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32-bit SuperH-based processor targets telematics systems
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Based on a 300MHz, 32-bit SH-4A SuperH superscalar architecture that achieves processing performance up to 540 MIPS and 2.1 GFLOPS, Renesas Technology's SuperH Processor is tailored for cost-sensitive telematics systems.
ZigBee-compliant software stack and development kit simplifies wireless home automation
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor hopes to ease customers’ development of ZigBee applications with its BeeKit wireless connectivity tool kit. BeeKit provides an easy-to-use interface and framework for developers to configure parameters for their point-to-point, 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications.
Cosmic rays damage automotive electronics
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
While the concept of bombardment of neutrons from space sounds like something straight out of Star Trek, neutron-induced errors are a dangerous reality for many types of automotive electronic equipment.
8051-based MCU touts integrated nonvolatile ferroelectric RAM
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron’s newest 8051-based MCU is the first in a series of planned products leading to a microcontroller based entirely on FRAM, where FRAM will be used for program, data and register memory, eliminating the need for flash and SRAM altogether.
AMD to invest $2.5 billion in new Dresden fab
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5/29/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices said it will invest $2.5 billion in its Dresden, Germany, operations, adding a new 300-mm fab.
AMD mum on Dresden fab plans, fueling speculation
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices appears to have reached a decision about the future of its production facilities, but it remains unclear if the chip maker is going to build another fab in Dresden, Germany.
ARM9-based MCU line touts upgrade path from ARM7 devices
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
Atmel’s AT91SAM9260 is the first member of the pin-compatible ARM926EJ-S -based MCU family that shares the same integration levels and programming models as the company’s ARM7-based devices, allowing direct migration between controllers based on different ARM cores.
MCU packs FlexRay networking protocol for automotive apps
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
Freescale’s MPC5567 MCU based on the PowerPC core enables fault-tolerant communication at high bandwidth rates of 10Mbit/sec. The device is said to be the first 32-bit flash-based microcontroller with the FlexRay networking protocol.
Safety drives automotive body electronics computers
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
With the growth in automotive electronics systems, it is not so much a question of which automotive systems are safety related, but are there any systems which are not?
MCU targets Chinese market with 12KB flash unit
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
The newest members of Zilog’s Z8 Encore! XP family of 8-bit microcontrollers are aimed at the Chinese MCU market. Targeted applications for the F0830 include entry level universal and brushed/brushless DC motor control, digital power management, battery charging, environmental sensors and electronic control of appliances.
May Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
FPGA vendors have recently been trying to attract DSP engineers by rolling out a slew of high-level DSP-oriented synthesis tools. Sure, the new FPGA tools make for a good demo, but having witnessed a similar cycle ten years ago with high-level synthesis tools targeting ASICs, I'd ask some hard questions before signing a contract.
May Newsletter: Custom Benchmarks
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
BDTI recently used its expertise to help a major manufacturer of cellular phones analyze competing DSP cores under consideration for baseband processing in its next generation phones. BDTI’s custom benchmarking services enable system and system-on-chip developers to quickly make confident processor choices and architectural decisions, while reducing the benchmarking workload on their in-house engineering resources.
May Newsletter: Xilinx Unveils Virtex-5 Product Line
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
On May 15, Xilinx Inc. unveiled its new Virtex-5 line of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Of particular interest to FPGA users targeting DSP applications is an enhanced version of the DSP48 hardwired data path block used in the Vitex-4 line.
May Newsletter: Freescale Announces New Multicore DSP
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
Freescale's newest multi-core DSP features four of StarCore's latest SC3400 DSP cores operating at up to 1 GHz. The new chip is mainly focused on multi-channel infrastructure applications such as wireless base stations, carrier-class voice-over-packet equipment, and media gateways.
Ultra-low-end, sub-50-cent 8-bit MCU fits in 6-pin pack
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
The first product to use Freescale Semiconductor’s new RS08 microcontroller core is an ultra-low-end, sub-50-cent 8-bit device. Packing 1K byte of flash and 63 bytes of RAM, the MC9RS08KA is aimed at portable applications ranging from motor control to use-and-toss health care products.
Intel eyes assembly and test facility in India
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5/23/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is negotiating with India about setting up an assembly and test facility there, but the microprocessor giant would not give details, according to its president and CEO, Paul Otellini. In Bangalore, Otellini unveiled a prototype of a ruggedized, small-form-factor notebook computer, expected to reach production in about a year.
ARM Cortex-M3-based MCUs add flash, peripherals
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5/23/2006   Post a comment
Coming on the heels of the launch of its first Cortex-M3 processor-based microcontroller, Luminary Micro has added four devices to its Stellaris family. The LM3S301, LM3S310, LM3S315 and LM3S316 offer features such as an analog-to-digital converter, and a dedicated Pulse-Width Modulator for motor control, as well as larger on-chip memory.
ARM launches next-generation processor
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5/23/2006   Post a comment
Cortex-R4 processor is designed to deliver the performance and configurability necessary for embedded markets
On the trail of counterfeit chips
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Seven to 10 percent of all the high-tech products sold worldwide are counterfeits, it's estimated. In 2004, U.S. Customs seized $200 million in counterfeit goods, $134 million of which originated in China. Trade in counterfeit goods cost U.S. businesses an estimated $2 billion per year in copyright losses alone.

