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Updated: Speculation simmers over Intel-TSMC announcement
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Speculation is building about a planned news conference Monday where Intel and TSMC are set to make a strategic announcement.
Comment: Android beyond the phone
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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.
Microcontrôleur STM 32 pour applications réseau, temps réel et audio
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Offrant des interfaces CAN2.OB, Ethernet et USB OTG et des interfaces I2S audio, ces microcontrôleurs 32 bits de la famille STM32 ciblent de nouveaux marché tout en gardant une compatibilité parfaite de brochage et logicielle.
CPU core shipments to exceed 10 billion in 2012, says analyst
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
CPU core shipments reached 5.3 billion in 2008 and are set to double by 2012, according to market analysis firm The Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.).
Automotive electronics to recover slowly after deep dip
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
As does the market for cars, the market for automotive semiconductors will see a steep decline in the current year. But the increasing electronics content for the vehicles will feed the recovery, says market researcher Databeans.
Marvell rolls plan for 'plugtop PCs'
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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.
Coeur ARM 32-bits ultra basse consommation
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, GB) a conçu un coeur ARM 32-bits avec un nombre de portes très réduit de seulement 12.000 portes destiné aux applications ultra-basses consommation.
ARM preps tiny core for low-power microcontrollers
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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.
MCUs: 16-Bit MAXQ MCU extends battery life in portable equipment
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Extended voltage range enables utilization of up to 95% of battery capacity
Netbooks, smart phones: Will the twain meet?
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Conventional laptops and mobile phones remain worlds apart when it comes to cost, size and design metrics.
Hyperstone : 32-Bit MCU suits cost-sensitive applications
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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.
Graphene semiconductor theory confirmed
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Graphene, sheets of pure carbon atoms akin to unrolled nanotubes laid flat, could herald a new era of ultra-high speed semiconductors.
Counterpoint: Stimulus package faces technology headwind
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2/19/2009   Post a comment
The Obama administration's economic stimulus package may help by lending capital to tomorrow's innovators. But throwing money at the economy is how we got into this mess in the first place.
High-end clusters a bright spot in downturn
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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.
Q1 PC builds looking slightly better, analyst says
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Recent checks into first quarter PC builds have revealed modestly better conditions than were present last month, a Wall Street analyst said.
Updated: AMD shareholders approve foundry spinout
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices said its shareholders voted to approve the proposed spinout of its manufacturing operations into a separate foundry company.
Updated: AMD shareholders approve foundry spinout
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices said its shareholders voted to approve the proposed spinout of its manufacturing operations into a separate foundry company.
Microprocessor supervisor circuits provide battery backup, CE gating
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
In small TQFN or TDFN packages, these supervisory circuits from Maxim integrate a variety of features including a microprocessor reset circuit, battery-backup switchover, power-fail warning, and chip-enable (CE) gating.
TI lance OMAP 4 basé sur ARM Cortex-A9
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments a aggrandi sa famille de produits OMAP pour applications mobiles avec une quatrième génération qui utilise les coeurs Cortex-A9 MPCores de ARM.
Integrated microprocessor supervisory circuits provide battery backup and CE gating
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced low-power (less than 1.2microamps), microprocessor supervisory circuits that feature precision power-supply monitoring and battery-control functions.
Selecting the right platform for a media-centric embedded system
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Selecting from the many available platforms for a video-enabled embedded application is a daunting task, but this special feature takes designers through the technical and market-driven decision points.
Video: Computer science meets the grid
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Programmable coprocessor generation from executable code: Part 4
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2/11/2009   Post a comment
In the final in a four part series, the authors describes the kind of sophisticated unit & transport allocation algorithms needed to map arbitrary code sequences onto a custom architecture using binary level partitioning.
Intel va insvestir $7mds aux USA pour déployer sa technologie 32-nm
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2/11/2009   Post a comment
Malgré des licenciements récents, Intel Corp. a prévu de dépenser $7 mds pour la construction de nouvelles fabs aux USA dans les deux ans.
