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Analysts raise Xilinx estimates despite concerns
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Two Wall Street analysts raised their estimates for sales by programmable logic vendor Xilinx following the company's strong fiscal fourth quarter earnings report earlier this week. But some concerns persist about inventory builds, double ordering and constrained foundry capacity.
Actel reports Q1 sales growth
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Actel said first quarter sales rose on both a sequential and year-to-year basis, and the company said it expects sales to increase further in the second quarter.
TI unveils lowest power JFET-input audio operational amplifiers
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Extending its Burr-Brown Audio line, Texas Instruments has introduced a family of JFET-input op amps featuring ultra-low noise and distortion to maximize audio system quality and performance.
Notes from ESC's great debate
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
One Embedded Systems Conference event that definitely lived up to its billing was the debate between Jim Turley and Clive "Max" Maxfield about embedded versus discrete processors. The event was, as advertised, both entertaining and informative.
Firm launches IP directory for FPGAs
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Privately held Parallel Engines announced the availability of a directory indexing more than 17,000 IP blocks and FPGA devices.
Xilinx again posts record quarterly sales
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4/28/2010   3 comments
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx posted a net income of $148.5 million on record revenue of $529 million for the quarter ended April 3, beating consensus analyst expectations. It was the second consecutive quarter in which Xilinx recorded record quarterly sales.
ESC - Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform combines best of serial and parallel processing
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform combines best of serial and parallel processing, with ARM-based processing architecture that delivers ultimate levels of performance in embedded systems.
QuickLogic says technology boosts OLEDs
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor QuickLogic announced the verification of the company's Visual Enhancement Engine and Display Power Optimizer technology with OLED displays.
Actel demos motor control solutions based on SmartFusion
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
At the Embedded Systems Conference here this week, Actel is demonstrating a solution for high complexity motor and motion control applications based on its SmartFusion mixed signal FPGAs.
Actel licenses cryptography technology
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Actel has licensed technology from Cryptography Research to enhance the security of its products against differential power analysis and other side-channel related attacks.
Actel licenses cryptography technology
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Actel has licensed technology from Cryptography Research to enhance the security of its products against differential power analysis and other side-channel related attacks.
ESC - CebaFlex FPGA-based subsystem boards boost protocol processing up to 10x
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
CebaFlex FPGA-based subsystem boards boost protocol processing up to 10x. The PCIe-enabled CPU-offload solution reduces time to market, lowers power consumption, and increases ROI through fast and easy in-system upgrades.
Low-Power Intel Architecture Platform for In-Vehicle Infotainment - Part 1: Overview
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of this white paper presents an overview of the key technology blocks that make up the Intel-based IVI platform, as well as the challenges faced in optimizing and incorporating these into the platform.
Samplify offers IQ compression for 4G conversion
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a provider of signal compression technology and ICs has announced Prism IQ compression technology optimized for wireless infrastructure applications using the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) standard.
Former Xilinx sales VP joins startup Tabula
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic startup Tabula named 35-year semiconductor industry veteran Steve Haynes to the position of vice president of sales.
ESC SV, Day -1
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4/25/2010   Post a comment
The excitement of ESC hasn't yet begin, but the pre-show buzz is astounding.
Analysts split on Altera inventory build fears
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Several Wall Street analysts expressed concerns about inventory buildup by programmable logic vendor Altera following the company's strong first quarter financial report. But others, including Paul McWilliams, editor of a technology investment newsletter, maintain that these concerns are off base.
ESC: FitBit teardown as therapy
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
A casual encounter at the right time sends an imaginative and driven, out "of-shape engineer on a journey of passion, frustration, learning, marriage, birth " and the on-going struggle for mental and emotional survival against all the odds. There are many like him, but help is available.
Spartan-6 FPGA Connectivity targeted reference design performance
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
This white paper discusses the observed performance of the Spartan-6 FPGA Connectivity targeted reference design. The design uses PCI Express, Ethernet, and an integrated memory controller along with a packet DMA for moving data between system memory and the FPGA.
More chip firms top estimates, but ST comes up short
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Several more chip makers--including Cypress Semiconductor, Microsemi, PMC-Sierra and Lattice Semiconductor--reported quarterly sales that beat analysts' expectations, but bellwether European semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics came up short of estimates.
Lattice tops estimates
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor reported first quarter sales of $70.4 million, up 28 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009 and up 63 percent from the first quarter of 2009.
Timing Closure on FPGAs
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4/22/2010   9 comments
While designers place great emphasis on coding and simulation, they often have only a nodding acquaintance with the internal workings of the silicon within an FPGA. As a result, incorrect logic synthesis and timing problems, rather than logic errors, are the cause of most logic failures.
Synopsys announces enhanced synthesis tool for Actel's SmartFusion
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced enhanced FPGA synthesis support is available for Actel's SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs.
A fork in the road to 28-nm FPGAs
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx and Altera may both be using TSMC for manufacturing at the 28-nm node, but the two companies have selected different manufacturing processes, at least for high-end products.
Xilinx adds training provider to network
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx has added FPGA design and verification training provider Doulos to its network of authorized training providers.
