Groups debut multicore API, benchmarks News & Analysis 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.
In defense of low quality Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 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.
Intel hikes dividends payment News & Analysis 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.
Cost-effective AC Induction Vector Control Drive Using Single Shunt Current Sensing Design How-To 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.
Under the Hood: Sonos brings multi-zone digital audio to life Teardown 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Core 2 Duo Mini-ITX board packs punch Product News 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 Design How-To 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.
AMD gives mainstream PCs an overhaul Product News 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.
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.