Secure processor touts integrated RFID Product News 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.
Audio DSP aims for home theater, automotive apps Product News 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.
Report: Analyst upgrades AMD despite price war News & Analysis 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.
Intel opens third 65nm plant, in Ireland News & Analysis 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.
Synopsys enhances Sentaurus TCAD software News & Analysis 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.
Study: Communications driving India semi sales News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times