Nvidia chief scientist to EDA: Give us power tools News & Analysis 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.
NI expands FlexRIO line Product News 7/30/2009 Post a comment 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.
Panel: Future job prospects bright for EDA pros News & Analysis 7/29/2009 Post a comment 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.
DFM debated as a 'weapon of mass design' News & Analysis 7/29/2009 Post a comment 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.
Orolia acquiert le Breton Kannad News & Analysis 7/29/2009 Post a comment 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.
Analysis: Globalfoundries needs to grow News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2009 Post a comment 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.
Infineon raises revenue, outlook positive News & Analysis 7/29/2009 Post a comment 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.
STMicro lässt bei Globalfoundries fertigen News & Analysis 7/29/2009 Post a comment 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 Product News 7/29/2009 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2009 Post a comment 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.
ST widens loss in first half News & Analysis 7/28/2009 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 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.
Les pôles de Rhône-Alpes repartent pour 3 ans News & Analysis 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.
SMIC posts loss, sales up News & Analysis 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.