Intel rolls Xeon chips for high-end servers
Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment
Intel Corp. officially rolled out its new high-end x86 server processors, the Xeon 7500 family, using up to eight dual-threaded cores with support from more than twice as many OEMs as Intel's previous high-end server CPUs, including an SGI system delivering a up to 256 processors.
Analyst, reviewers cool on Nvidia Fermi
News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment
Nvidia Corp. has officially rolled out adapter cards using its latest high-end graphics processor, code-named Fermi, to a cool reception from analysts and reviewers who say the chip does not have a dramatic performance advantage over graphics processors rolled out last fall from archrival Advanced Micro Devices, although Fermi could make deeper in-roads into supercomputers than AMD's offerings.
AMD debuts 12-core server processors
News & Analysis 3/29/2010 1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices has officially rolled out its latest Magny Cours sever processors a day before archrival Intel Corp. is expected to announce its competing Nehalem-EX CPUs with Hewlett-Packard and SGI among companies announcing plans to use the AMD chips in servers.
BOARDS - Fanless, ultra low-profile Intel Atom system uses minimal power
News & Analysis 3/24/2010 Post a comment
The SolidLogic Atom JT01 from Logic Supply is an ultra-slim, fanless Intel Atom system housed in a ruggedized, small-footprint enclosure targeted for use in industrial environments, public access areas, or remote locations. The SolidLogic Atom JT01 is designed for reliable, stable operation while consuming minimal power.
Intel, AMD gear up for next round of server fight
News & Analysis 3/23/2010 2 comments
Archrivals Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices are gearing up for the next round of battle in the lucrative server microprocessor market, but due to shifting strategies on both sides the battle between Intel's Nehalem-EX and AMD's Magny-Cours will be in some ways a tie.
Greening processor design
Design How-To 3/22/2010 8 comments
For the engineers and designers, delivering a high-performance design, while keeping energy conservation in mind, remains a delicate balance. Fundamental advances at the silicon design level, however, have led to significant improvements in power efficiency for many of these electronics. To that effect in the last few years much of the attention of the industry has been focused on multicore architectures. While this architecture shift has certainly helped address some power concerns, a lesser kn
Analysts cite five growth areas to watch
News & Analysis 3/22/2010 Post a comment
PC demand is starting off the year better than expected with Acer, Apple and Hewlett-Packard benefiting from the trend, and in smart phones Samsung and LG Electronics are poised for a major push into handsets using Google Android, according to analysts from Barclays Capital.
ARM, Renault, MontaVista join in-vehicle alliance
News & Analysis 3/22/2010 Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc, Renault and MontaVista Software have joined GENIVI, an automotive electronics industry alliance that is seeking to drive adoption of an open-source car infotainment platform. MontaVista joined GENIVI as a core member in June, 2009 and now the three companies have all been elected to take seats on the board of directors of the organization.
10 questions to ask when choosing a virtualization solution
Design How-To 3/22/2010 2 comments
The adoption of virtualization technology is rising, thanks to hardware cost savings, isolation, and footprint reduction. But choosing a virtualization solution can be intimidating, given the variety of architectures and products available. This article attempts to ease the process of selecting a virtualization solution by posing 10 important questions that any embedded engineer or manager should weigh when considering virtualization.
Chelsio debuts Fibre Channel over Ethernet chip
Product News 3/22/2010 Post a comment
With its latest 10 Gbit/second chip, the four-port T4, Chelsio Communications Inc. aims to push ahead of a pack of competitors seeking design wins in data center systems expected to converge networking, storage and clustering functions on to Ethernet.
Researchers give update on road to parallelism
News & Analysis 3/19/2010 1 comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois detailed progress on three many-core processors among several small steps they have taken on a long and complex journey toward creating new parallel programming models to harness tomorrow's many-core processors.
MicroUnity sues mobile giants for patent infringement
News & Analysis 3/17/2010 Post a comment
Former media processor startup MicroUnity Systems Engineering filed suit Tuesday alleging 22 of the world's top cellphone companies including chip, system and service providers infringe 15 of its patents, one of the broadest suits in recent memory.
Tyndall CEO touts junctionless transistor to the Valley
News & Analysis 3/16/2010 Post a comment
Professor Roger Whatmore, CEO of Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, has joined the trade and investment mission to Silicon Valley led by Ireland's Prime Minister, Brian Cowen. Prof. Whatmore is presenting information on Tyndall's breakthrough junctionless transistor.
MagnaChip files $250 million IPO
News & Analysis 3/15/2010 Post a comment
MagnaChip Semiconductor, a logic IC spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has now filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of stock.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - UAD3+ tests and debugs complex SoCs
Product News 3/13/2010 Post a comment
The Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+) from pls (Programmierbare Logik & Systeme) is a hardware tool for high-end trace, multi-core and multi-target debugging, profiling, and calibration targeted for users of complex 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers (e.g. ARM7/9/11, Cortex-M3/R4/A8, PowerArchitecture, TriCore, XC2000/XE166 and SH-2A).
Analyst: High-priced hardware will kill Google Chrome
News & Analysis 3/11/2010 12 comments
Mobile systems using Google's Chrome software will be more expensive than competing mini-notebooks using Intel processors and Microsoft Windows--one reason why Chrome will not be successful in an expanding mobile systems market that will see multiple winners, according to an International Data Corp. analyst.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4
Product News 3/10/2010 Post a comment
Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Energy Micro launches starter kit for energy friendly MCUs
News & Analysis 3/9/2010 1 comment
A low cost starter kit for Energy Micro's EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family is now available. Priced at $69, the kit provides all the basic functionality a system developer needs to build energy efficient applications based on the 32-bit ARMCortex-M3-based EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers. The company claims the EFM32 Gecko MCUs consume less than a quarter of the energy of other 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCUs.
Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer
News & Analysis 3/9/2010 2 comments
Charles Thacker won the 2009 Turing Award for his work in the early 1970's on the Xerox PARC Alto, a forerunner of the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, and is now a Microsoft researcher testing out parallel programming concepts on a multi-core FPGA development system he designed.
WSTS: January chip sales up 72% on a year ago
News & Analysis 3/4/2010 2 comments
January's global market for semiconductors was $22.38 billion according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. This was slightly down on the figure for December 2009 of $23.48 billion, but exceeded the January 2009 actual sales figure of $13.02 billion by 71.9 percent.
Freescale chip built to power sub-$99 e-readers
Product News 3/2/2010 Post a comment
Freescale's low-cost hardware E-Reader controller--the i.MX508--combines an advanced ARM Cortex A8 applications processor with a hardware Visplex E-Ink display controller for faster page turns, integrated touch control and extended battery life.
Chip market boom makes analyst hike forecast
News & Analysis 3/2/2010 Post a comment
Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for 2010 chip market growth from 13 percent to 15 percent on the strength of the January global chip sales reported by the SIA.
LRA model predicts 40% chip market growth for 2010
News & Analysis 3/1/2010 1 comment
Global chip sales in January, as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association, were so strong that the linear regression analysis (LRA) model used by independent industry analyst Mike Cowan has come up with a 39.6 percent growth prediction for the chip market in 2010.