A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

AMD’s Multi-pronged Strategy Is Certainly Different, But Is It Better?

by Jim Turley

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair… we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”   Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Is AMD the best microprocessor maker in the world, or the worst? Is the company more competitive than it’s ever been, or about to hit bottom? Are they blazing a trail to success, or on the road to perdition?

Or the real question: Are you planning to buy AMD chips or aren’t you?  Read More


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November 19, 2014

Elliptic Technologies Unveils Future-Proof Secure Hardware Root of Trust Technology for IoT Applications

ZigBee 3.0 Creates Single Open, Global Wireless Standard for Devices

Synopsys Expands IP Accelerated Initiative with New DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits for 10 Interface Protocols

Over 15,000 Microsemi Space Products Deployed on 10-year-long Rosetta Spacecraft Mission

Holst Centre, imec and CARTAMUNDI Join forces to Create the Near Field Communication Chip of the Future

November 18, 2014

Rockchip Debuts Intel Jointly-Developed Game-Changing 3G Processor for Android Devices

ams schedules 2015 multi-project wafer starts for analog foundry customers

Renesas Electronics Delivers Productivity Boost in Industrial Applications with the RZ/T1 Real-Time Processor Solution

AVX Releases New SMPS Capacitor Simulation Software

Xilinx Demonstrates All Programmable Solutions for Industrial Automation Applications at SPS/IPC/Drives 2014

IAR Systems reveals support for RZ/T1 factory automation network solution from Renesas Electronics

MegaChips Joins Imec and Holst Centre’s R&D program on Ultra-low Power Radio

STMicroelectronics Supports Drive for Inverters in Smaller Boxes Everywhere, from PHEV Battery Chargers to Solar Generators

Oticon Standardizes on Synopsys' Design Compiler Graphical

7-GHz ADC drivers bring AC performance to DC-coupled applications

Buck Converters from Diodes Incorporated Enable Smarter Power Regulation

November 17, 2014

New Dual Wideband Transceiver from VadaTech in FMC Format

Nallatech Collaborates with OpenPOWER Foundation Members IBM and Altera to Launch Innovative CAPI FPGA Accelerator Platform

Xilinx Announces SDAccel Development Environment for OpenCL, C, and C++, Delivering Up to 25X Better Performance/Watt to the Data Center

Nallatech to Demonstrate FPGA Acceleration at SC14

Altera and IBM Unveil FPGA-accelerated POWER Systems with Coherent Shared Memory

Synopsys' IC Validator Adopted by Plastic Logic for Physical Verification of Advanced Displays

November 14, 2014

Get Powered Up with the Updated Mouser Solar Power Technology Site

Spansion Launches Industrial-grade e.MMC Memory for Consumer, Communication and Industrial Embedded Systems

Pasternack Introduces New Lines of Digitally Programmable Attenuators

Imec and Holst Centre Report Breakthrough in Qualitative and Reliable EEG Monitoring Systems for Home Monitoring

mCube Named MEMS Start-Up of the Year at MEMS Executive Congress; Wins Technology Showcase Competition with its Software Gyro

Xilinx and its Ecosystem Showcase Compute, Storage, and Networking Acceleration for Data Center and HPC Applications at SC14

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HCC Embedded Strikes Efficiency/Freedom Balance

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Build Your Own RTOS in 30 Minutes

SynthOS Tool Generates Custom RTOS From Standard C Code

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Two Weeks of MEMS and Sensors

posted by Bryon Moyer

Between the MEMS Executive Congress and TSensors, you could be forgiven for thinking that sensors is all there is. (Today)

Wireless Power: Making Actual Product

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I chatted with PowerSquare about what wireless technology they’re using for their new charging products. It wasn’t what I expected. (18-Nov)

A Dev Board with Both Touch and Gestures

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A Dev Board with Both Touch and Gestures Microchip’s 3D Touchpad is enveloped in a development environment for creating interfaces and drivers. (13-Nov)

Express Logic’s X-Ware Platform

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This platform provides a middleware bundle for Things (or other embedded systems). (11-Nov)

If This Is a Conference, then It Must Be November

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A quick look at some of the events I’ll be attending over the next few weeks. (24-Oct)

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A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

Posted on 11/19/14 at 3:08 PM by WEATHERBEE

My suggestion: Dump the uncompetitive x86 and commodity ARM plans and focus on GPGPU and high-performance computing.

A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

Posted on 11/19/14 at 2:09 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
I've done a couple server designs around Intel Xeon products, and while general documentation is easy to access with NDA, unless there are serious sales numbers behind the design, it's difficult to get additional support or docs.

AMD has been even a bi…

Build Your Own RTOS in 30 Minutes

Posted on 11/19/14 at 12:41 PM by ericverhulst

Just from SynthOS website:
- "Interrupts are supported. System used forced cooperation for multitasking rather than pre-emption."
Then look at the figures for interrupt latency, context switch time, etc.
=> pretty slow compared to any other embedded RT…

Managing Encryption

Posted on 11/17/14 at 10:33 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Does HCC Embedded's way of managing encryption strike the right balance between centralization and flexibility?

Build Your Own RTOS in 30 Minutes

Posted on 11/17/14 at 6:35 AM by Rutan65

Well, I don't consider Linux a real real-time OS. Does SynthOS generate a pre-emptive OS?
What about interrupt latency in terms of something like "number of instructions"?
Task switching time is also an important parameter. Can you supply some numbers o…

EUV’s Second Source

Posted on 11/10/14 at 10:25 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about Adlyte's actinic inspection readiness? Are we good to go?

Apple and Serious Security: NOT an Oxymoron

Posted on 11/08/14 at 11:10 AM by kleinman

kleinman
Ryan--

Spot-on #1: security is almost always a trade-off. Let's consider Apple Pay as it exists (as opposed to my concoction). Even though setting up Apple Pay is relatively easy, many people will never go through the steps to activate it. And others w…

Apple and Serious Security: NOT an Oxymoron

Posted on 11/07/14 at 1:45 PM by RyanKenny

RyanKenny
'Apple Security' may not be an oxymoron, but you may have accidentally penned another one: 'useful security feature'. Security is usually a trade-off against utility/efficiency, and the effectiveness of a security feature is judged by history. If you are …

Apple and Serious Security: NOT an Oxymoron

Posted on 11/07/14 at 10:41 AM by kleinman

kleinman
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You cannot "copy" a private key "out of" the secure element. NFC chips have never been breached, to my knowledge.
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I agree completely!

I am describing a mechanism for backing up the private key: first encrypt it (with a separate passph…

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