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Nvidia chief scientist to EDA: Give us power tools
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Nvidia's chief scientist told the EDA community that chip designers need new tools to usher in a new era of computing, moving to "throughput computing" from an era of "denial architecture" that has seen the semiconductor industry squeeze more performance out of single-thread processors thanks to software.
Mentor Graphics unveils embedded Linux strategy
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Mentor Graphics has expanded its position in embedded software with the unveiling of its Android and Linux strategy at the Design Automation Conference here.
From incredible images to Flitter Fairies
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Artist paints himself invisible, landing on the moon today, alternative search engines, sandwich thieves, flitter fairies, Thingamakit audio synthesizer, more...
Intel hits reset button, tips growth drivers
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7/30/2009   1 comment
Bruised by a setback or two, Intel Corp. is hitting what some observers believe is the ''reset button.''
Arria II GX FPGAs achieve PCI-SIG compliance for PCIe 2.0
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Altera Corp.'s 40-nm Arria II GX FPGAs are achieved compliance with the PCI Express 2.0 specification.
Virtex-6 achieves PCIe 2.0 compliance
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Xilinx said its new Virtex-6 FPGA family is achieved compliance with the PCI Express 2.0 specification.
NI expands FlexRIO line
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National Instruments announced the expansion of its NI FlexRIO product line with multiple forthcoming adapter modules, said to provide engineers with application-specific I/O for RF, digital, time-domain and vision inspection systems.
Cadence Q2 net hurt by falling sales, charges
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Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s net loss worsened in the second quarter on a 32 percent decline in sales even as the company intensified reorganization activities aimed at restoring it to profitability.
Fab tool vendors see better results
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Business is improving in IC equipment--finally.
Panel: Future job prospects bright for EDA pros
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Amid concerns that EDA may be permanently shrinking, technical professionals with EDA experience nevertheless have good future job prospects, according to members of a career-oriented panel discussion at the Design Automation Conference.
Shortages seen for DDR3 SDRAM
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Don't look now, but there are DDR3 SDRAM shortages in the market right now.
News from DAC: Mentor Graphics unveils embedded Linux strategy
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The latest news from the 46th Design Automation Conference, including an announcment from Magma Design Automation that its independent auditor has formally raised questions about the company's ongoing viability.
DFM debated as a 'weapon of mass design'
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The more than abused DFM acronym reared its ugly head again at a leading design engineering forum. The consensus is that Design for Manufacturing has its place in the chip design world, but basically it's a crapshoot.
IC-packaging houses see better results
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Major IC-packaging houses are staging a comeback amid the downturn.
Orolia acquiert le Breton Kannad
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Après Pendulum et Spectracom, c'est au tour de Kannad SAS de passer sous la coupe d'Orolia SA, groupe spécialisé dans les systèmes de timing, de synchronisation et de positionnement de haute précision. La transaction, estimée à 10 millions d'euros payables en actions, devrait être finalisée en septembre 2009.
Intel exec speaks out on PC, netbooks and economy
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Intel's Sean Maloney talks of PC, netbooks and economy.
Intel invests in five cleantech startups
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Intel Corp. has expanded its new energy initiative by investing in five startups.
Trio of 500-V MOSFETs offer 0.270 Ω on-resistance in TO-220, TO-220F and TO-247 packaging
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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has released three new 500-V MOSFETs that extend its Gen 6.2 n-channel planar FET technology to the TO-220, TO-220F, and TO-247 packages.
New microprocessor supervisor monitors up to six power-supply voltages down to 0.5 V
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a hex-voltage microprocessor supervisor with integrated reset timing, which eliminates the need for an external capacitor.
GlobalFoundries to earn significant portion of ST outsourcing
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It is now official. STMicroelectronics NV is GlobalFoundries' first strategic customer and will devote a significant portion of its outsourcing to the chip manufacturing service provider, ST told EE Times Europe.
Analysis: Globalfoundries needs to grow
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
The outsourcing contract with STMicroelectronics is a first success for Globalfoundries. It is remarkable in that the company was able to attract a major player in the semiconductor company as a foundry customer faster than expected. It however might not be enough to make Globalfoundries independent from AMD as its major customer — and not enough to make it competitive in its new business segment.
UMC posts profit, raises capex
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Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) moved back into the black in the second quarter and raised its capital spending from $400 million to $500 million in 2009.
MIT's 'bokode' chip said to outperform bar codes
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A new kind of identification tag that combines the security of a bar code with the capacity of an RFID tag will debut at the Siggraph 2009 conference.
Infineon raises revenue, outlook positive
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Despite a slight operating profit, Infineon has to digest another loss under the bottom line for its third quarter. Nevertheless, the company provided a positive outlook for the remainder of the year.
New quad/dual 14-Bit, 125 Msps ADCs dissipate one-third the power
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Linear Technology Corporation has released a family of 24 ultralow power 14-bit/12-bit, 125Msps to 25Msps, quad and dual ADCs that claims to dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs.
ST, Globalfoundries sign manufacturing contract
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Sooner than expected by many market watchers, chip manufacturing service provider Globalfoundries has clinched its first strategic customer contract: It is STMicroelectronics.
STMicro lässt bei Globalfoundries fertigen
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Schneller als erwartet hat die AMD-Fertigungstochter Globalfoundries in Dresden ihren ersten strategischen Liefervertrag mit einem Großkunden unter Dach und Fach gebracht: Es handelt sich um den französisch-italienischen Chiphersteller STMicroelectronics.
