Analyst Niles sees strong upturn just ahead News & Analysis 3/31/2004 Post a comment Dan Niles, the oft-quoted stock analyst turned high-tech fund manager, said here Tuesday (March 30)that underinvestment in semiconductor capital equipment over the past three years has created a favorable climate for semiconductor supply and demand.
Program Your Way To SoC Success With FPGAs Design How-To 3/26/2004 Post a comment With silicon rapidly evolving from single-function devices to more intricate SoCs that pack myriad functions on just one die, designers are facing unprecedented levels of complexity. Improvements in process technology continue to push the theoretical limits of wiring to create crosstalk bedlam. The need to integrate existing or third-party IP offer unusual challenges to teams accustomed to building chips from scratch. And, design tools and methods often solve yesterday's problems better than cur
Next downturn not far away, analyst says News & Analysis 3/17/2004 Post a comment The semiconductor industry's return to profitability probably will be short-lived, as a coming slowdown in consumer and IT upgrade spending are conspiring with capacity additions to create another recession in 2005, according to Semico analyst Jim Feldhan. From Phoenix, Brian Fuller reports.
Space FPGAs Return to Mars Product News 3/15/2004 Post a comment Radiation-Tolerant and Radiation-Hardened Devices Integrated Throughout All Phases of the Mars Exploration - From Launch Vehicles to Rovers
Chip design knights ride to slay power dragon News & Analysis 3/8/2004 Post a comment Chip designers are wielding new weapons in the struggle to control power leakage. Transistors with more than one threshold voltage, chips with multiple voltage "islands" and substrate-biasing techniques are among the schemes being brought to bear to quell what an IBM manager called "clearly the most pressing problem facing our industry, one that threatens our very lifeblood." David Lammers has this report.
January chip sales down 3.0%, says SIA News & Analysis 3/3/2004 Post a comment Is the glass half-empty? Or half-full? The Semiconductor Industry Association said global chip sales totaled $15.55 billion in January, down 3 percent from $16.03 billion in December. Out of the other side of its mouth, the SIA also reaffirmed its forecast for the chip market to grow by 19.4 percent in 2004. Silicon Strategies Peter Clarke filed this report.
Xilinx revises FPGA design software News & Analysis 3/1/2004 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. said Version 6.2i of its integrated software environment (ISE) for FPGA design taps optimizations that deliver a 40 percent performance boost in Virtex-II Pro FPGAs.
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.