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Minolta Dimage X: a different view on optics
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Electronics integration continues to reduce camera form-factor and cost though a clear partitioning of digital and analog functions suggests little technical or economic benefit from combining disparate functions into a common IC process. Sometimes the road less-integrated provides an optimum balance of function, design risk, and cost, particularly when it comes to mixed-signal systems, writes David Carey in this installment of Under The Hood " Analog Edition. That doesn't mean there isn't a lot
AMD continue de prendre ses distances par rapport à la course au mégahertz
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Afin de se distancer un peu plus encore de la course au mégahertz, le groupe d’AMD Corp. chargé des solutions de connectivité a annoncé qu’il utiliserait une « cote performances-puissance » pour définir ses processeurs embarqués. Cette nouvelle approche aura comme résultat que les noms de processeurs auront des nombres supérieurs à la fréquence d’horloge exprimée en mégahertz (MHz).
Motor Control Myths and Reality - DSPs Make a Strong Run at MCUs
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Opinion: Motor Control Myths and Reality - DSPs Make a Strong Run at MCUs
AMD continues shift away from megahertz race
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
In the latest step away from the megahertz race, AMD Corp. said it will use a "performance-power rating" to name its embedded processors. The move means processor names will have higher numbers than the clock rating expressed in megahertz.
MIPs-based MPU employs fast system interconnect for comm. apps
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra's RM9150 microprocessor combines the E9000 64-bit MIPS microprocessor core with the new system interconnect called the Fast Device Bus for embedded control processing applications such as Ethernet routers and switches, line cards, network attached storage, industrial control, high-end laser printers, imaging, and high-end consumer applications that require multip
Sony's 300-mm fab starts test production of Cell processor
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5/21/2004   Post a comment
Sony Corp.'s Nagasaki 300-mm fab has begun test production of Cell processors, Ken Kutaragi, Sony's executive deputy president and COO, acknowledged this week.
Adidas puts best foot forward with 'smart shoe'
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5/20/2004   Post a comment
Athletic shoemaker Adidas claims it has developed the world's first "smart shoe" that uses a microprocessor to adapt the shoe's cushioning level to a runner's size and stride.
Mayer named CEO of Freescale
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5/19/2004   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. has named Michel Mayer, a former general manager of IBM Microelectronics, as CEO of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
New Nios II Family is a Versatile Embedded Processor for FPGAs
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5/19/2004   Post a comment
Industry's Leading Soft-Core Processor Delivers the Greatest Flexibility, Highest Performance, and Lowest Cost
First Smart Card Chip Manufacturer to Win Mastercard CQM Approval
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5/19/2004   Post a comment
Design, qualification and production processes of ST's secure microcontrollers are formally verified to ensure interoperability, reliability and overall quality in financial applications
Materials problems run both high, low for chip makers
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5/19/2004   Post a comment
Semiconductor companies are coming face-to-face with a pair of materials challenges daunting enough to have the brightest engineers in the industry scratching their heads.
Via processor upgrade targets 'digital home'
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5/19/2004   Post a comment
Via Technologies Inc. tipped details of its next-generation x86 processor core targeted at small, mobile consumer electronics devices and notebook PCs that will populate the new "digital home."
Intel bringt neue Notebook-Prozessoren
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5/12/2004   Post a comment
Intel hat seine Palette stromsparender Notebook-Prozessoren der Serie Pentium M um drei Modelle erweitert. Gemeinsame Merkmale sind höhere Taktraten und Unterstützung für die WLAN-Norm 802.11g.
May Newsletter: Stretch Announces Software-Configurable Processor Architecture
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5/11/2004   Post a comment
Last month Stretch Inc. announced the availability of an unusual new processor chip family, the S5000. This family pairs a 300 MHz Tensilica Xtensa RISC processor core with a 100 MHz reconfigurable compute fabric. The reconfigurable fabric, referred to as the Instruction Set Extension Fabric (ISEF), allows a set of custom instructions to be added to the RISC processor's instruction set at run-time via software.
May Newsletter: Freescale and TI Introduce Low-Cost, High-Speed DSPs
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5/11/2004   Post a comment
Freescale and Texas Instruments announced new lost-cost, high-speed processors.
May Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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5/11/2004   Post a comment
Jeff Bier's EE Times column, Impulse Response for May, "The Alchemist's Dream," provides commentary on the use of high-level tools in real-time implementations.
May Newsletter: Case Study--Checking Out the Competition
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5/11/2004   Post a comment
Case Study: Checking Out the Competition
Summit dwells on innovation's future
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5/9/2004   Post a comment
A senior executive with IBM Corp. told a technology summit here on Thursday (May 6) there will be a six orders of magnitude decrease in cost per computer calculation over the next 35 years.
Infineon's CEO candidate has automotive background
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5/9/2004   Post a comment
Wolfgang Ziebart, currently deputy chairman of the board at automotive supplier Continental AG, is in line to replace Ulrich Schumacher as CEO of Infineon Technologies AG, according to press reports.
Semiconductor cycle to peak next month, analyst warns
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5/9/2004   Post a comment
The debate rages on about the current semiconductor cycle as one analyst warned the industry will reach its peak as early as next month. It's all downhill for both the chip and IC equipment sectors starting in June of 2004, said Kevin Vassily, an analyst with market researchers Susquehanna Financial Group LLP (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.).
VeriWave fields test system for WLANs
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5/8/2004   Post a comment
Determined to end the ad hoc and custom nature of wireless-LAN testing, VeriWave Inc. introduced hardware and software that tests WLAN conformance and reliability at all stages of system development.
Vision system scans cars from road perspective
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5/8/2004   Post a comment
Northrop Grumman Corp. has put a new spin on automotive vision technology with color systems that use the roadway rather than the vehicle to examine the underside of a vehicle.
MPEG group sues Sagem for video patent infringement
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5/7/2004   Post a comment
Seven leading electronics companies who hold essential intellectual property rights for the MPEG-2 video compression standard have filed suit against Sagem for infringing 11 patents.
Nokia opens Indian design center for CDMA
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5/7/2004   Post a comment
Nokia has formed research and development center for CDMA technology in the western Indian city of Mumbai that will provide technical expertise in the Asia-Pacific region.
Global chip market up March-to-March
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5/4/2004   Post a comment
The three-month average of global semiconductor sales in March was $16.275 billion, according to numbers published by the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), which cited statistics from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. Peter Clarke has this report.


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