Quad and dual 14-bit 125 Msps ADCs dissipate one-third the power
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Linear Technology Corporation has announced a family of 24 low-power 14-bit/12-bit, 125-Msps to 25-Msps, quad and dual ADCs that dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs. The flagship ADC is the LTC2175-14, a quad 14-bit, 125Msps ADC that dissipates only 558 mW (140 mW per channel).
TSMC keynoter touts cooperative business models
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Future growth in EDA and other segments of the semiconductor industry supply chain depends on the evolution of a new breed of collaborative business model that enable partners to pool costs and increase profits, according to Fu-Chieh Hsu, vice president of Design & Technology Platform at TSMC.
Actel posts wider loss on declining revenue
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Programmable logic supplier Actel reported a net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices of $45.1 million on revenue of $45.2 million for the second quarter.
ST narrows loss, outlook improves
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Amid an improved outlook, STMicroelectronics Inc. narrowed its loss in the second quarter amid growing sales.
ST widens loss in first half
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European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) reported that its second half net loss was $860 million, or $-0.98 per share, compared to a net loss of $131 million, or $-0.15 per share in the first half of 2008.
Spansion moves to emerge from Chapter 11
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7/28/2009   2 comments
Spansion Inc. provided an update on its ongoing restructuring efforts that are aimed for the company to emerge from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by the fourth quarter of this year.
Virage Logic tapes out its first 32/28nm IP test chip
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Virage Logic has taped out a 32/28-nanometer process node test chip with multiple IPs optimized for a high performance application for an early adopter customer.
Quad/Dual 14-Bit, 125Msps ADCs Dissipate One-Third the Power
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Linear Technology Corporation announces a family of 24 ultra low power 14-bit/12-bit, 125Msps to 25Msps, quad and dual ADCs that dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs.
NETWORKING - USB 3.0 to SATA bridge IC supports 5Gbps SuperSpeed USB
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe has launched the MB86C30A, one of the first USB 3.0 to SATA bridge ICs that support data transfer rates up to 5Gbps.
Companies require more focus on green impact of their supply chain
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
According to a new study by the Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum and E2open, it appears that operations, logistics and supply chain executives need a better understanding of how to go green and save green across complex, global, multi-tiered supply and distribution networks.
Power-One agrees license deal with Powervation for digital power technology patents
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Power-One, Inc., (Camarillo, CA) a power conversion and power management solutions provider, and Powervation, Ltd., (Limerick, Ireland), a fabless semiconductor startup developing a digital control chip for power converters, have entered into a non-exclusive Field of Use license for Powervation under Power-One's digital power technology patents.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Arria II GX Development Kit speeds development of high-performance 3Gbps apps
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The new Arria II GX Development Kit from Altera speeds development of high-performance 3Gbps apps and enables rapid adoption of low-cost, low power applications requiring transceivers.'
NXP dual channel Class-D amplifiers bring high quality sound to in-vehicle applications
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NXP has introduced a family of dual channel Class-D amplifiers that promise cutting-edge sound quality for vehicle audio entertainment applications.
Energy Smart Marketers Expands Channel Marketing Services to Solar and Wind Power Energy Markets
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Energy Smart Marketers is expanding its efforts to assist manufacturers in more effectively marketing to and through the electrical channel to include the solar and wind power energy markets
Ball joint seal testing machine uses ethernet TCP/IP controlled servos
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TCP/IP-compatible servo drives from Baldor Electric Company have simplified the construction of an automotive component tester.
Dual channel Class-D amplifiers deliver power efficient concert hall-like sound into vehicles
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A new family of dual channel Class-D amplifiers introduced by NXP is claiming to deliver vibrant sound quality and cutting-edge power efficiency for improved an in-car entertainment experience.
GridWeek 2009 Highlights Smart Grid's Role in "Energizing Our Economy"
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In a year of dramatic advances in smart grid initiatives and funding, GridWeek 2009 is expanding both the range and breadth of its programs for its 4 day conference.
Cutting head and CNC simulator will be highlighted at EMO 2009 by NUM
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At EMO 2009 in Milan this October, the CNC controls vendor NUM will launch a ready-integrated tool head for sophisticated plasma, laser and waterjet cutting machinery applications, and exhibit an advanced 3D simulation package combining workpiece simulation with collision monitoring.
Les pôles de Rhône-Alpes repartent pour 3 ans
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Les pôles de compétitivité de la région Rhône-Alpes, nommément Arve Industries, Axelera, Imaginove, Lyon Urban Truck & Bus, Lyonbiopole, Minalogic, Plastipolis, Techtera et Tenerrdis, ont signé avec l'Etat et les collectivités locales le plan d'action pour la période 2009-2011.
Edinburgh researchers aim EnCore processor at low-power apps
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7/28/2009   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed a microprocessor based on the ARC600 32-bit configurable architecture from ARC International plc. (St. Albans, England). A working prototype has been demonstrated in the laboratory.
Infineon kürzt die Kurzarbeit — aber nicht überall
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Der Chiphersteller Infineon hat eine Anzahl seiner in Kurzarbeit befindlichen Arbeitnehmer in die Reinräume und die Entwicklungslabors zurück gerufen. Aber nur in Österreich — in Deutschland sieht es nicht ganz so gut aus.
Nextreme partners Lockheed Martin to develop next generation power management solutions
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A developer of thermal and power management products, Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc., (Durham, N.C), has entered into a cooperation agreement with global security company, Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Md) to develop new products based on Nextreme's thin-film thermoelectric materials.
SMIC posts loss, sales up
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Chinese foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) posted another loss in the second quarter, but the company's sales rebounded in the period.
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