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Under the Hood: Inside Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
In the wake of its Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii video teardowns, Semiconductor Insights kept the cameras rolling as it took apart the new Xbox 360 Elite to see just how Microsoft plans to stay competitive in the hotly contested, three-way gaming platform market.
Assessing Class D vs AB audio amplifier thermal issues for cramped enclosures
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Class AB amplifiers have been the low-cost workhorse solution, but they have significant power dissipation issues and thus require large heatsinks. Class D amplifiers are known for having better efficiency, but the downside is a higher price for the silicon of the amplifier.
Video: Tear down that Prius!
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4/26/2007   1 comment
The tearing down of a fully loaded Toyota Prius gets compressed from 7 hours to 1 minute of streaming video.
China IT growth slows in Q1; better times ahead
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4/26/2007   Post a comment
Sales growth in China's IT industry slowed in the first quarter, with revenue expansion dropping from 30 percent year over year to 16 percent.
TSMC sales, profits slide amid inventory correction
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4/26/2007   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest foundry, turned in a poor first quarter but said things are already starting to improve.
4-channel delta-sigma A/D converter includes temperature sensor
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Linear's LTC2493 is a 4-channel delta-sigma A/D converter with an internal temperature sensor that enables temperature compensation of external sensors.
Knowledge-based processor achieves 1.2 billion decisions per second
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
NetLogic Microsystems Inc. is shipping the NL8000, its fourth generation knowledge-based processor to its leading customer in support of multiple programs covering a range of advanced products.
Philips spins off semiconductor IP group
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
The technology incubator division of Royal Philips Electronics has spun out Silicon Hive, a licensor of processor and related intellectual property.
BenQ surprises by spinning off branded business
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
After losing about a $1 billion in a failed attempt to become a global handset brand, BenQ Corp. decides to throw in the towel and shed itself of the branded business.
CE growth to see 'significant slowdown'
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
CE growth may decelerate in the coming years, but a few areas will still be hot, such as PMP/MP3 players. But giants like Apple, Samsung and Sony will make it tough for the little guy to survive.
Multi-core microcontrollers target embedded applications
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America has introduced five SuperH 32-bit microcontrollers that use multi-core technology to achieve the high levels of performance required by many embedded system applications.
AMD fights back with boosted Barcelona performance
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices revealed today its upcoming quad-core Opteron will exceed the integer performance of Intel Corp's high-end four-core CPU by 20 percent.
Under the Hood: Inside the Toyota Prius
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4/23/2007   1 comment
We spent some time recently taking apart and analyzing the Toyota Prius. Yes, a car. Take a look at what we found inside
Will your next DSP be an ARM?
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
ARM's latest tool release makes it much easier to write DSP code for the ARM architecture. If you haven't considered using an ARM processor before, now may be the time.
North, South Korea planning IT forum
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Following in the path of other emerging markets, North Korea is eager to get its hands on advanced technology and will hold a meeting with South Korea to forge closer tech ties.
UC Berkeley confirms $10 cell phone project
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4/23/2007   1 comment
How cheap is cheap? Try 10 bucks for a cell phone. UC Berkeley confirmed that it is, indeed, working on such a device, but it will be years before it gets to the serious engineering stage.
Intel SoC processor powers new consumer electronics generation
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Intel has unveiled a highly integrated media processor for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that will power a new generation of devices, such as digital set top boxes and networked media players, and bring consumers advanced in-home information and entertainment services.
AMD is nearly out of cash, says analyst
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Following a horrible quarter and market share losses, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) is within two quarters of running out of cash, according to an analyst.
Green Hills toolkit supports Freescale's auto MCUs
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Components of the Green Hills Software development toolkit include: royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), optimizing C/C++ compilers for Power Architecture, MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) with multicore debugger, virtual prototyping platform, TimeMachine tool suite and high-speed Nexus hardware probes.
Renesas rolls multicore embedded processor
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Corp. said it will begin sampling its SH2A-Dual series multicore architecture for embedded microcontroller applications in July.
GPS module with built-in dead reckoning ensures 100 percent road coverage.
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
The LEA-4R GPS module has a built-in USB port that eases data transfer by providing connectivity flexibility and bandwidth.
Mainstream PCs headed for quad-core chip boost
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Nearly half of all mainstream desktop systems are expected to have quad-core microprocessors by the end of 2009, predicts market research firm iSuppli.
Intel earnings hold strong despite price war
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Intel posted solid results in the first quarter, avoiding the negative impact from falling prices and slower sales that have plagued its main competitor in the PC and server market.
Intel cranks 45nm ultramobile CPU
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is applying its 45nm process technology to a new processor designed for ultramobile PCs, a new class of mobile systems smaller than notebooks but larger and more feature rich than cellphones.
Intel tips more details on Itanium roadmap
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
Intel tipped more details about its Itanium processors today, committing to use of a new high-speed interconnect, the Common System Interconnect, on its high-end server microprocessors starting in 2008.
Intel boosts multicore programming effort at Chinese universities
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
In an effort to boost the number of multicore developers, Intel is expanding its efforts at Chinese universities.
How to choose an embedded media processor, part 2
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
This article reviews the many types of processors available for media processing applications, and explains the pros and cons of each.
