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Intel preps many-core 'Knights Corner' processor
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5/31/2010   1 comment
Intel Corp. has said it plans to offer many-core processors targeting certain applications in high performance computing. The first product, codenamed "Knights Corner," will be implemented on Intel's 22-nm manufacturing process and integrate more than 50 processors.
Strong April chip sales drive prediction higher
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Actual global chip sales were $23.41 billion in April, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association, which quotes numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. Cowan LRA model moves annual prediction up.
April averaged chip sales beat expectations
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for April was $23.579 billion, up 2.25 percent compared with the previous month and up 50.4 percent compared with the year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
MCU to Intel architecture conversion
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
This white paper gives an overview of the real-time nature of PLC applications and analyzes the interrupt architecture on platforms featuring the Intel Atom processor.
Saxony agrees to aid Abu Dhabi with technology
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The German state of Saxony has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority agreeing to set up opportunities to share and exchange knowledge and expertise in advanced technology R&D, in particular in microelectronics, according to the Advanced Technology Investment Co.
Digi launches out-of-the-box M2M cloud connectivity for embedded platforms
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Digi International has announced that all Digi and Rabbit embedded products will be configured to easily connect to the iDigi "cloud" out of the box.
Startup proposes SOI JFETs for low power
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
SuVolta Inc., a startup formerly known as DSM Solutions Inc., has revealed some details of the company's plan to achieve low power IC operation through the use of complementary junction FET technology.
China taps Nvidia for world's second biggest computer
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5/31/2010   1 comment
Using Intel and Nvidia processors, a Chinese computer maker has installed in Shenzhen what experts say theoretically is the fastest supercomputer in the world, an indication both of the rise of China and of graphics processors as a growing ingredient in high-performance but relatively low power systems.
NETWORKING - Fairchild's USB technology meets now and future demands
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5/29/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild’s micro-USB switch (FSA9280A) and USB transceiver (FUSB2500) have been designed to serve the ever-evolving demands placed upon USB ports in today's market. In addition to being the universal interface for mobile applications, today's USB must handle file transfers, battery-charging, music, and factory programming.
Power-saving processor strategy is a tough call
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5/29/2010   1 comment
The obvious solution may not be the best, but the analysis is also tricky
Power-saving processor strategy is a tough call
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5/28/2010   Post a comment
The obvious solution may not be the best, but the analysis is also tricky
Intel further retreats from discrete GPUs
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5/26/2010   13 comments
Intel has further retreated from plans to bring a high-performance stand-alone graphics processor to market, but will continue to develop its multi-core Larrabee architecture for the high-performance computing market, the company revealed in a blog posting.
Dell taps Android, Snapdragon for mini tablet
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5/26/2010   3 comments
On the same day Dell Inc. announced an ARM/Linux tablet, a panel of mobile experts—including a designer of the Dell device—suggested alternative platforms for tablets and netbooks are on a road of slow but steady growth.
2.4-GHz RF SoC delivers CD-quality wireless audio
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Targeted at consumer, portable and high-end audio applications, TI says the first RF device in its new PurePath Wireless product line can reduce bill of materials cost by 50 percent.
Intel extends business plan competition
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
Guidelines for migrating to the Intel Atom processor from another processor architecture - Part 2
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
Part 2 of this white paper looks at some example solutions based on cable modem functionality.
Intel rolls mobile CPUs for ultrathin notebooks
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5/24/2010   1 comment
Intel Corp. announced Core 2010 notebook processors geared to create a new class of ultra-thin, ultralow power portables expected to power as many as 40 systems designs less than an inch thick and weighing just two to five pounds.
Clients to become more like servers, says ARM's CTO
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
Processors for mobile clients are going to have to take on many of the functions associated with networking infrastructure, according to Mike Muller, chief technology officer of ARM. This will be part of an explosion of processing requirements for wirelessly-connected devices that will require multiple application-specific processors to keep power consumption down, he added.
Freescale rolls microcontrollers for smart meters
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductors has rounded out its line of integrated microcontrollers targeted at use in smart utility meters with two new families targeting low and mid-range meters but communications modules remain separate given the fragmented state of that market.
Who'll provide the power behind the mainstream business tablet?
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5/24/2010   6 comments
I recently got An iPad to try as part of our analysis work on the Apple tablet, and it is becoming apparent to me that devices of this class will grow to be as popular as the current crop of e-mail-enabled smartphones.
POWER - Low-power MCU supervisory circuits boost reliability, lower cost
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's new Low-power MCU supervisory circuits boost reliability, lower costs, and eliminate multiple external resistors. They are offered in a 1mm x 1mm chip-scale package for space-constrained portable applications.
New tube: Interview with GoogleTV's top engineer
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5/21/2010   7 comments
A day after the announcement, we spoke with Vincent Dureau, the engineer behind GoogleTV about the genesis and outlook of the project, its technical specs and why he doesn't see it as a problem that GoogleTV does not have any cable-TV partners yet.
