Archive for the 'chips' Category

Circuit Cellar and join forces

March 1, 2018

LinuxGizmos has joined forces with KCK Media, publisher of Circuit Cellar magazine. The alliance will expand the site’s coverage of the rapidly evolving hardware and software technologies used in new and emerging embedded and IoT devices, while continuing its unique focus on the benefits of open source software and standards.

LinuxDevices content returns to the Web

December 23, 2013

One of most widely respected repositories of embedded and mobile Linux news and information has returned to the web as an archive hosted at

Cooler AMD CPUs turn up the heat on Atom

May 22, 2011

AMD has just added a pair of lower-power processors to the Embedded G-Series APU (accelerated processing unit) line that debuted earlier this year. The new single- and dual-core parts integrate 64-bit x86 CPU cores along with a DirectX 11-capable GPU (graphics processor unit) core on a single die, and offer total (CPU+GPU) power consumptions down to 5.5W.

New AMD CPU/GPU rivals Intel Atom

January 18, 2011

AMD’s long-anticipated competitor to Intel’s popular Atom processor line has quietly begun shipping to device makers. AMD’s initial Embedded G-Series processor consumes less than 9W of power and crams dual 64-bit x86 CPU cores, an ATI Radeon GPU (graphics processing unit), system and DRAM controllers, PCI Express, and HD video interfaces into a single piece of silicon in a package that occupies about half a square inch of board space. Is this the rumored “Atom killer”?

Intel’s top 11 tech predictions for 2011

December 17, 2010

Industry analysts often end the year with predictions of future trends. Bill Kircos, Intel’s director of product- and technology-related public relations efforts, has rounded out the year with 11 technology trend predictions for 2011. Although Kircos admits his list is “a bit slanted toward Intel,” this guest post offers a glimpse of what’s in the trend-setting chipmaker’s near-term crystal ball.

Web-centric gaming handheld runs Windows 7 on Oak Trail

September 15, 2010

Ocosmos unveiled a pocket-sized, multifunction, multimedia handheld running Windows 7 at an Intel Developer Forum keynote Tuesday in San Francisco. Among the first demonstrated handhelds to incorporate Intel’s new “Oak Trail” SoC (system-on-chip processor), the OCS1 boasts a 4.8-inch touch-screen, slide-out keyboard, WiFi, 3G, GPS, speaker, camera, web browsing, and PC-compatible peer-to-peer gaming.

SuperSpeed USB promises 5 Gbps

December 3, 2008

The USB Implementers Forum has completed its development of USB 3.0, aka “SuperSpeed USB.” The new specification, offering a maximum data transfer rate ten times that of USB 2.0, is now available for download.

Ubuntu-on-ARM to target handhelds

November 12, 2008

Canonical Ltd., commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, says it’s porting Ubuntu to the ARM RISC processor architecture. Ubuntu on ARM will target netbooks and other emerging device categories requiring a “rich, always-connected, mobile computing experience, without compromising battery life.”

Z80 inventor Zilog embraces ARM9, Linux

October 1, 2008

Zilog, creator of the Z80 microprocessors that powered numerous circa-1980 microcomputers including the Osborne and Kaypro, has just introduced its first general purpose 32-bit microcontroller family. The “Encore! 32” microcontrollers integrate ARM9 processor cores, are offered with Linux support, and target embedded devices.

Transmeta seeks a buyer

September 30, 2008

Transmeta, the turn-of-the-millennium startup that sought to “revolutionize mobile Internet computing” with an innovative “code morphing” CPU architecture aimed at replacing Intel processors in mobile devices — and former home to Linus Torvalds — is up for sale.