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March 13, 2012

DATE notebook: Stack those servers high

Concern over energy consumption could be the key to European companies moving back into the compute server market – or at least that's what the European Commission and researchers think is possible as social networks, GPS data and public video cameras pour data into a growing collection of online storage banks.
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March 13, 2012

ARM decodes a surprising power benefit

ARM has found that in its work on processor design looking at the system-design and process issues as well as the way software interacts with the machine can yield surprising results.
February 15, 2012

Can envelope tracking save LTE?

The high peak to average power ratios of LTE signals pose a power challenge to handset designers. Envelope tracking may help ease the problem.
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February 15, 2012

Washington seeds market for unmanned aviation

Unmanned aerial vehicles have received a boost from a Senate vote, opening up opportunities for electronics designers.
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October 20, 2011

Mentor releases third gen Nucleus RTOS

Mentor Graphics’ Nucleus real-time operating system (RTOS) is already used in more than 2.3B handsets worldwide as well as a wide range of other markets and is now available in its third generation version. Key features of this release include: built-in power management that exploits hardware design techniques such as dynamic voltage and frequency scaling; […]

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October 18, 2011

One week to ARM TechCon

ARM’s annual west coast technical conference opens next Tuesday (October 25) and they’ve made some useful tweaks to how the three-day program will be presented. The first day is dedicated to chip design, while Wednesday and Thursday concentrate on software and systems, as well as modules and boards. For me, with ARM, the focus always […]

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August 16, 2011

This Google-Motorola deal has made me feel very ‘Columbo’.

You’re not supposed to admit this as a hack, but I am struggling to understand the reasons behind Google’s $12.5bn buy of Motorola Mobility (MMI). It “bothers me” in a Peter Falk-way. There is an embedded systems component to this, but to get to it, we first need to work through some of the higher […]

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June 23, 2011

Freescale Technology Forum 2011 – QorIQ AMP, strategy and software (and that’s just for starters)

As the 2011 Freescale Technology Forum wraps today in San Antonio, Texas, here are a few of my initial takeaways. They’re nowhere near comprehensive – it’s a huge (and hugely informative) event with 2,300 attendees and 350 hours of technical presentations. We’ll need to take another look at the conference in the next print Tech […]

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