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New 32-Bit Core Improves Execution And Memory Efficiency
The Arm968E-S core from Arm Ltd. is based on the Armv5TE architecture with the improved Arm-Thumb instruction set featuring added DSP support. Two tightly coupled memory (TCM) systems surround the core. The data TCM offers dual-port access through interleaving and dual banks to the CPU and DMA. The CPU can enter low-power mode while the DMA is operational. This approach provides low latency and single-cycle operation. The design uses less than 0.23 mW/MHz. Included are two AMBA bus interfaces.


Tiny Web Browser Targets Cell Phones And Other Portables
The Voyager 2 embedded Web browser supports standards like WAP 2.0 and WML 1.3 that target screens for small devices. The browser, developed by QNX Software Systems, utilizes NetFront technology and supports interface standards HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.1 plus SSL 3.0 for secure transactions. A modular design requires a minimal footprint while providing incremental enhancements.


Application Framework Gets New Parts
Trolltech has announced almost a dozen new components for its Qt environment. Some notable items include support for the XML-based SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), an SSL Filter for secure socket communication, the MML Widget, which renders mathematical formulas written in MathML 2.0, and XEmbed, which lets applications run X11 programs from inside a Qt application. Open-source and commercial licensing are available.


System Delivers Board-On-Chip Designs
Nexar 2004 is an out-of-the-box FPGA design system. Its graphical design system connects standard system blocks together, much like board-level design tools. It does not require HDL expertise to use. Crafted by Altium, the system generates designs that are FPGA-vendor-independent. A NanoBoard development system is available to generate and test Nexar 2004 designs. Nexar 2004 costs $7995.


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