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Stanford kicks off parallel programming effort
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4/30/2008   2 comments
Six companies are contributing a total $6 million to kick off a three-year project at Stanford University to explore fresh models for parallel programming, one of three efforts recently funded by a computer industry increasingly concerned software will not be able to keep pace with the evolution of multicore processors.
Automotive vision system recognizes road signs: Part 1 - Basic functions
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4/30/2008   3 comments
Pattern recognition and processors deal with computational and I/O challenges of handling video data stream.
Analysis: IBM's Cell for Embedded?
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4/30/2008   Post a comment
BDTI recently investigated the current state of Cell products, and whether the architecture is likely to get significant traction in embedded applications.
SRC to provide FPGA-based computing solutions for PI TrackR program
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4/29/2008   Post a comment
The ability to process sensor information in-flight versus losing precious time while data is relayed to a ground station is significant.
AMD rolls out three Phenom X3 triple-core processors
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4/29/2008   Post a comment
AMD announced the availability of three AMD Phenom X3 triple-core processors that, when combined with the AMD 780 series chipset, can give consumers a full HD experience and visually stunning gaming and digital performance.
16-bit A/D converter line delivers 0.5-µA shutdown current
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4/29/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2451 and LTC2452, a pair of 16-bit delta sigma A/D converters with 0.5µA (max) shutdown current in ultra-tiny 3mm x 2mm DFN packages.
Under the Hood: Inside the Sony OLED TV
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4/29/2008   1 comment
For its XEL-1, the first commercial OLED TV, Sony made some interesting design and component choices to realize an 11-inch-diagonal screen that is only 3 mm thick. See what devices make up this ground-breaking display that is a harbinger of exciting times ahead.
Cray links with Intel in super deal
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4/28/2008   Post a comment
Cray Inc., which once used only CPUs from Advanced Micro Devices, plans to develop a range of supercomputers and processor and interconnect technologies with Intel Corp. as part of a broad agreement between the two companies.
MCU embeds CAN interface, EEPROM and emulation/debug tools
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4/28/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has extended its S08D family with the introduction of the highly integrated 9S08DZ128 MCU that offers high 8-bit performance and on-chip functionality for industrial and automotive designers.
Second-generation 'Robot Guitar' takes the stage
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4/28/2008   Post a comment
Gibson's second-generation "auto-tuning" Robot Guitars include both Les Paul Studio and SG Special models and a Neutrik locking phone jack, along with all the features of the original Robot Guitar.
DO-254-certifiable Nios II embedded processor
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4/28/2008   Post a comment
Altera and HCELL Engineering announce DO-254-certifiable Nios II processor core for use in airborne hardware environments.
Multirate DSP, part 2: Noninteger sampling factors
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4/28/2008   1 comment
Part 2 show how to change the sampling rate by a non-integer factor. It also looks at multistage decimation and polyphase filters. Finally, it applies the concepts of upsampling and downsampling to a CD player.
Complete Linux design solution for MicroBlaze FPGA-based soft-core processor
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4/24/2008   Post a comment
Avnet MicroBlaze Processor Linux DVD, Kit and Linux for MicroBlaze Processor SpeedWay Design Workshop Series offers complete design and support solution.
Robot slated to conduct symphony
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Honda's humanoid robot is slated to conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on May 13.
I'm an idiot
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4/23/2008   1 comment
The FPGA tools vendors told me we could get rid of hardware designers, and I fell for it. Here's why the claim is bogus, and why it doesn't matter anyway.
DoD may push back on Apple's P.A. Semi bid
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4/23/2008   2 comments
Apple Inc. may have to face the ire of the U.S. Department of Defense following its planned acquisition of P.A. Semi Inc because the startup's PWRficient processor is designed into DoD programs in every major branch of the armed services, said one P.A. Semi customer who expects Apple will end production of the parts.
Choosing a microcontroller and other design decisions - Part 1
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4/23/2008   1 comment
This three-part article is abstracted from the book "Embedded Hardware Know It All", which provides a "360 degree" view from best-selling authors.
SDR design guide
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Here's a comprehensive guide to software defined radio (SDR). Check out these links for the latest how-to articles, products, and news.
Manufacturing test product supports Freescale's latest storage processors
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Kozio's kDiagnostics provides a manufacturing solution for functional testing of Freescale-based hardware, including the MPC837xE series of processors, as well as numerous other CPUs and chipsets.
AMCC rolls out dual processor AMC reference design kit
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Based on its Power Architecture 460GT processor, AMCC has developed a dual-processor reference design kit called Arches that is aimed at accelerating customers' time-to-market for AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA systems.
Automated test product supports AMCC PowerPC processors
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Kozio Inc., a provider of automated hardware functional test for digital circuit boards, announced support for the latest AMCC Power Architecture processors, the PowerPC 460EX and PowerPC 460GT.
Freescale narrows loss, sales down
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. said sales for the first quarter of 2008 were $1.41 billion, compared to $1.54 billion in the fourth quarter of 2007 and $1.36 billion in the first quarter of 2007.
Tradition gives way to necessity at TI
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4/22/2008   1 comment
Texas Instruments Inc. is making a hard turn towards its analog IC business for revenue growth and margin expansion, a move that holds lessons for other companies in the electronics industry.
Analysis: AMD's credibility problem
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4/21/2008   1 comment
As if Advanced Micro Devices Inc. doesn't have enough problems fending off rival Intel Corp., the semiconductor supplier also must contend with an investment community that is very skeptical about AMD management's current strategy to achieve a much-needed turnaround.
