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Microprocessor server benchmarks seen as irrelevant
News & Analysis  
10/31/2012   2 comments
Dhrystone and Spec benchmarks are less important as server design focuses less about IT and more on e-commerce and operational expenses.
ARM TechCon keynote: Move bits not atoms
News & Analysis  
10/31/2012   10 comments
Professor Jonathon Koomey of Stanford University cautioned ARM TechCon attendees to take a system-level view of issues.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs for trusted systems
Product News  
10/31/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx demonstrates foundation technologies that help developers to overcome the challenges of building safe and secure systems.
"Arrgghh," said I…
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2012   18 comments
In which we discover yet another way in which Hurricane Sandy can mess up your day…
Samplify’s APAX IP Core speeds CPUs, GPUs, app processors, and ASIC/FPGA-based SoCs
Product News  
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APAX hard/soft intellectual property (IP) core accelerates memory, I/O, and storage throughput up to 8X.
Sigma Designs cuts jobs, weighs sale of R&D programs
News & Analysis  
10/31/2012   1 comment
TV and video processing SoC vendor is cutting jobs as part of a broad corporate restructuring.
Innovation requires less talk, more action
Blog  
10/31/2012   10 comments
An initiative will seek to launch 10,000 startups. Most will fail, but failure teaches us far more than PowerPoint presentations.
Wireless charging's Wild West landscape
Semi Conscious  
10/31/2012   7 comments
Amid a tangle of proprietary technologies and looming battles over standards, there are still plenty of questions about wireless charging.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – October 31st
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
ARM, Cadence, Cortus, DcD, DisplaySearch, Elliptic, eSilicon, Forte, Imperas, Jasper, LDRA, Mentor, Proton, Space, Synopsys, Uniquify, Xilinx and XYALIS made the lineup today. See here for their news
Yoshida in China: Huawei MIA in Windows Phone 8
Blog  
10/31/2012   7 comments
What’s behind Huawei’s no-show at the Windows Phone 8 announcement, and Microsoft’s waning appetite for the Japanese market?
Medical device costs seen leveling off
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
U.S. spending on medical devices remains about flat at 6 percent of total health care spending, said a group lobbying for repeal of a medical device tax.
Running shoes to transmit real-time biomechanics
Design How-To  
10/31/2012   2 comments
Scientists have embarked on a research project to develop running shoes with embedded electronics that would transmit real-time biomechanical data.
TI shows embedded tablet with $70 BoM
News & Analysis  
10/31/2012   7 comments
Texas Instruments slashed the cost of tablets for a broad range of embedded markets with a reference design that has a bill of materials of just $70.
Video: Stranded by Sandy, ARM CEO videos from taxi
News & Analysis  
10/31/2012   1 comment
Warren East made a virtual appearance at AMD’s historic press conference in San Francisco thanks both to cloud computing and swirling dark clouds.
ARM unveils new v8 processor cores
Blog  
10/31/2012   Post a comment
New cores build on the architecture enhancements of the A15/A7 with the same pipeline structures.
Linear Technology LTC6804 battery monitor
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
Linear’s latest battery monitor can measure up to 12 series connected battery cells at voltages up to 4.2V with 16 bit resolution and better than 0.04% accuracy.
Engineering horror at Disney
Blog  
10/31/2012   4 comments
When roller coasters go wrong...very, very wrong.
Acer delays launch of Windows RT tablets
News & Analysis  
10/30/2012   4 comments
Taiwanese OEM reportedly pushing back launch to see how Microsoft's own Surface tablet sells.
App developers are weak link for Android security
News & Analysis  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
When it comes to Android app security, what's the weakest link? Mobile handsets, communication links or servers, data centers? We looked for some answers.
SparkFun’s LogicBlocks kit teaches digital logic
Product News  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
Clever new product designed to help beginners learn how to use digital logic.
New low-power sensor hub solutions from Atmel
Product News  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
Sensor hub solutions with integrated motion and touch sensing incorporating maXFusion technology to address the growing motion sensor market.
Who holds power in wireless charging?
Design How-To  
10/30/2012   12 comments
Proponents say 2013 will be a breakthrough year for wireless charging of technology, but others ask which standard will hold sway.
ARM tips 64-bit 'big-little' processor, partners
News & Analysis  
10/30/2012   14 comments
ARM revealed details of its next generation of "big-little" processors along with the six partners who will help implement the technology.
Embedded S/W design re-use: IDEs are rising to the challenge
Design How-To  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
Integrated development environments (IDEs) have evolved to include productivity-enhancing resources, freeing the engineer to focus on design differentiation.
Quad patterning a possibility at 10nm, says TSMC
News & Analysis  
10/30/2012   4 comments
Quad patterning may be needed for 10-nm process technology if EUV lithography is not ready in 2015 when TSMC hopes to start using it.
Silicon Valley Nation: Semiconductor industry's Windows 8 problem
Blog  
10/30/2012   7 comments
ICs enable almost everything and get almost no respect.
