Analysts raise Xilinx estimates despite concerns News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Notes from ESC's great debate Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 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.
Xilinx again posts record quarterly sales News & Analysis 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.
Samplify offers IQ compression for 4G conversion News & Analysis 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.
Analysts split on Altera inventory build fears News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
More chip firms top estimates, but ST comes up short News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Design How-To 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.
A fork in the road to 28-nm FPGAs Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 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.
QuickLogic rolls low-power system block for mobile devices Product News 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? Audio DesignLine Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
Update: Altera details Stratix V innovations Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
TSMC skips 22 nm, rolls 20-nm process News & Analysis 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 Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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.
TSMC's March sales help it beat guidance News & Analysis 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.
March sales at UMC rise 9.8% News & Analysis 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 Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 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.
February's poor chip sales: a blip or a sign? News & Analysis 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.
Lattice offers service pack for ispLEVER 8.0 Product News 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times