ASIC-Style Design Techniques for Programmable Devices
Design How-To 5/26/2004 Post a comment
Advances in process technology are enabling an increase in the number of applications for FPGAs. FPGA gate counts have increased and prices have fallen, whereas ASIC costs per gate continue to climb. In this feature article, Hier Design's Salil Raje explains how an ASIC-style methodology alleviates problems faced by FPGAs increased complexity.
In hot market, only reliable rad-hards need apply
News & Analysis 5/24/2004 Post a comment
The market for radiation-tolerant FPGAs is heating up as chip vendors roll out new devices intended for military and aerospace applications. But so too is the level of scrutiny they must endure to prove that their parts can work reliably under the harshest conditions.
Compact PCI runs FPGA and "soft" processor development tool
Product News 5/20/2004 Post a comment
Pender, based in Germany, expands its product offerings for FPGAs and its 32-bit LEON open source VHDL processor. The new GR-CPCI-XC2V board provides a Xilinx large capacity FPGA and is implemented in a Compact PCI format with all the necessary interfaces for LEON development. The FPGA, programmed to execute LEON tasks, can offer a performance advantage to a variety of embedded tasks.
Semiconductor cycle to peak next month, analyst warns
News & Analysis 5/9/2004 Post a comment
The debate rages on about the current semiconductor cycle as one analyst warned the industry will reach its peak as early as next month. It's all downhill for both the chip and IC equipment sectors starting in June of 2004, said Kevin Vassily, an analyst with market researchers Susquehanna Financial Group LLP (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.).
Global chip market up March-to-March
News & Analysis 5/4/2004 Post a comment
The three-month average of global semiconductor sales in March was $16.275 billion, according to numbers published by the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), which cited statistics from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. Peter Clarke has this report.