Intel gains share as CPU shipments decline
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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.
Programmable coprocessor generation from executable code: Part 3
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2/10/2009   Post a comment
In the third in a four part series, the authors describe how binary level hardware/software partitioning allows software on an existing main CPU can be migrated onto an automatically optimized and generated loosely coupled coprocessor.
Video: Intel demos 32 nm CPUs
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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
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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.
Programmable coprocessor generation from executable code: Part 2
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2/10/2009   Post a comment
In the second in a four part series, the authors describe how their binary level hardware/software partitioning architecture allows software functionality implemented on an existing main CPU to be migrated onto an automatically optimized and generated loosely coupled coprocessor.
Europe buys petaflops super from IBM
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2/10/2009   Post a comment
Europe has purchased its first petaflops-class supercomputer, an IBM BlueGene/P system to be installed by June.
Intel, NEC show diverging CPU paths
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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.
Programmable coprocessor generation from executable code: Part 1
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2/9/2009   Post a comment
In the first of a four part series, Skip Hovsmith with David Stewart & Richard Taylor compare traditional source level partitioning used in FPGAs to binary level hardware/software partitioning for optimizing of multicore or coprocessor designs.
Quartet of developer's kits target energy-efficient and ultra-low power applications
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2/9/2009   Post a comment
To help designers create energy-efficient and ultra-low power applications quickly and easily, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has broadened its portfolio of MCU development tools by adding three new tools for TMS320C2000 32-bit real-time microcontrollers (MCU) and one new tool for the 16-bit MSP430F5xx ultra-low power MCU series.
Video: Green tech drives ICs beyond silicon
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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.
Esolo "MP4": Apple Nano clone adds some extras
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2/9/2009   1 comment
External branding of the multimedia player is Esolo, from a Houston-based importer Esolo Digital who claims to be aligned with "over 100 factories in China".
Analysis: Smartphones throw suppliers a lifeline
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2/6/2009   Post a comment
Take a close look at any supplier of ICs that is still showing revenue growth and, more often than not, the relative strength of the smartphone market deserves at least part of the credit.
ARM processor-count can exceed that of Intel in modern PCs
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2/6/2009   Post a comment
It is easy to think that personal computer is powered by an Intel processor — or possibly one from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. — while a mobile phone will have a specialized baseband processor with an ARM processor core embedded in it keeping house.
Update: No smartphone from Microsoft
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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
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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.
ARM acquires Swedish video processor company
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2/4/2009   Post a comment
As part of its fourth quarter and full year 2008 financial results, processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) reported that in December 2008 it acquired Logipard AB (Lund, Sweden).
Prevent tampering in energy meters
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2/3/2009   3 comments
This article discusses vulnerabilities, challenges and techniques to prevent tampering in an energy meter.
Atmel acquires ZigBee IP
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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.
ARM tips plans for Swift and Sparrow processor cores
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2/3/2009   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), a licensor of processor-related intellectual property, has disclosed plans for processor cores to be introduced into its Cortex range, codenamed Swift and Sparrow.
Industrial & Medical Semiconductors: new growth area in 2009 and beyond?
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2/3/2009   Post a comment
The global semiconductor industry is faced with a strong downturn at the moment. Therefore it looks for new growth opportunities. Semicast analysed detailed the historically by most semiconductor suppliers overlooked industrial semiconductor market for these opportunities.
Counterpoint: $20 laptop a dubious solution to India's education woes
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2/3/2009   8 comments
The $20 laptop introduced by India's Tata this week is so symbolic at so many levels of both the opportunity and the problem with "designing for India" that it's hard to know where to begin in weighing its chances for success.
ST attacks battery charger impact on environment
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2/2/2009   Post a comment
ST decided to do something about the tons of battery chargers tossed out with portable devices from cell phone handsets through personal media players.
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