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16-bit digital signal controller targets cost-sensitive apps
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4/29/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor says its new 56F8000 series of 16-bit digital signal controllers break the price/performance barrier for many industrial and appliance applications.
Application processor aims at multimedia apps
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4/29/2005   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America's SH-MobileJ3 application processor offers system designers an interface to 4-megapixel camera modules, on-chip image-processing hardware accelerators.
Cell-Prozessor wird kein Intel-Killer
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4/28/2005   Post a comment
IBMs viel diskutierter Cell-Prozessor wird im Markt für Videospiele Furore machen – aber eine Bedrohung für die gängige PC-Architektur stellt er nicht dar. Das amerikanische Marktforschungsinstitut In-Stat hat den häufig als 'Superprozessor' apostrophierten Prozessorchip unter die Lupe genommen.
PIC flash MCUs deliver 40 MHz at 3 Volts
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has launched the first ten members of its high-pincount, high-density memory PIC18F87J10 flash microcontroller family that delivers up to 10 MIPS at 3V.
Schnellere Compiler und Tools für AMD-Dualcore-Workstations
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Nach den jüngsten Benchmarks der Portland Group (PGI) läuft deren Compiler- und Tool-Suite auf Workstations mit AMDs neuem Dualcore-Opteron-Prozessor um mehr als 30 Prozent schneller als mit der leistungsstärksten Single-Chip-Version.
Interview : Le PDG d’AMD, Hector Ruiz évalue la concurrence
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices a lancé son processeur Opteron double cœur en vue de prendre quelques parts de marché à Intel. Hector Ruiz, Président-directeur général d’AMD, explique comment le processeur Opteron pourrait influencer la bataille entre le fabricant de puces de Sunnyvale (Californie) et Intel pour gagner le cœur des fabricants de systèmes.
Programmable RESET controller comes in tiny chip-scale package
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Using its GUI-based programming technology, Summit Microelectronics has developed and begun marketing its SMR 101 programmable RESET microcontroller. System designers can customize the unit to address hundreds of unique combinations of voltage and timing requirements.
Freescale, Philips to team on FlexRay products
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor and Royal Philips Electronics have agreed to share their FlexRay technologies in an effort to speed up the adoption of FlexRay products.
High-end computing mounts dual-core processor wagon
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
The Portland Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, has released performance speed-up numbers for workstations based on AMD's latest dual-core Opteron that show a 30 percent increase in speed compared to the previously reported best single-chip performance.
Cypress expects Q2 profit despite wider Q1 loss
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. posted a net loss of $65.1 million, or 50 cents per share on sales of $200.3 million in the first quarter, compared to $28 million, or 22 cents per share on sales of $210.2 million in the previous quarter.
ARM prepares "Tiger libraries" to enhance next processor
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc is preparing specialized cell libraries for its Tiger processor to give licensees the option to enhance the processor's performance or reduce its power consumption, Warren East, ARM's chief executive officer told EE Times.
AMD präsentiert 64-Bit-Doppelkern-Prozessoren
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Wenige Tage nach Intels Vorstellung von Dual-Core-Prozessoren zieht AMD nach. Allerdings geht das Unternehmen gleich einen Schritt weiter: Nicht aufgemotzte 32-Bit-Prozessoren sind jetzt als Doppelkern-Ausführung zu haben, sondern 64-Bit-Chips der Opteron-Familie.
Updated: IC Insights raises 2005 semiconductor capital spending forecast
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
IC Insights Inc. has raised its forecast for 2005 worldwide semiconductor industry capital spending to a 5 percent annual decline, up from a 10 percent drop, but the market research company has lowered its expectations for 2006 to a 7 percent annual decline.
Former Applied Materials manager joins Tower as CEO
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has announced the appointment of Russell Ellwanger, formerly a senior executive with Applied Materials Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), as chief executive officer.
China's BLX unveils 64-bit processor
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
BLX IC Design Corp., one of China's best known developers of homegrown processor technology, has released a 64-bit version of its CPU that reportedly matches the performance of the Pentium 3.
BLX moves Godson processor up to 64-bit
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
BLX IC Design Corp., one of China's best known developers of homegrown processor technology, has released a 64-bit version of its CPU that reportedly matches the performance of the Pentium 3.
UMC chairman fined over Chinese foundry disclosure, says report
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission has fined Robert Tsao, chairman of foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp., for failing to disclose in a timely way its relations with Chinese foundry He Jian Technology, according to an Associated Press report on BusinessWeek Online.
Intel übertrifft Erwartungen und steigert Investitionen
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Mit einem Gewinnzuwachs um 25 Prozent hat Intel im ersten Quartal die Erwartungen der Branche übertroffen. Vor allem Prozessoren für Notebooks verkauften sich gut.
Acacia Technologies files patent suit against Intel, TI
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4/19/2005   Post a comment
IP licensing company Acacia Research Corp. said its Microprocessor Enhancement Corp. subsidiary has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in California against Intel Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc.
AMD announces deal with DreamWorks
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4/18/2005   Post a comment
AMD Chief Executive Hector Ruiz used his keynote presentation at National Association of Broadcasters' conference to announce a technology and marketing alliance with DreamWorks Animation SKG.
Intel zögert beim high-k Gatedielektrikum
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4/15/2005   Post a comment
Laut Paolo Gargini, Intel Fellow und Director of Technology Strategy, will Intel beim 45-nm Node vorerst ohne high-k Dielektrikum auskommen, arbeitet aber gleichzeitig an einem zweiten high-k Material, das aber eine wesentlich höhere dielektrische Konstante aufweist. Gargini betonte jedoch, dass Intels Prozess-Technologien jenseits von 65 Nanometer noch nicht fest stünden.
