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Groups debut multicore API, benchmarks
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3/31/2008   Post a comment
Efforts to improve techniques for programming and measuring multicore processors take three small steps forward as the annual MultiCore Expo where the Multicore Association will announce it has completed work on a standard applications programming interface for communications and started work to define a standard for embedded virtualization and a related group will show the first fruits of its efforts to define a benchmark for multicore CPUs.
Startups give virtualization a novel twist
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3/31/2008   Post a comment
Two startups--3Leaf Systems and ScaleMP--are giving virtualization a new twist to help create large systems made up from multiple x86 servers.
AMD launches first x86 triple-core processors
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3/31/2008   Post a comment
AMD announced the availability of AMD Phenom X3 8000 series triple-core processors, providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with high performance at mainstream price points.
What went wrong at Moto
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3/30/2008   Post a comment
Motorola fell because it focused on hardware engineering, not consumer design.
How to get the most out of a single timer on an MCU
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3/28/2008   5 comments
This article suggests a method to incorporate the functionality of both an RTC and a PWM in a microcontroller equipped with only a single timer.
AMD processors deliver high-performance gaming, video
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
AMD has released four new AMD Phenom X4 processors for PC users that demand high-performance for gaming, HD video playback, and advanced multi-tasking capabilities.
ESC: NXP Semiconductors introduces four new 32-bit ARM9 microcontrollers
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Designed for use in consumer, industrial, medical and automotive applications, the new line aims to reduce on-chip components and maximize power savings.
Stretch, focused on video surveillance, gets more funding
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Armed with a novel programmable architecture--with its processor embedded with an FPGA in the center--Stretch has raised an additional $15 million in Series B funding, stirring excitement among investors looking for the growth of video-surveillance market.
Intel server processors deliver fewer watts, high performance
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Intel has introduced two low-voltage 45-nm processors for servers and workstations that run at 50 watts, or just 12.5 watts per core and frequencies as high as 2.50-GHz.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems push auto navigation utility
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3/26/2008   1 comment
Navigation systems are becoming more important in vehicle safety. Road, traffic, and weather information can prepare drivers--and interact with vehicle systems--for what is around the bend.
Yet More On Decoupling, Part 6: Simulating the complete op amp/power supply circuit
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3/26/2008   2 comments
The sixth and final installment of this series on power-supply decoupling and bypass capacitors simulates the interaction effects of the complete circuit, by driving a signal into an amplifier so that the load current itself causes the excitation on the supply rails.
How to achieve design flexibility for free using Structured ASIC approaches
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3/26/2008   Post a comment
Under certain circumstances, it is possible over the lifetime of a design to reduce the time to market and/or production time without incurring additional costs.
Under the Hood: Spec revision's cost is in the cards
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3/26/2008   Post a comment
As cdma2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A phones roll out in 2008, what impact will the new, higher-speed network have on the underlying platforms found in these handsets?
High-level parallel programming model simplifies multicore design
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3/26/2008   1 comment
Processors recently have added explicit parallelism in the form of multiple cores, and processor road maps are showing the number of cores increasing exponentially over time.
Analysis: On2 brings YouTube to cell phones
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3/26/2008   Post a comment
BDTI examinies On2's Hantro 8190, a licensable video decoder core that supports the Flash video format.
Carbon could enable fastest chips
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3/25/2008   Post a comment
Carbon transistors could outperform the fastest chip materials, including indium antimonide, according to researchers at the University of Maryland.
UPDATED: Yen departs Sun chip unit for Juniper
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3/25/2008   Post a comment
Veteran David Yen is leaving Sun Microsystems to take an unnamed position at Juniper Networks in April after just one year in his latest post as head of Sun's revived semiconductor unit.
Report: In decline, 3G impacts RF power-semi market
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3/24/2008   Post a comment
In a market report, ABI Research predicts a continuous decline in 3G cellular, which will affect the semicondcutor market that feeds it, especially the RF power-semiconductor segment.
In defense of low quality
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3/24/2008   3 comments
With each new generation of consumer electronics, audio and video quality are getting worse. Here's why that's a good thing.
DSP system design, part 2: Critical design choices
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3/24/2008   Post a comment
Part 2 shows how to choose hardware and software architectures, how to choose an RTOS, and how algorithm and I/O libraries impact the development process.
Intel hikes dividends payment
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3/20/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. jacked up its quarterly dividends payment 10 percent as the cash-rich company sought to return profits to stockholders through a combination of share repurchase and dividend payouts.
Telematics hitching a ride to 44% market penetration
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3/19/2008   Post a comment
Telematics applications are becoming standard equipment in 30 million automobiles annually on the way to a predicted 44 percent market penetration by 2013.
Industry worried about state of research in India
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3/19/2008   Post a comment
Research in India is dominated by chip design but should not be, executives said, because embedded systems bring with them much larger revenues and workforces.
Cost-effective AC Induction Vector Control Drive Using Single Shunt Current Sensing
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3/19/2008   Post a comment
Against the background of rising demand for energy-saving industrial and home appliances, conventional AC induction motor applications strongly need optimization since they waste about 50 percent of the electrical energy. System costs and power consumption can be drastically reduced utilizing digital control of an analog motor circuit. The article describes how the Freescale MC56F80xx microcontroller family can be used in such motor control applications.
Analysis: Ambric accelerator card tackles HD H.264
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3/18/2008   Post a comment
Ambric's video-acceleration card speeds up H.264 High Profile, Level 4 encoding by a factor of 2-5X relative to a software-only implementation on a 3 GHz quad-core CPU. BDTI explains how it works.
