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Xilinx may owe IRS after appellate court ruling
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx could lose more than $40 million after a federal appeals court overturned a 2005 ruling that favored the company in a tax dispute with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Gartner bumps up '09 chip sales forecast
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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 claims breakthrough in reconfigurable logic
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
A British company focused on dynamically reconfigurable logic, Akya (Selby, England), has launched its first licensable technology, dubbed the ART2.
Startup Netronome rolls new family of programmable network processors
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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.
Registration opens for X-fest technical seminar series
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Registration has been opened for X-fest 2009, a 36-city global technical seminar series sponsored by Xilinx and Avnet.
Altera Stratix IV User Guide Lite
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
This paper provides potential users of Stratix IV FPGAs with an easy-to-read overview of the capabilities of the devices.
Adopting An SOC-based Approach to Designing Handheld Medical Devices
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
The rapid growth of the medical devices industry has seen a comparable increase in demand for handheld medical devices, from personal defibulators to continuous glucose monitors. Designing such devices can be a daunting task.
Shameless plug
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.
Actel names co-wiinners of China Students FPGA design competition
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Designs from Xian University of Electronic Science and Technology and South China Agricultural University tied for top honors in the 2009 Actel Cup China Students FPGA design competition.
A cornucopia of fun and frivolity
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
As promised, here's a bumper blog jam-packed with tempting tidbits of trivia and tasty nuggets of knowledge.
When will we see the IC recovery?
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
The IC market is gradually improving amid the downturn, but analysts disagree about the timing of the recovery.
10 FREE copies of my Bebop book!
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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!
Swedish processor startup replaces CEO
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Coresonic AB, the Swedish developer of programmable baseband processors targeting wireless and broadcast technologies, has appointed Johan Lodenius as its chief executive officer.
Assessing FPGA DSP Benchmarks at 40 nm
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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.
A collection of power-aware programmable logic resources
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
We've gone back through the material posted over the past year or so and pulled out what we think are some of the best resources for power-conscious designers selecting and working with FPGAs and other programmable logic devices.
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?
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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!)
Altera shipping Arria II GX FPGAs
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Altera said it has begun shipping 40-nm Arria II GX transceiver FPGAs.
TED claims first FPGA eval platform with DDR3 SODIMM socket
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Tokyo Electron Device announced the release of Virtex-5 DDR3/LV-DDR2 SDRAM evaluation platform featuring high-speed DDR3 SDRAM memory and new LV-DDR2 SDRAM from Elpida Memory.
Virage Logic claims first 65-nm multi-time programmable logic non-volatile memory IP
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Virage Logic said it qualified its Aeon non-volatile memory IP on TSMC's 65-nanometer low power process.
Wafer shipments fell 56% in Q1, says SEMI
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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
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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.
Analysis: Dissecting the MIPS-Chipidea breakup
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5/18/2009   4 comments
MIPS executives have blamed its short marriage with Chipidea on a weak economy. But ex-Chipidea employees insist integration of the two companies was botched by MIPS.
Analysis: Dissecting the MIPS-Chipidea breakup
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5/18/2009   4 comments
MIPS executives have blamed its short marriage with Chipidea on a weak economy. But ex-Chipidea employees insist integration of the two companies was botched by MIPS.
The thing about Aart
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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.
Processor startup claims 400 customers, fast growth
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
Event-driven processor startup XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England), which launched its first chip in Q1 2008, claims it already has 400 customers using its processors and that it is adding 50 customers per month.
XMOS announces silicon availability of XS1-G2 programmable chip
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor startup XMOS Semiconductor announced silicon availability of its XS1-G2 programmable device targeted at cost-sensitive consumer electronics devices.
Programmable clock management increases source synchronous throughput
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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?
Silicon giants honored at 50th anniversary of the semiconductor
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Recently I attended an event that certainly ranks near the top of cool events I've ever attended: the National Inventors Hall of Fame ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
Good Grief Charlie Brown!
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Danish Clown Festival, Tarpaulin Hats, Fundamentals of Mixed-Signal FPGAs, Modular Open-Source DIY Gadget Factory, more...
Octasic taps Altera exec as CEO
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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
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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?
ASIC vendor rolls out low cost, single-chip HD H.264 codec
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Fabless ASIC vendor eASIC announced eDV9200, described as a low cost, single-chip, high-definition H.264 codec.
Pigeon Point offers starter kits
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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.
Software vendor makes second bid for Mathstar
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
For the second time in six months, PureChoice, a provider of building performance software, is offering to buy MathStar, a programmable logic vendor that ceased operations a year ago.
Xilinx rolls Virtex-5s for defense, aerospace
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx rolled out a specialized family of Virtex-5 field programmable gate arrays with features such as ruggedized packaging and advanced cryptographic capabilities for the aerospace and defense industry.
IP vendor buys LDPC assets
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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.
EVE integrates Xilinx ISE Design Suite into its emulation platforms
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
EVE, the leader in hardware/software co-verification, today announced that it has integrated the latest version of the Xilinx ISE Design Suite to its ZeBu (for Zero Bugs) emulation platforms.
Sriram of DOEACC, Calicut tops Cypress PSoC design contest
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
The first Cypress PSoC Innovator design challenge in India for electronics engineering and computer science students - part of the Cypress University Alliance Program - drew as many as 156 abstracts from 57 engineering institutions in India
Achronix makes security IP cores available on Speedster
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
The Speedster FPGA family from Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) is now available with a series of Advanced Encryption Standard IP cores developed with Signali Corp. (Portland, Ore.).
Eight new Actel design examples to provide boost for low power designers
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
Actel Corporation has introduced eight free-of-charge design examples for use with its low-power, flash-based FPGAs.
Optimizing Xilinx FPGAs for power
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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.
Patent strike?
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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.
AdvancedIO : FPGA framework simplifies application implementation
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
ExpressXG, announced by AdvancedIO Systems, is an FPGA framework that accelerates users’ ability to tackle challenging system communication problems.
Actel offering free design examples
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
Actel this week announced the availability of eight free-of-charge design examples for use with its low-power, flash-based FPGAs.
The world is our mollusk!
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
From the evolution of information technology to Dr. Seuss motorcycles to innovative stop-motion animated pigs to...
System ICs to return to growth in Q3, iSuppli says
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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.
PCI expansion card promises complete solid state storage system
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
DDRdrive LLC this week rolled out the DDRdrive X1, described as a PCI Express expansion card featuring a complete solid-state storage system, which uses an Altera Cyclone II as a storage controller.
FPGA startup crunch: SiliconBlue looks to break new ground
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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.


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