16-bit MCU line to grow with small, low power units; 50 devices planned Product News 8/17/2005 Post a comment In one of its most aggressive moves in the 16-bit microcontroller arena, Texas Instruments is planning as many as fifty new devices in the next 18-months. First out of the shoot will be the MSP430F2001, a tiny 14-pin, 4x4mm footprint boasting 16 million instructions per second (MIPS) of 16-bit performance with pricing starting at 49 cents in 100K units.
August Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response" Product News 8/15/2005 Post a comment When people talk about processor benchmarks, the conversation usually ends up being all about speed. Other metrics, such as energy efficiency, are often given less attention or are completely overlooked. The unspoken assumption driving these conversations is that a faster processor is better.
August Newsletter: Freescale Introduces Impressive Application Processors News & Analysis 8/15/2005 Post a comment Last month Freescale introduced its latest application processors, the i.MX31 and the i.MX31L. The chips--which offer a number of impressive features--primarily target portable consumer electronics products such as cell phones, portable media players, and portable gaming devices. The chips also target portable medical applications and automotive entertainment.
August Newsletter: Telairity Chip Targets High-Definition Video Encoding News & Analysis 8/15/2005 Post a comment In August Telairity introduced its first chip, the T1P2000. The chip targets high-definition H.264 video encoding in applications such as broadcast encoders, video servers, and video authoring systems. The T1P2000 includes five Telairity TVP400 processor cores running at 668.25 MHz, as well as a "video controller."
August Newsletter: CEVA Introduces Audio Solution Product News 8/15/2005 Post a comment CEVA recently announced CEVA-Audio, a licensable audio platform targeting high-volume audio applications such as portable audio players and home entertainment equipment. The platform includes the CEVA-TeakLite-II core, a memory subsystem, and peripherals. The platform is notable for its small die area.
Multicore CPU handles computational needs of high-definition video codec Product News 8/15/2005 Post a comment Telairity Semiconductor multicore video processor handles the demanding computational requirements of the H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) high-definition codec. The programmable Telairity-1 architecture combines five independent vector/scalar cores, a video controller, and a DRAM controller supporting an I/O bandwidth up to 5.3 Gbps in a single multicore SoC.
SuperH-basd MCUs now fit car and home audio products Product News 8/11/2005 Post a comment Renesas Technology has launched a handful of new SuperH-based 32-bit microcontrollers targeted at car and home audio products. The devices’ instruction set is upward-compatible with the earlier SH-2 CPU cores, yet achieves better ROM code efficiency, helping to reduce program size by approximately 25 percent and thereby save memory cost.
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.