$7 Turbo Encoder Co-processor Supports 3GPP Wireless Apps News & Analysis 10/9/2003 Post a comment Altera Corporation has introduced a turbo encoder co-processor to support the recently established 14.4 Mbps. data throughput standard for wireless data applications. Designers can implement the new turbo encoder MegaCore function using Altera's Cyclone device family for as little as $7.00.<
ACTEL Joins 8-bit MCU Market News & Analysis 10/9/2003 Post a comment Actel Corporation has jumped into the microcontroller market with introduction of the Core8051 8-bit embedded microcontroller, optimized for use with its ProASIC Plus, Axcelerator, SX-A and radiation-tolerant FPGAs.
The fog is lifting: Chipmakers embrace long absent demand signals News & Analysis 10/8/2003 Post a comment The fog shrouding visibility in the semiconductor market since late 2000 appears to be lifting gradually, as a more stable industry outlook offers suppliers a chance to improve margins and update their product mix. While even the most optimistic suppliers are unwilling to declare a full market upswing is imminent because consumer confidence is eroding and there is slow to nonexistent employment growth, equipment makers, including those in the troubled communications sector, are sending positive
Programmable clock regeneration techniques get signals through extreme conditions News & Analysis 10/8/2003 Post a comment Blaming the victim? Blaming the clock for system failure is easy, but what are the root causes? Does the problem originate from the clock or is the clock a victim of the surrounding environment? While this article cannot attempt to answer all system specifics, Cypress' David Green does look at the methods of attenuating jitter in the presence of dirty clock reference sources. He explores redundant clocking architectures, and examines some logic-level filter produces that help attenuate jitter.
Motorola spins off semiconductor group News & Analysis 10/6/2003 Post a comment Motorola Inc. is spinning off its semiconductor products group into a separate, publicly traded company. The company said it remained committed to its remaining business units, including mobile phones and communications networks. From London, John Walko was the forst to pull this off the wire services.
Low-priced FPGAs gaining ground News & Analysis 10/6/2003 Post a comment Time-to-market pressures and rising ASIC development costs have helped make low-priced FPGAs an attractive alternative, and suppliers are happily seizing the opportunity.
Samsung turns to NAND flash as process technology driver News & Analysis 10/6/2003 Post a comment After using DRAM for years to prove its latest semiconductor manufacturing processes, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is shifting strategy by adopting NAND flash as its technology driver. The Korean company confirmed last week it will introduce a 70nm NAND process in 2004, a full year before it begins manufacturing DRAM on similar linewidths
Motorola spins off semiconductor group News & Analysis 10/6/2003 Post a comment Motorola Inc. is spinning off its semiconductor products group into a separate, publicly traded company. The company said it remained committed to its remaining business units, including mobile phones and communications networks.
VC Watch News & Analysis 10/5/2003 Post a comment What's catching the attention of venture capitalists these days? Try wireless, FPGAs, and design-for-manufacturing, as TelASIC, Anadigm, and Sigma-C announced VC funding last week.
18-bit serdes chips head for comms Product News 10/2/2003 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. said its low-voltage differential signaling 18-bit serializer/deserializer (serdes) makes it simpler to design such networking and communication systems as third-generation basestations, wireless local-loop systems and broadband access equipment.
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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