16-bit MCU boasts 1.8 mW/MIPS power consumption Product News 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 Teardown 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
Transmeta narrows loss, meets guidance News & Analysis 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.
Vietnam OKs Intel chip plant News & Analysis 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.
February Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response" News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Atmel achieves RoHS compliance for Its PowerPC MPUs Product News 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.
MCUs tout PWM with 150psec resolution Product News 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.
MCUs feature 180-degree control for motors in appliance apps Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
ARM-based clockless processor targets real-time chip designs Product News 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.
MIPS cores tout multi-threading solution for embedded apps Product News 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.
MIPS uses "Virtual CPU" design to blunt rush to multicores Product News 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.
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.