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.
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.