Comment: Android beyond the phone News & Analysis 2/26/2009 Post a comment Look out, Redmond, I'm seeing signs that Google's Android could wind up in netbooks, digital picture frames and a host of embedded devices as a friendly, app-rich face for Linux.
Marvell rolls plan for 'plugtop PCs' Product News 2/24/2009 Post a comment Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has announced a so-called Plug Computing initiative and a $99 developer's kit using its 1.2 GHz ARM-based processor to drive to its vision of a variety of "wall-warts" that build in its Sheeva CPU and act like embedded home computers.
ARM preps tiny core for low-power microcontrollers Product News 2/23/2009 2 comments With help from lead partner and licensee NXP, ARM Holdings plc has designed a very low gate-count ARM processor core suitable for use in microcontrollers aimed at ultra-low power applications. Chips are expected to ship from licensees before the end of 2009.
Hyperstone : 32-Bit MCU suits cost-sensitive applications Product News 2/20/2009 Post a comment Hyperstone has introduced the high-performance E2 – 32-bit RISC/DSP microcontroller with additional on-chip highlights such as programmable serial communication engine, an analog to digital converter and 32 kBytes on chip (I-RAM) complemented by an external memory and peripheral interface controller.
High-end clusters a bright spot in downturn News & Analysis 2/18/2009 Post a comment The high performance computing market will decline 5.4 percent in 2009, but remain one of the most resilient sectors in information technology through the recession, according to the latest forecast from International Data Corp.
Video: Computer science meets the grid News & Analysis 2/13/2009 Post a comment Tomorrow's computers need to be designed to meet the energy efficiency needs of growing data centers and the power grid needs to evolve to be more like the Internet, according to Randy Katz, a professor of computer science speaking at an annual gathering of researchers from the University of California at Berkeley.
Intel developing optical chip-to-chip interconnects News & Analysis 2/12/2009 Post a comment Intel is studying optical interconnects with an eye toward replacing chip-to-chip electrical interconnects in order to overcome looming bandwidth issues as the proliferation of chips with an increasing number of cores ushers in the era of tera-scale computing.
Berkeley gives forecast for cloud computing News & Analysis 2/12/2009 Post a comment A group of leading computer scientists at Berkeley published a white paper that lays out a broad road map for cloud computing, calling for a standard application programming interface to spark adoption among a broad set of providers and users.
Automotive electronics needs to embrace power, expert says Product News 2/11/2009 Post a comment Electric cars and HEV vehicles perhaps may dominate discussions among automotive designers and car electronics engineers, but the internal combustion engine is far from being dead. Refined electronic controls could bring efficiency further up and emissions further down. At the Euroforum automotive electronics congress in Munich, automotive tier one Bosch avowed itself to the diesel and gasoline engine.
Panel skeptical on future of MIDs News & Analysis 2/11/2009 2 comments The outlook is unclear for MIDs, mobile Internet devices smaller than notebooks and bigger than smart phones, according to a panel of marketing executives at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Intel gains share as CPU shipments decline News & Analysis 2/11/2009 Post a comment Worldwide PC processor unit shipments declined at the steepest rate since 1996, according to the latest figures from International Data Corp. which forecasts the declines will continue through the first half of 2009.
Video: Intel demos 32 nm CPUs News & Analysis 2/10/2009 Post a comment At least a year ahead of its archrival Advanced Micro Devices, Intel Corp. demonstrated its first 32 nm processors, desktop and mobile Westmere chips that integrate a 45 nm graphics die on the same package and will ship late this year.
AMD delays shareholder vote on foundry spinoff News & Analysis 2/10/2009 Post a comment ;Advanced Micro Devices said it needs more time to solicit shareholder support for its plan to spin off its manufacturing facilities into a new foundry venture and has adjourned a shareholder meeting until next week.
Intel, NEC show diverging CPU paths News & Analysis 2/10/2009 1 comment Intel detailed its Nehalem CPUs and NEC showed a promising approach to stacked memory and logic chips at the International Solid State Circuits Conference, raising the question of whether the future of microprocessors will be down the system-on-chip or system-in-package road.
Video: Green tech drives ICs beyond silicon News & Analysis 2/9/2009 Post a comment The green technology era will drive semiconductor innovations in and beyond silicon across a wide variety of applications, according to Rene Penning de Vries, chief technology officer of NXP Semiconductors in a keynote at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Update: No smartphone from Microsoft News & Analysis 2/5/2009 1 comment A Microsoft executive quickly shot down speculation by two Wall Street analysts that the Windows giant might make its own smart phone, following its path with the Zune MP3 player.
Intel says 32 nm on track for late 2009 News & Analysis 2/5/2009 Post a comment Despite recent layoffs and fab closings, Intel Corp. remains on track to deliver its first 32nm processors before the end of the year, according to a senior executive in a press meeting previewing some of the papers the processor giant will present at next week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference.
Atmel acquires ZigBee IP Product News 2/3/2009 Post a comment Taking a step into a new market, Atmel Corp. has acquired the ZigBee-based intellectual-property rights from LuxLabs BVI for an undisclosed sum.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 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 ...