Polish IP provider makes 6802 microcontroller core
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Intellectual property provider Digital Core Design SA (Wroclaw, Poland) has announced the release of the D6802, an 8-bit microprocessor core, which is compatible with the 6802 industry-standard pin out, clock frequencies and instructions set.
Multirate DSP, part 1: Upsampling and downsampling
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4/21/2008   4 comments
Part 1 introduces multirate signal processing, explaining how to upsample and downsample by an integer factor. MATLAB code included.
NET+ARM MPUs feature flexible interface modules
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Digi International has introduced the NS9215 and NS9210 NET+ARM microprocessors featuring Flexible Interface Modules (FIMs) that provide different hardware interfaces based on the needs of the product or application.
NXP 'renewal' strategy a mix of lite and might
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors, in less than two years since separation from Philips Electronics, has implemented a range of reorganization programs that include asset-lite manufacturing, divestiture and acquisitions, even as it battles analysts' concerns that its highly leveraged debt position could make further expansion difficult.
AMD ponders future
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
Embattled microprocessor and graphics IC supplier Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said it is conducting a review of its operations and would jettison non-core businesses in continuation of its push for profitability.
Linux: "It's free like a puppy"
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
Darrin Shewchuck gives me the best quip at ESC and makes a good point about Linux.
MCU+FPGA problems? Here are two solutions
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
Atmel and XMOS are on opposite end of the alphabet, and they have opposite approaches to solving the problems with MCU+FPGA combos.
NI contributes tools for robotics event
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4/17/2008   1 comment
National Instruments Corp. is bringing its software development tools for education to the First Robotics Competition.
Verify that model! Reverse-engineer that code!
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
The MathWorks and Telelogic have cool new tools that let you build and verify system models.
Future of chip design revealed at ISPD
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
The International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD 2008) revealed the current trends in chip design and fabrication--and there were some surprising finds.
XMOS Semi : Programmable chips bring flexibility and differentiation at low cost
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
XMOS Semiconductor, the creator of Software Defined Silicon (SDS), has announced a family of programmable chips.
ARM design gets easier (maybe)
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
The latest release of LabVIEW makes it ridiculously easy to program ARM processors. Unless you want to use the wrong peripheral, that is.
Video codecs: SW vs. HW
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4/17/2008   1 comment
On2 thinks hardware has the upper hand. CEVA begs to differ.
Slideshow from ESC: Inside the self-tuning Gibson 'Robot' Les Paul
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
The world's first self-tuning guitar—the Les Paul Robot Guitar--took center stage at a live "Teardown," yesterday, at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley.
Otellini: Weak U.S. economy leaves Intel unbowed
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. chief Paul Otellini said the company is not experiencing any negative impact on its revenue from the weakening U.S. economy; indeed, the world's biggest semiconductor manufacturer sees additional opportunities ahead in emerging markets as the dollar continues to slide against international currencies.
Tensilica offers free production-ready processor Core for FPGAs
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
As part of Synplicity's ReadyIP Program, Tensilica has announced the Diamond Standard 106Micro -- an alternative to FGPA vendor proprietary CPUs.
Intel Atom's dirty little secret
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
Want to port your OS to Intel's Atom? It will cost you.
Nucleus vs. WinCE vs. Linux
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
Want to build a PMP? Nucleus might just be the OS for you.
Renesas expands automotive MCU line
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
Renesas' 32-bit MCUs provide speeds up to 64MHz, FlexRay and CAN controllers and up to 1-Mbyte of flash.
C-to-FPGA guide
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
Want to create FPGA designs in C? Here's everything you need to know, including the latest how-to articles, products, and news.
Application processor aimed at low-power multimedia systems
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4/15/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America has unveiled the SH-MobileR2, the latest member in the SH-Mobile series of application processors for portable multimedia systems, at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC).
Cell processor HD codec debuts
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4/15/2008   Post a comment
Toshiba's H.264 / MPEG-2 video processor uses Cell's Synergistic Processing Element cores.
Commentary: Intel 'Atom' mobile Internet device previewed
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4/14/2008   Post a comment
Alex Wolfe has changed my mind about Intel's new downsized Atom processor, which is being pitched by the semiconductor behemoth as a little chip with enough power to deliver a biiiiiig handheld Web-browsing experience. His initial thought was: Who needs a mobile Internet Device (MID), when you're already toting around a laptop, smartphone, iPod, Bluetooth earpiece, and who knows what else? Then he heard about Gigabyte's prototype MID.
IPTV media processor SoC touts 50% performance improvement
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4/14/2008   Post a comment
Sigma Designs Inc. has begun sampling its SMP8654 media processor system-on-chip (SoC) designed for next-generation Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) set-top boxes.
Under the Hood: GPS Special - Garmin nuvi 750 vs. HP iPaq 310
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4/14/2008   2 comments
TechOnline's Greg Quirk went inside the Garmin nuvi 750 and HP iPaq 310 GPS navigation systems to find that while they did have some crossover in terms of components, such as the use of chips from SiRF and Wolfson, they both came up with their own distinct approach to how a GPS navigation system should be designed.
Social networking on handsets: sooner than you think
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4/14/2008   Post a comment
My colleague Seth Benton thinks my blog on social networking was wrong. Here's what he has to say.
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