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AMD's Barcelona hits 2 GHz in August
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices said it will ship in Barcelona, the industry's first native quad-core x86 processor, in August running at up to 2 GHz.
AMC reference platform runs Freescale dual-core PowerPC in target mode
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
GDA's Advanced Mezzanine Card or AMC offers Freescale's leading-edge MPC8641D on a high-performance industry-standard platform running seamlessly in target mode and supported with Linux source code.
Data compression tutorial: Part 3
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6/28/2007   1 comment
Part three of this three-part series explains how JPEG and MPEG compression work.
How to use Field-Programmable Object Arrays (FPOAs) in image processing
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Because of its high-performance, the FPOA is useful in a wide range of applications, including machine vision, professional video, medical imaging, and image processing.
Extensive IP portfolio for new 90 nm Flash-based FPGA family
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Lattice announces early availability of IP portfolio to enable rapid adoption of the 90 nm LatticeXP2 Flash-based FPGA family.
RF Design with Op Amps: Part 2
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
When high performance and stability are important in an application, op amps give the RF designer a powerful new tool in their arsenal to achieve system specifications. Read on to find out how.
ADI Engineering bases platform on Intel IXP435 network processor
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
ADI Engineering announced immediate availability of a CPU module based on the Intel IXP435 network processor.
Freescale launches multi-core communications platform
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled its Multi-core Communications Platform based on its PowerQUICC processor families. The architecture is designed to help customers more easily migrate to multi-core environments while preserving the value of legacy software investments.
Freescale's Mayer: growth is in green, baby boomers, connectivity
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry's global opportunities are shifting to "green everything," the aging population and broadband, ubiquitous connectivity, said Freescale Semiconductor CEO Michel Mayer.
Applications processor optimized for mobile consumer and industrial apps
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Freescale is offering its ARM9-driven i.MX27 processor for designers who are looking for high resolution video, security, design flexibility, power management and re-use in one general-purpose multimedia applications processor.
Freescale teams with Mocana to secure network nodes
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Freescale's PowerQuicc embedded microprocessors can now be purchased with Mocana security software preprogrammed, relieving application engineers of the chore.
Analog products target automotive engine control
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor is introducing six standard SMARTMOS analog products designed for automotive engine management applications to meet the industry's performance, fuel efficiency and environmental requirements.
Freescale flexes its muscles in 8/32-bit MCUs
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has started sampling a range of microcontrollers that it says will allow designers to upgrade easily from 8-bit to 32-bit capability with the same on-chip peripheral functions and tool sets.
Designing for a dual Galileo-based GPS system
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Global positioning system (GPS) functionality is quickly becoming a major market driver for consumer electronics applications, emerging as a primary differentiator in next-generation systems.
To save power, embedded tries multicore
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Like their microprocessor-making cousins in the X86-based PC world, suppliers of high-end embedded processors appear to be raising the white flag in the breakneck megahertz race.
14-bit A/D converter guaranteed for high-temperature apps
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2246H, a 25-Msps, 14-bit A/D converter for high temperature, high reliability data acquisition systems.
Xilinx brings FlexRay to FPGA
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6/22/2007   Post a comment
FPGA maker Xilinx has implemented FlexRay IP on its Spartan-3 Automotive FPGA family. The device interacts with the FlexRay middleware and protocol stack from Vector Informatik.
Software-Intensive ASICs/ASSPs Demand Integrated Prototyping Solutions
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6/22/2007   Post a comment
FPGA-based prototypes are an ideal software development platform for several reasons. Increased simulation speed, lower development costs, and improved quality of design.
IBM grants VeriSilicon rights to sell PowerPC processors
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6/22/2007   Post a comment
VeriSilicon Holdings Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China), which describes itself as an ASIC design foundry and semiconductor IP provider, has made a deal with IBM Corp. to offer PowerPC 405 and 440 microprocessors to its customers.
Intel tips lab-on-a-chip effort
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. disclosed that it is exploring a lab-on-a-chip technology to enable medical point-of-care diagnostics and laboratory testing.
Behind the curtain at Intel Research
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Three words sum up the dozens of research projects at the core of Intel's future microprocessors and chipsets: power, efficiency, and mobility.
ST, Freescale reinforce automotive design collaboration
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics have announced their intention to strengthen their joint design activities in the areas of automotive IP development, flash technology alignment and new product definition.
How customer-specific standard products ease mobile device design
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
The CSSP approach yields a new combination of design flexibility, rapid development, and low cost that will help ease the burden on mobile device designers.
QuickLogic expands storage solution portfolio with Compact Flash host controller
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
QuickLogic's Compact Flash host controller supports CF+ specification with memory, I/O, and True IDE mode; enables compatibility with a wide variety of aftermarket peripherals.
RF Design with Operational Amplifiers: Part I
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6/20/2007   2 comments
Want to make the jump to using op amps but just don't have the time to figure out what you need to know? Then today is your lucky day! TI's Bruce Carter steps up with a two-part series to help with an explanation on the key things RF designers need to know about using op amps.
Lattice announces uITRON RTOS support for LatticeMico32 microprocessor
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
TOPPERS open source implementation of the uITRON Real Time Operating System (RTOS) expands LatticeMico32 soft RISC processor RTOS support for embedded designers.
