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8-bit MCU targets IR remote control applications
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6/30/2005   Post a comment
ZiLOG is aggressively attacking the infrared remote control market for its 8-bit microcontroller line. Check out Marty Gold's review for details of the strategy and learn about several new devices for this market.
Réponse du DG d’Intel à AMD : La société ne changera pas ses pratiques commerciales
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6/30/2005   Post a comment
Deux jours après qu’Advanced Micro Devices Inc. a porté plainte contre Intel Corp. pour pratiques déloyales, le Président-directeur général d’Intel, Paul Otellini, rétorque. Il stipule que sa société ne changera pas ses pratiques commerciales et s’attend à une décision de justice en sa faveur.
Intel CEO's response to AMD: Company won't change business practices
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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.
Money not driving lawsuit against Intel, claims AMD lawyer
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6/28/2005   Post a comment
The lawsuit filed Monday by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. alleging that Intel Corp. engaged in monopolistic activity is motivated by market share rather than financial goals, according to the lead attorney for AMD on the case.
Update: Intel, AMD primed to battle in antitrust suit
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6/28/2005   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has responded to rival microprocessor supplier Advanced Micro Device Inc.'s antitrust suit by defending its business practices, paving the way for a protracted court battle some industry observers feel could go AMD's way.
Mercury Computer to use IBM Cell technology for high-end apps
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6/28/2005   Post a comment
Mercury Computer Systems Inc. has announced it would partner with IBM to integrate the Cell microprocessor technology to build computer systems for data-intensive applications.
AMD antitrust suit alleges Intel used coercion
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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
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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.
AMD bringt schnellsten Single-Core-Prozessor
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6/27/2005   Post a comment
Mit dem Athlon 64 FX-57 bringt AMD den nach eigenen Angaben schnellsten Single-Core-Prozessor für den PC-Einsatz auf den Markt. Zielgruppe sind vor allem Hersteller von leistungsfähigen Games-PCs.
Part programmability delivers custom-standard automotive electronics
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6/24/2005   Post a comment
Engineers can design an ASIC or ASSP that meets their needs with added benefits.
Audio processor adds software for audio/video apps
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6/23/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out software libraries for its SCF5250 audio processor that will help enable new portable and automotive compressed audio and video solutions.
Freescale bleibt dem PowerPC treu
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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.
Freescale CEO reaffirms PowerPC commitment
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6/22/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Chairman and CEO Michel Mayer used the first Freescale Technology Forum to reassure developers of the chip maker's commitment to the PowerPC microprocessor.
Semtech to acquire Xemics for $43 million
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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
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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.
Single-chip image signal processor simplifies design of electronic-imaging equipment
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6/16/2005   Post a comment
Designed for use in electronic-imaging applications that employ charge coupled devices (CCDs) as their photodetector, C&D Technologies' ADCDS-1410 application specific imaging signal processor delivers 14-bit resolution and an impressive throughput rate of 10 Megapixels/sec in a functionally complete single package.
AMD : Eventualité d’une troisième usine à Dresde
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6/16/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. envisagerait l’éventualité de construire une troisième usine de plaquettes à Dresde, en Allemagne.
Inside DSP on Tools: Evaluating Software Development Tools
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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
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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
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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
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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
Updated: Chip makers gearing up to meet growing demand
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6/15/2005   Post a comment
A flurry of recent reports indicates that U.S. chip makers are preparing for growing demand by expanding their offshore manufacturing operations.
Updated: Chip makers gearing up to meet growing demand
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6/15/2005   Post a comment
A flurry of recent reports indicates that U.S. chip makers are preparing for growing demand by expanding their offshore manufacturing operations.
Inside DSP on Tools: Software Building Blocks for Signal Processing Applications
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6/15/2005   Post a comment
System developers are obtaining more and more of their signal processing software from outside sources, making off-the-shelf software building blocks a vitally important element of the software development process. In this article, we look at common types of building blocks such as function libraries, codecs, and reference designs.
Inside DSP on Tools: FPGA Tools Bridge Gap Between Algorithm and Implementation
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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
Fully synthesizable PowerPC cores and SystemC models released
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6/15/2005   Post a comment
To address demand for process-portable versions of IBM's Power Architecture cores for communications, consumer and automotive apps, Synopsys, Inc. has released fully synthesizable versions of the PowerPC 405 and 440 processors.
AMD will Dynamik der Prozessorindustrie "neu erfinden"
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6/13/2005   Post a comment
AMD macht seine Zukunft voll und ganz von seinem Abschneiden im x86-Markt abhängig. Ein zweites Prozessorstandbein komme nicht in Frage, erklärte AMD-Chef Hector Ruiz auf einer Analystenkonferenz.
AMD bets future on 64-bit processor
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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.
Freescale lance un processeur multimédia haut de gamme
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6/9/2005   Post a comment
Mettant l’accent sur la faible consommation d’énergie et la sécurité, la société Freescale Semiconductor annonce le lancement d’un processeur d’applications censé redéfinir le divertissement multimédia mobile.
Goal 'goes green' with Pb-free 8-bit MCUs
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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
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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).
Freescale wirft Mobilprozessor auf den Multimedia-Markt
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6/9/2005   Post a comment
Eine neue Prozessorplattform mit Schwerpunkt auf Energie-Effizienz stellt Freescale Semiconductor mit der Produktfamilie i.MX31x vor. Die Prozessoren sollen vor allem in portablen Multimedia-Anwendungen neue Horizonte abstecken.
Jobs confirme qu'Apple met fin à son partenariat avec IBM et utlisera les microprocesseurs d'Intel
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6/7/2005   Post a comment
Apple Computer Inc. a annoncé le 6 juin sa décision de mettre fin å son partenariat avec IBM et d'utiliser les microprocesseurs X86 d'Intel Corp. à partir de 2006.
'Intel inside' bei Apple
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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.
AMD: "Prozessorherstellung erfordert die äußerste Präzision"
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6/1/2005   Post a comment
Anlässlich der Inbetriebnahme des Halbleiter-Forschungszentrums CNT, an dem der Prozessohersteller AMD beteiligt ist, (siehe separaten Bericht) sprach EE Times.de mit AMDs Forschungs-Chef William Siegle (Bild) über das Verhältnis des Mikroprozessorherstellers zum Halbleiterstandort Dresden und üb
8-bit MCU packs USB-to-serial bridge interface
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6/1/2005   Post a comment
Running at 48 MHz, Atmel's newest 8-bit AVR microcontroller IC provides a full-speed USB slave interface, compliant to USB 2.0 specification.
Crusoe geht nach China
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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.


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