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A real-time HPC approach for optimizing Intel multi-core architectures (Part 2 of 3)
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
This 3-part series will explore real-time high performance computing with the usage of embedded multi-core processors. Part 2 outlines software architecture approaches for utilizing multi-core processors, along with cache optimizations.
Jobs go but new processors coming at ARC
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
ARC International (St Albans, England) is to lay off 35 employees and close several of its locations in a major restructuring that sees the licensor of multimedia IP cores reduced to 115 direct staff, excluding its Adaptive Chips joint venture in India. The company also revealed it is readying a new processing range that will be launched in November.
Non-traditional environmental test methodologies for electronics
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Just how tough is Panasonic's Toughbook? Brian Caufield uses an elephant, a tiger, a Volkswagon Jetta, diet coke, and doritos just to see how tough it really is.
Samsung using 45-nm process for ARM-11 based processor
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Ltd has started sampling its ARM11-based application processor that will be made on its 45-nm CMOS process technology.
Stantum, Sitronix team for multi-touch controllers
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Stantum Technologies, the French multi-touch sensing technologies specialist, has teamed with Taiwanese group Sitronix (Hsinchu), which focuses on LCD driver and SoC design, to develop voltage matrix multi-touch single-chip solutions.
MODULES - Dajac launches USB-controlled I/O module for PC-based automation
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6/28/2009   Post a comment
Expert I/O 1000 simplifies automation projects for testing, process control, industrial, distribution, medical, home and hobby applications
Analyst: Intel eyes cellphone apps processor market
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
Intel is coveting the $1.3 billion cellphone application processor market for its future versions of Atom, according to Will Strauss, president and principal analyst at Forward Concepts, in a soon-to-be-published report on the handsets and chip market.
Gigle powers ahead in Belkin adapters
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
Gigle Semiconductor (Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, Scotland) has revealed that its GGL541 home-networking chip drives the Gigabit Powerline Networking Adapters being launched by network router specialist Belkin.
Army ordered to split Future Combat System
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Pentagon acquisition officials made good on Defense Secretary Robert Gates' pledge to rein in the Army's largest modernization program, announcing that development of the Future Combat System will be broken up into smaller development efforts.
TI digs deeper into femtocells opportunity
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is upping the stakes in supplying developers of both residential and enterprise femtocells with a range of DSPs specifically targeted at the emerging 3G access point market.
A real-time HPC approach for optimizing Intel multi-core architectures (Part 1 of 3)
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
In this three part series, the authors present findings that demonstrate how a novel approach with Intel hardware and software technology is allowing for real-time high-performance computing (HPC) in order to solve engineering problems with multi-core processors that were not possible only five years ago.
April's semis growth "best since 1996", says analyst
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales in April were up 15.6 percent on the previous month, if the fact that March was a 5 week month is factored in, according to market research group Future Horizon (Sevenoaks, England).
National Instruments teams with MobileRobots
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments is collaborating with MobileRobots to help engineers rapidly deploy service robot applications.
Buck converter: Key is selecting the right capacitor
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6/22/2009   4 comments
While the buck converter's input capacitor is often the most critical capacitor in the circuit, it is not usually given the proper consideration.
Imagination licenses graphics IP to Taiwanese group
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England), a licensor of graphics processing cores, has sealed another licensing deal for its Power SGX graphics processor IP, this time with Taiwanese fabless group MediaTek.
LCD-TV sales seen surging in Europe
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Sales of LCD-TVs will surge in most European countries this year, indicating a recovery in the EU countries' economic activity, according to market research group iSuppli Corp.
Opinion: Winners and losers in Digital Britain proposals
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
There were one or two big surprises in U.K. (departing) communications minster Lord (Stephen) Carter's final Digital Britain report, but on the whole, the word underwhelming and the phrase missed opportunity comes to mind.
Beyond-IR: Remote Controls for Home Entertainment
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6/17/2009   3 comments
The alternative to infrared remote control technologies is RF-based remote controls. RF-based remote controls overcome three major limitations of infrared technologies: line-of-sight and range; one-way communications; and high power consumption. Let's take a look at each of these limitations.
Researchers ready personal energy monitoring devices
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory are developing a device that will record people's daily energy consumption, including how they travel, the heating and appliances they use and also the indirect energy they use from the manufacture of food and goods that they consume.
MSC : CPU module features video decoder and CAN
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
The robust MSC EXM-IMX35 CPU module has a form factor of 65 x 90 mm and offers a high computing performance and very low power consumption.
Nemotek starts wafer level packaging in Morocco
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Nemotek Technologie, the Rabat, Morocco-based company readying production of wafer level lenses and cameras , has qualified the first parts at its newly built manufacturing and packaging facility, and expects to start shipping devices in the fourth quarter of this year.
GaGe : 16-bit digitiser card has 125 MHz bandwidth
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
The Razor family of high-speed, high-performance digitiser cards has been released by GaGe Applied.
Serial Attached SCSI storage moves ahead in network server designs
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Scalability improvement, along with the growing support of intelligent applications, is furthering 6Gb/s serial attached storage's penetration at the "Host-Storage Connection".
Imagination sparks up video codec line-up
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Mulitmedia processor technology licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) will embed the Spark video decoder from Sorenson Media (San Diego, Calif.) in future versions of its Power VR VXD video decoder IP cores.
TTTech, GE Fanuc partner for aerospace, military deals
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Time-triggered technologies specialist TTTech Computertechnik AG (Vienna, Austria) and embedded computing group GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms have teamed to develop and sell companies in the aerospace and defense electronics sectors systems combing the Austrian group's TTEthernet technology and GE Fanuc platforms.
