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posted in February 2006
Innovation, not scaling key to future ICs, says IBM exec
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2/28/2006   Post a comment
In a keynote at the Global Press Summit in Monterey, IBM chief technical officer Dr. Bernard Meyerson said that innovation, not scaling would drive next-generation IC development.
16-bit MCU boasts 1.8 mW/MIPS power consumption
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2/27/2006   Post a comment
NEC Electronics America’s 16-bit 78KOR series flash microcontrollers boasts low power consumption of 1.8 milliwatts per million instructions per second and six times the power/performance ratio of NEC Electronics' 8-bit 78K0 MCUs.
Intel's Presler built at 65 nm
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2/27/2006   Post a comment
The recent launch of Intel Corp.'s Presler architecture coincided almost perfectly with the release of the 2005 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. The new road map philosophy is quite evident in the Presler (officially, the Pentium D 900 series). The ITRS committees want to avoid the term "technology node," which focuses so much on lithography, and instead use unambiguous references to specific feature pitches, in hopes that

Telematics optimize the human-automotive interface
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2/25/2006   Post a comment
One automotive system is by far the largest waste of energy and the greatest source of avoidable repair and maintenance cost--the driver. But an efficient telematics system and interface can help optimize driver performance.
Transmeta narrows loss, meets guidance
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2/24/2006   Post a comment
Microprocessor IP supplier Transmeta Corp. posted a net loss of $2.1 million, or 1 cent per share on sales of $13.3 million in its fourth 2005 quarter ended December, compared with a loss of $28.1 million, or 15 cents per share on sales of $11.2 million in the year-ago quarter.
Updated: Micron-Rambus legal battle shifts to Italy
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2/23/2006   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Rambus Inc. in the Court of Milan, Italy, escalating the already heated feud between the companies.
Vietnam OKs Intel chip plant
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2/23/2006   Post a comment
Vietnam's Ministry of Investment and Planning has approved an investment license for based Intel Corp., which plans to build a $605 million plant in Ho Chi Minh City, a ministry official was quoted as saying in an Associated Press report.
Single chip controller simplifies embedded Ethernet connectivity.
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2/23/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc.’s CP220x single-chip Ethernet controller enables designers to easily add embedded Ethernet connectivity to a broad range of products including POS terminals, access control devices, security panels and VoIP adapters.
Two ARM-Core MCU targets time-critical industrial control apps
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
Dualcore Semiconductor has launched its DCIC9907 microcontroller that contains two ARM 946E cores, two CAN channels, two 10/100 Mbit Ethernet MACs with hardware extension for real-time protocols.
February Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
Good benchmarks play an essential role in evaluating processing engines. Unfortunately, benchmarks are often misused, creating confusion and mistrust. Most people don’t set out to use benchmark results deceptively; they may simply be unaware of benchmarking pitfalls. To keep from falling into these traps, we’ve created our Top Ten list of ways in which benchmarks are abused.
February Newsletter: Case Study--Optimizing Presentations, Products, and Plans
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
Top-notch marketing presentations are key to convincing customers, investors, and others that a product is attractive and viable. Effective presentations combine clear, convincing technical information with a compelling marketing message--a difficult combination to achieve. Of course, even snappy presentations only go so far; vendors also need solid products and well-thought-out strategies.
February Newsletter: Atmel Introduces 32-bit MPU with DSP Features
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
Last month Atmel announced the AVR32, a 32-bit microprocessor core with signal-processing-oriented features. The AVR32 targets computationally intensive, battery-powered applications such as consumer entertainment devices. The AVR32 joins a growing list of 32-bit microprocessors targeting these applications.
February Newsletter: New MIPS Core Supports Multithreading
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
This month MIPS announced its first multi-threaded licensable core, the MIPS32 34K. The multi-threading capabilities of the 34K are highly unusual—not only in comparison to the other MIPS cores, but also in comparison to most other embedded processors. These unusual features make the 34K an inviting target for integrating signal-processing and non-signal-processing tasks on a single core.
The state-of-play in multi-processor and reconfigurable computing
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
When a conventional processor (core) cannot meet the needs of a target application, it becomes necessary to evaluate alternative solutions such as multiple cores and/or configurable cores.
Multi-processor and reconfigurable computing
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
Trying to wrap one's brain around the myriad alternative computing strategies available to today's designers is enough to make your eyes water!
Industrial MCU ARMed with two cores, two CANs, two Ethernet MACs
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
Targeting motion control and networked industrial control applications which often overwhelm single MCU designs, Dualcore Semiconductor has developed a dual core industrial system on chip that offers two of almost everything.
Atmel achieves RoHS compliance for Its PowerPC MPUs
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has begun marketing RoHS-compliant versions of several of its extended-reliability microprocessor products based on PowerPC cores. The offerings involve the PowerPC 603R, 745, 755 and 7457 microprocessors, in either LGA-form or Pb-free CBGA, from commercial to military temperature range.
STMicroelectronics unveils mobile multimedia processor
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
The STn8815 embeds two new smart accelerators and more memory to provide higher performance while ensuring full software reuse.
Applying distributed system concepts to embedded multiprocessor designs: Part 2
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2/20/2006   Post a comment
In this second of three articles on the application of distributed processing techniques and methods to asymmetric multiprocessors, the CTO of Redplain discusses useful abstractions built on top of message passing.
Infineon expands 8-, 16-, and 32-bit MCUs for industrial apps.
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2/17/2006   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies has beefed-up its line of flash microcontrollers for motor control systems. The company has added 8-bit, advanced 16-bit and high-end 32-bit TriCore family of devices, all of which have been optimized for use in industrial applications.
