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STMicro stoppt Open-Source-FPGA-Projekt
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4/28/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics hat genug von Open Source: Der Chiphersteller will sich von seinem GOSPL-Projekt (Generalized Open Source Programmable Logic) verabschieden. Stattdessen setzt das Unternehmen jetzt auf die Entwicklung programmierbarer Logikschaltungen.
ST halts open-source FPGA project
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4/26/2005   1 comment
Pulling the plug on an ambitious open-source FPGA hardware and software project, ST Microelectronics confirmed it will stop development of its Generalized Open Source Programmable Logic (GOSPL) technology.
Actel meets guidance, expects flat quarter
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Programmable logic device supplier Actel Corp. posted net earnings of $1.4 million, or 6 cents per share, on sales of $44.0 million in the first quarter, compared to $2.5 million, or 9 cents per share on sales of $42.1 million a year ago.
Updated: IC Insights raises 2005 semiconductor capital spending forecast
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
IC Insights Inc. has raised its forecast for 2005 worldwide semiconductor industry capital spending to a 5 percent annual decline, up from a 10 percent drop, but the market research company has lowered its expectations for 2006 to a 7 percent annual decline.
Former Applied Materials manager joins Tower as CEO
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has announced the appointment of Russell Ellwanger, formerly a senior executive with Applied Materials Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), as chief executive officer.
UMC chairman fined over Chinese foundry disclosure, says report
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission has fined Robert Tsao, chairman of foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp., for failing to disclose in a timely way its relations with Chinese foundry He Jian Technology, according to an Associated Press report on BusinessWeek Online.
Lattice, Synplicity team on FPGAs
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4/18/2005   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. and Synplicity Inc. announced Monday (April 18) a comprehensive development and marketing agreement to enhance and promote Lattice FPGA device performance in Synplicity's Synplify ProFPGA synthesis tool during the second half of 2005.
µWatt FPGAs enhanced to support 802.11 a/b/g chipsets
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4/18/2005   Post a comment
QuickLogic Corp. has teamed up with Atheros Communications by optimizing its µWatt FPGAs for Atheros' line of 802.11a/b/g chipsets and developing a Wi-Fi connectivity solution for its AR5006XS single-chip miniPCI module. The QuickPCI-based bridge connects Atheros' PCI-based WLAN chipsets and embedded processors that do not natively support PCI. The single-chip, low-power programmable bridge is aimed at several applications, including handheld GPS, VoWLAN PDAs and smartphones.
New IP line offers first RTL cores for linear algebra
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4/14/2005   Post a comment
The new AccelCore line from AccelChip Inc. offers algorithm developers and hardware engineers the industry's first fixed-point linear algebra intellectual property (IP) as standalone resistor-transistor logic (RTL) cores. Initial offerings in the AccelCore product line include matrix inverse and factorization cores used in applications such as beamforming, software-defined radio, radar/sonar, Kalman filtering and other wireless applications.
Altera, Gennum team on next-gen video broadcast interface
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4/13/2005   Post a comment
Altera Corp. and Gennum Corp. announced Wednesday (April 13) that they are working together to deliver a next-generation video interface for the broadcast industry.
Programmable PCI Express solution breaks cost barrier
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4/13/2005   Post a comment
Xilinx and Philips will have available in June a low-cost, programmable PCI Express reference design. The two-chip solution is built around Philips' PCI Express PHY and low-cost Spartan 3 and 3E FPGAs, which integrate Xilinx's PCI Express LogiCore IP core. It can be used in many high-volume applications including add-in cards, host bus adapters, graphics and high-end servers. The programmable PCI Express solution costs less than $15 in production volumes.
FPGA-based reference design enables video-over-IP
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
By leveraging the programmability of its Cyclone FPGA series and Nios II embedded processor, Altera Corp. has developed the first FPGA-based, video-over-Internet Protocol (IP) reference design to help engineers accelerate the development of cost-effective, low-complexity systems in the emerging video-over-IP market.
Hard Choices Among FPGA Hardening Options
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4/7/2005   Post a comment
The major FPGA makers, Altera and Xilinx, are now both offering "hardened" versions of their normally "soft" FPGA chips. These offer a nice middle ground between the total flexibility (and maximum cost) of an FPGA and the negligible flexibility of a fixed ASIC or other fixed-function chip. These two companies, which normally mirror each other's moves closely, took totally different approaches to their hardened chips. In this feature article, Jim Turley takes a look at these approaches to figure
Video crosspoint switch replaces multiple parts in discrete alternatives
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4/6/2005   Post a comment
A highly integrated triple video switch from Intersil Corp. touts 300 MHz of bandwidth at the 3-dB points, and embedded video sync extraction for high bandwidth RGB switching applications.
Largest member of CPLD family hits the market in volume
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4/5/2005   Post a comment
The EPM2210 device in Altera Corp.'s MAX II complex PLD (CPLD) series features 2,210 logic elements. The PLD vendor, which claims that its MAX II family offers the lowest cost per I/O pin, said its devices are being integrated into cost-sensitive, volume-driven applications in the consumer, communications, industrial, computing and automotive markets.
FPGA-based PMC card processes high-speed sensor data
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4/5/2005   Post a comment
A new rugged FPGA PMC card from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has been designed to simplify and speed the capture, processing and data output from high-speed sensors in electrooptical/infrared (EO/IR) and radar systems.Dubbed ProWare PMC-440, the PMC card features an on-board FPGA that delivers up to 20 billions operations-per-second performance for fast Fourier transform (FFT) and digital filter DSP functions. It can be used as a front-end sensor I/O interface and a DSP processing
Software tool helps designers quickly integrate FPGAs into multiprocessor systems
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4/5/2005   Post a comment
Board maker Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, Mass.) has released version 2.0 of its FPGA compute node developer's kit (FDK) aimed at helping engineers quickly prototype and develop FPGA-based applications, and more easily integrate application-specific IP into a switch fabric-based multi-computer.

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