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posted in February 2007
Motor control development kit simplifies vector drive design
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' ARM7-based motor control development kit simplifies vector drive design for permanent magnet synchronous motors and 3-phase AC induction motors used in appliance, industrial and HVAC applications.
Challenges in designing high-performance automotive electronics
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Engineers are pressured to shorten the overall design and qualification cycle while increasing functionality of existing auto electronics systems without compromising ever tightening quality, reliability, and cost targets.
Energy estimator tool optimizes power efficiency early in design cycle
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Tensilica has unveiled its Xenergy estimator, an energy estimator for Xtensa configurable processor and Diamond Standard processor users.
Renesas introduces 324 MHz microprocessor for multimedia, office automation applications
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America released the SH7764 microprocessor, a 32-bit device with a maximum operating frequency of 324 MHz. The chip incorporates the SuperH Family's SH-4A CPU core, a 2D graphics engine, Ethernet controller, USB Host/function controller, ATAPI hard-drive controller and LCD controller.
Analyst upgrades LSI Logic to 'buy'
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Citing a ramping product cycle in serial attached SCSI systems and cost savings associated with its pending merger with Agere Systems, analyst Craig Berger of Wedbush Morgan Securities upgraded his firm's rating on LSI Logic's stock to "buy" from "hold."
System simulation speeds application development
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Developing applications for a wide range of mobile terminals can be a major headache for software engineers. System simulation now provides a way to develop and test software running on a virtual platform long before the hardware is available. Mark Snook explains.
Desktop processors target energy efficiency, high performance
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
AMD has introduced three desktop processors that are designed for energy-efficient and high-performance computing applications.
Testing and Debugging DSP Systems, Part 1
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Part one of this six-part series introduces the hardware used for debugging, the debugging challenges facing DSP programmers, and debugging methodologies.
AMD CEO says Dell partnership moving ahead
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz said Dell chairman and CEO Michael Dell has given him no indication that the PC giant will back off its strategy to use AMD chips.
Processor combines data and servo processing on single chip
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Magnum Semiconductor has developed the MS3900 front-end processor for DVD recorders and players. The DSP-based IC provides optical disk data and servo processing on a single chip to perform DVD encoding, DVD and CD decoding, and servo control functions.
Developer conference set for Power architecture
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Power.org is seeking to show a continuing embedded base for its Power instruction set architecture in the aftermath of Apple Inc.'s move away from the PowerPC.
Sun steps on TOEs with Ethernet chip
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems is eschewing TCP offload engines with Neptune, a 10 Gbit/second Ethernet adapter card and chip optimized for use with multi-threaded processors such as Sun's Niagara.
Faraday announces FPGACompanion ARM CPU device
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
The optimized bus and system designs in the FPGACompanion ARM CPU device from Faraday facilitate using the same ISA from FPGA prototype to full volume production.
Auto processors adding horsepower
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
The processing power of new-generation microcontrollers may soon give automobiles the anthropomorphic appeal of HAL, the talking computer depicted in, "2001: A Space Odyssey."
8-bit MCU supports field oriented control
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies has introduced a family of 8-bit MCUs with field oriented control (FOC) capability and a new drive software configuration tool kit, which is part of a complete development environment for industrial and automotive motor control applications.
Parallel processing architecture brings advanced vision applications to today's cars
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2/16/2007   1 comment
Technologies now on the road enable automotive design engineers to implement robust and powerful recognition algorithms, while meeting the stringent automotive power consumption and operational constraints.
Flash MCUs operate at 100 MHz
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories now provides the C8051F360 family of mixed-signal ISP Flash MCUs that offer 100 MHz clock speeds and and is ideal for consumer and industrial electronics applications that require precision motion control and signal processing.
AMD faces cash crunch and LBO, says analyst
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2/15/2007   Post a comment
Cash-poor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) is rumored to be the target of a private-equity buyout, according to an analyst.
Microchip adds PIC microcontroller for automotive, industrial
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2/15/2007   Post a comment
The PIC16F882 has been added to Microchip Technology's 28- and 40/44-pin PIC18F88X family of microcontrollers.
Sony's semi biz to pivot from vertical to horizontal
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Sony is steering its semiconductor business from vertically integrated operation to "fab-lite" operation that would involve outsourcing production of the Cell processor. The move is a major break from Sony's previous strategy to develop and manufacturing core chips internally, a philosophy that remains a top priority for rival consumer electronics giant Matsushita.