MCUs tout PWM with 150psec resolution
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2/16/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has beefed-up its TMS320C2000 digital signal controller line with four devices that are optimized for motor control. The flash-based F2809 and F2802 and the custom ROM-based C2801 and C2802 are hardware and software compatible with existing TMS320F280x controllers. They all have a pulse width modulator with 150 picosec. resolution.
Virtual platform supports TI’s OMAP3 processor
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2/16/2006   Post a comment
Virtio Corp.’s VPOM-3430 Virtual Platform, provides a complete simulated environment for TI’s OMAP3430 hardware and software. The OMAP3430 processor is the first member of TI’s OMAP 3 architecture.
MCUs feature 180-degree control for motors in appliance apps
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2/15/2006   Post a comment
Targeting motor control applications, NEC Electronics has expanded its 8- and 32-bit microcontroller lines with four new devices. Featuring both 120-degree (trapezoidal) and 180-degree (sinusoidal) control methods, the 32-bit V850ES/IE2 series and 8-bit uPD78F0711 and uPD78F0712 MCUs are designed to reduce vibration and noise in household appliances.
USB-stick development tool for TI’s MCU goes for $20
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has launched a USB stick-based development tool for $20 that allows users to not only evaluate its MSP430 microcontrollers, but also provides all the resources needed to complete an entire MSP430F20xx MCU project from start to finish.
Quadros dual-mode RTOS ports to Freescale’s Coldfire MPUs
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Quadros Systems, Inc. is porting its RTXC dual-mode RTOS to the Freescale ColdFire MCF532x and MCF537x processors. With the convergent capabilities of the RTOS, developers can optimize both the dataflow and control characteristics of the Freescale processor family.
Hardware debug tracer targets ARM processors
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Microprocessor support house IAR Systems Software adds a low-cost ARM debug probe product to its Windows-based hardware debugger. This development tool supports ARM7 and ARM9 devices.
$20 MCU emulator-on-a-stick uses two-wire JTAG scheme
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
At the Embedded World show in Nurnberg, Germany, Texas Instruments introduced its version of a USB-based "emulator-on-a-stick", the eZ430-F2013.
MCUs target apps that require USB connectivity
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2/13/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has beefed-up its 8051-based MCU line with new entries that meet the demands of applications that require USB connectivity, high-performance CPU processing and larger memory footprints.
Cool "stuff" on the processor front.
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/10/2006   Post a comment
I don't know about you, but I'm tremendously excited by the ongoing developments in processing technology.
ARM-based clockless processor targets real-time chip designs
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2/9/2006   Post a comment
ARM and Handshake Solutions, a business unit of Royal Philips Electronics have jointly launched the ARM996HS processor that uses clockless IC design technology. By removing the clock and associated architecture of standard ICs, clockless designs offer significant reductions in power consumption and EMI enabling designers to squeeze more functionality into limited power budgets.
520 MHz XScale-based ConnectCore Module runs Linux, WinCE
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2/9/2006   Post a comment
Digi International has just introduced its ConnectCore XP module for the XScale PXA270 processor, together with support for Linux and Windows CE as well as Ethernet and extensive peripheral support.
Asynchronous array of processors chip presented at ISSCC 2006
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2/9/2006   Post a comment
An experimental chip called an Asynchronous Array of Simple Processors (AsAP) is of particular interest for DSP Applications.
Multi-threading processor delivers significant gains in system performance in embedded applications
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2/9/2006   Post a comment
MIPS 34K multi-threading processor offers significant performance gains in embedded applications with initial licensees: iVivity, Mobileye and PMC-Sierra.
MIPS cores tout multi-threading solution for embedded apps
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2/7/2006   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies has launched its MIPS32 34K family of processor cores, offering system designers and licensees a multi-threading solution for high-performance, cost-sensitive embedded applications. Early adopter licensees include iVivity, Mobileye, and PMC-Sierra.
Intel CTO calls for better chip-design tools to beat process variance
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2/7/2006   Post a comment
The industry needs to deliver a new generation of chip-design tools to ease power and variance problems, according to Intel's chief technology officer.
Sony exec touts Cell processor for real-time tasks
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2/6/2006   Post a comment
Real-time computing will bring a paradigm shift for both the PC and semiconductor industries, Sony's Ken Kutaragi told the International Solid-State Circuits Conference.
Freescale, IBM upgrade Power collaboration
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2/6/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and IBM Corp. announced that they will step up their cooperative efforts behind the Power processor architecture.
MIPS32 34K processor support added to CoWare's SystemC model library
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2/6/2006   Post a comment
Expansion of CoWare's SystemC-based model library enables development of optimal architectures for MIPS32 34K-based systems
16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers target motor control apps
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2/6/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has beefed-up its family of 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers with two devices that offer performance speeds of 30 MIPS, self-programming capabilities via flash memory, and industrial and extended temperature ranges.
IAR Systems’ embedded workbench tools are available for Oki’s ARM9-based MCUs
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2/6/2006   Post a comment
IAR Systems’ Embedded Workbench for ARM helps designers to easily develop reliable code for Oki’s ARM9-based ML696200 Series MCUs
MIPS uses "Virtual CPU" design to blunt rush to multicores
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2/6/2006   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies introduced this week its next generation MIPS34K core with a new "virtual CPU" architecture that it believes can reduce or delay the need to move to more complex multicore designs in a variety of multimedia-based consumer devices, home entertainment systems and network applications.
RealView tools set offers development solution for ARM powered MCUs
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2/2/2006   Post a comment
ARM says its new RealView Tools offer complete out-of-the-box development solution for ARM powered MCUs.
PIC MCU delivers 40 MHz at 3V operation
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2/1/2006   Post a comment
The latest members in Microchip Technology’s 8-bit PIC MCU line offer 40 MHz at 3V operation and a wide assortment of on-chip peripherals.


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