AMD grooms Meyer to replace Ruiz News & Analysis 12/12/2007 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has picked president and chief operating officer Dirk Meyer to replace Hector Ruiz as CEO although the succession is still more than one year away.
Brazil to make chips using X-FAB process News & Analysis 12/12/2007 Post a comment German foundry X-FAB Silicon is partnering with Brazilian government backed CEITEC in a project that signals the start of CMOS commercial semiconductor front-end manufacturing in Brazil, a country experiencing high demand for semiconductor chips.
Tensilica enhances Xtensa cores and tools Product News 12/11/2007 Post a comment Tensilica has shrunken the minimum core size of its Xtensa 7 and Xtensa LX2 configurable processor families. It has also enhanced the Xtensa Xplorer design environment to make customization easier and faster.
Coated nanotubes kill anthrax in Rensselaer trial News & Analysis 12/11/2007 Post a comment Rensselaer researchers have developed a way to pinpoint and neutralize harmful proteins, such as anthrax toxin or even cancer cells, by coating nanotubes with a peptide that attracts the proteins and then exposing the proteins to light.
IMEC details high-k planar CMOS advances News & Analysis 12/11/2007 Post a comment Researchers from Belgian research group IMEC and its partners in the 32-nm CMOS program claim to have made significant advances in improving the performance of planar CMOS using hafnium-based high-k dielectrics and tantalum-carbide metal gates.
Evaluation kits debut for PowerPC 405EX, 405EXr processors Product News 12/10/2007 Post a comment To accelerate customers' system development time, AMCC's evaluation kits provide users with a comprehensive set of resources, including custom-designed evaluation boards, industry-standard software development tools, sample applications, system-level benchmarks and hardware design files.
Good, bad and ugly of LEDs News & Analysis 12/10/2007 2 comments An 84-foot-tall Norway spruce has been covered with 30,000 LEDs strung on 5 miles of wire, and we techies are as happy as pigs in a sty. They finally got it.
AMD, Intel at it again, as both take aim at SoC News & Analysis 12/10/2007 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices and Intel are ramping up system- on-chip capabilities, creating new prod- ucts and processes. Although both companies will continue to design high-end custom microprocessors, increasingly their competition will hinge on how well they assemble chips out of a stock of reusable cores.
DAC delivers low noise, high accuracy Product News 12/6/2007 Post a comment Texas Instruments has introduced a 16-bit, single-channel, buffered voltage-output DAC that touts excellent linearity, low noise, fast settling time, and low-power consumption, aimed at industrial process control and test equipment.
New Intel group will drive system-chip design News & Analysis 12/6/2007 Post a comment Intel has created a new system-on-chip enablement group under Gadi Singer, a veteran executive of many high profile projects for the company who hopes to help smooth the way for future multicore processors as well as a range of SoCs for sockets outside its traditional PC markets.
GSA taps European execs for leadership council News & Analysis 12/6/2007 Post a comment Some of the leading executives across Europe's semiconductor industry have been appointed to the EMEA Leadership Council of the newly revamped and renamed Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), formerly the Fabless Semiconductor Association.
ARC readies energy saving cores Product News 12/5/2007 Post a comment ARC International is readying a range of cores, dubbed Energy PRO, that adds active power management capability to its line-up of IP cores. The cores come validated with Cadence Low Power Solution and Common Power Format (CPF) through a partnership between the ARC, Cadence and Virage.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 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 ...