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Actel rolls library of IP cores for SmartFusion
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Actel announced the availability of a broad portfolio of Actel IP cores available for its SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs.
Impulse C enhanced for Xilinx-based acceleration cards
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
DRC Computer and Impulse Accelerated Technologies announced that the Impulse C-to-FPGA tools have been integrated with the DRC Accelium coprocessor card, enabling software engineers to access hardware acceleration using C programming methods.
Lattice plans SRIO interoperability with Cavium's Octeon II
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor said it plans to interoperate between Cavium Networks' OCTEON II CN63XX processors and the LatticeECP3 FPGA family via a Serial Rapid IO specification 2.1 link.
True-shutdown circuit cuts current drain to zero
Product How-To  
5/12/2010   3 comments
Don't settle for almost-complete shutdown, when you can get a true shutdown when using this step-up DC/DC converter plus a clever circuit.
Reactions mixed to home mesh networking effort
News & Analysis  
5/12/2010   1 comment
Reactions to plans to create a mesh standard for home networks have been mixed as backers praise the effort as the future of whole home coverage, competitors from the Zigbee Alliance critique it as a late comer, those with who have worked on other wireless mesh standards indicate it won't be easy -- and some still haven't heard about it.
Nikon's fab tool biz down in '09
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Nikon Corp.'s fab tool business saw its net sales drop by 31.7 percent from the previous fiscal year to 150.1 billion yen ($1.6 billion).
TSMC approves $1.6 billion capex plan
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has approved a $1.647 billion capital spending program, including plans to build a new fab in central Taiwan.
First MEMS gyro smartphone to ship in June; it won't be the last
News & Analysis  
5/11/2010   4 comments
Next month's rollout of the first smartphone to pack a MEMS gyroscope is the industry's worst-kept secret. The vendor is a mystery, but the MEMS gyro's rapid adoption by the rest of the field is a certainty.
Foundry revenue to grow 40% in 2010, says iSuppli
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Pure-play foundry suppliers will see their collective revenues rise to $24.8 billion in 2010, a climb of 39.5 percent compared with the 2009 figure of $17.8 billion, according to market analysis firm iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
Welcome to the new EETimes Design site
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5/11/2010   1 comment
EE Times Design: Spot a trend, see the whole picture, start innovating
Wintegra tries again for an IPO
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Wintegra Inc. has filed for an initial public offering in the United States--again.
Marvell plans 40-nm ARM server processors
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5/10/2010   10 comments
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. aims to supply silicon for ARM-based servers with 40-nm multicore processors it will ship this year and is working with multiple partners including one that hopes to port a server version of Microsoft Windows to ARM.
DRAMs are hot, but NAND is not
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5/10/2010   2 comments
DRAMs are hot. NAND flash is not.
Introduction to High-Speed Digital Design Principles
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
This white paper discusses some of the major factors that need to be considered in designing an embedded product and the various high-speed digital design concepts that play a vital role in the functionality of the hardware/product as a whole.
Guide to Embedded Systems Architecture - Part 4: Application layer networking protocol examples
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Examples included in this final excerpt from the book "Embedded Systems Architecture: A Comprehensive Guide for Engineers and Programmers" demonstrate networking protocols - FTP, SMTP and HTTP - implemented in both general-purpose and market-specific applications.
IMEC forms 'more-than-CMOS' alliance with TSMC
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Luc van den Hove, president and chief executive officer of IMEC (Leuven, Belgium), has said the research institute has entered into a partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) to develop hybrid "more-than-Moore" process technologies and pass them on to the Taiwanese foundry.
Power Tip 23: Improve a power-supply's load-transient response--Part 1
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Transient response is a critical power-supply parameter; understand how the feedback loop's architecture affects it in an isolated supply.
TSMC reports strong April sales
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its unconsolidated April sales were approximately NT$32.68 billion (about $1.04 billion), an increase of 6.0 percent over March 2010 and an increase of 50.3 percent over April 2009.
UMC's sales sail forward in April
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales revenue for April down 1.7 percent on sales revenue for March. Sales were up 35 percent on what they were in the same month a year before.
