Pigeon Point offers BMR starter kits with SmartFusion Product News 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.
NEC expands 32-bit MCU line Product News 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.
Avnet to pay $594M for Bell Micro News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
China cuts 2010 telecom capex by 21 percent News & Analysis 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.
Avnet offers Spartan-6 DSP dev kit Product News 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.
Wireless carrier capex expected to decline again Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Design How-To 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.
Analyst: Tabula won't have immediate market impact News & Analysis 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.
MagnaChip files $250 million IPO News & Analysis 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.
Tabula tips comms-oriented FPGA products Product News 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.
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 Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
Analysts cite five opportunities in mobile data News & Analysis 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...