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Would you like a guide to several new microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M series of processor cores?

Alban Rampon has just published a guide to many new developments surrounding the ARM Cortex-M series of microcontroller cores. The guide includes a discussion of Freescale Kinetis L microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ core; discussions of microcontrollers based on … Continue reading

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TI Stellaris LaunchPad eval board features ARM Cortex-M4F. Intro price: $4.99. Get yours now.

  Texas Instruments’ Stellaris LM4F120H5QRC microcontroller is based on an 80MHz copy of the ARM Cortex-M4F processor core with an integrated single-precision floating-point unit. It also includes 256Kbytes of Flash memory, 32Kbytes of SRAM, 2Kbytes of EEPROM, and a host … Continue reading

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If Aladdin’s Genie lived in a Computer-on-Module, it might look like the Gumstix Overo

One of the funniest lines in the 1992 animated Disney movie “Aladdin” is when the frenetic blue Genie, voiced by the incredible Robin Williams, describes his situation: “PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS; Itty-bitty living space,” referring to his life in a lamp. … Continue reading

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Heterogeneous SoC design gets its own foundation backed by heavy hitters. Good things sure to follow

I am an unabashed advocate of heterogeneous SoC design. Have been for decades. It’s a system-level design approach that lacks the elegance and academic symmetry of homogeneous processing in exchange for a more efficient, bare-metal, hard-core approach to system design … Continue reading

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ISQED: Why does a trailing-edge digital IC process = a leading-edge analog IC process? TI’s Dr. Venu Menon lays bare the secrets of the analog IC business

“What can you do with bits?” asked Dr. Venu Menon, VP of Analog Technology Development at Texas Instruments at the beginning of his keynote talk at last week’s ISQED. Then he answered his own question: “Nothing without analog,” because analog … Continue reading

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Playing poker with applications processors: Can two ARM Cortex-A15 cores beat four ARM Cortex-A9 cores?

One maxim in the multicore biz is that more (processor cores) is better. Is that really true? All the time? “No” says Texas Instruments. In connection with this weeks (MWC) Mobile World Congress neing held in Barcelona, Texas instruments has … Continue reading

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TI and Brookstone release $229.99 Picoprojector for Apple iPhone 4/4S

The new $229.99 picoprojector just announced by TI and Brookstone represents a real tour de force in System Realization. It combines a TI DLP (digital light processing) Pico light engine, video circuits, audio circuits, a 2100 mAh battery, and a … Continue reading

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Want to know the secrets of implementing an ARM Cortex-A15 in an advanced process node? Read on!

ARM and Cadence have just announced the tape out of the industry’s first 20nm design based on the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor. The test chip targets TSMC’s 20nm process and it was jointly developed by engineers from ARM, TSMC, and … Continue reading

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Would you like some ARM Cortex-A15 resources to peruse?

Thanks to LinkedIn ARM Based Group community manager Stephan Cadene, we’ve got several pointers to useful documents describing many aspects of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor core. This is all in preparation for many discussions of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor taking … Continue reading

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Need an ARM-based 32-bit microcontroller? There’s more than a few full houses on offer.

When 17 microcontroller vendors pick your processor architecture, you have a right to sing “Something’s happening here.” Alban Rampon of ARM just published a blog entry titled “ARM Cortex-M—How could you choose your microcontroller?” This blog entry lists 17 semiconductor … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: Power is a killer app for TI’s PowerStack 3D packaging—parasitics vanish

Most discussions of 3D packaging involve silicon chips with millions and millions of transistors. Billions in the case of memory chips. TI’s PowerStack 3D packaging skews all the way to the other end of the spectrum. The die packaged in … Continue reading

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Who was the big winner at this week’s Mobile World Congress? That would be ARM, wouldn’t it?

Among the big pile of announcements at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, these announcements stand out: Broadcom takes one of everything. ElectronicsWeekly.com reports that Broadcom has licensed every ARM processor core from the flagship multiprocessor Cortex-A15 through the … Continue reading

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