Stanford kicks off parallel programming effort News & Analysis 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.
Under the Hood: Inside the Sony OLED TV Teardown 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 News & Analysis 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.
Multirate DSP, part 2: Noninteger sampling factors Design How-To 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.
I'm an idiot Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
Freescale narrows loss, sales down News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Blog 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 Product News 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.
NXP 'renewal' strategy a mix of lite and might News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
ARM design gets easier (maybe) Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 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.
Otellini: Weak U.S. economy leaves Intel unbowed News & Analysis 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.
Commentary: Intel 'Atom' mobile Internet device previewed News & Analysis 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.
Under the Hood: GPS Special - Garmin nuvi 750 vs. HP iPaq 310 Teardown 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.
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