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SiliconBlue claims 100 design wins
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1/30/2010   Post a comment
I recently spoke with Kapil Shankar, CEO of FPGA startup SiliconBlue Technologies, who told me the company now has over 100 design wins under its belt and will seek another round of financing in the next few months.
ASIC pioneer reinvents 3-D FPGAs
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1/29/2010   8 comments
By building a three-dimensional field-programmable FPGA with an ultra-dense anti-fuse interconnect, NuPGA claims to be able to achieve the density of an ASIC at a fraction of the cost.
Foundry rankings, Apple iPad lead weekly story ranking
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Chip makers swing to profitability
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Chip makers including Sandisk, Maxim Integrated Products, Cypress Semiconductor and Lattice Semiconductor swung to profit in the calendar fourth quarter of 2009—compared to losses suffered at the height of the downturn in late 2008. But memory technology licensor Rambus posted a wider loss after retroactively recognizing previously withheld royalties in the year-ago period.
Analyst rails against the fab-lite
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1/28/2010   6 comments
The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Analysis: Why a sustained ASP turnaround could be a mirage
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England), has been at the bullish end of the spectrum of market researchers' opinion through most of the last decade. He remains so, but he is convinced that at long last the conditions are coming together to create manufacturing capacity shortages and a boom for chip makers and vendors.
TSMC profits in Q4 on returning demand
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) to post a net income of NT$32.67 billion (about $1.02 billion) on consolidated revenue of NT$92.09 billion (about $2.88 billion) in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Low-voltage ASICs target low cost apps
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
Fabless ASIC house eASIC Corp. announced the availability of two lower power device options for its eASIC Nextreme family.
Firm gets patent for FPGA-based computer architecture
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1/27/2010   1 comment
RMT announced it has been granted a patent titled "Virtual Hardware System with Universal Ports Using FPGA," which is the technology used in its Black Diamond Advanced Technology SwitchBack ultra-rugged mobile computer.
Future Horizons sees 30% chip market boom
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
The worldwide chip market is set for two years of more than 20 percent growth and could even hit more than 30 percent growth in a single year, according to Malcolm Penn, the principal analyst and founder of the U.K. market analysis company Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England).
MegaChips licenses Forte's HLS software
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1/27/2010   1 comment
Japan-based MegaChips Corp. announced it has adopted Cynthesizer SystemC high-level synthesis (HLS) software from Forte Design Systems for its hardware and electronic system level (ESL) design needs.
Solution supports customizable MCU projects
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
Atmel and Micro Digital announced an out-of-the-box board support package for Atmel's AT91CAP9 starter and development kits.
Altera tops estimates, touts advantage at 40-nm
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Altera Corp. Tuesday (Jan. 26) reported sharp increases in fourth quarter 2009 revenue and profit and the company's chief executive predicted that its lead in 40-nm FPGAs would help drive growth in 2010.
Analysts cautious about Xilinx inventory
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Wall Street analysts gave programmable logic vendor Xilinx generally high marks on the company's announcement of record quarterly revenue last week, but at least some noted concerns about Xilinx inventory.
Java Essentials for Embedded Networked Devices - Part 1: Windows and Linux set up
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Designing Embedded Internet Devices" (2003) discusses how to obtain and set up Java for both Windows and Linux personal computers.
MIPS appoints former Cavium exec as CEO
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has announced the appointment of Sandeep Vij as president, chief executive officer and director, replacing interim CEO Anthony Holbrook who will continue to serve as chairman.
VC investment fell in 2009, Q4 signals change
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Venture capitalists invested $17.7 billion in 2,795 deals in 2009, marking the lowest level of dollar investment since 1997, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Grace, HHNEC begin building joint wafer fab, say reports
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp and Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Co. Ltd. (HHNEC) have begun construction of a 300-mm wafer fab at Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Shanghai, according to local reports.
Fabless ranking, Apple's iPad, Daizi Zheng lead weekly story ranking
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 17, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 22. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Global chip sales stayed firm in December, says analyst
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for December was $22.4 billion compared with $22.6 billion in November and up 28.5 percent from $17.4 billion, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Xilinx posts record quarterly sales
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx posted record sales in the quarter ended Jan. 2, with the company's top executive crediting in large part sales of its Virtex-5 FPGAs.
Beware of DPA attacks
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Benjamin Jun, vice president of technology at Cryptography Research has a message for FPGA users regarding differential power analysis attacks.
Virtex-6 in volume production on UMC's 40-nm process
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx announced that it has fully qualified the Virtex-6 FPGA family on UMC's 40-nm logic process.
Actel FPGAs used in Boeing 787 Dreamliner
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Actel said its low-power ProASIC3 and ProASICPLUS FPGA families have been designed into flight-critical applications on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner commercial airliner.
High-density 16-bit D/A PMC module features FIFOs
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Embedded I/O and CPU provider Tews Technologies this week rolled out a high-density 16-bit D/A PMC module with FIFOs for its expanding line of PMC modules.
Firm rolls TCP-offload engine SoC IP
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
IP developer Intelop announced delivery of its second generation TCP offload engine SoC integrated with ARP hardware module, G Bit Ethernet MAC and AMBA 2.0 bus interface running at 2 Gbps sustained rates.