Ultra-low-end, sub-50-cent 8-bit MCU fits in 6-pin pack
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
The first product to use Freescale Semiconductor’s new RS08 microcontroller core is an ultra-low-end, sub-50-cent 8-bit device. Packing 1K byte of flash and 63 bytes of RAM, the MC9RS08KA is aimed at portable applications ranging from motor control to use-and-toss health care products.
ARM Cortex-M3-based MCUs add flash, peripherals
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Coming on the heels of the launch of its first Cortex-M3 processor-based microcontroller, Luminary Micro has added four devices to its Stellaris family. The LM3S301, LM3S310, LM3S315 and LM3S316 offer features such as an analog-to-digital converter, and a dedicated Pulse-Width Modulator for motor control, as well as larger on-chip memory.
ECUs Boost SUVs
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Automotive electronic control units and software are pacing efficiency improvements in truck-based vehicles.
Report: H-P gains PC market share
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard Co. (H-P) gained more than 1 percentage point of share in the PC market in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the same period one year ago, according to preliminary data from iSuppli Corp.
Zilog narrows loss
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Microprocessor and 8-bit microcontroller supplier Zilog Inc. posted a net loss of $2.9 million, or 17 cents per share on sales of $20.2 million for the fourth fiscal 2006 quarter ended March.
Flash microcontrollers handle automotive applications
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Atmel introduces its AVR 8-bit Flash MCUs that are qualified for use in automotive applications
Processor cores target embedded designs
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
Compact processors from CAST are designed for systems needing more than an 8- or 16-b microcontroller but less than a typical 32-b microprocessor
Processor array targets embedded designs
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
IntellaSys has released a family of its Scalable Embedded Array (SEA) chips that are designed to launch multicore processor chip designs for embedded applications.
AIS processor addresses marine applications
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
Addressing Class-A and Class-B marine AIS applications, the CMX910 is a baseband processor IC from CML Microcircuits.
ARM launches next-generation processor
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
Cortex-R4 processor is designed to deliver the performance and configurability necessary for embedded markets
Clear the air
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
The advent of cleaner diesel engine technology this fall, along with hybrid cars and gasoline engine improvements, will give consumers a troika of fuel efficient automotive choices.
The heat is on, but sensor interface ICs withstand under-hood temperatures
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
The latest mixed-signal semiconductor processes enable integrated sensor interface ICs that significantly simplify the implementation of sensor applications for elevated automotive electronics temperatures--up to 165C.
Plug-and-Play development system supports Ramtron’s 8051 MCU
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron International Corp. has begun offering its VersaKit-20xx, a complete and comprehensive evaluation platform that supports the VRS51L2070, Ramtron’s newest Versa 8051 microcontroller.
Transmeta narrows loss, lowers guidance
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5/9/2006   Post a comment
Processor IP company Transmeta Corp. reported a net loss of $1.6 million, or 1 cent per share on sales of $19.5 million in the first quarter of 2006 ended March 31, compared with a loss of $21.1 million, or 11 cents per share on sales of $6.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
16-bit MCU line doubles memory size; increases functionality
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5/9/2006   Post a comment
Targeting designers of automotive body and multiplexing applications, Freescale Semiconductor is enhancing its S12X 16-bit microcontroller line. The lead device, S12XEP100, doubles the memory size at the top of the S12X range to 1 MByte and significantly increases MCU performance for applications including central body control, instrumentation, door modules and chassis nodes.
NEC adds flash versions to 32-Bit V850 Series MCU line
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5/8/2006   Post a comment
NEC Electronics America, Inc. has added as many as twenty-eight flash-based 32-Bit V850 Series microcontroller devices. The move complements NEC’s existing 8- and 16-bit flash-based general purpose MCU offering.
Intel tips new chip branding strategy with Core2 Duo
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5/8/2006   Post a comment
Intel unified its next-generation desktop and notebook multicore processor families under the name Core2 Duo as part of a new naming convention for multicore products.
Automotive wireless is more than cell phones and music
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5/8/2006   Post a comment
Mature, wireless technologies other than Bluetooth are important for improving automotive security and safety.
Roundup on MCUs: ARM-based units deliver new features
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5/5/2006   Post a comment
As ARM-based processors become the dominant 32-bit architecture, users can expect to see new peripheral functions embedded into chips by vendors seeking to differentiate their offerings from the pack. Over the past several months, a growing number of semiconductor vendors added new parts based on the venerable ARM7 and ARM9 as well as the newer ARM 11 and Cortex cores.
AMD challenges Intel on power consumption
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5/3/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices is turning up the heat on rival Intel by turning down the power.
DARPA's latest challenge gets down and raises the bar
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5/2/2006   Post a comment
For the next competition, robot vehicles will have to obey traffic regulations, merge into traffic, and traverse roadways in an urban environment.
Packet processors target secure enterprise and metro ethernet markets
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5/2/2006   Post a comment
Marvell’s Prestera 98DX2x5 family of packet processors enable the rapid development of high-port density gigabit standalone and stackable switching systems for Enterprise, embedded and metro Ethernet market segments.
Freescale opens QUICC Engine technology to embedded developers
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5/1/2006   Post a comment
Open QUICC Engine technology program gives developers freedom to innovate, customize microcode and expand application possibilities without adding costly silicon.
AMD offers reference design kit for Geode LX CPU
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5/1/2006   Post a comment
AMD’s Geode LX EPIC Reference Design Kit is aimed at helping system developers quickly and efficiently create low-power single board computer products, based on AMD’s Geode LX processor.


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