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Freescale rolls 45-nm comms processors
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor said it is sampling new communications processors based on its 45-nm process technology,
The Tao of DSP
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3/31/2009   1 comment
DSP and martial arts have a lot in common. It doesn't matter what tool, hardware or environment you use, having a vision and an understanding of the underlying mechanics needed to get you there is all that matters.
Video: Cisco shows server at Xeon launch
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Big data centers are preparing for a shift to 10 Gbit/s Ethernet and some are interested in GPU processing once standards emerge, said a panel of data center managers who are testing Intel's just announced Xeon 5500 processors.
Intel rolls 45-nm server CPUs
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. formally rolls out server versions of its 45-nm Nehalem processors, the Xeon 5500 chips that integrate memory controllers and a high-speed interconnect, taking a page from archrival Advanced Micro Devices which pioneered the approach in x86 chips.
PC slide slows as Intel eyes embedded
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
It's not a recovery, but the PC market's slide seems to be slowing according to one financial analyst firm while Intel is positioning itself for growth in embedded markets beyond the PC, said an analyst at the firm.
Samsung selects Spreadtrum mobile phone chips
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has selected Spreadtrum Communications Inc. (Shanghai, China) to supply wireless baseband chipsets for use in mobile phones Spreadtrum has said.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: Microchip Technology unveils PICDEM Lab Development Kit
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Low-Cost Kit provides complete development environment for educators, students, and engineers who are new to PIC microcontrollers
Credit rating agency lowers outlook for TI
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Fitch Ratings lowered its rating outlook for Texas Instruments to "negative" from "stable," saying it expects TI's revenue and operating performance for 2009 to deteriorate due to broad-based macroeconomic weakness through at least the rest of the year.
Cloud service battles videogame boxes
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Armed with a proprietary compression technology, startup OnLive will launch this fall an online service that aims to rival the experience of dedicated videogame consoles, using ASIC-based algorithms to zip content from its remote servers to users on PCs, Macs or TVs in under 80 milliseconds.
NXP first to demo ARM Cortex-M0 silicon
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is using this week's Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco to demonstrate what is says is the first functional ARM Cortex-M0 silicon.
Virtualization makes better use of open-source OSes and apps
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
The increased use of software virtualization in embedded systems is allowing additional use of open-source operating systems and applications.
Multicore CPUs face slow road in comms
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3/20/2009   2 comments
The transition to multicore processors in communications and networking systems is expected to be a slow one due to complex and fragmented nature of the underlying technology, predicted a technology analyst.
Report: Intel gains in graphics downturn
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Intel will make some gains at the expense of Nvidia in a declining graphics market, according to a new report from financial analysts at Barclays Capital.
Researchers tout molecular-scale devices for quantum computing
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Manchester (England) have created a molecular device they suggest could act as a building block for super-fast quantum computers.
Vote on top ten sites with engineering appeal
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
The Internet's strength--limitless content--can also be its most maddening quality for a user trying to pinpoint information.
Analysis: Why IBM should buy Juniper, not Sun
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
IBM should buy a Juniper or Brocade, not Sun Microsystems because the next big war in data center computing is all about integrating merged computer and communications systems into larger offerings.
Analysis: What an IBM-Sun merger would mean
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3/18/2009   3 comments
A possible merger of IBM and Sun Microsystems makes business sense and has interesting implications for the Sparc and Power microprocessors as well as Java.
TI, Apple weigh in on smart phones
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
A Texas Instrument executive shared his vision of the smart phone at a Silicon Valley event while Apple rolled out a beta of the iPhone OS version 3.0.
Tool puts parallelism in embedded code
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Startup CriticalBlue will debut at the Multicore Expo its Prism tool that can add parallelism to programs running on multicore embedded processors, one small step toward the kinds of parallel programming tools tomorrow's developers will require.