Infringement suit dismissed, TI says
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has received a favorable ruling from a federal court in California dismissing a patent infringement case by a subsidiary of Acacia Research, according to TI.
IBM lays claim to fastest on-chip memory technology
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
IBM Corp. said it has found a way to improve computer memory access performance dramatically while reducing power consumption for its next-generation microprocessors that the company expects to start offering in 2008.
IBM drives road to denser CPU memory
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
IBM will detail a method for tripling the amount of cache memory on a microprocessor, potentially doubling its performance by packing as much as 48 Mbytes of fast DRAM on 45nm CPUs.
PHS growth stalls in China; decline expected in 2008
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
The go-go days of growth in China's PHS market are over, with a contraction expected in 2008 or 2009.
AT&T chooses Qualcomm's MediaFLO for mobile TV
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Cingular, the wireless unit of AT&T, has selected Qualcomm's Forward Link Only technology for mobile TV deployment and signed a definitive agreement with Qualcomm's MediaFLO USA subsidiary to deliver mobile entertainment and information services to subscribers. The companies expect to make the service available to customers in late 2007.
TI delivers 720p high-definition video playback for mobile phones
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its OMAP3430 solution delivers the industry's first 720p high-definition video playback and "life-like" 3D graphics for mobile phones.
Infotainment Jolt: Sigma-Delta converter simultaneously digitizes entire FM band
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Continuous-time quadrature cascaded architecture boosts signal bandwidth, accessing all channels simultaneously.
Renesas adds to H8SX microcontroller family
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
H8SX/1638, H8SX/1648, and H8SX/1622 family of 32-bit CISC microcontrollers operate at speeds up to 50 MHz and deliver 50 MIPS performance.
More than 1 billion Wi-Fi chips to ship in 2012
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
More than 1 billion Wi-Fi chipsets will ship in the year 2012, driven by handsets and consumer electronics devices.
Firms turn to digital auto focus for camera phones
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Three companies, STMicroelectronics, OmniVision Technologies and MagnaChip Semiconductor, are all in the race to bring digital auto focus to the handset.
Can the ARM11 handle DSP?
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Can ARM's latest core play the role of a DSP? Is it ready to take on video? BDTI's just-released benchmark results and analysis answer these questions.
Designing low-power multiprocessor chips
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Just 10 years ago, the challenge chip designers faced was to design logic blocks with as few gates as possible to fit all the functions in a target die size. Today, advancements in semiconductor process technologies let designers easily pack millions of gates and complex mixed-signal components into a single chip. Nonetheless, chip designers still face the challenge of reducing the number of gates and imple-

Under the Hood: Intel has company at 65 nm
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Intel still leads the pack in the 65-nanometer technology race, but at least three other vendors — Texas Instruments, Xilinx, and AMD — are producing microprocessor or logic devices at 65 nm.
LG wins bid for low-cost 3G phone
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
LG Electronics wins the bid for a low-cost 3G phone in a GSM Association project aimed at bringing wireless multimedia to the masses.
China IT exports up 35 percent
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Last year was a good one for Chinese trade in electronics, with exports up 35 percent to $363 billion.
Chipnuts develops 'platform' for mobile multimedia
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
In a world of platform-based design, Chipnuts Technology brings together a smart phone reference design that includes its own OS and business applications, as well as an applications processor.
Intel teases 80-core chip before ISSCC
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Intel unveils more details about an 80-core chip that achieves teraflop performance. A fuller description happens at this week's ISSCC conference in San Francisco.
Innovasic to offer replacement ICs for Intel CAN controllers
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
Innovasic Semiconductor will offer replacements for Intel's AN/AS82527 serial communications controllers for the Control Area Network (CAN) Protocol.
PXI embedded controllers deliver processing power
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
NI's new family of PXI embedded controllers based on the T7400 dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo processor are said to deliver a performance improvement of more than 100 percent compared to systems running traditional single-core processors.
Intel preps Tolapai processor for industrial apps, says report
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is planning to provide a 65-nm processor for industrial applications called Tolapai, later in 2007, according to a website that appears to be operated by Lam Kam Tong Production Co. Ltd.
Freescale debuts high-temp, low-cost signal controllers
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
The 56F8013M DSC from Freescale Semiconductor provides the key features and memory of the company's previous 56F8013 device but also has been tested at 125 degrees C for use in high-temperature applications.


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