Stanford confabs explore multi-core CPUs, nets News & Analysis 7/30/2007 Post a comment The Hot Chips and Hot Interconnects conferences have posted their programs that will provide a look inside some of today's leading multi-core processors and research in on- and off-chip networks future versions of such CPUs may use.
Still dancing to Intel's tune News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment
Competing with the world's biggest semiconductor company has been brutal on Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The company's sales, profits and operating margins have weakened considerably as Intel Corp. has unleashed a barrage of next-generation process technology, R&D and manufacturing initiatives to blunt the impact of any advances AMD has made in recent years.
Reconfigurable processors 'morph' weaponry News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment Much like the consumer electronics and wireless industries, where mobile devices are king, the U.S. military is developing its own version of mobility with autonomous weapons that use less power and are able to sift through and relay large amounts of sensor data using on-board processors.
PLS rolls XC2300 tool set News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment In time for the introduction of Infineon's new XC2300 microcontroller family, tool vendor PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme (Lauta, Germany) has introduced a set of debug tools.
AMD's Ruiz: 'Customers want us to succeed' News & Analysis 7/20/2007 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said it is intensifying efforts to rebalance its cost-structure and improve profitability by adopting what chairman and CEO Hector de J. Ruiz described as an asset-lite strategy. In pursuit of that strategy, the company expects to sell some plants and equipment as well as buildings and land to raise about $1 billion.
AMD sales rise 13% on higher MPU shipment News & Analysis 7/19/2007 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s second quarter revenue rose and its net loss narrowed on a sequential basis on higher demand for the company's microprocessor products. AMD said it will continue efforts to bring down costs and reorganize its operations.
Basics of ADCs and DACs, part 1 Design How-To 7/19/2007 Post a comment Part 1 of this 5-part series introduces the concept of sampling and explains Nyquist's sampling criteria. It also shows how to use undersampling and antialiasing filters.
Designers struggle to turn on Internet TV Design How-To 7/18/2007 Post a comment Computer, set-top box and Web companies share a concept for Internet television systems that link TVs with video on the Web, but thorny problems including quality of service and to many codecs and digital rights management systems are hampering their efforts in iTV.
Intel's Otellini spells out "differences" with rivals News & Analysis 7/18/2007 Post a comment Intel Corp.'s second quarter financial results were impacted by price erosion that hurt margins as competition heated up in the microprocessor market especially in the low-end desktop and notebook markets. Paul Otellini, Intel's president and chief executive officer, makes the case for why he believes the company is better positioned than rivals to benefit from continuing unit demand even as pricing remains under pressure.
Update: Intel Q2 profit soars 44%, revenue up 8% News & Analysis 7/17/2007 Post a comment Intel Corp.'s second quarter revenue and net income improved strongly from the year-ago period on higher microprocessor sales and gains from restructuring activities. The company forecasts higher sales for the third quarter and sees further market share gains in the high-end server, desktop and professional notebook markets as it continues sampling 45-nanometer products.
Researchers call for more funds, easier immigration News & Analysis 7/17/2007 Post a comment The U.S. government needs to spend more money on long-term research and multi-disciplinary education and open its doors wider for international researchers, according to a pending report from the Presidential Commission on Advanced Science and Technology.
The Sound of Innovation at Cochlear Limited Design How-To 7/15/2007 1 comment Cochlear implants restore hearing by transmitting signals directly to the recipient's auditory nerve. Here's how Cochlear Limited uses model-based design to speed development of these remarkable devices.
Will chip marking move end teardowns? News & Analysis 7/11/2007 Post a comment If a scheme for the secret encrypted marking of chip packages were successful, would it lead to human-readable markings being left off chips entirely - possibly including even company names?
DSCs fuel the green revolution News & Analysis 7/9/2007 Post a comment
Digital signal controllers (DSCs) are a new class of processor that combines the best attributes of microcontrollers and digital signal processors (DSPs).
Advanced routing solutions for complex audio and video systems Design How-To 7/4/2007 Post a comment The introduction of new video standards, coupled with the requirement for backward-compatibility to older standards, has caused a surge in the number of inputs and outputs that AV equipment must handle, as well as increased internal signal routing between various signal processing blocks.
AMD to ship native x86 quad-core processors in August Product News 7/2/2007 Post a comment AMD's quad-core Opteron processors, code-named Barcelona, are planned for shipment in both standard and low-power versions at launch later this summer, marking the first time the chip maker has made both standard and low-power parts immediately available as part of a new processor launch.
Green Hills expands product suite to support Freescale's i.MX27 Product News 7/2/2007 Post a comment Green Hills Software Inc, announced that its product suite, including the MULTI integrated development environment, µ-velOSity royalty-free RTOS, TimeMachine tool suite, Green Hills compilers, and Green Hills Probe are now available for the Freescale i.MX27 multimedia applications processor.
Mixed-signal FPGAs provide GREEN POWER Design How-To 7/2/2007 Post a comment
Electric motors are used in nearly everything, from elevators to home appliances. In 2005, the United States consumed 4,055 billion kilowatt-hours of electrical power. More than 50 percent of this power was used in electric motors, translating into a staggering 2,000 billion kW-hr bill. Unfortunately, many of the motors in use are inefficient and waste a substantial amount of the power they consume.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 14 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 ...