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Issue 4 • July-Aug. 1999

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  • Introducing cool chips

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):9 - 10
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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  • When is two too many? [standards]

    Publication Year: 1999
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    One statement often repeated in the standards world is that one standard is good, but two standards are bad. I've heard this statement lately, and take exception with it. I don't disagree that one standard is usually better than two or more, but that doesn't necessarily make two or more standards bad. Good examples of multiple standards that work are modem standards. There is the old, reliable 300... View full abstract»

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  • Building the virtual world

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):5 - 6, 86
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    Stop and think about the building and delivery of electronic commerce, all the activity that goes on behind your PC. It is not just a routine stringing of computer to network server to backbone connection. The framework for characterizing that activity is more complex and involves commercial and market factors along with the technology that makes electronic commerce possible. Any reasonably compre... View full abstract»

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  • Validation-based development of dependable systems

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):66 - 79
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    Early validation of fault tolerance is essential in developing dependable computer systems. The authors have defined a strategy for testing fault tolerance mechanisms, integrated it into the design process, and developed fault injection techniques for VHDL models that are supported by a generic tool View full abstract»

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  • High performance RISC microprocessors

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):48 - 55
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    Many embedded systems and consumer appliances require high performance at extremely low price points, and they need them yesterday! Meeting these needs is the latest challenge for system and processor architects. SandCraft recognized this challenge early on and developed the Montage architecture to meet these needs and generate revenue that fuels business growth. Montage implements MIPS-compatible... View full abstract»

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  • Micro-RISC architecture for the wireless market

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):30 - 37
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    Low-power, embedded, compiler-friendly processors provide increased functionality in highly integrated wireless handsets. The author focuses here on the low-power features of the M.Core architecture and demonstrates its implementation in a cellular baseband transceiver View full abstract»

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  • Creating documents [book and software package review]

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The author reviews a book and a software package. The book sets out to help you create documents that are “less ugly and less confusing”. The software package helps you produce printed and online hypertext documents from a single source. Its documentation could have benefited from the precepts in the book View full abstract»

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  • Licensing IP embodied in standards

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):7 - 8, 82-3
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    How should a standardization body such as the IEEE deal with patents and copyrights on technology essential to using a standard! A recent controversy within the World Wide Web Consortium over a Microsoft patent illustrates the kind of problem that can arise when intellectual property rights cloud users' right of access to a standard. As yet, the IEEE has not developed a coherent policy on this iss... View full abstract»

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  • Deep submicron microprocessor design issues

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):11 - 22
    Cited by:  Papers (59)  |  Patents (6)
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    Deep-submicron technology allows billions of transistors on a single die, potentially running at gigahertz frequencies. According to Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) projections, the number of transistors per chip and the local clock frequencies for high-performance microprocessors will continue to grow exponentially in the near future. This ensures that future microprocessors will become ... View full abstract»

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  • SuperENC: MPEG-2 video encoder chip

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):56 - 65
    Cited by:  Papers (10)  |  Patents (1)
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    Thanks to increased market acceptance of applications such as digital versatile disks (DVDs), HDTV, and digital satellite broadcasting, the MPEG-2 (Moving Picture Experts Group-2) standard is becoming widely used. The MPEG-2 video standard, established in 1934, provides for a high-quality video compression format that, through high bit rates and frame rates, yields high-resolution video images. Em... View full abstract»

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  • The D30V/MPEG multimedia processor

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):38 - 47
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    MPEG-2 decoding and encoding are important applications for multimedia systems. Real-time capability and low-cost implementation are the main design considerations for these systems. Due to the high computational requirements of real-time applications, multimedia systems typically use special-purpose processors to handle data. However, due to the inherent inflexibility of their designs, these dedi... View full abstract»

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  • Design challenges of technology scaling

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):23 - 29
    Cited by:  Papers (456)  |  Patents (9)
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    Scaling advanced CMOS technology to the next generation improves performance, increases transistor density, and reduces power consumption. Technology scaling typically has three main goals: 1) reduce gate delay by 30%, resulting in an increase in operating frequency of about 43%; 2) double transistor density; and 3) reduce energy per transition by about 65%, saving 50% of power (at a 43% increase ... View full abstract»

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