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posted in June 2006
Single-chip ICs optimize adaptive front lighting system design
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Electronic control of automotive HID headlight aiming, via stepper motors, directs beams both to minimize glare for oncoming traffic and illuminate curving roadways. But the location of the motor driver chips in the vehicle impacts system efficiency.
Atmel's AVR32 gets $499 development kit support
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Atmel is offering a $499 "program-and-go" development kit based on its AVR32-based AP7000 family of 32-bit digital signal controllers for multimedia, point-of-sale and small office/home office applications.
HiFn to close design facility, cut 22% of workforce
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Security chip provider Hifn plans to close its Carlsbad, Calif. facility and reduce its overall workforce by about 22 percent, the company said.
Secure processor touts integrated RFID
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Broadcom's BCM5890 secure processor with integrated radio frequency identification technology is designed to secure personal authentication transactions associated with physical access, logical access (into a PC or network) and contactless payment applications.
AMD, IBM climb in latest supercomputer rankings
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
AMD and IBM Corp. are on the rise while Intel Corp. declined slightly in its dominance of microprocessor technology in the latest rankings of the top 500 supercomputer systems.
TI targets digital power conversion with DSP controllers
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Targeting digital power conversion, TI's new TMS320F28015 and F28016 controllers offer 60MHz of performance starting as low as $3.25. TI also offers a new Digital Power Development Kit, supported by hardware and software.
Marvell buys Intel's handheld processor unit for $600 million
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Struggling Intel Corp. agreed to sell its communications and application processor business to Marvell Technology, a storage, communications and chip developer, for $600 million.
Tech Tutorial: Driver Assistance Systems, an introduction to Adaptive Cruise Control: Part 2
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
The second half of this series introducing Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) looks at hardware, software, and radar functionality--including handling multiple radar reflections and "ghosts."
Audio DSP aims for home theater, automotive apps
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments 8-channel TAS3108 audio DSP enables up to 7.1-channel processing in digital TVs, home theater-in-a-box systems, and automotive head units and external amplifiers. The device perform five simultaneous instructions per clock cycle and operates at 135MHz, providing a maximum of 675 MIPS.
'Teardown' finds Toshiba taking a loss on HD DVD player
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba is taking a substantial loss on sales of its new HD DVD player in hopes of buying a head start in the battle for the next generation of DVD technology, according to a "teardown" analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Report: Analyst upgrades AMD despite price war
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
A Merrill Lynch analyst upgraded the stock of microprocessor supplier Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to neutral from sell, but cautioned about competitive challenges facing the company, according to an Associated Press report.
Tech Tutorial: Driver Assistance Systems, an introduction to Adaptive Cruise Control: Part 1
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
The first installment of this primer on Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) discusses "surround sensing" and a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar as the basis of an all-weather ACC system.
Intel opens third 65nm plant, in Ireland
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has opened its next wafer fab in Leixlip, Ireland. It is the chip maker's third facility to use 65-nm process technology and reportedly the industry's first 65-nm production plant in Europe.

Emulation Extension Chip eases high-speed automotive embedded processor integration
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Debugging and calibrating are becoming more difficult as microcontroller clock speeds increase. An embedded emulation device provides designers true visibility inside highly integrated SoC microcontrollers.
Intel lures India to parallel programming
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6/16/2006   Post a comment
As it is moves to multi-core processor technology, Intel Corp. is trying to get the large Indian software development community into parallel programming.
8-bit MCUs pack Ethernet MAC/PHY, flash on single chip
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
ASIX Electronics Corp.'s AX110xx family is among the first 8-bit microcontrollers to embed 10/100Mbps fast Ethernet MAC/PHY, the TCP/IP accelerator, and flash memory on a single chip.
Timely testing avoids cosmic ray damage to critical auto electronics
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor memory failures induced by cosmic radiation must be accounted for in auto electronics design. Reliability engineers need accurate estimates of radiation sensitivity for the commercial memory devices they use.
Synopsys enhances Sentaurus TCAD software
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6/13/2006   Post a comment
Synopsys Inc. has announced the availability of a new Sentaurus TCAD release that adds process and device modeling capabilities to accelerate development of advanced technologies, as well as full support for 64-bit dual-core Intel Xeon processors.
AMD inks deal with fabless semi company
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6/13/2006   Post a comment
Microprocessor supplier AMD Inc. has entered a broad strategic relationship with fabless semiconductor Raza Microelectronics Inc. and made a strategic investment in the company.
Divining Intel's future
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6/12/2006   Post a comment
The world's largest semiconductor company is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Study: Communications driving India semi sales
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6/8/2006   Post a comment
Communication products and equipment will account for $1.8 billion, or nearly half of India's $3.8 billion in semiconductor sales this year, according to a Frost and Sullivan study commissioned by the India Semiconductor Association.
32-bit MCU family simplifies automotive audio
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6/8/2006   Post a comment
Offering About 70 percent higher speed than its previous SuperH-based MCUs, Renesas five new SH7263 devices have a 200MHz, 32-bit SH-2A CPU core with a built-in floating point unit and include a USB2.0 host interface for portable-audio-player connectivity and an LCD controller for WVGA-size color screens. They also integrate a CD-ROM decoder and additional audio peripherals.
FPGA-based accelerators boost Opteron
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6/8/2006   Post a comment
The first two companies to offer socket-compatible coprocessors for AMD64 Opteron processor sockets, DRC Computer Corp. and XtremeData Inc., are delivering programmable solutions that can accelerate time-critical algorithms.
Telematics personalize transportation for the iGeneration
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6/7/2006   Post a comment
The telematics market is still modest in size and maturity. Successes have been sporadic and widely distributed--not the optimal situation for an infrastructure that has to learn to react quickly to the growing demand for consumer and automotive convergence.
AMD to market Transmeta's Efficeon in emerging markets
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6/5/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices and Transmeta entered into an exclusive agreement under which AMD will market and provide the specialized version of Transmeta's Efficeon microprocessor in emerging markets.
April chip sales up year-to-year, flat sequentially
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6/1/2006   Post a comment
Global semiconductor sales were up 8.1 percent year-to-year in April, but down nominally from March, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Evaluation and development system supports Ramtron’s FRAM-enhanced 8051 MCU
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6/1/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron has begun offering its VersaKit-30xx, a complete and comprehensive evaluation platform that supports its new VRS51L3074, Versa 8051 MCU.


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