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Models, models, models…
9/29/2011   3 comments
Without models the EDA industry could not exist and when it comes to trying to promote a new abstraction level, models become the sticking point. Synopsys intends to change that…
Samsung shrinks Exynos dual-core processor
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9/29/2011   3 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced an addition to its Exynos family of application processors for smartphones at mobile-oriented Samsung exhibition held at the Westin hotel in Taipei, Taiwan.
TECH TRENDS: LTE connectivity expands infotainment and telematics applications
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
With greater range and connection speeds 100 times faster 2/3G data services, LTE mobile broadband connected systems will enable burgeoning automotive applications.
Qualcomm jumps into ‘Embedded’ fray
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9/28/2011   4 comments
Qualcomm, traditionally known for its direct relationships with mobile handset OEMs and ODMs, has jumped into the “embedded” fray, by launching the company’s newly designed “DragonBoard.”
Kindle Fire profitable at estimated $150 BoM
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9/28/2011   17 comments
Amazon will make a profit on the Kindle Fire, but probably only a third to a quarter as much as the Apple iPad and Playbook, according to estimates from UBM TechInsights.
Oracle rolls T4 servers, pulls in 28nm T5
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9/26/2011   3 comments
Oracle announced servers using the T4, the first out-of-order version of its Sparc processor, and promised to deliver a 28nm T5 as much as a year ahead of plan.
Wireless power transmission expands to EV, industrial, and military electronics
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9/26/2011   4 comments
A new report describes technologies that will be a stepping stone to contactless power for consumer, industrial and military electronics.
Via files patent suits against Apple
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9/23/2011   5 comments
Taiwan x86 chip maker Via Technologies, Inc. is suing Apple Inc. for infringing three U.S. processor patents.
Intel wins sockets in 10PFLOPs super
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9/22/2011   9 comments
Intel has landed the first major design win for its Many Integrated Core processor in a Texas supercomputer expected to hit 10 petaflops when completed in early 2013.
Integrated MCUs simplify hybrid, EV motor control
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9/22/2011   3 comments
Highly integrated MCUs developed specifically for the hybrid and electric vehicles include timer structures, which generate motor control signals, along with various I/O ports and interfaces.
HP: How to polish a Silicon Valley gem
9/22/2011   9 comments
HP's engineers and managers need a CEO that can quietly get behind them to provide the blocking and tackling needed to help solve some really, really big problems.
IEDM: Samsung to present 20nm planar process
9/21/2011   5 comments
Researchers from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. are set to unveil the company's 20-nm logic process at the International Electron Devices Meeting, which is due to take place in Washington DC, Dec. 5 to 7, 2011.
Update: Nvidia five-core chip ups mobile ante
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9/21/2011   21 comments
Nvidia will pack five cores into its next-generation mobile CPUs using a novel technique it claims will give it an edge in power efficiency over rivals Qualcomm and TI.
CoFluent helps Intel with virtual platform creation
9/20/2011   4 comments
A quiet acquisition puts Intel back in the EDA business for virtual platforms. I am sure they don’t see it as a way to make money, but to sell hardware…
Intelligent sensor, algorithms improve battery management
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9/19/2011   2 comments
More than half of the vehicle breakdowns that are caused by the electrical system can be traced back to the lead-acid battery and could have been avoided by knowledge of the battery state. A battery management system provides the necessary information by fast and reliable detection of the State-of-Charge, State-of-Health, and State-of-Function in terms of cranking capability.
Mini-ITX motherboard features Atom, supports DDR3
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9/17/2011   Post a comment
Advantech has launched an industrial-grade, Mini-ITX motherboard featuring the single-core N455 and the dual-core D525 Atom processors which integrate Graphics (GMA 3150) and a Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) onto a single chip.
Gallery: Images from IDF 2011
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9/16/2011   6 comments
We snapped a few pictures of key moments from keynotes and goodies found on the show floor.
Intel code lights road to many-core future
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9/15/2011   1 comment
Intel Corp. released Parallel JS, an open source, data-parallel version of Javascript that's a small step on a long journey to many-core computing, said CTO Justin Rattner.
Intel shows progress on ultrabook vision
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9/14/2011   10 comments
At IDF, Intel showed stepwise progress rallying support for ultrabooks, a thin and light system it believes represents the future for notebooks and tablets.
Intel describes 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs
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9/14/2011   1 comment
Enhanced graphics are a hallmark of Intel's first 22nm processors, the Ivy Bridge chips described at the Intel Developer Forum.
Intel: Android on x86 phones TK in 2012
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9/13/2011   15 comments
Multiple handset makers will ship next year Android phone using Intel's x86 chips, vowed Intel chief executive Paul Otellini in a keynote speech here.
AMD 'clocks' FX processor at 8.429-GHz
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9/13/2011   29 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced it has achieved the Guinness World Record for the "Highest frequency of a computer processor," by running an 8-core FX processor at 8.429-GHz.
B'com's Samueli on NetLogic and more
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9/13/2011   1 comment
Broadcom CTO Henry Samueli shared his thoughts on the company's $3.7 billion bid to buy NetLogic--and more--following his first meeting with its employees in Silicon Valley.
B'com deal launches comms attack from rear
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9/12/2011   12 comments
Broadcom's $3.7 billion bid for NetLogic marks a bold and surprising attack from the rear in communications processors currently owned by Freescale, Intel and Cavium.
Rethink EV, hybrid power management architectures
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9/12/2011   1 comment
Environmental, safety, and economic constraints impact future vehicles and a distributed power network may offer advantages.
Kontron adopts ARM across the board
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9/8/2011   7 comments
Kontron AG, a leading supplier of board-level subsystems, has said it plans to introduce a broad range of boards, single-board computers, tablets and industrial PC units based on the ARM architecture.
Upcoming Xilinx FPGA shows 3-D IC progress
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9/8/2011   7 comments
Xilinx will ship an FPGA with two million logic cells this year thanks to new 3-D IC techniques, and TSMC said it may have an end-to-end 3-D IC flow in 2012.
NetLogic tips 80-core network processor
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9/7/2011   6 comments
A day after it announced first revenue shipments for its first-generation XLP network processor, NetLogic Microsystems tipped details of its 80-core follow on, the XLP II.
AMD starts shipping 16-core 'Bulldozer' chip
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9/7/2011   2 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has said it has started "revenue shipments" of the first processor based on its Bulldozer x86 architecture, a 16-core x86-compatible processor codenamed Interlagos.
Tool tailors engine controller for drag racing
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9/6/2011   2 comments
Even without a test stand, engine control software can be tuned and optimized to wring out maximum engine power.
The benefits of FireWire on PCI Express
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9/5/2011   Post a comment
high-speed protocols such as IEEE 1394b (FireWire) to provide benefits to the consumer: increased bandwidth and more efficient performance, reduced board footprint, improved power management, increased error immunity and support for a long list of feature enhancements.
New Renesas SoC targets entry level, emerging market infotainment applications
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9/4/2011   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics announced a new member of its R-Car series of automotive SoCs, the R-Car E1, offering low power consumption and high system integration targeting the cost-sensitive market of car navigation and multimedia systems including high-end car radios.

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