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European chip market continues slow recovery
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
In July, sales for the European chip industry were up for the third month in a row, reports the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
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
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
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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.
Alliance drives Ethernet into cars, professional media
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
The AVnu Alliance, an ad hoc industry group, will drive a set of IEEE standards that could bring Ethernet to new automotive and professional audio/video markets and enhance tomorrow's home networks.
IBM's Power7 heats up server competition at Hot Chips
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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
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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.
Freescale i.MX processor integrates mixed signal technology
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
Freescale's i.MX233 processor delivers ARM9 performance, analog audio and optimum power management for consumer applications.
Freescale apps processor integrates mixed signal functions
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will start shipping in October a version of its i.MX applications processor that integrates mixed signal technology.
Analyst sees upside for chip makers in HP results
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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.
TI unveils multi-channel video decoders
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8/18/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduced three multi-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders that promise superior picture quality.
Picking the right MPSoC-based video architecture: Part 1
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8/17/2009   Post a comment
A look at the design of multiprocessor systems-on-chips (MPSoCs) for video applications and how to optimize them for computational power and real-time performance as well as flexibility.
IBASE releases AMI402 fanless system with two expansion slots
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8/17/2009   Post a comment
IBASE Technology has released the AMI402 fanless system that comes assembled with the Intel Core 2 Duo T7500-based MI910EF Mini-ITX motherboard that can be populated with up to 4GB DDR2 memory in two DIMM sockets.
Downturn in the IC equipment market is over, says analyst
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8/13/2009   Post a comment
Although the overall semiconductor market is expected to drop by 46 percent in 2009, it shows signs of rapid recovery, according to The Information Network market research company (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
Simplifying microcontroller development through compiler flexibility
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8/11/2009   Post a comment
Developing code that is compiler independent for microcontrollers adds a great degree of flexibility to any project and helps companies mitigate the risks associated with compiler dependence.
Analysis: Impact still unclear in broad ITC import ban
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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.
IDC: CPU sales up 10%, but no recovery in sight
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8/6/2009   Post a comment
PC processors shipments rose ten percent in the second quarter of the year, but that doesn't signal a recovery, according to the latest figures from International Data Corp.
Intel seen driving PC processor sector in Q2
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8/6/2009   Post a comment
Intel was responsible for most of the growth in global PC microprocessor shipments in the second quarter, according to market tracker IDC.
Imagination preps three-tier Meta processor roadmap
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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.
AMD rolls OpenCL parallel programming tool
Product News  
8/5/2009   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices is making a beta version of a tool based on OpenCL for programming multicore processors available free online.
Analyst sees 'One ARM per Person' per year by 2014
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8/5/2009   Post a comment
The annual shipment of processors from ARM plc (Cambridge, England) is scheduled to track global population growth over the next few years, and there should be 'One ARM per Person' by 2014, according to market trackers Semicast.
Fanless system with 6 serial ports support from IBASE
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8/3/2009   Post a comment
IBASE Technology Inc. has introduced the ASB200-883-6COM, a compact fanless embedded system based on IBASE IB883 3.5-inch disk-size embedded SBC that supports six serial ports and eight GPIOs.
June global chip sales up 3.7% on previous month
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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.

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