From 2009 to 2020: A history of developments in programmability Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 8/28/2009 3 comments Predictions come easy, but from the demise of FPGAs to the emergence of 32-core processors, DSPs are showing some strong trends and I think it is possible to divine what will happen in the next few years as we move towards the next order of magnitude increase in computational efficiency.
Dresden is like Silicon Valley: hungry talent & excellent education News & Analysis 8/27/2009 1 comment How comes that the Dresden area is the most remarkable center for start-up activities in Germany? The answer is that in the town, all ingredients necessary such as excellent mathematical education and a generation of engineers with great ideas meet. The ignition spark, however, has been imported from the U.S. – in person of Gerhard Fettweis, professor at the Dresden Technical University. In the interview Fettweis explains what are the essentials for start-up friendly environments and which techn
Small engines get greener Product News 8/26/2009 7 comments Emissions from small gasoline engines could be reduced using a new analog chip that Freescale Semiconductor introduced at a technology forum in Shenzhen, China.
Engineer seeks $60 million bonus from Atmel News & Analysis 8/25/2009 3 comments Dr. Andreas Paul Schueppen, a former employee of Atmel Germany GmbH, is preparing for his first day in court in a case filed against his former employer in which he is claiming he is owed 42 million euro (about $60 million) as an "inventor's bonus."
Silicon circuit board seeks to replace ASICs News & Analysis 8/24/2009 Post a comment You may be able to kiss that printed-circuit board good-bye soon, instead mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board that essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
Analyst sees upside for chip makers in HP results News & Analysis 8/19/2009 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard's net profit fell considerably in the company's fiscal third quarter, but a financial analyst said the results--including a 2 percent year-to-year increase in PC sales and possibly record inventory lows--bode well for semiconductor suppliers.
Jazz sees growth opportunities for SiGe Product News 8/18/2009 Post a comment Jazz Semiconductor Inc. (Newport Beach, Calif.), a subsidiary of foundry chip maker Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel), has announced it is looking to use its silicon-germanium BiCMOS technology to replace GaAs components in millimeter wave and cell phone applications.
TI shrinks size of 16-bit ADCs Product News 8/17/2009 2 comments Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas) claims that its latest family of 16-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) is 70 percent smaller than its nearest competition.
Old and new: Marconi's Irish roots Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 8/17/2009 Post a comment In a remote region of Ireland last week I happened upon a monument to Guglielmo Marconi's first commercial wireless transmission: between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle in North Antrim on July 6th. 1898.