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.
Foundry revenue to grow 40% in 2010, says iSuppli News & Analysis 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.).
Marvell plans 40-nm ARM server processors News & Analysis 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.
Introduction to High-Speed Digital Design Principles Design How-To 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.
IMEC forms 'more-than-CMOS' alliance with TSMC News & Analysis 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.
TSMC reports strong April sales News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Why the electronics industry needs 3-D technology Blog 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.
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.
Xilinx ISE 12 adds intelligent clock gating Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 16 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...