Renesas' sales fall 10% on weak demand News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Renesas Technology Corp. reported that fiscal 2005 year ended March with a 10 percent decline in sales to 906 billion yen ($7.9 billion) from 1 trillion yen ($8.7 billion) in fiscal 2004.
April Newsletter: Reducing Product-Development Risk News & Analysis 4/26/2006 Post a comment To stay competitive, technology companies must consistently develop strong new products. This is particularly true for companies offering processors, tools, or systems that incorporate signal processing technology. Unfortunately, developing a major new product is risky.
April Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response" News & Analysis 4/26/2006 Post a comment You've probably been hearing a lot of buzz lately about multiprocessor chips. Such chips are gaining significant momentum both in general-purpose computing applications and in embedded systems. What you may not be hearing is that using multiprocessor chips requires a major shift in software development approaches and tools.
Rambus profit slips, sales rise News & Analysis 4/19/2006 Post a comment Chip licensing company Rambus Inc. posted first-quarter 2006 earnings of $1.8 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $47.2 million, compared with $4.4 million or 4 cents per share on sales of $34.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
16-bit MCUs offer DSP performance Product News 4/19/2006 Post a comment Infineon’s 16-bit MCUs provide designers of industrial control and automotive systems with flexibility to choose the optimal combination of on-chip peripherals and memory. The devices offer an on-chip MAC with DSP software library.
Toshiba expands 8-, 16-bit MCU lines Product News 4/18/2006 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic has expanded its embedded flash microcontroller product line with the addition of a new 16-bit MCU and six new 8-bit MCUs based on its SuperFlash memory technology.
Freescale’s 8-bit MCU upgrades memory, peripherals Product News 4/17/2006 Post a comment The newest version of Freescale’s 8-bit MC68HC908JL16 MCU features 16 Kbytes of flash memory, 512 bytes of RAM, I2C and flexible clock options. With up to eleven I/O ports featuring high current drive capability, the device can drive up to eleven LEDs off the MCU without an additional driver.
ARCHITECTURES: Security processor targets IP storage networks News & Analysis 4/17/2006 Post a comment Security technology that can keep intruders out of corporate networks has always been sought after. And as more Internet Protocol-based storage systems are added to networks, delivering data security without affecting network performance becomes an ever greater concern. The HIPP III 4450 FlowThrough security processor unveiled by Hifn Inc. at the Embedded Systems Conference this month addresses all of the "data in flight" security requirements for IP storage protocols, including iSCSI, FCIP, iFC
RISC core adds muscle to Renesas microcontroller News & Analysis 4/14/2006 Post a comment A Renesas microcontroller employs proprietary flash memory and circuit technologies and an enhanced 32-bit SH-2 RISC core architecture that can simultaneously execute two instructions per cycle. Designated the SH7211F, the microcontroller can deliver a 1.5X performance improvement compared to previous microcontrollers.
8051-based SoC touts digital signal processing extensions Product News 4/13/2006 Post a comment Ramtron’s 8051-based microcontroller called the VRS51L2xxx offers embedded systems designers a fully integrated, system-on-chip with a 40-MIPS, single cycle 8051-core, a JTAG program/debug interface, digital signal processing extensions and a robust digital peripheral set.
Semi industry had record revenue in '05, Gartner says News & Analysis 4/13/2006 Post a comment Worldwide semiconductor revenue reached a record $235 billion in 2005, surpassing the industry's previous high of $223 billion set in 2000, according to market analyst firm Gartner, which also released its final chip company top 10 ranking for the year.
AMD expects flat quarter after strong Q1 News & Analysis 4/12/2006 Post a comment Microprocessor supplier AMD Inc. expects second-quarter sales to be flat to slightly down after posting strong first-quarter sales of $1.33 billion and net income of $185 million, or 38 cents per share.
TI MCU lines add more on-chip flash Product News 4/12/2006 Post a comment Addressing the needs of embedded systems designers that are asking for MCUs with more on-chip flash memory, Texas Instruments is adding new members to its MSP430FG461x series as well as its TMS470R1B1M ARM7-based MCU line. TI has begun sampling MSP430FG461x devices with up to 120 Kbytes of flash and is offering volume availability of its TMS470R1B1M with 1 MByte of flash.
32-bit RISC MCU targets home appliances Product News 4/12/2006 Post a comment Fujitsu Microelectronics has beefed-up its FR line of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers with the launching of the MB91470 series. The new MCUs are aimed at home appliances that require highly accurate and speedier control.
ARM7-based MCU boasts precision A/D Product News 4/10/2006 Post a comment ADI’s ADuC7128 ARM7-based MCU employs a 12-bit multichannel, analog-to-digital converter operating at speeds to 1 MSPS. The MCU has also boosted the amount of on-chip embedded flash to
DEVELOPMENT TOOLS: ARM suite promises performance gain Product News 4/10/2006 Post a comment
San Jose, Calif. -- The latest upgrade to the RealView Development Suite (RVDS) is billed as not just an evolution of the ARM Ltd. software development tools, but a best-of-class integrated development environment. Version 3.0, unveiled last week at the Embedded Systems Conference here, supports new and existing ARM architectures, including the Cortex M3 and A8 processor cores. It includes a multicore graphical debugger, an ARM/ Thumb/Thumb2 compiler, instruction-set simulation models and a ne
Wedge brake design boosts by-wire stopping performance Design How-To 4/6/2006 Post a comment Intelligently controlled electronic brake converts vehicle kinetic energy directly into braking energy, is faster than hydraulic brakes, requires only 10% the energy to operate, and eliminating hydraulic lines and controllers lowers system weight.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times