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Predicting thermal runaway – Part 1
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8/31/2011   3 comments
Preventing thermal runaway requires balancing power dissipated by the device with power dissipated by the system.
Fujitsu launches Calypso single chip solution for automotive hybrid instrument clusters
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8/26/2011   Post a comment
Calypso MB9EF126 is the first member of Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe's FCR4 family of devices to be based on the ARM Cortex-R4 core, operating at up to 160MHz and offering more than 200 DMips processing power.
Tech Trends: Security concerns for next-generation automotive electronics
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8/26/2011   6 comments
With the remote connectivity now possible with telematics, critical systems could be maliciously tampered with by exploiting vulnerabilities in the car’s embedded systems.
New AMD CEO's job: Bringing computing to next 10 billion users
8/26/2011   10 comments
It’s been only a little over 10 hours, way too soon to pass judgment on AMD’s choice of the new CEO. True. But one thing keeps bugging me.
Ten tips for debugging MCUs
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8/25/2011   2 comments
With increasing complexity of microcontrollers and circuits, debugging is becoming increasingly important. But which diagnosis and debug functions are really needed and what is unnecessary?
AMD appoints former Lenovo exec CEO
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8/25/2011   27 comments
AMD's board of directors appointed as CEO Rory Read, a longtime IBM exec who most recently was president and chief operating officer at PC vendor Lenovo Group.
Hot Chips roundup
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8/22/2011   Post a comment
A roundup of stories from this years symposium.
Supercomputer, data center nets diverging
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8/22/2011   3 comments
Networks used inside supercomputers and data centers are diverging, according to papers at this week's Hot Interconnects event.
Mobile--and I hope--clean tech era is here
8/21/2011   17 comments
I know historians will say we are now in a mobile era in technology, and hope they also find signs of the birth of a robust clean tech era, too.
Bits from Hot Chips: Robots, Cisco, Oracle
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8/19/2011   9 comments
Researchers demonstrated personal robots, Oracle discussed its latest server processor and Cisco described an Ethernet chip on the last day of Hot Chips.
IBM plants transactional memory in CPU
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8/19/2011   7 comments
IBM has become the first company to ship a microprocessor using transactional memory, a new feature for multicore chips researchers have studied for years.
ARM wrestles with silicon, battery hurdles
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8/19/2011   19 comments
Big hurdles in silicon scaling and battery technology stand in the way of huge opportunities in mobile systems, said an ARM executive in a Hot Chips keynote.
Viewpoint: Why I don't think Leo can save HP
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8/18/2011   17 comments
I understand Leo Apotheker's vision for Hewlett-Packard, but I don't believe he can execute on it given HP's broad and deep woes and the CEO's clumsy methods.
Dead reckoning fills-in GPS navigation gap
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8/18/2011   9 comments
Dead reckoning aids traditional GPS navigation via intelligent algorithms based on a vehicle’s distance and directional changes during GPS signal interruption.
Hot Chips probes latest microprocessors
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8/17/2011   3 comments
Engineers will provide updates on a broad slate of previously announced devices at Hot Chips this week including server chips from AMD, IBM, Intel and Oracle.
MIL-STD-810-compliant ATR provides compact COTS enclosure
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8/17/2011   Post a comment
Ruggedized rack integrates COM Express and PMC/XMC I/O modules, plus solid-state memory.
Microsoft blog primes Windows 8 pump
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8/16/2011   28 comments
Microsoft has launched a new blog to preview features of Windows 8, billed as the biggest overhaul of the PC operating system since Windows 95.
Tell me how exactly Google can 'supercharge' Android
8/15/2011   10 comments
What are Google’s true intentions in buying Motorola Mobility? This is the crux of the issue.
TSMC's A6 processor to respin, says report
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8/12/2011   17 comments
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) – said to have started trial manufacturing of the ARM-based A6 processor for Apple – will put the IC through another tape-out for the "production design" in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Taiwan Economic News.
Chips for mobile lead market, says IHS
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8/12/2011   Post a comment
OEMs in 2011 will buy more semiconductor components for use in mobile, wirelessly connected equipment than they will for computers, according to market research company IHS.
EMI scans verify chip design and accelerate time-to-market
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8/11/2011   3 comments
Very-near-field electromagnetic scanning technology displays spatial and spectral emissions profiles and avoids issues in later, more costly testing at the module, system, or complete vehicle level.
