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Book Review: uC/TCP-IP by Christian Légaré
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11/30/2010   2 comments
I have to say that I am very, VERY impressed with the quality of books that are being written by the folks at Micriµm – the one I just finished reading on TCP-IP still has my head buzzing!
Intersil Li-ion battery manager IC ensures performance and safety
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11/30/2010   Post a comment
Device emphasizes accuracy, diagnostics, and robust communication.
Maxim's MAXQ7670A lowers cost for precision sensor apps in automotive and industrial
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11/30/2010   Post a comment
The MAXQ7670A from Maxim Integrated Products is a mixed-signal microcontroller that integrates all the functions needed to accurately measure small-amplitude differential analog input signals.
From RTL to GDSII in Just Six Weeks!
11/29/2010   37 comments
The amazing story of how one man single-handedly invented a new computing architecture, designed a multi-million-gate SoC, and went from RTL to GDSII tapeout in just six weeks.
Inside Xbox 360’s Kinect controller
11/29/2010   7 comments
The Kinect sensor peripheral for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 puts players in the game by eliminating the game controller, thanks to PrimeSense’s reference design.
Sitara ARM processor supports Profibus
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11/25/2010   12 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has announced the availability of its AM1810 Sitara ARM processor, which integrates an ARM9 processor core with a Profibus interface. Profibus is a popular fieldbus used for communications between factory automation equipment.
Is IBM moving to fab-lite, research heavy?
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11/24/2010   16 comments
IBM appears set to gradually back away from semiconductor manufacturing and to rely for its leading-edge silicon on Samsung and GlobalFoundries as foundry suppliers. Both Samsung and GlobalFoundries are set to have wafer fabs for foundry operations in the United States, which could help cement relations.
Researchers carve CPU into plastic foil
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11/23/2010   21 comments
Researchers will describe at ISSCC a processor built on thin plastic foil as well as a 5.2 GHz IBM CPU an Intel Itanium chip packing 54 Mbytes cache.
Intel rolls six merged Atom, FPGA chips
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11/22/2010   26 comments
Intel Corp. has rolled out the first six members of a new line of system-in-package products announced in September that include Atom and Altera FPGA die.
Aeroflex IPO raises $232 million
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11/22/2010   2 comments
Aeroflex Holding Corp. priced its initial public offering of 17,250,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $13.50 per share last week. The company granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,587,500 shares at a 6.25 percent discount.
ARM server debuts with STM chip
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11/19/2010   8 comments
A medium-sized computer maker has announced an ARM-based server using a dual-core Cortex A9 processor from STMicroelectronics.
Report: ARM in Google talks, could oust Intel
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11/19/2010   17 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc is in discussions with Google Inc. about ARM processors being used for the GoogleTV initiative, according to Dow Jones reports that quotes ARM president Tudor Brown.
ARM 64-bit CPU coming soon, says report
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11/19/2010   13 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc is expected to reveal its plans for processor cores that support 64-bit computing, within the next few weeks, according to an IDG news service report.
Nvidia describes 10 teraflops processor
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11/17/2010   4 comments
Nvidia's chief scientist gave attendees at Supercomputing 2010 a sneak peak of a future graphics chip that will power an exascale computer.
Intel releases alpha OpenCL SDK for Core
11/17/2010   Post a comment
Intel, the worlds' largest chip vendor, is now providing an implementation of the OpenCL 1.1 standard optimized for Intel Core processors running Microsoft's Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems.
Three biggest changes freescale CEO has b rought to the company
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11/17/2010   13 comments
Freescale CEO Rich Beyer is upbeat about his management team and his company. Now he wants to exit the wireless business and change Freescale’s DNA.
Next computing target—exascale systems
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11/15/2010   10 comments
Engineers are exploring radical shifts in computing to deliver exascale-class systems by 2018.
ARM server startup beefs up ranks
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11/15/2010   4 comments
ARM-based server chip designer Smooth-stone has changed its name to Calxeda, hired three new executives and moved into a bigger Austin office.
University of New Mexico sues Intel
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11/15/2010   33 comments
The University of New Mexico's technology-licensing arm filed a complaint in U.S. federal court alleging that Intel is infringing on a university-held patent covering double patterning lithography technology.
