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Reactions mixed to home mesh networking effort
News & Analysis  
5/12/2010   1 comment
Reactions to plans to create a mesh standard for home networks have been mixed as backers praise the effort as the future of whole home coverage, competitors from the Zigbee Alliance critique it as a late comer, those with who have worked on other wireless mesh standards indicate it won't be easy -- and some still haven't heard about it.
Nikon's fab tool biz down in '09
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Nikon Corp.'s fab tool business saw its net sales drop by 31.7 percent from the previous fiscal year to 150.1 billion yen ($1.6 billion).
TSMC approves $1.6 billion capex plan
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has approved a $1.647 billion capital spending program, including plans to build a new fab in central Taiwan.
First MEMS gyro smartphone to ship in June; it won't be the last
News & Analysis  
5/11/2010   4 comments
Next month's rollout of the first smartphone to pack a MEMS gyroscope is the industry's worst-kept secret. The vendor is a mystery, but the MEMS gyro's rapid adoption by the rest of the field is a certainty.
Cavium packs 32 cores in latest Octeon II
Product News  
5/11/2010   Post a comment
Cavium Networks formally rolls out two new members of its Octeon II family upgrading and doubling to 32 the number of cores available on the communications processors, highlighting the trend to use of multicore architectures to handle increasing processing needs in broadband networks.
Welcome to the new EETimes Design site
Design How-To  
5/11/2010   1 comment
EE Times Design: Spot a trend, see the whole picture, start innovating
Analysis gives first look inside Apple's A4 processor
Teardown  
5/11/2010   10 comments
An analysis by UBM TechInsights shows the Apple A4 processor in the iPad is a single-core ARM Cortex A8 made by Samsung.
Wintegra tries again for an IPO
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Wintegra Inc. has filed for an initial public offering in the United States--again.
Marvell plans 40-nm ARM server processors
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5/10/2010   10 comments
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. aims to supply silicon for ARM-based servers with 40-nm multicore processors it will ship this year and is working with multiple partners including one that hopes to port a server version of Microsoft Windows to ARM.
DRAMs are hot, but NAND is not
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5/10/2010   2 comments
DRAMs are hot. NAND flash is not.
Introduction to High-Speed Digital Design Principles
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
This white paper discusses some of the major factors that need to be considered in designing an embedded product and the various high-speed digital design concepts that play a vital role in the functionality of the hardware/product as a whole.
Guide to Embedded Systems Architecture - Part 4: Application layer networking protocol examples
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Examples included in this final excerpt from the book "Embedded Systems Architecture: A Comprehensive Guide for Engineers and Programmers" demonstrate networking protocols - FTP, SMTP and HTTP - implemented in both general-purpose and market-specific applications.
Power Tip 23: Improve a power-supply's load-transient response--Part 1
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Transient response is a critical power-supply parameter; understand how the feedback loop's architecture affects it in an isolated supply.
Synchronizing NxN MIMO Basestations to an External Timing Reference
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Understand how a high-performance clock generator, in conjunction with one or more integrated transceivers, simplifies overall design and reduces complexity and cost, while resulting in excellent system receive/transmit performance
Chip CEOs join European competitiveness committee
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5/7/2010   Post a comment
Leading CEOs have joined an attempt by the European Commission to improve European competitiveness in high technology industries that covers semiconductors, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics.
Report: Netbooks fuel heady notebook growth in 2010
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
Sales of notebook PCs should rise a whopping 25.5 percent this year to 209.5 million units driven by growth in netbooks and a new class of low power notebooks created by Intel Corp., according to a new report from market watcher iSuppli Corp.
Chip market headed for 30% growth year, says Cowan
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
Strong global chip sales in the first quarter of 2010, as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association, have led industry analyst Mike Cowan to predict 30.3 percent growth for the chip market in 2010.
Why the electronics industry needs 3-D technology
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
Why 3D extraction? It all comes down to the need to create, from the layout view, a more precise electrical circuit model, which when simulated gives the designer performance characteristics such as timing, power and noise, as well as other important parameters like gain, bandwidth and reliability.
Algorithmic delay and synchronization in MPEG audio codecs
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5/5/2010   Post a comment
This article shows the delays of the popular audio codecs and how they're derived, and offers a convenient reference for designs of time-critical systems having a delay budget.
Generalisimo Francisco Franco is still dead - and so is Vinyl
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/5/2010   1 comment
Music shipment data is out for 2009, and a graph of that data helps put the popularity of the various formats - i.e., digital downloads, CD and vinyl LP - into perspective.
Intel targets smartphones with new Atom chips
News & Analysis  
5/5/2010   5 comments
Intel Corp. rolled out its latest Atom chip set, the 45nm Moorestown platform geared for use in the burgeoning market for smartphones and tablets, but observers said the PC giant's next-generation 32nm chip set will compete more effectively for handset design wins.
Automotive rear seat entertainment system - Your mobile living room
Design How-To  
5/4/2010   1 comment
Here's a look at tomorrow's multiple in-car entertainment options and how they may be implemented, using STMicroelectronics' STi71xx as an example.
IMEC appoints former TSMC boss to business role
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5/4/2010   Post a comment
Research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has appointed Kees den Otter, former president of TSMC Europe BV, to the position of vice president of emerging business.
ARM Web site powered, in part, by ARM cores
News & Analysis  
5/3/2010   4 comments
ARM Ltd. has been running a part of its Web site on ARM-based servers for about nine months as a real-world trial of its technology and at least one partner is exploring server applications using two- to four-core versions of the ARM Cortex A9.
Low-Power Intel Architecture Platform for In-Vehicle Infotainment - Part 2: Virtualization, hyperthreading, security, connectivity and power management
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
Part 2 of this white paper highlights - from both a hardware and software perspective - the challenges and opportunities presented by the Intel-based IVI platform to meet the power, performance, size, differentiation, and other needs of the automotive environment and usage models.
Blog: Adapting commercial x86 designs to harsh environments - Passing the test
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
Sharon Schnakenburg-Hess continues a look at adapting commercial x86 designs to harsh environments by considering the question "Should a company qualify the parts by test or guarantee them by design?"
Blog: Xeon 5600 delivers an unprecedented six cores
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
Maury Wright reviews the capabilities of the new Intel Xeon processor 5600 series, which integrates as many as six cores.
Blog: Adapting x86 to harsh environments - Not as straightforward as you think
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
Sharon Schnakenburg-Hess considers the issues involved in adapting x86 designs to harsh environments.
ESC video roundup: Catch up on what you missed at ESC
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
If you missed a panel or keynote at the Embedded Systems Conference this year, you can watch some of them on Embedded.com. Here's a list of what is available right now.
March averaged chips sales set record, says SIA
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
At $23.06 billion, the three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for March set a record high, exceeded expectations and was up 4.6 percent from the equivalent figure in February and up 58.3 percent from March 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
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