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DCD's D68000 IP core with Linux, MAC, and debugger
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6/30/2012   Post a comment
Digital Core Design announce a modern incarnation of the good old Motorola 68000 processor as an IP core for use in FPGAs and ASICs/SoCs.
Future of CMOS hinges on mobile apps
Blog  
6/29/2012   18 comments
This year's VLSI symposium took a hard look at the future of CMOS chip technology and concluded that its future course depends on mobile applications.
Is it real, or is it Photoshopped?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/28/2012   9 comments
These days we have all sorts of incredibly sophisticated tools at our disposal, both to create fake images and to detect them.
Firm of mature parts offers lead-free version of AMD chip
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
Rochester Electronics, a manufacturer of mature semiconductors, has created a lead-free version of the AM188EM microprocessor.
New HyperLink DSP interface FPGA core from Integre Technologies
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
Integretek core leverages proven Texas Instruments’ HyperLink technology connecting Altera and Xilinx FPGA designs to TI’s TMS320C66x multicore processors.
Mega-cool micro-design contest
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/27/2012   Post a comment
I just heard from that young man-about-town Richard Quinnell – the editor of Microcontroller Central – that he's running a micro-design contest.
Google neural network teaches itself to identify cats
Research  
6/27/2012   10 comments
Google has created a software simulation of a neural network, distributed it across 16,000 processor cores in its data centers and has used it to investigate the difference between learning from labeled data and self-taught learning.
MediaTek to bring premier smartphone features to $150 - $200 handsets
News & Analysis  
6/27/2012   13 comments
Gunning for a growing market in mid- and entry-level smartphones, MediaTek is rolling out a new dual-core mobile phone platform, offering advanced multimedia features similar to those available on high-end smartphones such as Apple’s iPhones 4.
Software extends hardware-in-the-loop real-time simulation
Design How-To  
6/25/2012   Post a comment
HIL initiative uses the latest generation of symbolic modeling technology to rapidly develop high fidelity, multi-domain models of the planetary rover subsystems.
Intel may see $2B growth beyond PCs in 2013
News & Analysis  
6/25/2012   13 comments
Next year, Intel is poised to generate $2 billion in revenues—half its expected revenue growth—from chips outside its traditional x86 PC processors, said an analyst.
Spansion's new HMI voice coprocessor
Product News  
6/22/2012   1 comment
Spansion's acoustic coprocessor leverages Nuance's voice technology to improve performance of voice applications.
GainSpan showcases expanded Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities
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6/22/2012   Post a comment
While at the Freescale Technology Forum 2012, GainSpan showcased extended capabilities, including serial to Wi-Fi, limited access point, and sensor apps.
SymTA/S supports ECU S/W dev on AURIX automotive MCUs
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6/22/2012   Post a comment
Infineon and Symtavision extend their partnership for model-based timing design and verification of multicore Engine Control Unit (ECU) software.
Mechatronic approach facilitates automotive electric motor control
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6/22/2012   Post a comment
Mechatronic control architecture simplifies the electrical distribution system, improves quality and reliability, and cuts emissions. Such an integrated and optimized system design includes sensors, actuators, mechanics, electronic components, and all the data processing signals required.
Facebook likes wimpy cores, CPU subscriptions
News & Analysis  
6/21/2012   20 comments
Facebook could be running at least in part on so-called wimpy server CPU cores by the second half of 2013 and long term wants to buy CPUs on a subscription model.
Cellular grapples with spectrum scarcity
News & Analysis  
6/21/2012   3 comments
The industry urgently needs to rally around an effort to find more spectrum and set standards for emerging broadband antennas, said speakers in the overheated mobile data market.
Samsung: 25 LTE phones in 2012, no Rel 10
News & Analysis  
6/20/2012   1 comment
Samsung will ship 25 new phones serving 13 operators of 4G LTE networks this year but it and Qualcomm will be somewhat slow off the mark to support Release 10.
Atom gets first ride in HP's CPU-agnostic server
News & Analysis  
6/19/2012   5 comments
An Intel dual-core Atom chip will be the first processor to populate a CPU-agnostic low power server Hewlett-Packard will ship before the end of the year.
Freescale adopts ARM cores in QorIQ line
News & Analysis  
6/19/2012   1 comment
Freescale will add ARM cores to its Power-based QorIQ line next year, using a new modular architecture called that can be programmed in high-level languages such as C.
Report: Renesas Mobile up for sale in re-org
News & Analysis  
6/19/2012   5 comments
Renesas Mobile, the mobile chip subsidiary of struggling Renesas Electronics, could be put up for sale as part of a previously reported re-organization. Other details that emerged in an Asahi Shimbun report included that Renesas is considering closing or selling off at least 10 of its 19 domestic manufacturing plants over the next three years.
TF2012 Day 1: Tech fest, new QorIQ processor and wireless on display
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6/19/2012   Post a comment
Day 1 of the 2012 Freescale Technology Forum kicks off with tech fest to highlight theme of Power Innovation, including new QorIQ processors, sensors and wireless. Other, sub-theme, is coming out party for new CEO, Gregg Lowe.
Whitepaper: Rapid 32-bit MCU configuration
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6/18/2012   Post a comment
As 32-bit MCUs become more complex, the degree of configurability for each general purpose input/output (GPIO) pin and peripheral increases significantly.
I love Stanley (and Stanley loves me)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/18/2012   22 comments
I'm waiting for someone to say "Excuse me, do you happen to have any jumper cables," so that I can proudly whip out my Stanley...
New NXP Cortex-M0 MCU-based lighting website
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6/18/2012   Post a comment
NXP have announced the launch of a new website dedicated to explaining how NXP LPC Microcontrollers make lighting control design easier and more cost-effective.
