How 'reorganized' is AMD?
News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc's reorganization of its entire operation appears to be drawing to a close with the pending announcement of the asset-light manufacturing strategy but questions persist on how much the semiconductor company has changed and whether the steps taken were sufficient to improve the company's competitive position in the microprocessor and graphics IC markets. Will AMD complete one round of reorganization and have to immediately embark upon another?
China readies first multicore Godson CPUs
News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment
Chinese researchers are preparing the first multicore versions of Godson, the country's first homegrown microprocessor, with a four- and eight-core designs scheduled to tape out in the coming months. China hopes to build a petaflops high-performance computer based on the Godson-3 in 2010.
European ECU market sees continuing boom
News & Analysis 8/26/2008 Post a comment
The European market for automotive electronic control units (ECUs) for powertrains and will grow at a rate of 10.9 percent over the next seven years, predicts market researcher Frost & Sullivan. Growth drivers are the drivers demand for more comfort as well as "green" legislation.
Greener cars set to change IC landscape
Design How-To 8/25/2008 Post a comment
Cars with hybrid drives and with all-electric drives are in the focus of the discussion how to improve fuel economy and emissions. These 'alternative' drives will directly translate in a higher semiconductor content for the vehicles. But "green" does not always mean HEV and / or electric car. Even in conventional vehicles, massive deployment of electronic parts can help to reduce gasoline consumption and emissions equally.
Intel, AMD race to put graphics in notebook CPUs
Product News 8/22/2008 Post a comment
Intel Corp. will release late next year a notebook CPU that combines two microprocessors with a graphics accelerator and archrival Advanced Micro Devices says it will debut a similar chip in the architectural race to mix and match types of processor cores in a single product.
Intel, Microsoft describe parallel progress
News & Analysis 8/22/2008 3 comments
Intel and Microsoft discussed new tools, languages and other advances at the Intel Developer Forum to take the companies a step down the long road to creating a new parallel programming model for tomorrow's multicore processors.
Updated: Intel CTO surveys tech future
News & Analysis 8/21/2008 Post a comment
Intel Corp. is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, and Intel CTO Justin Rattner devoted his keynote address at its developer forum to "what the next 40 years of technology might look like."
Inside Canmore: Intel plugs x86 into TVs
Design How-To 8/21/2008 Post a comment
Intel Corp.'s first x86-based chip for consumer electronics the CE 3100, aka Canmore, represents an initiative that speaks to everything from Intel's growing system-on-chip capabilities to its drive toward Internet TV, a concept that has left many pioneers dead by the roadside.
Microcontroller Design in FPGAs
Design How-To 8/20/2008 1 comment
The union of Microcontroller Unit (MCU) intellectual property (IP) cores with FPGAs provides a far more flexible hardware platform than traditional MCU ASSPs.
Now that's low power!
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 8/17/2008 Post a comment
You want low power? How does 27 uW/MHz sound? That's what Cambridge Consultants is claiming for its new XAP5 processor.
Improved ARM core, other changes in TI mobile app processor
Teardown 8/15/2008 3 comments
After nearly two years -- and much anticipation -- Texas Instruments has introduced the OMAP3530, the next evolution of its widely successful OMAP family of mobile application processors, which includes the OMAP2420, used in a number of mobile consumer applications including the Nokia N93 and N95.
Intel drives quarterly PC processor growth
News & Analysis 8/15/2008 Post a comment
The PC processor business shook off a weak economic climate to grow 3.1 percent in unit shipments in the June quarter—driven mainly by Intel's sales--but intense price competition drove revenues down 4.5 percent, according to the latest numbers from International Data Corp.
Will the mobile modem become the computer?
Blog 8/12/2008 Post a comment
It wouldn't surprise me to hear Qualcomm state something akin to "the mobile radio is the computer." Of course computer is probably the wrong word there because the object of the sentence is really the all-everything wireless appliance that plays music, displays electronic books, plays interactive games and runs productivity applications.
"Green" optimization drives automotive MCU market
News & Analysis 8/12/2008 Post a comment
Fuel efficiency improvement and emission reduction, triggered by rising fuel prices and environmental concerns, will drive the demand for MCUs. By 2012, "green" optimizations will account for 50 percent of the automotive MCU market, a Gartner study says.
Freescale MCU helps to get Beijing air cleaner
News & Analysis 8/11/2008 Post a comment
Startup company ElectroJet Inc. makes a contribution to bring clean air to the Olympic games in China: The US-based company provides fuel injection systems to Dayang Motorcycle Co. of China. The injection systems are electronically optimized for low air pollution and high fuel economy. The MCU that controls the system comes from chip vendor Freescale.
First 3-D ICs debut
Product News 8/11/2008 2 comments
The world's first 3-D chip process is ready for licensing from the fabless semiconductor design house BeSang Inc.
Connecting Smart Homes and Smart Grids to Save Energy
Design How-To 8/5/2008 2 comments
The concept of home automation has been bantered about for decades. Unfortunately, adoption has been limited to people with very large homes and disposable incomes. Energy issues are now making home automation an issue for mainstream homes and Home Area Networks can make the technology available and affordable.