'Superstorm' Sandy takes out data centers, websites
News & Analysis  
10/30/2012   3 comments
Sandy, the hurricane turned superstorm that has killed at least 76 people and left millions without power, has also wreaked havoc on the Internet.
Tektronix hopes to shake up ASIC prototyping
Product News  
10/30/2012   1 comment
Tektronix says that you no longer have to compromise when considering visibility in an FPGA prototype. Where does the claim stand on the truth meter?
London Calling: LED genies and the Internet of Things
Blog  
10/30/2012   1 comment
The Philips' Web-addressable LED light bulb could be the start of a wave of Internet of Things devices. Are we ready?
Opting for rugged components in smart meter apps
Design How-To  
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Smart meter applications are often subjected to harsh environments. Advanced smart meter components must combine rugged sealing, reliability and long-operating life.
Huawei is not a newbie to ASICs
Blog  
10/30/2012   3 comments
Contradictory to a recent EE Times blog, Chinese telecom equipment vendor has been using ASICs for years.
Oski sponsors hardware model checking award
Blog  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
A few days ago I received a press release from Oski Technology related to its sponsorship of the annual Hardware Model Checking Competition (HWMCC). After the challenge that they performed at DAC last year...
TI’s MSP430FR59xx MCUs boost performance, slash power
Product News  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
First class software, support, tools, and tech docs offer everything developers need to get started with MSP family delivering lowest total power consumption.
High-performance dual-I/F chip-card MCUs from STMicroelectronics
Product News  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
First to combine advanced ARM SecurCore SC000 processor, contact/contactless interfaces, and support for multiple transport-card standards.
Prototyping your way to shorter design cycles
Engineering Investigations  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
This articles contains two case studies where design teams on different continents were able to reduce their design cycle time. In both of these examples, the design teams used virtual prototyping and accurate models...
What Internet of Things needs to become a reality
Design How-To  
10/30/2012   32 comments
Estimates of the future market size for the Internet of Things cover a broad range, but most pundits agree that it will eventually dwarf any other technology market.
Custom cores in the cards for AMD, ARM?
News & Analysis  
10/30/2012   7 comments
It’s a slow reveal, says AMD CEO Rory Read (shown), but the winks and nods we picked up suggest AMD hopes to spin SoCs with custom ARM cores—someday.
The x86 is dead. Long live the x86
Blog  
10/30/2012   20 comments
AMD helped mark a milestone for a new era in which the venerable x86 and even microprocessor architecture no longer reign supreme.
Windows Phone OS uses NFC stack from NXP
Design How-To  
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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system will integrate the software stack of the PN544 NFC controller from NXP, according to the Dutch chip company.
Slideshow: Inside IBM’s superconductor lab
News & Analysis  
10/30/2012   20 comments
The search is on to find man-made materials with no resistance at room temperature. "It’s just a question of finding the route," says IBM fellow Stuart Parkin.
Steve Jobs’s 260-foot iYacht sets sail
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/30/2012   3 comments
A little more than a year after Apple co-founder’s death, a yacht he helped design has been spotted floating in Dutch waters, near the city of Aalsmeer.
Philips, Apple offer web-addressed LED lighting
Design How-To  
10/30/2012   7 comments
Consumer electronics giant introduces range of wireless- and Internet-addressable LED light bulbs that can be controlled remotely, altering colors to customize the lighting in each room.
Apple drops two senior execs
News & Analysis  
10/30/2012   5 comments
Scott Forstall, senior vice president of Apple's iOS operating system, is one of two executives leaving the company in a structural shakeup.
MaxLinear launches satellite receiver ICs
Product News  
10/29/2012   Post a comment
RF and mixed-signal IC vendor MaxLinear announced the MxL500 family of Full-Spectrum Capture tuner-demodulators for DVB-S/S2 satellite television systems.
AMD announces ARM server processors
Blog  
10/29/2012   2 comments
AMD took a much anticipated step today in announcing the development of chips based on ARM’s forthcoming 64-bit v8 architecture for server applications.
AMD to ship ARM-based server SoCs in 2014
News & Analysis  
10/29/2012   9 comments
AMD will ship 64-bit server SoCs using ARM V8 cores in 2014 with its SeaMicro interconnect fabric on board.
Windows Phone 8 targets everyone but business users
News & Analysis  
10/29/2012   20 comments
The most memorable tag line for Windows Phone 8 is: “We reinvented smartphones around YOU.”
Fujitsu rolls out low-power FRAM
Product News  
10/29/2012   1 comment
Device operates from 2.7 V to 5.5 V and offers 256 Kb capacity.
ST launches secure MCU series
Design How-To  
10/29/2012   Post a comment
The ST31 series of dual interface microcontrollers includes single-interface version for contact-only applications.
Leverage video for auto electronics design
Design How-To  
10/29/2012   Post a comment
The Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) standard is set to rapidly expand automotive electronics applications and markets.
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