Virtex-5 USB module packs power in small footprint Product News 3/4/2010 Post a comment Opal Kelly is shipping its fastest FPGA USB 2.0 integration module, the XEM5010, which is based on a powerful Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, and delivers 256-Mbytes DDR2, 36-Mbit synchronous SRAM, 32-Mbit flash, and up to 200 high-speed user I/Os.
WSTS: January chip sales up 72% on a year ago News & Analysis 3/4/2010 2 comments January's global market for semiconductors was $22.38 billion according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. This was slightly down on the figure for December 2009 of $23.48 billion, but exceeded the January 2009 actual sales figure of $13.02 billion by 71.9 percent.
ESC: Panel to debate wireless sensor networks News & Analysis 3/4/2010 4 comments A panel of experts has been drawn together to discuss the future of wireless sensor networks at the Embedded Systems Conference, which take place April 26 to 29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
3-D TVs for industry: $64B; health research: zero News & Analysis 3/3/2010 2 comments Plenty of money will be made selling stereo 3-D televisions over the next few years, according to two market research reports issued this week, but whether any of it funds research on the health impacts of broad use of such novel systems remains to be seen.
Analog IC market to grow 15% in 2010, says firm Product News 3/2/2010 Post a comment After declining along with the rest of the chip industry in 2009, the general purpose analog IC market is poised to grow 15 percent to reach more than $15 billion in 2010 as inventory levels normalize and demand increases, according to market research firm Databeans.
Freescale chip built to power sub-$99 e-readers Product News 3/2/2010 Post a comment Freescale's low-cost hardware E-Reader controller--the i.MX508--combines an advanced ARM Cortex A8 applications processor with a hardware Visplex E-Ink display controller for faster page turns, integrated touch control and extended battery life.
Mixed-signal fab-lite gathers pace at NXP News & Analysis 3/2/2010 Post a comment With NXP shutting wafer fabs ICH in Hamburg, Germany and ICN5 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and announcing plans to close ICN6 by early-to-mid 2011 the fab-lite movement is gathering pace at the chip company.
Chip market boom makes analyst hike forecast News & Analysis 3/2/2010 Post a comment Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for 2010 chip market growth from 13 percent to 15 percent on the strength of the January global chip sales reported by the SIA.
Xilinx, Inova team on in-car video links Product News 3/2/2010 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. and Inova Semiconductors GmbH have introduced a communications transceiver design called Automotive Pixel Link (APIX) that can be deployed on the Xilinx Automotive (XA) family of Spartan-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Freescale sues Funai, JVC, Panasonic for alleged patent violation News & Analysis 3/2/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate an alleged violation of several of its patents by three Japanese OEMs, including Panasonic and JVC, and is also asking the agency to issue an order banning the sale of affected electronic equipment by a group of U.S. retailers.
LRA model predicts 40% chip market growth for 2010 News & Analysis 3/1/2010 1 comment Global chip sales in January, as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association, were so strong that the linear regression analysis (LRA) model used by independent industry analyst Mike Cowan has come up with a 39.6 percent growth prediction for the chip market in 2010.
ESD company Shocking raises $8 million News & Analysis 3/1/2010 Post a comment Shocking Technologies Inc. (Santa Clata, Calif.), a startup company developing technology to deal with electrostatic discharge has raised $8 million in a B-1 round led by Vista Ventures.
Printed logic startup signs greetings card deal News & Analysis 3/1/2010 Post a comment Nano ePrint Ltd., a spin off from the University of Manchester in England, has announced that it is developing an all-printed electronic greeting card in collaboration with Novalia Ltd., to a specification provided by Hallmark subsidiary Tigerprint Ltd.
Tabula tips time-share FPGA architecture Product News 3/1/2010 Post a comment Fabless FPGA startup Tabula Inc. has announced the architecture of its 3-D programmable logic devices (3PLD), which it is calling Spacetime, because it uses the temporal domain as third dimension to maximize the use of on-chip resources, thereby allowing denser logic.
Deutsche Telekom invests in Lantiq News & Analysis 3/1/2010 Post a comment Lantiq Deutschland GmbH, the wireline spin-off from Infineon Technologies AG, has closed a "strategic investment" from T-Venture Holding GmbH, the venture capital arm of German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom AG.
SiLabs debuts wireless microcontrollers Product News 3/1/2010 Post a comment Silicon Laboratories has combined its line of microcontrollers with its line of wireless transceivers to create a family of 12 wireless microcontrollers which can single handedly handle many battery operated applications.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 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 ...