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Strong April chip sales drive prediction higher
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Actual global chip sales were $23.41 billion in April, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association, which quotes numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. Cowan LRA model moves annual prediction up.
April averaged chip sales beat expectations
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for April was $23.579 billion, up 2.25 percent compared with the previous month and up 50.4 percent compared with the year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
MCU to Intel architecture conversion
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
This white paper gives an overview of the real-time nature of PLC applications and analyzes the interrupt architecture on platforms featuring the Intel Atom processor.
Saxony agrees to aid Abu Dhabi with technology
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The German state of Saxony has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority agreeing to set up opportunities to share and exchange knowledge and expertise in advanced technology R&D, in particular in microelectronics, according to the Advanced Technology Investment Co.
Startup proposes SOI JFETs for low power
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
SuVolta Inc., a startup formerly known as DSM Solutions Inc., has revealed some details of the company's plan to achieve low power IC operation through the use of complementary junction FET technology.
NETWORKING - Fairchild's USB technology meets now and future demands
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5/29/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild’s micro-USB switch (FSA9280A) and USB transceiver (FUSB2500) have been designed to serve the ever-evolving demands placed upon USB ports in today's market. In addition to being the universal interface for mobile applications, today's USB must handle file transfers, battery-charging, music, and factory programming.
Semis on longest quarterly growth streak since '04
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5/28/2010   Post a comment
Global semiconductor revenue increased by 2 percent in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of sequential growth, the longest such stretch since 2004, according to market research firm iSuppli.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - eTools Design Suite 8.1 boosts performance, cuts design time
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
New features and utilities in eTools 8.1 Design Suite from eASIC enable designers to reduce overall design time by up to 40 percent while increasing design performance by up to 30 percent compared to eTools 8.0.
Analyst sees chip market uptick over next decade
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
The global chip market will likely rise annually by about 8 to 10 percent on average over the next decade, due to the demands of environmental engineering on semiconductor technologies, according to an industry analyst.
Intel further retreats from discrete GPUs
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5/26/2010   13 comments
Intel has further retreated from plans to bring a high-performance stand-alone graphics processor to market, but will continue to develop its multi-core Larrabee architecture for the high-performance computing market, the company revealed in a blog posting.
TSMC to invest $5 million in Shanghai VC firm
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has said it will invest $5 million, or about NT$160 million, in a venture capital company based in Shanghai, according to a Focus Taiwan report.
Analysts: 450-mm will happen, eventually
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
The probability that the semiconductor industry will one day use 450-mm silicon wafers in manufacturing has increased significantly, though the chance of achieving volume production by the original target date of 2012 is remote, according to a new report by analysts at Semico Research.
Help Erach Desai's daughter
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Erach Desai, a longtime analyst in the EDA and semiconductor community, is facing his worst nightmare. His 16-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, has been diagnosed with stage IV osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. They could use a helping hand.
H.264 evaluation on choice of FPGAs
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Evaluation of H.264 video encoding has got easer via a solution that can run on either Altera or Xilinx FPGAs on commercial prototyping boards.
Aldec FPGA simulation added to Altium Designer
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Altium and Aldec have signed an OEM agreement that adds Aldec's FPGA simulation capabilities to Altium Designer.
Intel extends business plan competition
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
Hybrid-core computing speeds life science research
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
A hybrid-core computing architecture integrating computer architecture and compiler technology with commercial, off-the-shelf hardware – an Intel Xeon processor and Xilinx FPGAs –' is providing a speed boost for life sciences research.
Webinar to explain designing with Actel's SmartFusion
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Actel Corpo. is holding a live series of webinars to introduce SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs and the tool ecosystem for enabling design creation.
GlobalFoundries, ASML linked to UMC fund raising
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chip manufacturer United Microelectronics Corp. wants to involve a strategic partner in plans to raise capital according to local reports and market watchers have tipped GlobalFoundries as a candidate.
Debugging SuperSpeed USB software using virtual prototypes
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
This white paper describes how virtual prototype use models for hardware/software verification and the integration of the LeCroy analyzer software into Synopsys' DesignWare SuperSpeed USB verification environments help solve SuperSpeed USB IP development challenges.
India 3G auction nabs $15 billion, but no national carrier
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
India’s month-long 3G auctions attracted industry bids totaling $15 billion, almost 50 percent above the government’s expectations.
Tabula selects ColdFire for 32-bit architecture
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5/20/2010   1 comment
Programmable logic startup Tabula has selected the ColdFire embedded controller from IP vendor IPextreme as the 32-bit processor architecture of choice for Tabula's ABAX three-dimensional programmable logic devices, known by the company as 3PLDs.
Viewpoint: Buyer beware of semiconductor brokers
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5/19/2010   1 comment
Every customer should be aware of the risks associated with purchasing semiconductors from brokers or un-franchised distributors. Customers that routinely purchase product from even "reputable brokers" will ultimately pay the price of production delays, system field failures, or, if theyre lucky, the discovery up front that the parts are counterfeits.
