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Comment: Re: Disingenuous - nickflaherty - 10/30/2014
Comment: Re: Fakers Flop! - nickflaherty - 10/29/2014
Fake Chip Furor Challenges Counterfeiters
Blog  
10/28/2014   13 comments
It's not often that a driver upgrade creates a social media storm, particularly with USB chips. But the Glasgow chip designer FTDI faced a storm of criticism after a new driver was released for its FT232R USB-to-UART bridge chip.
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
Building New Microarchitecture for Microcontrollers
Opinion  
10/6/2014   Post a comment
It's not too often there's a completely new microarchitecture for an embedded controller, so the launch of the Cortex-M7 is particularly interesting. This has been designed from the ground up, rather than extending previous architectures from the M3 to the M4, for the Internet of Things and other applications.
What's in a Name?
Blog  
10/6/2014   Post a comment
What is it about numbering systems for products? There seems to be a desire to make a chronology fit a marketing strategy, but it can be a tricky business.
Power Design the Cognitive Layering Way
Blog  
10/2/2014   6 comments
Chris Rowen coins the term "cognitive layering," where an IoT class device is usually quiescent, waiting for something to happen, such as a sensor or timer triggering.
How Secure Is Your USB?
News & Analysis  
9/8/2014   3 comments
Reverse engineering a USB controller's firmware is a possible route hackers could take into your device. What one chip industry IP vendor partnership is doing about it.
MIPS Moves Multicore Battle to Clustering
News & Analysis  
9/2/2014   4 comments
Imagination Technologies launches its I-class I6400 MIPS 64-bit processor with a focus on multi: multithreading, multicore, and multicluster coherent processing.
Anatomy of an ARM Server Chip
News & Analysis  
9/2/2014   3 comments
Four out of the top five server IC companies prefer ARM. The server market bloodied ARM in recent years, but ARM is bouncing back with help from the popularity of the ARMv8 64-bit architecture.
Imagination Takes On Raspberry Pi
News & Analysis  
8/29/2014   13 comments
Imagination Technologies has developed its own version of Raspberry Pi, using a MIPS-based processor from Ingenic.
White Goods Consolidation Drives Power Deals
News & Analysis  
8/27/2014   3 comments
The power semiconductor industry has seen two key announcements this week, highlighting some serious consolidation, all driven by agitation in the white goods market.
Comment: Re: Good for LED - nickflaherty - 8/14/2014
Nanoceramic Startup Gears Up for Growth
News & Analysis  
8/12/2014   2 comments
The UK startup Cambridge Nanotherm hopes to commercialize its nanoceramic technology, which converts aluminum into a dielectric adept at carrying heat, by targeting high-end LED system makers.
Advanced Packaging Drives SPTS Semiconductor Deal
News & Analysis  
8/7/2014   2 comments
A marriage between two unlikely partners -- a maker of optical inspection equipment for PCBs and a semiconductor etching and deposition company -- could signal just how important silicon is becoming to the function of the board.
Whisper Shouts Flexibility Sacrificed in Pursuit of Volume
Blog  
8/1/2014   4 comments
Imagination is moving away from software defined radio and back to a more traditional approach with its Whisper radio processor unit.
Imagination Positions Itself for 802.11ah & IoT
News & Analysis  
7/23/2014   1 comment
Imagination Technologies has developed a low-power configurable radio architecture for the wide range of existing and emerging protocols for the Internet of Things.
XMOS Sees Key $26M Investment
News & Analysis  
7/21/2014   4 comments
UK chip designer XMOS has raised $26.2m from three global chip partners in one of the largest silicon investments this year.
Bluetooth Fights Back Against Thread
News & Analysis  
7/16/2014   14 comments
If you thought the Thread group would bring harmony to the Internet of Things, think again.
Freescale Takes Floating-Point Microcontroller Under 80 Cents
News & Analysis  
4/10/2014   2 comments
Freescale's ARM Cortex M4 floating-point microcontrollers bring the price to less than $1 for bulk orders.
ARM Moves to LLVM Open-Source for Future Compilers
News & Analysis  
4/9/2014   Post a comment
In move away from proprietary technology, ARM plans to move any future compilers it develops into the open-source community through the LLVM license.
High-Speed Memory: 6 Technologies to Watch
Slideshow  
4/9/2014   3 comments
When it comes to high-speed memory, what are the hot technologies that can’t afford to ignore? Here are six trends to follow, from DDR4 to the latest in SRAM.
