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Higher performance in sophisticated applications with floating-point DSCs
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7/31/2008   Post a comment
As embedded systems continue to undertake more sophisticated tasks such as vehicle guidance or automotive radar systems, they demand ever greater performance from control processors. High-performance Digital Signal Controllers do not only offer the computing power for such demanding applications; they can offer the same time the potential to save power.
Debug engine supports new 32-bit automotive MCUs from Freescale and ST
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7/31/2008   Post a comment
At the same time as the launch of the automotive microcontroller families SPC560xx/SPC563xx from STMicroelectronics and MPC560/MPC563xx from Freescale, pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme (Lauda, Germany) announces the availability of its Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.4, a complete debug and test environment especially for the specific features of these new Power Architecture 32-bit devices.
How to interface FPGAs to microcontrollers
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7/30/2008   2 comments
Neither standard product microcontrollers nor FPGAs were developed to communicate with each other efficiently, so interfacing the two can be a challenge.
Software tools make automotive control-system design engineers 'greener' and faster: Part 1 - Optimizing internal combustion
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Design packages allow faster innovation and more effective results.
HP, Intel, Yahoo partner in cloud computing
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo have partnered with three research groups to create an open source test bed for research in cloud-computing, the concept of using globally distributed computers as a platform for delivering services.
Report: Media fuels 12% rise in home networks
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Wireless LANs, xDSL access networks and DSPs will continue to dominate home networking where one market watcher predicts an estimated 12 percent growth in units sales over the current five year period.
DSP-based audio post processing enhances audio quality
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7/28/2008   5 comments
Supporting multiple compression formats in audio players is no longer a differentiation but rather a compulsory feature. The real value add today comes in quality enhancements that increase listening pleasure. Post-processing effects ranging from equalizers to cross-fade functions to virtual surround determine winners in the competitive portable audio space.
AMD to soon disclose 'asset-smart' plans?
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. continues to keep investors waiting for details of plans to overhaul its manufacturing operations but there are signs the company already began implementing the strategy and could be close to briefing analysts and shareholders.
Research institute creates ultra-fast 3D circuit
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
The Berlin-based Ferdinand Braun Institute for Ultra-High Frequencies (FBH) has developed a semiconductor process that enables transistors switching at frequencies of well beyond 200 GHz. The process has another capability which could be of interest to the semiconductor industry: It enables chip designers to create three-dimensional integrated circuits.
Portable medical apps challenge low-power quest
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
The demands for extended battery life, sufficient computational capability and a flexible man-machine interface (MMI) require the use of a DSP subsystem that is high-performance (both in terms of computation and signal conversion capabilities), ultra-low-power and flexible.
Dynamic power management techniques for multimedia processors
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7/27/2008   Post a comment
Here are the concepts behind active and static power management techniques, how we save power with them, and a discussion of the power-management devices and power ICs that help multimedia processors reap the full benefits.
Pleo evolves on four legs and two ARMs
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7/24/2008   Post a comment
Following in the pawprints of the Sony Aibo, released in June 1999, the Ugobe Pleo dinosaur pet robot is the most recent incarnation of a learning and evolving personal robotic toy.
Atmel : 8-bit microcontrollers target LIN automotive networking applications
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7/24/2008   Post a comment
Atmel has announced a family of AVR 8-bit microcontrollers for LIN automotive networking applications. The ATtiny167 is the first device and is optimized to LIN slave applications.
Intel starts foray into SoC market
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7/24/2008   Post a comment
Intel has announced its entry into the market for System-on-Chip (SoC) integrated circuits. Most of them will be based on the Atom processor.
CopperGate grabs latest ARC core for G.hn
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
CopperGate Communications has licensed a next-generation processor core from ARC International for a chip CopperGate is designing to support the pending ITU G.hn standard for running data at rates up to a Gbit/second over copper, coax or powerline.
Audi combines MMI functions in one unit
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
Carmaker Audi AG has concentrated all MMI (MultiMedia Interface) functions for its luxury-class vehicles in one box. The computer replaces functions earlier implemented in five different units.
