SiliconBlue claims 100 design wins Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 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 Product News 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.
Chip makers swing to profitability News & Analysis 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 2009compared 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Future Horizons sees 30% chip market boom News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
Altera tops estimates, touts advantage at 40-nm News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
MIPS appoints former Cavium exec as CEO News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Beware of DPA attacks Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 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.
Firm rolls TCP-offload engine SoC IP Product News 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.
Rise of the Embedded Internet Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Court withdraws opinion against Xilinx in IRS case News & Analysis 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.
Nokia leads Greenpeace electronics ranking News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Analyst: Intel may acquire FPGA vendor News & Analysis 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.
Open-Silicon acquires design services firm News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 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 ...