BOARDS - ECONA CNS2135 ARM processor provides high performance for networks and storage
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Cavium Networks has introduced the ECONA CNS2135 ARM SOC solution for small form factor and low power network and storage applications, along with the CNS2135-TK module, a ready-to-use compact dongle module that enables quick implementation of network download stations with minimal development cost and time.
Author of Digital Britain blueprint set to leave government
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Lord (Stephen) Carter, the man brought in some eight months ago to beef up the U.K.'s communications and media industry policy and who is due to present his long awaited and much anticipated Digital Britain report next week, is set to leave the government soon after the document is published.
Rambus, EC close on patent dispute deal
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Rambus (Los Altos, Calif.) has agreed to cut its royalties on some parts to settle a long running and high-profile dispute with European antitrust regulators and will thus avoid paying a fine.
Nokia working on energy-harvesting handset
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
Nokia has started demonstrating a prototype mobile phone that uses energy harvesting technology to recharge itself using only ambient radio waves - emitted from mobile antennas, TV masts and other sources.
Plexus to manufacture new Coke dispenser
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
Plexus Corp, announced that it is partnering with The Coca-Cola Company to manufacture Coca-Cola Freestyle, a new proprietary fountain dispenser.
Replacing RS-232 with 802.11n wireless
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6/10/2009   3 comments
The RS-232 serial interface is used extensively in industrial environments, but there is a lot to gain from the replacement of these cables with a wireless transport mechanism. In this article we consider how a wireless link based on 802.11n WLAN can be configured and deployed for this purpose.
French PE group acquires Mercury Computer unit
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
Embedded boards and software specialist Mercury Computer Systems Inc. (Chelmsford, Mass.) has sold its Visualization Sciences group (VSG) to Toulouse, France based private equity firm IRDI-ICSO for $12 million upfront, plus up to $2.5 million in possible earn-outs.
Embedded processor wars
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
While Intel and ARM battle for supremacy in the consumer areas of netbooks and smart phones, ARM is taking on formidable opponents in other application areas.
Cree demos record efficiency for GaN HEMT amplifier
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
LED and high frequency component specialist Cree Inc. (Durham, N.C.) is demonstrating at this week's MTT-S International Microwave Symposium what it suggests is a record efficiency for a commercially available 2GHz microwave amplifier.
Only wireless related IC segments seen growing in '09
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Only two of the 29 IC product categories tracked monthly by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization are likely to show any growth this year, according to an analysis by IC Insights.
ST-Ericsson targets China, U.S. for growth
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson is looking for growth in the U.S. and Chinese markets as a major contributor to sales in the near future, according to Alain Dutheil, chief executive of the recently established wireless chip group.
SECURITY - Nano Socket WiFi/LAN modules assure security for device-level communications
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Connect One has introduced the Nano Socket Family of WiFi and LAN Embedded Modules, which require no driver development. Interchangeable form factors improve time to market and increase customer flexibility.
Health Alliance taps low power Bluetooth, ZigBee
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Both the low power Bluetooth and ZigBee Health Care networking specifications have been endorsed by the Continua Health Alliance as future health device networking standards.
Connect One : WiFi and LAN modules target M2M applications
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Connect One has unveiled the Nano Socket iWiFi and Nano Socket LAN.
Ember targets smart metering with ZigBee SoC
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6/8/2009   1 comment
Targeting industrial rather than consumer applications, and specifically smart metering in the medium term, Ember Corporation (Boston, MA.) will start shipping in the third quarter of this year an SoC for ZigBee networking based on an ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
Microsoft powers up Cambridge R&D
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Microsoft could have chosen a better day to have an 'open day' at its research center in Cambridge, England. A day before, all the headlines were of more job cuts, including, potentially, cutbacks at the software giant’s five major research locations.
e2v warns of challenging year ahead
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Electronic component and systems supplier e2v Technologies Plc (Chelmsford, England) posted a 13 percent fall in its full-year adjusted pretax profit and forecast a tough first half, hurt by general market softness in the defense sector.
DS2, Cavium prep powerline based video distribution platform
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6/3/2009   Post a comment
Powerline chip specialist DS2 (Valencia, Spain) has teamed with networking processor group Cavium Networks (Mountain View, Calif.) to develop a platform capable of 1080p60 HD video distribution to flat panel displays.
WiMax interoperability, roaming trials gather pace
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6/2/2009   Post a comment
Fourteen companies involved in the development of chips and device equipment and running of mobile WiMAX networks have linked in the first commercial WiMAX interoperability and roaming trials, the WiMAX Forum said at its global congress this week in Amsterdam.
CSR extends CVC capability, headset chips range
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6/2/2009   Post a comment
Bluetooth chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) has started using the fifth generation of its Clear Voice Capture (CVC) noise suppression technology in devices and has deployed it in a range of advanced ROM chips for the Bluetooth mono headset market.
Antenna specialist claims big SAR advance for small devices
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6/1/2009   Post a comment
Antenna specialist SkyCross (Viera, FL.) claims it has developed a way to reduce Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) levels in small wireless devices without sacrificing signal strength.
LA Metro upgrades security with Mifare Plus
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6/1/2009   Post a comment
Ticketing and automated fare collection on Los Angeles' Metro network is about to get more secure, courtesy of NXP's Mifare Plus smart card IC contactless technology.
Taiwanese group pays $215 million for E Ink
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6/1/2009   Post a comment
Electronic paper display technology pioneer E Ink Corporation (Boston, Mass.) is set to be acquired by Prime View International (PVI) , one of Taiwan's leading suppliers of small and medium sized displays and itself a developer of ePaper display modules.
UK research targets improved display readability
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6/1/2009   Post a comment
A multi-disciplinary research and development project led by GE Aviation Systems (Newmarket, England) and backed by the U.K.'s Technology Strategy Board) will deliver information displays with enhanced readability in bright lighting conditions.


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