GlobalFoundries hints at further expansion plans
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5/7/2010   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), already at the start of building a $5 billion wafer fab in New York, appears to be getting ready to announce further expansion plans to help it profit from strong demand for foundry manufacturing services.
Chip CEOs join European competitiveness committee
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5/7/2010   Post a comment
Leading CEOs have joined an attempt by the European Commission to improve European competitiveness in high technology industries that covers semiconductors, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics.
Analysis: 'Blowout' Q1 has chip analysts thinking bigger
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5/6/2010   1 comment
Three market research analysts revised upward their forecasts for the 2010 semiconductor market after crunching the better-than-expected numbers from the first quarter.
Analysis: 'Blowout' Q1 has chip analysts thinking bigger
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5/6/2010   1 comment
Three market research analysts revised upward their forecasts for the 2010 semiconductor market after crunching the better-than-expected numbers from the first quarter.
Penn raises chip market growth forecast to 31%
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
The strength of Q1 financial results has led Future Horizons to raise its 2010 annual growth forecast for the global chip industry to 31 percent, up from 22 percent.
Chip market headed for 30% growth year, says Cowan
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
Strong global chip sales in the first quarter of 2010, as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association, have led industry analyst Mike Cowan to predict 30.3 percent growth for the chip market in 2010.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - ISE Design Suite 12 reduces power up to 30%
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
ISE Design Suite 12 from Silinx reduces power up to 30%, and offers AXI4 support, partial reconfiguration, and lowered system cost.
Why the electronics industry needs 3-D technology
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
Why 3D extraction? It all comes down to the need to create, from the layout view, a more precise electrical circuit model, which when simulated gives the designer performance characteristics such as timing, power and noise, as well as other important parameters like gain, bandwidth and reliability.
Using a power grid optimizer to improve routing track utilization
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
SoC designs require a uniform power grid that can supply power and ground voltages to all the standard cells in the design with a robustness that has a direct impact on its performance.
Algorithmic delay and synchronization in MPEG audio codecs
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5/5/2010   Post a comment
This article shows the delays of the popular audio codecs and how they're derived, and offers a convenient reference for designs of time-critical systems having a delay budget.
Generalisimo Francisco Franco is still dead - and so is Vinyl
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/5/2010   1 comment
Music shipment data is out for 2009, and a graph of that data helps put the popularity of the various formats - i.e., digital downloads, CD and vinyl LP - into perspective.
The Need for Variable Precision DSP Architecture
Design How-To  
5/5/2010   1 comment
FPGAs with variable-precision DSP block architecture are the only programmable devices that can efficiently support many different precision levels including floating-point implementations. This DSP architecture enables the next-generation of high-precision and high-performance signal processing applications.
Microtronix offers scatter-gather DMA engine for Altera PCIe cores
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5/5/2010   Post a comment
Integrated video imaging and IP development solutions provider Microtronix Datacom this week rolled out a Lancero scatter-gather DMA Engine for PCI Express for Altera FPGA's incorporating PCI Express Hard IP cores.
Automotive rear seat entertainment system - Your mobile living room
Design How-To  
5/4/2010   1 comment
Here's a look at tomorrow's multiple in-car entertainment options and how they may be implemented, using STMicroelectronics' STi71xx as an example.
Leveraging FPGA in PCB system designs
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5/4/2010   Post a comment
FPGA devices create compelling business drivers generating a tidal wave of FPGA adoption for the implementation of system PCB designs.
IMEC appoints former TSMC boss to business role
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5/4/2010   Post a comment
Research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has appointed Kees den Otter, former president of TSMC Europe BV, to the position of vice president of emerging business.
Xilinx ISE 12 adds intelligent clock gating
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5/4/2010   2 comments
Xilinx introduced a new version of its ISE Design Suite to support its Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA families. According to the company, ISE 12 adds intelligent clock gating technology, advances in timing-driven design preservation, AMBA 4 AXI4-compliant IP support and easier-to-use partial reconfiguration capabilities.
March averaged chips sales set record, says SIA
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
At $23.06 billion, the three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for March set a record high, exceeded expectations and was up 4.6 percent from the equivalent figure in February and up 58.3 percent from March 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
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