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MCU enables energy-efficient lighting systems
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has hopes of penetrating smart fluorescent lighting applications that require power factor correction and/or high-resolution pulse width modulation with its newest 8-bit microcontroller line.
Toolbox enables fixed-point design directly in MATLAB
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2/27/2005   Post a comment
Complete fixed-point design environment enables engineers to eliminate the time-consuming and error-prone process of creating and debugging fixed-point designs in the C programming language.
32-bit ARM9 based SoCs now available with OSE 5.0 operating system
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2/26/2005   Post a comment
Enea Embedded Technology is porting Version 5.0 of the OSE Real-Time Operating System to the LH7A400 ARM-based BlueStreak SoC to improve the performance of mobile terminal devices
Acoustic echo cancellation and noise suppression libraries
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Software libraries provide a cost-effective, easy way to improve sound quality and intelligibility
Atmel MCUs tout internal temperature sensor capabilities
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
With the launching of its new tinyAVR flash microcontroller family, Atmel Corp. joins the growing number of 8-bit MCU vendors that offer units in 8-pin packages.
ZiLOG's MCU fits in 8-pin package
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Packing all the functionality of its larger 20- and 28-pin XP family members, but using 80 percent less space on the printed circuit board is ZiLOG's Z8 Encore! XP microcontrollers in a small 8-pin footprint.
Collaboration entre Sequans et ARM
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Lors du Congrès mondial 3GSM à Cannes, Sequans Communications, jeune pousse française spécialisée dans la conception et le développement de composants pour la technologie WiMAX, a révélé un accord de collaboration avec ARM pour l’intégration du processeur ARM926EJ-S dans ses solutions WiMAX de prochaine génération.
Intel präsentiert neue Prozessoren für Embedded-Designs
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Neue Varianten seiner x86-Prozessoren und Chipsets sollen bei Intel helfen, das Geschäft mit Embedded-Anwendungen anzukurbeln. Die neuen Prozessoren sollen höhere Rechenleistung mit niedrigerer Wärmeentwicklung kombinieren.
8-bit MCU supports full-speed USB 2.0
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Designed to support full-speed USB 2.0, STMicroelectronics uPSD3400 Turbo Plus series of 8051-class embedded flash microcontrollers offers system-level-integration with flash and SRAM densities of up to 256-kbytes and 32-kbytes, respectively.
Freescale réorganise son unité de puces mais dément la vente de l’activité de microprocesseurs
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2/21/2005   Post a comment
La société Freescale Semiconductor Inc. réfute les rumeurs selon lesquelles elle envisagerait de vendre son unité de microprocesseurs/microcontrôleurs. Cette vente s’effectuerait dans le cadre d’une importante réorganisation de ses activités liées aux microcontrôleurs, aux produits analogiques et aux capteurs.
February Newsletter: New TI Architectures for Cellular Handsets and Base Stations
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2/18/2005   Post a comment
Last month Texas Instruments revealed two new processors for cellular applications. The first of these, the TCI6482, will target 3G cellular base stations. TI's other new processor, the OMAPV1030, targets cellular handset applications.
February Newsletter: Developing Performance Claims that Customers Trust
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2/18/2005   Post a comment
Processor vendors hoping to penetrate new signal processing applications must convince prospective customers that their processors will perform well in the target application. Customers are often reluctant to accept vendors' performance projections, particularly if key application software components have not yet been fully implemented.
February Newsletter: ADI Expands Blackfin Family
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2/18/2005   Post a comment
Late last month Analog Devices announced four new members of its Blackfin processor family, the ADSP-BF534, 'BF536 and 'BF537 and 'BF566. These new devices target network-connected applications that require both signal processing and control processing. Such applications include IP set-top boxes, networked media players, and automotive safety equipment.
February Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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2/18/2005   Post a comment
It almost seems as if processor designers have agreed on what the perfect embedded processor should look like, and that all architectures are converging on this design. As a result, vendor focus will play an increasingly important role in distinguishing embedded processors from one another.
