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32-bit SoC tailored for car navigation systems
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5/31/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America has developed a 32-bit SoC that delivers 1-GIPS/4.2-GFLOPS throughput capabilities, a 3D-graphics engine, and GPS baseband module for car navigation systems.
Intel opens Itanium design center in Colorado
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5/31/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. opened a microprocessor design center in Colorado after closing a separate state facility earlier in 2007.
China chip market entering cooling phase
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5/31/2007   Post a comment
After a hot 2004, China's chip market may be settling into a more sustainable growth phase. Growth is expected to hit a cyclical peak this year, expanding 20 percent to $51.7 billion.
Lenovo unveils laptops supporting WAPI
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5/31/2007   Post a comment
Lenovo releases laptops that support China's domestic wireless-LAN standard.
Sensors, safety pace auto chip market growth
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5/31/2007   Post a comment
A new Strategy Analytics study highlights an increase of $1.12 billion in auto chip vendor revenues in 2006, paced by new sensor applications and safety requirments.
Single-chip processor replaces discrete components; reduces board space
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
Ramtron International Corp. introduced the FM33x product family, a line of FRAM-enhanced processor companions with a high-speed serial peripheral interface (SPI).
Real-time video processor LSI targets car navigation / car entertainment
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
The BU1573KV video processor LSI corrects video images in real time for improved readability, even under less than ideal ambient conditions.
TSMC partners with R&D foundry SVTC
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
Looking to smooth the way for cutting edge products, TSMC is linking up with R&D foundry SVTC so that companies can quickly move from concept to commercial runs.
Design kit accelerates DSP development for Virtex-5 FPGAs
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
VMETRO and Impulse Accelerated Technologies have released the V5+C DSP development kit, an advanced platform for rapid prototyping and algorithm development.
Achieving Certified IP Quality Efficiently
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
The increasing use of design IP has reduced design effort per gate for the chip designer, but it has had an inverse effect on the chip-level integration and functional verification effort. This article explains how using complete formal functional verification enables IP providers to certify highest IP quality, and to do so cost-effectively and with a high productivity.
Intel researchers focus on parallel software
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
With the rise of multicore CPUs the push for parallel software has become job number 1 for Intel's microprocessor R&D labs where researchers are developing domain-specific languages, as well as parallel versions of existing languages and applications.
China Telecom to launch AVS-based IPTV trial
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
China's largest IPTV operator preps trials for a homegrown codec that could eventually displace H.264.
Shanghai, other hot spots, driving IPTV use in China
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
IPTV is gaining traction in China, with the user base topping 600,000 in the first quarter.
Backlight control technology manages power and color saturation
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5/24/2007   Post a comment
Clairvoyante has developed a new technology to balance color performance with power management in mobile displays. The PenTile Mode Control technology delivers a set of backlight control options to reduce power by as much as 65 percent or manage color purity for web-based content.
Consumer and automotive electronics converge: Part 3 - MOST details and controller architecture
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
This series conclusion offers a detailed explanation of MOST and examines the new Intelligent Network Interface Controller architecture that simplifies how MOST systems are integrated.
Intel mum on WiMax deal in central China
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
After setbacks in building up WiMax nets in Chengdu and Dalian, Intel recently signed a contract with Hubei government in central China to develop broadband wireless technology.
Intel-ST deal: What it means
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
Now that Intel and STMicroelectronics have finally sealed the deal, here's a look at how the deal measures up and what it may mean for the rest of the industry.
Chip brands failing Intel, AMD
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5/22/2007   Post a comment
Core Duo, Core2 Duo, Pentium Dual Core, Fusion, CoreFusion. Confusion? That seems to be the mental state of consumers, based on a new report that says a dizzying array of chip brands isn't much help for buyers.
UMC opens R&D lab in southern Taiwan
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5/22/2007   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. opened an R&D center Tuesday that will focus on 45-nanometer and below process technologies.
Chip brands failing Intel, AMD
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5/22/2007   Post a comment
What's in a name? Apparently not much, according to one survey that finds chip brands don't register as well with consumers as companies might think.
IBM claims speed lead with Power6 server
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
IBM Corp. rolled out Monday a blazing 4.7 GHz Power6 dual-core processor and a new server based on it, claiming the system outperforms rivals on four top computer benchmarks
Intel gives deep dive on Penryn CPUs
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will provide a peak deeper inside its upcoming 45nm Penryn processors at the Microprocessor Forum this week, giving a deep dive inside some of the low power and media acceleration capabilities coming in the chips that will start shipping later this year.
Freescale in-car microprocessor aims for central role
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has unveiled a microprocessor that aims to integrate all the control electronics for an automobile cockpit into a single low-power device.
AMCC drives to high end of embedded PowerPC market
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. debuts today a new Power processor, the 2 GHz dual-core Titan, that AMCC hopes can drive the company into high-end embedded markets.
S. Korea indicts four for trying to sell WiBro secrets to U.S. firm
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Four men in South Korea have been indicted for corporate espionage in connection with trying to sell WiBro technology to a US telecommunications firm.
How to use DSP caches, part 1
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Part 1 of this two-part series introduces the fundamental concepts of cache memory, using the C64x DSP as an example. It explains why caches are needed, how caches communicate with main memory, and how to optimize cache performance.
Power shift in the laptop
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp. are pulling neck-and-neck in the race to define the core high-end silicon for notebook computers as they edge out desktops as the dominant platform in client computing.
Baseboard management controller integrates all functions for server management
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
Vitesse Semiconductor has unveiled its VSC452 highly-integrated server baseboard management controller (BMC) that integrates all the functionality required to implement advanced remote management in a single chip.
AMD's Puma chases Intel Centrino sockets
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices announced today its Griffin CPU, the first processor it has designed from the ground up for notebooks. AMD is pairing its new CPU with a chip set in a Puma platform that aims to take on Intel's Centrino chips for sockets in high-end notebooks.
Chartered borrows $610 million for 300mm wafer fab
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing borrows $610 million to move ahead with the ramp-up of its first 300-millimeter wafer fab.
Betting on '08, Taiwan vendors prep WiMAX 16e systems
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
Anticipating more demand for WiMAX next after Intel Corp starts shipping modules, Taiwan system vendors are quickly jumping onto the bandwagon.
Optimized memory utilization boosts graphics display controller IC efficiency
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5/17/2007   Post a comment
The complex memory traffic patterns across GDC interfaces present potential data bottlenecks. A balanced design architecture can reduce, and even eliminate, choke points while optimizing performance, cost, and board space utilization.
ADCs operate at temperature up to 125°C
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5/17/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology developed the LTC1403AH, a 14-bit, 2.8 Msamples/s SAR ADC which operates over the automotive -40°C to +125°C temperature range. The LTC1403AH is powered from a single 2.7 V to 3.6 V supply, draws 14 mW at 2.8 Msamples/s, and is available in a small, 10-lead MSOP package.
A quick take on Conexant's GPON chips
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5/17/2007   Post a comment
The Linley Group has a good review of Conexant's first GPON chip. Here's a link to the story.
Microsoft will pack more threads in Windows Server
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5/17/2007   Post a comment
In an effort to keep pace with multicore processors, Microsoft is just a few months away from completing a plan to revamp how it handles multithreading in future versions of its Windows server operating systems.
Asia EMS/ODM market to more than double by 2011
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5/17/2007   Post a comment
Asia's low-cost advantage and increasing skill set will help it more than double its market share in EMS and ODM by 2011.
CPU performance combines with 2D/3D graphics processing for automotive applications
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America added to their series of graphics display controllers with a 32-bit CPU and graphics engine on a single chip.
China tech industry to hit $1.45 trillion by 2010
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
China's high-tech industry will rake in $1.45 trillion by 2010, nearly triple its size of just a few years ago, according to a report from a top Chinese policy group.
Microsoft brings Vista to developing world PCs
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
After a year in trials, Microsoft Corp. is fine tuning its FlexGo initiative for developing world PCs, working with partners including Advanced Micro Devices, Infineon, Intel, and Via Technologies.
STATS ChipPAC opens R&D center for advanced packaging
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Singapore's STATS ChipPAC has launched a new research facility to carve out a niche in the high-end packaging market.
Graphics processors deliver high-definition gaming and multimedia features
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
AMD has introduced the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series of graphics processors with high-definition gaming and high-definition multimedia features for desktop and mobile platforms.
Special Issue: Inside the Prius: Part 4 - Controllers keep dual motors humming
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Toyota's Prius in many respects can be considered to have two engine controllers: one for the traditional, 1.5-liter gasoline engine and another for the electric motors used to power the car alternatively.

