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32-bit AVR processor targets multimedia systems for cell phones
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp.’s new AP7000 family of 32-bit processors integrate on a single chip virtually all the functionality required for multimedia systems that are deployed in cell phones and other infotainment systems. Packed into the chip are two Ethernet MACs, USB with On-chip PHY and LCD Controller.
Rabbit MPU integrates 10Base-T Ethernet, hardware DMA, 16-bit memory device support
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Rabbit Semiconductor’s Rabbit 4000 microprocessor integrates 10Base-T Ethernet, hardware DMA and 16-bit memory device support.
French chip market grew by 5.1% in Q4
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
After sustained growth over the past year, the French semiconductor market ended 2005 on a positive note.
Has anyone heard about Magnetic Logic from the days of yore?
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Emails are flooding in with all sorts of suggestions for my "Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer" project, including using Magnetic Logic.
Touch the truck: DARPA robot rolls at ESC
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2006   Post a comment
Get "hands on" with one of the robots (and its developers) that completed last fall's DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle desert race.
Mixed-signal ICs take the home audio experience on the road
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Automotive audio quality has to be very high to compensate for a less-than-ideal listening environment, which means excellent performance is demanded under variable noise, vibration, and temperature conditions. Here's why mixed signal processors, separate from DSPs, are so effective.
PowerPC-based MPU targets industrial apps
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
AMCC’s PPC405EZ industrial-grade PowerPC-based microprocssor utilizes its timer architecture and IEEE1588 Ethernet to enable networking and connectivity.
Barrett: EC's Intel antitrust probe will find no wrongdoing
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. expects to prevail in the European Commission's antitrust investigation into how the company conducts business in the European Union, according to a Reuters report that quotes Craig Barrett, the chip maker’s chairman and former CEO.
Zilog raises March quarter guidance
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Microprocessor company Zilog Inc. has raised its revenue outlook for its fourth fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2006.
ARM7TDMI-based MCU targets smart card reader/writer apps
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Oki Semiconductor’s new ML675050 ARM7TDMI-based Advantage Microcontroller for Smart Card reader/writers meets ISO-7816 and EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) IC Card standards.
ARM-based MCUs boast entry-level price of $1.00
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor start-up Luminary Micro has launched its first family of ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers. The entry level price is $1.00.
Spansion partners to expand presence in handsets
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Flash memory supplier Spansion Inc. has inked deals with Qualcomm Inc. and ARM Ltd that help expand its offerings for the wireless market and expands its logic-on-flash line-up.
Multicore 'painful,' but necessary, panelists say
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
The migration to multicore processing, though fraught with challenges, is the only plausible way to achieve the computing performance required in the not-to-distant future, concluded a panel at the Multicore Expo Thursday.
Automotive network security without compromise
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
Hardware/software integration, and isolation, spur automotive telematics privacy, reliability, and integrity. To address network connectivity risks, next-generation vehicles demand underlying hardware and software that can provide rigorous security, operational reliability, and real-time performance.
Analyst: Dell acquisition starts AMD relationship
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
A prominent semiconductor industry analyst characterized Dell's proposed acquisition of high-end PC supplier Alienware as a way for the computer giant to "back its way" into a relationship with Advanced Micro Devices.
Analyst: Dell acquisition starts AMD relationship
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
A prominent semiconductor industry analyst characterized Dell's proposed acquisition of high-end PC supplier Alienware as a way for the computer giant to "back its way" into a relationship with Advanced Micro Devices.
Automotive signal conditioning ICs go green
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
As the deadline for implementing green, lead-free electronics packaging approaches, automotive system engineers must consider how they will accommodate the constraints and specifications of such new standards in their designs.
Sun releases open-source processor
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems has announced the release of open-source hardware and software specifications for its multi-threaded UltraSparc T1 (Niagara) processor, now called OpenSparc T1.
RTOS, tools support added to Freescale dual-core MPC8641D processor
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
At the Multicore Association Expo in Santa Clara, Ca., Green Hills Software announced OS and tool support for Freescale’s dual-core MPC8641D processor based on PowerPC cores.
