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SRAM-based digital signal controllers target embedded control
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6/30/2004   Post a comment
Marty Gold reviews TI's new TMS320R2811 and R2812 digital signal controllers that offer 150MIPS of 32-bit DSP performance with price tags starting at under $10 in volume quantities.
Freescale boosts automotive performance potential with S12X MCU
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6/30/2004   Post a comment
Freescale's MC9S12X MCU targets the automotive industry with a unique architecture that employs a coprocessor to off-load the main CPU of such tasks as basic gateway activity, messaging and CAN functionality. Marty Gold reviews this new 16-bit MCU entry.
TI et ARM s’associent pour sécuriser les transactions sans fil
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6/30/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. et ARM Ltd. regroupent leurs technologies respectives Omap et TrustZone afin de développer un système fondé sur les semi-conducteurs pour des transactions sans fil sécurisées.
ZiLOG Offers In-Circuit Emulator Kit for Z8 Encore! 64K Family of 8-bit Microcontrollers
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
ZiLOG, Inc. is offering a high-end development tool that emulates its Z8 Encore! 64K series of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs).
Intel rolls first 64-bit server CPU
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
Answering the competitive threat from Advanced Micro Devices, Intel Corp. officially rolls out Monday (June 28) its first X86 processor capable of handling 64-bit data.
VIA's x86 MPUs supports Windows CE 5.0
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
VIA Technologies, Inc, is now supporting Microsoft Windows CE version 5.0 embedded operating system, formerly codenamed "Macallan", with dedicated technical compatibility and full driver support.The VIA move further substantiates the migration of x86 processors into the embedded space.
Intel finds flaw in some new chip sets
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is recalling an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the pre-release shipments of its latest desktop chip sets after it found a manufacturing flaw that could make some systems hang up or fail to boot.
AMD forms Japan engineering lab for mobile chips
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6/24/2004   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has opened an engineering laboratory in its Tokyo office that is intended to help AMD penetrate low-power portable equipment market.
Intel baut Centrino-Spektrum aus
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6/24/2004   Post a comment
Mit der Einführung neuer Centrino-Prozessoren erweitert Intel sein Angebot für preiswerte Notebook-Rechner.
Intel élargit sa gamme de microprocesseurs mobiles Centrino
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6/24/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. a élargi sa gamme de microprocesseurs mobiles Centrino afin de réduire le coût des ordinateurs portables, a annoncé la société mercredi (23 juin).
Microchip adds twelve devices to PIC MCU line
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6/23/2004   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its line of PIC flash microcontrollers with the launching of twelve devices. Included are four 64- and 80-pin devices targeting cost-constrained applications requiring additional I/O, such as industrial, computing, telecommunications and consumer.
Renesas processor support VoIP applications
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6/23/2004   Post a comment
Marty Gold reviews the latest 32-bit RISC MPU from Renesas Technology. The device is optimized for use with VoIP equipment including analog telephone adapters, routers and home gateway servers.
Student team's robot safely detects land mines
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6/22/2004   Post a comment
Johns Hopkins University engineering students recently completed a remote-controlled robot that can find land mines in rugged terrain and mark their location by spraying paint.
MIPS Consumer Audio platform boasts comprehensive solution
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6/22/2004   Post a comment
Marty Gold reviews MIPS consumer audio platform that gives SOC designers the flexibility to run audio algorithms on the host CPU or in a dedicated MIPS RISC co-processor.
One button reset control turns microprocessor on and off
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6/21/2004   Post a comment
Even sitting in a drawer, your MP3 player still east power. To save battery life, it's best to turn off the central processor as well as its peripherals and power supply components, a Maxim guru says. Here's a one-button circuit for turning the whole thing off.
Mobile Media Processors - for mobile phones and PDAs
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6/20/2004   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics introduced two advanced Mobile Media Processors (MMPs) for mobile phones and other handheld devices. The MMPs (MB86V00 & MB86V01) incorporate MPEG-4 and JPEG hardware encoding and decoding functionality. They include two-dimensional and three-dimensional (2D/3D) graphics accelerators with a 24bpp display controller.
8-Bit Microcontroller - with Flash memory
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6/20/2004   Post a comment
NEC Electronics announced the Kx1+ Series, the newest 8-bit member of the K_Line microcontroller (MCU) family. The 78K0/Kx1+ Series represents the first 8-bit MCUs offered by NEC Electronics to employ single-voltage Flash memory, adopting SuperFlash technology licensed from Silicon Storage Technology.
