Microprocessors & DSPs News

Imagination flags graphics processor teaching

Imagination Technologies wants to raise the profile of mobile graphic processor design in university teaching with a new course as part of its online Imagination University Programme. “An Introduction to Mobile Graphics” includes a rich set of teaching materials and practical exercises and will be based around Imagination’s own…

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What's ARM doing in the DSP market?

ARM has not only revolutionised the embedded processor market in a way Intel could not have imagined 20 years ago. It is also changing the very different world of digital signal processing (DSP). Microcontrollers are not designed for real-time processing and so the DSP function has to be added…

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ADI puts floating point Sharc DSP into the embedded mainstream

Analog Devices (ADI) has introduced a multi-core Sharc DSP device which it believes will remove the power limitations of using floating point DSP for highly determinisitic audio processing. As a result it aims to encourage wider use of floating point DSP in real-time processing applications which currently try…

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Comment: Can ARM dominate mobile GPUs too?

Samsung’s decision to use more ARM processor cores in its smartphones and tablets is not surprising. But these are not Cortex-A series processors they are Mali graphics processing units (GPUs). ARM rival Imagination has the GPU of choice for the mobile market. Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia all use…

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Samsung extends ARM licence for all Mali GPUs

Samsung Electronics has extended its licensing deal for ARM Mali graphics processors. What is called a “subscription licence” covers Mali graphics processing units (GPUs) including the Mali-T820/830/860, the recently announced T880 and all future Mali GPUs. Samsung Electronics already licences the graphics processor IP for SoCs. “The…

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AMD unveils Carrizo its 6th generation x86 CPU + GPU

AMD has formerly announced the single-chip x86 CPU + GPU that was codenamed Carrizo. With up to four ‘Excavator’ CPUs and eight ‘GCN’ GPUs, it is aimed at notebook computers. AMD brands its chips that combine graphics and control processors ‘Accelerated Processing Units’ (APUs). Through close coupling through shared memory…

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ARM and UNICEF aim to transform peoples' lives

UNICEF and ARM have announced a multi-year, multi-million pound partnership to accelerate the development of new technologies to overcome the barriers that prevent millions of families from accessing basic health, education and support services…

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