Intel CEO's response to AMD: Company won't change business practices News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment Two days after Advanced Micro Devices Inc. filed an antitrust suit against Intel Corp. accusing its archrival of unfair business practices, Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini fired back, stating the company would not change its business practices and expects any court decision to be resolved in its favor.
AMD antitrust suit alleges Intel used coercion News & Analysis 6/28/2005 Post a comment AMD has filed an antitrust suit against Intel alleging that its arch-rival has been operating an unlawful monopoly in the x86 microprocessor market and that it has been coercing computer makers, distributors, small system builders and retailers from dealing with AMD.
PDA has power of PC in hand Teardown 6/27/2005 Post a comment We've all heard the line about having more processing power in your palm than companies had years ago in multiple computer rooms. This certainly holds true for the Hewlett-Packard iPAQ 4355, jam-packed with features and sporting a qwerty keyboard, a 3.5-inch QVGA display, Bluetooth, 802.11b and IrDA communications, and the Microsoft PocketPC operating system-all built around a 400-MHz Intel Xscale microprocessor.
Freescale bleibt dem PowerPC treu Product News 6/23/2005 Post a comment Wer sich nach dem Wechsel von Apple Computer ins Intel-Lager um die Zukunft von PowerPC-Prozessoren sorgt, kann aufatmen. Auf dem Freescale Technology Forum beruhigte Freescale-CEO Michel Mayer höchstpersönlich die Gemüter: Die PowerPC-Roadmap des Chipherstellers bleibt intakt.
Semtech to acquire Xemics for $43 million News & Analysis 6/20/2005 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor supplier Semtech Corp. has announced plans to acquire Xemics SA, a fabless developer of ultra-low power analog, radio frequency and digital ICs, for $43 million in cash.
MCU and networking chipset module target ZigBee apps Product News 6/17/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments has teamed-up with Ember Corp. to launch a microcontroller and networking chipset module for the ZigBee wireless sensing and control market. TI provides its MSP430F161x series of microcontrollers while Ember provides its EM2420 802.15.4/ZigBee-compliant semiconductor platform.
Inside DSP on Tools: Evaluating Software Development Tools Design How-To 6/15/2005 Post a comment These days, "development infrastructure"--including tools, software component libraries, on-chip debug capabilities, and development boards--is a key factor in the selection of hardware. Development infrastructure is a critical consideration when choosing which type of processing engine to use: whether it's a general-purpose processor or DSP, for example, or maybe an alternative technology, such as an FPGA. Good tools can make the difference between a system that gets to market on budget and on
Application processors use ARM11 for multimedia Product News 6/15/2005 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has turned to the popular ARM11 processor core for its new 532 MHz i.MX31 and i.MX31L line of multimedia processors. The two units are said to be able to maximize the effective cycles per instruction (eCPI) for power-performance mobile entertainment solutions.
Inside DSP on Tools: Tools Make the Difference Design How-To 6/15/2005 Post a comment Ten years ago, most engineers choosing a processor for a signal processing application paid scant attention to the quality of the development tools. Times have changed. The best tools have sophisticated, specialized features tuned specifically for developing signal processing software. Developers are increasingly relying on these features to help them write and optimize their signal processing software more efficiently. As a result, engineers today consider software development tools to be as
Inside DSP on Tools: Languages for Signal Processing Software Development Design How-To 6/15/2005 Post a comment One of the first steps in the software development process is choosing the development language. Not too long ago, the choice of language was simple: only assembly language was efficient enough to meet the demands of most signal processing applications. Now that processors are faster, memories are larger, and compilers are better, there are higher level language choices. This article looks at the advantages and trade-offs of languages for signal processing software development--starting at the
Inside DSP on Tools: FPGA Tools Bridge Gap Between Algorithm and Implementation Design How-To 6/15/2005 Post a comment Implementing an algorithm on an FPGA requires much greater design effort compared to a DSP or general-purpose processor. Efficient FPGA implementations involve many subtle design choices and complex tradeoffs. In addition, the languages and tools traditionally used for FPGA design are unfamiliar to most DSP engineers. Fortunately, FPGA vendors and several tools vendors now provide high-level tools aimed at implementing signal processing algorithms on FPGAs while maintaining an intuitive represe
AMD bets future on 64-bit processor News & Analysis 6/10/2005 Post a comment AMD Inc. told analysts the microprocessor maker's future success hinges primarily on improving the power handling and processing capabilities of its 64-bit x86 platform while seeking to leverage the platform for a wider range of computing applications.
Goal 'goes green' with Pb-free 8-bit MCUs Product News 6/9/2005 Post a comment Goal Semiconductor said all of its flash 8051-based microcontrollers are now RoHS-compliant. In line with its 'go green' initiative, Goal's VERSA Microcontroller Families of low-cost, drop-in replacements for industry standard MCUs now meet RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standards.
8-bit MCUs target cost sensitive apps Product News 6/9/2005 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor is targeting cost sensitive applications in consumer electronics, industrial control and automotive systems with the latest addition to its 8-bit MC68HC08 Q family of microcontrollers (MCUs). The new MC908QB8 is available now in production quantities. Suggested resale price per unit in 10,000-piece quantities is $1.48 (USD).
'Intel inside' bei Apple News & Analysis 6/6/2005 Post a comment Apple Computer wird voraussichtlich heute eine wichtige Weichenstellung bekannt geben: Künftig wird das Unternehmen nicht mehr die PowerPC-Prozessoren von IBM einsetzen, sondern welche von Intel.
Crusoe geht nach China News & Analysis 6/1/2005 Post a comment Der bedrängte Prozessorhersteller Transmeta hat Pläne bekannt gegeben, seine Prozessortechnologie Crusoe auf Basis der x86-Architektur an das Hongkonger Unternehmen Culture.com zu veräußern. Der Wert des Deals wird auf 15 Millionen Dollar geschätzt.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.