Power couple reconciles News & Analysis 9/28/2007 Post a comment IBM and Freescale, which had a parting of the ways after co-developing the Power microprocessor in the 1990s, have reunited their efforts through the Power.org group.
Native quad core finally hits x86 market Design How-To 9/26/2007 Post a comment AMD's Barcelona, the first quad-core x86 processor, goes up against Intel's Core architecture. A look inside the chip, from its fundamental structure out to its architectural features, shows that while Intel has typically outperformed AMD's K8-based (Athlon 64) products, the new AMD chip will be on top until Intel ships its 45-nm Penryn processor.
Electronics hone racer's edge Teardown 9/26/2007 Post a comment A teardown by Portelligent of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP racing motorcycle shows a system that melds cutting-edge electronics and communications technology human skill and instinct to both man and machine in good stead at track speeds in excess of 200 MPH.
Electric motorbike teardown Teardown 9/26/2007 6 comments Vectrix designed its battery-powered VX1 motor scooter to go up against motorbikes from the likes of Honda and Yamaha. A teardown of the system shows how successful the company was at balancing performance with economy and low emissions.
Power group rallies around roadmap News & Analysis 9/25/2007 Post a comment At its first technical conference, the Power.org group laid out a roadmap of stepwise improvements for Power microprocessors, led by IBM Corp. and Freescale Semiconductor, who seek to keep its software base stable while expanding use of multi-core techniques and its penetration into consumer markets.
Playstation3 helps robots see News & Analysis 9/24/2007 Post a comment A team of university researchers from Dartmouth and the University of California ported to Cell processors on a network of Sony Playstation3s a new vision algorithm derived from brain research as part of an effort to enable machine vision in robots.
Intel chip targets iPhones News & Analysis 9/19/2007 Post a comment Intel Corp. showed progress and a peak down the road map toward its goal of enabling a new class of iPhone-like devices using its x86 processors and the WiMax network with its Silverthorne processor and Menlow and Moorestown platforms.
Moore reflects on his Law News & Analysis 9/19/2007 1 comment On what Intel Corp. billed at the 50th anniversary of the integrated circuit, Gordon Moore, the company's founder and chairman emeritus, took to the stage at the Intel Developer Forum here for an informal reflection on his thoughts on everything from cubicles to ecology.
Odd move: AMD plans three-core CPU News & Analysis 9/18/2007 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices announced it will ship before April a three-core version of the quad-core Phenom desktop processor that the company plans to launch before the end of the year, a sign that in their race to deliver more powerful multi-core computer processors, AMD and archrival Intel may have outrun one of the biggest slices of their market—the mainstream desktop PC.
ARM rolls Cortex-M1 kit for Cyclone III FPGAs Product News 9/13/2007 Post a comment ARM's new Cortex-M1 Development Kit is optimized for Altera's Cyclone III FPGAs. It has been integrated into Altera's Quartus II design software, and the core is configurable as a component in Altera's SOPC Builder tool.
Radisys snares Intel's ATCA, PCI business News & Analysis 9/10/2007 Post a comment Radisys Corp. is acquiring Intel Corp.'s modular communications platform business in a transaction including a $25 million purchase price along with $6.75 million of inventory and other considerations.
AMD, Intel square off in quad-core processors News & Analysis 9/10/2007 Post a comment With their latest microprocessor launches, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp. are crossing swords in the lucrative high end of server processors, angling to show technology leadership. But analysts and OEMs say it is still unclear whether Intel's Caneland or AMD's Barcelona has an edge over the other in performance and power.
Intel raises Q3 forecast News & Analysis 9/10/2007 Post a comment Intel Corp. said its third quarter revenue and gross margin will be above previous estimates due to stronger than expected global demand for its computing products.
Nanotech aims at embedded computing News & Analysis 9/6/2007 Post a comment The Institute for Sustainable Nanoelectronics announced that seed funding of $2.6 million from Nanyang Technological University will initiate a joint effort between NTU and Rice University aimed at lowering the cost and power consumption of embedded microchips by means of nanoscale solutions.
Intel, AMD cross swords in quad core News & Analysis 9/5/2007 Post a comment Intel Corp. officially rolled out the last and top-end member of its quad-core processor family, the Intel 7300, previously known as Caneland, is geared at four-way PC servers and debuts just days before archrival Advanced Micro Devices is expected to roll out its long-anticipated quad-core Barcelona.
Dell: We won't ditch AMD News & Analysis 9/5/2007 Post a comment Dell Inc. has signaled it will continue to use Advanced Micro Processor Inc. chips in its products to offer customers options and improve its own supply chain management system.
Vivace launches VSP100 design tools Product News 9/4/2007 Post a comment Vivace Semiconductor has announced the availability of its VSP100 development and integration systems for the high-performance VSP100 media processing chip, aimed at consumer mobile applications.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 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 ...