Falling prices sink Indian chip market
News & Analysis 8/31/2007 Post a comment
While an industry survey predicted the Indian chip market would reach $3.8 billion in revenues in 2006, an update found that actual revenues were about one-third less than that at $2.69 billion.
Mobile processor enhances gaming notebooks
Product News 8/28/2007 Post a comment
AGEIA Technologies has launched the PhysX 100M mobile processor for high performance gaming notebook PCs that features low power and thermal design with power dissipation of nearly 10-W under game-play conditions.
Under the Hood: Gauging standard-cell performance
Teardown 8/27/2007 Post a comment
Standard-cell-based design has become the mainstream methodology for designing the digital-logic sections of ASICs. Semiconductor Insights shows how it used advanced imaging and algorithms to go deep inside the structure of TI's OMAP2420 SoC.
Tilera starts shipping 64-way multiprocessor
Product News 8/20/2007 Post a comment
Tilera Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has said it has started shipping its Tile64 processor, a 64-processor chip based on an architecture that could scale to hundreds and even thousands of cores, according to the company.
Sun advances work on novel chip interconnect
News & Analysis 8/17/2007 Post a comment
Sun Microsystems will demonstrate at the Hot Chips conference it has solved one of the key problems of its Proximity technology, a novel chip interconnect that someday could enable a new level of ultra-dense, high speed computer and communications systems.
Inventor forges fresh approach to writing software
News & Analysis 8/16/2007 Post a comment
A lone inventor claims he has created a new approach to software development, called the Coherent Object Software Architecture that could make it easier to write parallel programs for multicore processors and bring a new level of discipline to the writing code.
HP researcher in power struggle
News & Analysis 8/15/2007 Post a comment
Partha Ranganathan describes his research in power efficient systems and multicore processors at Hewlett Packard Labs that won him recognition from MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the top technology innovators under 35.
AMD will extend x86 for parallelism
News & Analysis 8/14/2007 Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices published the first of several plans to extend the x86 instruction set to ease the job of programming multicore processors, applying once again its formula of competing with Intel Corp. on technology by advancing the CPU architecture ahead of its larger archrival.
World's fastest commodity MPU?
Product News 8/8/2007 Post a comment
Sun Microsystems has entered the commercial silicon market with what it claims is the world's fastest commodity microprocessor, the UltraSPARC T2, with eight cores and eight threads per core.
4G race is on for 700 MHz market
News & Analysis 8/6/2007 Post a comment
Chip designers for Ultra Mobile Broadband and Long Term Evolution, cellular and WiMax networks are racing to support 700 MHz in the wake of last week's ruling on the spectrum from the Federal Communications Commission.