I/O Design Flexibility with the FPGA Mezzanine Card Design How-To 10/28/2009 Post a comment The FPGA's inherent flexibility has proven indispensable for the creation of external I/O interfaces. However, unless I/O is implemented on a daughter card (mezzanine module), replacing the physical I/O components and connectors requires changing the FPGA board design. The FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) standard, developed by a consortium of companies ranging from FPGA vendors to end users, specifically targets FPGAs, increasing I/O flexibility and lowering costs in a broad range of applications.
Enable low power design with FPGAs Design How-To 10/28/2009 2 comments Size and power considerations are now often the top priority in many system designs, but portability and long-lasting power can become conflicting design requirements. FPGAs seem like the best choice but warning: not all FPGAs are created equal, especially in portable, low-power applications.
Actel swings to Q3 profit News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Actel reported a third-quarter profit, surprising analysts who had expected the programmable logic vendor to post a loss for the period.
Year-to-year chip growth expected to return in Q4 News & Analysis 10/27/2009 1 comment After declining on a year-to-year basis for the first three quarters of 2009, semiconductor industry revenue is expected to increase on a year-to-year basis in the fourth quarter--albeit in comparison to the low levels established in the fourth quarter of last year.
Tilera announces plan for 100-core processors Product News 10/26/2009 3 comments Tilera Corp. will announced plans for a 100-core embedded processors at the Many-Core Virtual Conference this week where system maker Top Layer networks will discuss its use of Tilera's architecture.
Lattice posts loss, sees improving business News & Analysis 10/23/2009 Post a comment Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor reported a third-quarter net loss of $4.1 million on revenue of $49.1 million, and the company's top executive predicted that the worst of the semiconductor industry downturn has passed.
Analysis: Inside the ARM-Xilinx deal Blog 10/23/2009 Post a comment There's a lot that's not being said about the deal announced by ARM and Xilinx. What is known is that Xilinx has licensed ARM's Cortex processor IP, and that the two companies are developing next-generation AMBA interconnect technology.
FPGA-based rapid prototyping of ASIC, ASSP, and SoC designs Design How-To 10/21/2009 Post a comment There are a variety of verification options available to engineers, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In order to achieve high simulation speeds, it is necessary to use some form of hardware-assisted verification. This article discusses techniques and considerations for using FPGA-based prototypes, which provide very high speed with low cost.
Forum split on future of chip startups News & Analysis 10/21/2009 1 comment A discussion panel organized here by Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) revealed some of the dynamic tension between the fabless chip startup community and their key suppliers the EDA companies and the foundries. Held immediately before an evening meeting intended to put hopeful startups in front of venture capitalists, the round-table aired a number of issues facing startups but drew few conclusions.
ARM stretches out with A5 core, graphics, FPGAs News & Analysis 10/21/2009 3 comments ARM Ltd. opens its annual Silicon Valley technical conference announcing the Cortex A5, a new core to anchor its high-end line of mobile and embedded processors as well as plans to bolster its nascent position in graphics, extend its progress in microcontrollers and take a step in a potentially new direction with FPGAs.
Altera unveils dev kit for Cyclone III LS Product News 10/21/2009 Post a comment Altera announced the availability of the Cyclone III LS FPGA Development Kit, featuring hardware and software solutions that allow customers to prototype and test designs for Altera's Cyclone III LS FPGAs.
Lattice offers MachXO dev kit for system control designs Product News 10/21/2009 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor announced the immediate availability of the MachXO Control Development Kit, offering designers of CPLDs and low-density FPGAs a suite of board management and system control resources to enable the development of system control designs.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment Foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., which is fighting to catch up with the leading-edge semiconductor technology pace set by its rivals, has said it plans to extend its 45-nm bulk CMOS to 40-nm and 55-nm geometries.
Updated: Xilinx beats estimates News & Analysis 10/14/2009 Post a comment Programmable logic supplier Xilinx exceeded analyst estimates by reporting sales of $415 million for its most recent quarter. The company's chief executive said he was encouraged by a broad-based recovery in the firm's business.
Time Warp Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/14/2009 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor's flashy new PSoC Creator IDE is heavily based on the company's old Warp VHDL development software.
Altera posts profit, offers strong forecast News & Analysis 10/13/2009 Post a comment Saying business conditions improved steadily throughout the quarter, programmable logic supplier Altera posted revenue of $286.6 million for the third quarter, up 3 percent compared to the second quarter but down 20 percent compared to the third quarter. The company offered a stronger-than-expected outlook for the fourth quarter.
Three charged with selling counterfeit ICs News & Analysis 10/12/2009 7 comments Three Californians have been charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods in connection with the alleged sale of counterfeit ICs to the U.S. Navy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
NXP to transfer CMOS IP, staff to Virage Logic News & Analysis 10/12/2009 1 comment Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has agreed to transfer part of its advanced CMOS intellectual property (IP) rights, 160 staff and certain engineering equipment to Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.).
Rodgers banks on PSoCs to drive growth at Cypress News & Analysis 10/9/2009 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor's groundbreaking PSoC devices and derivatives are already driving the company's growth, according to President and CEO T.J. Rodgers. Now Cypress has upped the ante with more powerful PSoCs that can tap into a much larger total market.
UMC to take Singapore fab to 40-nm manufacturing News & Analysis 10/8/2009 Post a comment Leading foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has said that its Fab 12i in Singapore has begun an expansion project to increase capacity and enable the 300-mm fab to use 45-nm and 40-nm manufacturing processes.
ARM reports 45-nm SOI test chip with 40% power-saving News & Analysis 10/8/2009 Post a comment Researchers from processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have reported on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) 45-nm test chip that demonstrates potential power savings of up to 40 percent over traditional bulk process for manufacturing chips at the same geometry
DOJ opposes rehearing in Xilinx-IRS case News & Analysis 10/8/2009 Post a comment Xilinx' petition for a rehearing in its dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over dealings with a foreign subsidiary should be denied, the U.S. Justice Department said in a legal brief.
MIPS to go after the cellphone market -- really News & Analysis 10/7/2009 1 comment ARM dominates the global cell phone market, and many industry observers scoff at MIPS as a viable player in mobile phone designs. But MIPS disclosed that over the next one or two years' time, there will be MIPS-based handsets shipped.
Americas region continues to lead semiconductor recovery News & Analysis 10/7/2009 Post a comment The Americas region achieved actual sales of $3.22 billion in August 2009, up 7.6 percent from the same month a year before, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. The Americas, which is dominated in terms of sales by the U.S., remains the only region able to demonstrate monthly sales growth year-on-year.
August 'actual' chip sales hint at double dip News & Analysis 10/7/2009 Post a comment Despite the optimistic commentaries heaped upon the global sales of semiconductors in August by the Semiconductor Industry Association and others, the months' sales returns show the gap between sales this year and last year increasing. The Americas is the only region bucking this trend.
Is Altera building a MIPS-based processor core? News & Analysis 10/6/2009 5 comments Altera isn't talking about its plans for the 32-bit architecture it licensed from MIPS Technologies, leaving analysts to speculate that the company may be planning to market its own MIPS-based CPU core.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 17 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 ...