32-bit AVR processor targets multimedia systems for cell phones Product News 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.
Mixed-signal ICs take the home audio experience on the road Design How-To 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.
Automotive network security without compromise Design How-To 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.
Automotive signal conditioning ICs go green Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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.
March Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response" News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
DSCs boost automotive electric motor control Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 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!
8-bit MCUs target digital audio-visual systems Product News 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. Product News 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.
USB transceiver optimized for Intel's XScale technology Product News 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-mAtwo features that make it suitable for battery-powered applications.
SOC integration tips ease FlexRay vehicle network implementation Design How-To 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.
FPGA-based platform speeds in-vehicle testing Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times