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Aurix architecture enhances power train and safety applications
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5/31/2012   1 comment
Infineon recently introduced its 32-bit multicore architecture Aurix. This new high-performance MCU platform meets the requirements for automotive power train and safety applications. The first devices based on three TriCore cores not only excel with outstanding performance data but also with sophisticated test and debug tools.
Marvell wins as Dell starts shipping ARM-based servers
News & Analysis  
5/30/2012   7 comments
Dell Inc. said it has started shipping server computers called Copper based on the ARM processor architecture to selected customers. The servers are based on Marvell's quad-core Armada XP SoC products.
One way to honor the inventor of the TV remote control
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/27/2012   6 comments
The Clicker is an all-in-one uber-gadget that fuses the remote control with the ever-important bottle cap opener…
Parallax releases four exciting new products!
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5/27/2012   Post a comment
I just received jolly friendly email from Lauren Davis, who is the Marketing Manager at Parallax. Lauren was keen for me to share some news…
Energy Micro and Spectrum Design Solutions to offer energy-efficient wireless designs
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5/27/2012   2 comments
The folks at Energy Micro develop energy-friendly MCUs and RF transceivers based on the ARM Cortex processor core.
TI announces new DSP software and development kit
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5/27/2012   Post a comment
Jump-start real-time signal processing for biometric analytics apps; Scalable dev platform features embedded analytics for apps that require fingerprint recognition and face detection.
Renesas still struggling with restructuring plan
News & Analysis  
5/24/2012   6 comments
Japanese chip maker Renesas again finds itself at a crossroads as it struggles to come up with a restructuring plan that would ensure its survival.
ARM CTO looks at architecture scaling for 2020 solutions
News & Analysis  
5/24/2012   11 comments
Anticipating the propagation of the Internet of things, Mike Muller, chief technology officer at ARM Ltd., discussed the needs for architecture scaling at the annual IMEC Technology Forum this week at the Square meeting center in Brussels, Belgium.
Software, the last frontier for ultra-low-power microcontroller performance
Design How-To  
5/23/2012   1 comment
TI’s ULP Advisor code analysis software tool for MSP430 microcontrollers can help developers learn ultra-low-power coding best-practices.
TCL to launch motion-controlled Android TV first in China
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5/23/2012   5 comments
Among the most common misconceptions about China's CE market is that the role of local vendors is to build cut-rate TV sets sold at lower prices that Chinese consumers can afford.
HTC dials in to Taiwan’s 4G battle
Blog  
5/23/2012   2 comments
HTC launched its first WiMax phone for Taiwan, providing much needed ammunition for two service providers trying to make a go of the underdog 4G technology.
Is it true? Embedded MCU designers learning FPGAs?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2012   11 comments
Over the last few weeks I’ve been asking my microcontroller friends what they know about FPGAs; the results certainly surprised me…
How's this for adroit engineering?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/21/2012   4 comments
Algorithm detects drowsy driving.
Inexact processor is more power efficient
Research  
5/21/2012   11 comments
Processing circuitry that has been designed to allow imprecision has been shown to be 15 times more power efficient than conventional circuitry at performing some tasks. The technique is particularly applicable in audio and graphical subsystems and such circuits could start showing up in hearing aids and tablet computers in 2013, researchers said.
AMD plugs Trinity into embedded systems
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5/21/2012   2 comments
AMD announced a family of up to eight embedded processors based on its new Trinity integrated x86 and graphics chip and a handful of users packing them into systems.
OMG – I want my own VGo robot avatar!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/18/2012   12 comments
Is this all “pie-in-the-sky”? No – it’s happening here and now!
Report: ARM aims to take 20% of notebook PC market
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5/18/2012   11 comments
Warren East, CEO of processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc, has said he expects companies making processors based on the ARM cores will take between 10 and 20 percent of the notebook PC market in 2014 or 2015, according to a Dow Jones report. That would be much higher penetration than Intel would make into the smartphone market, the report also quoted East saying.
Silicon Labs’ flexible 8-bit and 32-bit MCU die sales program
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
I just heard from the folks at Silicon Labs about their new, customer-friendly microcontroller die sales program.
The automotive graphical user interface—compromise or opportunity?
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Traditional automotive switch, button, and analog gauge HMIs are becoming GUIs (graphical user interfaces) offering enormous flexibility. The scope and variety of information that can be displayed are almost limitless and can be changed dynamically while in use.
Book Review: Shakespeare – The World as Stage by Bill Bryson
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
5/16/2012   11 comments
This is an interesting and informative book that had me rolling on the floor laughing…
Fast models of MIPS’ new Aptiv-generation processor cores from Imperas
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
Released by Imperas and Open Virtual Platforms (OVP), these fast processor models have been developed under the MIPS-Verified program.
Open Virtual Platforms Selected by EU research project
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
OVP ease-of-use fast processor model of ARM processor key in decision process
AMD’s fires Trinity in x86 notebook battle
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5/15/2012   6 comments
AMD launched its 32nm Trinity CPUs with upgraded x86 and graphics cores going head-to-head in notebooks and desktops with Intel’s 22 nm Ivy Bridge CPUs.
Intel drives Xeon server CPU to 17W
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5/14/2012   5 comments
Intel launched the first server CPUs using its 22 nm tri-gate technology, including a new 17W part aimed geared for micro-servers that compete with ARM-based servers.
STMicroelectronics and IS2T Perfect Java Platform for STM32
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5/14/2012   Post a comment
Design tool collaboration with Java specialist brings up-to-the-minute look and feel to appliances and industrial electronics.
The most beautiful words in the English Language are...
