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C6000 vs. PowerPC, part 2: Multiprocessor systems
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12/27/2007   Post a comment
Part 2 of this 3-part series examines the suitability of the C6000 and PowerPC for multi-processor systems.
Product How To: Using the MPC5554 to control system frequency/performance nonlinearities
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12/27/2007   Post a comment
How the correct mix of on-chip flash, RAM and peripheral logic resources can eliminate or reduce the non-linear relationship between performance and frequency in many embedded control system designs.
Making multicore work
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12/27/2007   Post a comment
Multicore technology has been around for a long time, but vendors are just now addressing programmability issues.
Phenom quad-core processor features clock multiplier control
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12/27/2007   Post a comment
AMD has released a Phenom 9600 Black Edition quad-core processor with clock multiplier control and tunable performance.
Using Op Amps with Data Converters - Part 5
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12/26/2007   Post a comment
Using op amps to buffer DAC outputs is discussed in this final installment of a five-part series from the "Op Amp Applications Handbook."
Efficiency will be component buzzword for 2008
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12/21/2007   Post a comment
Boosting performance in smaller packages was one of the biggest component design issues in 2007, but energy efficiency is set to be the big thing in 2008.
Top 10 Design Center How-To stories of 2007
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12/21/2007   Post a comment
From MOSFETs to hybrid car systems--and back to MOSFETs--here's what Automotive DesignLine readers found most interesting during the year, as voted by their page views.
C6000 vs. PowerPC, part 1: Architecture and performance
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12/20/2007   1 comment
Part 1 of this 3-part series explains the architectural differences between the C6000 and the PowerPC.
Using Op Amps with Data Converters - Part 4
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12/19/2007   2 comments
Part 4 of a five-part series from the "Op Amp Applications Handbook" looks at the considerations involved when using op amps to drive ADC/DAC voltage reference inputs.
Tip: Implementing VoIP with software voice engines
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12/19/2007   1 comment
You can add VoIP to your design without complex and expensive external DSP chipsets. Here's how.
Free DSP cores!
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
Structured ASIC company eASIC now offers Tensilica cores free of charge. If you have a medium-volume app, you should check this out.
NXP, BMW open lab to work on automobile keys and control
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
Chipmaker NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has opened a center for system concept and product testing called the Next Experience Lab.
Intel scales back on Viiv, says report
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12/15/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is "scaling back" Viiv, a PC platform that was supposed to bring digital entertainment to the living room, according to a report.
Zilog's first 1.8-V flash MCU debuts
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12/14/2007   Post a comment
Designated the Z8 Encore! XP F1680 series, this single chip is based on Zilog's eZ8 CPU core and provides customers a rich set of analog and digital peripherals, multiple flash memory configurations up to 24KB and a low bill of materials (BOM).
AMD to postpone some Quad-Core shipment
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12/13/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said it will delay the shipment of several Quad Core processors until the first quarter of 2008 due to manufacturing delays it believes have overshadowed many of its other major achievements.
On Semi to acquire AMI for $915 million
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12/13/2007   Post a comment
In a blockbuster deal, On Semiconductor Corp. has acquired AMIS Holdings Inc., parent company of AMI Semiconductor, for approximately $915 million in stock.
Using Op Amps with Data Converters - Part 3
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12/12/2007   Post a comment
Review the critical issues involved in selecting op amps for driving ADC inputs in part 3 of a five-part series from the "Op Amp Applications Handbook."
AMD grooms Meyer to replace Ruiz
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12/12/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has picked president and chief operating officer Dirk Meyer to replace Hector Ruiz as CEO although the succession is still more than one year away.
Tensilica enhances Xtensa cores and tools
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12/11/2007   Post a comment
Tensilica has shrunken the minimum core size of its Xtensa 7 and Xtensa LX2 configurable processor families. It has also enhanced the Xtensa Xplorer design environment to make customization easier and faster.
Head of DS2 powers up home nets battle
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12/11/2007   Post a comment
Demand for digital home bandwidth will outstrip availability within two years, the head of Spanish powerline chip specialist DS2, Jorge Blasco, warned.
AMD, Intel at it again, as both take aim at SoC
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12/10/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices and Intel are ramping up system- on-chip capabilities, creating new prod- ucts and processes. Although both companies will continue to design high-end custom microprocessors, increasingly their competition will hinge on how well they assemble chips out of a stock of reusable cores.
Under the Hood: Sony adds Wi-Fi to place-shifting A/V controller line
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12/10/2007   Post a comment
It's a media junkie's dream: watch your real-time or time-shifted video with a suitably fast Internet connection whether across the house or across the world.
DSP weekend reader vol. 1 no. 5
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12/8/2007   Post a comment
This week: Radix-4 FFTs, more MATLAB-to-C tips, Qualcomm's 1 GHz Snapdragon, and video quality assessment.
BACK TO BASICS & FUTURE TRENDS: Automotive networking
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12/7/2007   2 comments
Networking puts cars on the fast track for safety, comfort, and a better environment.
New Intel group will drive system-chip design
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12/6/2007   Post a comment
Intel has created a new system-on-chip enablement group under Gadi Singer, a veteran executive of many high profile projects for the company who hopes to help smooth the way for future multicore processors as well as a range of SoCs for sockets outside its traditional PC markets.
Using Op Amps with Data Converters - Part 2
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12/5/2007   Post a comment
Brush up on your understanding of key ADC and DAC specifications with part 2 of a five-part excerpt from the "Op Amp Applications Handbook."
ARC readies energy saving cores
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12/5/2007   Post a comment
ARC International is readying a range of cores, dubbed Energy PRO, that adds active power management capability to its line-up of IP cores. The cores come validated with Cadence Low Power Solution and Common Power Format (CPF) through a partnership between the ARC, Cadence and Virage.
Analysis: Qualcomm's 1 GHz ARM "Snapdragon"
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12/5/2007   Post a comment
BDTI examines Qualcomm's 1 GHz ARM-based Snapdragon platform, and explains how it compares to competitors like OMAP3430 and i.MX31.
Green Hills tailors toolkit for 405EZ embedded processor
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12/4/2007   Post a comment
Green Hills has developed a software development toolkit targeting Applied Micro Circuit Corp.'s Power Architecture 405EZ embedded processor, a 32-bit RISC device.
Atmel, Fraunhofer Institute team on SoC development
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12/3/2007   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (ISS) in Germany have joined forces to develop systems-on-chip (SoCs) based on Atmel's AT91CAP customizable microcontroller for their mutual customers.
TI rolls DaVinci for HD transcoding
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12/3/2007   Post a comment
The TMS320DM6467 targets video transcoding in products such as set-top boxes and media gateways. It can simultaneously encode and decode multi-format HD video at resolutions up to H.264 HP@L4.


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