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China's telco capex cuts trouble analysts
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2010   Post a comment
Wall Street analysts continue to warn that capex reductions by China's telecom providers could hurt top line revenue at programmable logic vendors.
Production shipments of Cyclone IV available
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Altera has begun production shipments of Cyclone IV FPGAs and made available a Cyclone IV GX-based transceiver starter kit.
Pigeon Point offers BMR starter kits with SmartFusion
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Pigeon Point Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of programmable logic vendor Actel, announced new AdvancedTCA IPM Controller and ATCA/AdvancedMC Carrier IPMC board management reference starter kits using Actel's new SmartFusion mixed signal FPGA.
NEWS - Cypress introduces industry's first programmable PLCs
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Cypress has launched the industry's first programmable PLCs that enable reliable transmission of command and control data over both high and low voltage power lines with no new wires.
NEC expands 32-bit MCU line
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
NEC Electronics America Inc. announced 78 new members to the V850ES/Jx3 family of 32-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with low power consumption, optimized pin counts and expanded functionality.
Report: Third Chinese Foxconn employee falls to death
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3/30/2010   1 comment
An employee of contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn fell to his death Monday (March 29) in Shenzhen China, according to a Xinhua report that cited the company and police as sources.
Programmable timing devices promise low power for portables
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
IDT's family of VersaClock devices offers lower power and greater flexibility for designers of mobile consumer devices.
Practical Embedded Security - Part 1: PPP, Ethernet and ARP
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
This week, Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Practical Embedded Security" looks at low-level communications protocols, including PPP and Ethernet, and their specific security features and requirements.
Tough 2009 creates winners, losers in chip vendor ranking
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Qualcomm, Hynix and Advanced Micro Devices each managed to climb two places in a top ten ranking of chip vendors by 2009 revenue provided by market research company Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Conn.).
Avnet to pay $594M for Bell Micro
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Avnet Inc. said it will pay almost $600 million for Bell Microproducts Inc., its largest acquisition on a revenue basis, as the electronic component and IT equipment distributor strengthens its position in the storage and computing markets in various parts of the globe.
NXP is planning billion-dollar IPO, say reports
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
NXP BV, the chip company that resulted from a buy out from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) by a private equity consortium, is planning to list its shares, according to Reuters and Bloomberg reports that cite unnamed sources.
TSMC applies to take 10% stake in SMIC
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has applied to the Taiwan government for approval to acquire a 10 percent stake in China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., according to reports.
Find out what's inside a life-changing gadget
Blog  
3/26/2010   1 comment
The FitBit is a $99 device that (hopefully) has life-altering effects. See what makes it tick at ESC.
SMIC asks TI to take over fab management, says report
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3/26/2010   1 comment
Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China), is planning to end an agreement to manage a 200-mm wafer fab in Chengdu, according to a Reuters report.
February chip sales were steady, says analyst
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3/25/2010   2 comments
The three-month average of global chip sales for February is set to be $22.15 billion compared with $22.49 billion, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Next Generation System Design: Platforms versus Tool-Chains
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
This paper will enumerate the benefits of a platform-based system design approach. The original electronic design process built by linking tools together has remained largely unchanged for decades.
China cuts 2010 telecom capex by 21 percent
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
With its 3G binge over, China's three major telecom operators will cut their spending on capital equipment by more than 20 percent in 2010, a greater than expected decline, driving analyst to anticipate lower revenues for system and chip makers including Ericsson.
Implementing custom DDR and DDR2 SDRAM external memory interfaces in FPGAs (part 2)
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3/24/2010   1 comment
Part two of a two-part article that focuses on the design guidelines and describes how to implement DDR or DDR2 external memory interfaces using FPGAs via ALTDLL and ALTDQ_DQS megafunctions.
Altera, Apical offer wide dynamic range FPGA solution for surveillance
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Claiming an industry first, programmable logic vendor Altera Corp. and noise-reduction technology specialist Apical Ltd. Wednesday (March 24) introduced a high-definition wide dynamic range (WDR) CMOS image-sensor-processing solution for video-surveillance cameras.
Avnet offers Spartan-6 DSP dev kit
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing is offering the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA DSP development kit for $1,995, including a device-locked version of ISE Design Suite: System Edition 11.4.
Hardware platform transmits control data over power lines with no new wires
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has launched a programmable product for data communication over existing power lines.
Wireless carrier capex expected to decline again
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Global spending on capital expenditures by wireless carriers is expected to decline in 2010 for the second consecutive year, with carriers remaining cautious as they recover from the recession, according to the latest forecast from iSuppli.
Cadence acquires FPGA-focused EDA startup
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3/22/2010   1 comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced it has acquired Taray Inc. (Campbell, Calif.) to strengthen its position in the design-in of large and complex FPGAs into PC boards. Financial terms remained undisclosed.
China Mobile's capex cut a blow to FPGA vendors
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3/19/2010   Post a comment
The announcement by China Mobile that its 2010 capital expenditures would decline 5 percent compared with last year is bad news for programmable logic suppliers Xilinx Inc. and Altera Corp, which derive about 10 percent of their revenue from China's basestation market, a Wall Street analyst said.
Why hardware designers should switch to Eclipse
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3/18/2010   2 comments
Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) have long been the primary tool for software engineers. Like an airplane cockpit, an IDE is the control center from which the engineer accesses all of the data and tools that he needs.
