8-bit MCU features dual bus design for complex multi-chip A/V subsystem control Product News 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.
Robot plays air hockey Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 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 Teardown 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.
AMD delivers TeraFLOPS graphics chip Product News 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.
IBM, Zurich university build joint nanotech lab News & Analysis 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.
Pan-European motor control seminar series News & Analysis 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 Design How-To 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.
Freescale bets heavy on embedded News & Analysis 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.
Video: Three months in, Freescale's new CEO speaks out News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
Intel, Nvidia face off at Hot Chips Product News 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.
IBM, Intel rise in latest Top 500 list News & Analysis 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.
Freescale rolls new multicore processors Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
Intel CTO calls for graphics shift Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
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
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...