Optimizing FPGAs for power: A full-frontal attack
Design How-To  
6/18/2012   1 comment
This piece is a hands-on how to optimize FPGA designs for low power operation. This is a universal topic but, of course, it is really important for wireless and mobile military and aerospace applications that run on battery power. Such applications go from planes, to drones to frontline soldier communication equipment.
Cray will use Intel MIC, branded Xeon Phi
News & Analysis  
6/18/2012   2 comments
Intel’s second run at graphics got some badly needed traction as supercomputer maker Cray said it will use Intel’s Knights Corner—now Xeon Phi--in its Cascades system.
IBM re-takes lead in Top 500 computers
News & Analysis  
6/18/2012   1 comment
IBM re-took the lead on the list of the world’s Top 500 supercomputers with Sequoia, a 16.32 petaflops system packing more than 1.5 million custom Power cores.
It truly is a different world…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
6/15/2012   12 comments
While driving home from work yesterday, I heard a report on the NPR (National Public Radio) that made me think "We truly do live in a different world…"
AMD looks smart in the brain engineering era
Blog  
6/13/2012   7 comments
The formation of the Heterogeneous Systems Architecture group by AMD and friends and AMD's announcement of its licensing of an ARM core looks like a good start to a neuromorphic era.
Is there a mobile hybrid in our future?
Blog  
6/12/2012   8 comments
A recent in-depth review of Asustek’s PadFone is a good jumping off point for a broad and significant question—is there a hybrid in our mobile future?
Low-power USB-to-UART bridge controller lowers dev costs
Product News  
6/12/2012   3 comments
The EZ-USB USB-UART Bridge Controller (CY7C64225) from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. converts legacy UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter) interfaces to Full-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces.
Apple brings down ceiling on Ultrabooks
News & Analysis  
6/11/2012   19 comments
One week after Taiwan’s Computex, Apple rolled out a new line of notebooks that will bring the ceiling down on Ultrabooks and ultrathins from PC makers.
Energy Micro' free sample program for EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers
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6/11/2012   Post a comment
Samples of Gecko, Tiny Gecko, Leopard Gecko, and Giant Gecko, delivered worldwide free of charge.
Mindspeed's multi-core ARM Cortex-A-based comms processor family
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6/11/2012   Post a comment
Application- and content-aware communications processor architecture with wire-speed programmable data-path acceleration.
Automotive ultrasonic ranging: Increasing gain may not improve detection distance
Design How-To  
6/11/2012   6 comments
Depending on the noise sources, increasing the amplifier gain may not always result in the ability to detect objects farther away.
Free online training: Optimal MCU solutions for safety-critical apps
News & Analysis  
6/11/2012   2 comments
I just received notification about a free online training session coming up on Tuesday 19 June 2012.
ST opens up 28-nm, 20-nm FDSOI with GlobalFoundries
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6/11/2012   Post a comment
Chip vendor STMicroelectronics has announced that it has signed up GlobalFoundries to be an additional source of devices made using 28-nm and 20-nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) technology. As part of the same deal ST is opening up the FDSOI process to let the foundry offer the process to other customers.
Mindspeed enters comms processor fray
News & Analysis  
6/11/2012   7 comments
Mindspeed injected a handful of new cores into its second-generation Comcerto family to create a comms processor to compete with giants such as Broadcom and Freescale.
Can you beat these bagpipe jokes?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/9/2012   42 comments
when I was reading this month's issue of the Reader's Digest, I spotted a great bagpipe joke as follows...
Ray Bradbury RIP
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/8/2012   9 comments
As you've doubtless heard by now, one of the all-time Science Fiction "Greats" – Ray Bradbury – passed away a couple of days ago on June 5, 2012.
TI adds support for Android 4.0 to Sitara ARM processors
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6/8/2012   Post a comment
A new software development kit (SDK) from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) brings Android 4.0 to TI’s Sitara AM335x and AM37x ARM-Cortex-A8 processors.
The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/8/2012   36 comments
I just received a photo of the Transit of Venus from "Down Under" (Australia), which – and don’t ask me how – lead me to the idea of forming a not-so-secret society…
Why everyone needs a good proofreader…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/8/2012   8 comments
I wanted THAT comma just where I put it, for gosh sakes!
How to track your engineering tools
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/7/2012   7 comments
This is going to blow one reader's socks off, because he emailed this question to me just 1 minute ago and I hope to post my response blog in under 5 minutes…
Mobile data flood spurs network innovations
News & Analysis  
6/6/2012   1 comment
Cellular enterprise networks, Cloud RAN, carrier Wi-Fi based on 802.11ac and other innovations are shaking up otherwise slow moving wireless carrier networks.
Getting wired: Q&A with Ericsson’s CTO
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
During a trip to San Francisco, Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talked about the company’s push into edge routers, carrier Wi-Fi and growing interest in OpenFlow.
GE SBCs feature dual core 3rd Gen Intel core processors
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6/4/2012   Post a comment
GE Intelligent Platforms has announced that dual core versions of its rugged single board computers (SBCs) based on quad core 3rd Generation Intel Core processors are available.
Toshiba ARM Cortex-M0 MCU optimized for smart meters
Product News  
6/4/2012   2 comments
Low-power 32-bit device combines ARM Cortex-M0 core with on-board peripherals dedicated to smart meter designs
EM Microelectronic's EM9301 low energy Bluetooth controller
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6/4/2012   Post a comment
EM Microelectronic announces the EM9301, the world’s lowest voltage Bluetooth low energy controller.
SparkFun's ProtoSnap Line Gets Wheels with MiniBot
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6/4/2012   Post a comment
MiniBot offers users an easy, affordable introduction to robotics


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