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New EEMBC Pro Benchmark Tests Higher Level Processors

by Jim Turley

Those darn processors. They keep getting faster and we keep running out of ways to keep track of them.

In the beginning, there was clock speed. Faster clock meant faster processor, right? Not so fast. Some processors – like some people – did more work than others in a given amount of time. So your 5-KHz UNIVAC might or might not be faster than my 3-KHz ENIAC.

So we created benchmarks. Let’s run LINPAC or Whetstone on both of ’em and see who finishes first. That was better, but it still told you only how well your computer ran that test. Not how well it would run any test. Maybe your machine is designed for integer arithmetic while mine is geared toward floating-point math.  Read More

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March 04, 2015

Fairchild’s High-Current, High Efficiency MOSFETs Available in TO-Leadless Packaging for Automotive

CSR Expands Dual-Mode BlueCore® Platform with Turnkey SoC for Bluetooth® Modules and Embedded IoT Systems

Mentor Graphics Joins the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES)

Micro-mirrors from STMicroelectronics Provide Precision in Perceptual Computing

Synchronous Rectifiers from Diodes Incorporated Offer High Integration and Efficiency for Portable Electronics Chargers

InterDigital, Imec and Peraso Demonstrate World's First Wigig-Based Milimeter Wave Mesh Backhaul System

Audio ADCs combine professional performance with portable integration

Touch, Discover, Solve with the new 3000T X-Series oscilloscope from Amplicon

MIG Takes a Roll-Up-Your-Sleeves Approach with Revamped MEMS/Sensors Technical Event

Atmel Uses ANSYS Simulation Solutions to Power the Internet of Things

Renesas Electronics Europe Announces Winners of its First European MCU Car Rally Held at Embedded World in Nuremberg

Xilinx All Programmable Devices Enabling ZTE Pre5G 3D/Massive MIMO Base Station

DTS Headphone:X Optimized for Cadence Tensilica HiFi Audio DSPs

Applied Materials Unveils Breakthrough E-Beam Metrology Tool for FinFET Transistors and 3D NAND Devices

High Efficiency Switching Surge Stopper Protects Against 200V & Higher Transients

March 03, 2015

High Voltage Micropower Wake-Up Timer with Pushbutton Control Provides Configurable Wake Times for Power Conscious Applications

CogniVue Announces Next Generation APEX Vision Processing Core

Hall Sensors from Diodes Incorporated Minimize Power Consumption and Improve Accuracy

Semtech Expands Proximity Sensing Protection Platform with uClamp3601P – a 33V TVS Protection Device for Safeguarding Industrial Sensing and Control Applications

XP Power launch 30 Watt medical power supply in industry’s smallest footprint

STMicroelectronics Enables Mood-Setting Interactions with Prizm Smart Audio Device

SmartBear Creates Developer Network for Users to Freely Customize, Extend Functionality of Its Software Quality Tools

New RF Signal Generator Series from Tektronix Leads the Industry in Price-Performance

Digital-to-Analog Converters With Non-Volatile Memory and I2C™ From Microchip Feature 8-, 10- and 12-bit Resolution

4DSP Updates its Industry-Leading FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) Line with the FMC163

March 02, 2015

Cypress Debuts Reliable, Secure Fingerprint Sensing Solution for Mobile Devices Through Its Strategic Partnership with IDEX ASA

STMicroelectronics Introduces World’s First Customizable Wireless Battery Charger Controller

Synopsys and Sensory, Inc. Deliver Ultra-Low Power Voice Control Solution for Mobile, Automotive and Consumer Applications

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Freescale Acquired by NXP

posted by Jim Turley

Dutch rival will acquire Freescale to create a combined $40B chip company. (2-Mar)

A Mobile Environment Sensor

posted by Bryon Moyer

Bosch has announced a new combo sensor that can determine whether there are issues with the air you’re breathing. (24-Feb)

One Trillion Chips by 2017

posted by Jim Turley

One market-research firm says we're on track to ship one trillion semiconductor devices in 2017. (19-Feb)

A Hundred Billion Antenna Reconfigurations

posted by Bryon Moyer

Cavendish Kinetics hits a high reliability milestone. While phone makers care about this, they may not actually need this. (18-Feb)

What Does a 5-nm Transistor Look Like?

posted by Bryon Moyer

Imec and Synopsys announced TCAD collaboration at 5 nm. What mischief could they be up to? (17-Feb)

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Freescale Acquired by NXP

Posted on 03/03/15 at 1:28 PM by garydpdx

A small correction, Jim. Motorola Semi was part of the original Motorola, Inc. before it split into Motorola Mobility (which went to Google, then flipped to Lenovo minus patents) and Motorola Solutions, which inherits the original company's history by de…

Quilt Packaging

Posted on 03/02/15 at 9:35 AM by bmoyer

What do you think of this quilt packaging approach to interconnecting multiple dice?

In It to Win It

Posted on 03/01/15 at 1:54 PM by gobeavs

Very interesting listening to this. Achronix says they are in production. I would love to hear about how many actual FPGAs they are shipping per month. Ten pieces per month?

Looking at the last couple rounds, I'm surprised the doors aren't closed yet. …

Xilinx Throws Down

Posted on 03/01/15 at 1:16 PM by gobeavs

I just think Achronix is toast. I would really love to hear what their advantage is. I think the Intel 22 nm may have been a small advantage but probably not enough to make that big of a difference. I think you need to be twice as fast or half the die siz…

Tools! Tools! Tools!

Posted on 02/28/15 at 7:22 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Full report on a show with over 900 exhibitors to come. Watch this space

Return of the Hobbyist

Posted on 02/28/15 at 7:21 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Have you used one of these boards? And why did you? Love to hear how you found it.

Xilinx Throws Down

Posted on 02/26/15 at 12:46 PM by TotallyLost

@gobeavs -- and it wasn't that many years ago that key Xilix staff were brutally vocal putting down folks pioneering C/SystemC to RTL.

Now the company stand is: Vivado HLS accelerates design implementation and verification by enabling C, C++, and Syst…

Xilinx Throws Down

Posted on 02/26/15 at 10:43 AM by kevin

@gobeavs, I'm as impressed with this announcement as anybody, but I think you're assigning a bit too much nobility to Xilinx and Altera marketing when you say "I don't think Xilinx or Altera put some lame effective LUTs... number out there."

Let's rev…

Xilinx Throws Down

Posted on 02/25/15 at 2:15 PM by gobeavs

Just another nail in the coffin for Achronix. I think it's funny that Achronix puts a LUT count on the hard IP. That is an interesting marketing ploy. I don't think Xilinx or Altera put some lame effective LUTs including hard IP number out there.

You k…

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