Intel has late metal fix for design error
News & Analysis 1/31/2011 15 comments
Some more details of a design error in companion chip to the Sandy Bridge processor, and the fix being implemented, have emerged in a conference call held by Intel to discuss the issue and the impact on revenues and margins.
ARM adds to Cortex processors and fills out roadmap
Product News 1/31/2011 3 comments
The ARM Cortex-R5 MPCore and the Cortex-R7 MPCore processors have been launched for use in 3G and 4G mobile baseband, mass storage, automotive and industrial markets. A roadmap for the Cortex R-Series processors also enables ARM's customers to future-proof their designs based on a single consistent architecture.
Dongbu licenses EnSilica RISC processor
News & Analysis 1/28/2011 Post a comment
Design house EnSilica Ltd. has announced that Korean foundry Dongbu HiTek has licensed the eSi-1600 embedded RISC processor.
The eSi-1600, part of a configurable family of processor cores, is a 16-bit CPU core suitable for integration into ASIC and FPGA designs.
Four-core ARM A9 to run Sony game console
News & Analysis 1/27/2011 18 comments
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) has announced its next-generation portable entertainment system (codenamed NGP) will be run on a four-core Cortex-A9 processor from ARM and a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ graphics core from Imagination Technologies. NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011, Sony said.
Virtualisation support for 2nd Generation Intel Core
Product News 1/25/2011 Post a comment
LynuxWorks has announced LynxSecure 4.0 now supports the new Intel Core i7 and i5 processor families. LynxSecure is a separation kernel and embedded hypervisor that provides an environment in which multiple guest operating systems and their applications can execute at the same time, in their own virtual partitions, without compromising security, reliability or data integrity.
Intel ups stock buybacks, declares dividend
News & Analysis 1/24/2011 Post a comment
Intel's board of directors increased the amount of money that the company is authorized to spend buying back its shares by $10 billion, increasing the overall outstanding stock buyback authorization to $14.2 billion.
AMD hits Q4 targets
News & Analysis 1/20/2011 Post a comment
AMD reported fiscal fourth quarter sales in line with analysts' expectations one week after the company's CEO abruptly resigned.
RIM launching PlayBook beta in February
News & Analysis 1/20/2011 1 comment
RIM will launch in February a beta program for its PlayBook tablet aimed at business users, but it faces hurdles in lack of Java support and competition from the iPad.
AMD aims 'most capable' processor at embedded
Product News 1/20/2011 5 comments
Microprocessor vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced the immediate availability of its G-Series processor which is describes as an Accelerated Processing Unit of APU for embedded systems.
Managing coverage grading in complex multicore microprocessor environments
Design How-To 1/19/2011 Post a comment
Verification of a multicore design is substantially more complex than a single core design. It involves the execution of tens of thousands of tests in a typical regression. As this regression can take a week or more to execute, there is a need for designers to have available a highly optimized test list that maximizes line and toggle coverage. This article describes a customized coverage grading solution, co-developed by AMD and Synopsys, which has saved AMD several months of run time by providi
New conga-BM67 module supports Intel's 2nd Gen CoreT processors
Product News 1/7/2011 Post a comment
The conga-BM67 high-performance module from congatec AG supports Intel's latest embedded quad-core CPUs, enabling enhanced support for multiple operating systems per module. It features the latest 2nd Generation Intel CoreT processors such as the Intel CoreT i7-2710QE processor (2.1 GHz, 45W, PGA) as well as the dual-core Intel CoreT i5-2510E processor (2.5 GHz, 35W, PGA) with up to 8 GByte dual channel DDR3 memory (1333 MHz).
Nvidia to attack CPU market with ARM
News & Analysis 1/6/2011 31 comments
Nvidia Corp., best known as a supplier of graphics processor units (GPUs), has announced that it intends to build high-performance ARM-based processors for applications ranging from PCs to supercomputers under an initiative called Project Denver.
Intel, AMD get graphic with CPUs
News & Analysis 1/6/2011 9 comments
As expected, Intel and AMD used the occasion of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show to officially launch new multicore chips that combine microprocessing and graphics processing capabilities on a single die.
China link helps MIPS go mobile
News & Analysis 1/4/2011 11 comments
Delivering on its promise to enter the mobile market, MIPS will show off at CES two smartphones. One deploys a MIPS-Based CPU designed by a Beijing-based Ingenic Semiconductor, while the other is using a MIPS core from Actions Semiconductor for media processing.
ITC backs Rambus with 34-company probe
News & Analysis 1/3/2011 8 comments
The International Trade Commission has announced that it will launch an investigation into various chips and memory controllers and products that contain them, including PC motherboards, modems, routers and computers, following a complaint filed by Rambus Inc.
Lantiq rolls G.hn home net chips
News & Analysis 1/3/2011 Post a comment
Lantiq rolled out the industry's second family of home networking chips complaint with the new ITU G.hn standard to drive data over powerline, coax or twisted pair networks.
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