Saturday, November 29th, 2014

October 1, 2014, Atmel, Santa Clara, CA—Laurence Barberis from Atmel introduced the latest SAMA5 ARM Cortex-A5-based microcomputer family. This new set of chips adds a floating point unit and other functions to the A5 family to extend the family and offer increased features and performance. Part of the new releases are geared for low power [...]

September 2014 – During IDF 2014, AMD had offsite briefings to highlight their new professional series processors. Based on the Kaveri processor architecture with mixed CPUs and GPUs on a single chip, the Pro-A Series processors are delivering performance and reliability. The consumer marketplace has traditionally seen the AMD products in either low end cost [...]

September 16, 2014, Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, San Jose, CA—Jan Westra from Broadcom described their efforts in making a multi-channel 10Gbase-T chip. The alternative of copper over short distances can easily supplement the optical fiber for the rest of the 10G Ethernet network in the datacenter. One problem with copper is that the wire bundles [...]

September 9, 2014, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Renesas Showed off their latest USB functions with a pair of chips that enable the USB 3.0 power delivery function. They also showed some production samples of the new type-c connector for the power delivery. The power deliver controller (uPD720250) supports up to 100W (5A at 20V) power [...]

September 2014 – IK Multimedia released their product the iRig Pads to the marketplace today. The product is a complete portable MIDI groove controller that works with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile devices as well as Mac and PC. It is targeted at the mobile electronic music producers and allows them to make beats, [...]

September 9, 2014, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—The USB promoter group described their efforts on new specification implementations. Now a single cable can deliver high bandwidth and power through a single cable. A new unpolarized connector is smaller than the past type-A connectors and more robust than the mini-connectors currently in phones and mobile devices. [...]

September 2014 – At the HP workstation briefing in Ft Collins, CO they were showing off the latest version of the professional displays, plus some prototype that have in progress in R&D. The kickoff of the briefing on displays was done by Ann Lai – Director of the Commercial Business Segment for the Displays Business [...]

September 2014 – HP introduced a refresh on their market leading Z series workstations. The full product line – the 4XX, 6XX, and 8XX desktop/rack mount workstations have all been updated to support the new E5-1600/2600 Gen 3 processors and chipsets. The ZBook line has been updated to support the Gen4 i5 and i7 processors. [...]

August 2014 – The diversity of applications in the marketplace for the Internet of Things (IoT) has caused the development world to start from multiple places in order to bring products in the space to market. Companies are starting at the cloud level, app level, sensor level, communication level and processor level to build a [...]

August 2014 – In an update from Cryptography Research, a division of Rambus we had a chance to sit down with their development team and the President & Chief Scientist Paul Kocher about their next generation Hard IP solution for playout content protection. The solution is being targeted not only to the telcos and cable/satellite [...]