Special Issue: Inside the Toyota Prius: Part 5 - Inverter/converter is Prius' power broker
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5/14/2007   1 comment
The inverter/converter unit (ICU) is the ringmaster of all of the electrical conversion in the Prius. The hybrid's two motor generator units have distinct roles: MG1 recharges the high-voltage (approximately 200-V) nickel metal hydride battery pack located in the rear of the car and also applies direct power to drive the MG2 assembly. MG1 additionally serves as the electric motor used to start the gas engine portion of the power train. MG2 is the primary electric drive motor when energized and
Special Issue: Inside the Toyota Prius: Part 6 - Navigation unit bridges automotive, CE
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With increasing frequency, car buyers are spending big for the convenience of in-car navigation. Not unusual for factory-optioned navigation, the Prius' GPS-based mapping and guidance system adds almost $2,000 to the sticker price.

Under the Hood: Tried-and-true design concepts drive Prius
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5/14/2007   2 comments
Upon tearing apart a Toyota Prius--spanking new from the dealer--what strikes an engineer's eye is that this first parallel drive train gas/electric hybrid car is more like other modern vehicles than not. Ignore the large nickel-metal hydride battery tucked out of sight behind the rear seat; filter out the associated starter-motor-like

Special Issue: Airbag ASSPs: smart, sensitive
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Automotive airbag triggers incorporate a high degree of intelligence, as well as analog sensitivity and mixed-signal functionality. Today, smart airbags have occupant-detection features and inflate to variable volumes.
Special Issue: Rivalry in consoles is no game
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Videogame systems have come a long way from the days of a paddle and a bouncing ball. Interactive games, online play and realistic graphics have moved gaming from something that only kids play to a pastime that has entered many homes. Combined with computer games, this amounted to a $7.4 billion industry in 2006, almost triple the software sales of 1996. According to a recent Nielsen survey, 41.1 percent of

Under the Hood: Focus on Qualcomm and TI at 65 nm
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Given the significant market size for the cell phone industry and the different types of products available, it's not surprising that Qualcomm and Texas Instruments offer a number of different baseband solutions. Their semiconductor devices have been advancing to accommodate the wide variety of systems, taking into account different size, power consumption and functionality restrictions.

One Laptop per Child official criticizes WiMAX community
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Frustrated that WiMAX vendors are favoring equipment development for licensed bands, a One Laptop per Child executive said there is also a need for more products that operate in unlicensed bands.
Plethora of teams advance in DARPA Urban Challenge
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5/11/2007   Post a comment
Teams from around the world selected in autonomous vehicle competition which will include negotiating live traffic.
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