ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion
Blog 4/29/2010 Post a comment
The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
The servers are coming, says ARM's CEO
News & Analysis 4/28/2010 7 comments
Servers based on ARM multicore processors should arrive in the next 12 months, according to Warren East, chief executive officer of processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
ARM posts record results in Q1
News & Analysis 4/27/2010 Post a comment
Processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc turned in record financial results for its first quarter of 2010 with revenues at $143.3 million up 19 percent on the revenue in the first quarter of 2009. The quarter saw ARM achieve its highest ever unit shipments leading to record royalty revenues, profits and net cash generation.
Netronome debuts cards, system for packet processing
Product News 4/26/2010 Post a comment
Netronome will debut at the Multicore Expo two PCI Express Gen2 adapter cards and a chassis-based system using its 40-core network processor announced late last year at a time when rival Cavium Networks is expected to announce a 32-core device.
MIPS, Imagination team up to wrestle with ARM
News & Analysis 4/26/2010 Post a comment
MIPS Technologies and Imagination Technologies will announce at the Embedded Systems Conference a non-exclusive marketing alliance geared to support chip designers using cores from both companies in a shot across the bow to their mutual competitor, ARM Ltd., which is developing its own graphics cores.
ESC: FitBit teardown as therapy
News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment
A casual encounter at the right time sends an imaginative and driven, out "of-shape engineer on a journey of passion, frustration, learning, marriage, birth " and the on-going struggle for mental and emotional survival against all the odds. There are many like him, but help is available.
ARM stock rises on Apple takeover talk
News & Analysis 4/22/2010 2 comments
London's financial district was full of rumors on Wednesday (April 21) that Apple is considering a takeover of processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), according to the London Evening Standard newspaper.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?
Audio DesignLine Blog 4/21/2010 7 comments
When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
Reports: Google buys chip design firm Agnilux
News & Analysis 4/21/2010 8 comments
Google Inc. is following Apple into the IC design business by buying a chip design team company, according to reports. Google has bought Agnilux Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), which was formed by former design engineers who had been brought into Apple and then quit to form their own company.
Intel launches PCI-enabled 'SoC'
Product News 4/14/2010 1 comment
Intel has announced that is developing a system-on-chip for embedded applications based around its Atom processor core. However, it appears the SoC will be of a fixed design with a fully-described bus interface to which other chip vendors can attach their chips.
Reports: Intel has ported Android to Atom
News & Analysis 4/14/2010 Post a comment
Intel has ported Google's Android operating system to its Atom microprocessor, according to multiple reports that reference Renee James, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's software and services group, as their source.
Entrepreneurs drive Silicon Valley toward Detroit 2.0
News & Analysis 4/13/2010 1 comment
A handful of entrepreneurs hope to turn Silicon Valley into Detroit 2.0 by supplying key subsystems for next-generation electric and hybrid vehicles but they disagree about how the new market they see for electric and hybrid vehicles will emerge.
ESC: Confab to host another round of Intel versus ARM
News & Analysis 4/12/2010 3 comments
Intel and ARM have been squaring up to each other across the netbook and smartphone sectors for a couple of years now. The ARM-versus-Intel battle is set to continue on a number of fronts at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley, coming up April 26 to 29, at the McEenery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Infineon predicts strong Q2 and Q3
News & Analysis 4/12/2010 1 comment
European chip company Infineon Technologies AG has said that it now expects the second quarter of its 2009/10 financial year, ending Sept. 30, 2010, will be better than previously expected.
February's poor chip sales: a blip or a sign?
News & Analysis 4/7/2010 1 comment
Actual global sales of semiconductors was $20.79 billion in February, down 4.9 percent from the actual sales in January of $21.85 billion, according to figures from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Inside the iPad: An iPod on steroids
Product News 4/5/2010 1 comment
Apple Inc.'s iPad features a small motherboard, making it a large iPod rather than a small PC, according to a teardown from Chipworks (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada).
Inside the iPad: Samsung, Broadcom snag multiple wins
Design How-To 4/4/2010 7 comments
Samsung and Broadcom are among the major silicon suppliers for the Apple iPad which sports an unusually high processor-to-memory channel, an abundance of touch-screen silicon, a novel case design, according to a teardown performed by UBM TechInsights, a sister division of EE Times.
IBM benchmarks prod microprocessor designers
Product News 4/2/2010 Post a comment
IBM Research and Intel Research collaborated on a set of benchmarks made publicly available to aid microprocessor designers and to evaluate the winners of a clock synthesis contest at the International Symposium on Physical Design.