Muliticore generator toolkit generates cycle accurate simulation models
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Mirabilis Design Inc. has just released the first in a series of hardware and software model generators for the VisualSim Architect support detailed cycle-accurate simulation models of microprocessors, microcontrollers, DSP and application-specific processors in less than one day using only parameters.
Express Logic offers an enhanced version of ThreadX for MIPS 34K core
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Express Logic has created an enhanced version of ThreadX for the MIPS32 34K multi-threaded processor cores.
State-diagram tool for multicore design now supports softcore FPGAs
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
At the Multicore Expo Teja Technologies Inc. will take the wraps off a major enhancement to its Teja NP multi-core state diagram tool suite designed to simplify the design of multicore systems within FPGAs.
March Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
In last month's column, I listed four of the Top Ten ways in which processor benchmark results are commonly misused. This month I'll cover the remaining six. If you rely on benchmark results, you'll want to watch out for these.
March Newsletter: Managing Offshore Software Development
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Increasingly, processor vendors need to deliver extensive software libraries optimized for their processors. To meet these software needs, many processor vendors are attracted to offshore software development firms due to their low cost. But this solution is not without its challenges.
March Newsletter: Tensilica Introduces Pre-Configured Cores
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Last month Tensilica announced a new line of licensable processor cores called the Diamond Standard family. The family includes six cores that span a wide range of performance points. These cores are essentially fixed, pre-configured versions of the Xtensa architecture.
March Newsletter: TI to Sell Software to the Mass Market
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
This month Texas Instruments announced that it will begin selling multimedia codecs to the mass market. The codecs will be available for both the 'C64x and the 'C64x+ platforms, including chips that use the "DaVinci" architecture. TI will also offer audio codecs for the 'C55x architecture.
Processors pack VoIP bells, whistles
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Highly integrated applications processors are playing a key behind-the-scenes role in the latest Internet Protocol wired and wireless telephony systems. From basic IP handsets and feature-rich desktop video phones, to SoHo and enterprise gateways and routers, the wide variety of VoIP products shown at last week's Voice Over Networks Conference here owe their existence to the ingenuity of chip designers and algorithm developers.
Do we really need this vehicle?
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3/19/2006   Post a comment
Maybe because spring is around the corner, there is a renewed marketing push for the golf cart version of the Segway human transporter.
DSCs boost automotive electric motor control
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3/17/2006   1 comment
Digital signal controllers combine microcontroller and DSP functionality on-chip for automotive brushless DC (BLDC) motor applications, such as power steering, fuel and water pumps, and cooling fans.
Court halts Japanese suit against Patriot, TPL
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
IP firm Patriot Scientific Corp. has announced that the U.S. District Court of Northern California has stayed the declaratory judgment actions recently filed in that court against Patriot and the TPL Group, another global intellectual property management company, by several Japanese manufacturers.
IBM to license Rambus IP for Cell BE chips
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
Processor IP company Rambus Inc. has signed a technology license agreement with International Business Machines, enabling the company to build Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) processors and companion chips using Rambus' FlexIO processor bus and XDR memory interface technologies.
The Multicore Expo Draws Nigh!
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
My excitement is mounting, because the Multicore Expo 2006 (where I'm going to be hosting a "Birds of a Feather Get Together" meeting) is just next week!
Two dual-core Xeon CPUs power PICMG 1.3 host board
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
Catching the multicore, multiprocessing bug, Trenton Technology has just introduced its SLT single board computer powered by two dual core Xeon LV processors.
AdvancedTCA SBC sports dual core 2 GHz Intel Xeon CPUs
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems has taken the wraps off its ATCA-7820 Single Board Computer offering two 2 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors with up to 8 Gbyte DDR-2 400 SDRAM with ECC.
