Processors

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The dearth of available wireless spectrum throughout the world, notably in the United States, is one of technology's hottest topics. It's driving network management policies such as bandwidth throttling, data usage caps, and blocks of particular ports, protocols and services, any or all
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As last summer's formation of the Embedded Vision Alliance suggests, the transition from computer-based intelligent image processing to more compact, cost-effective and energy-efficient embedded vision products is already well underway. CEVA, a company to date best known for its digital
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Posted in Audio, Processors
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In the digital audio world, the second half of the '90s and a notable portion of the '00s were dominated by the "codec wars." Kicked off by MP3, which emerged in mid-1994 , the battle was soon joined by a host of competitors; industry-standard follow-on AAC,
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Posted in Opinion, Processors
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Last week, Freescale announced that senior vice president Lisa Su would be leaving the company for other opportunities. Shortly thereafter, AMD announced that Su would be joining AMD effective the end of this year as senior vice president and general manager of global business
Back in November 2010 at Electronica in Munich, Germany, Texas Instruments unveiled the TMS320C66x DSP family , then consisting of a quad-core communications SoC (the TMS320C6670 ) along with three pin-compatible conventional DSPs in two-, four- and eight-core variants (the TMS320C6672 ,
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Last month's edition of InsideDSP included the article " NVIDIA and Qualcomm ARM Up Against Competitors ," which discussed (among other things) NVIDIA's upcoming five-core Kal-El (i.e. Tegra 3) SoC. Tegra 3 combines four ARM Cortex-A9 cores built out of conventional 40 nm
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Last month's announcement by Advanced Micro Devices that its "Bulldozer"-based Opteron microprocessors for servers had begun shipping to customers for revenue , followed by last week's release of first public benchmarks for Bulldozer-based AMD FX CPUs , capped off a year-long
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NVIDIA and Qualcomm, two leading ARM licensees and SoC implementers for high volume consumer electronics systems, are now sampling their latest-generation mobile application processors. Both companies recently published documentation describing the unique design techniques and features of their
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Analog Devices and Texas Instruments both recently unveiled cost-optimized DSPs within one day of each other. Perhaps the seeming near-synchronicity was an innocent fluke. Then again, perhaps one vendor got an inkling of the other's announcement plans and decided that a near-coincident
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Freescale's re-engagement with historical Power Architecture (previously known as PowerPC) CPU business segments, such as communications, industrial, medical, military, robotics, and surveillance systems, began in earnest at the June 2008 Freescale Technology Forum when the company unveiled