3GSM : Les partenaires d’Intel font confiance à Bulverde pour les transactions mobiles sécurisées
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2/16/2005   Post a comment
Intel Corp. a envoyé à des clients sélectionnés une version de son processeur d’applications Bulverde basé sur Xscale pour les dispositifs mobiles. Il inclut un bloc de sécurité matériel reposant sur les modules informatiques de confiance (TCM), comme vient de l’apprendre EE Times.
Industry's only 4-state hardware - assisted verification solution?
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2/15/2005   Post a comment
Accurate hardware accelerator for functional verification propogates unknowns and tristate levels
AMD unveils new Opterons for servers, workstations
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2/14/2005   Post a comment
Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices' new Opteron processors come with advanced power management technology that the company says will give OEMs and system builders an additional tool to get into large-scale data centers.
Sharp's ARM-based MCUs hit volume production
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2/14/2005   Post a comment
In beta release since last August, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas now offers volume production of the ARM720TTM 16/32- and 32-bit System-on-Chips.
Intel lance une technologie de processeur dynamique à faible consommation
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2/8/2005   Post a comment
Intel Corp., qui souhaite résoudre un problème majeur dans la conception de systèmes, a donné de plus amples détails sur sa technologie dynamique à faible consommation pour microprocesseurs haut de gamme.
Application processor targets 5 Mpixel camera modules
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2/8/2005   Post a comment
Among the latest CPUs for the 5 Mpixel camera market is the SH-Mobile3A application processor from Renesas Technology. A 32-bit RISC/DSP CPU core delivers 389 MIPS processing performance at 216MHz, for a high rating of 1.8 MIPS/MHz.
Prozessor-Erwärmung erhitzt Designer
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2/8/2005   Post a comment
Die rapide steigende Leistungsaufnahme von Mikroprozessoren ist eines der zentralen Themen auf der International Solid State Circuits Conference. Experten suchten nach Methoden, den Leistungsbedarf der Chips im Zaum zu halten – und die Wärme wieder schnell vom Chip zu bekommen.
Intel, AMD jockey for multicore mindshare
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2/7/2005   Post a comment
Seeking to beat AMD to the punch, Intel announced that it will ship its first dual-core Pentium processors in the second quarter of this year.
Efforts heat up to remove processor hot spots
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2/7/2005   Post a comment
Experts at the International Solid State Circuits Conference identified methods of modeling and reducing power consumption or, failing that, quickly getting rid of heat.
Application processors duel
2/7/2005   Post a comment
Convergence of functionality in handset designs is constantly raising the bar for value-added features, such as cameras, games, music playback and video capturing. It is estimated that the average cost of a handset will drop from about $125 today to $110 by 2008. In contrast, the average cost of the ICs within the handset will increase from approximately $40 today to $44.50 by 2008, as consumers demand higher functionality at a low price. A versatile application processor is key to achieving a s
Foxton hält Intels Prozessorchips kühl
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2/7/2005   Post a comment
Die Wärmeentwicklung bei seinen Prozessoren macht Intel zu schaffen. Auf dem Branchentreffen ISSCC (International Solid-state Circuit Conference) stellt Intel Maßnahmen vor, um die Wärmeentwicklung in ihrem geplanten 64-Bit-Prozessor 'Montecito' unter Kontrolle zu bekommen. Außerdem präsentierte das Unternehmen neue Technik für die drahtlose Übertragung von Daten mit sehr hoher Bandbreite
Intel reveals MIMO radio, dual-core Itanium
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2/7/2005   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will use the International Solid State Circuits Conference to introduce a dual-core Itanium processor along with one of the first CMOS radio chips using multiple-input/multiple output antenna technology.
Jaguar adds to the family
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2/2/2005   Post a comment
Last week I was lucky enough to escape New England snow and try out Jaguar's latest additions to its X-Type family.

In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.
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