AMD processor brings 4K graphics into industrial designs

AMD processor brings 4K graphics into industrial designs

AMD’s latest embedded processor combines a 64-bit x86 CPU core with a high-end Radeon graphics core. This allows it to carry out hardware-accelerated decode of 4K video playback. The R-series processor SoCs are designed to support the new Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) 1.0 certification for full 4K decode and DirectX 12. This represents a 22% improved graphics performance ...

Richard Wilson

Bluetooth Developer Studio targets smart wireless connectivity

Bluetooth Developer Studio targets smart wireless connectivity

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the general availability of its Bluetooth Developer Studio. This a free development environment for developers get to grips with Bluetooth technology, aiming to cut developer learning time for Bluetooth technology and speed product development. It makes building for the IoT simple for developers, from the novice to ...

Alun Williams

Bluetooth Developer Studio targets smart wireless connectivity

Bluetooth Developer Studio targets smart wireless connectivity

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the general availability of its Bluetooth Developer Studio. This a free development environment for developers get to grips with Bluetooth technology, aiming to cut developer learning time for Bluetooth technology and speed product development. It makes building for the IoT simple for developers, from the novice to ...

Alun Williams

ARM tide surges on

ARM tide surges on

The ARM tide surges on. To increase dollar year-on-year processor royalty revenues by 37% and overall sterling revenues by 24% in Q3 is no mean achievement in a flat semiconductor market. How do they do it? “Two reasons,” replies ARM vice-president Pete Hutton: “Because we are moving into new markets and deploying new technology.” On the technology side, 64-bit ...

David Manners

Microsemi outbids Skyworks for PMC-Sierra

Microsemi outbids Skyworks for PMC-Sierra

Microsemi has trumped Skyworks’ offer for PMC-Sierra. It is offering $2.4 billion compared with Skyworks’ $2billion. The offer is 50% above PMC’s share price before the Skyworks offer. “This acquisition will provide Microsemi with a leading position in high performance and scalable storage solutions targeted for data centre and cloud applications, while also adding a complementary portfolio ...

David Manners

Metamaterial gives light infinite wavelength for on-chip comms

Metamaterial gives light infinite wavelength for on-chip comms

A metamaterial has achieved zero refractive index, increasing the phase velocity, and therefore wavelength, to infinity, claims Harvard University, which is predicting use on ICs. It consists of an array of silicon pillars embedded in polymer and clad in gold film. “Light doesn’t typically like to be squeezed or manipulated but this metamaterial permits you to ...

steve bush

Forget graphene, 2D laser uses tungsten disulphide

Forget graphene, 2D laser uses tungsten disulphide

Berkeley Lab scientists have turned to two-dimensional tungsten disulphide to make a disc resonator based laser. WS2 is a transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC), which have a natural bandgap making them more suited to photon-electron interaction – more so than graphene which has no bandgap. TMDC bandgaps are indirect in the bulk material, and direct in ...

steve bush