Analysis: To-do list for the next MIPS CEO
News & Analysis 12/30/2009 2 comments
As John Bourgoin, president and CEO at MIPS, retires on this Thursday, his successor will find plenty on his plate. The new chief's to-do list includes: defending its turf against ARM; further proliferating its cores in new markets; and re-energizing the company as a new offensive player in the IP processor market.
The 10 most popular stories of 2009
News & Analysis 12/29/2009 Post a comment
Here are the top ten stories for 2009 as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Tuesday, Dec. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Global sales were strong in November, says analyst
News & Analysis 12/23/2009 Post a comment
Global chip sales in November were strong according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The average of September, October and November chip sales is expected to be reported as $22.5 billion versus $21.7 billion for the equivalent figure in October.
Sun exec named Altera CFO
News & Analysis 12/21/2009 Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Altera Corp. Monday (Dec. 21) appointed Ronald J. Pasek, a 19-year veteran of Sun Microsystems Inc., to the position of chief financial officer.
Draft of FIPS 140-3 released
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 12/16/2009 Post a comment
NIST released for public comment the second draft of the proposed FIPS 140-3 government computer security standards, which contain requirements for resistance to power analysis attacks.
Chinese processor drives $99 netbook, say reports
News & Analysis 12/16/2009 3 comments
Recently formed Cherrypal (Palo Alto, Calif. and Hong Kong, China) has launched a netbook computer priced at $99 that, according to reports, is powered by a processor from Ingenic Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Beijing, China).
Appliance makers outline needs for smart grid
Product News 12/14/2009 Post a comment
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade association of appliance makers, has released a technical paper outlining what the group needs to enable its products for a smart electric grid as talks continue at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
EE Times' Top 10 Design Features of 2009
Design How-To 12/14/2009 Post a comment
The top ten EETimes design features of 2009 show the conflicts inherent with grip of C on embedded programmers, the popularity of teardowns and the need for further education, both on the basics as well as cutting-edge design issues such as HDMI/DVI handshaking.
Economic whiplash shaping tech strategies
News & Analysis 12/14/2009 Post a comment
The old strategies no longer cut it. As 2010 approaches, electronics executives are spending more time than usual reading the economic tea leaves for a clearer idea of how the industry will play out in the months ahead.
Lattice ups Q4 guidance; expects profit
News & Analysis 12/10/2009 Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. Thursday (Dec. 10) became the latest programmable logic supplier to increase its sales target for the calendar fourth quarter, saying it now expects sales to be up 10 to 13 percent compared with the third quarter.
Day of the Indian engineer
News & Analysis 12/9/2009 17 comments
Indian engineers can have their day under the sun soon blessed as they are with advantages such as low average age, desirous of staying current on news and continuing technical education and are not blinkered by age-old methods, according to a senior Mentor Graphics executive.
Update: Xilinx ratchets up sales guidance
News & Analysis 12/8/2009 Post a comment
Following in the footsteps of rival Altera, programmable logic vendor Xilinx raised its December quarter sales target by a significant margin, citing broad-based strength across all end market categories and geographies.
Samsung plans to rival TSMC in foundry, says report
News & Analysis 12/4/2009 4 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. plans to double its production of chips for others, so called foundry production, every year until it rivals market leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., according to a Chosun Ilbo report that referenced an un-named company spokesman as its source.
Panelists question fabless model viability
Blog 12/4/2009 Post a comment
Is fabless still fabulous? In a panel session at the IP-ESC 2009 Conference this week in Grenoble, France, panelists discussed the evolution of semiconductor business models and confronted views on whether the fabless model is dead or alive and kicking.
FPGA synthesis can be a leverage point in your design flow
Design How-To 12/2/2009 Post a comment
Large FPGA devices pose significant challenges to an FPGA project team, requiring sound design flow practices. FPGA synthesis can provide significant leverage in achieving project cost, time and quality goals. This article discusses how FPGA synthesis tools can help designers achieve their goals efficiently and effectively.