Flash Microcontroller - with extended CAN capabilities
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6/20/2004   Post a comment
Atmel Corp announced the ATCAN1m128, an 8-bit AVR® Flash microcontroller with extended CAN (Controller Area Network) capabilities. The device combines 16 MIPS processing speed with a rich feature set and is perfectly suited for many CAN networking and industrial applications, including factory and building automation, medical equipment, marine networking and print media.
ADPCM processor - with conferencing and echo cancellation
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6/20/2004   Post a comment
New from Steadlands is the Atelic AT1004, a four full-duplex channel, ADPCM processor with conferencing and echo cancellation capabilities. Following the G.726 ITU Standard for ADPCM compression for 40k, 32k, 24k and 16k bitrates with selectable µ-law and A-law input/output, the AT1004 uses the command serial interface to enable each individual half-channel to be independently configured for ADPCM conferencing and echo cancelling features.
Intel rolls new Pentium 4, PCI Express chip sets for desktops
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
As expected, Intel Corp. is rolling out this month its first desktop chip sets to use the PCI Express bus.
Intel Expands Mobile Processor Offerings For Mainstream And Value Market Segments
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
Intel introduced four processors for mobile PCs. The enhanced capabilities of these processors will enable end users to enjoy great mobile performance and extended battery life in thin-and-light notebooks.
MIPS Technologies Offers Industry's Highest Performing 32-Bit Cores For General Availability and Licensing
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies announced that the highest performing 32-bit synthesizable processor core family in the embedded market has been released for general availability and licensing by OEMs and semiconductor companies.
Configurable Processor - offers industry's highest performance
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
Tensilica unveiled its next-generation Xtensa® LX configurable processor, the highest performance processor core on the market, featuring both higher computational throughput and dramatically higher I/O bandwidth. This record-breaking performance, combined with Tensilica's patented automated design and development environment, makes Xtensa LX the only processor fast and flexible enough to replace register transfer logic (RTL) design methodologies in System-on-Chi
Tarari gains $13.8 million in second-round funding
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6/16/2004   Post a comment
Tarari Inc. completed its second-round Series B financing, picking up $13.8 million in Series B funding led by Morgan Stanley Venture Partners.
Einfach-Mikrocontroller ersetzt Standard-Logik
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6/15/2004   Post a comment
Mit ihren kleinen Abmessungen und ihrem einfachen Aufbau sollen die neuen Mikrocontroller des des US-Halbleiterherstellers Microchip Technology die Einsatzbereiche dieser Spezies zum Low end hin ausdehnen. Der Hersteller sieht Anwendungsmöglichkeiten etwa im Ersatz mechanischer Timer oder als "elektronischer Kitt", um Logikgruppen miteinander zu verbinden.
Intel-Cheftechniker: Chipdesign muss neu überdacht werden
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6/11/2004   Post a comment
Eine grundlegende Reform von Tools und Designmethoden fordert Intels Cheftechnologe Pat Gelsinger. Hintergrund ist die noch nie dagewesene Komplexität der Elektronik.
ARM's AXI System Components target SoC designs
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6/9/2004   Post a comment
ARM has begun licensing a set of three IP system components for its ARM11-class processor cores that use the AMBA AXI bus interface specification. Together, the new component cores form a backplane from the CPU core through the cache and memory controllers, to external memory.
EU läßt Intel-Untersuchung aufleben
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6/9/2004   Post a comment
Die Europäische Kommission hat eine drei Jahre alte Untersuchung von Intels Geschäftspraktiken wieder aufgenommen. Angeblich liegen neue Beschwerden über einen Mißbrauch der dominierenden Marktstellung vor.
Microchip squeezes 8-bit MCU into a six pin package
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6/8/2004   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has unveiled an 8-bit MCU crammed into a tiny six-pin package, a device the company hopes will usher in a bevy of "disposable" digital applications.
8-bit MCUs pack two A/D converters
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6/8/2004   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics newest 8-bit microcontrollers with two A/D converters on chip, goes for less than $2 per unit in large volumes of 10,000 pieces.
