Lattice Semi tips 90-nm nonvolatile FPGAs
News & Analysis 5/29/2007 Post a comment
The latest round of the FPGA ping-pong match begins this week, when Lattice will announce the availability of the LatticeXP2 family, its third generation of nonvolatile FPGAs, produced in a 90-nm process co-developed with foundry partner Fujitsu Ltd.
Achieving Certified IP Quality Efficiently
Design How-To 5/29/2007 Post a comment
The increasing use of design IP has reduced design effort per gate for the chip designer, but it has had an inverse effect on the chip-level integration and functional verification effort. This article explains how using complete formal functional verification enables IP providers to certify highest IP quality, and to do so cost-effectively and with a high productivity.
Intel-ST deal: What it means
News & Analysis 5/23/2007 Post a comment
Now that Intel and STMicroelectronics have finally sealed the deal, here's a look at how the deal measures up and what it may mean for the rest of the industry.
Chip brands failing Intel, AMD
News & Analysis 5/22/2007 Post a comment
What's in a name? Apparently not much, according to one survey that finds chip brands don't register as well with consumers as companies might think.
Xilinx celebrates one year at 65 nm
News & Analysis 5/15/2007 Post a comment
The folks at Xilinx report on-time execution for the industry's first 65 nm FPGAs and they are celebrating production qualification of thirteen members of the Virtex-5 family.
Under the Hood: PXI-5152 scope a design hotbed
Teardown 5/14/2007 Post a comment
Precision oscilloscopes and laboratory instruments occupy a special place in the design flow for a new circuit or system. This is the instrument that verifies the performance of your prototype. It captures the signals your circuitry puts out and displays them on a calibrated screen. No matter how fast you think your high-speed circuit performs, the oscilloscope must run faster.
Analysis: Xilinx Spartan gets DSP
Design How-To 5/9/2007 Post a comment
The latest Spartan FPGAs from Xilinx offers substantial DSP performance at a much lower cost than it Virtex parts. BDTI explains how the new chips work, and how they compare to the Virtex-4 and Virtex-5
UMC targets CPUs, mulls commodity flash
News & Analysis 5/7/2007 Post a comment
As IDMs push to go fabless or fab-lite, UMC chief executive Jackson Hu says there will be more opportunities for the foundry to push into microprocessors and flash memory, a market he said the foundry "cannot ignore."
Bandlet de-interlace and up-conversion for HDTV via "super-resolution" framework
Design How-To 5/4/2007 Post a comment
Up-converting and de-interlacing standard definition television into high-quality HD raises deep image processing, mathematical and real time processing problems. The Let It Wave approach, using FPGA technology, is based on a full exploration of the 3-D environment of a missing pixel to compute it, by interpolating one or more available pixels located close to a line going through the missing pixel with a particular spatio-temporal direction. This "super-resolution" framework includes the previo