Apple Hints at CPU and OS Independence

New Bitcode Format Could Be the First Step Toward CPU-Neutral Platforms

by Jim Turley

ARM, x86, or Apple? That question may make a lot more sense in a few months.

In amongst all the many things that Apple rolled out at its latest Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco was an almost-offhand mention of something called Bitcode. The company didn’t provide a lot of detail and, in fact, seemed to curtail some of its planned discussions just days before the event, but, from outward appearances, Bitcode lays the groundwork for a future filled with CPU-neutral Apple devices.

In other words, Apple may be getting ready to swap out ARM for x86, or vice versa.  Read More

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Wind River Simics Advances Agile Practices for IoT Development

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June 29, 2015

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June 26, 2015

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SiTime's Customizable, Programmed MEMS Oscillators Available from Digi-Key with 24 Hour Lead Times

June 25, 2015

Valencell Delivers Breakthrough Heart Rate Accuracy on the Wrist

Vector Software’s VectorCAST Test Automation Platform Featured in Wind River Marketplace

AVX Adds 12+ High-Reliability Tantalum SMD Capacitors to its Proven TMJ S1gma™ Series

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IoT Security

Posted on 06/29/15 at 11:43 AM by TotallyLost

As stated in the article, the more complex the IoT solution is, the more points there will be for exploits.

The real problem is the complete lack of old school KISS -- Keep It Simple Stupid!!!

There is significant security in a $100 bill, targeted s…

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/27/15 at 9:46 AM by gobeavs

What will happen next is that Xilinx will get bought too. That seems to be the pattern in the semiconductor industry. If Broadcom and Altera can get bought so can Xilinx. Semiconductor industry is consolidating rapidly.

Maximizing Flash Lifetimes

Posted on 06/24/15 at 4:06 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.

This article appeared in 2012. Macronix was annealing flash to extend it's life.

Does anyone know whether it has been commercialised yet? or Licensed out?

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/24/15 at 12:29 AM by beercandyman

Intel will use it's sales force to get FPGAs into places that Altera never sold into before. While Intel loves margins they can take lower margins with strategic accounts that Xilinx won't be able to match. Also Intel makes boards. Altera and Xilinx only …


Posted on 06/23/15 at 11:56 PM by bmoyer

I'll see if I can get a more detailed response out of Imec. I suspect the qualification is with "just like Al" - that it can be etched just like Al can be etched, but they're doing something different that they're not disclosing.

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/23/15 at 2:49 PM by qursan

Intel is a poor player in the Architecture field. It certainly produced one of the most successful CPU architectures in the industry (besides the ARM). However, it always relied on its circuit design and semiconductor strength to improve performance. A si…


Posted on 06/23/15 at 12:30 PM by MistyMcGarr

So thinner copper is able to be etched like aluminum but the thicker copper of yesterday was not? What gas are you using to etch the copper today? According to you can etch AL but not CU?

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/23/15 at 12:14 PM by TotallyLost

There isn't a "one size fits all solution", and this is where it's going to get really fun.

Over the last decade accelerated math FPGA's ended up with a large number of DSP IP blocks optimized for certain FFT and matrix operations.

Network and perip…

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/23/15 at 10:33 AM by fredriknyman

Intel does a substantial amount of networking stuff too. NICs, switch silicon and what have you. If they were to start putting FPGA fabric there, it would make be a game changer for SDN.

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