Intel to unveil dual-core Pentiums on Monday
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4/15/2005   Post a comment
Intel will formally announce that it has begun shipping its dual-core Pentium processors on Monday (April 18).
Sony setzt weiter auf Cell-Prozessoren
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4/14/2005   Post a comment
In den kommenden Jahren will Sony den Cell-Prozessor nicht nur in der Playstation sondern auch in Home-Servern und HD-TVs integrieren.
Repentant Sony targets mobile platform technology
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4/14/2005   Post a comment
Top executives of Sony Corp. acknowledged past mistakes and admitted that company engineers were sometimes blinded by Sony's obsession with forcing proprietary technologies into the market.
NEC to license Rambus' controller patents
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4/14/2005   Post a comment
Rambus Inc. has signed a patent license agreement with NEC Electronics Corp. that allows the development and manufacture of memory controllers based on Rambus' IP.
Spansion IPO filing signals spinoff from AMD
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4/13/2005   Post a comment
Spansion LLC, the flash memory venture of AMD and Fujitsu, has filed for an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, likely indicating AMD is jettisoning its unprofitable memory unit.
Sony exec targets 2007 for Cell processor expansion
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4/13/2005   Post a comment
Sony's Fujio Nishida said new Cell processors for its third-generation PlayStation video game console will also drive Sony's home server and HDTV products beginning in 2007.
MCU family touts signal-chain-on-chip functionality
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4/12/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' newest 16-bit microcontroller family offers full signal chain-on-chip functionality. See Marty Gold's product review for details.
Intel on track with dual-core Pentiums
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
With a high-end model of its new family of dual-core Pentium processors just beginning to ship, Intel remains on track to ship in volume several more mainstream versions of that processor in the second quarter of this year.
April Newsletter: Cradle's Lineup Gets Major Upgrade
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
Last month Cradle introduced the CT3600 family, the successor to its original CT3400 chip. The CT3600 family--which includes the CT3608, CT3612, and CT3616--will offer major improvements over the CT3400 in the areas of parallelism, clock rates, and on-chip integration. Like the CT3400, the CT3600 family will primarily target digital video applications, particularly multi-channel surveillance applications.
April Newsletter: Freescale Fills its DSP Ranks
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
Last month Freescale added two new parts to its MSC711x family of StarCore SC1400-based DSPs. The new parts will operate at 300 MHz--50% faster than the existing 200 MHz parts. Both new chips will also feature 472 Kbytes of on-chip memory, up from a maximum of 408 Kbytes on existing chips. Not surprisingly, the new chips are also more expensive: the MSC7118 and MSC7119 will cost $33 and $35, respectively, up from a maximum of $25 for the existing family members.
April Newsletter: Measuring Multimedia Performance
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
At first glance, measuring processor performance on multimedia applications can seem straightforward. Many multimedia applications are based on published standards and widely available software. Hence, measuring multimedia performance may seem to be a simple matter of checking published performance data. In reality, however, reliable measures of processors' multimedia performance are hard to obtain.
April Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
Many of the new processor announcements I've seen recently stress "compiler friendliness" as one of the main advantages of the new architecture. And vendors like to boast about the enormous amounts of time and money they've spent improving their compilers. For engineering managers with tight budgets, it is tempting to buy into the idea that creating efficient code requires nothing more than setting the appropriate compiler options. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.
AMD set to launch dual-core Opterons
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4/8/2005   Post a comment
AMD Inc. is widely expected to formally launch the first dual-core versions of its popular 64-bit Opteron server processor on April 21.
Intel's Bubb to leave for startup
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4/5/2005   Post a comment
Howard Bubb, vice president and general manager of Intel Corp.'s communications infrastructure group and the former chief executive of Dialogic Corp., is leaving Intel to join a startup.
Intel plant Celeron mit 64-Bit
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4/5/2005   Post a comment
Marktbeobachter rechnen damit, dass Intel diesen Monat offiziell die ersten 64-Bit-Prozessoren für seine preiswerte Celeron-Familie vorstellen wird.
Les représentants européens et japonais coopèrent sur le dossier antitrust d’Intel
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
Les législateurs antitrust européens travaillent en étroite collaboration avec leurs homologues japonais dans une vaste enquête antitrust qui a, jusqu’à présent, abouti à l’acceptation par Intel de mettre fin à des pratiques anticoncurrentielles au Japon.
AVR MCU family adds five new members
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
Atmel Corp.'s five newest 8-bit AVR flash microcontrollers boast low power consumption for applications requiring a large code space and extensive interfacing capability, such as single-board computers.
Intel bringt 64-Bit Truland-Chips
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
Intel erweitert sein Angebot für den mittleren Enterprise-Servermarkt und präsentierte offiziell fünf neue 64-Bit Xeon-Multiprozessoren.
Intel plans 64-bit Celeron push
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4/1/2005   Post a comment
Intel Corp. this month is expected to formally detail its plans to bring 64-bit computing to its value-priced Celeron processor family.
AMD stellt Virtualisierungs-Plattform vor
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4/1/2005   Post a comment
Auf seinem 'Reviewer's Day' im texanischen Austin hat AMD erstmals die Kernelemente seiner Virtualisierungstechnologie 'Pacifica' für x86-Server, Desktops und Laptops vorgestellt.


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