Cisco seeks bigger slice of data center
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Hungry for growth, Cisco Systems has jumped into the server business, using advances in silicon, networking and virtualization in its Unified Computing System to seek an edge over veterans such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard.
AMD, Intel licensing war threatens Globalfoundries
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said rival Intel Corp. has warned it could terminate their 2001 cross-licensing agreement in 60 days due to a disagreement over the creation of AMD wafer foundry joint venture company Globalfoundries.
Comment: Cisco clarifies its cloud vision
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3/14/2009   Post a comment
Cisco Systems will become the latest company to jump on the cloud computing bandwagon when it puts some specifics behind its Unified Computing initiative at a press event March 16.
Intel says plans for China fab unchanged
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
Intel is denying rumblings within the semiconductor equipment community that it has pushed out plans for a 300-mm fab in China, saying that the company remains on schedule to have the facility in production next year.
Searching for six degrees of separation for energy harvesting and power conversion
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
Given that most innovations in power management electronics are derived from the pooling of the knowledge or expertise of groups of scientists or engineers then it is likely that the 'six degrees of separation' rule applies to a lot of technology developments.
Texas Instruments : Floating-point MCUs enable high-end real-time control
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has announced the TMS320C2834x series of Delfino floating-point controllers that double performance to 300 MHz and include 516 KB of single cycle access RAM memory, high resolution pulse width modulation outputs (PWMs), 32-bit QEP modules as well as other control-oriented features.
Analyst: IC market to fall 32 percent
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
The 2009 semiconductor downturn will be as bad as 2001 and semiconductor equipment will be even worse, according to The Information Network.
AMD, Freescale named to Moody's 'Bottom Rung' list
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
Several technology companies, including Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Freescale Semiconductor Inc. have been named to credit rating agency Moody's list of corporate bond issuers likely to default on their loan obligations.
Firms gauge 'survivability' of suppliers, execs say
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
With many companies struggling through the economic downturn and unable to secure capital for R&D and other investments, chip vendors and OEMs are evaluating suppliers to try to determine which may be in trouble of failing, according to executives at the Semio Summit 2009 here this week.
Xilinx CEO: Venture capital won't return to semis
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3/11/2009   3 comments
Venture capital funding is in short supply and won't return to the semiconductor industry even after the current recession, according to Moshe Gavrielov, president and CEO of programmable logic supplier Xilinx.
Power CPU group enhances instruction set
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3/10/2009   Post a comment
The Power.org group has announced updates to the instruction set used on the Power processor, providing new features for both servers and embedded systems and harmonizing the way Power chips handle multithreading and virtualization on servers and embedded systems.
Analyst sees ARM CPUs in most netbooks by 2012
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3/10/2009   1 comment
Intel's Atom will hold 80 percent market share in netbooks in 2009, but technology changes--including trends in cloud computing and Linux--will undermine Atom's grip on the market and enable ARM-based processors to capture 55 percent market share in netbooks by 2012, according to an analyst.
Analyst: Lean inventories could speed recovery
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3/10/2009   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry will suffer double-digit contraction in 2009, but lean inventories across the supply chain could jump-start a rapid recovery for the industry once the economy starts to improve, an analyst said.
Hector Ruiz sees 'flight to value'
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
Hector Ruiz, former CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices, told an audience at the Semico Summit 2009 that the electronics industry will emerge from the current downturn largely different, with end-user focus increasingly shifting to value over a fascination with the latest and greatest gadgets.
Multicore processor powers hearing aid
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
A technology licensing company is in the final design stages of a novel $100 hearing aid it says could be sold over the counter, performing at the levels of today's high-end $3,000 devices based on the company's homegrown multicore processor and audio algorithms.
IDC sees bright spots amid chip downturn
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
Embedded processors and connectivity chips are bright spots in a semiconductor market that will see double-digit dips in computer and cellular chip sales in 2009, said Mario Morales, vice president of global semiconductor research at International Data Corp.
