Intel has late metal fix for design error News & Analysis 1/31/2011 15 comments Some more details of a design error in companion chip to the Sandy Bridge processor, and the fix being implemented, have emerged in a conference call held by Intel to discuss the issue and the impact on revenues and margins.
Rambus CEO sees light in semi growth News & Analysis 1/31/2011 1 comment In the first DesignCon keynote today here president and chief executive officer of Rambus Inc. painted an optimistic forecast for semiconductors and electronics in general, and of course touted Rambus' IP business model as ideal to produce "one SoC that addresses a broad range of performance levels and price points. "
Synopsys: IC Compiler speeds DRC up to 7X News & Analysis 1/31/2011 Post a comment Synopsys released the latest version of its Galaxy Implementation Platform and IC Compiler, including enhancements that the company claims make automatic design rule check repair up to 7 times faster.
Intel finds design error in chip News & Analysis 1/31/2011 13 comments Intel has found a design error in a support chip for the recently announced Sandy Bridge processor. The company says it has implemented a solution but that the error could cost the company $700 million.
ARM adds to Cortex processors and fills out roadmap Product News 1/31/2011 3 comments The ARM Cortex-R5 MPCore and the Cortex-R7 MPCore processors have been launched for use in 3G and 4G mobile baseband, mass storage, automotive and industrial markets. A roadmap for the Cortex R-Series processors also enables ARM's customers to future-proof their designs based on a single consistent architecture.
ITC finding for ADI over Knowles to stand News & Analysis 1/28/2011 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission will let stand a determination last year by an administrative law judge finding that patents asserted by Knowles Electronics against Analog Devices are invalid.
China's ZTE cracks handset vendor top 5 News & Analysis 1/28/2011 7 comments China's ZTE placed fourth in sales globally among handset vendors in the fourth quarter of 2010, marking the first time that a Chinese company cracked the top five in any quarter, according to market research firm IDC.
Dongbu licenses EnSilica RISC processor News & Analysis 1/28/2011 Post a comment Design house EnSilica Ltd. has announced that Korean foundry Dongbu HiTek has licensed the eSi-1600 embedded RISC processor.
The eSi-1600, part of a configurable family of processor cores, is a 16-bit CPU core suitable for integration into ASIC and FPGA designs.
Icera aims Espresso at smartphones Product News 1/27/2011 4 comments Fabless chip company Icera Inc. has announced it is sampling the latest chip set and software in its Espresso series of platforms targeted at HSPA+ smartphones.
Europe awards contract to assess 450-mm pilot line News & Analysis 1/27/2011 Post a comment Two consultancy firms with expertise in the semiconductor industry – Future Horizons Ltd. and Decision SA – have been awarded a one-year joint contract to assess the benefits of a 450-mm semiconductor prototyping line being located in Europe.
Four-core ARM A9 to run Sony game console News & Analysis 1/27/2011 18 comments Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) has announced its next-generation portable entertainment system (codenamed NGP) will be run on a four-core Cortex-A9 processor from ARM and a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ graphics core from Imagination Technologies. NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011, Sony said.
EDA firm Calypto names new CEO News & Analysis 1/27/2011 Post a comment Privately held EDA vendor Calypto Design Systems announced that Doug Aitelli, currently the company's current vice president of worldwide sales, would assume the position of CEO.
Tech takeaways from Obama's State of the Union News & Analysis 1/26/2011 44 comments Excerpts from U.S. President Barack Obama's third State of the Union address before Congress, in which he emphasized science, technology and engineering more than any State of the Union in recent memory.
UMC raises profit, sees Q1 slowdown News & Analysis 1/26/2011 Post a comment Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. posted steady results in the fourth quarter, but the foundry vendor sees a slowdown in the first quarter of 2011 with both wafer shipments and average selling price per wafer falling.
CSR signs A5, A9 multicore deals with ARM News & Analysis 1/26/2011 Post a comment Wireless and audio chip vendor CSR plc has signed a deal with ARM Holdings plc under which it has licensed both the Cortex-A5 and the high-end Cortex-A9 cores in multiprocessing form. CSR says it wants to use the cores in automotive navigation and location-aware consumer equipment, especially in Brazil, Russia, India and China.
GaN depo process said to make brighter LEDs News & Analysis 1/26/2011 5 comments Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a gallium nitride deposition process said to result in 1,000 times fewer defects, thereby boosting the output of light-emitting diodes as well as other GaN devices such as power transistors.
KKR unloads 10.9 million shares of Avago News & Analysis 1/26/2011 Post a comment Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) unloaded 10.9 million shares of Avago Technologies last week reducing its stake in the analog chip vendor to 16 percent from 21 percent, according to a Dow Jones report.
ST sales, profits up, outlook down News & Analysis 1/25/2011 Post a comment Fourth quarter financial results at STMicroelectronics NV came in above expectations despite the drag of widening losses at wireless chip subsidiary ST-Ericsson reported on the same day.
Losses widen at ST-Ericsson News & Analysis 1/25/2011 3 comments Wireless chip maker ST-Ericsson said it made a net loss of $177 million on net sales of $577 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and expects revenue to decline in the first quarter of 2011.
TI beats Q4 estimates, but orders slip News & Analysis 1/24/2011 Post a comment Texas Instruments reported sales and profit for the fourth quarter of 2010 that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations, but the company said orders declined on both a sequential and year-to-year basis.
Chipmakers 2011 capabilities ranked News & Analysis 1/24/2011 4 comments There will be three foundry sources of leading-edge semiconductor technology by the end of 2011: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), GlobalFoundries Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., with possible addition of Intel, according to new research from IHS iSuppli.
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 ...