DSPs with PCI Express interface extend connectivity while improving performance and power efficiency Design How-To 4/25/2011 2 comments For years, we’ve had the PCIe interfaces on everything from high-end CPUs, GPUs, embedded processors and consumer-focused devices. Less known is the presence of PCIe on DSPs and whereas in the past DSPs had either proprietary interfaces or sRIO, today’s DSPs have the PCIe interface, giving designers and end-users more options for connectivity at lower price. This article looks at this emerging blend of PCIe and DSP technology, provide examples of usage models and explain its functional and ease-
Tools spur ECU CAN/LIN communications Design How-To 4/22/2011 Post a comment With the increasing use of in-vehicle networks, the development of automotive electronic control units must not only consider the software requirement, but also the implementation of the embedded software via a data bus such as CAN or LIN.
New developer community targets Android on MIPS News & Analysis 4/17/2011 Post a comment MIPS Technologies has launched a site for its developer community specifically tailored to the needs of software developers working with the Android platform, Linux operating system and other applications for MIPS-Based hardware.
Power Line Communication integrates electric vehicles with the Smart Grid Design How-To 4/15/2011 6 comments A compatible charging infrastructure and communication between an EV and any potential "charging spot" is required for easy and practical use. The established Power Line Communication (PLC) standard in the Smart Power Grid offers a robust and long term available setup—and the prospect of grid stabilization (charging back to the grid).
Weak PC market in Q1 surprises Gartner News & Analysis 4/14/2011 10 comments Worldwide PC shipments totaled 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2011, a 1.1 percent decline from the first quarter of 2010, according to preliminary results from Gartner, Inc. This is below Gartner's previous forecast of 3 percent growth in 1Q11.
Embedded module for handheld electronics Product News 4/10/2011 Post a comment Leveraging the power and flexibility of the Intel Atom-based E620 / E680 system on a chip, designed especially for embedded devices, the Anders CM-iTC is well suited for battery operated handheld diagnostic equipment, mobile internet devices, and other low-power, graphics-intensive applications.
Analyst: Intel's Q2 target may fall short News & Analysis 4/6/2011 1 comment Intel is likely to set a sales target for the second quarter that falls below consensus analysts' expectations when the world's largest chip maker reports first quarter results April 19, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Intel rolls 10-core Xeon processors News & Analysis 4/5/2011 1 comment Intel's new 32nm Xeon E7 family includes its first ten-core parts, supports 2 TBytes memory and competes with 12- and coming 16-core chips from rival AMD.
New advances in remote embedded systems Blog 4/4/2011 Post a comment A blog post over at the Intel Embedded Community site looks at some examples of how the security and performance requirements of multiple remote embedded devices - such as point-of-sale terminals, intelligent kiosks, digital signage, medical appliances, and gaming platforms - are being addressed.
Media processor SoC for multimedia display products Product News 4/3/2011 Post a comment Conexant Systems announced a single-chip media processor for multimedia display products including connected Web devices and interactive video displays, and applications such as digital signage, home automation/security, and user interface (UI) control.
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