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Infineon samples automotive microcontrollers
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7/31/2007   Post a comment
Infineon's 32-bit MCUs for safety automotive systems feature a high-performance central processing unit (CPU) that can process up to 80 million instructions per second (MIPS) at 80 MHz.
Stanford confabs explore multi-core CPUs, nets
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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.
EC charges Intel with anticompetitive practices
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
EC antitrust regulators have concluded that Intel has abused its dominant position in the microprocessor market. The legal proceeding could end with a billion-euro fine for Intel.
AMD tips low-power x86 core, eight-core CPU
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices disclosed plans for an eight-core server processor, a new low power x86 core and more details of its Fusion processors all slated for 2009.
Mini-ITX mainboard features two LAN ports
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
VIA Technologies recently introduced the EPIA LT-Series Mini-ITX mainboard based on the VIA CX700 system media processor.
Mouser Electronics and Cypress Semiconductor enter into global distribution agreement
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics' inventory of Cypress Semiconductor devices includes highly-integrated Programmable System-on-Chips (PSoCs) and associated development tools.
Lattice expands support for open source LatticeMico32 embedded soft microprocessor core
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Device support for LatticeMico32 embedded soft microprocessor core now includes the new LatticeXP2 FPGA family, expanded software development support, and peripheral IP.
S&P warns AMD of possible ratings downgrade in '08
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. had its B-minus negative credit rating reaffirmed by Standard & Poor's, which warned that the company must effectively execute its turnaround plans to avoid a ratings downgrade early in 2008.
Still dancing to Intel's tune
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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
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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
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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'
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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.
The Road to Challenge X: Part 3 - verification testing, validation, and control strategy
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
Challenge X EXCLUSIVE: Ohio State University design team relies on Model-Based Design tools and determination in a four-year hybrid power train development effort.
AMD sales rise 13% on higher MPU shipment
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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.
When Intel speaks, do chip test execs listen?
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp.'s director of test operations threw down the gauntlet at a panel of automated test equipment executives at the Semicon West Test Summit.
Basics of ADCs and DACs, part 1
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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
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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.
The Road to Challenge X: Part 2 - design and simulations
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Challenge X EXCLUSIVE: Ohio State University design team relies on Model-Based Design tools and determination in a four-year hybrid power train development effort.
VXS DSP card blends dual core PowerPC, dual Virtex-5 FPGAs
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
VMETRO announced the Phoenix VPF2, a rugged COTS DSP processing card, which integrates a Freescale MPC8641D processor, two Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs and a VXS based high-speed serial interconnect fabric.
RF Engines gets grant for flexible receiver development
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Signal processing design specialist RF Engines Limited (RFEL) has secured a £65,000 research grant from the U.K. government for work on a flexible receiver architecture that is reconfigurable "on-the-fly".
Intel's Otellini spells out "differences" with rivals
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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%
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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.
Samsung to use low-cost Xilinx FPGAs in latest digital video surveillance system
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7/17/2007   Post a comment
Low-cost Xilinx Spartan-3E FPGAs and MicroBlaze soft processor core provide ideal solution for Samsung's latest digital video surveillance system.
Researchers call for more funds, easier immigration
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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.
In the good ol' summer (racing) time
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7/16/2007   Post a comment
There's nothing like the competitive challenge of racing to push the boundaries of technology while satisfying the competitive sporting urge.
Intel debuts Solaris telecom servers
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7/16/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is offering Solaris 10 as an alternative operating system for both its rackmounted TIGW1U servers and the NetStructure line of ATCA blades.
Toshiba licenses Cortex-M3 for automotive apps
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7/16/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. has licensed the Cortex-M3 processor core from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for use in automotive applications, according to ARM.
The Sound of Innovation at Cochlear Limited
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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.
Multithreading and multicore programming
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7/14/2007   Post a comment
Here are two great series on parallel programming from Intel's Shamem Akhter and Jason Roberts, presented together for easy reference.
The Road to Challenge X: Part 1 - the task and power train selection
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7/13/2007   Post a comment
Challenge X EXCLUSIVE: Ohio State University design team relies on Model-Based Design tools and determination in a four-year hybrid power train development effort.
The top DSP how-to's, 1/2007 to 6/2007
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7/12/2007   Post a comment
Want to know what the competition is reading? Here are the most popular DSP articles of the year so far.
Bluetooth reference design adds echo cancellation function
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7/12/2007   Post a comment
To boost sound quality in automotive electronics applications, CSR has added echo cancellation to its RoadRunner Plug-n-Talk reference design.
Will chip marking move end teardowns?
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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?
Tip: Wideband vs. narrowband VoIP codecs
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7/11/2007   2 comments
Here's a how wideband and narrowband G.7xx codecs compare in terms of voice quality, bandwidth requirements, and computational loading.
Hardware-in-the-loop solution based on Xilinx FPGAs and Intel Processors
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7/10/2007   Post a comment
Opal-RT announces eMEGAsim, a real-time, hardware-in-the-loop solution for the simulation of power and energy distribution systems.
Microsoft plans stepwise path to Xbox upgrade
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7/10/2007   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. will take a phased approach to updating its Xbox 360 videogame console, following the footsteps of the Sony Playstation2 as it evolves toward a smaller, quieter, cooler system dubbed Falcon.
DRC Computer ships FPGA-based reconfigurable processor unit
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
FPGA-based RPU110-L200 reconfigurable processor from DRC Computer accelerates demanding applications and lowers power and cooling costs for large-scale clusters.
DSCs fuel the green revolution
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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).

Tip of the Week: Maximize processor energy savings in media-intensive mobile devices with adaptive voltage scaling
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7/9/2007   1 comment
Processing large amounts of data at fast speeds rapidly drains the power of a mobile device battery. Maximizing energy savings can be achieved with an adaptive voltage scaling (AVS) technique to reduce energy consumption in digital processors by up to 70 percent.
Is anyone still using assembly language? You betcha! (Part 1)
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7/8/2007   Post a comment
The results are in from a survey of Programmable Logic DesignLine readers detailing who is using assembly language, why they are using it, and for what purposes.
Multiple A/Ds versus a single one: pushing high-speed A/D converter SNR beyond the state of the art
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7/4/2007   1 comment
One way to further advance state-of-the-art analog-to-digital converters is to average multiple high-speed ADCs to increase the dynamic range.
Advanced routing solutions for complex audio and video systems
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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.
Analysis: MIPS core does DSP at 1 GHz
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7/4/2007   Post a comment
The new MIPS 74K targets demanding apps like H.264 and WiMAX. BDTI explains how it works, and how it compares to the competition.
An FPGA design flow for video imaging applications
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7/3/2007   Post a comment
This tutorial examines some of the challenges when implementing video applications in FPGAs and details how certain tools can be used to alleviate key design challenges.
Fixing the multicore mindset
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
There is lots of buzz about multicore processors, but no one seems to "get" what's new about multicore processors.
AMD to ship native x86 quad-core processors in August
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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
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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.
GPUs deliver DirectX 10 graphics with built-in HD video processing
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 graphics processing units (GPU) from AMD support Windows Vista with DirectX 10 graphics1, and built-in multimedia functions for an immersive HD video experience on the PC.
Mixed-signal FPGAs provide GREEN POWER
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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.

Under the Hood update: Software at heart of iPhone's simplicity
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Portelligent put its analysts to work on iPhone and uncovered yet more semiconductor design wins, while finding themselves giddy over the device's software-enabled user interface.
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