Intel creates $100 million automotive fund
News & Analysis 2/29/2012 7 comments
Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel, said it has created a $100 million investment fund to help accelerate innovation and the adoption of new technology and services in the automotive industry.
High temperature effects on wafer test probing processes
Design How-To 2/29/2012 Post a comment
Automated probe mark analysis replaces time-consuming manual analysis, delivering statistically valid quantitative data in an easy-to-interpret format in minimal time. It enables the test engineer to rapidly assess the probing process, identify and analyze issues within the process and define solution options.
MIPS shows off $99 tablet at MWC
News & Analysis 2/29/2012 8 comments
MIPS Technologies, which makes the processors that power appliances like TVs and DTV boxes has come out with its own $99 tablet running Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Video: Android booth at MWC
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Google’s Android Booth at MWC 2012 is one of the major hotspots at the mobile show this year, attracting tens of thousands of visitors daily, most on the lookout for Google’s signature Android pins.
TenAsys releases distributed RTOS
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TenAsys Corporation's INtime Distributed RTOS enables programmers to write easily-scalable applications that run without modification on different system configurations
Mentor achieves first $1 billion sales year
News & Analysis 2/29/2012 2 comments
As expected, Mentor Graphics reported that its annual sales eclipsed $1 billion for the first time ever, as the company reported sales and earnings that beat analysts' expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter.
SYSGO releases new PikeOS version 3.3
Product News 2/28/2012 Post a comment
SYSGO has announced the new 3.3 release of its flagship product PikeOS, which extends SMP and Linux support to new multicore architectures, along with new certifiable file system, certifiable IP stack, performance improvements, and many enhancements in tools.
Intel, AMD pull out of WSTS
News & Analysis 2/28/2012 15 comments
Intel and AMD confirmed that they have left the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, which publishes widely cited monthly reports on global semiconductor sales.
Google's Schmidt talks up the transformative power of connectivity
News & Analysis 2/28/2012 5 comments
Rather than spend a lot of time talking about Google, Android OS or even recent changes in the company's privacy policies, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt used his Mobile World Congress keynote to highlight the need for bringing greater Internet connectivity to the world's most under-served markets.
Intel's new partnerships and processors for the mobile space
News & Analysis 2/28/2012 2 comments
Intel’s foray into the smartphone space is a “marathon, not a sprint,” according to the firm’s CEO Paul Otellini.
Speaking at a company press conference on Monday, where the firm announced new partnerships with Orange, Lava International Ltd., ZTE and Visa, Otellini reminded attendees that Intel was no stranger to the mobile market, having been involved in RF for many years.
IBM reports progress on quantum computing
News & Analysis 2/28/2012 12 comments
The last major engineering hurdle to quantum computers—millisecond coherence times—has been surmounted by researchers at IBM Research, making commercialization of the technology possible "within our lifetimes," according to Matthias Steffen, manager of IBM's Experimental Quantum Computing group.
Facebook joins W3C to combat browser fragmentation
News & Analysis 2/28/2012 3 comments
At Mobile World Congress (MWC) Facebook said it would be joining over 30 device manufacturers, carriers, and developers in an industry-wide effort to help accelerate the improvement and standardization of mobile browsers.
Does memory need more respect?
Memory Designline Blog 2/27/2012 1 comment
Like offensive linemen, memory performs an essential task but (like offensive linemen) it often only attracts attention when it fails.
AUTOSAR timing models minimize ECU risks
Design How-To 2/27/2012 Post a comment
Timing models are ideal development artifacts for the exchange between different development groups and along the supply chain. The presented methodology minimizes integration risks for ECU projects from the very beginning and constantly keeps real-time capabilities in focus.
LED drivers provide control, circuit-protection design options
Design How-To 2/27/2012 1 comment
While the basic operating requirement for an LED driver is to supply a constant current for consistent lighting, automotive uses have stringent guidelines regarding temperature and humidity, voltage, ability to withstand harsh chemicals, electromagnetic interference and compatibility, as well as circuit protection.