The 68K Rides Again News & Analysis 5/19/2000 Post a comment "I hate to keep talking about the 68K, but but the 68K was a classy architecture," says DSPnet site director Ray Weiss. Choices made by the 68K design team are still viable, even with today's higher silicon densities and fast clock speeds.
21st Century Processor Standards News & Analysis 5/19/2000 Post a comment The 68K was the quintessential 32-bit processor standard. It dominated its arena for almost 20 years. Many engineers cut their design teeth on the 68K, where designing a 68K memory system was a test of engineering manhood and ladyhood.
In-System Programmable Flash Memory for 8051 Class Microcontrollers Design How-To 5/12/2000 Post a comment Flash memory allows you to create a system that accepts software upgrades in the field. If you want to use the popular 8051 architecture, however, you have a problem. It can't write to program space, so you can't update software directly. Mark Rootz of WSI provides instructions on what you can do to bypass this limitation.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.