NXP connects cars to the outside world
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
Chip maker NXP sees multiple opportunities to create new automotive applications through the combination of diverging communications technologies. These applications center on telematics and comfort electronics. Not in all cases, however, they will help to increase the driver's comfort.
Notebooks drive up PC forecast
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
Analysis: Intel must reinvent itself
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
In many respects, Intel Corp. is unlike any other company in the electronic-components industry. Aside from its overwhelming dominance of the microprocessor sector, the company outranks its competitors in one other area: expenditures on research and development and capital equipment.
HB LED controllers are supported by visual design tool
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced a complete design solution for high-brightness (HB) LED intelligent lighting systems that offers unprecedented ease-of-use and performance.
Notebooks drive PC forecast up
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Market watcher iSuppli Corp. raised its 2007 forecast a couple notches to 11.2 percent based on stronger than expected demand for notebook computers in the first half of the year.
Interface chip drives all types of sensor combinations
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
The SSP1401 multi-channel sensor interface chip from Sensor Platforms provides a low-cost and user configurable solution for applications that require the interfacing of various combinations of single or multiple sensors.
Intel bets big on the ultramobile PC
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Envisioning a computing environment populated with devices known variously as ultramobile PCs (UMPCs), mobile Internet devices (MIDs), and even "smartphones on steroids," Intel is introducing a chip architecture to enable Internet-focused, multimedia-enhanced, handheld gadgets powered by light, cool, energy-stingy chips. It's Intel's biggest repositioning since its drive into notebook-specific processors in 2000, which led to the Centrino chip.
Fab-lite Infineon to keep up R&D spend
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Once a typical integrated device maker (IDM), Infineon Technologies AG is transforming itself into a fab-lite manufacturer – using foundry partners for a large proportion of its digital manufacturing and uses its own legacy fabs for RF, mixed-signal and more esoteric manufacturing. Christoph Hammerschmidt discussed the ramifications of this strategy with board member Hermann Eul.
Did you know?: R&D drives a giant's self-reinvention
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
In many respects, Intel Corp. is unlike any other company in the electronic-components industry. Aside from its overwhelming dominance of the microprocessor sector, the company outranks its competitors in one other area: expenditures on research and development and capital equipment.

Ada tool provider adds Java support
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Ada tool specialist DDC-I is adding Java support with Scorpion, a development suite for hard real-time applications that claims mixed language capabilities.
Tiny Nintendo DS Lite drives volume
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Nintendo is enjoying a renaissance in gaming, so it seemed like a good time to peek into its current offering in portables. While a recent Nintendo Wii teardown by Portelligent tells a fascinating story of higher-end graphics and motion-sensing controllers, the lower-profile handheld game platforms are still a big part of the company's bottom line, and they're notable for their engineering.

ST extends 32-bit ARM9-based microcontroller family
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV has unveiled a new version of its 32-bit ARM9-based STR910F Flash microcontroller family that is claimed to deliver 25 percent greater system performance.
NXP rolls fail-safe automotive chips
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Adressing increasingly complex in-car networking applications, NXP has introduced a family of fail-safe System Basis Chips (SBC), designed do communicate via LIN bus or CAN bus.
ARC buys Tenison for simulation capability
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6/15/2007   Post a comment
ARC International plc (Elstree, England), known as a supplier of configurable processor cores and subsystems, has said it has acquired Tenison Technology EDA Ltd. (Cambridge, England) system-level EDA company for about $2 million in cash.
Intel tips new details on Itanium
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will roll out next year Itanium and Xeon CPUs along with a common south bridge I/O chip using a new high-speed interconnect, beginning with the Tukwilla CPU.
Nano, MEMS are advancing energy harvesting technology
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6/14/2007   1 comment
Using nanotechnology and MEMS technology in energy harvesting applications is a work in progress that nevertheless shows huge potential, experts said.
Asustek's move to rival OLPC a 'poor strategy'
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
Although interest in cheap notebook PCs is intense, it may be a bad business decision for Asustek Computer, says one analyst.
Development kit, embedded modules feature Freescale MPC8360 processor
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
Logic Product Development has released its latest Zoom development kit and System on Module (SOM) designed around Freescale Semiconductor's MPC8360E PowerQUICC II Pro processor.
ARM Cortex-M3 core powers 32-bit MCUs
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has announced a family of 32-bit flash microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3, a core with features specifically designed for embedded applications requiring a combination of high performance, low power and cost.
Intel details R&D on multi-core
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
In a handful of recent technical papers, Intel Corp. is disclosing more details about its research into the future of multi-core processors.
Build simple and inexpensive FlexRay nodes
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
The FlexRay protocol provides time-triggered communication at rates 10 times that of CAN. With its nodes being critical pieces of the FlexRay-based design, how can an automotive electronics designer get one started?
Are PC chip sets passe?
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
A debate is heating up in some circles of the PC world about whether the venerable PC chip set will stay or fade away as process technology makes it increasingly feasible to bring its features on board the CPU.
Next billion PCs shipping soon
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
All the attention is on cell phones shipping a billion units annually, but the PC is also approaching a billion units " cumulatively over 27 years. Now the next billion are expected to ship within several years and mostly to emerging markets.
Are PC chip sets passe?
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
Process technology may mean that CPU and core logic integration is possible, but don't expect the venerable chip set to quietly fade away.
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