Archive for the 'chips' Category

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.

WiMAX chipset sales to hit $1.9B by 2012

January 8, 2008

WiMAX and Mobile WiMAX are poised to ramp up rapidly over the next five years. Nearly two billion dollars in annual chipset revenues are expected by 2012 — roughly 75 percent from base-station chipsets, and 25 percent from client device chipsets — according to a market study just published by In-Stat.

Intel CEO hails the Internet, debuts Canmore

January 8, 2008

In his Jan. 7 keynote talk at CES in Las Vegas, Intel CEO Paul Otellini focused on the continuing disruptive influence of the Internet on consumer electronics and entertainment. These changes create business opportunities for “those who embrace it,” he suggested.