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Learn Signal Integrity Online
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7/22/2014   Post a comment
Signal-integrity evangelist Eric Bogatin's classes are now available through an online subscription.
XMOS Sees Key $26M Investment
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7/21/2014   3 comments
UK chip designer XMOS has raised $26.2m from three global chip partners in one of the largest silicon investments this year.
Cadence Announces Protium FPGA-Based Rapid Prototyping Platform
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7/17/2014   Post a comment
In addition to its Palladium series of hardware accelerators/emulators, Cadence has just announced its Protium FPGA-based next-generation rapid prototyping platform.
Intel Readies Super-Resist for EUV
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7/17/2014   7 comments
Intel partners with Berkeley Lab to create extreme ultraviolet (EUV) resists.
New Applications Fuel MEMS Sensor Growth
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7/16/2014   1 comment
A report from IC Insights explains why the Internet of Things is driving all kinds of new measurements.
Lattice's iCE40 Ultra FPGAs Make Smart Devices Smarter
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7/16/2014   3 comments
If an ASSP got married to an FPGA, then the members of the iCE40 Ultra family would be their children.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
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7/11/2014   8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
DesignCon Extends 2015 Abstract Deadline
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for submitting abstracts to July 18, 2014.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
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7/9/2014   6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
Europe's three-month average chip sales in May pushed forward showing strengthening growth year-on-year while the rest of world saw growth rates decline, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), that referenced the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   9 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
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7/3/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
EZchip Buys Tilera
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7/1/2014   9 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
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6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Quantum Computing Researchers Tap Test & Measurement Tools
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6/18/2014   2 comments
Arbitrary waveform generator lets researchers work towards solving the problem of unstable qubits.
Is China the World's Leading Cyberspy?
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6/17/2014   6 comments
This is the first of a three-part series examining the fallout on industry from China's alleged cyberspying. Today we examine the proof of spying and its effects on industry.
Programmable Analog: Maxim Creates Swiss Army Knife
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6/17/2014   30 comments
Instead of creating a problematical field-programmable analog array (FPAA), Maxim has created the analog equivalent of a simple PLD (programmable logic device).
NI Enters Manual Lab Bench Instrument Market
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6/17/2014   7 comments
Is bench instrumentation facing a major disruption?
Intel, Dell Ride SDN Into Telcos
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6/16/2014   6 comments
To handle the explosion of data in a more effective way, several service providers are advocating for a move to virtual networks driven by software and spearheaded by the telecommunications industry.
DCD's D16950 UART Soft IP Core for FPGAs & ASICs
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6/11/2014   8 comments
Functionally compatible to the OX16C950, the D16950 allows serial transmission in two modes: UART and FIFO.
QuickLogic Wearable Solutions Include Hardware & Software
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6/9/2014   15 comments
Next-generation devices with be both environmentally and contextually aware; they will know if we are walking, running, or riding a bike.
Lantronix xPico WiFi Shield for Arduino
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6/5/2014   4 comments
xPico Wi-Fi shield delivers Wi-Fi access point and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity for Arduino development platforms.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
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6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
Computex: Pixelworks Debuts Mobile Video Post-Processing IC
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6/2/2014   3 comments
Pixelworks is the first chip vendor to develop a small, hardwired mobile video display processor that sits between a mobile SoC and the mobile device's panel.
Opal Kelly's USB-FPGA JESD204B FMC Powerhouse Platform
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6/2/2014   2 comments
The XEM7350 module from Opal Kelly boasts a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA and USB 3.0 providing a JESD204B powerhouse platform on an ultra-compact FMC carrier.
EMC Musicians Reunite for August Symposium
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5/29/2014   1 comment
The EMC Society Band is looking for Musicians to join the fun on August 5 & 6 at the 2014 EMC Symposium in Raleigh.
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
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5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
Get Free Test & Measurement Software
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5/21/2014   4 comments
There's plenty of free software available in the form of applications add-ons, drivers, and open-source. Help us compile our list of free T&M software by telling us what you use.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance
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5/20/2014   1 comment
By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
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5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
John Houbolt's Passing Has Lessons for All Engineers
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5/19/2014   21 comments
We can all learn from the champion of the Apollo Lunar Module.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
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5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
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5/16/2014   5 comments
A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
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5/15/2014   6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
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5/15/2014   7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Fabless Chip Companies Ranked by 2013 Sales
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5/12/2014   7 comments
Chinese and Taiwanese companies were five of the eight fastest growing fabless chip companies in a top 25 ranking compiled by IC Insights.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup?
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5/12/2014   1 comment
The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
Kickstarter Oscilloscope Clock Uses Soviet CRT
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5/8/2014   2 comments
Nearly 200% funded at nine days to go, The Oscilloscope clock is great conversation piece.
Wearable SoC: Let DSP Do 'Always Listening' Chores
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5/7/2014   8 comments
To design a wearable SoC, forget about using a multicore app processor. Combining a multifunctional DSP core with a small MCU/CPU is one way to go.
Graphene-Analog Outperforms Original
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5/6/2014   2 comments
Graphene analog materials said to outperform carbon by mimicking most of its good properties while adding an essential missing element from graphene -- a usable bandgap.
Slideshow: Ethernet's Present & Future
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5/5/2014   2 comments
The Ethernet Summit discussed struggles that ranged from defining 400GE and getting 10Mbit links deployed as well as cloud and SDN issues.
Q & A on Automotive Test: Verify & Share Results
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5/2/2014   1 comment
Engineers at National Instruments explain how automotive safety can improve if test engineers verify test functions and share data with designers.
Silego Announces World's Smallest Mixed-Signal FPGA
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4/30/2014   2 comments
A single GPAK mixed-signal FPGA can replace a variety of primitive logic, comparators, and passive components, thereby saving cost, power, and PCB real estate.
Nomadic Altium Tribe Is on the Move Again
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4/30/2014   18 comments
The hot-off-the-press news is that the guys and gals at Altium are on the move again -- they are leaving Shanghai, China, and heading towards San Diego, USA.
Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore
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4/22/2014   12 comments
Having hardened floating-point DSP blocks in FPGAs opens the door to a wide range of military and commercial applications, and also reduces time-to-market.
Naptech Offers Free Calibrations for 5 Years
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4/21/2014   Post a comment
Just ship any repaired test equipment back once a year.
Bagels: Official Food of Test & Measurement
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4/18/2014   73 comments
A bagel is the perfect food to eat at your lab bench as long as you keep seeds from getting everywhere.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors
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4/17/2014   1 comment
Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
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