Startup turns on global TV for notebooks
Design How-To 5/28/2008 Post a comment
Startup Mirics Semiconductor is gearing up two chips aimed at letting a notebook computer receive and playback any digital terrestrial TV or radio signal using a wide multiband receiver chip along with demodulation software that runs on a host x86 processor.
ST extends 32-bit MCU family
Product News 5/28/2008 Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) has added 28 devices to its family of 32-bit Flash microcontrollers based on ARM's Cortex-M3 core to provide up to 512 Kbytes of Flash, larger SRAM and additional peripherals for displays, sound, storage and advanced control.
Allegro : MOSFET pre-driver IC replaces belt-driven actuators
Design How-To 5/27/2008 Post a comment
Designed around Allegro's latest generation of BCD semiconductor process technology, the A3941 automotive-grade full-bridge MOSFET pre-driver IC includes enhanced features which make it suitable for high-temperature automotive systems and industrial systems using a 24 V battery supply.
Freescale rolls mobile media processor
Product News 5/27/2008 Post a comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Sigmatel, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out its i.MX37, a applicaitons processor using new video and imaging blocks to attack high end media players and navigation systems and the first in a series of applications processors targeted at specific market segments.
Designers draft multicore programming guide
News & Analysis 5/22/2008 Post a comment
The Multicore Association is kicking off an effort to define best programming practices for embedded multicore processors, hoping within a year to define and create a guide to handling the thorniest problems in the growing arena of parallel software.
Continental rolls automotive controller for emerging markets
News & Analysis 5/21/2008 Post a comment
With a Basic Function Controller for low-cost cars, automotive Supplier Continental AG intents to serve emerging markets. The device reflects in many ways the shifting distribution of power in the global automotive market: It has been developed in Continental's Shanghai laboratories; the first customer is Chinese car OEM Geely.
DoD reviewing Apple's bid for PA Semi
News & Analysis 5/20/2008 Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing Apple Inc.'s acquisition of embedded PowerPC designer PA Semi Inc. that reportedly put into jeopardy the future of a wide variety of military programs that had designed in the startup's processor.
Single-chip coherent multiprocessing is next step
Design How-To 5/20/2008 Post a comment
Driving individual processor performance to the limit in a given implementation technology is never easy or efficient. Faster clocks, deeper pipelines and bigger caches carry silicon area and power dissipation costs that result in diminishing returns for that last 10 percent of performance.
Wind River, Intel ride Linux into car market
Product News 5/20/2008 Post a comment
Intel and Wind River Systems have teamed up to create a Linux/x86 platform for car electronics, debuting at the Telematics Detroit 2008 conference based on Intel's low-power Atom processor and a new variant of Wind River's embedded Linux.
Massively parallel processing arrays (MPPAs) for embedded HD video and imaging (Part 1)
Design How-To 5/16/2008 Post a comment
An MPPA having hundreds of processors can simplify video and imaging software development for embedded applications. Each processor in an MPPA is strictly encapsulated, accessing only its own code and memory. This architecture provides a very different programming model, one where each processor devotes separate channels for each type of input and output data it needs to communicate with other processors, and there are no shared memory bottlenecks.
IBM shifts Cell to 65 nanometers
Product News 5/13/2008 2 comments
IBM Corp. officially announces today a next-generation version of its Cell processor geared for computer servers, the PowerXCell which aims to deliver supercomputing to a broad group of IBM BladeCenter server users.
AMD shifts leadership in PC group
News & Analysis 5/12/2008 Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices has named company veteran Randy Allen as head of its core PC group while Mario Rivas, a former Philips Semiconductors executive who joined AMD in late 2005 and ran the division, has left the company.
Tools automate support for multicore CPUs
Product News 5/12/2008 Post a comment
The MathWorks has built new parallel processing techniques into its flagship MatLab environment, and startup Exludus Technologies, Inc. is preparing an enhanced release of its scheduling middleware for X86 servers, the latest examples of companies tackling the challenge in automating the shift to parallel software for multicore processors.
AMD discloses 12-core server chip
News & Analysis 5/7/2008 Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices disclosed a conservative road map for 45nm server processors using six and twelve cores through 2010, and lifting a page from the playbook of archrival Intel, the 12-core CPU will use two six-core die in a multichip package.
ARM, not Intel, to dominate MID design-ins in short term
News & Analysis 5/7/2008 Post a comment
ARM rather than Intel is expected to win out in the short term amongst designers of Mobile Internet Devices in a market that will take off gradually because of high prices but for which global demand will eventually build towards annual sales of 69 million units, exceeding $17 billion by 2014.
What's the deal with Embedded Linux?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 5/5/2008 5 comments
Is Linux a delight or a disaster? Different vendors have different answers--all of them self-serving. Here's my attempt to set the story straight.
Graphics market soft in first quarter
News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment
Sales of computer graphics chips had a slightly lower than usual seasonal downturn, leading one analyst to issue a cautious market projection for the next few quarters for the sector that can be a bellwether for computer sales and a key indicator of electronics sales overall.