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posted in May 2007
China chip market entering cooling phase
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5/31/2007   Post a comment
After a hot 2004, China's chip market may be settling into a more sustainable growth phase. Growth is expected to hit a cyclical peak this year, expanding 20 percent to $51.7 billion.
How to design an Interlaken to SPI-4.2 bridge
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
This tutorial provides a high level overview of the Interlaken protocol; also the architecture and details of a 20 Gbps Interlaken to SPI4.2 bridge is discussed.
TSMC partners with R&D foundry SVTC
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
Looking to smooth the way for cutting edge products, TSMC is linking up with R&D foundry SVTC so that companies can quickly move from concept to commercial runs.
Design kit accelerates DSP development for Virtex-5 FPGAs
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
VMETRO and Impulse Accelerated Technologies have released the V5+C DSP development kit, an advanced platform for rapid prototyping and algorithm development.
Lattice Semi tips 90-nm nonvolatile FPGAs
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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
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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.
Digital cable TV heats up in China, but challenges loom
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
China's digital cable TV market hit 14 million subscribers in the first quarter, abd is expected to double this year. But issues over unpaid royalties continue to hang over local set-top box vendors.
Lattice keeps the pressure on its competition
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5/28/2007   Post a comment
The last thing Altera or Xilinx really want is for "maverick players" to leap into the center of the playing field with low-cost devices boasting high-end features.
Algotronix offers wireless "design tag" for IP cores
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx spinoff, Algotronix, is offering an active digital circuit element that can be designed-in to ICs and FPGAs and detected through-package by an external scanner.
Actel to discuss power management at MicroTCA Summit
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Actel Corporation will participate in an industry roundtable and a "chat with the experts" session at the upcoming MicroTCA Summit in Baltimore.
China Telecom to launch AVS-based IPTV trial
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
China's largest IPTV operator preps trials for a homegrown codec that could eventually displace H.264.
Shanghai, other hot spots, driving IPTV use in China
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
IPTV is gaining traction in China, with the user base topping 600,000 in the first quarter.
How to simplify hardware prototyping with EXP modules
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
New EXP specification defines a versatile expansion interface to FPGA baseboards that offers designers flexibility, performance, and ease of use during hardware development.
Intel-ST deal: What it means
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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.
UMC opens R&D lab in southern Taiwan
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5/22/2007   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. opened an R&D center Tuesday that will focus on 45-nanometer and below process technologies.
Chip brands failing Intel, AMD
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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.
Jasper leverages Actel Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs rapidly deploy MicroTCA power module
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Actel's single-chip, flash-based Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs deliver on the promise of MicroTCA for Jasper Electronics with its TCA380 MicroTCA Power Module.
S. Korea indicts four for trying to sell WiBro secrets to U.S. firm
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Four men in South Korea have been indicted for corporate espionage in connection with trying to sell WiBro technology to a US telecommunications firm.
Chartered borrows $610 million for 300mm wafer fab
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing borrows $610 million to move ahead with the ramp-up of its first 300-millimeter wafer fab.
Betting on '08, Taiwan vendors prep WiMAX 16e systems
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
Anticipating more demand for WiMAX next after Intel Corp starts shipping modules, Taiwan system vendors are quickly jumping onto the bandwagon.
Asia EMS/ODM market to more than double by 2011
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5/17/2007   Post a comment
Asia's low-cost advantage and increasing skill set will help it more than double its market share in EMS and ODM by 2011.
China tech industry to hit $1.45 trillion by 2010
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
China's high-tech industry will rake in $1.45 trillion by 2010, nearly triple its size of just a few years ago, according to a report from a top Chinese policy group.
Xilinx celebrates one year at 65 nm
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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.
QuickLogic introduces "Boot from Managed NAND" solution
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Quicklogic's Managed Land solution supports Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), and Multimedia Card (MMC) based devices.
Dual-channel translator features low-voltage operation, shutdown supply current
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX3397E 2-channel, bidirectional level translator in a 2 x 2-mm microDFN package. This device provides level shifting for data transfer in a multivoltage system by accepting voltage ranges from +1.2 V to +5.5 V on the VL side and +1.65 V to +5.5 V on the ±15 kV, ESD-protected, Vcc side.
Efficient high-speed compression/decompression for FPGAs and ASICs
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Cebatech's easy-to-integrate GZIP family of CebaIP cores provides hardware compression and decompression for data and storage networking FPGAs and ASICs.
China Netcom decides on homegrown WiMAX rival for Olympics
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
China Netcom said it will deploy a local wireless technology for the 2008 Beijing Olympics instead of WiMAX, although other operators like China Mobile will go for WiMAX.
STATS ChipPAC opens R&D center for advanced packaging
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Singapore's STATS ChipPAC has launched a new research facility to carve out a niche in the high-end packaging market.
Under the Hood: PXI-5152 scope a design hotbed
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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.

Selecting memory controllers for DSP systems
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
DSP system performance is often limited by I/O constraints. Here's how to make sure your memory system meets your latency requirements.
Beijing sets up $1.3 billion war chest for innovation
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
Beijing opens its wallet in an effort to steer local tech firms to develop local standards and build up their innovative capabilities.
How to choose an RTOS for your FPGA and ASIC designs
Design How-To  
5/9/2007   4 comments
As an alternative to purchasing an off-the-shelf RTOS or writing your own, a new software synthesis technique called RTOS synthesis may be of interest for certain applications.
Analysis: Xilinx Spartan gets DSP
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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
Philips to sell $2.5 billion stake in TSMC
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
As part of a plan to shift assets out of chips, Philips Electronics preps a major share sale in foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
Altera introduces Arria GX low-cost, transceiver-based FPGAs
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5/8/2007   Post a comment
Altera's low-cost Arria GX family addresses the rapidly growing need for low-cost FPGAs with transceivers in the communications, computer, storage and industrial markets.
Lattice Semiconductor's online store opens for business
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5/7/2007   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics provides Lattice Semiconductor with a comprehensive online shopping service.
UMC targets CPUs, mulls commodity flash
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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."
X-Fest FPGA/DSP seminars receive high marks
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5/4/2007   Post a comment
Design engineers, managers, and system architects attending the first global X-Fest FPGA/DSP technical seminars hosted by Xilinx and Avnet give high marks.
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
ITT adopt Xilinx Qpro radiation-tolerant FPGAs
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5/1/2007   Post a comment
Virtex-II QPro radiation tolerant FPGAs from Xilinx enable ITT cross-track infrared sounder program for U.S. government national oceanic and atmospheric project.
The DSP market is in trouble... or is it?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/1/2007   Post a comment
Despite gloomy predictions from market researchers, stock prices for DSP and FPGA vendors are shooting through the roof. What's going on?


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