MIPS chairman appointed interim CEO News & Analysis 12/31/2009 Post a comment MIPS Technologies said its board of directors has appointed the company's chairman to act as interim CEO following the scheduled retirement of longtime president and CEO John Bourgoin.
Company cranks portable wireless audio at CES News & Analysis 12/29/2009 Post a comment Eleven Engineering Inc. will jump into the pool of providers of wireless audio streaming technology at the Consumer Electronics Show with a set of dongles and speakers using its proprietary 2.4 GHz technology.
Analyst: Impact of FTC versus Intel overblown News & Analysis 12/28/2009 Post a comment The final impact of a suit brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Intel is likely to be less than what many expect, according to a Wall Street analyst, who rejected the notion that the courts would force the microprocessor giant to license modern x86 instruction sets to other firms.
Intel packs graphics on Atom for netbooks News & Analysis 12/21/2009 Post a comment Intel Corp. is shipping new versions of its Atom processor that integrate graphics and a memory controller on the same die as the x86 CPU in hopes the new chips will help expand its lead in the rapidly growing market for netbooks.
PC, not TV chips the focus for Intel at CES News & Analysis 12/17/2009 Post a comment Intel Corp will announce 17 new processors at the Consumer Electronics Show including two 32 nm parts with graphics in a package with an x86, however it has no design wins to announce yet for its digital TV chips.
Comment: FTC's compiler attack on Intel is thin Blog 12/17/2009 3 comments I am no lawyer, and indeed no processor designer or compiler author, but there is one aspect of the recently announced Federal Trade Commission suit that is being brought against chip giant Intel Corp. that, being embedded in processor engineering, is intriguing and appears weak.
Chinese processor drives $99 netbook, say reports News & Analysis 12/16/2009 3 comments Recently formed Cherrypal (Palo Alto, Calif. and Hong Kong, China) has launched a netbook computer priced at $99 that, according to reports, is powered by a processor from Ingenic Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Beijing, China).
Broadcom taps 40-nm process for high-def handsets News & Analysis 12/16/2009 Post a comment Broadcom Corp. is sampling its first 40 nm chip, a cellphone media processor capable of recording full 1080-progressive high definition video, the company said at its annual meeting with Wall Street analysts where it positioned itself as poised for a return to profitable growth that will outpace its markets.
Gene researchers call for powerful, specialized systems News & Analysis 12/11/2009 1 comment Experts working to enable a new era of personalized medicine based on genetics say they need much more computing umph and new specialized hardware to harness the molecular agents behind diseases and envision a future in which consumers use a new class of personal devices to track their health by monitoring proteins in their blood.
ARM wants every MIPS socket News & Analysis 12/11/2009 7 comments ARM's processor div. chief faces a plenty of headaches. They include: serious competition posed by Intel; how best to help ARM licensees navigate uncharted shoals of multi-core and multi-threaded CPUs; whether graphics companies like Nvidia, AMD or Imagination will become serious rivals.
Intel still searching for 3-D chip app News & Analysis 12/10/2009 3 comments Intel is still exploring the future use of 3-D devices based on through-silicon vias, but the company said that it has still not found the right application or "product intercept" for the technology.
Chinese processor ported to 65-nm, says Synopsys News & Analysis 12/10/2009 Post a comment A Chinese home-grown microprocessor, sometimes called Godson and sometimes called Loongson, has been transferred to a 65-nm manufacturing process technology with help from EDA company Synopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.).
Acer rises in rankings amid PC rebound News & Analysis 12/4/2009 Post a comment Market research firm revised its 2009 PC sales forecast thanks to better-than-expected third quarter shipments and said Taiwan's Acer moved into the No. 2 position in global PC sales in the third quarter.
Cray studies exascale computing in Europe Product News 12/2/2009 Post a comment Cray Inc. has announced three European partners for a new program aimed at delivering by the end of the decade a supercomputer capable of performing an exaflop, a quintillion calculations per second.
Microchip : 16-bit MCUs have lowest sleep current Product News 12/1/2009 Post a comment Microchip has announced two families of 16-bit PIC24F microcontrollers (MCUs) - one with USB functionality and one for general-purpose applications - both of which feature nanoWatt XLP extreme low power technology, small packages and mTouch capacitive touch sensing.
Analyst raises forecast on soaring October chip sales News & Analysis 12/1/2009 Post a comment Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for the 2009 chip market, for the second month in a row. Carnegie asserts the market will still be down but the shrink will be less than Carnegie previously predicted.
October chip sales grew fastest in Europe News & Analysis 12/1/2009 Post a comment The European and Americas regions grew fastest according to the October three-month average chip sales released by the Semiconductor Industry Association on Monday (Nov. 30), when compared with the previous month.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.