AppliedMicro APM801xx 1-W processor family targets video-enabled consumer apps
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
AppliedMicro’s 1-W APM801xx family packs a Power Architecture into a 10x10-mm BGA for a range of consumer devices from gateways and energy meters to network attached storage systems and displays.
Cable, MIPS missing in GoogleTV picture
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5/20/2010   7 comments
Two big pieces were missing when Google rolled out its picture of the future of integrated Web and TV services at Google I/O—cable TV providers who deliver most of the broadcast content and MIPS Technologies that powers many of the sets.
MCUs - ATtiny family boasts world's smallest flash MCU packages
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
Atmel's ATtiny family boasts world's smallest flash MCU packages. Low-power, ultra-small packaging expands design options for applications in the consumer, lighting and industrial control markets.
Coming this fall: GoogleTV on Intel-powered Sony TVs
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5/20/2010   10 comments
Google officially rolled out its GoogleTV initiative at its annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco, promising its designs for set-top boxes and related software and services will reshape television by integrating the Web and TV.
Chip makers back Google's open source codec
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5/19/2010   1 comment
A handful of mobile chip makers--including ARM, MIPS, Nvidia and Texas Instruments--said they will support Google's move to establish V8, a video codec it acquired with On2 Technologies in August.
Mobile video processor startup raises $7.5 million
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
Fabless mobile video chip company Movidius has announced that it has secured $7.5 million in Series B investment.
Virtual conference covers the design of medical systems
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
Designing medical systems can be a mystery, but it doesn't have to be.
Dell, IBM give thumbs up to ARM servers
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5/17/2010   6 comments
Dell Inc. will test this summer multicore ARM processors from Marvell for possible use in low-power servers for large data centers, a trend for which an IBM executive also expressed support in more general terms.
Guidelines for migrating to the Intel Atom processor from another processor architecture
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
This white paper analyzes a case study with an Intel Atom processor-based solution that included migrating the ARM-based software layers to Intel architecture.
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
Intersil aims to become $1 billion player
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5/14/2010   3 comments
Intersil has raised its second quarter outlook.
Silicon wafer shipments up
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5/14/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased.
Intel event: What the analysts said
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
Analysts weigh in on takeaways from Intel's analyst day, held earlier this week.
Philips replaces 60-W standard bulb with 12-W LED alternative
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5/13/2010   5 comments
At the Lightfar International tradeshow here, Royal Philips Electronics today unveiled its 12 watt EnduraLED light bulb it claims is the first LED replacement for a 60 watt incandescent light bulb.
Cadence to buy Denali for $315 million
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5/13/2010   4 comments
EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to buy memory model company Denali Software Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) for $315 million in cash. Denali is expected to have approximately $45 million in cash at closing.
Toyota Braking Problem Investigation
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5/13/2010   8 comments
A Toyota Prius owner investigates the "brake pause" problem and learns about road discontinuities
HTC sues Apple over phone, pad and pod
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
HTC Corp., maker of the so-called Google phone, took legal action against Apple Inc. on Wednesday (May 12), filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
AMD to use TSMC 40-nm for Fusion processors, says report
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
In what would amount to a setback for GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), microprocessor vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to use a rival foundry to make its Fusion processors, according to a Digitimes report.
AMD to use TSMC for Fusion processors, says report
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
In what would amount to a setback for GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), microprocessor vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to use a rival foundry to make its Fusion processors, according to a Digitimes report.
A4 processor found inside next-gen Apple iPhone
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Apple Inc.'s next generation iPhone will use its new A4 applications processor and support video capture.
Enables ZigBee function integration in smart energy end devices
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
SyChip has introduced SyNode, a smart energy embedded module dubbed SN3020 that it claims is the smallest, lowest-power, fully compliant ZigBee module supporting Smart Energy and Home Automation profiles.
Freescale backs Liquavista for e-reader displays
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Electrowetting display provider Liquavista has said it is working with Freescale Semiconductor Inc., a supplier of microprocessors for e-readers.
NXP tops automotive infotainment chip ranking, says iSuppli
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Exposure to Chinese automobile makers helped Dutch chip vendor NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) take the top position in the global automotive infotainment semiconductor market in an economically difficult 2009, according to market research company iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
DuPont claims OLED record fit for TV apps
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
DuPont claims to have achieved record performance in printed organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays.
Design Rivers: Radical innovation
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5/12/2010   1 comment
A panel of design experts tackles the issue of radical innovation and how to balance innovation against market pressures.
Intel CEO says the ARM way is no way to make money
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5/12/2010   10 comments
Intel Corp. sees no threat to its business from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and has no intention in participating in any alternative processor architectures to its own, according to CEO Paul Otellini.
True-shutdown circuit cuts current drain to zero
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5/12/2010   3 comments
Don't settle for almost-complete shutdown, when you can get a true shutdown when using this step-up DC/DC converter plus a clever circuit.
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