Four dual core CPU SBCs target medical computing applications
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
Kontron has just released four medical computing platforms incorporating the 2 GHz Intel Core Duo T2500 processors: a mini-ITX motherboard, a 3U and a 6U CompactPCI board, as well as an ETXexpress module
8-bit MCUs target digital audio-visual systems
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America has launched a pair of 8-bit microcontrollers for digital audio-video applications. Among them is the MB95F146, a 32-pin MCU for small, embedded applications like managing the power supply and remote controller of digital A/V systems.
MCUs tout power-savings in applications that spend most of their time in sleep mode.
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
With the aim of dramatically reducing power consumption in 8-bit microcontrollers, Atmel has launched its newest AVR devices. The ATmega169P and the ATmega165P consume as little as 340 microamps in active mode and 150 microamps in idle mode at 1 MHz for lighting control, security, keyless entry, ZigBee and other applications that spend most of their time in sleep mode.
Enea's Inter Process Communications protocol now open source
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
Targeting multicore and multiprocessor designs, Enea has just introduced LINX, an open hardware, operating system and interconnect agnostic version of its proprietary Inter Process Communications Protocol, which it is making available on an open source licensing basis.
Development tool supports ST’s 8-bit to 32-bit microcontrollers
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3/13/2006   Post a comment
Application development tool enables debugging and programming across complete range of ST’s 8-bit to 32-bit microcontroller families.
Processor family targets radically small form factor designs
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3/10/2006   Post a comment
Based on the VIA CoolStream architecture and manufactured using IBM’s 90nm SOI process, VIA Technologies new C7-M ULV processors are available at speeds from 1.0- to 1.5GHz with a maximum thermal design power as low as 3.5 watts.
USB transceiver optimized for Intel's XScale technology
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3/9/2006   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's USB 2.0 transceiver designed to interface with Intel's latest processors is packaged in a 56-ball VFBGA measuring 5-mm x 5-mm, and offers a suspend current of 15-mA—two features that make it suitable for battery-powered applications.
Renesas to integrate Metalink's processor
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3/9/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Corp. will work with Metalink Ltd. to integrate Renesas’s SH4 and Metalink's 802.11n processors for home entertainment applications.
SOC integration tips ease FlexRay vehicle network implementation
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3/8/2006   Post a comment
New automotive applications such as advanced engine and emissions control and by-wire features require many more electronic components, each screaming for more data, deterministic behavior, and reliability. The FlexRay communication protocol was developed to fulfill these needs. Here's how design engineers can add it to their designs.
Accelerated Technology's Nucleus RTOS supports Tensilica's new Diamond CPU cores
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
The Nucleus Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) from Accelerated Technology now supports Tensilica's new Diamond Standard processor cores.
PIC MCU line offers certified full-speed USB 2.0
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology’s PIC18F4450/2450 flash PIC microcontrollers offers certified full-speed USB 2.0 connectivity and 48 MHz operation for 12 Mbits per second data-transfer rates.
8051-based MCU family boasts 5 x 5 mm form factor
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories says its newest 8051-based microcontroller family offers the small 5x5 mm package, a 50 MIPS CPU, versatile power supply operation and a smaRTClock with failsafe recovery.
Will I see you at the Multicore Expo?
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
I'm all aquiver with excitement, because I'm going to be hosting a "Birds of a Feather Get Together" at the Multicore Expo 2006.
FPGA-based platform speeds in-vehicle testing
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Automotive tests often require unique equipment, resulting in large amounts of money spent on gear for only a few specific tests. Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) permit engineers to create a single platform to solve a variety of in-vehicle test applications.
Intel expects to miss guidance
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Intel Corp. announced that first-quarter revenue will top of at $8.7 to $9.1 billion, compared to the previous guidance of $9.1 to $9.7 billion, due to weaker than expected demand and a slight market segment share loss.
Silicon-on-insulator technology optimizes in-vehicle networking
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3/2/2006   Post a comment
Development of ICs that can maintain integrity in the electrically noisy and hot world under a car hood is prompting suppliers to turn to silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology.
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