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posted in September 2008
Media processor offers boost in CPU performance
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Sigma Designs announced the availability of its SMP8644 media processor SoC, designed for feature-rich consumer products, including next generation IPTV set-top boxes, IP cable set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players.
Low-cost ARM9 MCUs roll with High Speed USB 2.0 OTG
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
NXP's latest devices are providing embedded designers with cost effective, power efficient single chip solutions for USB connectivity.
DrMOS delivers over 92% peak efficiency in 6 x 6-mm module
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has introduced the XS DrMOS, which the company claims as the industry's first high-performance and 6 x 6-mm DrMOS solution for synchronous dc/dc buck regulators for computing, game console and consumer point-of-load (PoL) applications.
Freescale launches custom SoC business
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor launched a Customer Specific Products business to provide custom system-on-chip solutions based on its SoC platforms.
TI rolls low-power floating-point processors
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
TI's new floating-point DSPs and DSP-plus-ARM processors combine low cost, low power, and new connectivity options.
Next-generation DrMOS delivers 92 percent efficiency in industry's smallest package
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild touts its next-generation family of DrMOS devices---the XS DrMOS series---as the industry's first high-performance 6-by-6 mm DrMOS solution for synchronous DC/DC buck regulators.
Fanless network appliance features Intel Tolapai
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
HABEY USA is offering what is says is the first Intel SoC-based fanless NAS/Network Appliance embedded platform.
In multicore SOC architectures, buses are a last resort
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
The one-processor system model that dominated electronic system design since 1971 is now thoroughly obsolete. Today's SOC designers readily accept the idea of using multiple processors in their complex systems to achieve design goals and use the terms "control plane" and "data plane" to describe how these various on-chip processors are used on the chip. These terms appeared during the Internet and networking boom. At first, they referred to the design of multiple-board networking systems but hav
Using micro-benchmarks to evaluate & compare Networks-on-chip MPSoC designs
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9/28/2008   Post a comment
The authors lay out a set micro-benchmarks to evaluate and compare multicore networks-on-chip (NoC) architectures designed to systematically exercise all of the important aspects of a NoC/MPSoc design.
32-bit MCU integrates security supervisor, cryptographic functionality
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a high-performance 32-bit RISC microcontroller that integrates security supervisory features, advanced encryption and NVSRAM for the financial terminal market.
Rocket science in the truck industry
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
For trucks, for a long time electronics seemed a thing of another world. Now the truck vendors have discovered that they can reduce accidents by electronic controls and assistants
Tilera = 15X better than TI? (updated)
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
It's not that simple, but the 64-core Tilera processor is darn impressive.
DaVinci board speeds HD product development
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
The DVPB-HD features TI's TMS320DM6467 processor, HDMI interfaces, and support for up to four channels.
TI's OMAP35x processor-based designs receive power management support
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced three fully integrated power management and signal chain companion chips to support all system power requirements of an OMAP35x processor-based design.
Microcontroller awarded Common Criteria EAL4+ certification
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Atmel announced that the AT91S0100 and its derivatives have been granted Common Criteria certification EAL4+.
Su named VP of Freescale's networking, multimedia group
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Freescale appoints its CTO to head up the company's networking and mutimedia group.
Transmitting Information via the Human Body Using the Electric Near Field
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Ident Technology (Wessling, Germany) has developed a technique to use the electric field of a human's (or animal's) body to carry and transport informations. The range of possible applications is quite large and includes a host of automobile applications, such as intelligent squeeze protection, driver / passenger discrimination for in-car electronic devices such as air con, or decoupling of function and haptics. These properties generate new degrees of freedom for designers.
Intel takes stake in social media software firm
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Intel has agreed to acquire a $20 million stake in a provider of social computing solutions and business intelligence tools through its venture capital arm, Intel Capital.
Tilera sets new performance benchmark with TILEPro processors
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Tilera Corp. has introduced its second-generation family of processors, dubbed TilePro, which it claims sets a new benchmark for performance. Tilera says the TILEPro64 delivers 35x better performance per-watt over the Intel Quad-Core Xeon and 15x the performance of Texas Instruments' DaVinci DM6467 series DSP.
MCU targets machine-to-machine wireless communication applications
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Europe has launched the AE470G secure MCU for M2M (Machine-to-Machine) wireless communication applications.
PRODUCT HOW-TO: Taking the RISC out of COMs
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
How Kontron's Atom CPU-based nanoETXexpress modules enables the efficient and cost-effective development of different types of applications such as mobile handhelds, solar-powered ultra small stationary devices and modular devices with very compact displays.
IC Insights cuts '08 forecast; sees ASPs firming
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9/18/2008   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights has cut its semiconductor industry revenue forecast for 2008 by $6 billion, but believes that long-term trends will support pricing stabilization that will enable the industry to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 10.6 percent between 2007 and 2012.
