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MIPS chairman appointed interim CEO
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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
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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.
Apple media pad could leapfrog e-books, netbooks
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12/28/2009   1 comment
A combination Apple media pad, e-book and netbook anticipated by some observers could steal much of the thunder about mobile systems expected at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Analyst: Impact of FTC versus Intel overblown
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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.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - CoWare and Tensilica collaboration speeds development of multicore Tensilica-based platforms
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12/26/2009   Post a comment
CoWare and Tensilica have collaborated to speed development of multicore Tensilica-based platforms with CoWare virtual platforms.
Intel packs graphics on Atom for netbooks
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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.
Internet Video Quality of Experience--How to provide it
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12/20/2009   Post a comment
Internet video quality of experience (QoE) is an all-encompassing term. This article addresses the issues involved, and shows how Internet video quality monitoring can be optimized, embedded, all while reducing cost.
Email to the editor: FTC's complaint is about runtime libraries
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12/19/2009   1 comment
A reader provides extra detail on the compiler issues behind the FTC's recently-made suit against Intel.
PC, not TV chips the focus for Intel at CES
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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
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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.
AppliedMicro's energy conscious processors continue drive toward low-power processing
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
AppliedMicro has announced energy efficient versions of the company's families of 405 and 460 embedded processors that consume up to 40 percent less power for a variety of embedded applications.
VC funding to fall for ICs in 2010
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Venture capitalists are ''cautiously optimistic'' about 2010, but there's more gloomy news for the chip sector.
Chinese processor drives $99 netbook, say reports
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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
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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.
Analog Devices unveils new generation of energy metering ics to deliver highest accuracy for billing and power quality monitoring applications
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
In this news analysis article Analog Design Line Europe's editor, Paul Buckley finds out more about the significance of the new generation of energy metering ICs in this expanding market by interviewing Mack Lund who is Manager of Analog Devices' Energy Metering group.
Ultra-efficient 8-bit MCUs target smart metering and sensor interfaces
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories announced the ultra-low-power C8051F91x/0x MCUs, offering what the company claims to be the lowest active mode current consumption at 160 microA per MHz.
Gene researchers call for powerful, specialized systems
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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
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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
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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
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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.).
U.K. appoints managers for $500 million national VC fund
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
The U.K. government has appointed Hermes Private Equity and the European Investment Fund as managers for the UK Innovation Investment Fund.
Freescale introduces QorIQ communications processors with QUICC Engine technology
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
Incorporating Freescale Semiconductor's QUICC Engine multiprotocol technology, the QorIQ P1012/P1021 product family offers a high-performance, low-power migration path to all-IP environments for customers using legacy multiprotocol interfaces.
Acer rises in rankings amid PC rebound
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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.
Updated: Intel revamps teraflop MPU efforts
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12/2/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has re-positioned tera-scale processor R&D efforts and is moving towards a more mainstream multicore design.
Cray studies exascale computing in Europe
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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.
Samsung plans a $6 billion capex for 2010, says report
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12/2/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is planning to spend around 7 trillion won (about $6 billion) on expanding its semiconductor business in 2010, according to a Korea Herald report that cited an un-named source.
STMicroelectronics : Low-power MCU targets M2M cellular communication
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12/2/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has announced a robust low-power processor chip dedicated to managing SIM data for machine-to-machine (M2M) cellular communications.
COMMENTARY: The once and future evolution of the Hypervisor
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12/2/2009   Post a comment
Using hypervisors to innovate existing designs provides the embedded designer with new ways to add features and security, both through open source and their own in-house developments.
Microchip : 16-bit MCUs have lowest sleep current
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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
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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
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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.


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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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