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.
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.