From 2009 to 2020: A history of developments in programmability Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 8/28/2009 3 comments Predictions come easy, but from the demise of FPGAs to the emergence of 32-core processors, DSPs are showing some strong trends and I think it is possible to divine what will happen in the next few years as we move towards the next order of magnitude increase in computational efficiency.
Comment: A cold corporate hand chills Hot Chips Blog 8/26/2009 4 comments The cold hand of corporate marketing has a firm grip on the esophagus of the electronics industry, controlling what gets said, when it gets said and in what key it is vocalized, muting technical conferences such as Hot Chips and ISSCC.
Sun, IBM push multicore boundaries News & Analysis 8/26/2009 Post a comment Sun Microsystems claimed a new watermark for server CPUs, unveiling Rainbow Falls, a 16-core, 128-thread processor at the Hot Chips conference, but analysts gave the IBM Power7 kudos as the more compelling achievement in the latest round of high-end server processors.
IBM's Power7 heats up server competition at Hot Chips News & Analysis 8/24/2009 Post a comment IBM Corp. may walk away from this week's Hot Chips conference with bragging rights to having the most muscular microprocessor with its Power7, an eight-core, 45nm chip expected to set new watermarks in parallelism and cache that could translate into leading-edge performance for servers using it.
Researchers report progress on parallel path News & Analysis 8/24/2009 4 comments At Hot Chips, labs from Berkeley, Stanford and Illinois will deliver what amounts to their first report cards on their efforts to beat a path to programming tomorrow's many-core microprocessors, a task many have characterized as the most ambitious in the history of computer science.
Analyst sees upside for chip makers in HP results News & Analysis 8/19/2009 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard's net profit fell considerably in the company's fiscal third quarter, but a financial analyst said the results--including a 2 percent year-to-year increase in PC sales and possibly record inventory lows--bode well for semiconductor suppliers.
Analysis: Impact still unclear in broad ITC import ban News & Analysis 8/6/2009 Post a comment The International Trade Commission's ban in a recent Tessera case highlights the difficulties electronics companies face dealing with a rising tide of patent enforcement issues because nearly three weeks after the ruling went into effect it is still difficult to gauge its impact or even find out exactly which chips it covers.
Imagination preps three-tier Meta processor roadmap News & Analysis 8/5/2009 Post a comment Graphics core licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) is making a push to persuade chip companies to license its Meta multithreading processor as a housekeeping and operating system host in system-chips for multimedia devices.
June global chip sales up 3.7% on previous month News & Analysis 8/3/2009 Post a comment Global sales of semiconductors rose to $17.2 billion in June, up 3.7 percent from May when sales were $16.6 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). June sales were, however, 20 percent lower than June 2008 when sales amounted to $21.6 billion.
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.