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Intel-compatible processors upgraded to operate up to 66 MHz
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8/31/2008   Post a comment
Innovasic Semiconductor's IA186EB and IA188EB embedded processors are form, fit, and function compatible with the original Intel 80C186EB, 80C188EB, 80L186EB, and 80L188EB 16-bit high-integration embedded processors.
NXP's ARM microcontroller gets industrial development support
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
IAR Systems AB (Upsalla, Sweden), NXP BV and Micrium Inc. (Weston, Florida) have announced a reference design platform targeted at RTOS-based, ARM-powered embedded systems for industrial applications based on the LPC2468 ARM7microcontroller.
Upgraded dual-core processor delivers faster data transfer using less power
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Fabricated with a 65-nm process, Renesas' latest processor offers 1,920 MIPS performance and achieves 4.27-Gbytes/s data transfers, enabling improved car navigation systems.
How 'reorganized' is AMD?
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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?
Intel in deal to promote Indian WiMax
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., India's largest telecommunications carrier, have agreed to promote WiMax-based broadband access in India.
Environmental monitoring ICs deliver real-time power information
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics has introduced the SMM151/2/3 product family of environmental monitoring ICs that provide complete digital power supply monitoring and control functions, using an I2C interface.
Mini-ITX SBC accelerates Intel processor deployment
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
ADI Engineering is offering the Ocracoke Island single board computer designed to allow OEMs to deploy the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor immediately in a wide variety of applications.
China readies first multicore Godson CPUs
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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.
Automotive environment challenges MCU system design engineers
Design How-To  
8/27/2008   3 comments
With many auto features micro-controlled, it seems that if engineers can throw a microcontroller at a problem, they will. And with that toss, there are a lot of methodologies and tools in place to ensure smooth development and robust embedded designs.
Slideshow: Behind the scenes at Intel Developer Forum
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. and heavyweight multimedia partners like DreamWorks Animination and Yahoo! made a big splash at the chip maker's annual developer forum.
European ECU market sees continuing boom
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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.
RTOS Support for Xilinx PowerPC 440 Processor on Virtex-5 FPGA
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Express Logic and Avnet say the Avnet XC5VFX30T board and Xilinx Virtex-5 Embedded kit (ML507 board) now run the ThreadX RTOS.
H.264 acceleration support for Apple Mac
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Ambric now shipping the Am2045 GT Video Reference Platform with significant acceleration for Apple Mac Pro and MacBook Pro
QNX adds Renesas dual-core to Neutrino OS automotive roster
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Software vendor QNX Software Systems (Ottawa, Canada) has said it has added support for the Renesas SH7786 dual-core processor to Neutrino RTOS and the QNX Momentics development suite.
Greener cars set to change IC landscape
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Growth seen in auto MCU market
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
In 2008, the worldwide automotive microcontroller unit (MCU) market is on pace to total $5.3 billion, according to Gartner Inc.
Intel, Dreamworks create tools for stereo 3-D
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is partnering with DreamWorks to create enhancements for stereoscopic 3-D in the cinema.
Intel rolls new Net-TV processor
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. aims to combine the Internet and television with its new CE3100 processor launched at the Intel Developer Forum
Microcontroller Design in FPGAs
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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.
Arrow offers ARM processor options for Altera FPGAs
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics' ASIC design services and IP delivery mechanisms bring ARM technology options to Altera Stratix FPGAs and HardCopy Structured ASICs.
Innovasic Semiconductor : Embedded processors are replacements for Intel parts
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
Innovasic Semiconductor's IA186EB and IA188EB are form, fit, and function compatible with the original Intel 80C186EB, 80C188EB, 80L186EB, and 80L188EB 16-bit high-integration embedded processors.
Intel debuts x86 set-top processor at IDF
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
A new media processor, solid-state drives and advances in DDR3 modules are among the news bites expected out of this year's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
Now that's low power!
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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
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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 IDF slides show processor roadmap to 2012's Haswell
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8/15/2008   Post a comment
It appears that Intel's plans for processors to follow on from Core i7, have been revealed at a French language website called CanardPlus. The site has posted a series of slides under the title of Processors: from Nehelem to Haswell.
Intel drives quarterly PC processor growth
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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.
MIPS plans 15% layoffs amid $100m write down
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8/13/2008   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies Inc. announced it will cut 15 percent of its 512-person workforce following a $103.1 million write off it is taking, mainly against its analog business recently acquired from Chipidea.
Tips and Tricks: How RF reference modules bridge the design and integration gap
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8/13/2008   Post a comment
An RF reference module provides the ability to evaluate a radio chip, a BOM cost analysis, as well as well-tested design schematic and layout guidelines--bridging the gap between radio IC manufacturers and OEMs.
Graphics card delivers 2.4 teraFLOPs of processing power
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8/12/2008   Post a comment
At 2.4 teraFLOPs, AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 delivers up to 80 percent more performance than its predecessor.
Higher performance 8-bit MCU added to low-power QE family
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8/12/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has extended its ultra-low-power family of QE microcontrollers (MCUs) with higher performance 8-bit devices designed to offer low power consumption.
Will the mobile modem become the computer?
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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
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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, ElectroJet partner on clean-emissions technology at Olympics
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8/11/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor is providing microcontroller (MCU) technology for ElectroJet Inc.'s fuel injection system, designed to reduce harmful emissions by 65 percent and increase fuel economy by 12 percent in motorcycle applications.
Freescale MCU helps to get Beijing air cleaner
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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
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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.
Intel Core i7 CPUs sport energy saving feature
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8/10/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will describe a new technique to drive energy efficiency in its upcoming Nehalem 45nm desktop processors which it will dub the Core i7 family at the Intel Developer Forum Aug. 19.
Will Zilog lose its independence?
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8/8/2008   Post a comment
Will Zilog Inc. soon lose its independence?
Stretch announces S6106 configurable processor, camera reference design
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8/8/2008   Post a comment
Stretch's low-power S6016 device and compact reference design target the surveillance market.
How to manage dynamic power in a microcontroller using its non-maskable interrupt
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8/6/2008   1 comment
This scheme allows MCUs to be made power-efficient and hence the durability of standby coin battery cells can be increased to match the product's life cycle.
Connecting Smart Homes and Smart Grids to Save Energy
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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.
eASIC delivers 45nm Structured ASIC with zero mask charges
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8/4/2008   Post a comment
New Nextreme-2 family of Structured ASICs from eASIC aimed at reversing decline of worldwide ASIC design starts.
Power Tip #2: Taming a noisy power supply
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8/3/2008   1 comment
Focus on the electrical and physical design of the error amp, reference amp, and ramp circuits to minimize problems.
Microcontroller architectures, then and now
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8/1/2008   2 comments
For a system designer looking to choose a microcontroller, the vast array of available MCUs can make the search quite complex.


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