Video codecs in SoCs using OCP-based programmable accelerator design Design How-To 4/27/2007 Post a comment Video codecs involve a huge amount of data parallelism due to their block-based structure. Most computations are not performed on a single pixel, but on a block of pixels. Dedicated acceleration units with a wide data-path (16 x 16 x 8-bit = 2048-bit, for example) speed up the codec by up to three orders in magnitude compared to a pure software solution, facilitating lower clock rates. To support multiple standards, such as the VC-1 and H.264 video codecs, within a single SoC, considerable flexi
Telecom is back, says Xilinx CEO News & Analysis 4/26/2007 Post a comment Xilinx's revenue declined 2 percent in the March quarter, due to weakness in the wireless, consumer, and defense markets. The good news, said the PLD company, is telecom business is returning.
CE growth to see 'significant slowdown' News & Analysis 4/25/2007 Post a comment CE growth may decelerate in the coming years, but a few areas will still be hot, such as PMP/MP3 players. But giants like Apple, Samsung and Sony will make it tough for the little guy to survive.
North, South Korea planning IT forum News & Analysis 4/23/2007 Post a comment Following in the path of other emerging markets, North Korea is eager to get its hands on advanced technology and will hold a meeting with South Korea to forge closer tech ties.
China launches satellite for rival to GPS News & Analysis 4/17/2007 Post a comment China launched its second navigation satellite over the weekend as part of a plan to build the country's "Compass" navigational system, which could emerge to rival America's Global Positioning System.
MathStar taps Arrow for global support News & Analysis 4/11/2007 Post a comment As part of an effort to reach electronic designers outside of the United States, MathStar Inc. has tapped Arrow Electronics Inc. to be a global distributor of its programmable logic devices.
The low-power FPGA Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 4/10/2007 Post a comment Which burns less power: an FPGA or a DSP? The answer is more complicated than you may realize.
China's MII focusing on flat-panel industry Product News 4/9/2007 Post a comment China's got fabs, now it wants a chunk of the flat-panel industry. The Ministry of Information Industry recently said it will step up its efforts to support companies looking to move into this area. Given Taiwan and South Korea's leading market share, that may be a tall order
PECI-to-I2C/SMBus translators offer temperature management Product News 4/6/2007 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX6618/MAX6621 translators which convert Intel's platform environment control interface (PECI) data to I2C protocol. These devices provide a design which implements temperature management for system-management microcontrollers.
iSLI offers "FPGAs for DSP" course Product News 4/4/2007 Post a comment The iSLI (Institute for System Level Integration) is offering a "FPGAs for DSP & Communication" course. The course covers the use of FPGAs for Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms, applications architectures and hardware-software system partitioning.
VMETRO adds analog, serial I/O for FPGA-based PMCs Product News 4/3/2007 Post a comment Board maker VMETRO has announced a trio of I/O modules for use with its FPGA-based PMC (PCI mezzanine card) products. Users can choose the front-end processing appropriate to the application from a dual-channel 105 MSPS analog input, a dual channel 210 MSPS analog output or a RS485 module.
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.