Freescale expands 8-bit MCU line
Product News 11/30/2007 Post a comment
Aimed at consumer, industrial and automotive applications, Freescale's S08 MCU family has gained 30 highly integrated devices that include USB connectivity, 5V-operation and motor-control options.
$95,000 for a wristwatch?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 11/29/2007 Post a comment
I'm currently in the market for a new wristwatch. I know the one I want, but when I called the store to ask the price, their answer made me cry!
Carbon transistors touted as outperforming amorphous silicon
News & Analysis 11/28/2007 1 comment
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are claiming to have perfected a method of making room- temperature transistors that are 100-times faster--as fast a amorphous silicon--by fabricating their channels from thin films of carbon-60, also knows as buckyballs or fullerenes.
Superinsulators rival superconductors
News & Analysis 11/26/2007 Post a comment
A Brown University researcher claims to have discovered Cooper pairs in superinsulators that, when cooled near absolute zero, offer infinite resistance--acting as perfect blocks to conduction.
The Great EDA Cover-up
Design How-To 11/26/2007 Post a comment
Functional verification is an art, or so we are told. New technologies emerge that inject a dose of science into the process and these can make the process more predictable, increase efficiency and lower overall verification costs. This article exposes problems with current coverage metrics being used and looks at some recent advances that can make them more objective.
Fingerprint sensor firm releases biometric processor
Product News 11/20/2007 Post a comment
Fingerprint Cards AB (Gothenburg, Sweden) has released a fingerprint biometric processor ASIC, the FPC2020. The FPC2020 acts a data processing subsystem to the FPC1011C sensor and links to the sensor and to external flash memory for storing fingerprint templates.
Mass market makes a MEMS move
News & Analysis 11/20/2007 Post a comment
Bosch-Sensortec, STMicroelectronics and Freescale are the top three MEMS chip makers, and all entered the mass market for MEMS chips in consumer-electronic devices, as multiple functions and multiple sensors get integrated.
India to be engine of Synplicity R&D, CEO says
News & Analysis 11/16/2007 Post a comment
Synplicity is to hold flat on staffing in almost all of its 20 facilities worldwide, except its Indian center in Bengaluru, which it says will be doing at least half of the company's R & D activities, if not more, in the next five years.
Menta extends embedded FPGA family
News & Analysis 11/14/2007 Post a comment
French fabless semiconductor company Menta has introduced its second generation of embedded FPGA (eFPGA) technology IP that is said to be more suitable for SoC design.