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Motorola updates PowerQuicc families
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4/30/2004   Post a comment
Motorola Inc.'s Freescale Semiconductor entity announced updates of its PowerQuicc II Pro and PowerQuicc III families at the Smart Network Developers Forum Tuesday (April 27). The two architectures, based on the e300 and e500 PowerPC cores, respectively, each added encryption blocks, and Motorola said it plans announcements soon on e700 cores as well.
IrDA protocol stack offered with ZiLOG's eZ80Acclaim! MCUs
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4/27/2004   Post a comment
ZiLOG, Inc. claims to have the embedded industry's first 8-bit flash-based solution for wireless IrDA connectivity. The new solution called ZirDA, is an embedded software product that will be offered with the company's eZ80Acclaim! microcontrollers.
Two stretch configurable-CPU arena with new entries
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
The ranks of configurable CPUs " processors designed to be augmented by customer-specified execution units " will expand significantly today with independent announcements by Faraday Technology Corp. and startup Stretch Inc. The two architectures, both derived from CPU designs, bring new dimensions to the market.
CompactPCI plug-in serves LEON processor developers
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
Here's news from a Swiss company offering an FPGA development platform. The Compact PCI development board also supports the early development and fast prototyping of LEON 32-bit microprocessor designs.
RTOS from Green Hills is available for Freescale's processors
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
Green Hills Software, Inc.'s INTEGRITY real-time operating system is now available for the PowerQUICC III MPC8560 and MPC8540 integrated communications processors from Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc.
Nvidia, Xilinx use CellMath, Arithmatica goes to 65-nm
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
Arithmatica announces two licensees of its CellMath libraries. Arithmatica claims its technology improves silicon performance and reduces die area through innovations in mathematical circuit blocks.
Application processors target mobile phones
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America, Inc. says its new SH-MobileL application processor chip (SH7322) delivers the finely-tuned mix of performance and functionality that's needed to add attractive enhanced multimedia features to the affordable next-generation mobile phone systems.
Data I/0 offers programming support for Moto 8-bit MCUs
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4/16/2004   Post a comment
Data I/O has begun to offer volume programming support for Motorola's MC9S08Gx60CFx family of 8-bit microcontroller units (MCUs) on the Sprint family of Data I/O device programmers.
Media processors offer MPEG-4 and JPEG hardware encoding and decoding
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4/15/2004   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.'s two new Mobile Media Processors (MMPs) for mobile phones and other handheld devices boast MPEG-4 and JPEG hardware encoding and decoding functionality.
Intel's sales falls 7% in Q1, sees flat-to-down Q2
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4/13/2004   Post a comment
You know what they say: Intel sneezes and the whole industry gets a cold. The bellwether's earnings are dropping precipitously too, though this year's first quarter was better last's, reports SiliconStrategies Mark LaPedus. Let's hope this doesn't become a major flu.
Intel puts PC spin on wireless CPU
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4/13/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will bring standards-based PC multimedia, power-management and security capabilities to cell phones, with the rollout of an Xscale-based applications processor that takes a notably different path from such established cell phone chip makers as ARM Ltd. and Texas Instruments Inc.
April Newsletter: Intel Doubles PXA2xx's Signal Processing Speed
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Intel announced the PXA270, PXA271, PXA272, and PXA273, the latest members of its PXA2xx family of application processors. These new PXA27x family members are the first processors to include the Wireless MMX extensions to Intel's ARM-compatible XScale architecture.
April Newsletter: Embedded C Adopted and Explained
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
The ISO officially adopted Embedded C, an extension to the C programming language that will ease signal-processing software development.
April Newsletter: Case Study--Measuring Multimedia Performance
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Reliable measures of processors' multimedia performance are hard to obtain; a number of factors confound attempts to obtain meaningful, apples-to-apples performance comparisons. BDTI offers guidance to improve performance comparisons.
April Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
4/12/2004   Post a comment
BDTI's Jeff Bier offers commentary on the trend towards using complex, heterogeneous multiprocessor chips.
STMicro turns to ARM for 32-bit MCU line
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has jumped into the 32-bit microcontroller standard products marketplace with the launching today (april 12) of its new STR710 and STR720 series of devices based on the ARM7 "Thumb" cores from ARM Holdings plc.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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