Updated: IPL, Si2 to work on 'open' PDK News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) said that it is working with the Interoperable PDK Libraries (IPL) Alliance to devise a new and ''open'' foundry process design kit (PDK) standard.
IBM opens bandgap for graphene News & Analysis 1/28/2010 1 comment IBM Research says it has opened a bandgap for carbon-based graphene field-effect transistors, removing one of the last roadblocks to commercialization of the technology. By utilizing a dual-gate, bi-layer architecture, IBM demonstrated a graphene FET that could someday rival complementary metal oxide semiconductor.
Hynix shares tumble on lack of bidders News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment The stock price of memory chipmaker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. fell 8.9 percent on Tuesday (Jan. 26) to close at 23,600 won (about $20.40). The tumble was prompted by concerns that the consortium of banks that bailed the company out several years ago cannot find a buyer to take over their stakes, according to a Reuters report.
Samsung licenses the use of heavy hydrogen in chips News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment South Korean chip giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has agreed a license deal with the University of Illinois (Urbana, Ill.) allowing it to use deuterium in semiconductor devices. This provides a solution to hot-carrier effects, which are known to cause problems with device reliability, according to the university.
Future Horizons sees 30% chip market boom News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment The worldwide chip market is set for two years of more than 20 percent growth and could even hit more than 30 percent growth in a single year, according to Malcolm Penn, the principal analyst and founder of the U.K. market analysis company Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England).
MegaChips licenses Forte's HLS software Product News 1/27/2010 1 comment Japan-based MegaChips Corp. announced it has adopted Cynthesizer SystemC high-level synthesis (HLS) software from Forte Design Systems for its hardware and electronic system level (ESL) design needs.
UV LEDs provide a 10 times longer lifespan Product News 1/27/2010 Post a comment The QuasarBrite UV family of LEDs announced by Lumex provide a 10 times longer lifespan, a tight beam angle, enhanced durability and up to 50 percent cost savings compared to alternative technologies, says the manufacturer.
Oracle, Sun ready to lift veil on merger plans News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment Oracle and Sun Microsystems will discuss their plans for the combined company just four days after the European Commission approved the merger, an event that needs to answer a range of questions about the future of the company's microprocessors, systems, software—and staff.
PLX Tech reports record revenue News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment Chip vendor PLX Technology reported a net income of $2.6 million on revenue of $26.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. The company announced record revenue for the year of $82.8 million.
Altera tops estimates, touts advantage at 40-nm News & Analysis 1/26/2010 Post a comment Programmable logic vendor Altera Corp. Tuesday (Jan. 26) reported sharp increases in fourth quarter 2009 revenue and profit and the company's chief executive predicted that its lead in 40-nm FPGAs would help drive growth in 2010.
Analysts cautious about Xilinx inventory News & Analysis 1/26/2010 Post a comment Wall Street analysts gave programmable logic vendor Xilinx generally high marks on the company's announcement of record quarterly revenue last week, but at least some noted concerns about Xilinx inventory.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...