Gartner bumps up '09 chip sales forecast
News & Analysis 5/28/2009 Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner issued a revised semiconductor industry revenue forecast that projects 2009 revenue will not fall quite as sharply as the firm predicted in February, thanks to better-than-expected first quarter PC sales.
Startup Netronome rolls new family of programmable network processors
Product News 5/28/2009 Post a comment
Programmable chip vendor Netronome Systems announced the availability of a family of network processors said to remove the barriers to unified computing architectures by combining high-performance network, content and security processing with general purpose processors, such as Intel's IA, through I/O virtualization.
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/27/2009 Post a comment
This is just a note to encourage anyone who hasn't checked out Max Maxfield's Fundamentals of Mixed-Signal FPGAs course to do so without delay.
10 FREE copies of my Bebop book!
News & Analysis 5/26/2009 Post a comment
My publisher is offering 10 free copies of the only electronics book where you can simultaneously learn about state machines, musical socks, Reed-Muller logic, and the best time of the day to eat smoked fish!
Assessing FPGA DSP Benchmarks at 40 nm
Design How-To 5/21/2009 Post a comment
Independent and partisan benchmark results are often difficult to navigate, yet understanding and using reliable device benchmarks for system decisions is essential. While individual benchmark results may be insufficient for making device decisions on a standalone basis, this feature will help designers understand the trends and factors that make up the results of benchmarking studies.
The design debate: Art versus science
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/20/2009 4 comments
Ask a chip designer if the work he or she does is an art or a science and you will more than likely hear the former. But Naveed Sherwani, the outspoken president and CEO of fabless ASIC vendor Open-Silicon, takes issue with that.
Did you see that?
News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment
Those cheeky chaps in the UK have made a bid to host Super Bowl 2014 in London, England (I kid you not!)
Wafer shipments fell 56% in Q1, says SEMI
News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers fell by 56.5 percent to 940 million square inches compared to 2,163 million square inches in the same quarter a year before, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Cadence rolls tools to speed design process
Product News 5/19/2009 Post a comment
At its European user meeting CDNLive, EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems has introduced two tools aiming at speeding up the design process. The tools attack on two different points: One provides a virtual hardware platform for software/hardware co-development, the other one speeds PCB routing for FPGA solutions.
The thing about Aart
Blog 5/18/2009 Post a comment
Synopsys' Aart DeGeuss could not pass up adding analog IP to his intellectual property stable that has revenues reported to be $100 million.
Programmable clock management increases source synchronous throughput
Design How-To 5/13/2009 Post a comment
This article examines the features of a dynamically adjustable programmable skew clock chip and proposes a scheme that compensates for various limitations and enables increasing source synchronous communication speed while maintaining reliability. It considers the factors limiting source synchronous communication speed, details a dynamically adjustable skew clock chip architecture, and proposes a source synchronous communication based on it.
What does software firm want with MathStar?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/13/2009 Post a comment
Why is PureChoice Inc., a vendor of building-performance reporting software, trying to buy MathStar for around $9.5 million? And why hasn't the defunct programmable logic vendor's board responded?
Octasic taps Altera exec as CEO
News & Analysis 5/12/2009 Post a comment
Octasic Inc., a developer of media processing and wireless solutions, announced that Robert Blake has been appointed chief executive.
Blake recently served as vice president of consumer and automotive business at Altera Corp.
Finding new markets through ratification
Design How-To 5/12/2009 Post a comment
Following the recent introduction of its latest silicon, Xilinx has announced a new version of its design environment, ISE 11.1. Will this prove to be the stimulus FPGA technology needs to penetrate new markets?
Pigeon Point offers starter kits
Product News 5/12/2009 Post a comment
Pigeon Point Systems, a subsidiary of Actel, introduced a MicroTCA carrier management controller board management reference starter kit based on Actel's Fusion mixed-signal FPGA and a module management controller reference starter kit based on the Renesas H8S/2472 microcontroller.
IP vendor buys LDPC assets
News & Analysis 5/11/2009 Post a comment
RAD3 Communications, a communications IP vendor, acquired the low-density parity-check code IP assets of Raithlin Semiconductor. Rad3 declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal.
Optimizing Xilinx FPGAs for power
Design How-To 5/6/2009 Post a comment
This article will describe ways designers can leverage an FPGA's programmability and use related tools to accurately estimate power and then employ optimization techniques to make their FPGA designs and the PCBs that contain them much more power efficient.
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/6/2009 Post a comment
In case you've missed it, there has been a fascinating exchange about the broken U.S. patent system taking place on the pages of EE Times over the past couple weeks.
System ICs to return to growth in Q3, iSuppli says
News & Analysis 5/5/2009 Post a comment
The market for system ICs--including ASICs, application-specific standard products and programmable logic devices--is poised to return to sequential growth in the third quarter after watching its revenue fall by nearly one third over the past six months, according to market research firm iSuppli.
FPGA startup crunch: SiliconBlue looks to break new ground
News & Analysis 5/4/2009 1 comment
SiliconBlue Technologies, a four-year old startup backed by $40 million in venture capital funding, is aiming to buck the odds and thrive with low-cost field programmable gate arrays in a product market that has traditionally shunned programmable logic: battery-based handheld consumer products.