Toshiba to close wafer fabs, slow IC production
News & Analysis 11/30/2011 5 comments
Toshiba Corp. has announced it plans to close three manufacturing facilities and consolidate much of its discrete, analog and imaging IC production into three others, as part of a response to a fall off in demand for consumer products from the western hemisphere.
Online simulation tool creates flyback power supply circuits in minutes
Product News 11/26/2011 1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has launched an easy to use, powerful online simulation tool that allows designers facing the challenge of designing a flyback circuit for their applications’ power supply to throw the application note away and ‘Auto Design’, optimize or ‘Advance Design’ like a power supply expert.
Supercomputing 2011 ultimate slideshow
News & Analysis 11/26/2011 11 comments
Supercomputing 2011 held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
Intel claims MIC beats GPUs for parallelism
News & Analysis 11/22/2011 6 comments
While graphics processors, or GPUs, are certainly well known in the world of gaming and advanced graphics, the question of whether they can be used to accelerate computation within supercomputers is much more recent.
Highlights from Supercomputing 2011
News & Analysis 11/18/2011 7 comments
Supercomputing 2011 which took place over this past week, in Seattle, was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Attendance at this year’s show was in excess of 11,300 people, more than the 10,500 people who made it to last year’s conference in New Orleans.
Singapore plans to aid fabless chip firms
News & Analysis 11/18/2011 Post a comment
The Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association has announced that it plans to support the formation and growth of fabless semiconductor companies in the city state, joining a number of other industry groups with similar goals.
Intel Xeon E5s take 10 systems on Top500
News & Analysis 11/18/2011 Post a comment
Though the TOP500 saw no changes in its top 10 supercomputers this week, Intel still managed to dominate the list, powering some 85 percent of all new entries with 223 systems choosing the Intel Xeon 5600 series and 10 systems running on the firm’s Xeon E5 processors.
SerDes chip enables integration of multiple video streams
Design How-To 11/18/2011 2 comments
In a parking assist system example, single twisted-pair communication and an interface chipset provide a bidirectional control channel with a minimum latency and general purpose I/O functionality, enabling seamless frame-synchronous processing of individual video data streams.
IBM's Blue Gene/Q; petaflops on low power
News & Analysis 11/17/2011 3 comments
Perhaps the most poorly kept secret at SC11 was IBM’s official unveiling of its next generation Blue Gene/Q (BGQ) supercomputer, the third generation in its Blue Gene family, with 16 multi-processing core technology and a scalable peak performance of up to 100 petaflops.
Mentor offshoot nurtures European startups
News & Analysis 11/16/2011 1 comment
Cre8 Ventures, a 2005 offshoot from Mentor Graphics formed in the UK to support startups with networking contacts and various forms of help, has been extended, taken independent and renamed as the European Microelectronics Academy. The EMA has similarities to an initiative in Silicon Valley that is being launched by the Global Semiconductor Alliance with participation from Intel Capital, Cadence and TSMC.
Infineon warns of sales decline in 2012
News & Analysis 11/16/2011 Post a comment
German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG has reported a profitable but flat fourth fiscal quarter and warned that it expects revenue in its 2012 fiscal year to decline compared with the 2011 fiscal year. The company has also said it plans to re-organize its businesses.
TI's multicore DSPs sink to new power lows
News & Analysis 11/15/2011 1 comment
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) was showing off its highest performing, lowest power multicore digital signal processors (DSP), based on its TMS320C66x DSP generation at Supercomputing 2011 on Monday.
Nvidia proposes GPU programming standard
News & Analysis 11/14/2011 7 comments
Nvidia Corp., Cray Inc., The Portland Group, Inc. (PGI) and The Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) have unveiled ‘OpenACC’, a directives-based programming initiative the firms hope will become an industry standard for parallel computing.
TI calls baseband a distraction, but is it?
News & Analysis 11/10/2011 10 comments
While Texas Instruments pushes forward quickly and aggressively with its OMAP mobile processor, some still wonder whether the firm’s “strategic decision” to leave out baseband could come back to bite it.
Combine power feed and data link via cable for remote peripherals
Design How-To 11/10/2011 6 comments
It is possible to combine power distribution and high-speed data transmission by sharing a shielded twisted pair cable. A power feed network is necessary at both ends for power injection and extraction. By properly designing this network, and managing power supply switching noise, performance degradation is minimized.