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Via schickt Billigprozessor gegen Intel ins Rennen
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5/30/2005   Post a comment
Mit seinem Stromsparprozessor C7 tritt Via Technologies gegen Intel & Co an. Das Unternehmen will den Prozessor in Notebooks und Despktop-PCs mit kleinem Formfaktor unterbringen.
Athlon dual-core processor fits in 939-pin micro PGA packaging
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5/27/2005   Post a comment
AMD says its new Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor delivers the performance of a multi-core processor with the same 939-pin micro PGA type packaging as the single-core Athlon 64 CPU
Embedded controllers simplify migration for cost-sensitive applications
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5/26/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor says its two new ColdFire device families called the MCF520x and MCF521x ease the migration to 32-bit performance for applications that require low power consumption and flexible integration at an affordable price point.
Intel bringt Home- und Office-Plattformen
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5/26/2005   Post a comment
Mit einer Reihe neuer Prozessoren und PC-Chips adressiert Intel den Desktop-Markt für Office- und Home-Anwendungen. Erstmals steht bei der Einführung nicht mehr der einzelne Prozessor im Mittelpunkt, sondern komplette Plattformen.
May Newsletter: TI Unveils 'C64x+ Details
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5/25/2005   Post a comment
Last week TI introduced the TMS320C6455, the first general-purpose DSP to use TI's new 'C64x+ core. TI also revealed the details of the 'C64x+ architecture. As the name suggests, the 'C64x+ is based on TI's well-established 'C64x DSP architecture. However, the 'C64x+ includes some important upgrades that significantly improve both the throughput and the memory-efficiency of the new architecture.
May Newsletter: New Licensable Cores Target Audio
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5/25/2005   Post a comment
Last week three vendors introduced licensable cores targeting consumer audio applications. MIPS announced the MIPS24KEc, the first core to implement the "DSP ASE" signal-processing instruction-set extensions. ARM introduced its AudioDE audio decoding coprocessor. And Tensilica previewed its forthcoming second-generation audio processor.
May Newsletter: Case Study--Benchmarks for Tools, Software Libraries, and More
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5/25/2005   Post a comment
System developers often rely on processor benchmarks to gauge system performance. However, the processor is just one of many components that determines overall performance. Fully understanding system performance requires careful analysis of many other elements, such as code-generation tools and third-party software libraries. Unfortunately, a host of factors can confound attempts to analyze these components.
May Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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5/25/2005   Post a comment
Signal processing applications are become more complicated and more varied—and so is the hardware that runs them. This has made it increasingly difficult to evaluate chip performance. And evaluating development infrastructure is often even trickier than evaluating processor performance. As a result, engineers more dependent than ever on vendors' honesty.
Grenzen zwischen Grafikprozessor und CPU verschwimmen
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
Ob Xbox oder Playstation - bei den neuen ultraschnellen Spiele-Konsolen scheint die traditionelle Grenze zwischen Grafik-Beschleunigern und Host-Prozessoren immer mehr zu verschwimmen.
ARM-based chip targets audio apps
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics says its PNX0106 chip will make it easy for OEMs to build hard disk drive based portable audio players with optimal battery life.
IBM will Cell-Spezifikationen offen legen
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
Die drei Entwicklerunternehmen des Cell-Prozessors bereiten derzeit die Offenlegung der Spezifikationen und Software-Bibliotheken des Prozessors vor. Damit dürfte die Open-Source-Gemeinde bald einen Blick in das Innenleben des Chips werfen, der in der Sony Playstation 3 steckt. Ganz uneigennützig geschieht das jedoch nicht: Der Multicore-Chip soll auch andere Einsatzbereiche erobern - von hochauflösendem Fernsehen bis zum Supercomputing.
AMD Geode MPU provides desktop functionality on mobile, embedded devices
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.'s new Geode LX 800@0.9W processor supports the Microsoft Windows XP and XP Embedded operating systems, allowing users to leverage familiar business and consumer applications on low-power, fan-less portable products.
