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Cheaper iPhone on the way, says analyst
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
A lower-cost version of Apple's popular iPhone, unofficially dubbed the "iPhone Nano" by some, could be hitting stores by the second quarter of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Intel rolls new education PCs at CES
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will make a fresh foray into low-cost PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, launching a tablet-style netbook for students as well as a personal area network technology for linking Wi-Fi devices.
Top Industrial Control How-To's of 2008 (complete)
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Here's the complete list of Industrial Control DesignLine's 20 most popular how-to articles of 2008.
2008 Top Design Article Round-Up
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
It's the end of the year and that means it's time to review the year's most popular design articles and tutorials.
Top 20 predictions for semis in 2009
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12/30/2008   1 comment
To help sort out the confusion in the market, I have released my own chip forecasts--and other predictions--for 2009.
Top stories of 2008: Energy, memristors
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Renewable energy and emerging semiconductor technologies like memristors were among the top industry stories in 2008.
Chip distributor inventories rising, analyst warns
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Thanks to weaker-than-expected shipments in November, inventories for Asian semiconductor distributors have reached far beyond desired levels, something likely to have a negative impact on overall chip shipments in the first half of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
New Sony PS3 cuts costs with 65-nm chips
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
The second generation of Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console features a new design and carries a bill of materials that is 35 percent lower than the original model, according to a teardown analysis by market research firm iSuppli.
Samsung preps WiMax, LTE chips
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12/29/2008   1 comment
Samsung Electronics is expanding its portfolio of silicon for cellphones with basebands for Long Term Evolution and WiMax and media accelerators at a time when its handset division is tapping a broader set of chip vendors.
Notebooks surpass desktops in strong quarter
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Amid strong PC sales, global notebook PC shipments exceeded desktop sales on a quarterly basis for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2008, according to iSuppli Corp. forcing the market watcher to increase its 2008 PC estimates half a point.
Standardizing data interchanges among design tools in the ECU development process: Pt. 2 - Function-driven development and basic software
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Development tools that can process automotive electronics system models and description formats are becoming established. This article discusses the potential uses of data interchange in an AUTOSAR tool chain example.
XMOS offers free audio code for processors
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Multicored processor vendor XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has developed source code for a range of digital audio applications including Ethernet AVB and USB 2.0. The company plans to demonstrate hardware versions of the applications at the 2009 NAMM conference.
MCUs: Gleichmann launches 8-/16-bit MCUs with low standby power
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
78KO and 78KOR MCUs are targeted for battery-operated applications
Camera design for machine vision
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The fundamental components of machine vision and a close look at camera requirements, including image sensor technology, architecture requirements, interface standards, resolutions, frame rates and signal processing.
MCUs: IPextreme adds HCS08 synthesizable IP Core to its MCU line
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
IP core is object code compatible with Freescale 68HC08 and HCS08 devices, enabling easy migration to ASICs and FPGAs
Readers' top ten stories of 2008
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Here are the top ten online stories for the year so far as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Thursday, Dec. 18. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Intel says no job cuts as analyst cuts estimates again
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
A Wall Street analyst again cut estimates for Intel, citing continued deterioration in PC demand, but noted that Intel said it is not planning a meaningful headcount reduction.
Standardizing data interchanges among design tools in the ECU development process: Pt. 1 - Models, formats, and data management
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Development tools that can process automotive electronics system models and description formats are becoming established. This article discusses the potential uses of data interchange in an AUTOSAR tool chain example.
PLX to acquire storage interconnect IC vendor
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
PCI Express Internet chip vendor PLX Technology said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oxford Semiconductor, a privately held fabless provider of silicon and software for the consumer and small office/home office storage markets, in a deal worth at least $26 million.
TTControl's Electronic TTC 50 controller features flexibility/safet
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Electronic controller unit serves mobile applications
TI's new Piccolo USB tools provide cost-effective 32-bit real-time control development
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has released two new USB-based tools for Piccolo 32-bit TMS320F2802x microcontrollers (MCU) to help designers bring 32-bit real-time control to cost sensitive applications.
Update: Samsung sweeps up photo frame chips
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics is sweeping components found in digital photo frames into a new family of system-on-chip devices, aiming to win sockets from small Asian companies who have supplied less integrated solutions to date.
Startup rolls integrated protocol processor
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Siverge Networks debuted a single chip that handles a wide range of protocols for an equally broad target market of wired, optical and wireless telecom systems at a time when the industry is giving conflicting signs about the extent the global recession will impact the telecom market.
Transcoding video with parallel programming on multi-core processors
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12/12/2008   1 comment
Designing high-performance video encoding and transcoding systems that can exploit both multi-core CPU and many-core GPUs for faster-than-real-time performance.
TV tuner chip for automobiles does 125 mph, worldwide DTV and analog
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
Microtune's MT2067 is engineered to solve the technical challenges associated with receiving analog and digital TV signals in a constantly changing, fast-moving environment.
Featured Product: STM, LG Chem develop advanced hybrid/electric vehicle battery
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
Pack combines Li-ion technology and battery-management IC.
Adapt standard tests to non-standard devices: Automotive qualification of a MEMS-based sensor system
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
AEC-Q100 does not address MEMS and unencapsulated devices. This is where the engineer designing the test plan must get creative in seeking a solid physics-of-failure-based test regime. The authors prove that an exposed humidity sensor can survive a lifetime of humidity-temperature and bias, tests particularly severe for the sensor and its exposed wire bonds.
Green Hills' promise: Code runs faster, or your money back
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
Green Hills Software has formed a new division, Software Acceleration, that will optimize a product's software to achieve up to a 12x performance improvement--or you get your money-back.
