Cosmic rays damage automotive electronics Design How-To 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.
ARM9-based MCU line touts upgrade path from ARM7 devices Product News 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 targets Chinese market with 12KB flash unit Product News 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" News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
On the trail of counterfeit chips Teardown 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Automotive DesignLine Blog 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Clear the air Automotive DesignLine Blog 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.
Transmeta narrows loss, lowers guidance News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
Roundup on MCUs: ARM-based units deliver new features Product News 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.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...