Gartner bumps up '09 chip sales forecast News & Analysis 5/28/2009 Post a comment Market research firm Gartner issued a revised semiconductor industry revenue forecast that projects 2009 revenue will not fall quite as sharply as the firm predicted in February, thanks to better-than-expected first quarter PC sales.
Startup Netronome rolls new family of programmable network processors Product News 5/28/2009 Post a comment Programmable chip vendor Netronome Systems announced the availability of a family of network processors said to remove the barriers to unified computing architectures by combining high-performance network, content and security processing with general purpose processors, such as Intel's IA, through I/O virtualization.
Brushless DC (BLDC) Motor Fundamentals Design How-To 5/25/2009 Post a comment Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) motors are gaining popularity and are used in the Appliances, Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer, Medical, Industrial Automation Equipment and Instrumentation areas. This technical paper looks at the fundamentals of these motors, and provides example control applications.
Tessera wins ITC patent ruling Product News 5/20/2009 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies it has determined infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc, overturning a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Servers get new energy metrics News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Computer makers are testing the Transaction Processing Performance Council's energy specification, a new benchmark for measuring the energy use of servers that could be released as early as June just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Energy Star specifications for measuring the energy efficiency of servers.
Wafer shipments fell 56% in Q1, says SEMI News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Shipments of silicon wafers fell by 56.5 percent to 940 million square inches compared to 2,163 million square inches in the same quarter a year before, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Cisco discloses server ASICs News & Analysis 5/19/2009 Post a comment Cisco Systems has designed a set of proprietary ASICs to more than double the DRAM memory linked to an Intel Nehalem processor in hopes of leapfrogging existing server makers in areas such as database performance or the number of virtual machines a server can support.
ST sees early chip market recovery News & Analysis 5/15/2009 Post a comment STMicroelectronics N.V. executives said they are anticipating the semiconductor market will recover at a faster pace than previously expected as signs of sales improvements emerge from key regions.
Analyst trims PC build forecast on Acer cuts News & Analysis 5/13/2009 Post a comment Projected sequential growth in second quarter PC builds is looking weaker than it did two weeks ago, according to a financial analyst who cited cuts to PC orders with original device manufacturers made by Taiwanese PC vendor Acer.
Europe vs. Intel: Evidence in question News & Analysis 5/13/2009 Post a comment Intel claims it has evidence that will refute the European Commission's conclusion that the company has engaged in anti-competitive business practices, however Intel chief executive Paul Otellini declined to share any specifics of that evidence in a conference call about the case.
Are the gloves off for motor control? Design How-To 5/12/2009 Post a comment Developments in MCU performance are creating new opportunities for three-phase motor control solutions, which could lead to greater efficiency in everyday white goods. Which approach is best, hardware of software?
IDC: Decline slowing in PC processor market News & Analysis 5/12/2009 Post a comment Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments fell for the second quarter in a row during the first quarter, down 10.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008, according to a report from market research firm IDC. But the firm said its analysts believe that the market's decline is slowing.
No speed dial for smart phone video News & Analysis 5/11/2009 5 comments Adobe Systems and ARM Ltd. aim to bring Web video to a broad class of mobile systems with their collaboration on a new version of Adobe Flash Player 10, but the software may not be widely available until early next year, and even then it will require OEMs to write or at least review fine details of the code for optimal performance.
Get the Fundamentals Design How-To 5/5/2009 2 comments When I was a junior intern in the late 1970s, I once asked a senior mentor to tell me the secret of his great success as an engineer. After a brief moment of introspection, he replied, "Get the fundamentals."
Report: PC processors poised for growth News & Analysis 5/2/2009 Post a comment PC processor makers have sold off "most of not all" their excess inventory that piled up due to the recession creating "the potential for positive growth" in the next three to six months, according to an upcoming report from Mercury Research.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.