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/14/2012   32 comments
This is the sort of thing that, once you see it, you can’t fail to have your own thoughts and suggestions...
Reversal from the foundry model back to IDM?
Blog  
5/11/2012   12 comments
One can't avoid the question: Are we facing a dramatic reversal of the trend from the Foundry model back to the IDM model?
Four reasons why MIPS new cores may make it relevant again
News & Analysis  
5/11/2012   18 comments
Here’s the $64,000 question is: If you are already an ARM licensee (most likely you are, if you are in the mobile market), why even consider licensing MIPS now?
It's a vision thing – creating an optical computer memory
Design How-To  
5/11/2012   1 comment
I have been pondering optical methods to store and display information for a HRRG (Heath Robinson/Rube Goldberg) Computer...
MIPS challenges ARM's Cortex with Aptiv launch
Product News  
5/11/2012   5 comments
In a move reminiscent of ARM's three-tiered Cortex product launch, processor IP licensor MIPS has introduced three families of Aptiv processor cores.
MIPS introduces new Aptiv generation of processor cores
Product News  
5/10/2012   6 comments
MIPS raises the performance bar with its new microAptiv, interAptiv, and proAptiv processor families.
STMicroelectronics begins volume production of STM32 F0 MCUs
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5/10/2012   Post a comment
High-volume availability, plus engineering essentials leveraging STM32 ‘DNA’, catalyzes design starts with advanced ARM Cortex-M0 family
Microchip's selector app makes it easy to find MCUs and other chips
Product News  
5/10/2012   1 comment
Microchip’s Mobile Web Site and Product Selector App make it easy to browse Microchip.com and find Products On the Go
Energy Micro EFM32 Gecko MCU powers dive computer
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5/10/2012   Post a comment
The SCUBAPRO Meridian features a 32-bit energy efficient EFM32 Gecko Microcontroller from Energy Micro for its advanced diving algorithms.
Tensilica and VWorks to provide virtual prototyping platforms
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5/10/2012   Post a comment
Partnership will accelerate system and embedded software development by delivering Tensilica Xtensa DPU virtual platforms powered by VWorks
Teardown Report: Chevy Volt's electronic secrets
Design How-To  
5/10/2012   3 comments
Beyond battery chemistry, and electric propulsion and control, this enhanced-range electric vehicle was designed for upgrades, ruggedness, and diagnostics—with attention to quality in its construction.
ARM dominates 10B unit CPU core market
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5/10/2012   2 comments
ARM won 78 percent of the 10 billion chips using merchant CPU cores in 2010, as shadows gather over rival MIPS Technologies, according to a Linley Group report.
New generation RISC processing power - Green technology engenders new business opportunities
Design How-To  
5/8/2012   1 comment
Companies dealing with RISC computing solutions are reaping the full benefits of today’s trend. What is the current status of Advantech’s efforts in RISC-based computing development? The article uses some simple ideas to help everyone have a clear picture of RISC product features.
Microsoft joins Micron memory cube effort
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5/8/2012   Post a comment
Microsoft became the seventh core member of the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium led by Micron and Samsung, a sign of the concept’s broad technical implications.
Project e-smart, Pt. 2: Vehicle controls, modeling, and simulations
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5/8/2012   Post a comment
Converting a Smart ForTwo into an EV includes planning and specifying requirements for the electric vehicle, electric components selection, and E/E-architecture and control software design as well, as implementation of hardware and software by students of the University of Stuttgart. This part describes the vehicle control system; measurements, modeling and simulation of the vehicle; and an outlook on future EV issues.
Project e-smart, Pt. 1: Students convert Smart car into an EV
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5/7/2012   Post a comment
Vehicle conversion including planning and specifying requirements for the electric vehicle, electric components selection, and E/E-architecture and control software design as well, as implementation of hardware and software by students of the University of Stuttgart.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto go camping...
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/7/2012   19 comments
When I was a young kid in England, I used to love the black-and-white American TV program called The Lone Ranger...
ESC Silicon Valley videos from NXP now posted
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5/7/2012   Post a comment
One video that immediately caught my eye was about an Angry Birds slingshot, but there's a bunch of other stuff that will doubtless keep me busy for ages...
COM Express modules with quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core processors
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5/6/2012   Post a comment
MSC Vertriebs GmbH presents the first COM Express modules based on the 3rd generation Intel Core processor family (formerly codenamed 'Ivy Bridge').
Credit-card sized COM module for rapid development of ultra-small embedded solutions
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5/6/2012   Post a comment
VIA Technologies has launched its latest COM Express module for small embedded systems.
Quad-core 22nm Core i7 processor technology comes to the embedded space
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5/6/2012   Post a comment
Kontron has announced support for the quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors across seven embedded computing platforms.
Automotive application processor integrates remote-control technology, enabling safe use of smartphone-based in-vehicle infotainment
Product News  
5/5/2012   1 comment
STMicroelectronics and RealVNC integrate safe use of phone apps at the wheel.
Unveiling the next generation of wireless apps with FRAM-based MCUs
Design How-To  
5/4/2012   2 comments
This article explores design challenges and the unique features FRAM offers as a memory alternative for embedded wireless applications.
Clipix – is this the tool we've all been waiting for?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/3/2012   11 comments
The Web has become an indispensable tool. The only problem is keeping track of all the places you've been and the things you've seen.
TSMC pushes 28-nm Cortex-A9 dual-core to 3.1-GHz
News & Analysis  
5/3/2012   9 comments
Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has announced it has made a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor test chip in its 28-nm high-performance mobile CMOS process that it has run at a 3.1-GHz clock frequency under typical operating conditions.
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