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DSCs and MCUs Bring 70 MIPS Performance and Cap Touch to Cost-Sensitive Designs

November 10, 2011 6:16 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the expansion of its enhanced core  16-bit dsPIC33 and PIC24 “E” Digital Signal Controller (DSC) and microcontroller (MCU) families  to include on-chip op amps and Microchip’s Charge Time Measurement Unit peripheral.

Embedded Computer Features the AMD Fusion APU

November 9, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Logic Supply introduces the NC108-1HD AMD Fusion System, designed around a Nano-ITX motherboard featuring the 1.6 GHz AMD T56N embedded G-series Fusion APU.

Collaboration Brings SYSGO PikeOS Virtualization to MIPS32 Cores

November 9, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

MIPS Technologies and SYSGO announced they are collaborating to bring SYSGO’s embedded virtualization technology to MIPS32 processor cores. 

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Overcoming Battery-related Design Limitations in Mobile Devices

November 9, 2011 4:50 am | by Marc Juzkow, VP of R&D and Engineering, Leyden Energy, www.leydenenergy.com | Articles | Comments

While mobile technology is racing into the future, lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology is stuck somewhere in the ’90s. Neither consumers nor mobile product manufacturers are happy with its performance and battery life issues. The problem is thermal instability.

Single-Chip PWM Solution Provides Less Than 30-mW Standby Power for Space-Constrained Apps

November 8, 2011 9:37 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FAN6756 PWM controller featuring mWSaver technology, which enables the reduction of standby power loss in the external circuit without using additional support ICs. The single-chip green-mode PWM controller is capable of

OpenVPX Reference Platform Handles High-bandwidth, Intense Computing Reqs

November 7, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. now offers the VPX-300, an OpenVPX reference platform designed to ensure interoperability among 3U VPX boards used within high performance, compute intensive applications. The OpenVPX backplane profile provides

FPGA Network Processing Card Offers Xilinx 7-Series Performance

November 7, 2011 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nallatech announced the availability of the PCIe-287N. This network processing card offers Xilinx 7-Series performance for network processing, cyber security, and algorithm-acceleration applications.

TTL I-O Card Targets Real-time PC-based Control Systems

November 7, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MESA 7I69 is a remote 48 point TTL I/O card designed for fast real time PC based control systems. It communicates with the host with a robust RS-422 link with up to 100 ft link length. Standard CAT5 cables are used for wiring convenience. The card is

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Atollic TrueSTUDIO for ARM Overview

November 7, 2011 4:42 am | Videos | Comments

Atollic TrueSTUDIO is a premier C/C++ development tool for embedded developers, reducing time to market and increasing efficiency in your next embedded systems project.

HP Shapes the Future of Extreme Low-energy Server Technology

November 3, 2011 7:39 am | News | Comments

HP announced a new industry program comprising a new server development platform, customer discovery lab and partner ecosystem to help customers significantly reduce complexity, energy use and costs. 

element14 and Atmel Launch the SAM9 Development Kit

November 3, 2011 7:09 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

element14 has announced availability of the SAM9 development kit, a full-featured evaluation board centred on Atmel’s ARM based AT91SAM9G45 processor.

High Specification AT-cut Crystals Targets Specialist Apps

October 31, 2011 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

IQD Frequency Products launched a new range of high specification crystals for specialist applications such as military, radar and pagers. The crystals are available in a variety of package styles including

Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 Microprocessors Expand Design Capabilities

October 31, 2011 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors from TI allow designers to explore infinite possibilities for upgrading their systems without increasing cost or power consumption.

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Highest Capacity FPGA Now Shipping from Xilinx

October 28, 2011 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xilinx introduces the Virtex-7 2000T -- the world's highest capacity programmable logic device ever built. 

After Slow Results of Google TV, Intel Turns Away from Television Semiconductors

October 28, 2011 8:24 am | News | Comments

With little room left to maneuver in the tough TV system-on-chip (SoC) market central to the ambitious Google TV initiative, Google partner Intel Corp. is quietly reshuffling resources away from the connected television semiconductor space and redirecting attention to the more profitable arena of chips for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, according to

Embedding Systems

October 28, 2011 6:59 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

The impact of convergence on the design community is not just increasing in scope, it's also speeding up. Consolidation of functionality and integration of subsystems has meant that the very definition of what an embedded system is becomes more elusive.

Overview of the QorIQ Multicore Configuration Suite

October 28, 2011 4:36 am | News | Comments

Learn how Freescale's QorIQ Configuration Suite can help reduce multicore development time.

Steve Jobs' Full Legacy Yet to be Written - What's Next?

October 28, 2011 4:27 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

Steve Jobs’ has left a legacy that is hard to capture. His vision and product from Pixar to Apple are still growing.

STM32F4 Discovery Kit Now Available

October 27, 2011 8:24 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics, a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has begun shipping the STM32F4 Discovery Kit to appointed distributors worldwide. The kit provides an ultra low-cost development environment enabling fast, convenient design starts using the new devices.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing

October 27, 2011 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing and the challenges it presents to the design engineering community.

MEMS-Based Differential Oscillators Tout 10 PPM Stability, Only 500 fs Jitter

October 26, 2011 2:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime’s SiT9121 and SiT9122 MEMS-based differential oscillators feature a high stability of up to ±10 ppm and 500 fs of integrated RMS phase jitter. They are suited for use in centralized and edge routers, SATA / SAS / Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters

Switching Power Supplies Offer 200 W Output

October 26, 2011 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s MPO-200S Series of 200-W open frame AC/DC power supplies are fabricated on a miniature 3” x 5” PC board. Four standard models operate from a universal input of 90 V to 264 VAC, providing

Atmel Unveils Fifth-Generation ARM Cortex-M4 based Flash Microcontroller Family

October 26, 2011 7:45 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel, a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, is sampling the Atmel SAM4S16, the first device in the Cortex-M4 processor-based family, to lead customers. With a continued commitment to its ARM-processor-based MCU offerings, Atmel is also unveiling its fifth generation Cortex-M4 based Flash MCUs.

Tektelic and Picochip Collaborate on Small Cell LTE Devices

October 26, 2011 5:58 am | News | Comments

Picochip and TEKTELIC, developers of high quality and high efficiency cellular radio solutions and micro base stations for CDMA, UMTS, LTE and WiMAX networks, today announced that they are collaborating on a phased development of a new small cell LTE micro eNodeB platform. The collaboration will incorporate Picochip’s fully featured LTE development system for small cells, the PC9608, into a real world, carrier-class device ready for deployment that will

IAR Embedded Workbench Updated for ARM Cortex Users

October 26, 2011 5:00 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems announced the availability of a new version of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM that adds significant speed optimizations and new features making it more powerful. Optimizations are targeted for the ARM CMSIS DSP library and for general speed improvements when generating code for Cortex-M processors.

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