HDTV team shoulders China's technical aspirations News & Analysis 4/29/1999 Post a comment China's decision to broadcast its 50th National Day celebration live via high-definition TV has a research team in Beijing sprinting to put together a practical HDTV system in time for the anniversary in October. The short time frame is matched only by another tight parameter: the budget.
ASSPs cut into ASIC turf in networking segment News & Analysis 4/29/1999 Post a comment ASICs are still the leading semiconductor product in the global market for networking equipment, and remain in high deman from manufacrturers of routers and switches, according to new research conducted by Frost & Sullivan.
Intel buys into LogicVision News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment Without revealing terms, Intel Corp. has made an equity investment in privately held LogicVision Inc., a pioneer in embedded ATE and BIST technology. At the same time, LogicVision said that an Intel director, D. James Guzy, will join the LogicVision board. Guzy is president and chief executive officer of SRC Computers Inc. (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and sits on other boards.
Startup's design tool comes with money-back guarantee News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment Startup Magma Design Automation Inc. has fielded an approach to IC physical design that promises timing closure, and it is backing that promise with an unusual money-back guarantee. Blast Fusion, the latest in a string of new products challenging EDA market leaders, promises to slash chip design time while boosting area, timing and power optimization. It also challenges prevailing industry perceptions of the need to merge synthesis with layout.
Quantum dots are used to build logic gates News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment In a step toward developing quantum computers, researchers at Notre Dame University have demonstrated logic gates that use quantum-dot cellular automata (QCA), and which switched using only two electrons. Future versions of the QCA promise to squeeze 1 trillion gates into a scant 1-cm square.
Sprint acquires MMDS license holder News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment Sprint Corp. will gain a wireless component for its highly-touted Integrated On-Demand broadband network, through the acqusition of American Telecasting Inc. (Colorado Springs, Colo.), announced Tuesday (April 27). ATI, a specialist in Metropolitan Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS), holds licenses covering a potential 10 million households in Denver, Portland, Ore., Seattle and Las Vegas.
Tau Simulation upgrades cycle-based simulator News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment Tau Simulation has introduced version 4.0 of its synchronous Verilog simulator, which offers greater flexibility than eariler versions in its support of sophisticated clocking domains and higher simulation speeds.
Bingham Named Cadence CEO News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment San Jose--April 27, 1999--CadenceDesign Systems, Inc. (San Jose) announced the appointment ofRay Bingham to CEO. Bingham has served as thecompany's chief financial officer since ...
Mitel ATM device supports IMA standard News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment The Mitel Semiconductor division of Mitel Corp. has introduced a quad-channel version of its octal chip that supports the inverse multiplexing over ATM (IMA) standard for transporting asynchronous transfer mode cells over T1 or E1 lines. While OEMs like 3Com Corp. and Larscom Corp. have offered support for IMA on a systems level, Mitel's MT90221 quad IMA/UNI reduces such muxing functions to a chip level.
National quietly exits Sematech News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment The 1998 semiconductor slump delivered a blow to Sematech at the end of last year, when National Semiconductor Corp. quietly pulled out of the U.S. chip consortium for financial reasons. National (Santa Clara, Calif.) was one of 13 founding members of Sematech when it was launched in 1987, and Charles Sporck, National's retired chief executive officer, was a driving force behind the consortium as its founding chairman.
End is near for circuit switches, Lucent declares News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment Mere days after launching its IPWorX network for Internet service providers, Lucent Technologies Inc. set the stage for next week's ALTS '99 alternative carriers show by declaring that the days of the circuit switch are numbered. The statements were made as Lucent's switching and access solutions group launched the 7R/E Call Feature Server, a packet-switching network that the company is positioning to take the place of most 5ESS circuit switches in all networks
Group will support Direct RDRAM alternative News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment The former SLDRAM consortium, which had stepped to the sidelines with the emergence of Direct Rambus DRAM, is rechartering itself to develop the chip infrastructure behind the projected Double Data Rate-2 SDRAM, sources said today.
Scenix looks to boost 8-bit MCUs News & Analysis 4/28/1999 Post a comment Scenix Semiconductor Inc. is on a mission to shake up the often staid world of microcontrollers. The design house is energizing its MCU line by amassing a software core library that allows customers to add functions to devices and take advantage of their processing power. While typical microcontrollers provide single-digit Mips ratings, Scenix has an 8-bit MCU in production that boasts 50-Mips performance.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times