Verilog simulator claims 30% faster speed
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
SynaptiCAD released the first 64-bit Linux version of VeriLogger Extreme, a Verilog simulation and debug environment.
Firm uses Impulse C to create passenger-counting chip
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Impulse Accelerated Technologies announced last week that Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision has completed a design for a computer vision 3-D automatic passenger counting system using Impulse tools and Xilinx FPGAs in an ASIC prototyping flow.
Korea recruits Abu Dhabi investor for chip initiatives
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
ATIC of Abu Dhabi, the government investment vehicle behind GlobalFoundries, has agreed to explore with the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association potential collaborations and partnerships in the chip industry.
Rise of the Embedded Internet
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
This Intel white paper looks at how breakthroughs in computing performance per watt, along with advances in wired and wireless broadband connectivity, will enable the development of billions of new intelligent embedded devices - the embedded Internet.
AMD jumps into fabless chip company ranking
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Only seven fabless chip companies out of the top 25 managed to grow their revenue in 2009, according to market research company IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.). However, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) jumped into the rankings at number two, courtesy of its divestment of its manufacturing to GlobalFoundries.
Memory to boost market growth, says analyst
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
The flash memory, DRAM and optoelectronics (LEDs) sectors will fare best in 2010 as worldwide semiconductor revenue advances 15 percent to $257 billion, according to market research firm Databeans Inc. (Reno, Nevada).
Study gives mixed marks to high-level synthesis
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1/18/2010   2 comments
High-level synthesis tools for FPGA design deliver excellent results and are very usable, but do not fully abstract users from the FPGA RTL flow, according to a study conducted by benchmarking and analysis firm BDTI.
Update: Court 'hits reset' in Xilinx-IRS case
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1/16/2010   Post a comment
An appellate court's decision to withdraw an opinion entered last year in favor of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service against programmable logic vendor leaves the resolution of the matter in limbo, pending further guidance from the court, according to specialists in transfer pricing tax.
Xilinx to go with TSMC at 28-nm, says analyst
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1/15/2010   Post a comment
Market-leading programmable logic vendor Xilinx is set to use TSMC for foundry services at the 28-nm node, according to one analyst.
Court withdraws opinion against Xilinx in IRS case
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1/15/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has withdrawn its opinion in a case involving programmable logic vendor Xilinx and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, presumably taking Xilinx off the hook for what could have been more than $40 million in back taxes and forfeited interest income.
Nexus teardown, CES and Intel-FPGA tale, lead weekly story ranking
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1/15/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 10, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 15. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Another guilty plea in counterfeit IC case
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
A second man has pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in counterfeit goods in a case involving the sale of bogus parts to the U.S. Navy.
Nokia leads Greenpeace electronics ranking
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1/14/2010   1 comment
Environmental lobby organization Greenpeace International (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has kept Nokia at the top of its Greener Electronics Guide as it moved into its fourteenth edition.
TSMC to recruit 3,000 engineers, says report
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) said Thursday (Jan. 14) that it planned to recruit more than 3,000 employees to help it expand manufacturing capacity, according to a Reuters report.
Using an FPGA to tame the power beast in consumer handheld MPUs
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1/13/2010   Post a comment
Shorter product lifecyles and lower volume consumer product families have led designers increasingly to turn to the FPGA for handheld-product development. But doing so requires grappling with new challenges in terms of area, speed and power.
What does an FPGA Designer look like (and other stuff)?
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1/13/2010   Post a comment
Clive "Max" Maxfield apologizes to readers for being out of touch, wishes all a happy new decade, talks up his new Kindle e-reader and offers a final report on his 2009 walking goal.
End of the road for MathStar (for real this time)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/13/2010   Post a comment
Divining the logic behind defunct programmable logic vendor MathStar's acquisition of language translation software vendor Sajan takes a little bit of effort.
Analyst: Intel may acquire FPGA vendor
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1/13/2010   11 comments
Intel may look to acquire an FPGA supplier such as Xilinx or Altera in 2010 in an effort to expand its presence in the embedded market as well as SoCs, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Xilinx shipping largest FPGA
Product News  
1/13/2010   2 comments
Market-leading programmable logic vendor Xilinx said it is now shipping the Virtex-6 LX760 device, the largest FPGA currently available.
Private equity fundraising hits six-year low
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1/13/2010   Post a comment
Private equity fundraising in the U.S. hit a six-year low in 2009, according to a report that comes as one veteran investor is calling for greater transparency in venture capital investing.
VC investment jumped in November 2009, says GSA
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1/12/2010   Post a comment
Fifteen fabless chip companies and semiconductor suppliers raised $93.5 million in November 2009, according to industry organization the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
Open-Silicon acquires design services firm
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1/12/2010   Post a comment
Fabless ASIC house Open-Silicon said it acquired design services provider Silicon Logic Engineering to enhance the company's derivative IC design capabilities. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
MathStar lives? Firm buys language software vendor
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1/12/2010   1 comment
MathStar, a programmable logic vendor that ceased operations over a year ago, has acquired a Wisconsin-based language translation software firm for about $16.6 million in cash and stock, according to a regulatory filing.
ISS: Semico raises IC forecast
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
Market research firm Semico Research Corp. has raised its IC forecast for 2010.
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