Software a hurdle for ARM-based netbook hopefuls
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3/5/2009   1 comment
Qualcomm and other vendors are using ARM-based processors to try to muscle their way into the netbook market, where Intel's Atom dominates. How quickly and to what degree these devices will be able to capture netbook market share depends largely on consumer demand for the familiar user experience offered by Windows XP.
Software a hurdle for ARM-based netbook hopefuls
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3/5/2009   1 comment
Qualcomm and other vendors are using ARM-based processors to try to muscle their way into the netbook market, where Intel's Atom dominates. How quickly and to what degree these devices will be able to capture netbook market share depends largely on consumer demand for the familiar user experience offered by Windows XP.
Credit crisis catches up with PCs, says iSuppli
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
Fourth quarter 2008 PC shipments declined by 1.5 percent compared with the third quarter, putting an abrupt halt to an era when PCs seemed to defy gravity by showing growth despite the emergency of a global economic crisis, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Making Automotive DC-motor driving simple and safe
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
An increasing number of high-power DC motors are used in many automotive applications. Being smaller and lighter than previous versions, they have to draw higher currents in order to offer a suitable torque. The article describes a highly integrated MOSFET H-bridge for this purpose.
Embedded processor market to resist financial crisis, say VDC
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
More than 10 billion embedded processors, including CPUs, DSPs, FPGAs, and MCUs, shipped in 2008, and should reach 10.76 billion units in 2009 according to VDC Research Group Inc. (Natick, Mass.). The market research paints a relatively bright picture for the market in terms of volumes.
Freescale brings enhanced graphics capabilities to i.MX35 processor family
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
Embedded applications increasingly are equipped with sophisticated user interfaces which in many cases include fancy graphical displays. For this kind of applications, Freescale has expanded its i.MX35 microprocessor family. Two new family members are shown at the Embedded World trade fair.
Report: Chip set graphics die out by 2013
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
PC chip sets with integrated graphics will die out by 2013 as graphics cores merge with x86 processors, according to a new report from Jon Peddie Research.
Atmel : System-in-package suits LIN networking
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
Atmel’s ATA6617 system-in-package (SiP) solution for LIN automotive networking applications combines the company’s LIN system basis chip (SBC) ATA6624 – including LIN transceiver, voltage regulator, watchdog – and an AVR microcontroller (ATtiny167 with 16k flash memory) in a single package.
Fujitsu : 32-bit Flash MCU suit automotive and industrial use
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics is expanding its range of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers to include the MB91460P series, which has been developed in co-operation with leading automotive electronics customers.
Congatec jumps on Intel's extended-temp Atom
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
Board computer manufacturer Congatec AG' is taking advantage of Intel's latest Atom microprocessor family expansions, offering an Atom-based single-board computer for extended temperature range. With the move, the company addresses mobile and automotive markets.
Microchip introduces PIC18F87J90 family: Memory extension for 8-bit LCD PIC uCs
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3/3/2009   Post a comment
Industry's first 8-bit MCUs for segmented display applications with hardware real-time clock and integrated capacitive-touch peripheral from Microchip Technology.
Java processor simplifies smart infrastructure design
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3/3/2009   Post a comment
The aJ-102 direct execution Java processor from aJile Systems is designed to bring low-cost, low-power Java to M2M, industrial, and remote real-time network applications.
MCUs offer 2X floating-point performance for high-end real-time control
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3/3/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' TMS320C2834x series of Delfino floating-point controllers are designed to enable greater intelligence and efficiency in high-end real-time control applications.
Echelon upgrades control net products
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3/3/2009   Post a comment
Echelon Corp. is upgrading the chips and software that make up its LonWorks suite with new products the company claims will make it cheaper and easier to deploy control networks.
Analysis: Intel, ARM seen on collision course
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3/3/2009   Post a comment
Heading towards a collision course with ARM Holdings plc in the embedded world, Intel Corp. for the first time will transfer a processor technology outside to a silicon foundry.
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