ST beefs up SPEAr MPU line Product News 2/25/2010 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has added four new devices to its SPEAr microprocessor family, targeting embedded-control applications across market segments from computer peripherals and communication to industrial automation.
Dodging Amdahl's Law with message passing, FPGA-based, parallel processing Design How-To 2/24/2010 3 comments Most design teams agree that the basic plumbing of memory management can be the real bottleneck in heterogeneous processing. Today the only real solution is the microprocessor and co-processors sharing memory on the node, and then interconnecting many nodes with a GigE, Infiniband, or a custom interconnect configuring the nodes in a distributed memory layout.
Mid-year slump to limit chip market growth, says analyst News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment A mid-year slump in the western economy is likely to inhibit consumer electronics spending and hold annual semiconductor revenue growth back at 11.2 percent in 2010, according to Robert Castellano of market research company The Information Network (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
Analysts: Five observations on mobile from MWC News & Analysis 2/19/2010 Post a comment Apple and software are in the driver's seat in the mobile market but platform fragmentation may be ahead, according to analysts from Barclay's Capital who shared their observations from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.
Analyst boosts forecast for PC processor sales Product News 2/17/2010 Post a comment Growth in unit sales of PC processors and PC servers will be stronger than expected this year, according to a report by Wall Street Analyst firm Barclays Capital, however, the firm forecasts declines in the average selling prices of the chips for the next two years.
Imagination unfazed by Samsung's Mali move News & Analysis 2/16/2010 Post a comment Graphics core licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) has stated that it expects to have continued success with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., despite the latter's uptake of graphics from archrival ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
Six things that surprised us at ISSCC News & Analysis 2/16/2010 1 comment The pervasive focus on power management, the lack of papers on nanotechnology and software and the slow recovery of attendance were among the surprises for EE Times editors at the 2001 ISSCC last week.
Guidelines for complex SoC verification Design How-To 2/16/2010 Post a comment As verification takes up a significant part of the design cycle, planning, managing the project dynamics and a metrics-driven execution will be of much help says the author, a senior ASIC engineer
GlobalFoundries, ARM tip 28-nm process for mobile News & Analysis 2/15/2010 Post a comment GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have announced some details of 28-nm manufacturing process technologies for wireless products. They also claim to have a mobile SoC "platform" based on the Cortex-A9 processor core.
ESC: Multicore ecosystem still evolving News & Analysis 2/12/2010 Post a comment Still grappling with the challenges associated with moving to multicore architectures, software developers continue to struggle with basic questions, including not only how best to move to multicore but also whether or not it makes sense to do so for a given application.
NEC to show quad-core Cortex-A9 processor News & Analysis 2/12/2010 Post a comment NEC Electronics Corp. looks set to grab the lead in terms of high performance ARM processors at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week with a quad-core Cortex-A9 design. The technology is due to showcased on the booth of ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), the originator of the Cortex-A9 multiprocessing core.
Teardown: Falling costs to make femtocells soar in 2010 Design How-To 2/12/2010 2 comments As chip, software and system vendors gather to regale carriers at next week's Mobile World Conference, falling costs and proven viability will give many the courage to declare 2010 the year of the femtocell, and quietly, eagerly, put 2009 behind them.
Berkeley discusses progress in parallel programming News & Analysis 2/12/2010 6 comments Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley gave an update on their work to find new programming models for tomorrow's many-core processors and announced two new research centers—one focused on low-power circuits and another on cloud computing.
UMC sees January sales drop 9% sequentially News & Analysis 2/11/2010 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second largest foundry, had January sales of NT$8,600 million (about $268 million), a decrease of 9.25 percent from the December 2009 sales figure of NT$9,292 million (about $290 million).
Intel, Renesas, Toshiba show mobile media chips News & Analysis 2/10/2010 1 comment Toshiba described Wednesday (Feb 10) a novel mobile media processor it is now sampling using stacked custom DRAM, one of a handful of such devices discussed at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
ARM to detail power-efficient design technique News & Analysis 2/9/2010 Post a comment Researchers from ARM and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a 52 percent reduction in power on a 65-nm ARM processor running at more than 1 GHz, using a hybrid technique for dynamic detection and correction of timing errors, according to a paper scheduled to be presented at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
ISSCC: IBM back in network processor game News & Analysis 2/9/2010 Post a comment Claiming it sees a new opportunity where server and networking chips converge, IBM Corp. unveiled what it hopes will be the first of a new line of wire-speed processors that essentially puts it back into the network processing business.
ISSCC keynoter wants 100X power efficiency improvement News & Analysis 2/8/2010 Post a comment Power efficiency is the single biggest challenge facing the mobile handset industry, and collaboration and co-design are needed to enable the industry to deliver a 100X improvement in power efficiency for mobile devices, according to a keynote presentation at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
ISSCC: Intel has edge over AMD, for now News & Analysis 2/8/2010 5 comments Intel Corp. has a significant, if temporary, edge over archrival Advanced Micro Devices based on news and papers emerging here Monday at the International Solid State Circuits Conference where Intel launched a 32nm six core server processor and described an existing x86/graphics chip.
An analyst's 10 reasons to be cheerful News & Analysis 2/8/2010 Post a comment Bill McClean, analyst with IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has provided ten reasons that support the idea that 2010 could be between a good and a great year for the semiconductor industry.
Design team execs left Apple to form startup News & Analysis 2/4/2010 1 comment Amid the excitement over the A4 microprocessor designed in-house at Apple Inc. and used to power the iPad, it has emerged that a number of the internal design team have already left to form a startup.
Broadcom acquires Teknovus for $123 million Product News 2/3/2010 Post a comment Broadcom Corp. made it official Wednesday (Feb 3) it is spending $123 million to acquire startup Teknovus Inc. (Petaluma, Calif.) for its Ethernet passive optical networking technology chipsets and software.
ARM, Giesecke & Devrient team to secure phone payments News & Analysis 2/3/2010 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) is collaborating with Giesecke & Devrient (Munich, Germany) and the two companies are going to demonstrate the combination of the Mobicore operating system running with ARM TrustZone hardware at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona.
ARM lays out roadmap with three more cores Product News 2/2/2010 Post a comment ARM Holdings plans to launch three processor cores during 2010. The cores, codenamed Eagle, Heron and Merlin, all have lead licensing customers and deliveries of intellectual property will start either in 2010 or early in 2011 depending on the core, said ARM CEO Warren East.
Case study: Collaboration changes in agile workspaces Design How-To 2/1/2010 Post a comment High-performing collaborative spaces are composed from persistent everyday objects and may include any combination of large-scale wireless displays, sensor-augmented building blocks (walls, floors), USB-enabled components (tables, shelves, carts), and computing devices.
Full-year chip sales fell 9% in 2009, says SIA News & Analysis 2/1/2010 1 comment Global semiconductor sales were $226.3 billion in 2009, a decline of 9 percent from 2008 when sales were $248.6 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The full-year decline was as had been expected in the last month but much less than had been predicted in the first months of 2009.
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.