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MODULES - FPGA processing AdvancedMC module has PCI Express interface
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10/31/2009   Post a comment
The AMC-V5Fe Advanced Mezzanine Card from CommAgility includes a high-speed PCI Express interface and a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA. It provides flexible I/O and high processing power for industrial, scientific and telecoms applications.
User-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card offers 160 digital I/O signals
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Geotest launched a user-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card that features 160 digital I/O signals for specific application needs. The new GX3500 employs the Altera Cyclone III FPGA that supports clock rates up to 150MHz and features over 55,000 logic elements.
I/O Design Flexibility with the FPGA Mezzanine Card
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Lattice, Affarii offer RRH solution for wireless infrastructure
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor and networking and telecommunications solutions provider Affarii Technologies said have developed a complete 3G/4G-based Remote Radio Head solution for wireless infrastructure customers.
FPGA processing AdvancedMC module for the IST markets
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
CommAgility targets industrial, scientific and telecoms applications with its AMC-V5Fe, a mid-size advanced mezzanine card that includes a high-speed PCI Express interface and a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA.
PowerPC 440 demo on Xilinx Virtex 5 FPGAs runs gigabit Ethernet link
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Designer of IPv4 and IPv6 solutions and related real-time embedded internet protocols, Treck, Inc. released a TCP/IP demo based on the Xilinx ML507 evaluation board.
Tilera announces plan for 100-core processors
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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.
Murata Power Solutions extends PoL DC/DC converter family to support FPGAs, ASICs and DSPs
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Murata Power Solutions has expanded the Okami range of non-isolated Point-of-Load (PoL) DC/DC power converters with the addition of 10 A and 16 A models in both surface mount (SMT) and through-hole SIP formats.
Lattice posts loss, sees improving business
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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
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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
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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.
Altera starts production shipments of Stratix IV GT EP4S100G2
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Altera has begun production shipments of its Stratix IV GT EP4S100G2 FPGA, said to be the first FPGA with integrated 11.3-Gbps transceivers.
Forum split on future of chip startups
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Comment: ARM, Xilinx and the future of programmable platforms
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10/19/2009   10 comments
The information provided to me so far about the ARM-Xilinx programmable systems collaboration was long on canned quotes and short on detail which of course leads to all sorts of questions and speculations.
ARM, Xilinx to collaborate on programmable systems
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have announced they are collaborating to enable ARM processor and interconnect technology to be implemented within Xilinx FPGAs.
ARM takeover talk, CEO exits, upbeat Intel lead weekly story ranking
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 11, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Oct. 16. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm
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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.
Cypress Semi latest to top Q3 estimates
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor became the latest chip company to top analyst expectations for the third quarter, reporting sales of $178.7 million for the period.
Updated: Xilinx beats estimates
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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.
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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
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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.
FPGA design and verification in mechatronic applications
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
The VHDL-AMS language is an undiscovered asset for FPGA designers--a powerful tool to define and verify requirements in a non-digital context
Altera announces enhancements to MAX II CPLD family
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Altera said it is enhancing its MAX II CPLD family by offering industrial-grade temperature ranges and lowering the power of its MAX IIZ devices.
Lattice, Epson Toyocom offer differential reference clock solution
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor and Epson Toyocom announced a low-cost reference clock solution for Serdes applications.
Three charged with selling counterfeit ICs
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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.
Slow recovery seen for end-user electronics
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
The electronic equipment industry is on the road to recovery, but a sustainable recovery pattern will not emerge until next year, according to a forecast by market research firm Gartner.
One time programmable 2.4GHz SoCs target low-cost market
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
The Nordic Semiconductor nRF24LE1 OTP and nRF24LU1+ OTP target the most fiercely price sensitive consumer segments of the ultra-low power wireless market that do not require flash memory.
NXP to transfer CMOS IP, staff to Virage Logic
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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
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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.
Departing CEOs, Silicon 60 startups lead weekly story ranking
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 4, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Oct. 9. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Cypress : nvSRAMs have 20-years of data retention
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced a 1-Mbit serial non-volatile static random access memory (nvSRAM) family and 4-Mbit and 8-Mbit nvSRAMs with an integrated real-time clock (RTC).
Still plenty of silicon to come from Silicon Valley
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
There's a vocal minority of individuals who claim silicon is no longer at the heart of Silicon Valley.
UMC to take Singapore fab to 40-nm manufacturing
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Image processing specialist seeks hard- and software engineers
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
Apical Ltd., a privately-held company based in central London, is looking for engineers in the areas of embedded software development, RTL design, FPGA design and image processing algorithm development, according to its website.
Americas region continues to lead semiconductor recovery
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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
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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?
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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.
Clock sources with integrated power supply noise rejection simplify power supply design in FPGA-based systems
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
This paper argues in favor of proprietary solution in FPGA-based designs that address the requirement for improved clocking with greater immunity to power supply switching noise observed in real-world applications.
Xilinx still fighting decision in IRS case
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
In what has become a very closely watched tax case, programmable logic vendor Xilinx continues to fight a May court ruling that could cost the company more than $40 million in back tax payments.
OEM MODULES - XEM5010 FPGA integration module has 200 hi-speed I/Os
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
Based on the Xilinx Virtex-5, Opal Kelly's new XEM5010 FPGA USB Integration Module has more memory, more I/O, and API for PC interface.
Altera licenses 32-bit architecture from MIPS
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10/6/2009   2 comments
Altera has licensed the MIPS32 architecture from MIPS Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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