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8-bit MCU features dual bus design for complex multi-chip A/V subsystem control
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6/30/2008   1 comment
Its dual SMBus feature, small form factor and support for a wide range of operating voltages make the SST89C58RC MCU an ideal solution for numerous applications, including HDMI, HDTVs, A/V receivers, home appliances, industrial instruments, notebook PCs, DVD players, Blu-ray players, RF modules and security applications such as fingerprint identification.
Three potential partners on Infineon's merger list
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6/30/2008   1 comment
According to media releases here, Infineon currently is examining the possibilities for a merger with three potential partners. New in this context is that apparently there is an Asian candidate.
Has auto electronics gone too far?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
6/29/2008   2 comments
While electronics systems proliferate, there are some that should have never been invented.
Robot plays air hockey
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6/26/2008   Post a comment
Nuvation's air hockey robot is a fun demo of its machine vision capabilities. The demo runs on a ColdFire processor.
Extreme design: SuitSat pushes engineers' limits
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6/26/2008   1 comment
When engineers from Microchip Technology took a routine microcontroller inquiry, little did they know they'd be embarking on a multiyear space mission that would challenge every aspect of their earthbound engineering experience, while reconnecting them with the excitement and sense of exploration that led them to choose engineering to begin with.
ARM RealView tool family supports Freescale processors
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6/26/2008   Post a comment
ARM's RealView family of development tools now provides device support for the i.MX31 processor line to enable embedded developers to start development on Freescale's multimedia applications processors quickly.
AMD delivers TeraFLOPS graphics chip
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
AMD says it has achieved two firsts in visual computing: the launch of the first teraFLOPS graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4850, and the first graphics card featuring ultra high bandwidth GDDR5 memory, the ATI Radeon HD 4870.
Leveraging Virtual Platforms for Embedded Software Validation: Part 2
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
In Part 2 of a series a case study is provided to illustrate the concepts and benefits of using a well-modeled virtual platform of a simple system-on-chip (SoC) design.
Hardware-in-the-loop simulators drive BMW Hydrogen 7 engine control development
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
Integrated software/hardware HIL testing environment facilitates "hybrid" vehicle design for performance and virtually zero emissions.
IBM, Zurich university build joint nanotech lab
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
IBM and the ETH Zürich University have agreed to jointly build a laboratory for nanotechnology research. The research activities aim at technologies for the post-CMOS era such as carbon-based materials, nano photonics, spintronics, nanowires and tribology.
Video: Thoughts on innovation from an HP CTO
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's personal systems group, shares some of his techniques for spurring innovation and his top technology concerns.
Building a software-based OpenGL GPU for safety certifiable embedded designs
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
: Mark Snyder describes a software-based graphics engine (GPU) that can run on either on an existing uni-processor as a stage in a CPU pipeline or divided into graphical partitions and assigned to spare CPUs in a multicore design.
picoPower tinyAVR MCUs target battery-based applications
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
Atmel is offering two new low power 32-pin tinyAVR microcontrollers (MCUs), the ATtiny48 and ATtiny88 devices, which have 4- and 8-Kbytes of flash memory, respectively.
Pan-European motor control seminar series
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6/23/2008   1 comment
Brushless DC Motors (BLDCs) versus Brush DC Motors" is the central discussion point of the motor control seminar series being held by Rutronik. The one-day seminars take place between September and December in seven countries at 15 locations in cooperation with the manufacturers Microchip and Vishay.
Bringing benefits oflow power cpus to modular design
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
As with other areas of commerce, the electronics industry could be described, on some level, as a complex, multifaceted system with intricate dependencies. But there is one constant in this model that has a far reaching influence, and that is the need to extract more performance at less power.
Renesas : ASSP microcontrollers suit low end motor control
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology has announced further application specific standard products (ASSP) in its R8C/Tiny series of high performance 16-bit microcontrollers.
Freescale bets heavy on embedded
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
At this week's Freescale Technology Forum, Rich Beyer laid out the corporate, business and technology plans he believes will push the company forward, including a strong emphasis on consumer electronics and embedded processing, pointed particularly at green, health and network-processing applications.
Buck-boost converters handle cold cranking in automotive electronics
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
From cold crank to load dump, buck-boost converters provide stable, steady supply voltages within the auto battery voltage range.
Video: Three months in, Freescale's new CEO speaks out
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
Well aware of the issues still facing him three months in, Rich Beyer, Freescale Semiconductor's new CEO, answers questions on how he's changing the business structure and focus and what technologies and products will propel the company forward.
Slideshow: Freescale Technology Forum
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
Our intrepid contributing editor for advance technologies R. Colin Johnson is visiting the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Americas in Orlando, Fla. to view and interact with Freescale experts.
The future according to Freescale:1,000 embedded devices per person
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Seminconductor chief technology officer (CTO) says the "Jetsons' lifestyle" is closer than you may think, and embedded processors with on-chip sensors will propel the innovations.
Understanding Class-D amplifier power supply requirements
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6/18/2008   1 comment
This article reviews the steps necessary - including equations and examples - to determine the power supply requirements for a Class-D audio amplifier.
Choosing a microcontroller and other design decisions - Part 3
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
This three-part article is abstracted from the book "Embedded Hardware Know It All", which provides a "360 degree" view from best-selling authors.
Intel, Nvidia face off at Hot Chips
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. will go head-to-head with their latest graphics architectures at the 20th annual Hot Chips conference at Stanford University which will will also showcase a handful of new media processors.
Texas Instruments goes video on Linux vs. DSP/BIOS
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments engineers have created an intertaining on-line video as well as some written material comparing Linux versus its DSP/BIOS kernel.
