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Power couple reconciles
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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.
PC architecture integrates a media center 'on wheels' - Part 2: building a unified system and connecting it to portable devices
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Consumers increasingly want to plug-in a myriad of devices in their cars--requiring a high level of integration between vehicles, content, applications, and the devices themselves. A PC-compatible system offers performance, flexibility, connectivity, and scalability to meet today's, and future, infotainment needs.
LED driver integrates analog, PWM dimming control
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Maxim has introduced the MAX16812 high-voltage, switch-mode, high-brightness (HB) LED driver with analog and PWM-dimming control for automotive and other lighting applications.
PC architecture integrates a media center 'on wheels' - Part 1: coding/decoding content, rights management, and HMI challenges
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Consumers increasingly want to plug-in a myriad of devices in their cars--requiring a high level of integration between vehicles, content, applications, and the devices themselves. A PC-compatible system offers performance, flexibility, connectivity, and scalability to meet today's, and future, infotainment needs.
Demystifying multithreading and multi-core
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Is multithreading better than multi-core? Is multi-core better than multithreading?
CMOS op amps deliver low bias current, low noise
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology introduces the LTC6081 and LTC6082 CMOS op amps with a 3.5-MHz gain bandwidth, low input bias current and low noise for precision instrumentation.
LED driver offers buck, boost or SEPIC configs
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Targeting applications using RGB LED backlighting or multiple strings of white LEDs, Supertex's HV9982 three-channel LED driver provides high LED current accuracy through closed-loop control of the output currents.
Automotive applications to drive microcontroller market
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Between 2006 and 2010, the market volume for automotive microcontrollers will expand about 63 percent, concludes a study from market researcher Frost & Sullivan. However, chip vendors need to consider the specific characteristics of that market.
Native quad core finally hits x86 market
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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
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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
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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.
Understanding dissipation, thermal resistance, and IC temperature (Part 1 of 2)
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9/26/2007   1 comment
Ensure that your IC won't overheat by analyzing its thermal parameters and performance
IBM to fab Wavesat's WiMax chip set
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
Mobile chip set developer Wavesat said IBM Corp. will fabricate its WiMax chip set that targets consumer wireless devices.
Power group rallies around roadmap
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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
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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.
Freescale unveils 12 ColdFire MPUs for Linux applications
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Freescale's MCF5445x family delivers more than 400 DMIPS core performance at less than 400 mW
Intel chip targets iPhones
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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.
Tip: Using task parallelism in multicore LabView
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9/19/2007   Post a comment
Here's how to use task parallelism to speed up execution speed of software when running LabView on a multicore CPU.
Green Hills Software announces support for Renesas Technology's Microcontrollers
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9/19/2007   Post a comment
The Green Hills product suite is now available for the Renesas SH726x series of SuperH microcontrollers, targeting high-volume, automotive-grade, signal processing and control applications
Moore reflects on his Law
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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.
Freescale tailors PowerQUICC processors for storage sector
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9/18/2007   Post a comment
Check out the two latest product lines with the PowerQUICC II Pro processor family, one of which enable OEMs and ODMs to create sub-$300 NAS appliances featuring multiple hard drives for the small office/home office and connected home markets.
Odd move: AMD plans three-core CPU
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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.
Actel addresses rapidly expanding portable market with extremely low-power FPGAs
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
In addition to launching their ARM Cortex-M1 processor-enabled IGLOO family, the folks at Actel have announced a multi-phase portable application initiative.
Free optimized ARM Cortex-M1 processor core for Actel's IGLOO FPGAs
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
ARM Cortex-M1 processor core enables rapid deployment of portable devices leveraging flexible, low-cost and low-power IGLOO FPGAs from Actel.
Fundamentals of embedded audio, part 3
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
Part 3 of this 3-part series reviews data-management schemes such as double-buffering and DMA transfers, and then discusses the basics of audio algorithms.
ESC NEWS: Kit available for mask-customizable ARM9-based MCUs
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9/15/2007   Post a comment
At the Embedded Systems Conference Boston Atmel Corp. took the wraps off its AT91CAP9A-DK development kit for its ARM9-based mask-customizable microcontrollers.
SST introduces industry's smallest 8051-based microcontroller for mobile devices
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9/14/2007   1 comment
New package for the SST89V54RD makes it the smallest 8051-based microcontroller currently on the market.
ARM rolls Cortex-M1 kit for Cyclone III FPGAs
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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.
Enriching the connected car driving experience: Part 2--Online content and applications
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9/13/2007   Post a comment
X86 platform architecture delivers a rich and interactive in-car experience in a way that's difficult for non-PC-compatible platforms--and bridges the gap between automotive and consumer product lifecycles.
Mixed signals seen in semis
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9/13/2007   Post a comment
There are mixed signals in the semiconductor market -- based on finanical reports and analyst comments on Diodes, Micron, Nvidia and TI.
Freescale soups up Fords
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9/12/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor unveiled an automotive-qualified version of its i.MX31 applications processor.
Loudspeakers: Effects of amplifiers and cables - Part 4
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9/12/2007   Post a comment
Part 4 of this series discusses loudspeaker cables and their effect on performance, including cable designs for loudspeaker use and the loudspeaker/amplifier interface.
HD AVC video processors propel DTV applications
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9/11/2007   Post a comment
The XCode 3000 Series from ViSX is designed to help manufacturers produce feature-rich digital TVs.
Update: Intel confirms Korean antitrust move
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9/11/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. confirmed that it has received a "statement of objection" from the Korean Fair Trade Commission as part of a two-year antitrust probe of Intel's activities in South Korea.
Quad-core Opteron delivers 15% higher processor performance
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9/11/2007   Post a comment
AMD attributes this boost in performance to the processor's native dual-core design, Direct Connect Architecture, DDR2 memory, and performance-per-watt.
8-bit MCU housed in small WQFN package
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9/10/2007   Post a comment
SST says it has introduced the industry's smallest 8051-based microcontroller, housed in a WQFN package, for mobile devices.
Radisys snares Intel's ATCA, PCI business
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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
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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
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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.
Fundamentals of embedded audio, part 2
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9/10/2007   Post a comment
Part 2 of this 3-part series discusses numeric formats as they relate to audio processing, with a focus on dynamic range, precision, and SNR.
Nanotech aims at embedded computing
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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.
Quad-core MPUs for multi-processor servers hit the market
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9/6/2007   Post a comment
Intel's Xeon 7300 series processors can deliver more than twice the performance and more than three times the performance per watt over its previous generation dual-core products.
Intel, AMD cross swords in quad core
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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
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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
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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.
NEC raises 32-bit ARM processor core performance
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9/3/2007   Post a comment
NEC is touting its 90-nm, 700-MHz dual-core implementation of the ARM11 MPCore multicore processor as the highest performing, and its ARM926EJ-S processor core as the fastest at 130-nm, clocking in at 400-MHz.
Fundamentals of embedded audio, part 1
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9/3/2007   Post a comment
Part 1 of this 3-part series explains the basics of audio converters and the common standards for connecting processors to these converters.
Enriching the connected car driving experience: Part 1 - connected platforms and the Rich Internet
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9/1/2007   Post a comment
X86 platform architecture delivers a rich and interactive in-car experience in a way that's difficult for non-PC-compatible platforms--and bridges the gap between automotive and consumer product lifecycles.


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