Power.org adds eight members News & Analysis 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), Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Application-Specific MCUs focus on motor control Product News 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.
New 32 bit SuperH CPU achieves 478 MIPS at 166 MHz News & Analysis 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 Product News 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: Executive Decision Support News & Analysis 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" News & Analysis 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.