Leipzig University students use Altium Designer Product News 5/18/2010 Post a comment Australian design tool provider Altium Ltd. said masters students at the Institute of Process Automation and Embedded Systems at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences for Technology, Economics and Culture are using Altium Designer as part of their “Embedded Systems” module to improve their skills in circuit design, analysis and testing.
High-speed op amp touts lowest noise Product News 5/17/2010 Post a comment National Semiconductor claims that its latest high-speed operational amplifier delivers the industry's lowest noise (0.69 nV/sqrt Hz) with -3 dB bandwidth of 900 MHz at a gain of 10.
Waterproof detector switch for automotive applications Product News 5/17/2010 Post a comment With the SPVQ7 series, ALPS ELECTRIC EUROPE GmbH offers waterproof detector switches for automotive applications. The horizontally actuated switches are remarkable for their compact dimensions of 14.7mm x 5.4mm x 6.7mm (W x D x H) and long operating life of 300,000 switching cycles.
Magma's Titan supports TSMC's 40nm iPDK Product News 5/17/2010 Post a comment Magma Design Automation Inc. said it has qualified its Titan full-chip mixed-signal design, analysis and verification platform for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.'s 40nm Interoperable Process Design Kit (iPDK).
Freescale enters GaAs MMIC market Product News 5/11/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor entered the GaAs MMIC sector with the launch of four devices aimed at macro base stations, repeaters and femtocells employed in wireless networks.
Cavium packs 32 cores in latest Octeon II Product News 5/11/2010 Post a comment Cavium Networks formally rolls out two new members of its Octeon II family upgrading and doubling to 32 the number of cores available on the communications processors, highlighting the trend to use of multicore architectures to handle increasing processing needs in broadband networks.
16-bit sensor signal conditioner integrates DSP Product News 5/10/2010 Post a comment ZMD's 16-bit sensor signal conditioning IC for resistive bridge sensors combines high accuracy amplification, 16-bit precision analog-to-digital conversion, and an 18-bit DSP for linearization and calibration functions.
Apache unveils ESD physical integrity tool Product News 5/10/2010 Post a comment Apache Design Solutions Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has introduced what it claims is the industry’s first electro-static discharge (ESD) integrity solution targeted to address the increasing reliability challenges faced by nanometer designs.
ST enhances AC motor switches Product News 5/7/2010 Post a comment ST's AC switch families for white goods and industrial applications provide built-in protection and enhanced switching for robust motor controls with minimal parts count.
Startup rolls automatic assertion synthesis tool Product News 5/6/2010 Post a comment Santa Clara-based EDA startup NextOp Software Inc. is bridging two worlds, design and verification teams, with the introduction of what it claims is the first assertion-based verification solution to automatically generate high quality assertions and functional coverage properties from testbench and RTL.
Dolphin Integration presents bug detection tool Product News 5/5/2010 Post a comment EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) has introduced Bird Owl, a built-in real-time debugger that applies the technique of Property Checkers to locate program bugs. The objective is to accelerate the iterative debug-correction process.
MEMS microphones target high-fidelity audio playback Product News 5/4/2010 Post a comment Two new MEMS microphones from Analog Devices enable advanced audio functions for portable electronics, including high-fidelity audio/video playback, hands-free communication, and voice recognition with built-in wind noise suppression, as well as TIA-920-compliance for VoIP apps.
Xilinx ISE 12 adds intelligent clock gating Product News 5/4/2010 2 comments Xilinx introduced a new version of its ISE Design Suite to support its Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA families. According to the company, ISE 12 adds intelligent clock gating technology, advances in timing-driven design preservation, AMBA 4 AXI4-compliant IP support and easier-to-use partial reconfiguration capabilities.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.