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FPGA is ‘just another processor core’
18.11.2014 - 20:48

Altera and IBM have developed an FPGA based acceleration platform that connects an FPGA coherently to a POWER8 CPU via IBM's Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI). By sharing virtual memory between the FPGA and processor, the reconfigurable hardware accelerator is said to improve system performance, efficiency and flexibility in hi...

Development environment allows FPGAs to be used ‘as if they weren’t there’
18.11.2014 - 20:45

In a move which it says will bring better power performance to data centres, Xilinx has launched SDAccel. The package, part of Xilinx' SDx family, combines an architecturally optimising compiler, supporting OpenCL, C and C++, libraries, development boards, and a 'CPU/GPU like' development environment.  Giles Peckham, European...

MegaChips joins imec for ULP radio project
18.11.2014 - 20:41

Belgian nanoelectronics research centre imec has partnered with US fabless company MegaChips to develop ultra low power (ULP) short radio technology for smart homes and buildings. Specifically, the two organisations are working to create a multi standard, sub GHz radio solution compatible with ZigBee 900MHz and IEEE802.15.4g, built on CMOS te...

Marvell taps 64bit technology for smartphone SoCs
17.11.2014 - 22:54

Marvell has launched an SoC featuring eight Cortex-A53 cores. Called the PXA1936 and running at 1.5GHz, the device is targeted at high performance smartphones and tablets and supports TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and GSM communications.  "4G LTE is such a critical technology to enable mobile computing, social networking, cloud g...

T-shirt printer used to create flexible electronic circuits
17.11.2014 - 22:50

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU) says academics have successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer. Amongst the circuits created using the approach are a 4bit D/A converter and RFID tags.  Common electronic devices, including resistors, transistors and capacitors, have been created by ...

Bosch supplies ‘virtual cockpit’ for latest Audi TT
17.11.2014 - 22:47

In the new Audi TT, instrument, navigation and multimedia information is bundled in the driver's field of vision. The concept, called the 'Virtual Cockpit', has been supplied by Bosch.  The 12.3in high contrast TFT display – which has cropped corners – has a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels and a colour depth of 24...

EU semi sales on track for a healthy 2014
17.11.2014 - 22:44

The latest figures from DMASS, the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists, show sales of semiconductors through distribution channels grew by 7.3% in Q3 to €1.57billion, with growth in most major regions. DMASS chairman Georg Steinberger commented: "We were happy to see Q3 turning out bette...

NPL joines Manchester in race to commercialise graphene
14.11.2014 - 22:32

The University of Manchester has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to help accelerate the commercialisation of 'wonder material' graphene. The agreement will see the two organisations work together on the development of graphene metrology, characterisation and standards vital to industry ...

RF circulator set to transform wireless communications?
14.11.2014 - 22:29

Researchers in the US have given the humble RF circulator a makeover. Not only is their prototype smaller, lighter, cheaper and more efficient, it's also claimed to be easily adapted to different frequencies. The team from the University of Texas at Austin says the device has the potential to double the useful bandwidth in wireless commun...

Wearables solution cuts power consumption in half
13.11.2014 - 22:13

Seven months after announcing their Newton platform, Chinese fabless semiconductor company Ingenic is following up with Newton2; a MIPS based solution aimed at lowering the power consumption and area size of next generation wearables. The hardware module measures 15 x 30mm – 50% smaller than its predecessor. It packs an Ingenic M200 dua...

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