Actel launches VariCore programable core News & Analysis 2/15/2001 Post a comment It's become an accepted truth that to cost-effectively design a system-on-a-chip (SoC) will require embedded programmability. Yet few FPGA cores exist because it is not easy to develop one that works well and is efficient in silicon.
Programmable logic takes tough step into ASICs News & Analysis 2/15/2001 Post a comment Hybrid ASICs with programmable logic cores are about to get their first big break as Actel Corp. seeds leading foundries with programmable logic cores and as LSI Logic Corp. gears up to manufacture its first ASIC/PLD hybrids early this year.
Chameleon eyes ASIC segments with reconfigurable chip News & Analysis 2/14/2001 Post a comment Chameleon Systems Inc. is sampling its first product, a highly flexible processor that can be reconfigured remotely in the field. The company's initial target market is cellular basestations, but executives are also casting an eye on the ASIC and gate array segments, where customers require custom configurations.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.