Data capture and multiprocessing board uses Virtex-5 SX95T
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc., is using a Virtex-5 SX95T FPGA on the DSP464, the latest addition to its family of high performance ADC/DAC hardware solutions.
Boards show NXP CGV converter / Lattice ECP3 FPGA interoperability
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors is developing two boards designed to demonstrate the interoperability of its CGV JESD204A-compliant high speed data converter family with Lattice Semiconductor's ECP3 FPGA family.
Mixed-signal programmable ICs enable 1-chip motion control
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
Improving the performance of motor control has become a major priority for many design teams in industrial electronics, and the characteristics of Actel's SmartFusion chips will be a match to their needs.
Design challenges in DRL
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5/19/2010   1 comment
Dynamically Reconfigurable Logic (DRL) means different things to different people. Generally-speaking though, whenever people refer to 'DRL' they mean any semiconductor technology that can rapidly change the configuration of its circuitry on-the-fly.
ASIC prototyping using six Virtex-6 devices
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
The DNV6F6PCIe is a complete logic prototyping system that enables ASIC or IP designers to prototype logic and memory designs uses six Xilinx high I/O-count, 1759-pin, flip-chip BGA packages. The larger devices (LX550T, SX475T) have 840 I/Os and 36 high-speed serial GTXs. The smaller devices (SX315T, LX365T, LX240T) have 720 I/Os and 24 GTXs.
Analyst sees global chip sales decline in April
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for April is set to be $22.9 billion down slightly from $23.06 billion recorded for March, according to analysts at Carnegie Investment Bank AB.
Protecting FPGAs from power analysis
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5/18/2010   1 comment
This article introduces static power analysis and dynamic power analysis attacks, discusses how these vulnerabilities apply to FPGAs, and provides guidance about the types of countermeasures that can be implemented to protect FPGAs against these attacks.
Analyst: Xilinx at risk of double ordering
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx continues to face the risk of double ordering by customers due to growing lead times for some of its parts, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Actel releases ARINC 429 development kit
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Actel announced a new ARINC 429 development kit using Actel's Core429 IP core.
Wipro selects Lattice MachXO for server platfroms
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Design services provider Wipro Technologies selected Lattice Semiconductor's MachXO programmable logic device family for use in its new server platforms, Lattice announced.
Xilinx, Hitachi announce new LongBench platform for system-level verification
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
The Japanese subsidiary of the No. 1 ranked vendor of programmable logic, Xilinx, has collaborated with Hitachi Information & Communication Engineering on a new LongBench platform for system-level verification designed around Xilinx Virtex-6 LX760 FPGAs and other members of the Virtex-6 families, the companies announced.
Leipzig University students use Altium Designer
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Australian design tool provider Altium Ltd. said masters students at the Institute of Process Automation and Embedded Systems at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences for Technology, Economics and Culture are using Altium Designer as part of their “Embedded Systems” module to improve their skills in circuit design, analysis and testing.
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
Intersil aims to become $1 billion player
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5/14/2010   3 comments
Intersil has raised its second quarter outlook.
Silicon wafer shipments up
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5/14/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased.
Intel event: What the analysts said
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
Analysts weigh in on takeaways from Intel's analyst day, held earlier this week.
Philips replaces 60-W standard bulb with 12-W LED alternative
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5/13/2010   5 comments
At the Lightfar International tradeshow here, Royal Philips Electronics today unveiled its 12 watt EnduraLED light bulb it claims is the first LED replacement for a 60 watt incandescent light bulb.
Cadence to buy Denali for $315 million
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5/13/2010   4 comments
EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to buy memory model company Denali Software Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) for $315 million in cash. Denali is expected to have approximately $45 million in cash at closing.
Toyota Braking Problem Investigation
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5/13/2010   8 comments
A Toyota Prius owner investigates the "brake pause" problem and learns about road discontinuities
HTC sues Apple over phone, pad and pod
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
HTC Corp., maker of the so-called Google phone, took legal action against Apple Inc. on Wednesday (May 12), filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
A4 processor found inside next-gen Apple iPhone
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Apple Inc.'s next generation iPhone will use its new A4 applications processor and support video capture.
Enables ZigBee function integration in smart energy end devices
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
SyChip has introduced SyNode, a smart energy embedded module dubbed SN3020 that it claims is the smallest, lowest-power, fully compliant ZigBee module supporting Smart Energy and Home Automation profiles.
Freescale backs Liquavista for e-reader displays
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Electrowetting display provider Liquavista has said it is working with Freescale Semiconductor Inc., a supplier of microprocessors for e-readers.
NXP tops automotive infotainment chip ranking, says iSuppli
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Exposure to Chinese automobile makers helped Dutch chip vendor NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) take the top position in the global automotive infotainment semiconductor market in an economically difficult 2009, according to market research company iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
DuPont claims OLED record fit for TV apps
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
DuPont claims to have achieved record performance in printed organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays.
Design Rivers: Radical innovation
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5/12/2010   1 comment
A panel of design experts tackles the issue of radical innovation and how to balance innovation against market pressures.
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