Protect USB devices in automotive infotainment applications
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
With more portable devices being taken into cars, proper protection for USB automotive applications is a key reliability element.
iSuppli: Chip biz has lost 'money-making touch'
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry now has a lower profit percentage than the historically low-margin PC business, something that occurred only once before, according to iSuppli.
High-performance computing board features Virtex-5
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
The WILDSTAR 5 PCI-E boards are now available with Xilinx's newest, biggest and highest pin count Virtex 5 FPGAs.
Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Circuit Examples - Part 5: RS-422-Compatible Indicator Panel
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
This article illustrates an approach to multidrop differential serial communications over relatively long distances as the author of the "Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook" describes the circuit and firmware for an RS-422-compatible indicator panel.
With assist from Intel, India designs first microprocessor
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
The complete design of Intel's Xeon 7400 series microprocessor took place in India.
Elmos, NEC partner for automotive, industrial projects
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Component groups Elmos Semiconductor AG (Dortmund, Germany) and NEC Electronics Corporation (Kawasaki, Japan) have sealed a strategic collaboration deal that will see them jointly developing and manufacturing a wide range of products targeting the automotive and industrial markets.
Intel touts Xeon 7400 for 'virtualization 2.0'
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
Intel announced seven new 45-nm multicore Xeon 7400 processors aimed at high-end servers.
AMD rolls out graphics cards for the masses
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
AMD intends to make HD gaming easier with its ATI Radeon HD 4600 series, delivering high-quality gaming and HD multimedia experiences at low power and prices.
Application processor yields nearly 30% power-savings for video playback apps
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
Renesas' latest member of its SH-Mobile series of application processors for mobile applications offers approximately 30 percent power-savings for video playback applications compared with its previous products.
AMD boosts 3-D graphics acceleration
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9/11/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices' ATI graphics unit will claim performance milestones later this week for its FirePro 3-D graphics accelerators.
CPUs: Samsung, Intrinsity team on nextgen faster, lower power cores
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9/10/2008   Post a comment
Samsung to use Intrinsity's Fast14 high speed and low power logic technology and processor design expertise
Teardown and repair reveals design choices in Dodge key fob
Teardown  
9/9/2008   6 comments
Keyless auto entry systems offer convenience and safety, but turn terribly inconvenient when a key fob fails. Just such an occurrence prompted this story on the teardown and repair of a key fob for a 2005 model year Dodge.
Intel ships eco-friendly Xeon server processors
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9/9/2008   Post a comment
Intel continues to expand its 45-nm manufacturing chip portfolio with the launch of its first four halogen-free Xeon processors, signaling another step in the company's march toward minimizing the environmental footprint of its products.
Intel's Moore garners IEEE Medal of Honor
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Gordon Moore, co-founder and chairman emeritus at Intel Corp., has been named recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor.
Updated: Ember, Skyworks partner on Zigbee modules
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. and Ember Corp. will combine their RF and controller devices to create a family of modules aimed at ZigBee wireless networks, targeting a wide range of industrial and consumer applications including smart energy meters.
New Rapid Media Processing (RMP) platform from Ambric
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Ambric's new Rapid Media Processing (RMP) platform provides accelerated development of multi-codec video processing solutions.
Sun, Xilinx launch 64-bit OpenSparc development platform
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Computer company Sun Microsystems Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) and FPGA company Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have announced the availability of an OpenSparc development platform based on the UltraSparc T1 processor implemented on a Virtex-5 FPGA from Xilinx.
Kontron equips Computer-on-Modules with 45nm Intel processors
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Equipped with space- and energy-saving 45nm high-end processors, Kontron claims that its latest ETXexpress-PC COM Express Computer-on-Module sets new performance-per-watt standards for embedded applications with high demands on data processing and/or multi-media conversion and output.
Video enhancement algorithms on embedded systems
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9/5/2008   Post a comment
A video enhancement system implemented on embedded platforms -- such as TI's DSP and ARM -- that improves video quality with high efficiency and low cost for power-sensitive portable digital devices such as handsets, media players, cameras and PDAs. Improvements include removal of blocky artifacts, ringing and mosquito artifacts, suppression of spatial and temporal noise, brightness/contrast/color adjustments and more.
Gartner lowers 2008 IC forecast
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9/3/2008   Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner has revised its 2008 and 2009 semiconductor forecasts downward, saying macroeconomic trends, the collapse of the flash memory market and disturbing reports of slowing revenue growth from the industry's No. 1 foundry are weighing on the sector even as individual chip markets remain strong.
Google's browser engine running on ARM
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9/2/2008   Post a comment
Google has ported a core part of its new Chrome browser to the ARM processor as well as to the x86, and believes the browser—or key parts of its underpinnings--could be available for mobile devices such as cellphones within a few months.
Atmel rolls $399 customizable MCU kit
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9/1/2008   Post a comment
Atmel debuts a starter kit for its CAP customizable MCUs. The kit speed migration of ARM7-plus-FPGA designs to single chip solutions.


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