Freescale accelerator replaces basestation FPGAs, ASICs
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
Freescale introduces industry's first multi-standard accelerator supporting emerging wireless technologies for 3G-LTE, WiMAX, HSPA+ and TDD-LTE base stations.
IBM, Intel rise in latest Top 500 list
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
IBM and Intel share bragging rights in the latest release of the world's 500 most powerful computers. IBM broke the petaflops barrier with its Roadrunner system while Intel snagged more sockets in the Top 500 list.
Atmel debuts first MCU with FPGA interface
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
Atmel debuts an ARM7 MCU with a direct FPGA interface. Developers can program the device with existing tools; special logic manages communication between the MCU and FPGA.
Apple submits OpenCL for parallel C role
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Apple Inc. has submitted its OpenCL to the Khronos Group as a candidate for an ad hoc standard programming environment for applications running across both x86 and graphics chips.
Eight-core microprocessor boosts state-of-the-art embedded processing
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor introduces the QorIQ P4080 multicore processor " an advanced eight-core communications processor designed to set new standards for performance, power efficiency and programmability in the embedded multicore space.
Intel explores floating-body cells on SOI
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
At the 2008 Symposium on VLSI Technology in Hawaii this week, Intel Corp. is expected to revisit its research on floating-body cells (FBCs) for advanced cache designs in microprocessors.
Intel spins off solar unit
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is spinning off its assets of an internal startup business in the solar arena.
8-bit MCUs bringing platform scalability to industrial applications
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Reliable 8-bit STM8S MCU family combines processing power, on-chip true EEPROM, software and pin-out compatibility, plus peripherals common to MCU families including the STM32
AMD stream processor breaks 1-teraflop barrier
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
AMD's next-generation AMD FireStream 9250 processor accelerates scientific and engineering calculations, delivering supercomputer performance at up to eight gigaflops-per-watt.
Freescale rolls new multicore processors
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor is expanding its offerings of multicore embedded processor at both the low and high ends with the first two members of its new 45nm QorIQ family, including two new dual-core chips that consume less than 4 W and a new eight-core part hits a new performance high in a chip consuming less than 30W.
Multithreading threatens to unravel beyond 45 nm
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6/16/2008   2 comments
The EDA industry is having second thoughts about whether adding multithreading capabilities to design automation tools is the best way to exploit multicore systems. "Threads are dead," Gary Smith, founder and chief analyst for Gary Smith EDA, said at the Design Automation Conference.
Cortina to acquire Storm Semiconductor
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Cortina Systems pays undisclosed sum for Storm Semiconductor, a developer of network processors for home networking and small-medium business networks.
Slideshow: Inside Intel's research day
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6/13/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp.'s annual "research day" provided a close-up look at the chip maker's far-flung research efforts.
Quad-core Opteron processors scale up datacenters
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6/13/2008   Post a comment
AMD's latest quad-core Opteron SE processors deliver scalability and efficiency to help customers increase server densities at a low total cost.
Infineon eclipses STMicro in industrial markets, Semicast says
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6/13/2008   Post a comment
According to a recent study from market researcher Semicast (Northampton, UK), Infineon for the first time ranks number one in the industrial sector, ahead of STMicroelectronics and Renesas Technology.
Mobile DDR spurs low-cost, low-power automotive electronics designs
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6/12/2008   Post a comment
In the memory unfriendly automotive environment, designers are having to seek out more and different system memory solutions. Here's one of the newest.
Intel CTO calls for graphics shift
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6/11/2008   Post a comment
The traditional raster graphics pipeline used by companies such as Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia needs to go in favor of a new and better way to render graphics using ray tracing, said Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer, speaking at an annual gathering of Intel researchers.
Ultra-low power MCU for energy harvesting applications
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6/11/2008   Post a comment
TI launches the MSP430Fxx-MCUs featuring 160 microAmps / MHz active power consumption which enables battery life of more than 20 years and using the MCU in energy harvesting systems. IAR is the first third party toll vendor offering comprehensive tool support with its IAR PowerPac for MSP430.
Microchip : 8-bit USB microcontrollers offer a range of power-saving features
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6/10/2008   Post a comment
Microchip announces the PIC18F13K50 and PIC18F14K50, the company's lowest-cost 8-bit PIC microcontrollers for USB applications.
Enea upgrades its LINX interprocess communications protocol
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6/10/2008   Post a comment
Enea has just released the newest version of its LINX interprocess communications (IPC) services protocol, an open version of the proprietary IPC used in its operating system
The truth about last year's Xbox 360 recall
News & Analysis  
6/10/2008   11 comments
Microsoft's global recall of Xbox 360 one year ago happened because Microsoft designed the graphic chip on its own, cut a traditional ASIC vendor out of the process, and went straight to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., according to Bryan Lewis, research vice president and chief analyst at Gartner. The graphic chip turned out to be the source of the game console's heat problem.Microsoft's effort to save tens of millions dollar ASIC design cost backfired, because it ended up paying more th
IBM reports milestone for its interconnect modeling tool
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6/9/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at IBM Corp.'s Watson Research Center reported a new computational milestone for electromagnetic surface modeling, or EMSurf, full-wave electromagnetic field solver tool running in parallel mode.
Altera SOPC builder tool adds third embedded soft processor core option
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6/9/2008   Post a comment
Freescale V1 ColdFire soft core joins Altera Nios II Processor Core and ARM Cortex M1 to provide system designers maximum flexibility.
Value process speeds design of automotive interior lighting: Part 2 - The switch mode power supply solution
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6/9/2008   Post a comment
Weighting methodology quickly winnows LED current-regulation options.
Quad-core Opteron processors debut for one-socket servers, workstations
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6/9/2008   Post a comment
Addressing customer demand for higher performing, uni-processor x86 solutions, AMD introduced three quad-core AMD Opteron 1300 series processors for one-socket servers and workstations.
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