Higher performance in sophisticated applications with floating-point DSCs Design How-To 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 Product News 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.
HP, Intel, Yahoo partner in cloud computing News & Analysis 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.
DSP-based audio post processing enhances audio quality Design How-To 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? News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Design How-To 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.
CopperGate grabs latest ARC core for G.hn News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
Renesas aims flash microcontrollers at automotive Product News 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.
SBC features advanced Freescale processors Product News 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.
Debugging multiprocessor code Design How-To 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 Blog 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.
Debugging multiprocessor code Design How-To 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.
Few changes seen as Meyer named CEO at AMD News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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."
Infineon integrates RF and MCU for wireless controls Product News 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.
Solve leakage and dynamic power loss Design How-To 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.
Renesas expands R8C/Tiny MCU product family Product News 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.
Under the Hood - Update: Apple iPhone 3G exposed Teardown 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 News & Analysis 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? Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 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 Product News 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.
Canadians to iPhone: No thanks! News & Analysis 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.
32-bit SuperH MCUs feature 1Mbyte of on-chip SRAM Product News 7/8/2008 Post a comment Renesas Technology's 144MHz devicesthe SH7262 and SH7264 seriesare 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.