Microprocessors and DSPs

Airline introduces cash-card with help of secure MCUs from ST

Qantas, the Australian airline, is using a secure microcontroller chipset from STMicroelectronics as part of the deployment of its latest loyalty card for passenger and baggage airport check-in as well as for multi-currency cash transactions.

Quantas started using ST card and tag systems in 2010 when the airline…

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Globalfoundries uses ARM POP IP in 28nm Cortex-A12 tape-out

Cadence last week announced that foundry partner Globalfoundries had taped out a quad core test chip built around the ARM Cortex-A12 processor.

The 2GHz processor was implemented on a 28nm-SLP (Super Low Power 28 nanometer High-K Metal Gate) process.

The Cortex-A12 processor is the higher performance…

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Robot with 'brains' of a smartphone smashes Rubik world record

A robot designed by an engineer from ARM has broken the world speed record for solving a Rubik’s Cube at the Big Bang Fair at the weekend.

The Cubestormer 3 robot recorded a time of 3.253 seconds at the UK science fair in Birmingham.

It is the result…

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ARM-powered smartphone robot aims for world record at Big Bang Fair

A robot with its ‘intelligence’provided by the ARM processor in a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone will attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for solving a Rubik’s Cube at the Big Bang Fair being held at the NEC in Birmingham on Saturday (March 15).

The current record…

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Embedded World: ADI's universal healthcare monitor chip

Analog Devices has developed a medical monitoring device which is says will bring accurate measurement of vital signs to consumer-priced health devices.

The ADuCM350 incorporates a 16-bit analogue front-end (AFE), which includes a configurable multi-sensor switch matrix, hardware waveform generator and discrete Fourier transform (DFT) engine…

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Microsoft uses configurable processor in Xbox One

Cadence Design Systems says it has won a design-in with Microsoft for its Tensilica processors in the Xbox One audio subsystem.

The details can be seen in the Linley Group Microprocessor Report entitled, “Inside the Xbox One Mega-SoC”.

“Microsoft selected Tensilica HiFi technology because of the strong audio…

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ST cuts power of STM32 MCUs with ARM Cortex M0+

STMicroelectronics has introduced a new line of STM32L0 very low power microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex M0+ processor core.

A 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) consumes 40µA at a conversion speed of 100ksample/s, rising to 200µA at 1.14Msample/s.

The low power credentials…

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MIPS processors benefit from Green Hills Software tools

Green Hills Software compiler and tools will support more of Imagination Technologies current and future MIPS CPU cores and architectures following an agreement between the companies.

Green Hills Software’s embedded software can now be used for designs incorporating MIPS Aptiv cores and MIPS Warrior family of cores, comprised of…

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