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Philips boosts its ARM7 TDMI CPU core speeds to 70 MHz
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9/30/2005   Post a comment
Claiming a 10 MHz edge on other ARM7 TDNMI based 32-bit microcontrollers, Philips Semiconductors will in November make available three new additions to its LPC2000 (MCU) family.
ARM MCU based modules offer integrated Ethernet networking functionality
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9/29/2005   Post a comment
Digi International’s ConnectCore embedded core modular products based on NetSilicon’s ARM7 and ARM9 processor cores, enable users to easily design in main processing functionality with fully integrated Ethernet networking capabilities.
Power.org adds eight members
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9/27/2005   Post a comment
Power.org, an open community developing standards and applications around IBM Corp.'s Power Architecture, announced Monday that eight new members have joined the organization, bring total membership to more than 30 companies.
Low priced ARM7-based MCUs operate at speeds up to 70 Mhz (63 MIPs),
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9/26/2005   Post a comment
The ARM7-based MCU market continues to heat with more devices that offer increased performance and lower pricing. The newest devices from Philips Semiconductors tout 70 Mhz operating speeds and pricing as low as $1.47 in 10,000 piece quantities. According to Philips, the 32-bit ARM7s are now price competitive with many 8-bit MCUs.
MIPS32 core based computing subsystem is available for SoCs
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9/26/2005   Post a comment
K-Micro has launched its MIPS32 24Kf core-based computing subsystem, called Topaz, for integration into SoCs. The offering is aimed at system designers who increasingly want to combine their proprietary designs with standard technology blocks from an SoC supplier’s IP portfolio, such as processors, buses, and encryption engines.
SuperH MPU supports Gbit Ethernet apps
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9/23/2005   Post a comment
Renesas has combined its 32-bit SuperH MPU core with a floating point unit to meet the needs of Gigabit ethernet for network devices and digital home appliances. The SH7763 doubles its performance by achieving 478 MIPS, and 1.9 giga floating point operations per second at the operating frequency of 266MHz.
16-bit MCU packs two precision A/D converters for electricity metering
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9/22/2005   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor has expanded its microcontroller line with an eye toward the growing electricity metering application. Integrated into the new MCU are two 16-bit sigma-delta analog-to-digital converters, each with independently programmable gain amplification.
Intel spurring WiMAX deployment in Southeast Asia
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9/22/2005   Post a comment
Intel announced the Asian Broadband Campaign, aimed at providing broadband wireless consulting and expertise along with silicon and technical services to accelerate WiMAX deployment in Southeast Asia.
Application-Specific MCUs focus on motor control
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9/20/2005   Post a comment
ZiLOG has launched a new version of its 8-bit Z8 Encore! Microcontrollers aimed at a wide variety of motor control applications. The integrated A/D converter with its ‘Time Stamp’ feature is coupled to the 3-Phase PWM output module, allowing for very accurate speed control. The integrated analog modules allow for current sampling, as well as ‘on-the-fly’ implementation of torque or speed control.
Alvarion to use PowerQUICC III for WiMax basestation
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9/19/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor said Alvarion Ltd. will use its PowerQUICC III communications processor for its WiMax basestations.
MCU line adds 12-bit auto-reload timer and a master/slave LINSCI asynchronous interface
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9/15/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics’ ST7Lite MCU line adds enhanced timer and more interface peripherals
Intel invests $345 million to expand 200-mm U.S. fabs
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9/15/2005   Post a comment
Seeking to expand its 200-mm manufacturing capacity, Intel Corp. said it would invest $345 million to expand existing 200-mm fabs in Colorado and Massachusetts.
ST7Lite MCUs now include enhanced timer, interface peripherals
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9/15/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has added a number of new features and peripherals to new devices in its 8-bit Flash MCU ST7Lite microcontroller family, aimed at the automotive, industrial and white goods appliance sectors.
Intel hält Die-Kosten konstant bei 40 US-Dollar
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9/14/2005   Post a comment
Trotz steigender Die-Größen, höherer Fab-Kosten und teurerer Maskensets sind Intels durchschnittliche Fertigungskosten pro Die von 2003 bis 2005 mit rund 40 US-Dollar konstant geblieben.
New 32 bit SuperH CPU achieves 478 MIPS at 166 MHz
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9/12/2005   Post a comment
In a new spin of its 32-bit SuperH embedded MPU, the SJ7763, Renesas is targeting the home network and the various information appliances located there: VoIP end-points, surveillance cameras and digital home appliances including media receivers, home servers, and PC peripherals.
September Newsletter: TI Announces "DaVinci" Video Technology
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9/12/2005   Post a comment
This month Texas Instruments announced that it will offer a new line of products for digital video applications. TI's "DaVinci Digital Video Technology" encompasses new video-oriented chips, software, and tools, all of which are intended to be used together to help companies quickly develop new video products.
September Newsletter: MIPS Buys FS2, Gets Cozy With Virage
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9/12/2005   Post a comment
On September 6 core licensor MIPS revealed that it had acquired FS2, a company specializing in debugging technology. MIPS also announced it has expanded its alliance with Virage Logic, a provider of logic cell libraries.
September Newsletter: Executive Decision Support
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9/12/2005   Post a comment
Technology company executives must be able to make sound business and technology decisions. To do so, they need a realistic picture of their company's strengths and weaknesses, and an accurate, comprehensive understanding of the existing and emerging competitive landscape. In short, they need an objective perspective.
September Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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9/12/2005   Post a comment
I'm usually an easy-going guy, but there are some things I really hate. For example, I hate the bait-and-switch: it makes me cranky when someone offers me something that looks appealing, only to later substitute something much less attractive. Along these same lines, I hate it when I pay upwards of $1000 to attend a technical conference only to find myself sitting in a presentation that is, essentially, an advertisement.
Favorable tax ruling increases MIPS' 2005 net income
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9/9/2005   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies said its 10-K filing reflected an increase of $1.5 million in net income for 2005 as the result of a favorable ruling earlier this month in a tax dispute involving the company's Swiss subsidiary.
Updated: Texas Instruments launches DaVinci platform
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9/8/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is aiming to leverage its DSP technology in the digital video market with the launch of a new DSP-enabled video platform called DaVinci. The company said several processor blocks are part of its mix, including MIPS.
Year-end semi sales to be flat, warns iSuppli
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9/8/2005   Post a comment
A rapid rise in energy prices coupled with a growing excess of manufacturing capacity has prompted iSuppli Corp. to trim its semiconductor industry forecast for 2005.
Renesas to collaborate on auto electronics in China
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9/8/2005   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Corp. said it will supply microprocessor technology and technical support as part of a plan to collaborate with the China Automotive Technology and Research Center.
PC-TV convergence takes center stage at Berlin show
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9/6/2005   Post a comment
The convergence of consumer electronics and information technology is front and center at the Internationale Funkausstellung trade show.
MIPS Technologies adds low cost CPU cores for consumer apps
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9/6/2005   Post a comment
Targeting cost sensitive embedded applications in consumer electronics, MIPS Technologies had added two devices to its line of hard intellectual property (IP) cores.


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