Netbook growth seen slowing when economy recovers News & Analysis 4/30/2009 1 comment Netbook shipments grew by more than 2,000 percent last year and are expected to grow another 68.5 percent in 2009, but this explosive growth is likely to slow as the economy rebounds beginning in 2010, an analyst said.
Partners port Android to MIPS chip News & Analysis 4/23/2009 1 comment Embedded Alley, a small open source developer, has struck a deal with RMI Corp. to port the Android operating system to RMI's MIPS-based Au1250 processor, hoping to ride a wave of interest in using Android systems beyond its target smart phone market.
Applying Multi-core and Virtualization to Industrial and Safety-Related Applications Design How-To 4/22/2009 Post a comment Disruptive technologies are providing device manufacturers in the industrial sector with a significant opportunity to improve both their devices and their businesses. Learn how multicore and virtualization can help you improve device performance, reduce costs through hardware consolidation, and upgrade applications more cost effectively throughout the product lifecycle.
AMD rolls out 40W server CPUs Product News 4/22/2009 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices will roll out server microprocessors today that hit a new low in power consumption for the company as well as some at new and higher data rates.
Processor architecture not a factor for low-power mobile systems Design How-To 4/20/2009 Post a comment With all the features and connectivity options on today's handset, including Ethernet, USB, GSM, GPS, MP3, Wi-Fi, WCDMA, displays, audio, it turns out that the choice of processor, whether or not it's an Intel Atom or an ARM Cortex, takes a distant second place to well-optimized code and functional partitioning when it comes to power consumption and managing the power budget.
Analysis: Oracle looks back to the future News & Analysis 4/20/2009 1 comment Oracle Corp.'s proposed $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems marks a strange step back to the future that raises questions about the outlook for Sun's hardware, Java software and the database giant itself.
Counterpoint: Silicon amnesia Blog 4/20/2009 4 comments Semiconductor technology has enabled our computers, the Internet and 50-mpg cars. Your cellphone has more computational power than the computers did on the Apollo moon lander. Yet in spite of the semiconductor's seminal importance, semiconductor history is neglected by historians as "too new" and by the business media as "old news."
Dell, HP drive growth for low-end CPUs News & Analysis 4/16/2009 Post a comment Dell announced a deal to sell its latest Intel Atom-based netbooks through China's top cellular carrier, and rival Hewlett-Packard rolled out a new line of thin-client computers, most based on Via's x86 processors, reinforcing the fact much of the growth in consumer and business computing is for low-end systems, especially in emerging markets.
IA-32 Features and Flexibility for Next-Generation Industrial Control Design How-To 4/15/2009 Post a comment Industrial control systems are rapidly evolving towards standardized, general-purpose platforms that incorporate concepts traditionally associated with the domain of Information Technology (IT). The push of IT into the industrial sector is occurring both at the field level, where sensors and actuators are more and more intelligent, and at the control level, to replace the dedicated hardware approach found in previously designed applications.
China promises 3G growth in 2009 News & Analysis 4/15/2009 Post a comment China will continue its national roll out of 3G cellular services this year despite the global recession, spawning double-digit growth for network equipment vendors, according to an analyst's report.
Intel calls 'bottom' but market says hold on News & Analysis 4/15/2009 Post a comment Who is right? Intel Corp. or the financial market and the analysts covering the world's biggest semiconductor company? Intel executives are optimistic that the "horrendous" decline in PC sales seen in the fourth quarter has come to an end but industry analysts and observers are wary about calling an end to the market recession at a time of continuing weakness in the global economy.
Spot and avoid counterfeit component bombs Design How-To 4/14/2009 4 comments The proliferation of counterfeit components is a plague, the cost of which is staggering: from failed devices and the associated recalls to destroyed reputations of the original parts designers and suppliers. This feature shows how to spot and avoid those lurking counterfeit bombs.
Cavium upgrades network processor News & Analysis 4/14/2009 1 comment Cavium Networks has announced its next-generation network processor, the Octeon II, that aims to boost performance for wide range of network systems.
Power suit technology: making Iron Man a reality Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/14/2009 Post a comment The HAL robot suit by Cyberdyne can improve strength in an individual by 2 to 10 times. In this case robotics is used to help people with degenerative muscle
disease, or other disabilities, be more mobile.
ARM netbooks struggle with video, apps News & Analysis 4/13/2009 1 comment Engineers designing a new generation of ARM/Linux-based netbooks are struggling with two issues crucial to the success of the systems--the platform's poor support for Web video and its fragmented software base.
Intel prepares to offer CT parallel programming support News & Analysis 4/13/2009 Post a comment Intel's CT (C for throughput) software technology, being developed for parallel programming products, will be deployed in a beta version later this year, according to Intel senior vice president Pat Gelsinger, speaking at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing.
Secure CPU complies with DoD anti-tamper mandate News & Analysis 4/10/2009 Post a comment A privately held semiconductor company based in Pleasanton, Calif., is offering a secure chip that provides anti-tamper technology in commercial and military systems as outlined in U.S. Department of Defense instruction 5200.39.
Sun loses top CPU architect News & Analysis 4/9/2009 Post a comment Sun Microsystems has reportedly lost one of its top microprocessor architects, Marc Tremblay, a Sun veteran who was leading the company's next-generation Sparc team now joining Microsoft, the latest in a stream of losses that have sapped Sun's top tech talent.
Microstepping bipolar drive of two-phase hybrid stepping motor on TMS320F2808 DSC Design How-To 4/7/2009 Post a comment This technical paper describes the implementation of a micro-stepping algorithm for a two-phase hybrid stepper motor using the TMS320F2808 digital signal controller (DSC). Included is a description of the dual H-bridge circuit, pulse width modulation (PWM) control, phase winding connections and how they are switched, along with all the source C code for the project.
Siemens picks ADI Blackfin for smart power meters Product News 4/7/2009 Post a comment As part of its 'Smart Grid' infrastructure concept, Siemens is currently developing smart power meters for global markets. As core element for its smart power meters, the company has selected the Blackfin Digital Signal Processor from Analog Devices
National Instruments introduces industrial controller with Intel Core Duo processor Product News 4/6/2009 Post a comment The newest controller from National Instruments--the NI 3110--features an Intel SL9JT L2400 1.66 GHz Core Duo processor, similar to the devices found in many home computers or laptops. With this industrial controller, engineers have a control system for multithreaded applications that require dual-core processing and analysis. Engineers can use this industrial controller as an interface to control remote I/O with hardware such as NI CompactDAQ, NI PXI and NIplug-and-play PCI and PCI Express devi
No recovery yet, Gartner says News & Analysis 4/6/2009 1 comment Are the electronics and semiconductor markets recovering? Not yet, according to market research firm Gartner, which said recent positive industry events are characteristic of a demand reset.
Renesas pilots patent program News & Analysis 4/2/2009 Post a comment Renesas Technology Corp. is piloting a cross-functional program to align its work in patents with the company's R&D units and overall business goals and could generate dozens of new patents it could assert with potential competitors and partners.
Intel gained MPU share in each quarter of '08 News & Analysis 4/1/2009 1 comment Intel in the fourth quarter of 2008 accounted for 81.8 percent of global microprocessor revenue, topping a year when it gained market share in microprocessors during every quarter, according to market research firm iSuppli.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole3 comments Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...