MPLAB starter kit for DSCs adds digital audio to embedded designs
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3/18/2008   Post a comment
Microchip's MPLAB Starter Kit for dsPIC DSCs includes the USB-powered Digital Signal Controller (DSC) board with integrated debugger and programmer, the MPLAB IDE and MPLAB C30 C complier software, and sample programs and hardware for demonstrating speech and audio applications.
Starter kit for adding audio to embedded designs
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3/18/2008   Post a comment
Microchip Technology makes adding digital audio to embedded designs easy with new $59.98 MPLAB Starter Kit for dsPIC DSCs.
Under the Hood: Sonos brings multi-zone digital audio to life
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3/18/2008   Post a comment
The designers of the Sonos Digital Music System made four inspired design decisions early on to realize its ground-breaking, multi-room digital audio system, but deep into the design process, even they were humbled by the intricacies of effective wireless system design. See why.
Berkeley kicks off parallel computing lab
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3/18/2008   1 comment
Intel and Microsoft officially announced today their plan to spend a total of $10 million over five years to fund work at a new parallel computing lab at University of California at Berkeley in an effort to define a new parallel programming model that will be needed to make use of tomorrow's multicore processors.
8-bit flash MCU operates at 1.1-V
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3/18/2008   Post a comment
Based on its proprietary low-power technology, Oki's latest 8-bit microcontroller incorporates 1.1-V flash memory, helping it to achieve one of the lowest power operation in the industry.
Intel provides snippets about numerous processors
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3/18/2008   Post a comment
Pat Gelsinger, general manager of the digital enterprise group at Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.), briefed the press on Monday (March 17) about a host of forthcoming processors, including Tukwila, Dunnington and Nehalem.
8-bit MCUs reduce board space, power consumption in automotive apps
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3/17/2008   Post a comment
Freescale's S08SG family of highly integrated, scalable 8-bit microcontrollers reduces board space, power consumption and cost in automotive body and chassis applications.
Intel Core 2 Duo Mini-ITX board packs punch
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3/17/2008   Post a comment
Aimed at high definition video gaming machines and digital signage systems, this Mini-ITX motherboard from Advansus offers advanced system performance, and accelerated graphics based on Intel GME965 and Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors.
DSP system design, part 1: The basic laws
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3/17/2008   Post a comment
Here are ten laws that guide DSP system development. Topics covered include economies of scale and experience effect, DSPs vs. FPGAs, fixed- vs. floating-point, and RTOSs and algorithm libraries.
MIPS vs. Intel Atom
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3/14/2008   Post a comment
I already showed why ARM will beat Atom. How does MIPS stack up?
Russia expects home-grown ICs, PCs this year
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3/14/2008   Post a comment
Russia expects to produce microprocessors and memory chips in Zelenograd, near Moscow, later this year.
Color TFTs, controllers enable flexible driver displays
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3/14/2008   Post a comment
Sophisticated graphics look to play a bigger role in making driving safer and more enjoyable. Displays and circuitry for the demanding automotive environment will enable instrument clusters and center stacks that provide high-performance graphics.
Researchers ready system to explore parallel computing
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3/13/2008   Post a comment
With help from Microsoft Research, work is nearly complete on an FPGA-based computer called the Berkeley Emulation Engine version 3 to help researchers find a parallel programming model for tomorrow's multicore processors.
German chip market to continue growth, ZVEI says
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3/13/2008   Post a comment
The German industry association ZVEI expects the local semiconductor market to grow in 2008 at a rate of 4 percent - if valued in euros. In dollar terms however, the growth rate is highly unclear.
Otellini defends Intel before the European Commission
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3/12/2008   Post a comment
aul Otellini, Intel Corp.'s president and CEO, held a confidential meeting in Brussels with members of the European Commission to defend the company against allegations it engaged in anti-trust business practices.
Analysis: OMAP35x brings Cortex-A8 to the mass market
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3/12/2008   Post a comment
BDTI analyzes the OMAP35x, the first mass-market chip to use the ARM Cortex-A8.
ARC rolls low power CPU/DSP cores
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3/11/2008   Post a comment
The first two cores, the Energy Pro 20 and Energy Pro 30, target the portable and embedded microcontroller markets and claim to reduce power 75%.
A closer look at Intel's Atom
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3/10/2008   Post a comment
For in-depth reading on Intel's Atom, check out these resources.
Antipiracy scheme aims protect chip makers
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3/10/2008   2 comments
This Anti-piracy scheme protects chip makers from unauthorized duplication by prohibiting chip use unless the buyer goes through an activation procedure.
IBM, Hitachi start joint chip research at 32nm and beyond
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3/10/2008   Post a comment
IBM Corp. and Hitachi, Ltd. announced their first ever collaboration on semiconductor technology, a two-year agreement jointly to pursue metrology for 32nm and smaller devices.
AMD gives mainstream PCs an overhaul
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3/6/2008   Post a comment
As part of its intent to provide high quality, high-definition and 3D capabilities at mainstream PC price points, AMD has developed an advanced motherboard GPU using 55-nm process technology.
Analysis: Paranoia returns to Intel with NAND plunge
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3/6/2008   Post a comment
Intel executives, stunned by steep and unexpected price declines in NAND memory, are promising to move quickly to stem resulting margin erosion they've experienced just in the first quarter of 2008.
WiMax signals get stronger in India
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3/6/2008   2 comments
Leading operators are working together to deploy WiMax networks across India as they await government action on allocating more wireless spectrum.
Analysis: Hits and misses in coverage of Intel's Atom
Design How-To  
3/5/2008   5 comments
Recent press coverage of Intel's new Atom architecture got much of the story wrong.
Using FPGAs to avoid microprocessor obsolescence
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3/5/2008   9 comments
This "How To" tutorial examines the options that are available to designers facing microprocessor (and microcontroller) obsolescence using FPGAs.
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