Xilinx, Avnet wrap X-fest seminar series
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing and Xilinx said they have concluded their five-month, 37-city global X-fest technical seminar series.
QuickLogic rolls low-power system block for mobile devices
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor QuickLogic announced a new proven system block for its customer specific standard products (CSSPs) that the company said enables handheld mobile system developers to conserve energy through effective power management by shutting down the CPU and the CSSP between bursts of activity caused by peripheral devices.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?
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4/21/2010   7 comments
When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
Altera's sales, profit surge
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4/20/2010   2 comments
Programmable logic vendor Altera reported a net income of $153.2 million on record sales of $402.3 million for the first quarter, beating consensus analyst expectations for the period.
7 Tips for Getting Started with Multicore
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
This white paper offers seven tips to help developers make the first step in using multicore devices.
Report: Airspace closure could hit chip, cellphone firms
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Asian chip and cellphone makers could be impacted if the European air-space closure does not end soon, according to a Dow Jones Newswire report.
Update: Altera details Stratix V innovations
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Altera disclosed more details about its 28-nm high-end Stratix V FPGA family, saying the devices will offer up to 1.6 terabits per second of serial switching capability, 1.1 million logic elements and 53 megabits of embedded memory.
Europe frets under air-travel ban
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4/19/2010   6 comments
The closure of northern European air space due to a volcanic dust cloud is starting to have an impact on business as well as causing distress to tens of thousands of travelers stranded abroad.
PC market booms on European demand
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 27.4 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009, according to preliminary results from Gartner Inc. Gartner had been expecting first quarter PC shipments to grow 22 percent.
Samsung opens up over cancer allegations
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has denied chemicals used in its manufacture of integrated circuits cause leukemia or lymphoma during a planned tour of its Gi-Heung wafer fab facility, about 39 miles south of Seoul, according to reports.
Lattice offers PCI Express dev kit for LatticeECP3 family
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4/14/2010   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor announced the availability of a new low-cost PCI Express development kit for its LatticeECP3 family of FPGAs.
TSMC skips 22 nm, rolls 20-nm process
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4/13/2010   3 comments
Seeking to take the technology lead in the silicon foundry business, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) is putting a new spin on its strategy: After the 28-nm node, it plans to skip the 22-nm ''full node'' and will move directly to the 20-nm ''half node.''
Clearing the hurdles of HLS adoption
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
By increasing their usability, applicability, and quality of results (QoR), high-level synthesis (HLS) solutions are proving that they can fulfill their initial promise. One day, not using HLS will be like not using RTL synthesis today. And that day will not be long. Many hardware engineers are already changing how they get things done by making HLS an integral part of their design methodology.
Infineon predicts strong Q2 and Q3
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4/12/2010   1 comment
European chip company Infineon Technologies AG has said that it now expects the second quarter of its 2009/10 financial year, ending Sept. 30, 2010, will be better than previously expected.
Digital Lowpass: A filter by any other name is still a filter
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4/12/2010   2 comments
Understand the realization of an analog filter in digital domain, using an FPGA
TSMC's March sales help it beat guidance
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4/9/2010   Post a comment
Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its unconsolidated March sales were approximately NT$30.82 billion (about $977 million), an increase of 5.6 percent over February 2010 and an increase of 126.3 percent over March 2009.
ESC: Debate to feature two schools of thought on processors
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4/9/2010   Post a comment
Two well-known semiconductor industry pundits will lock horns for a debate about processors in embedded systems later this month at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif.
March sales at UMC rise 9.8%
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales for March that are up 9.8 percent on sales in February 2010. This is slightly less than is usual as March tends to be a considerably stronger March with sequential rises of around 25 percent.
NetFPGA design contest
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Stanford University's NetFPGA program is holding a design contest, asking design teams to produce a working implementation employing any hardware and software design methodology and targeting the NetFPGA development platform.
Altera, others join open core protocol group
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Altera has joined the Open Core Protocol International Partnership, along with firms Digitite, Global Unichip, Innotech, PDTi and Xtrillion.
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Applied - Part 1: Listening room design
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4/7/2010   1 comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Acoustics and Psychoacoustics", 4th edition, examines optimal speaker placement, IEC rooms, room energy evolution, LEDE rooms, non-environment rooms, and diffuse reflection rooms.
February's poor chip sales: a blip or a sign?
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4/7/2010   1 comment
Actual global sales of semiconductors was $20.79 billion in February, down 4.9 percent from the actual sales in January of $21.85 billion, according to figures from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Former Fujitsu president sues over sacking
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Kuniaki Nozoe, the former president of computer and IT services company Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), is planning legal action against the firm over his removal from office, according to reports.
QuickLogic offers display controller solution supporting MDDI Type 2
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
QuickLogic said it has delivered the first complete display controller solution using the Mobile Display Data Interface Type 2 interface for smartbook, smartphone and tablet applications using Qualcomm chipsets.
Lattice offers service pack for ispLEVER 8.0
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor announced the availability of Service Pack 1 for Version 8.0 of its ispLEVER FPGA design tool suite. According to Lattice, Service Pack 1 is an important update for users of LatticeECP3 FPGAs.
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