A Security Foundation For Billions Of Devices


October 19, 2004 was a date like any other, and will probably not mean much to most people. However, if you are part of the Embedded community, that precise date was transformational for the microcontroller (MCU) industry. It was the day that ARM announced the first Cortex-M processor, bringing the advantages of a common architecture to the microcontroller market. Embedded developers quickly... » read more

ARM Cortex-A32 – The Logical Choice For Rich Embedded


The whitepaper explains how the ARM Cortex-A32 processor is an ideal stepping stone into the Cortex-A family for traditional Cortex-M products which can benefit from a richer operating system environment, or from the additional performance and features that Cortex-A processors can provide. The paper details the enhancements of the Cortex-A32 and draws architectural comparisons to the feature... » read more

The Latest Power Management Techniques For Wearable Devices


Wearable devices are popping up everywhere — across all markets. In part one of this wearables white paper series, I wrote about the market and technical factors driving the development and adoption of wearable devices. In part two, we roll up our sleeves and address one of the key requirements for wearable devices. Ah yes, power management. You don’t need super powers to see th... » read more

Blog Review: June 3


An emergency torch that lets you breathe while escaping a smoke-filled building; a car that shrinks to fit into parking spaces that aren't quite big enough: from extreme situations to everyday activities, Ansys' Justin Nescott features devices designed to make life easier and safer in his picks for week’s top five engineering articles. Check out the prosthetic foot that takes commands from se... » read more

Addressing Design Challenges In Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems


Single-core processor designs for purpose-built devices used to rule the day. Now, heterogeneous multicore systems are quickly becoming the de facto architecture as devices are tasked to do more complex functions faster and more efficiently. In this paper, we’ll explore why hetero/multicore systems have become so popular and why many of our current procedures and practices must change if we a... » read more

GF’S Two Flavors Of FD-SOI


Posted by Adele Hars, Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Substrate News ~  ~ Hearing the news that GlobalFoundries would be offering two flavors of FD-SOI, ASN asked the company to explain the strategy further. Here are the responses provided by Subi Kengeri, Vice President of Advanced Technology Architecture. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="110" caption="Subi Kengeri, VP Advance... » read more

Development Tools Enabling The Internet of Things


I'm at the Embedded World conference in Nuremberg this week. Yes, between Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and DVCon in San Jose, Calif., I chose Embedded World. Unfettered by unseasonally late snow and bad weather, it turns out this was the right decision. I have not attended this show for a couple of years and am pleased to find that the show has developed quite a bit. There are more than 8... » read more

ST-Ericsson 28nm FD-SOI/ARM Chip Hits 2.8GHz at CES


Posted by Adele Hars, Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Substrate News ~  ~ What a great start to 2013: at CES in Las Vegas, ST-Ericsson announced the NovaThor™ L8580 ModAp, “the world’s fastest and lowest-power integrated LTE smartphone platform.” This is the one that’s on STMicroelectronics’ 28nm FD-SOI, with sampling set for Q1 2013. And it’s a game changer – for users, fo... » read more

ST’s FD-SOI Tech Available to All Through GF


Posted by Adele Hars, Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Substrate News ~  ~ In the spring of 2012, STMicroelectronics announced the company would be manufacturing ST-Ericsson’s next-generation (and very successful) NovaThor ARM-based smartphone/tablet processors using 28nm FD-SOI process technology. With first samples coming out this fall, ASN talks to Jean-Marc Chery, Executive Vice Pres... » read more

What’s ST’s FD-SOI Technology All About?


As I blogged here on SemiMD last week, STMicroelectronics has announced that to supplement in-house production at their fab in Crolles, the company has tapped GlobalFoundries for high-volume production of 28nm then 20nm FD-SOI mobile devices.  ST will also open access to its FD-SOI technology to GlobalFoundries’ other customers.  High-volume manufacturing will kick off with ST-Ericsson’s ... » read more

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