In multicore SOC architectures, buses are a last resort Design How-To 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
Rocket science in the truck industry Automotive DesignLine Blog 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
Transmitting Information via the Human Body Using the Electric Near Field Design How-To 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.
Tilera sets new performance benchmark with TILEPro processors Product News 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.
PRODUCT HOW-TO: Taking the RISC out of COMs Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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.
Elmos, NEC partner for automotive, industrial projects Product News 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 ships eco-friendly Xeon server processors Product News 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.
Updated: Ember, Skyworks partner on Zigbee modules Product News 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.
Sun, Xilinx launch 64-bit OpenSparc development platform Product News 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 Product News 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 Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 21 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 ...