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Issue 4 • Date July-Aug. 1997

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  • IEEE Standards Development

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):5 - 6
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  • Summer Fun

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):7 - 8
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  • Arm Architecture And Systems

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):9 - 11
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  • Bebop Bytes Back: An Unconventional Guide To Computers

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):8 - 78
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  • The biology of technology

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):3 - 5
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    Why do commentators talk about the PC market as if it were a biological process? Industry watchers often talk about the “birth” of industries or the “death” of obsolete technology. Conservative investors discuss the stable stocks of “mature” industries (as if mercurial earning reports are found only at “adolescent” firms). Similarly, the “produ... View full abstract»

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  • It's not enough to be right [copyright]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):77 - 78
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    Last issue's Micro Law column (May/June 1997) addressed a massive lawsuit by six prominent content providers against a Web entrepreneur whom they accused of pirating their content by “framing” it. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal (Dow Jones), CNN, Reuters, and Time Warner all joined to sue Total News for copyright infringement and sundry other alleged wrongs.... View full abstract»

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  • AMBA: enabling reusable on-chip designs

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):20 - 27
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    In 1995, Advanced RISC Machines released its Advanced Microcontroller Bus Architecture in response to input from key semiconductor licensees. AMBA's goal is to help designers of embedded CPU systems meet challenges like design for low power consumption and test access. Because input for AMBA came from designers of ARM-based microprocessors, ARM was also able to develop a solid design rationale and... View full abstract»

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  • Processor integration in a disk controller

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):44 - 48
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    The need to produce an inexpensive and effective hard disk drive controller in a short time frame persuaded the Palmchip design team to try a new approach: combining the processor and the main disk drive controller into a single part. Successfully embedding the ARM7TDMI processor in our GreenLite ASIC proved to be a tremendous learning experience. We discovered ways to solve some of the problems w... View full abstract»

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  • The ChARM tool for tuning embedded systems

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):67 - 76
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    ChARM is a simulation tool for tuning ARM-based embedded systems that include cache memories. ChARM provides a parametric, trace-driven simulation for tuning system configuration. A designer can observe performance while varying the timing, the architectural features, and the management policies of the system components. Designers can therefore evaluate the execution time of the program, the time ... View full abstract»

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  • Reducing system cost with software modems

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):37 - 43
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    This article introduces software modem technology and the requirements it places upon CPUs. It also shows how the Advanced RISC Machines (ARM) RISC architecture is ideally suited to exploit the advantages of software modems. It also provides performance figures that illustrate the potential advantages to systems designers of an ARM-based software modem implementation View full abstract»

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  • ARM7TDMI power consumption

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):12 - 19
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    Portable and handheld products require processors that consume less power than those in desktop and other powered applications. As a result, designers must analyze power use in the early stage of design both at the circuit and system levels. RISC processors, such as our ARM7TDMI, have both strengths and weaknesses as far as power consumption is concerned. From a system perspective, RISC processors... View full abstract»

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  • Microcontroller design advantages for portable computing

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):49 - 55
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    ARM processors have achieved wide recognition for their suitability for handheld computing applications, and a number of products already use these CPUs in discrete roles. The traditional route to further reducing costs and power consumption is integration-that is, integrating the peripherals with the CPU. The ARM7100, the first of a series of high integration portable computer microcontrollers, f... View full abstract»

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  • Challenges in cross-development [single chip microprocessors]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):28 - 36
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    This year is a turning point in the history of single-chip electronic products. Before 1997, the silicon fabrication industry's capability to produce such systems cost-effectively embraced only the highest volume products, those amenable to a full-custom design approach, and those of moderate complexity. After 1997, single-chip products built from several microcontrollers, DSPs, memory, and custom... View full abstract»

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  • Division and square root: choosing the right implementation

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):56 - 66
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    Floating-point support has become a mandatory feature of new microprocessors due to the prevalence of business, technical, and recreational applications that use these operations. Spreadsheets, CAD tools, and games, for instance, typically feature floating-point-intensive code. Over the past few years, the leading architectures have incorporated several generations of floating-point units (FPUs). ... View full abstract»

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