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posted in April 2009
Netbook growth seen slowing when economy recovers
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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.
Analyst: PC builds, chip inventories improving
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
A financial analyst said the outlook for second quarter PC builds is looking better and that Asian chip distributors are reporting better-than-expected demand for semiconductors across a number of markets.
Latest Freescale digital signal controllers look to reduce power involved with motor control
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
The MC56F8006 DSCs combine the functionality of a microcontroller (MCU) and the processing power of a digital signal processor (DSP) with a flexible set of peripherals to create a versatile embedded control solution.
Renesas : Application processor targets mobile phones
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Renesas Technology has announced the SH7370, an SH-MobileHD application processor for mobile phones.
Can Atom-based Symbian OS unleash a raft of new consumer devices?
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Will the Symbian operating system, like competitor Android help spawn a new generation of non-mobile phone consumer devices?
Low-power HART modem IC minimizes system size
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
A single-chip, HART-compliant modem IC has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products that enables the smallest solution size for modulating and demodulating 1.1 kHz/2.2 kHz FSK signals.
New 8-bit microcontrollers with integrated constant high-current drivers from NEC Electronics
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
NEC Electronics introduced a new 8-bit All Flash general-purpose microcontroller (MCU), the PD78F8025, with integrated constant high-current drivers, and 32 kilobytes (KB) of flash memory.
ST rolls Morpheus reconfigurable processor
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has produced the first prototypes of the Morpheus chip, produced under the Morpheus collaborative research program which has been running for several years.
Partners port Android to MIPS chip
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Low Atom margins hurt Intel again, says analyst
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4/15/2009   Post a comment
Intel's bottom line was damaged for a second straight quarter by misjudgment of the low margins on its Atom netbook processor, according to an analyst.
IA-32 Features and Flexibility for Next-Generation Industrial Control
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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
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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
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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.
Intel Q1 profit up; Otellini says PC sales have hit bottom
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel reported sales for the first quarter of $7.1 billion, in line with the company's expectations for internal planning purposes and slightly better than what many analysts had been expecting.
Spot and avoid counterfeit component bombs
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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
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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
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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.
OS-Directed Power Management (OSPM) through the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)
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4/13/2009   Post a comment
OS-directed power management using the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) methodology is a solution that allows for cost-effective firmware development and quick time to market.
ARM netbooks struggle with video, apps
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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
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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
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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.
Viewpoint: Mass GPUs, not CPUs for EDA simulations
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4/9/2009   2 comments
GPUs, sold in millions to gamers, now have a terrific price/performance ratio for use in EDA simulators.
Sun loses top CPU architect
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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.
Four questions on design using social networks
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4/8/2009   Post a comment
AsusTek and Intel share their experience with WePC.com, an early experiment in how social networks can become an input for the product design process.
Microstepping bipolar drive of two-phase hybrid stepping motor on TMS320F2808 DSC
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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
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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
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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
MCUs: STM8S MCUs raise 8-bit performance and scalability
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4/6/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' STM8S platform enables legacy 8-bit MCUs to transition to lower supply voltages
SECURITY: CPU Tech answers DoD mandate to protect critical program info
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4/6/2009   Post a comment
Acalis CPU872 Secure Processor Development Kit enables anti-tamper protection of software and systems
CPUs: ConnectCore embedded core modules claimed to be industry's fastest
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4/6/2009   Post a comment
Digi's new ARM9-based wired/wireless family targeted for display and multimedia apps
MCUs: Fujitsu Adds 48-Pin Versions to its 16FX MCUs for Auto/Industrial Apps
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4/6/2009   Post a comment
The new MCUs offer 3 channels of combined LIN-USART-SPI, one I2C channel, and one C-CAN interface for automotive
MCUs: MCU offers 1 Megabyte of on-chip Flash
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4/6/2009   Post a comment
Renesas Technology's SH7286 support includes a Renesas Starter Kit (RSK)
TI's new DSP brings floating-point precision to energy-efficient, connected applications
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4/6/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced the TMS320C6743 digital signal processor (DSP) which combines the ease-of-use and precision of floating-point programming with the connectivity and lower-cost options of fixed-point devices.
No recovery yet, Gartner says
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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
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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
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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.
CPUs: Freescale rolls 45-nm comms processors
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4/1/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor said it is sampling new communications processors based on its 45-nm process technology.


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