MSC Vertriebs offers lowest power SERDES capable FPGA Product News 2/25/2010 Post a comment MSC Vertriebs GmbH is offering the Lattice ECP3 family which defines a new mid-range, value-based class of FPGAs, not only by further reducing costs, but also by reducing total power consumption by more than 50 percent for typical designs, compared to competitive SERDES-capable FPGAs.
Dodging Amdahl's Law with message passing, FPGA-based, parallel processing Design How-To 2/24/2010 3 comments Most design teams agree that the basic plumbing of memory management can be the real bottleneck in heterogeneous processing. Today the only real solution is the microprocessor and co-processors sharing memory on the node, and then interconnecting many nodes with a GigE, Infiniband, or a custom interconnect configuring the nodes in a distributed memory layout.
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/23/2010 Post a comment Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
Mid-year slump to limit chip market growth, says analyst News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment A mid-year slump in the western economy is likely to inhibit consumer electronics spending and hold annual semiconductor revenue growth back at 11.2 percent in 2010, according to Robert Castellano of market research company The Information Network (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
GateRocket rolls new version of FPGA debug tool Product News 2/23/2010 Post a comment FPGA verification and debug software vendor GateRocket Inc. Tuesday (Feb. 23) announced the newest version of its RocketVision debugging software, introducing new capabilities that allow designers to select individual design blocks to run in their simulator or GateRocket's RocketDrive hardware verification system.
Xilinx banks on power efficiency for 28-nm Product News 2/22/2010 Post a comment By the end of this year, Xilinx Inc. will begin sampling 28-nm FPGAs that consume half the power of its current devices while offering twice the capacity as previously possible, the company said Monday (Feb. 22).
ISSCC, Nvidia shortfall lead weekly story ranking News & Analysis 2/19/2010 Post a comment Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Analyst raises sales estimates for Altera News & Analysis 2/18/2010 Post a comment A technology research firm raised its estimates for Altera's 2010 and 2011 revenue, citing expectations of modest market share gains by the company against rivals in the programmable logic space.
Reusable VHDL IP in the real world Design How-To 2/17/2010 3 comments
IP reuse is clearly a good thing. But in practice it has often proven surprisingly difficult to achieve. This article provides few principles and techniques that can be applied to make it more straightforward.
Math grant to tackle pandemics, malware and blackouts News & Analysis 2/16/2010 Post a comment The search for a common mathematical framework for complex networks of interactivity, which include the spread of pandemics, malware and blackouts has landed an academic with the Virginia Tech College of Engineering a $750,000 federal grant to come up with generic answer.
XMOS brings in veteran chip exec as interim CEO News & Analysis 2/16/2010 Post a comment XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England), a vendor of event-driven multicore processor chips, has announced the appointment of Charles Cotton as a board member and interim chief executive officer. He takes over from James Foster, who continues as an advisor to the company.
Six things that surprised us at ISSCC News & Analysis 2/16/2010 1 comment The pervasive focus on power management, the lack of papers on nanotechnology and software and the slow recovery of attendance were among the surprises for EE Times editors at the 2001 ISSCC last week.
Intel's Gargini pushes III-V-on-silicon as 2015 transistor option News & Analysis 2/12/2010 Post a comment A presentation prepared by Paolo Gargini, Intel's director of technology strategy, to give to the Industry Strategy Symposium Europe, held in Dublin, Ireland, earlier this week, stressed Intel's progress in adding compound semiconductor layers to silicon as a means of continuing scaling and reducing power consumption.
UMC sees January sales drop 9% sequentially News & Analysis 2/11/2010 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second largest foundry, had January sales of NT$8,600 million (about $268 million), a decrease of 9.25 percent from the December 2009 sales figure of NT$9,292 million (about $290 million).
Treck releases TCP/IP demo for Spartan-6 Product News 2/10/2010 Post a comment Embedded Internet protocol provider Treck is offering a high-performance networking reference design for the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA embedded platform that includes the SP605 board, the company said.
TSMC sees sales drop in January News & Analysis 2/10/2010 Post a comment Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its January sales on an unconsolidated basis, were approximately NT$29.16 billion (about $908 million) a decrease of 4.3 percent from December 2009 and an increase of 134.4 percent over January 2009.
Partitioning an ASIC Design into Multiple FPGAs Design How-To 2/10/2010 2 comments This article outlines the most common approaches and flows to consider before you embark on your next partitioning project. Ultimately, you can accelerate the verification phase by using an ASIC prototyping approach that allows you to build multi-FPGA based prototypes of ASIC designs in an intuitive fashion, with little or no modifications to the original design.
SMIC expected to announce capital injection News & Analysis 2/9/2010 Post a comment Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China) is expected to announce a capital injection from Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Holdings Co. Ltd., an existing investor, at a quarterly investor conference call on Wednesday (Feb. 9).
CoWare, Xilinx team on LTE basestation design News & Analysis 2/9/2010 Post a comment ESL design software vendor CoWare Inc. and FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. have signed an agreement under which CoWare is integrating and distributing models of Xilinx's LTE baseband IP portfolio with its SPW LTE solution.
An analyst's 10 reasons to be cheerful News & Analysis 2/8/2010 Post a comment Bill McClean, analyst with IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has provided ten reasons that support the idea that 2010 could be between a good and a great year for the semiconductor industry.
Actel CEO East to retire News & Analysis 2/4/2010 Post a comment Actel Corp. on Thursday (Feb. 4) said that John East will retire as president and chief executive of the FPGA house and as a member of the board.
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