Samsung announces quad-core Exynos processor Point-Counterpoint 4/26/2012 13 comments Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced that it is manufacturing a quad-core application processor for smartphones and tablet computers built on a 32-nm CMOS manufacturing process with high-k metal gate transistor stack.
Automotive-electronics documentation and service software tools cut cost—and improve brand image Design How-To 4/26/2012 2 comments Compared against the development of visionary new automotive electronic systems, such as intelligent highways and driverless cars, documenting designs and repairing faulty vehicles seems unglamorous. But in fact, documentation of vehicle electrical systems is a slow, costly and error-prone task; and speeding fault rectification saves money, reduces commercial vehicle downtime, and enhances brand image in the eyes of the customer.
LSI, Xilinx, Cadence beat estimates News & Analysis 4/26/2012 2 comments Chip vendors LSI and Xilinx and design automation software provider Cadence Design Systems reported quarterly results that exceeded analysts' expectations and offered guidance that was also better than expected.
Tech that stole the show at Coachella Social Mania 4/25/2012 5 comments Coachella music festival may be the premiere place to see great live acts, but there were more than just living legends roaming the Empire Polo Grounds at this year’s event.
Seeing is believing, but vision isn't video Blog 4/25/2012 6 comments The son of Shooter in the film, "Hoosiers," said to Gene Hackman, "Coach, I'm not seeing it." I know how the kid felt. I've always had the same problem distinguishing —in technology terms — between "vision" and "video."
Efficient amplification for real-world audio Design How-To 4/25/2012 3 comments Amplifier topologies are claiming 90%+ efficiencies, however this is delivered only at full output power - quiescent power consumption is anything but efficient. Here we examine how to cut both quiescent and variable losses to create a truly efficient audio amplifier IC.
Power 107: Power Delivery Networks Blog 4/25/2012 1 comment Optimizing power in a chip is one thing, but you still have to get power to where power is needed and that is the difficult job of the power delivery network…
Broadcom aims to spread 100-Gbit Ethernet with single-chip solution Product News 4/25/2012 7 comments Broadcom announced its fourth-generation Ethernet network processor, which it claims is the industry's first chip to use massive parallelism by virtue of its 64 packet-processing cores running at one gigahertz. Providing full-duplex 100Gbit per second performance, it can also be configured to provide a dozen 10-Gbit channels.
Getting test-ready for 802.11ac Design How-To 4/24/2012 2 comments From a manufacturing test perspective, the evolution of WLAN standards is something that must be understood and planned for ahead of time.
Nokia downgraded to 'junk' News & Analysis 4/24/2012 20 comments Another quarter of disastrous financial results for Nokia last week, with a quarterly loss of $1.7 billion, has led to the Finnish phone maker’s debt being downgraded to “negative” and even “junk” by major financial consultants.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.