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Embedded processors gate length

New Intel and AMD processor feature processors with 14-22nm gate lengths, and this information is widely available. However, when it comes to microprocessors (PIC, ATMEGA) I have not been able to find ...
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Does it help to replace the battery if phone is slow? [closed]

Some people I know say that replacing the battery helped their smart phone improve its decreased speed resulting of two years of use. My initial guess is that this would not have any influence ...
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What is maximum supported RAM for Snapdragon 410?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 datasheet says: Memory + LPDDR2/LPDDR3@533MHz + eMMC 4.5 + SD 3.0 (UHS-I) It does not talk about maximum amount of RAM supported. What is the maximum amoount of ...
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What is a jumper? [closed]

I have solved the circle problem, but now have another. What is a jumper, and how should it be plugged into D7, D8, D9 and D10? I can't find them in the list of materials, I don't know what they look ...
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What are the typical uses for a soft-processor such as MicroBlaze?

I know that the FPGA-DSP combination is typically used for high-end power electronics/ultrasound/MRI/etc. Is it possible for the soft-processor to fully replace the DSP even on lower-end FPGAs such ...
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Why can't I print integer using Nios?

So, my goal is to print (on the standard output) a number using a Nios II system on a FPGA Cyclone II Altera. MY STEPS: 1) I created the following Nios II system with the Qsys tool (Quartus II): ...
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Jumping from microcontroller to DSPs

I have been using microcontroller like ARM Cortex M4 32bit based microcontrollers. Now I am thinking to move towards DSPs, but I really don't know how things work in Processors and DSPs, I mean in ...
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Does the databus size matter for determining the range of the memory addresses?

If you have byte addressable memory, does it matter if you have a 32 bit or 64 bit databus for the range of the memory addresses for the words of the memory? E.g. : Assume a 32-bit word. If you have ...
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Difference between Micro-Operations in RISC and CISC processors

I've read that the modern Intel processors use the CISC instructions on the top, which are converted into RISC-like simpler instructions in the form of Micro-Operations at the back-end. So if Intel ...
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J1 CPU problem, for get the variable value, I must read two times

I'm working with the J1 Forth CPU Core (on Digilent Nexys 2). When I use variables, I need to read two times to get the stored value in the variable. For example: ...
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Signal of qubits [closed]

In the basics of digital electronics , I learned that 0 means there is no electronic signal and 1 means the electronic signal is present. All the electronic circuits works on the same mechanism i.e. 1 ...
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Why use decode stage on pipeline to forward control signals?

In a pipelined processor we use decode stage to decode an instruction and forward the control signals that were found until they are used. Why we don't pipeline the whole instruction and let each ...
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Improving a processor design in VHDL

For a project at my university we have to improve the design of a processor (more specifically, the Plasma CPU. The design is generated based on a description written in VHDL. We have to identify ...
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How a multicore processor is initialized? [closed]

Is there any general protocol or algorithm to start a multicore processor? If so, how it works?
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How do hybrid electronic systems work?

In hybrid systems, we can have DSPs, FPGAs, General purpose processors, etc on the same system operating together on the same application. How are the tasks distributed among them, and which unit ...
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Why is it called General Purpose Processor

I need some help to understand the name "general prupose processor". Through my search I read that a GPP is a: General-Purpose Microprocessors (Hardware....) General-Purpose Macroprocessors (a ...
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Verilog, register values

For learning purposes, I am trying to implement a very simple processor in verilog. The idea is that every clock cycle the machine either fetches the next 4 instructions from memory (each instruction ...
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Why do electromechanical relay computers tend to use higher voltages?

So I am contemplating building a relay computer. And I have not seen any information on why one would select one voltage over another. It seems that it would be ideal to use 5V relays as that is ...
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Program Counter

A program counter is a register that contains the address of the instruction being executed at the current time. Data, instruction and address are stored in ROM memory. How does program counter ...
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How do you design processors / microprocessor [ not broad ]

Apologies for this vague title, but my question is a little specific. I have two concerns : During my digital electronics class, I was told that the design of the processor is first carried on an ...
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How to compare processor speeds based on architexture

Is there any rule-of-thumb for comparing processor speed based on architecture? I'm researching single-board computers, and I'm trying to compare ones using ARM processors (e.g. Beaglebone Black, ...
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Estimating processing power required

I am currently in a computer engineering class and I have been asked to design a product that can guide blind people. In my fictitious product I am going to implement a module to detect distances (a ...
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Is Micro-processor completely Digital?

