Tech news tagged ‘microprocessor’

Globalpress Summit: QuickLogic goes catalog

QuickLogic, which reinvented itself as a customer specific standard product company from its earlier incarnation as an anti-fuse FPGA company, has re-invented itself again with a move into standard catalogue products.

Quicklogic CSSPs are quick turnaround ASICs tailored to customers’ particular requirements.

QuickLogic’s catalogue CSSPs are off…

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MWC: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 turns Pro

Qualcomm has boosted graphics processing in its Snapdragon S4 tablet-smartbook processor to make a ‘Pro’ version. S4 Pro has an Adreno 320 graphics processor (GPU) and support for higher resolution displays, but is otherwise hardware and software compatible with the S4. The GPU “with up to a four times…

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AMD goes to 28nm for 2013 PCs, laptops and tablets

2013 will see AMD move to 28nm and integrated graphics for almost all of its PC and tablet processor range. Desktops get 28nm ‘Kaveri’ processors. Following the lead from Taiwanese x86 firm Via, which has been increasingly picked up by Intel, Kaveri chips will go SoC and combine CPUs and…

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Microprocessors: Happy 40th birthday

40 years ago today, Intel Corporation introduced the 4004, the world’s first commercially available microprocessor. The 2,300 transistor device was made on a 10µm process in 1971 for Japanese calculator firm Busicom. From there came the 8008, the 8080, and then the x86 processors that are still…

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Freescale moves fast to license ARM Cortex-A7

Freescale is licensing ARM’s Cortex-A7 core, announced only yesterday. The A7 is a low-power low-performance code, cache and hardware match for the powerful A15 processor. Instant power scaling in mobile applications is available by wholesale switching of all active programmes from one processor to the other…

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Texas Instruments MSP430 microcontrollers

Texas Instruments has added a number of MSP430 microcontrollers, designated MSP430G2xx2 which include integrated capacitive touch I/O. There are also new package and memory options. Memory now ranges up to 8kbyte flash and 256byte RAM. Package options include 20-pin TSSOP and PDIP. The MCUs have standby power of…

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IBM: ‘World’s fastest computer chip’

IBM has announced a 5.2GHz four-core 45nm processor with 1.4 billion transistors, claiming it to be the world’s fastest microprocessor. Dubbed z196, the 512mm2 chip includes embedded DRAM caches and is being made on 300mm SOI wafers in New York state. It is destined for IBM…

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Portwell PEB-2738 Atom-based motherboard

Portwell’s PEB-2738 Atom-based motherboard is available from Review Display Systems. Manufactured by Industrial PC specialists Portwell the unit is based around Intel’s Low power Menlow XL chipset offering either the 1.1GHz or 1.3GHz Atom Z500 processor. The board will support FSB at 533MHz and…

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NXP reveals plans for further Cortex M0 microcontrollers

NXP has revealed plans for further Cortex M0 microcontrollers. At 12,000 gates, M0 is ARM’s simplest 32bit core. They are aimed at displacing eight and 16 bit processors in SoCs and microcontrollers, as well as replacing state machines. NXP’s M0 offerings will be in its LPC1100 family…

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Cypress offers USB and low voltage wireless MCUs

Cypress Semiconductor has announced the enCoRe V full-speed USB peripheral microcontrollers and enCoRe V LV (Low Voltage) wireless MCUs. The MCUs offer up to 32kbyte of flash memory, three 16-bit timers and up to 36 general purpose I/Os (GPIOs) to accommodate enhanced multimedia features in human interface…

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