HDTV-ready video processor targets embedded apps Product News 9/29/2006 Post a comment VIA Technologies, Inc.'s VIA CX700M integrated video processor for the VIA C7 and Eden processor platforms integrated premium graphics, audio, memory, storage, and HDTV support all in a single chip design. Integrated into the chip are the Northbridge and Southbridge functions.
STMicro could be next buyout target, report says News & Analysis 9/28/2006 Post a comment Europe's largest chip maker could be the next target of private equity following the leveraged buyout of Philips Electronics' chip unit and the pending acquisition by a private equity consortium of Freescale Semiconductor, according to a Bloomberg report citing a report by Merrill Lynch analysts.
ZiLOG's 16-bit MCU targets security apps Product News 9/28/2006 Post a comment ZiLOG Inc.'s ZNEO Z16F family of flash microcontrollers, based on the company's new ZNEO 16-bit CPU core, targets specific markets such as high-end motor control and domestic security applications.
Intel adding architecture extensions for 45-nm News & Analysis 9/27/2006 Post a comment Intel plans to add more than 50 new streaming SIMD extensions to extend the Intel 64 instruction set architecture for the 45-nanometer node, according to Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of the digital enterprise group.
Building SCA-compliant software-defined radios Design How-To 9/27/2006 Post a comment This article explains the basics of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) standards for software-defined radio (SDR). It also explains how to choose between custom and off-the-shelf hardware, as well as the role of FGPAs in an SCA-compliant SDR system.
Intel rebuilding; eyeing 45-nm, Otellini says News & Analysis 9/26/2006 Post a comment Eager to turn the corner after a yearlong stretch of rough road that culminated in massive layoffs, Intel CEO Paul Ottelini came out swinging, emphasizing his company's process technology lead over semiconductor industry competitors and implying that the world's top chip maker is making a fresh start.
AMD, Intel square off in quad core News & Analysis 9/25/2006 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. will square off over quad-core processors this week as each side tries to position itself as leading the race for multicore x86 processors.
AV picoPower technology extends battery life Product News 9/25/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corporation has announced three new AVR® microcontrollers with incorporated power-saving technology that provides multi-year battery life in lighting control, security, keyless entry, ZigBee™ and other applications that spend a significant amount of their time in sleep mode.
MCU targets embedded industrial apps Product News 9/21/2006 Post a comment Innovasic Semiconductor's fido1100 microcontroller has been designed for the industrial embedded system designer. Capabilities built into the silicon ease the burden of software debug and test, especially for real-time and safety-critical operation.
ST adds 8-bit MCU for automotive apps Product News 9/20/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' ST7FL family of 8-bit microcontrollers includes an EEPROM memory bank of from 1.5- to 8-Kbytes to store configuration parameters, thus eliminating the need for external devices.
Broadcom CFO steps down over options probe News & Analysis 9/19/2006 Post a comment Citing the company's ongoing investigation into historical stock options granting practices, Broadcom Chief Financial Officer William Ruehle abruptly stepped down. Broadcom's board named Bruce Kiddoo, vice president and corporate controller, acting CFO on an interim basis.
Freescale, Elmos bolster automotive alliance News & Analysis 9/19/2006 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Elmos Semiconductor will team to develop application-specific semiconductor products (ASSPs) combining Freescale's 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) architectures with Elmos' high-voltage CMOS ASSPs.
Oki offers ARM-based ZigBee developer's kit Product News 9/15/2006 Post a comment Oki Semiconductor is offering a low-cost, full-featured development kit for its IEEE802.15.4 based ML7065 2.4GHz ZigBee compatible radio. The kit contains the Oki ML7065 radio and Oki's ARM7TMDI-based 4060 Series Advantage Microcontroller.
'Teardown' finds few changes to new video iPod Product News 9/15/2006 Post a comment A "teardown" analysis of Apple Computer's new video iPod found very few hardware changes from the previous device, leading Wedbush Morgan Securities, which conducted the teardown, to conclude that the new video iPod is a "short-term, stop-gap" product.
Creating multi-standard, multi-resolution video engines using configurable processors Design How-To 9/15/2006 Post a comment Configurable processors allow you to build a processor core that is not too big or too small for your video application by selecting only the options that you need. Designers customize the processor to exactly fit their application by creating instructions, register files, functional units and interfaces that are designed to accelerate the application. It is easy to port codecs to a processor, and adopting new video standards, upgrading existing codecs, or fixing bugs can be done post-silicon i
Mystery chips, no Portal Player, in iPod nano News & Analysis 9/14/2006 Post a comment Apple Computer's new iPod Nano player has three Apple marked chips of unknown origin, but no chip from PortalPlayer, according to a Wedbush Morgan Securities report discussing a teardown of the long-awaited media player.
MnD Semiconductors launch Silver Screen Product News 9/8/2006 Post a comment French fabless semiconductor startup, MnD Semiconductors, has developed a chip architecture that can be easily scaled from low cost, high definition, video decoders to high performance, real time, multi-channel, video encoders and transcoders.
Intel job cuts fail to inspire investors News & Analysis 9/6/2006 Post a comment Intel's announcement that it would cut 10,500 jobs in coming months did not provide the market a much-needed boost, as Intel's stock price tumbled amidst broader concerns of an interest rate hike.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...