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Secure CPU vendor introduces security server
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Secure processor vendor CPU Technology introduced a security server that combines hardware and software used to encrypt embedded applications and configure security features for the company's Acalis CPU872 secure processors.
Slideshow: Denials, memories and the 'Turbo Man' at IDF
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
This year's Intel Developer Forum will not be remembered for huge surprises or landmark announcements. But it had some visual moments.
Multiphase PWM regulators offer optimal voltage regulation for Intel mobile CPUs
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation has introduced new compact multiphase PWM regulators that comply with the Intel Mobile Voltage Positioning (IMVP-6.5TM) specification.
Intel dials in 45nm for TV chip gambit
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. formally announced its first 45nm system-on chip—the CE4100 or Sodaville--at the Intel Developer Forum, its second swing at a device aimed for TVs and other digital living room systems.
Otellini denies antitrust charges in EC's Intel report
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Chief executive Paul Otellini denied Intel Corp. engaged in anticompetitive practices outlined in a 518-page report released Monday by the European Commission, and said in a Q&A session after his keynote at the first day of the Intel Developer Forum that Intel will present its evidence in an appeal of the EC's May decision to slap a $1.45 billion fine on the chip maker.
Intel demos Larrabee, security acceleration at IDF
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. demonstrated a working version of its first discrete graphics processor, Larrabee, at the Intel Developer Forum where it also showed chips with a next-generation security acceleration capability.
Otellini: Intel to ship more SoCs than PC CPUs -- someday
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will someday ship more system-on-chip devices than PC processors, said chief executive Paul Otellini whorolled out new software efforts to drive its Atom-based chips into handsets and other devices and.showed the company's first working 22nm SRAM devices, 364 Mbit chips with 2.9 billion transistors.
Europe releases report on Intel antitrust investigation
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9/21/2009   1 comment
A day before the opening of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, the European Commission has released a 518-page report detailing its allegations of antitrust violations against Intel Corp. for which it levied a $1.45 billion fine in May.
The path to money in medical systems design
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Between government stimulus packages, an aging population, exploding healthcare costs and increasing need for better remote diagnostics, it's understandable that engineers looking for the next big opportunity would look up and cry: "Thars gold in them thar [medical] hills." But not so fast.
IC analyst sees tighter supply, ASP growth
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
A historically low level of capital spending by chipmakers is paving the way tight supply conditions that will result in increased average selling prices but may have unforeseen ramifications, according to an industry analyst.
Cypress looks to change the game with new PSoC product line and design software
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
With the announcement of two new families of programmable system on chip (PSoC) devices, along with a new development environment, Cypress is looking to change the way people do system design.
Codeplay offers free multicore programming support for Cell processor
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Codeplay Software Ltd. (Edinburgh, Scotland), a vendor of software compilation tools, has said it will offer multicore programming support for the Cell processor, the device used in the Sony PlayStation 3 and elsewhere, for free.
ARM announces 'Osprey' A9 core as Atom-beater
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9/16/2009   1 comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has developed two implementations of a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor design that it has called Osprey. The 40-nm hard-macro processor, capable of achieving 2-GHz clock frequency, is one of the highest performing cores yet developed by ARM.
U.S. engineers at a disadvantage. Join the conversation
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9/15/2009   88 comments
Is the handwriting on the wall for U.S.-trained engineers?
IBM, LSI roll 45-nm embedded processor
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
IBM Corp. has rolled out a high-speed, embedded processor for the communications, storage, consumer, and aerospace and defense markets.
Intel appeal says EC antitrust ruling was based on mistakes
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Intel's appeal to the European Court of First Instance to annul or reduce the Euros 1.1 billion ($1.45 billion) fine imposed by the EC in May for anti-trust offences is based on claims that the EC provided insufficient proof of wrongdoing.
Verifying next-generation system-on-chip designs
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
The first EETimes System on Chip Virtual Conference this week looked at next-generation SoC design, with a special session on verification, a topic that has stymied the best designers at a time of rapid time to market, multiple heterogeneous IP blocks and ever-more-complex designs. This series of features and courses will set the stage for that session, so use them to catch up and join in what is sure to be a fascinating discussion.
Intel reorg shows no big new directions--yet
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9/14/2009   1 comment
Intel Corp.'s reorg announced today shuffles a lot of deck chairs—some in surprising ways--but indicates no major new directions for the world's biggest chip company—at least not yet.
Intel's Q2 MPU share hit 4-year high, says iSuppli
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel during the second quarter expanded its dominance of the global microprocessor market to levels not seen in nearly four years, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Intel revamps organizational structure
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel has confirmed that Pat Gelsinger has left the company and also announced a raft of other senior management and organizational changes.
Gelsinger to leave Intel for EMC in management shake-up
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel is expected to reveal later today major senior executive changes that will see its core chip business-head Patrick Gelsinger leave the company after 30 years.
Gaming the system--high-end networking on the Cell processor
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9/13/2009   Post a comment
Complex multicore processors are upon us. With the right open source tools and a commercial RTOS, they don't have to be monsters to program.
MCUs - MCU for automotive engine control boasts on-chip 3.75 MB flash memory
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9/12/2009   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America, Inc., has announced the SH72546R automotive powertrain control MCU, which combines a 3.75 MB on-chip flash memory with 200 MHz operation. The SH72546R is the third in Renesas Technology's line of SuperH high-performance control MCUs to employ the 90 nm process node to integrate large-capacity flash memory.
Microprocessor supervisory circuits lower power to extend battery life in mobile applications
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has expanded its portfolio of supervisory ICs with new low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits for monitoring under-voltage conditions in handheld industrial instruments, telecommunications devices, and other portable applications.
Improving energy efficiency in ultra low-power devices
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
The quest for ultra-low power devices is never-ending. This article explains a technique to improve their energy efficiency, by means of sysclock tick reconfiguration during runtime.
Freescale : Dual-core processor is energy-efficient
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
Freescale introduces the QorIQ P1022 dual-core processor with advanced power management capabilities to support energy-efficient designs for embedded applications.
IBM continues to mislead. Join the conversation
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9/4/2009   20 comments
IBM Corp. has cut nearly 10,000 jobs this year, according to reports, although Big Blue still refuses to fess up to most of the layoffs.
Medtronic starts trials for closed-loop brain implant
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9/2/2009   Post a comment
Medtronic Inc. has started trials in monkeys of an implantable device that can automatically sense and respond to brain waves, research that promises new insights into how the brain works.
Increase the speed while reducing the power in your MID's display
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
The popularity of Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) will surely rise as the user experience improves.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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