Nvidia-AMD: Deal or no deal? News & Analysis 2/28/2008 2 comments Industry observers are pushing for Nvidia Corp. to acquire troubled microprocessor maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc., but such a transaction is fraught with regulatory and other hurdles.
ARM tools add support for DaVinci and OMAP35x Product News 2/27/2008 Post a comment The ARM RealView family of development tools will provide enhanced support for the Texas Instruments DaVinci and OMAP35x platforms, including the recently-released DaVinci TMS320DM355 digital media processor and OMAP35x processors.
China universities join Sun Sparc program News & Analysis 2/27/2008 Post a comment Sun Microsystems Inc. and China's Ministry of Education have signed a three-year agreement to train at least 100 educators a year on Sun's multi-core Sparc CPUs while China establishes an unspecified number of Sun centers of excellence.
High def DVD Blog 2/25/2008 Post a comment Too bad this was just a format war, in which big bucks -- and perhaps a few careers -- but no lives were at stake. Speaking of bucks, Sony reportedly paid Warner Bros. some $400 million to get the exclusive Blu-ray release of their new films -- this was what ultimately tipped the tables.
BMW shows how electronics improve fuel effectiveness News & Analysis 2/22/2008 Post a comment At the International Automotive Salon in Geneva, BMW will show a 'mild hybrid' drive in connection with a Diesel engine in a Sports Activity Vehicle. Besides being the first combination of these three elements, the design is characterized by intensive usage of electronics.
Berkeley researcher describes parallel path News & Analysis 2/22/2008 Post a comment A veteran computer science researcher described plans for defining a new model for parallel programming at an annual gathering at the University of California at Berkeley where otherss sketched out issues they are pursuing that could lead to the era of ubiquitous computing.
TriCore microcontroller gets design win with BMW News & Analysis 2/21/2008 Post a comment German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG has announced a plan to work with BMW M GmbH, a subsidiary of BMW, on the development of an engine control unit for the next BMW M series of cars. Infineon is set to provide microcontroller chips, integrate them into the system and provide technical support.
Lego Mindstorm gymnastic robot is flipping great News & Analysis 2/20/2008 Post a comment Students in Taipei used Lego MindStorm NXT to build a two-link gymnastic robot which can perform giant loops on a horizontal bar. The hand-and-bar link is a free-running passive joint. Two NXT motors are used to drive the robot-shoulder link. The students were seeking the factors to make repeatable and predictable loops although there is a suspicion of non-linear chaotic behavior in the two-motor system.
Sun taps TSMC for 45nm CPUs News & Analysis 2/19/2008 Post a comment Sun Microsystems Inc. has chosen Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to make its multi-core processors at 45nm and finer geometries, a small shot in the arm for TSMC and the start for Sun of what could become a partnership to sell its Sparc architecture in the merchant market.
Harry Potter and the future of streaming video? RF & Microwave Designline Blog 2/18/2008 Post a comment As Harry channeled the evil Voldemort's experiences and could see from Voldemort's eyes, I could not help thinking, hey, this could be the future of mobile streaming video. How freaky would it be to simply have the images appear in your head?.
Infineon CEO Ziebart forced onto the defensive News & Analysis 2/14/2008 Post a comment Against the background of towering losses at subsidiary Qimonda and unexpected performance problems in its mobile communications business, Infineon CEO Wolfgang Ziebart has increasing difficulties to explain his strategy. The company's supervisory board is about to lose its patience.
Security goes embedded Design How-To 2/14/2008 Post a comment As more embedded applications use Internet Protocol, the need for security using encryption/decryption and authentication is trickling down to embedded devices, and vendors are rising up to meet the need with chips and firmware.
Wintel will fund parallel software lab at Berkeley News & Analysis 2/14/2008 Post a comment Intel and Microsoft will help fund a new Parallel Computing Lab at the University of California at Berkeley in an effort to define a parallel programming model that will serve the multicore processors already on the drawing board.
AMD drives shift in computer software News & Analysis 2/12/2008 Post a comment Developers need to rewrite today's computer software to pave the way for tomorrow's multi-core processors that will use a variety of different cores, according to an Advanced Micro Devices senior fellow trying to rally support for the concept.
45nm wireless device offers 63 percent power reduction Product News 2/11/2008 Post a comment At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) last week, Texas Instruments Inc. disclosed process and design advancements enabling the first 45nm 3.5G baseband and multimedia processor addressing critical power challenges in the wireless market.
NVidia rolls first cellular CPU Product News 2/11/2008 Post a comment Graphics company NVidia Corp. rolls out its first cellphone applications processor, taking a fresh run at the mobile business with a chip that can handle video resolutions up to 720-progressive.
Video: ARM CTO speaks out on power, Intel News & Analysis 2/11/2008 Post a comment Chip design is going through a fundamental change driven by the dynamics of the latest process technologies just as the cellphone is overtaking the PC as the leading Internet access device, said Mike Muller, chief technology officer at ARM Ltd..
CPU designers debate multi-core future News & Analysis 2/6/2008 1 comment Microprocessor engineers agree multi-core design is the wave of the future, but they differ widely on how to implement them and surmount the many challenges they pose based on a panel at the International Solid State Circuits Conference that gathered senior chip designers from Advanced Micro Devices, IBM, Intel, Renesas, Sun Microsystems and startup Tilera.
ISSCC shrinks 11n, Wimax and Bluetooth Product News 2/6/2008 1 comment The cost of the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth links are headed south, and WiMax may come to a cellphone near you soon based on papers from Atheros and STMicroelectronics at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Engineers grapple with digital radio at ISSCC News & Analysis 2/5/2008 Post a comment Lowering cellphone costs by integrating radio components was a big theme for engineers at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference where several big cellphone chip makers described their current integrated digital RF devices and others showed different techniques to eliminate external passive components.
TI reveals details of 45-nm process Product News 2/5/2008 Post a comment Texas Instruments described how it lowered power by 63 percent and increased performance by 55 percent for its DSPs at the 45-nm node at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference.
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.