Synopsys announces synthesizable PowerPC cores
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc.has developed fully synthesizable implementations of the IBM PowerPC 460 and cache configurable PowerPC 405.
Renesas aims flash microcontrollers at automotive
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Corp. has announced a family of 16-bit microcontrollers with on-chip flash memory in the M16C/5L and M16C/56 groups for automotive body and chassis control applications. Sample shipments will begin in October 2008, the company said.
PMC-Sierra licenses more MIPS cores
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies said it has licensed additional processor cores to long-time licensee PMC-Sierra for use in next-generation communications and storage products.
CherryPal attempts to redefine PC
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
A new "green" PC that consumes only 2 watts of power also lays claim to integrated software and "cloud computing" on a par with desktop PCs.
TI overhauls lineup with 15 low-power processors (UPDATE 2)
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
TI is overhauling nearly all of its DSP lines with 15 new chips that slash power by up to 20X. (Updated with corrected C640x and Blackfin MMAC/mW numbers.)
SBC features advanced Freescale processors
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
Featuring advanced Freescale MPC8640 and MPC 8640D processors, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms' VG6 is available as a dual node/single node, dual node/single node single board computer designed for high performance in harsh environments such as military/aerospace and industrial automation.
Security processor consumes 0.3W of power in small package
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
Hifn claims that its SentryXL product family sets the new benchmark for size and power consumption as the industry's smallest standalone encryption and compression accelerator.
Freescale develops lower cost version of dual-core processor
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
Freescale's MPC8640D processor debuts as a lower power, lower cost version of the MPC8641D device and is available in single or dual core versions.
Debugging multiprocessor code
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
Although code has been run on multiprocessor systems for some time, debugging multiprocessing code has today become an urgent problem for programmers of multiprocessor and multicore systems.
Commentary: AMD's Ruiz finally finds his calling
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7/18/2008   Post a comment
Hector Ruiz's legacy at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will be defined both by the company's loss of market value as well as the Intel Corp. anti-monopoly fight, which the chip industry veteran is staying on to champion as executive chairman.
Massively parallel processing arrays (MPPAs) for embedded HD video and imaging (Part 2)
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7/18/2008   1 comment
A JPEG image compression application using MPPA architecture requires less programming effort than with other processor architectures, and embedded video application development is similarly speeded.
Debugging multiprocessor code
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7/18/2008   Post a comment
Debugging code running on multiprocessor computing systems--and, in particular, parallel code on multicore devices--is an old problem that has achieved new prominence because of the profound transformation of hardware from single-processor to multiprocessor and multicore solutions.
Automotive vision system recognizes road signs: Part 3 - Implementation of a Sobel filter in C and assembler
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7/18/2008   1 comment
Here are ways of implementing the filter, comparison of results, and how to optimally use available processing capacity.
Few changes seen as Meyer named CEO at AMD
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7/17/2008   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said Dirk Meyer has succeeded Hector Ruiz as chief executive officer at the semiconductor vendor, guaranteeing limited structural changes at the company he has helped to direct over the last seven years.
AMD records 'disappointing' 2Q
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7/17/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported a "disappointing' second quarter report with its net loss widening sharply from the year-ago despite a 3 percent increase in revenue. The company said it expects third quarter revenue to increase "in line with seasonality."
Chips fall where they may in the 'More than Moore' era
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7/17/2008   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry and the semiconductor tool industry are at a crossroads of going along the path to expand on Moore's Law vs. embracing a "More than Moore" postulate.
8-bit microcontrollers target automotive LIN networking apps
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has launched a family of AVR 8-bit microcontrollers for LIN automotive networking applications.
Renesas adds three dozen 16-bit MCUs to R8C/tiny series
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
Renesas has added 36 new 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) to the R8C/Tiny product line, giving automotive system engineers a choice of 72 devices optimized for in-vehicle body-control applications.