Chip market to slow in second half, says TSMC's Chang
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. chairman Morris Chang has said he expects chip market growth to slow in the second half of 2010, before picking up again in 2011, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Analyst: Tabula won't have immediate market impact
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic startup Tabula turned some heads with the announcement earlier this month of its novel architecture and introduction of its first products this week. But the company poses no immediate threat to the dominance of market leaders Xilinx and Altera, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Oooof! My FPGA's Not Working: Problems with *Synthesis Gotchas*
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3/17/2010   3 comments
I'm on a roll, and for my next blog I'd like us to turn our attention to how the synthesis engine may make unwarranted assumptions resulting in something ... unexpected.
Implementing custom DDR and DDR2 SDRAM external memory interfaces in FPGAs (part 1)
Design How-To  
3/17/2010   1 comment
Part on of a two-part article that focuses on the design guidelines and describes how to implement DDR or DDR2 external memory interfaces using FPGAs via ALTDLL and ALTDQ_DQS megafunctions.
Xilinx among finalists for Design Team of the Year
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx is among the finalists for the EE Times ACE Awards' Design Team of the Year honor.
Xilinx to demo 40-Gb OTN muxponder with partial reconfiguration
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. plans to demonstrate 40-gigabit optical transport network (OTN) developments for integrated multiplexer/transponder (muxponder) applications at next week's 2010 Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) conference and exposition, the company announced.
ASIC, ASSP revenue to rise 14% in 2010, says Gartner
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Revenue from application-specific ICs and application-specific standard products is set to increase by 14.4 percent in 2010, to $93.3 billion, according to Gartner analyst Bryan Lewis.
Understanding Assembly Language for IA-32 and Intel 64 Architectures - Part 1: Basic overview and instruction set extensions
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of a look at understanding assembly language for IA-32 and Intel 64 architectures offers a basic overview of the instruction sets and details on Streaming SIMD Extensions and Advanced Vector Extensions.
MagnaChip files $250 million IPO
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
MagnaChip Semiconductor, a logic IC spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has now filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of stock.
Price hikes, shortages hit chip market
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3/15/2010   4 comments
Now, amid the upturn, there are widespread reports of component shortages in the supply chain.
Tabula tips comms-oriented FPGA products
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
A couple of weeks after fabless chip startup Tabula Inc. tipped its time-sharing FPGA architecture the company has launched its ABAX family of chips. The company said the chips will sample in third quarter and go into mass production in Q4 2010.
Viewpoint: Your future is programmable
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
The state of the electronics industry today, and certainly in the future, directly challenges that traditional view of technology-focused product design evolution.
Stratix IV passes Interlaken device interoperability testing
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Altera said its Stratix IV FPGAs passed the Interlaken Alliance's device interoperability testing, certifying that its FPGAs interface with third-party components using the Interlaken protocol.
Lattice claims 200 million ispMACH 4000 CPLDs shipped
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor said it has now shipped more than 200 million ispMACH 4000 complex programmable logic devices.
RTOS vendor announces support for Actel's SmartFusion
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Embedded software component provider Micrium announced that it has successfully ported its uC/OS-II and uC/OS-III kernels and uC/TCP-IP stack to Actel SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGA.
Discrete audio amplifier basics - Part 1: Bipolar junction transistor circuits
Design How-To  
3/10/2010   8 comments
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Audio Engineering: Know it All" covers the basics of bipolar junction transistors and looks at some typical BJT audio circuit configurations.
What's your take on Actel's SmartFusion?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/10/2010   9 comments
After getting some pretty good responses to a request for perspectives on Tabula, we are going to the well again to ask for reader responses to Actel's new SmartFusion family.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
FPGA startup: Process tech eases ASIC migration
News & Analysis  
3/10/2010   5 comments
A little more than a week after long-simmering programmable logic startup Tabula emerged from stealth mode, Tier Logic stepped into the light to offer the first details about its technology, which employs a novel processing change to build FPGA and ASIC products on a single die.
Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer
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3/9/2010   2 comments
Charles Thacker won the 2009 Turing Award for his work in the early 1970's on the Xerox PARC Alto, a forerunner of the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, and is now a Microsoft researcher testing out parallel programming concepts on a multi-core FPGA development system he designed.
Jim Hogan joins GateRocket advisory board
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
FPGA verification and debug software vendor GateRocket Inc. announced veteran EDA investor Jim Hogan has joined its advisory board.
IC Insights boosts 2010 chip growth forecast to 27%
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights increased its estimate for 2010 semiconductor growth, saying it now expects chip revenue to increase 27 percent this year, reaching $253 billion.
TCP/IP Embedded Internet Applications - The Network Layer, Part 1: The Internet Protocol
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "TCP/IP Embedded Internet Applications" begins with a look at the Internet Protocol, including the IP header, the IP checksum and fragmentation.
Optimizing Embedded Designs for the Intel Atom Processor
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Designers must understand intricacies involved in hardware, software, and end delivery to select the right Atom-based solution for their embedded devices.
Analysts cite five opportunities in mobile data
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Systems and semiconductor companies have a handful of opportunities for growth in mobile data networks despite the fact most carriers will keep a lid on capital equipment spending over the next two years, according to analysts from Barclays Capital.
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