Stromsparender x86-Prozessor treibt Embedded-Computer
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
Auf Anwendungen im Embedded-Computing-Bereich ist ein neuer Prozessor von AMD ausgerichtet. Der x86-kompatible Chip bietet einen höheren Integrationsgrad als die Standard-Pentiums der Konkurrenz Intel – und er verbrät wesentlich weniger elektrische Leistung.
ARM-based MCU line targets embedded apps
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5/20/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has beefed-up its 32-bit ARM-based STR710F microcontroller family for high-performance, cost-sensitive applications needing fewer on-chip facilities and to embedded systems that will benefit from increased on-chip RAM.
Automotive processor boasts 885 MIPS performance
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Touting 885 MIPS of processing power, Freescale Semiconductor's MPC5200B processor meets the performance needs of telematics and automotive infotainment systems.
Reining in Position-Sensing Costs
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Just one Hall sensor and magnet per axis determines car seat position.
California Micro Device CEO joins Transmeta's board
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Troubled processor company Transmeta Corp. appointed Robert Dickinson, president and chief executive of California Micro Devices, to its Board of Directors Thursday.
Intels neuer CEO steht vor großen Herausforderungen
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Auf seiner Hauptversammlung hat Intel am Mittwoch den Führungswechsel vollzogen: Craig Barrett hat als CEO abgedankt seinen Job als President und Chief Operating Officer an Paul Otellini abgetreten. Erstmals in seiner Geschichte wird Intel nunmehr nicht mehr von einem Ingenieur geleitet. Bereitet der Chip-Gigant einen Kurswechsel vor?
Transmeta narrows loss after restructuring
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5/13/2005   Post a comment
Processor supplier Transmeta Corp. posted a net loss of $21.1 million, or 11 cents per share on sales of $6.9 million the first quarter of 2005, compared to $28.1 million or 15 cents per share on sales of $11.2 million the previous quarter, and $23.4 million, or 14 cents per share on $5.2 million in the year-ago quarter.
Custom PowerPC drives new Xbox 360 to teraflops performance
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5/13/2005   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. shifted up from the X86 to a custom triple-core, dual-threaded PowerPC for its Xbox 360 which the company claims delivers 1-teraflop performance.
U.S. judge halts sale of Renesas microprocessors
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5/12/2005   Post a comment
A U.S. District Court judge issued an order preventing Renesas Technology Inc. from selling in the U.S. microprocessors that have been found to infringe on a patent held by Translogic Technology.
Fulcrum gets $20 million funding for clockless chips
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
Fulcrum Microsystems, a pioneer in clockless semiconducctor design, has raised $20 million in a Series C round of venture capital financing to be used to expand its product offering and marketing initiatives for its standards-based interconnect chip products.
16-bit flash MCU targets comm. apps
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5/6/2005   Post a comment
Cyan Technology's 16-bit flash microcontroller boasts performance of up to 25 MHz to easily accommodate the 16-bit routines required by many communications applications.
Smart Telematics Enable Fiat's 'Connected Cars'
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5/4/2005   Post a comment
Platform designed for the future has enough system resources and bandwidth to cope with changes throughout the development cycle.
Acacia Technologies sues Intel, AMD on memory cache technology
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5/3/2005   Post a comment
Acacia Research Corp. fired another shot at industry semiconductor giants Tuesday (May 3), adding Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to a patent infringement suit centering around computer memory cache coherency technology.
Dynamically reconfigurable SoC supports "Silicon-Sharing"
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
Atmel's Field Programmable System Level IC enables multiple interfaces, peripherals and/or operators to share the same silicon at different times.
16-bit digital signal controller targets cost-sensitive apps
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor says its new 56F8000 series of 16-bit digital signal controllers break the price/performance barrier for many industrial and appliance applications.


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