Freescale HCS08 microprocessor IP core for FPGA and ASIC designs
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Synthesizable Freescale HCS08 microprocessor IP core for FPGA and ASIC designs available through IPextreme's online Core Store for $10,000 licensing fee.
Intro to low-power design
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
This article explains the basics of low-power design. Topics covered include sleep modes, memory system design, systems clocks and real-time clocks, and power over USB.
NEC : Very-low-power MCUs have enhanced analog features
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
NEC Electronics has begun sample shipment of 24 flash-memory-embedded microcontrollers that claim the lowest level of power consumption in the industry.
Startup debuts digital video processor
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Startup Zenverge has emerged from stealth mode with a processor architecture optimized to quickly translate video from one format to another, aiming at transcoding high definition video four times faster than existing chips for a wide range of client and network media systems.
TI: Microcontroller for Contactless Smart IC--Part II
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Legacy smart IC architectures restricted by high power usage and low data capacity limit their scalability for future government identification (ID) applications. To better serve contactless and dual-interface contact applications, the smart IC microcontroller needs a low power design and a minimum 16-bit RISC architecture.
Security alert: Beware of USB memory sticks
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12/9/2008   1 comment
The next time you find a USB memory stick in a parking lot or outside your house, think twice before plugging it in: It could cost you your intellectual property or personal identity. That was the startling alert put out by Adriel Desautels, chief technology officer at anti-hacking specialist firm NetraGard. And it's only the start.
Chip reverse engineering firms merge
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
United Business Media Ltd., the publisher of EE Times, has acquired for at least $8 million Sanguine Microelectronics, a semiconductor reverse engineering company based in Shanghai that UBM will merge into its existing Semiconductor Insights group in Ottawa.
Melexis enhances second-generation BLDC controller family
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
Melexis has launched its first member of the second generation of integrated brushless DC motor controllers. The MLX81200 sports TruSense and SineDrive technologies which enable designers to integrate applications of this motor type in automotive applications.
AMD to take lower stake in foundry venture
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices said it would reduce its planned stake in the joint venture it announced with Abu Dhabi-government backed Advanced Technology Investment Co. AMD will now own 34.2 percent of the venture, down from 44 percent.
BOARDS: Kontron CP6001-V CompactPCI CPU board optimized for industrial apps
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
Advanced I/O technology provides interfaces for all industrial requirements
Rankings: A peak inside China's chip industry
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12/5/2008   Post a comment
A recent report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers provides a rare glimpse inside China's semiconductor industry, offering a ranking of 29 indigenous Chinese chip firms with 2007 revenue greater than $30 million, according to the firm.
Analyst sees 10 percent cellular decline in 2009
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12/5/2008   Post a comment
One Wall Street analyst is projecting Broadcom and Qualcomm could prosper at the expense of Infineon and Texas Instruments in the face of a double-digit decline in the cellular handset business.
Intel job cuts coming, says analyst
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12/5/2008   Post a comment
An analyst said he expects Intel to cut 6 to 7 percent of its total headcount, or roughly 5,000 to 6,000 employees, as part of a series of cost-cutting moves that could save the company as much as $1 billion annually.
Chip companies set to drive hybrid vehicle opportunities
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12/4/2008   Post a comment
The semiconductor market supplying hybrid powertrains will increase rapidly from $384 million this year to $1.3 billion in 2015, mainly in power devices but also in analog microcontrollers and sensors, according to Strategy Analytics' automotive electronics group.
A high-reliability 32-bit Flash microcontroller for safety-critical applications.
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12/4/2008   Post a comment
As the world becomes increasingly complex and safety an evermore critical issue, consumers and businesses want electronic systems that are reliable and safe and so contribute to a trouble-free daily life. The H8SX Flash MCU solutions target this kind of applications, especially in automotive, industrial and medical fields, where high reliability and low field failure rates are essential.<
NEC 16-bit Microcontrollers offer higher performance, improved design flexibility
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12/4/2008   Post a comment
NEC Electronics has enhanced its 78K0R 16-bit microcontroller family in order to support cost-sensitive applications. Based on the fast and efficient 78K0R cores, the new 78K0R/Fx3 MCUs are optimized for high performance and enhanced memory options, aiming at automotive body applications such as window, seat and door modules as well as HVAC systems.
Video: M'soft exec on federal research, multicore
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12/3/2008   1 comment
Daniel Reed, a senior Microsoft executive, speaks out on the need for federal funding for basic research and on the transition to parallel programming.
More about SoC/Multicore debug interfaces
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12/2/2008   Post a comment
Having problems debugging that complex SoC or multicore design? Check here first for the latest design articles on JTAG and other hardware debug interfaces you can use to solve your on-chip data transfer conflicts.
Video: Intel, M'soft launch parallel lab
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12/2/2008   1 comment
The Parallel Computing Lab officially opened its doors at the University of California, Berkeley, where researchers have been conducting work for several months to define a new parallel programming model for tomorrow's many-core processors.
TI: Microcontroller for Contactless Smart IC--Part I
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12/2/2008   Post a comment
Legacy smart IC architectures restricted by high power usage and low data capacity limit their scalability for future government identification (ID) applications. To better serve contactless and dual-interface contact applications, the smart IC microcontroller needs a low power design and a minimum 16-bit RISC architecture.
3L Diamond and Impulse CoDeveloper for Lyrtech is available immediately
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12/1/2008   Post a comment
3L and Impulse Accelerated Technologies extend their integrated design flow to multiprocessing systems from Lyrtech.
Top 20 chip suppliers: iSuppli's preliminary rankings
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12/1/2008   Post a comment
Six of the top 10 semiconductor companies are expected to suffer revenue declines in 2008, with the broader industry hamstrung by a "disastrous" year for the memory chip segment, according to market research firm iSuppli's preliminary rankings of the top 20 chip suppliers for the year.
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