Archive for the 'chips' Category

SD goes undercover with Embedded SD

September 11, 2008

You’ve heard of SD, miniSD, and microSD cards. Now, get ready for Embedded SD — a new standard set for release this November by the SD Card Association.

Bluetooth straps a WiFi rocket to its back

September 9, 2008

Two clever enhancements now in development will allow the ubiquitous — but slow — Bluetooth wireless technology to handle much larger amounts of data at much higher speeds, reports ABI Research.

The next robot war: ARM vs. x86

August 26, 2008

With an ARM vs. x86 battle raging in the mobile handset space, a similar confrontation appears to be looming in the market for robots and robotic devices, predicts market analyst firm ABI Research.

Tiny, 6-chip open computer runs Linux

August 6, 2008

Embedded designer Paul Thomas is showcasing a tiny, open-sourced computer at LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week. Would-be “Linuxstamp” enthusiasts can obtain pre-built boards for the hefty sum of $120 directly from Thomas, or they can download the design for free and build it themselves.

HD A/V networking does 1394 over UWB on coax

August 5, 2008

The 1394 Trade Association has adopted a new standard for in-home networking of high definition (HD) multimedia content over coax. “1394 Over Coax” combines Ultra Wideband (UWB) communications technology with 1394 protocols, and supports data rates up to 800 megabits/second.

Molecule-scale memory augurs terabyte iPhones

April 19, 2008

Researchers at the University of Glasgow say they have created a molecule-sized switch that offers vast increases in solid-state storage for devices such as MP3 players. The “breakthrough” molecule-sized switch can theoretically increase the number of transistors per chip from today’s limit of around 200 million to “well over a billion,” the team claims.

Lab-on-chip fights pandemics

March 24, 2008

Embedded chipmaker STMicroelectronics (ST) has announced commercial availability of a portable “lab-on-chip” claimed capable of detecting all major influenza types within two hours — including the Avian Flu strain H5N1.

Top ten emerging technologies

March 11, 2008

MIT’s Technology Review magazine has just published its annual list of the top ten emerging technologies. Dubbed the TR10, these “revolutionary innovations” are “poised to have a dramatic impact” on computing, medicine, nanotechnology, our energy infrastructure, and more, say the magazine’s editors.

Multicore conference set for April 1-3

January 18, 2008

An industry tradeshow focused on multicore microprocessors and related technologies will take place April 1-3 in Santa Clara, Calif. The Multicore Expo will feature keynote talks, panel discussions, in-depth technical sessions, case studies, and a vendor expo.

Single-chip WiFi controller does 802.11n

January 16, 2008

Redpine Signals Inc. has introduced what it claims is the first handheld device-oriented single-chip controller to conform to the IEEE’s 802.11n Draft 2.0 standard. The “Lite-Fi” RS9110 consumes under 250 mW during receive operations at the maximum link rate of 65 Mbps, according to the company.