China expands presence on Top 500 list
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11/14/2010   9 comments
China kept its number one spot in the latest rankings of the world's supercomputers and is now second only to the U.S. in sheer numbers of Top 500 systems.
Lessons from the Intel Hands-on Lab road tour
11/13/2010   Post a comment
Intel's Stewart Christie reflects on problems encountered (and solutions discovered) during the Hands-on Lab events currently making their way throughout the U.S.
How digital signage works
11/13/2010   Post a comment
Henry Davis considers how improvements in electronics hardware technology and software have improved the capabilities of the traditional signage application and added creative new opportunities in the digital signage market.
Amlogic offers Cortex-A9 chip with HDTV
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11/12/2010   4 comments
Fabless chip company Amlogic Inc. has announced that its AML8726-M chip combines 1080p high-definition video decoding together with an ARM Cortex-A9 and Mali-400 graphics.
Samsung's DRAM share topped 40% in Q3
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11/11/2010   1 comment
Samsung was the only top five DRAM supplier to achieve sequential revenue growth in the third quarter as the market was plagued by slowing demand and declining average selling prices, according to iSuppli.
Flat processor market poised for an uptick
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11/11/2010   2 comments
The PC processor market was flat in the third quarter, but a pick up is starting that will lead to double-digit growth in 2011, according to a report from International Data Corp.
Securing Smart Grid devices
Design How-To  
11/10/2010   2 comments
One way to improve smart grid security is to separate critical and confidential portions of the system from non-critical, non-confidential parts. This article describes how to accomplish this using secure hypervisors and virtualization.
AMD ready for tablets—in 2012
News & Analysis  
11/10/2010   9 comments
AMD wants to be in tablets, but it will require Wichita, a planned 2012 update of its Ontario processor, to get solid design wins in the rapidly emerging market.
Baseball pitches a lesson for post-PC era
11/9/2010   2 comments
The mobile Web era is here, but there are plenty of old PC-style platform wars ahead, so place your bets for the 2011 Smartphone World Series.
Update: AMD on core wars and beyond
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11/9/2010   8 comments
AMD started shipping processors that merge graphics and x86 cores on a single die and predicted the end of the core wars after 2013.
Microchip offers stand-alone, real-time clock/calendar family
Product News  
11/9/2010   6 comments
Single-chip devices feature EEPROM and SRAM with performance bang-for-buck over a wide temperature range for automotive, smart energy, appliance, consumer, and commercial markets.
Marvell quad-core ARM targets x86 servers
News & Analysis  
11/8/2010   7 comments
Marvell will try to thrust ARM into servers and networking gear with a 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex A9 chip announced today.
Q&A: Telecom shifting to x86, IP
News & Analysis  
11/8/2010   2 comments
Genband CTO, Fred Kemmerer, speaks out on the uptake of x86 processors and the logjam in regulations for today's data-centric services.
Quickpath IP bound for Achronix FPGAs
News & Analysis  
11/4/2010   4 comments
Achronix will be including a hard Quickpath IP core in support of processor communications on forthcoming field programmable gate arrays enabled by Intel manufacturing.
Intel inside... China
11/3/2010   2 comments
Intel's first fab in China is not the company's first foray into the offshoring of manufacturing, but the No. 1 chip maker continues to invest heavily in U.S. fabs.
Intel to acquire Dresden LTE firm
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11/3/2010   7 comments
Infineon's wireless business unit, which is in the process of being acquired by Intel Corp., is taking over Blue Wonder Communications GmbH, a specialist in LTE communications.
Wanted: Processor guru for Huawei
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11/2/2010   Post a comment
China telecom giant Huawei is seeking a processor guru to whittle the wide variety of processors it buys down to two or three architectures from close partners.
MIPS CEO: ‘Companies need to have a soul’
News & Analysis  
11/1/2010   26 comments
In a sharp contrast to a year ago, the Wall Street loves MIPS. Share holders love them. Even the media seems to be in love. But MIPS CEO believes that’s not enough: “Companies need to have a soul.”

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