leakage currents.


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