Europe Seeing Slower Speeds for IC Compiler II Designs
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   Post a comment
When compared to the United States and Japan, European engineers are seeing less speed-up in their chip designs from a new version of IC Compiler. Here’s a look at the reasons why.
Imagination Offers Ray Tracing
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   8 comments
The Multicore IP block design from Imagination Technologies combines ray tracing and tile rendering for mobile graphics and games.
1TB Archive Disc Avoids Format War
News & Analysis  
3/17/2014   2 comments
Sony and Panasonic are developing new disk storage technology that can store up to a terabyte of data on a disk, and the two companies are doing it without a fight.
Robot Solves Rubik's Cube in 3 Seconds
News & Analysis  
3/17/2014   Post a comment
A new robot using intelligence from a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, along with an eight-core ARM processor, has set a new record for solving a Rubik’s Cube.
UK Sidelines Universities for Cybersecurity Training
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   Post a comment
In an effort to get more people with cybersecurity skills, the UK government is looking outside universities and engineering schools.
UCSB Laser Research Paves Path for Next-Gen Silicon Photonics
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   Post a comment
Quantum dots grown on silicon can boost integrated laser devices, according to a new research paper from UCSB scientists.
ClariPHY 28nm SoC Brings Telecoms Into the Datacenter
News & Analysis  
3/12/2014   Post a comment
A new, 28nm system-on-a-chip design from ClariPHY is looking to bring 100 Gbit/s optical links used in telecoms into the datacenter.
16nm Pushes Chip Design Boundaries at CDNLive
News & Analysis  
3/7/2014   1 comment
One of the key issues being debated at the 2014 CDN Live conference is the race to make 16nm chip design more efficient. Engineers from Intel and TSMC are both expected to present papers on the subject.
Spin Waves Cut Logic Power
News & Analysis  
3/7/2014   7 comments
In a new research paper, UCLA scientists explain how they used electron spin to slash the power consumption of logic devices.
Comment: Re: trick? - nickflaherty - 3/6/2014
CDNLive: Verification Challenges Driving Innovation
News & Analysis  
3/6/2014   Post a comment
At the 2014 CDN Live conference later this month, the vast majority of papers being debated at the show will focus on the challenges of delivering full functional design.
Startup Slashes SRAM Power With Standard Logic Process
News & Analysis  
3/4/2014   4 comments
A UK startup is building static memory on a standard logic process that slashes power without reducing speed.
Embedded World 2014: 5 Hot Trends
News & Analysis  
2/28/2014   3 comments
The Embedded World conference this week offered some details about how the embedded market will involve over the next 12 months. In addition to the whole notion of the Internet of Things, it looks like 2014 will be a good year to brush up on Linux skills.
IoT Is Changing M2M Economics
News & Analysis  
2/28/2014   2 comments
The emergence of the Internet of Things is changing the way mobile network operators are making money from M2M. The next step is moving up the value chain to offer more end-to-end solutions.
Imagination Strengthens Position in Digital Radio IP
News & Analysis  
12/16/2013   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies has strengthened its position in digital radio IP through deals with STMicroelectronics and Frontier Silicon.
Is ARM Adopting Microsoft Model?
News & Analysis  
10/28/2013   5 comments
XMOS Semiconductor has signed a deal to use ARM-based chips from Silicon Labs alongside its own deterministic multicore silicon in a single package.
Imagination Takes On ARM’s big.LITTLE With Its Warrior Core
Blog  
10/15/2013   2 comments
Imagination Technologies announced the first MIPS Series 5 ‘Warrior P-class’ CPU, which the company claims represents “a major step forward in feature set” for high-performance MIPS CPU IP cores.
Changing SoC Landscape Goes Further up the Supply Chain
Blog  
10/10/2013   5 comments
The coming 20 nm and 16 nm FINFET will shake up the whole SoC and IP supply chain, according to an Imagination Technologies’ executive.
Comment: Re: ARM bus? - nickflaherty - 10/7/2013
Comment: Re: ARM bus? - nickflaherty - 10/7/2013
Intel Tackles SoC With Quark
News & Analysis  
10/7/2013   25 comments
After years of fighting x86 clones, Intel has launched its own synthesisable core called Quark.
Analog Drives Processor Architecture
Blog  
10/3/2013   2 comments
The recent port of a number of mixed signal interface IP blocks to 20nm by Synopsys raises some fascinating questions on the microprocessor ecosystem.


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