It's a good time to be an automotive/electrical engineer. Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/29/2004 Post a comment It's a good time to be an automotive/electrical engineer.
We've all seen the statistics and factoids about how much electronics is
going into cars these days, and it's cool. A Mercedes S-class has more than
65 microprocessors; the controversial BMW 7-series is purported to have more
than 100. That's a lot of chips.
Bringing back the excitement Blog 9/29/2004 Post a comment Joe Costello, former Cadence Design Systems CEO and winner of this year's EDA Consortium Phil Kaufman award, recently spoke of a lack of vision and excitement in the EDA industry.
Elektronik im Auto: Die Liebe zum Detail macht's Blog 9/29/2004 Post a comment Ob japanische Hersteller ihre Autos nach der Methode des 'functional build' bauen oder nicht, das ist den Ingenieuren von der Automobil-Prüfstelle der amerikanischen Verbraucherorganisation 'Consumers Union' (CU) ziemlich egal. Nur so viel wissen die Verbraucherschützer aus East Haddam in Connecticut, nachdem sie tausende Fahrzeuge bis auf die letzte Schraube zerlegt haben: Japanische Autos sind grundsätzlich anders.
Fall rising Blog 9/27/2004 Post a comment Shaking off summer's sloth, we head into fall with key initiatives and features designed to enhance the news and information feed you get from EE Times.
Semiconductor inventory pain is in effect Blog 9/27/2004 Post a comment When the semiconductor industry began its rapid revenue deterioration in the fourth quarter of 2000, many industry pundits cited excess inventory as the cause of all the trouble. Indeed, at least on the surface, the evidence was there. That quarter, semiconductor inventory in the supply chain moved from 15 percent excess to 46 percent excess. It later became clear, however, that the cause of the semiconductor industry's troubles was a collapse in end demand, particularly in the enterprise sector
Voice chips finally take off Blog 9/27/2004 Post a comment After a long wait, the voice-over-Internet Protocol market is off and running. In the U.S., Verizon is poised to move tens of millions of subscribers to VoIP; SBC offers hosted VoIP services; and Yahoo Broadband has signed up more than 3 million VoIP subscribers.
An analyst on Intersil: Very committed to the PC space Blog 9/24/2004 Post a comment A number of observers have wondered whether Intersil was losing its edge in the power management device market. International Rectifier, for example, reported design wins on Pentium motherboards and server cards - places where Intersil maintained hegemony. American Technology Research's Doug Freedman went to an analyst meeting Thursday (September 23rd), and reported "they seemed very committed to the PC space."
Truths, lies and FPGA prototypes Blog 9/23/2004 Post a comment Almost anyone can place two field-programmable gate array devices on a board and declare, "Ready to prototype." This is not exactly true with two FPGAs, and unrealistic with more than five or six.
Comms security: a one-legged stool Blog 9/20/2004 Post a comment In these pages last month, I stressed the need for top-level executives to treat communications security as an end-to-end necessity for corporate spending. However, if we flip the telescope around and look at security spending from the point of view of crypto or firewall specialists, it's easy to exaggerate the impact of a security miniboom on overall corporate IT trends.
When custom ASICs aren't the answer Blog 9/17/2004 Post a comment In researching an upcoming article on consumer electronics, I made this assumption that turned out wrong: Custom ASICs would be the solution of choice, given their lower costs at high volumes.
FPGA's vs. ASIC's Blog 9/13/2004 Post a comment Deciding between ASICs and FPGAs requires designers to answer tough questions concerning costs, tool availability and effectiveness, as well as how best to present the information to management to guarantee support throughout the design process.
A quick guide to e-voting issues Blog 9/13/2004 Post a comment Our country is facing a potential threat that's more imminent than any of the environmental issues I usually talk about here. What's got me worried is a series of documented irregularities, operational problems and design flaws experienced by many of the electronic voting systems that will be used in this fall's presidential election.
WLAN deployments: Let's get dense Blog 9/13/2004 Post a comment Remember the days when long-distance rates dropped at 5 p.m.? I used to plan my day around that, delaying those lengthy calls to California. Times change, of course, but old habits take a little longer.
EBV Elektronik présente la gestion personnalisée de la chaîne logistique Blog 9/13/2004 Post a comment Mondialisation, tension sur les prix, temps d’accès au marché… Ces trois facteurs obligent les fabricants d’équipements électroniques à rechercher le meilleur moyen de gérer leur chaîne logistique. Pour une implémentation réussie, les fournisseurs de services, tels qu’EBV Elektronik, mettent à votre disposition des programmes personnalisés dédiés à la chaîne de gestion, des outils flexibles haut de gamme et des expe
Freedman on Linear Technology Corp: Summer weakness continues Blog 9/8/2004 Post a comment We periodically republish recommendations from Doug Freedman of American Technology Research because they shed good light on what kinds of analog parts are going through the supply chain. We do not necessarily agree (or disagree) with his recommendations. In this report, Doug is being kind to Linear Technology, even though he sees that company experiencing the same kind of third-quarter slow downs as its competitors. The full text of his report is here.
Student's dilemma Blog 9/6/2004 Post a comment You worry about your design job-your very rewarding design job-being shipped off to Bangalore and your career being turned upside down.
To fab or not to fab? Consider the stats Blog 9/6/2004 Post a comment For as long as I can remember, passionate semiconductor industry participants and investors have pondered the question: "Which business model is superior: fabless or IDM?" This debate has always been theoretical, often qualitative and mostly anecdotal.
Needed: smarter NICs Blog 9/6/2004 Post a comment As network speed increases faster than processor speed, a crossover point is looming that will create opportunities for a new class of product: protocol processors.
Secrets to a successful alliance Blog 9/1/2004 Post a comment Every day OEM managers are faced with the challenges of creating time lines and getting products delivered on schedule. A common solution is to partner with a contract manufacturer or original design manufacturer to get the product designed, built and tested for timely delivery to your customers.
The OEM evolution Blog 9/1/2004 Post a comment Decades ago, OEMs began outsourcing materials, but nobody foresaw the avalanche to come. Today, OEMs outsource everything from system and semiconductor design and manufacturing to software and intellectual property (IP).
Behind schedule Blog 9/1/2004 Post a comment The glass may be half full or it may be half empty, but either way we are talking half measures. That's the worrying conclusion from a recent environmental-compliance survey conducted by Electronics Supply & Manufacturing and Design Chain Associates, and underwritten by Avnet Inc.
Are you a champion of change? Blog 9/1/2004 Post a comment Two stories in this month's issue deal with e-procurement the Motorola Inc. cover story on page 38 and the General Dynamics case study on page 58. Both companies have revamped their procurement processes, invested heavily in supply chain software tools and are reporting dramatic results from using the Web. In Motorola's case, the results were so impressive that the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences selected the company and its software vendor Emptoris Inc.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.