Virage compiler suits TSMC processes News & Analysis 1/31/2000 Post a comment Virage Logic Corp. will develop memory compilers based on the single-transistor SRAM technology of embedded-memory vendor MoSys Inc. The fourth-generation Custom-Touch compilers are being designed expressly for use with the 0.18- and 0.15-micron standard logic processes of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).
Smart DSLAMs answer the call of IP, cost control News & Analysis 1/31/2000 Post a comment Telecommunications carriers and local exchange carriers (LECs) need to choose cost-effective technology that allows them to offer new services and expand their revenue potential. For that reason, they need smart digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs) because they are cost-effective and support advanced Internet Protocol (IP) applications.
Open-source IP could ignite system-on-chip era News & Analysis 1/31/2000 Post a comment The electronics industry has reached a curious milestone. To remain competitive in the marketplace, many products require the use of ASICs and system-on-chip (SoC) solutions-yet the price of ASIC and SoC development is beyond the resources of many small companies and startups. This is an interesting problem, since much of the promise of SoC is best fulfilled by small companies and startups that can focus on smaller markets.
Shooting blanks News & Analysis 1/31/2000 Post a comment The political decision about whether to deploy a national missile defense system got a lot more complicated recently when a much-hyped prototype system failed to hit-much less destroy-a target missile over the Pacific Ocean.
IR, TI fine-tune power-management strategies News & Analysis 1/31/2000 Post a comment International Rectifier is set to unveil new products that capitalize on its expertise in dc/dc converter design, while Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) is ready to roll out new voltage regulator products along with its power-management strategy for 2000.
Startup focuses on signal integrity News & Analysis 1/31/2000 Post a comment A group of former Intel Corp. executives is launching an analog semiconductor company, called Primarion, that plans to improve system performance by focusing on signal integrity. Though the company doesn't expect to bring out its first commercial products until late next year, it is now showcasing its concepts, which it says will boost system performance by as much as 30 percent.
Zero-delay buffers solve clock problems News & Analysis 1/31/2000 Post a comment International Microcircuits Inc.'s 11-member line of zero-delay buffers eliminates clock-propagation delays and reduces electrical noise in PCs, workstations, network cards, ADSL modems and set-top boxes.
Resistors ride fixed-gain amps News & Analysis 1/31/2000 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp.'s LMV100 family of 2.7-V fixed-gain block operational amplifiers integrates a rail-to-rail output op amp with up to four internal gain-setting resistors.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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