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Express Logic's ThreadX RTOS supports Luminary Micro's Stellaris microcontrollers
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
Express Logic's ThreadX real-time operating systems now supports Luminary Micro's Stellaris microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core.
Airbee, ZMD team on 900-MHz ZigBee technology
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
A complete reference design with the Texas Instruments' MSP430-1612 ultra-low power microcontroller was also released.
Mixed results for semi companies
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor suppliers continue to produce a mixed bag of earnings results.
Alternative computing solutions, from single cores to arrays of 'things'
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
There are many ways of performing computations, including single CPU or DSP processors (chips or cores), multiple processors, arrays of "things", and "great big piles of gates."
Details of ST's Nomadik processor disclosed
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
An STMicroelectronics executive provided a glimpse of its future Nomadik multimedia processor platform consisting of multiple CPUs, DSPs and subsystems on a single chip.
Freescale's 68K/ColdFire MPU core aims to ease 8- to 32-bit upgrade
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has developed a new 68K/Coldfire microcontroller core, that for the first time will enable OEMs to easily upgrade from 8- to 32-bit with the same on-chip peripheral functions and tools sets.
Luminary Micro adds thirteen MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M3 Core
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Luminary Micro has beefed-up its line of ARM Cortex-M3 processor-based microcontrollers with the launching of thirteen Stellaris family members and their associated development kits. The devices are all available now from $3.94 to $5.47 in 10K unit resale quantities.
Updated: AMD confirms ATI acquisition
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices confirmed on Monday (July 24) that it will acquire ATI Technologies for about $5.4 billion.
Weak microprocesor market dampens earnings picture
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Like the lazy days of summer, it has been a somewhat lackluster season so far for the electronics industry, judging from early earnings results that ranged from poor to strong.
AMD expects rebound after weak second quarter
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Declining average selling prices for high-volume desktop processors sent AMD Inc.'s sales and earnings tumbling for the second quarter of 2006.
Moto Q 'teardown' finds XScale inside
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Motorola's stylish new Q smart phone is powered by an XScale applications processor from the business unit that Intel said early this month it would sell to Marvell Technology Group for $600 million, according to a "teardown" analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Updated: Embattled Intel downgrades forecast after another weak quarter
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Struggling Intel Corp. lowered its 2006 forecast after posting sales and earnings for the second quarter that declined both sequentially and from the year-ago quarter.
TI sponsors MSP430 MCU eZ design contest
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Hoping that embedded designers will jump at a chance to showcase their talent, Texas Instruments this week (July 17-21) inaugurated its MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) eZ design contest.
Wireless ASICs bring tire pressure monitoring to the mass market
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Accidents due directly to tire blowouts have created an acute need for a low cost, low power, reliable small form factor method of monitoring vehicle tire pressures. Power optimized ASICs enable such safety improvement.
Freescale joins Fab Owners Association
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has joined the Fab Owners Association as a voting member.
Freescale adds memory, functionality to 8-bit MCU line
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
Eying applications ranging from security systems to consumer devices to ZigBee wireless designs, Freescale Semiconductor is expanding its GT family of 8-bit microcontrollers, adding more memory and more functionality.
Chartered begins 90-nm manufacturing for AMD
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has started making AMD64 microprocessors using 90-nm design rules at Chartered's 300-mm fab.
Low-end 8-bit MCUs enable high-brightness automotive LED control
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
Basic controllers cut automotive electronics cost for displays, signals, and illumination. Switched-mode regulation controls dimming while running LEDs at maximum efficiency.
16-bit MCUs add flash, wide temp range
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has beefed-up its ST10 family of 16-bit microcontrollers with four new MCUs that offer up to 832-kbytes of embedded flash memory and up to 68-kbytes of RAM.
Atmel expands line of 14- & 16-pin low power 8051-based MCUs
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has beefed-up its 8051 single-cycle core based microcontroller line with the launching of four 14-pin and two 16-pin devices. Low pin-count MCUs have emerged as a fundamental building block of many general purpose applications.
Multimedia processor brings terrestrial digital broadcast to mobile phones
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7/11/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America's SH-MobileL3V multimedia processor brings terrestrial digital broadcast capabilities to mobile phones. Packed into the CPU is a image processing engine for video recording and playback, as well as a 5-Megapixel camera-module interface.
PIC MCUs enable migration to 20-pin devices
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7/10/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has beefed-up its 20-pin PIC microcontroller line. The new PIC16F631 provides a cost-effective entry point for migration from 8- and 14-pin devices, while the PIC16F677 brings hardware I2C and SPI capability to the small flash microcontroller market.
AMD slashes 2Q sales outlook
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7/7/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices lowered its sales target for the second quarter, saying it now expects second quarter sales to be approximately $1.215 billion, down roughly 9 percent from first quarter sales of $1.332 billion.
Rowley Associates offers Evaluation Kit for Luminary Micro's ARM-based MCU
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7/5/2006   Post a comment
Luminary Micro and Rowley Associates launch CrossFire LM3S102 Evaluation Kit for Stellaris 32-bit Microcontrollers Based on ARM Cortex-M3.


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