Intel Capital launches $300M ultrabook fund
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8/11/2011   11 comments
Intel Capital launched a $300 million Ultrabook Fund to bankroll startups working on technologies in line with its new concept for next-generation notebooks. signs VeriSilicon in China push
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8/10/2011   Post a comment, the organization that promotes and develops standards for the Power microprocessor instruction set architecture has announced that VeriSilicon Holdings Co. Ltd., a China-based design services company, has joined the organization.
TI’s new TRF7970A NFC enables faster, easier data transfers
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8/9/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) touts their new TRF7970A contactless near field communication transceiver (NFC) as being the lowest power NFC in the industry.
Spreadtrum paid $1 million for Telegent
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8/8/2011   Post a comment
Spreadtrum Communications Inc., a leading Chinese fabless chip company, has disclosed that it has paid $1 million to acquire Telegent Systems Inc., a developer of mobile television receiver chips, net of cash that Telegent was holding.
GENIVI compliance promises multimedia experience
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8/7/2011   Post a comment
The first platforms compliant with the GENIVI specification have been announcd, marking the first availability of software products intended to standardise in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) systems across car models and manufacturers.
Speech recognition cuts driver distraction
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8/5/2011   8 comments
Design engineers see voice-enabled user interfaces as vital to improving automotive safety in the increasingly complex driver cockpit.
MIPS' fourth quarter disappoints
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8/5/2011   2 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. turned in a disappointing set of financial results for the second quarter of 2011 which was its own fourth fiscal quarter. Both revenue and net income were down from the same quarter a year before.
Imagination, Vector Fabrics team on OpenCL
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8/5/2011   3 comments
Graphics processor IP licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc is working with Vector Fabrics BV to apply parallelization to software to be distributed across application processors that include PowerVR SGX graphics cores.
LSI's Talwalkar may be AMD's best hope
8/4/2011   6 comments
The most interesting moment of an hour interview with LSI Corp. CEO Abhi Talwalkar came when I asked him about the open AMD CEO job and he visibly choked.
Cavium launches ultra low power search processor into TCAM market
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8/4/2011   Post a comment
Using a patent-pending search technology, Cavium claims its Neuron family will focus on high performance, L2-L4 network search applications in enterprise and service provider infrastructure equipment.
Changing the status quo in processor design: why synchronous is no longer ‘cool’
8/4/2011   3 comments
Smaller geometries and topology techniques have reached the point of diminishing returns
Qualcomm renames SoCs, quad-core on track
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8/3/2011   Post a comment
Qualcomm rebranded its Snapdragon mobile applications processors and indicated some of its 28nm chips are now sampling.
IDC cuts PC microprocessor forecast
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8/2/2011   1 comment
IDC cut its forecast for 2011 PC microprocessor shipment growth to 9.3 percent from 10.3 percent, saying economic headwinds in developed regions that are affecting consumer PC demand.
China IP provider plans Power family
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8/2/2011   9 comments
China processor core developer C*Core Technology Co. Ltd. will roll out in September a new family of processor cores apparently based on the Power architecture.
HiSilicon extends ARM licenses for 3G/4G comms
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8/2/2011   2 comments
HiSilicon Technologies Co. Ltd. has licensed a range of ARM technology for use across the breadth of its communications chip design activities including: 3G/4G basestations, networking infrastructure and mobile computing applications.
Fleet data loggers tackle real-world testing
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8/2/2011   Post a comment
Notebook-based solutions cannot handle automotive temperature extremes, nor boot up fast enough.
Axiomtek’s Atom-based HMI touch panel computer sports wide temp support and IP65 protection
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8/1/2011   Post a comment
Axiomtek's GOT-3156TL-830 is a heavy-duty & fanless HMI touch panel computer utilizing a 15-inch high brightness (400 nits) XGA TFT LCD with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
Embedded browser benchmark released
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8/1/2011   3 comments
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium launched BrowsingBench, a tool to measure the processing and displaying of Web pages on mobile devices.
Tower makes Ramon rad-hard processor
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8/1/2011   Post a comment
Tower Semiconductor Ltd., a specialty foundry that trades as TowerJazz, and Ramon Chips Ltd., a fabless company that specializes in space applications, have announced they have completed a second generation of radiation-hardened processors.

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