ST annonce un nouveau processeur en bande de base pour applications sans fil
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6/8/2004   Post a comment
Le fabricant franco-italien de semi-conducteurs, STMicroelectronics, a présenté mardi (8 juin) un nouveau processeur en bande de base multimode pour réseaux locaux sans fil, le STLC8201. Née de l’association de ce processeur et de l’émetteur-récepteur bi-bandes RF pour réseaux locaux sans fil STLC8100, la nouvelle plate-forme de la série STLC8000 devrait permettre de « réaliser à faible coût » divers systèmes basés sur la norme IEEE802.11a/b/g, tels que des passerelles ADSL sans fil, des routeur
AMD postioniert Prozessor gegen Celeron
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6/7/2004   Post a comment
Mit einer neuen Prozessorlinie will Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) gegen Intels Entry-Level-Prozessorfamilie Celeron antreten. Mit der 'Sempron'-Familie zielt das Unternehmen auf den 'preisbewußten PC- und Notebook-Käufer'.
Intel targets three processors for embedded market
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6/7/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. unveiled three new embedded processors just weeks after rolling out the non-embedded versions of the same processors. The three new embedded products, introduced at Computex Taipei 2004 in Taiwan, include the Pentium M 745, the Celeron M for telecommunications and the PXA270 for embedded.
La concurrence s’intensifie sur le marché des microprocesseurs Power PC X86 intégrés
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6/4/2004   Post a comment
La concurrence s’est intensifiée la semaine dernière sur les marchés des processeurs X86 et PowerPC intégrés et déjà les critiques fusent de partout.
Processor companion uses tough, endurable Ferro Electric technology
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6/3/2004   Post a comment
Ferro Electric NovRAM Now in Processor Companion
April's global chip sales up 36.7%
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6/2/2004   Post a comment
The three-month average of global semiconductor sales rose to $16.94 billion in April, a sequential increase of 4.1 percent from the $16.275 billion reported in March and a 36.7 percent increase from April 2003. From London, Peter Clarke filed this report.
Inside DSP on Low Power: How Low Can You Go?
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Like many consumers, I want portable electronic products to offer both more features and good battery life. These dual expectations make designing a low-power consumer device difficult.
LSI Logic's DSP core targets high volume apps
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
LSI Logic has expanded its ZSP DSP core family with the launching of its new ZSP200, targeting high volume, cost sensitive SoC solutions. LSI is pitching the ZSP200 as the core that fills the processing gap between hardwired logic and general purpose processors.
Inside DSP on Low Power: Long Live the Battery
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Low-power signal processing applications are booming. In this article, we present an overview of the market and technology trends behind this growth. We highlight developments in consumer electronics, medical devices, and military applications, and we take a close look at developments in the cell phone market.
Microchip adds flash program memory to its PIC MCU line
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. is enabling users of its Baseline one-time programmable microcontrollers the ability to migrate to MCUs with flash program memory with the launching of five PIC 8-bit flash based MCUs.
Inside DSP on Low Power: Processors for Low-Power Signal Processing
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Processors typically play a key role in determining products' battery life. This article evaluates the options for low-power signal processing applications in terms of speed, energy efficiency, and other metrics. We take a particularly close look at a new category of chips known as "application processors."
DSP core gets mobile media upgrade
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Intent on enhancing wireless multimedia and modem processing, StarCore LLC has equipped the latest version of its digital signal processor architecture with 25 new instructions, a partially interlocking pipeline, memory protection, and an extended interrupt scheme.
ADI rolls voice-enabled network processor
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
On May 24 Analog Devices unveiled a network processor that combines packet, voice, firewall, and security processing in a single package, a chip that ADI says will deliver a smaller footprint to multi-service and gateway system designs.
Inside DSP on Low Power: Designing Low-Power Signal Processing Systems
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
A variety of design techniques can reduce energy consumption in a signal processing system. These range from low-power chip fabrication techniques to energy-aware software design. In this article, we explain a variety of approaches and examine the merits of each approach.
Inside DSP on Low Power: Processor Power Consumption
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Processor vendors typically supply power consumption data in their data sheets. However, numerous factors may make these power figures irrelevant for your application. In this article we introduce important concepts that will help you move past the data sheets and accurately project processor power consumption for your application.
Toshiba to promote MeP core with tool vendors, design houses
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Toshiba intends to offer the MeP processor core as IP in hopes of making it a de facto standard embedded processor for multimedia applications. Toshiba's attempt to promote its Media embedded Processor (MeP) as an embedded core will include 12 partners from the ranks of tool venders, design houses and IP providers such as Red Hat, CoWare, Celoxica, and Synopsis.
Intel targets three processors for embedded market
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. unveiled three new embedded processors June 2. The three new embedded products include the Celeron M and the PXA270. The company said the Celeron M will be aimed at wireless and wireline infrastructure, while the PXA270 will serve in graphics-rich applications such as personal media players and navigation devices.
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