Analyst upgrades LSI Logic to 'buy' News & Analysis 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 Design How-To 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.
Sun steps on TOEs with Ethernet chip Product News 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.
Auto processors adding horsepower News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
Flash MCUs operate at 100 MHz Product News 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.
Sony's semi biz to pivot from vertical to horizontal News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 drives road to denser CPU memory News & Analysis 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.
AT&T chooses Qualcomm's MediaFLO for mobile TV News & Analysis 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.
Can the ARM11 handle DSP? Design How-To 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 Design How-To 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-
PXI embedded controllers deliver processing power Product News 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...