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MCUs - Renesas MCUs for advanced driver assistance system apps boast small size and low cost
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2/27/2010   Post a comment
Renesas MCUs for driver assistance systems include compact 13 mm - 13 mm package, large-capacity memory, 4-channel CAN, 2-channel FlexRay and are designed for popularly priced vehicles.
MSC Vertriebs offers lowest power SERDES capable FPGA
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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
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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.
Impulse C adds support for C-language math.h functions
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Impulse Accelerated Technologies announced a new FPGA hardware library supporting C-language math.h functions.
Altera transitions its 40nm Arria II GX FPGAs to production
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Altera announced it is shipping in volume production the first members of its 40nm Arria II GX FPGA family specifically targeting 3-Gbps transceiver applications
Kumar Sivarajan named tech visionary; Verismo's internet TV device named best product by ISA
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2/24/2010   1 comment
ISA names Kumar Sivarajan tech visionary, lists electronic products award winners
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering
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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.
Junctionless transistor is ready for 20-nm node, says researcher
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2/23/2010   3 comments
Professor Jean-Pierre Colinge of Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland), co-author of the paper Nanowire transistors without junctions, has said that junctionless transistors could be implemented commercially at around the 20-nm manufacturing node.
iPhone/iPod dock ref design enables bit-perfect audio streaming
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2/23/2010   1 comment
An iPhone/iPod dock reference design from XMOS eliminates analog audio processing components, reducing RF interference and enabling bit-perfect digital audio for highest fidelity audio performance.
Mid-year slump to limit chip market growth, says analyst
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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
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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.
Altium claims 500 new U.S. customers in past year
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2/23/2010   4 comments
Ten months after dramatically cutting the price of its circuit board design tool, Altium says it has added more than 500 customers in the U.S. over the past year.
Xilinx banks on power efficiency for 28-nm
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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).
Xilinx confirms: Samsung, TSMC in, UMC out at 28-nm
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx said it will use TSMC as one of two foundry suppliers for its 28-nm FPGAs, a major strategy shift that has been the subject of industry rumors and analyst speculation for weeks.
Junctionless transistor could simplify chip making, say researchers
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
In a move that could revolutionize nanoelectronics manufacturing and the semiconductor industry, scientists at the Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland) have designed and fabricated what they claim is the world's first junctionless transistor.
Spartan-6 hits volume production
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2/20/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx' Spartan-6 FPGAs have attainted full production qualification on Samsung Electronics' 45-nm process, the companies said.
TSMC, Xilinx deal expected at analyst day
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. will host its annual analyst day in San Francisco on Monday.
ISSCC, Nvidia shortfall lead weekly story ranking
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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.
What made you become an EE? Join the Conversation
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2/18/2010   27 comments
In honor of National Engineers Week, we ask readers what inspired them to become engineers and what can be done to encourage more young people to join the ranks.
Analyst raises sales estimates for Altera
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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
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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.
A dissenting opinion on the 'programmable imperative'
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Jack Harding, CEO of ASIC design and services provider eSilicon, has a simple question for those who say FPGAs are displacing ASICs: Where is the money?
Eeeeek! My FPGA's not working: Problems with the *IP*
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
In my previous post I waffled on about the challenge of RTL mismatches in an FPGA methodology. This week we'll look at how using third-party IP can also introduce some nasty little issues...
NI adds FlexRIO FPGA modules for PXI Express
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
National Instruments this week expanded its NI FlexRIO product line, adding NI FlexRIO FPGA modules for PXI Express and a new baseband transceiver adapter module.
SiliconBlue unveils new series of FPGAs targeting mobile apps
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2/17/2010   1 comment
Startup programmable logic vendor SiliconBlue Technologies announced a new series of FPGAs targeting mobile devices.
Math grant to tackle pandemics, malware and blackouts
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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
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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
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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.
Programmable driver powers LensVector AutoFocus device for mobile phone cameras
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
Programmable mixed-signal power management IC solutions provider, Summit Microelectronics has introduced the SMB274 programmable driver for the LensVector solid-state AutoFocus device.
Grace: Setting course in a consolidating foundry market
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
Grace Semiconductor of China has been a rather low-profile company in the past. Nevertheless, the foundry service provider makes most of its profits in Western geographies, mostly in Europe and the U.S.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: New release of Wind River Hypervisor extends virtualization support
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2/14/2010   Post a comment
Wind River Hypervisor 1.1 streamlines device software development with on-chip debugging and support for latest processor technologies.
ISSCC, A4 processor, Micron lead weekly story ranking
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 12. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
NXP Semiconductors achieves high speed converter interoperability with FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has announced that its CGV series of JESD204A-compliant data converters are now interoperable with FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx.
Intel's Gargini pushes III-V-on-silicon as 2015 transistor option
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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
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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).
Tablets seen as $4B opportunity for chips
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
The market for semiconductors going inside tablet PCs--including Apple's much publicized iPad--could be worth $4.1 billion by 2014, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Treck releases TCP/IP demo for Spartan-6
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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.
Avnet offers Virtex-6 DSP development kit
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Electronic components distributor is offering the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA DSP development kit, part of Xilinx' targeted design platform for DSP design.
NI adds vision capabilities to CompactRIO, Single-Board RIO
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
National Instruments has added machine vision capabilities to its NI CompactRIO and NI Single-Board RIO hardware devices that provide engineers with an integrated measurement and control platform for industrial and embedded systems, the company said.
TSMC sees sales drop in January
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Electronic drive with a fully programmable control unit
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions launched the Haydon RoHS compliant IDEA programmable stepper motor drive, delivered with a fully programmable control unit and a patent pending graphic user interface
LTE base stations not shipping in volumes high enough says ABI
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
LTE base stations are shipping in small volumes, but not high enough to sustain the wireless infrastructure market, notes ABI Research
IMS: Electric cars propel IC demand
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
A new report from IMS Research forecasts that demand for electric vehicles will grow steadily throughout the decade.
An analyst's 10 reasons to be cheerful
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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.
Intel flash, Apple departures, ARM roadmap lead weekly story ranking
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 31, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Actel CEO East to retire
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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.
GlobalFoundries wants 30% of foundry market, says report
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2/4/2010   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) the foundry chip maker backed by Abu Dhabi, has said it wants to take 30 percent of the foundry market within three years, according to a Bloomberg report that cited the CEO of its lead investor as its source.
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