Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/30/2009 Post a comment
One doesn't need to wander very far across today's FPGA landscape to see how power consumption is becoming a more and more critical issue. As product categories that once shied away from FPGAs, such as mobile consumer devices, open up to them, both static and dynamic power consumption become paramount.
A new approach to FPGA testing and validation for today's market
Design How-To 4/29/2009 Post a comment
As the market for FPGAs continues to evolve, a new approach to FPGA debugging and validation is needed to reduce costs and time to market. The tools that support their cost-effective development must evolve as well, and expand their capabilities beyond what is available today. This paper outlines a new approach to FPGA testing and validation. It includes comparison of how advanced FPGA validation tools compare to conventional FPGA tools and outlines the requirements for new tools for today's mar
QuickLogic sees sales fall
News & Analysis 4/28/2009 Post a comment
Programmable chip vendor QuickLogic had sales of $4.6 million in the first quarter, down 23 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008 and down 59 percent from the first quarter of 2008, the company reported.
Xilinx shipping ISE Design Suite 11.1
Product News 4/27/2009 2 comments
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx is now shipping ISE Design Suite 11.1, described as an FPGA design solution with fully interoperable domain-specific design flows and tool configurations for logic, digital signal processing, embedded processing and system-level design.
Abound claims dense interconnect is key to Raptor FPGA
News & Analysis 4/24/2009 Post a comment
Abound Logic Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), an FPGA company formerly known as M2000, has started shipping its Raptor FPGAs and claims that improved interconnect is the key to achieving triple the logic density of equivalent FPGAs from established competitors.
FPGA startup crunch: Is Achronix flush enough?
News & Analysis 4/23/2009 Post a comment
Flush with cash after raising more than $86 million in venture capital over the past two years, products already shipping, revenue and dozens of design wins already under its belt, FPGA startup Achronix has the technology and financial stability to weather the current downturn, according to the company's founder.
Lattice posts loss; revenue hits target
News & Analysis 4/23/2009 Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor's first quarter sales declined to $43.3 million, the company said, down 13 percent from the prior quarter and down 23 percent compared to the same period of 2008. Revenue was in line with revised guidance issued by the company in March.
Altium slashes price on 'unified' design tool
Product News 4/21/2009 1 comment
Australian design tool provider Altium has cut by about 75 percent the price of its Altium Designer, a circuit board design tool which is intended to bring together the traditionally separate worlds of hardware and software design.
Cypress revenue beats estimates
News & Analysis 4/16/2009 Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor posted a GAAP net loss of $90.7 million on revenue of $139.3 million in the first quarter as gross margin fell and factory utilization hit an all-time low of 34 percent, the company said.
Updated: Xilinx confirms 6% workforce reduction
News & Analysis 4/15/2009 Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Xilinx confirmed that it expects to cut up to 200 jobs, or 6 percent of its global workforce, as part of a series of restructuring measures designed to improve structural operating efficiencies.
Where are they now? M2000
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/15/2009 Post a comment
In 2007, a programmable logic startup called M2000 moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley and said it was on the verge of launching what it described as "breakthrough" technology that would provide higher logic density, functionality and speed at less cost than competing solutions. But since then, not much has been heard from M2000. So what has the company and its breakthrough technology been up to?
Spot and avoid counterfeit component bombs
Design How-To 4/14/2009 4 comments
The proliferation of counterfeit components is a plague, the cost of which is staggering: from failed devices and the associated recalls to destroyed reputations of the original parts designers and suppliers. This feature shows how to spot and avoid those lurking counterfeit bombs.
An example of application--elliptic curve cryptography
Design How-To 4/13/2009 Post a comment
This chapter excerpted from "Hardware Implementation of Finite-Field Arithmetic," gives an example of finite-field application--namely, the implementation of the scalar product (point multiplication) over an elliptic curve. It is the basic computation primitive of elliptic curve cryptography.
ON Semi offers 110-nm ASIC platform
Product News 4/13/2009 Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has licensed 110-nanometer process technology and associated IP from LSI Corp. to serve as the basis for a new ASIC platform said it offer customers high-density and performance while minimizing non-recurring engineering costs and time-to-market.
Innovative heat sink designs cool "hot" FPGAs
Design How-To 4/7/2009 Post a comment
While the power dissipated by FPGAs is growing, the space allocated to cool these chips is shrinking. In recent years, makers of thermal management products have introduced a wide array of new heat sinks that provide more cooling in a given volume. This article will help engineers looking for more-powerful heat sinks by describing recent innovations in heat sink design and analyzing their impact on heat sink performance.
Unemployment among EEs jumped in Q1
News & Analysis 4/6/2009 Post a comment
he unemployment rate for U.S. engineering and computer occupations is increasing more rapidly than for professional occupations in general, according to an analysis of U.S. Labor Department data provided by IEEE.
The FPGA stigma
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/1/2009 Post a comment
FPGAs have a lot of momentum and Gartner predicts ASIC design starts will decrease by 22 percent in 2009. But all is not roses for FPGAs, as the stigma they carry still prevents many companies from even considering them.