China launches satellite for rival to GPS
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
China launched its second navigation satellite over the weekend as part of a plan to build the country's "Compass" navigational system, which could emerge to rival America's Global Positioning System.
Inside the Toyota Prius: Part 1 - The airbag control module
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
A look inside the Toyata Prius airbag control module shows a host of analog components for the system's critical front end, including two MEMS-based accelerometers made by Denso of Japan.
Broadcom extends ARC multimedia SoC license
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Communications chips vendor Broadcom has extended its SoC design tool licensing agreement with IP vendor ARC International. The deal aims at hi-volume video processing solutions.
Chartered reshuffles senior executives
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Chartered reworks management structure to integrate sales, manufacturing functions.
Fujitsu tailors LSI chip for in-car automotive systems
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Fujitsu's latest LSI chip integrates various functions, including a CPU core from ARM Ltd., 2D and 3D graphic capabilities, in-car networking features, and support for various media interfaces.
Student engineers develop and test a hybrid power train: Part 2 - the controller
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
Challenge X competition for a real-world hybrid vehicle taxes design, control, and organizational prowess. Here's a first-hand account of what's involved.
Via gains top-tier CPU win with HP China PC
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
Hewlett Packard is teaming up with Taiwan's Via Technologies to produce a low power desktop PC aimed at enterprise users in China. The deal is a break for tiny Via, which often struggles with larger rival Intel Corp. in the world's second largest PC market.
STMicro backs China's AVS codec
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
The dominoes are falling. Prompted by China Netcom's decision to use a domestically developed audio video codec in its IPTV rollout, STMicroelectronics is adding support into two of its chip families.
IBM readies direct chip-to-chip links
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
IBM Corp. said it has made advances in through-silicon via packaging that will allow it to ship production chips using the new interconnect in 2008. The technique is said to increase chip performance and power efficiency.
IBM readies direct chip-to-chip links
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
IBM Corp. said it has made advances in through-silicon via packaging that will allow it to ship production chips using the new interconnect in 2008 initially for power amplifiers in Wi-Fi and cellular chips and later to the Power processors used in its Blue Gene supercomputers.
Comparison of feedback implementations for digital audio amplifiers: Part 3
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Digital processing and control of Digital amplifiers provides benefits in terms of functionality, low cost complexity, and intelligence. The DDFA allows very high theoretical performance levels to be approached in practice, without the need to specify expensive or specially selected electronic components.
Comparison of feedback implementations for digital audio amplifiers: Part 2
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
The ideal amplifier has a straightforward task. It must behave like a perfect voltage source, delivering the correct amplified output voltage to the load. Many factors combine to make this difficult to achieve. David Jones' "Comparison of feedback implementations for digital audio amplifiers" part 2 lays out alternatives for feedback.
Malaysian research house increases focus on semis, energy
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Malaysian government research arm gets overseas help in aim to develop advanced materials, micro-energy technology
Student engineers develop and test a hybrid power train: Part 1 - the model
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Challenge X competition for a real-world hybrid vehicle taxes design, control, and organizational prowess. Here's a first-hand account of what's involved.
Today's electronic content in cars requires new power-supply IC designs
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
New power-supply ICs must have high-current capacity along with high efficiency, and low-enough quiescent current, to support the many electronic devices and systems in today's cars
Digital amplifier overview
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4/11/2007   1 comment
A digital amplifier takes a digital input, which is typically in a linear Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) format, and performs a digital conversion to Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). This article provides a brief description of how a Class D Amplifier works.
Firm claims smallest silicon tuner for mobile TV
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
TV chip vendor MaxLinear rolled out what the company bills as the world's smallest silicon tuner for mobile TV, the MxL7001. The device supports ISDB-T and will initially target the Japanese market.
Intel delivers its fastest enthusiast quad-core processor
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
Intel advanced its enthusiast-level quad-core processor family with the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX6800 that runs at 2.93-GHz, the fastest native clock speed yet reached with the Intel Core microarchitecture for the quad-core desktop.
LSI rolls full HD encoder for broadcasters
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
LSI has unveiled what the company calls the first high-definition (HD), real-time encoder to support "full HD," 1080p60, the highest resolution format for HD content.
Marvell chip supports Bluetooth, FM
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group rolled out a single-chip solution that combines Bluetooth core specification version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate-compliant baseband, a radio frequency transceiver and a worldwide FM radio receiver.
Analyst forecasts 18% chip sales growth in '08
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4/10/2007   Post a comment
Strong end market growth and stabilizing average selling prices will drive semiconductor industry revenue to $316 billion in 2008, an increase of nearly 18 percent from projected 2007 chip industry sales, according to a forecast by market watcher Objective Analysis.
AMD cuts prices as it slashes costs
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4/10/2007   Post a comment
Price cuts on AMD's Athlon X2 dual core processors went into effect on the same day the chipmaker said it would miss its revenue target, due in part to lowered average selling prices and lower unit sales in the channel.
How to choose an embedded media processor, part 1
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4/10/2007   Post a comment
Looking for an embedded media processor? Here are the questions you should ask--and the answers you should look for.
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