Altera CEO got $4.1 million in 2008
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/31/2009 Post a comment
The Associated Press reported that Altera CEO John Daane pulled down a compensation package worth $4.1 million last year, an increase of 25 percent over 2007.
PCI Express on FPGA: A comprehensive guide to available solutions
Design How-To 3/30/2009 Post a comment
Many end-applications today use an FPGA-based design as an inherent component of their solution. They often require PCI Express as an indispensible feature, to provide a standardized interface with other components in the system. This paper presents an evaluation of the most common methods used for implementing PCI Express in FPGAs.
Guest blog: Mike Santarini
News & Analysis 3/30/2009 3 comments
Mike Santarini, a former editor at EE Times and EDN (now publisher of Xilinx user magazine Xcell Journal) makes his first guest blog entry for Programmable Logic DesignLine, warning EDA vendors to get serious about the FPGA business.
ASICs decline, FPGAs ready to step in
Blog 3/30/2009 Post a comment
According to market research firm Gartner Inc. FPGAs now have a 30-to-one edge in displacing ASICs in design starts. The firm predicts the trend in 2009 will be exacerbated by the global financial crisis.
Does branding matter in the semi industry?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/25/2009 2 comments
Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov made some comments recently about what he sees as the limited value of branding/marketing in the programmable logic and broader semiconductor space. He is not alone. But there are also many who would disagree with him.
QuickLogic to roll new CSSPs
Product News 3/24/2009 Post a comment
QuickLogic plans to introduce new members of the company's customer specific standard products and new proven system blocks next week at the Globalpress Electronics Summit 2009 in San Francisco, the company said.
Dafca rolls FPGA tool, names new CEO
Product News 3/18/2009 Post a comment
Validation technology provider Dafca this week appointed 30-year industry veteran Dennis Shepard as its new CEO and introduced two products, ClearBlueXpress and ClearBlueFPGA, to address the SoC and FPGA markets.
Comment: This too shall pass?
Blog 3/14/2009 1 comment
Though their speaking topics and presentation slides differed, executive after executive who took the podium at the Semico Summit 2009 said, essentially, two basic things: "This is the worst we've seen" and "Semiconductors remain critical to solving the world's problems and will grow again."
Logic series designed to resist high temperatures
Product News 3/13/2009 Post a comment
Despite using a plastic package, a family of standard logic devices can work in environments with temperatures of up to 175 degrees Celsius. With the products, Belgian manufacturer CISSOID aims at automotive and industrial applications.
What music should be playing as ...?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/12/2009 Post a comment
Following the musical mentions in my newsletter, readers are offering suggestions as to the tune that should be playing as I leave Programmable Logic Design...
Lattice Semi narrows guidance
News & Analysis 3/11/2009 Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor now expects first quarter revenue to be down 10 to 15 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008, when it reported sales of $50 million. The company had previously said it expected revenue to be down 10 to 20 percent.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/11/2009 2 comments
I'm very excited, because my friend and I have just launched a new website called *The Way Things Were* that allows folks to share their memories of yesteryear...
Firms gauge 'survivability' of suppliers, execs say
News & Analysis 3/11/2009 Post a comment
With many companies struggling through the economic downturn and unable to secure capital for R&D and other investments, chip vendors and OEMs are evaluating suppliers to try to determine which may be in trouble of failing, according to executives at the Semio Summit 2009 here this week.
Xilinx CEO: Venture capital won't return to semis
News & Analysis 3/11/2009 3 comments
Venture capital funding is in short supply and won't return to the semiconductor industry even after the current recession, according to Moshe Gavrielov, president and CEO of programmable logic supplier Xilinx.
Tire pressure monitors to reduce CO2 emissons
News & Analysis 3/10/2009 2 comments
The European Parliament Tuesday (March 10) passed a proposal that will make tire pressure sensors for new cars mandatory. The industry is prepared to offer the technology required but new developments enhance the scope of options.
Stonehenge or bust
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/10/2009 Post a comment
When I was about 20 years old, I was fortunate enough to visit Stonehenge; once you've been there it stays with you...
Analyst: Lean inventories could speed recovery
News & Analysis 3/10/2009 Post a comment
The semiconductor industry will suffer double-digit contraction in 2009, but lean inventories across the supply chain could jump-start a rapid recovery for the industry once the economy starts to improve, an analyst said.