I read about different parts of micro-processor like ALU, registers etc. all different digital parts. Are there any analog parts inside the processor?
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why making processors is Monopolized on 3 companies [closed]

why only there are only 3 companies allowed to make processor "intel - AMD -apple" why others can't make one .. i know that making processor is difficult and needs a huge techno , but what about ...
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Why does Intel produce core i3, core i5 and core i7 processors; but not core i2, core i4 or core i6 processors? [closed]

Why does Intel produce core i3, core i5 and core i7 processors; but not core i2, core i4 or core i6 processors? What is the reason behind this?
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Measuring power consumption of cache memories?

Is there any practical method to only measure the power consumption of combined cache memory. I am intereted in measuring the power conumption overhead when replacing blocks, and or filling the cache ...
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How do I operate a tuner of digital satellite receiver using a microcontroller?

I want to operate this tuner of my digital satellite receiver. This is the tuner: They wrote some numbers and words around of the tuner: and the name and model of the receiver is ...
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Datasheet for this processor(M3329 CPU (MIPS architecture))

Where can i find datasheet for this processor? Look: Also, I could found some information of this link: Acer Laboratories Incorporated but it's not enough.
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Which is better for high speed? FPGA or ARM Cortex-A(50)? [closed]

Hi i already have worked with the AVR and the Cortex-M for some purpose but now i need to a most powerful processor. So, i think the FPGA or Cortex-A is suitable but i can't compare these both because ...
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State of mutli-cycle processor during execution of instruction

I was reading something about single-cycle and multi-cycle processors and I have (it seems to be) banal question: how does multi-cycle (that doesn't have pararell pipeline) processor save its state so ...
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What are the prerequisites to make a PCB design with processor and other ICs interfaced?

What all is needed (in knowledge and software) to make a small pcb design interfacing processor and external memory and other ICs? Is it possible to make such a thing virtually and give it to a ...
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Why are smartphones and tablets ARM based?

Why don't these devices use Intel processors like laptops do? Why are they restricted to ARM? Also for Windows 8, do they want ARM just for tablets and smartphones or is it also for laptops/desktops ...
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External CPU design

Apologies if this is a dumb question. I don't have any training in electrical engineering, so I can't gauge for myself how ridiculous this sounds. Would it be possible to modify a commercial CPU so ...
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SD Comms Resetting Processor

I have implemented an SD/FAT combination on a Renesas RL78/G13 processor. The SD card is being driven using SPI. The code has been proven to work on two custom target boards using a 2GB card - the SD ...
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Processor - L1 Data cache interface

Sorry if the following looks like a very specialized (or programming) question, but I'm hoping there are people on this forum who have done VHDL/Verilog modeling, and might be able to answer: I'm ...
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Data processing vs instruction processing in processor [closed]

What a processor does with instructions and with data using examples. Why does it need data if it is processing an instruction?
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Why does working processors harder use more electrical power?

Back in the mists of time when I started coding, at least as far as I'm aware, processors all used a fixed amount of power. There was no such thing as a processor being "idle". These days there are ...
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Cache. MESI protocol for multilevel cache in Intel processors

Now I'm trying to simulate the performance of Intel CORE 2 Duo processor (but I'll be very pleased with information about any other multi-core Intel processor) and it's work with the computer memory. ...
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Building multiprocessor motherboard

I would like to build a multi processor motherboard using ARM processors (e.g. the ARM Cortex A8 or A9 or others as well), for low-power computing. Is this possible ? I mean interconnecting the ...
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What is flash memory wait states?

I'm using a freescale PowerPC microcontroller. In the flash memory module in the datasheet, the number of "wait states of the flash memory access" is configurable. The following is the part of the ...
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PowerPC Interrupt Vector 0xfff00800

This is a long shot, and may come under fire as not being EE-enough of a question for this site, but what conditions will result in a PowerPC processor (e.g. Freescale 7448) taking a jump to address ...
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Why does a processor overclock faster when cooled with liquid nitrogen?

Why does a processor overclock faster when cooled with liquid nitrogen? Also, is the inverse the reason why the processor slows down when it get's hot? I'm specifically interested in Intel ...
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Learning about the Interrupt system of the 8085 processor

I am trying to investigate the RST5.5, RST6.5, and RST7.5 interrupts on the 8085 microprocessor. I want to find information about the to the type of interrupting signal used and the built in ...
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Processor with hardware camera interface port?

I was looking for a processor to interface to the DVP port of a 5MP CMOS camera module. I could possibly write the software for doing this but I've heard that many processors have a hardware camera ...
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Identify processor type from raw binary code?

Not really related to chips, but hopefully I'll get some directions to follow from here. I got a chunk of code, but I don't know what processor it intended for. Are there tools available that can ...