Infineon integrates RF and MCU for wireless controls
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
Infineon has combined an MCU with RF circuitry required to address several ISM frequency bands on a single chip. The devices aim at replacing infrared-based remote controls, but beyond that they enable applications in a broad range of wireless industrial controls.
Fujitsu launches AUTOSAR-compatible driver for onboard MCUs
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics has launched a microcontroller driver for its MB91460 Series of high-performance 32-bit automotive microcontrollers, compatible with Release 2.1 of AUTOSAR.
Solve leakage and dynamic power loss
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
Achieving higher performance and integration requires lower process geometries and higher clock frequencies, and aggressive power management techniques. Both leakage and dynamic power loss must be accounted for to successfully design for efficiency. Here are techniques to manage energy at the system level.
PRODUCT FEATURE: Dual-cores give MCUs more power
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
A number of dual-core microcontrollers are now available for application use, this technology has now matured and real advantages can be gained from its use.
Intel defies economic gloom; Q2 profit soars 25%
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7/15/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp.'s net income jumped 25 percent in the second quarter on a 9 percent increase in revenue and the world's biggest chipmaker said it expects demand to remain robust through the ongoing quarter.
Report forecasts industrial shift to ARM-based processors
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7/15/2008   Post a comment
A report from semiconductor research firm Semicast forecasts a significant shift in demand in favor of ARM-based controllers in the industrial sector.
Renesas expands R8C/Tiny MCU product family
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7/15/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Europe enhances its 16-bit R8C/Tiny MCU product range by 36 new variants in three groups. The devices aim at automotive applications and feature enhanced functionality as well as additional I/O pins. Optional available are CAN bus interfaces.
Multicore Association works on resource management standard
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7/15/2008   Post a comment
The Multicore Association, a non-profit organization focused on developing standards for products that involve multicore implementations, has announced the formation of the Multicore Resource Management API working group (MRAPI).
Under the Hood - Update: Apple iPhone 3G exposed
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7/12/2008   7 comments
A close analysis of iPhone 3G's insides shows major wins for Infineon and TriQuint, though it's clear that much of the emphasis this time around less on reinventing the wheel and more on user experience and applications development.
AMD takes $758 million hit amid layoffs
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7/11/2008   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices announced it will take nearly a billion dollars in charges in its second quarter results to be reported July 17 including some related to a layoff of ten percent of its workforce by the end of the year.
Is the end of competition in industrial computing arising?
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7/11/2008   1 comment
In the industrial computing industry there is a tendency to mergers and standardised hardware and software products. Does this evolution of the market mean we will end up with one single "Wintel"-like company without any further competition?
Apple agrees to support P.A. Semi processor
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7/11/2008   Post a comment
Apple Inc. has informed the U.S. Department of Defense it will supply the PowerPC-based processors its acquired with P.A. Semi for at least three years following a DoD investigation into reports the startup's CPUs had been designed into a number of military applications.
Under the Hood: Intel and TriQuint surprise with iPhone 3G wins
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7/10/2008   Post a comment
A first look inside the Apple iPhone 3G shows TriQuint Semiconductor and Intel to be surprise winners, while Samsung, ARM, SST and old reliable Skyworks fill primary roles in the new design.
Canadians to iPhone: No thanks!
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7/10/2008   Post a comment
Unattractive pricing models from Rogers Wireless and suspicion toward operators in general, combine to drive Canadians away from Apple's 3G iPhone on eve of launch, despite last-minute plan restructuring.
TI, transistors top 2Q component search rankings
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7/9/2008   Post a comment
Transistors, standard logic and amplifiers topped the component demand rankings during the second quarter, according to the SupplyFrame Index of the top 20 component categories and manufacturers.
32-bit SuperH MCUs feature 1Mbyte of on-chip SRAM
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7/8/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology's 144MHz devices—the SH7262 and SH7264 series—are highly integrated and optimized for digital audio systems, MP3 media player accessories and graphical display systems, such as graphical dashboards for automobiles and industrial man-machine interfaces.
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