Low-power FPGA startup hits volume production
Product News 11/30/2009 Post a comment
Low-power FPGA startup SiliconBlue Technologies Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has shipped production-volume quantities of its iCE65 mobileFPGA devices to more than 10 customers. The company claims it is the first new FPGA vendor to achieve this in 20 years.
October's averaged chip sales beat expectations
News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $21.7 billion in October, ahead of expectations, up a 5.1 percent from September and down 3.5 percent from October 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
European stocks recover from lows on Dubai debt shock
News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment
European stock markets recovered lost ground on Friday (Nov. 27) after opening between 1 and 2 percent down on the previous close. The low opening prices had been a reaction to news that state-owned Dubai World had said it would delay repaying some of its debt by six months.
Global chip sales were flat in October, says analyst
News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment
Global chip sales in October are believed to have been flat on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The three-month average of August, September and October chip sales is expected to be reported as $21.0 billion, compared to $20.6 billion for the equivalent figure in September.
IMEC honors Wim Roelandts
Product News 11/24/2009 Post a comment
The IMEC research center and the K.U.Leuven University in Leuven, Belgium, announced it has conferred the degree of doctor honoris causa on Wim Roelandts, ex-chairman and CEO of programmable logic device vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.).
Lattice offers first low cost FPGA with serial RapidIO 2.1 support
Product News 11/23/2009 Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation and Praesum Communications have announced the availability of the Serial RapidIO 2.1 endpoint soft IP core for the LatticeECP3 FPGA family, which supports 1x, 2x and 4x lane configurations at up to 3.125 Gbps lane speeds, and claims to offer the lowest cost, lowest power programmable SRIO solution in the industry.
Tower makes deal to export know-how, equipment
News & Analysis 11/23/2009 1 comment
Loss-making foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel), which trades as TowerJazz, has announced it plans to transfer "manufacturing know-how and certain equipment" to support an un-named Asian company ramp up production.
High-Speed Board Layout Challenges in FPGA/SDI Sub-Systems
Design How-To 11/18/2009 1 comment
Many video systems are implemented with feature-rich FPGA and multi-rate SDI integrated circuits that support high performance professional video transport over long distances. But FPGAs demand high density routing with fine trace width while high-speed analog SDI routing demands impedance matching and signal fidelity. This paper outlines the layout challenges facing hardware engineers and provides recommendations for dealing with these challenges.
Lattice inks new distributors
News & Analysis 11/18/2009 Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor announced new distribution representatives covering the Nordic market, parts of Western Europe and throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Semiconductor industry close to sold out, says SICAS
News & Analysis 11/17/2009 Post a comment
Chip manufacturing capacity is falling and as demand is increasing the chip industry is becoming close to being sold-out. Manufacturing capacity utilization has climbed above 90 percent in several leading-edge sectors, according to the Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics organization.
CEO's pay, SMIC, Zune lead weekly story ranking
Blog 11/13/2009 Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 8, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 13. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Tanner EDA, SoftMEMS support A/MS, MEMS design in India
Product News 11/12/2009 Post a comment
Tanner EDA, a division of Tanner Research Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), and SoftMEMS LLC (Los Gatos, Calif.) have sealed an agreement with Trident Techlabs Pvt. Ltd. to provide customers in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune with solutions for analog/mixed-signal and MEMS designs.
Volkswagen appoints e-car chief representative
News & Analysis 11/12/2009 Post a comment
With the appointment of a chief representative for electric traction, Volkswagen highlights the importance of the e -car for its product strategy. The company has named the former CEO of automotive supplier Continental AG, Karl-Thomas Neumann, for the position.
Some cool stuff from ICCAD
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 11/11/2009 Post a comment
There were several interesting FPGA-related papers presented at the 2009 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design last week in San Jose.
Demand uptick strains supply chain, says analyst
News & Analysis 11/11/2009 Post a comment
Prices for most categories of electronics parts rose in the third quarter compared to the second, according to market research firm iSuppli. But because of uncertainty regarding fourth-quarter demand levels, component makers are reluctant to expand capacity or build inventories, placing strains on the global electronics supply chain, according to the firm.