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MCUs deliver USB connectivity to consumer, industrial apps
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced its Flexis JM family of 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) to help designers easily incorporate USB connectivity into a wide range of consumer and industrial applications.
Nvidia-AMD: Deal or no deal?
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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.
Notes from the TI Developer Conference
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
OMAP, multicore, open-source, and medical were key themes of this year's show.
ARM tools add support for DaVinci and OMAP35x
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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.
Microchip Technology announces new low-cost, general-purpose 8-bit PIC microcontrollers
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
New 28- and 40-pin 8-bit Flash MCUs from Microchip feature 16 MHz internal oscillator, operation down to 1.8V, and enhanced peripherals.
Microchip Technology delivers six billionth PIC microcontroller!
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
White-good appliance maker Mabe takes delivery of Microchip Technology's six billionth PIC microcontroller.
NXP, NTRU team for microcontroller security
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and embedded security specialist NTRU have started sampling what they say is the first software-based encryption solution for general-purpose ARM7 processor-based microcontrollers.
China universities join Sun Sparc program
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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.
H-Bridges provide 'smart power' for automotive SoC applications: Part 2 - Architectures and circuit protection
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
From electric motor controllers to Class D amplifiers, efficient mixed-signal integration is vital in design, and saving energy and cost.
IBM's big iron looks to hybrid CPUs, open-source code
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
The mainframe computer is alive and well and adopting the latest open-source software and hybrid processor technologies, said a top engineer behind IBM Corp.'s System z10, IBM's first to use a 4.4 GHz quad-core processor.
GPPs steal sockets from DSPs, and vice versa
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Even as GPPs steal sockets from DSPs in general-purpose markets, DSP are squeezing out GPPs in specialized apps.
High def DVD
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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.
Signal Processing on the MIPS 74K
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
BDTI evaluates the signal processing features of MIPS' high-performance superscalar core, the 74K.
VXS module features dual-core PWRficient processors
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2/24/2008   Post a comment
Mercury Computer Systems' latest VXS module, the VS6-210, features two 2.0-GHz dual-core PWRficient PA6T-1682M processors.
Opinion: Time to plow multiple paths to parallel computing
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
Many stakeholders in the computer industry need to step up quickly to fund multiple large-scale projects pursuing a needed breakthrough in parallel computing.
BMW shows how electronics improve fuel effectiveness
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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.
H-Bridges provide 'smart power' for automotive SoC applications: Part 1 - Challenges and concepts
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
From electric motor controllers to Class D amplifiers, efficient mixed-signal integration is vital in design, and saving energy and cost.
Berkeley researcher describes parallel path
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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.
Video: How to build an Intel QX9770 quad-core PC
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
Intel newest top-of-the-line quad-core processor, the QX9770, won't officially ship until 2Q, but we've got a review unit. I've started building a PC so I can benchmark the chip, and I've got the video to prove it.
TriCore microcontroller gets design win with BMW
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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
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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.
Lattice announces uClinux support for open source embedded systems design
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
New operating system complements recent enhancements to the LatticeMico32 embedded processor system and LatticeMico8 microcontroller.
Freescale remains top auto chip supplier
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
The world's biggest supplier of automotive processors remans Freescale Semiconductor Inc., which just shipped its 100 millionth Power Architecture microcontroller.
Flash-based 16-bit MCUs achieve 8-bit power levels
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
NEC Electronics announced the 78K0R/Ix3 line of All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with 16-bit performance at 8-bit power consumption levels for inverter control applications.
Sun taps TSMC for 45nm CPUs
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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.
Application processor targets Windows Mobile OS apps
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Vimicro Corp. launched its most recent high-performance application processor, Vinno-III (VC0818) and an open mobile platform, Vinno-III-Win, based on Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system.
Harry Potter and the future of streaming video?
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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?.
Freescale: The next big analog player?
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
Who could make a big play in analog? Try Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
First GHz chip to be interconnected with nanotubes
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
The world's first CMOS circuit using nanotubes as an interconnect was recently designed at Stanford University, in cooperation with Toshiba.
Infineon CEO Ziebart forced onto the defensive
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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
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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
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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 unveils multimedia products for media-rich mobile devices
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2/13/2008   Post a comment
AMD has announced at the Mobile World Congress an expanded portfolio of products and technologies to enable media-rich applications such as mobile TV, 3D games and high-fidelity audio for mobile phones and handheld devices.
Freescale taps Beyer as chairman, CEO
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2/13/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has named Rich Beyer as its new chairman and CEO, effective March.
AMD drives shift in computer software
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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.
Nomadik adds application platform for Linux-based devices
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics expanded its Nomadik multimedia application processor ecosystem with the integration of Linux and Trolltech's Qtopia application environment in the STn8815 Nomadik engine.
Applications processor enhances content viewing on mobile devices
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced a new OMAP 3 chip that changes the way consumers view and share content on their mobile handsets, by bringing HD camcorder functionality and full-page web browsing to mobile devices.
Cavium Networks expands multi-core MIPS64 processor family
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
Cavium Networks has introduced the newest addition to the OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64 processor family. The OCTEON Plus CN52XX wireless dual- and quad-core processor family is said to deliver breakthrough performance at unmatched power and cost points.
45nm wireless device offers 63 percent power reduction
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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
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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
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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..
Analysis: Tech CEOs battle stream of bad economic news
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2/7/2008   Post a comment
After reporting weak sales performance for January and forecasting slower growth rate for the current quarter, Cisco CEO John Chambers takes a whack at business news outlets for fueling an economic slowdown.
Quietly, 8-bit MCUs add muscle
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2/7/2008   Post a comment
The new generations of superpowered processors get all the attention, but the humble 8-bit microcontroller remains the industry's workhorse.
CPU designers debate multi-core future
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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
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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.
Circuit board layout guidelines for Class-D amplifiers
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2/6/2008   3 comments
Optimize the performance and reliability of your Class-D amplifier design by following these basic pc-board layout practices.
Engineers grapple with digital radio at ISSCC
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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
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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.
Keynoter says chips will someday mimic human brain
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2/5/2008   Post a comment
Tomorrow's semiconductors will mimic the human brain to solve problems in novel ways, according to Jeff Hawkins whose startup Numenta is shipping tools to create smart algorithms that learn the same way as the human neocortex.
MEMS enables electrically trimmable passive resistor
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2/4/2008   Post a comment
Microbridge describes a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) rejustor chip that enables a Wheatstone bridge to be fine-tuned for operation with piezoelectric sensors.
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