High density FPGA prototype for space-bound systems cuts design risk Product News 6/30/2006 Post a comment Aimed at space-bound systems, Actel's four million-gate RTAX4000S FPGA prototype enables designers to obtain the same architecture, density and timing properties, and packaging options offered by space flight-quality RTAX-S devices, without the added costs of MIL-STD 883 qualification and hermetically sealed packaging.
Updated: Xilinx issues Spartan-3 recall News & Analysis 6/28/2006 Post a comment Programmable logic supplier Xilinx has issued what appears to be a sizeable recall of Spartan-3, Spartan-3E and Spartan-3L FPGAs made between early September 2005 and late April of this year, according to a posting on the company's Web site.
USB 2.0 programmable chip accelerates music file download in handsets Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Cypress has developed what it claims is the world's first 1.8-V Hi-Speed USB 2.0 programmable microcontroller dubbed the MoBL-USB FX2LP18 that can enable cell phones to download music files in about two to three seconds compared with existing devices that take up to 30 to 40 seconds. And it can do this without compromising battery life.
Tool suite hits the market for 65-nm Virtex-5 FPGAs Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Xilinx's 8.2i Integrated Software Environment (ISE) tool suite supports its line of 65-nm Virtex-5 domain-optimized FPGAs. Leveraging the high-performance features of the Virtex-5 ExpressFabric technology, the ISE 8.2i design environment boosts performance by 30% compared with previous-generation FPGAs.
Rounding Algorithms 101 Redux Design How-To 6/22/2006 Post a comment An alternative introduction to a variety of rounding algorithms such as round-half-up, round-half-down, round-half-even, round-ceiling, round-floor...
Lattice Semi raises guidance News & Analysis 6/14/2006 Post a comment FPGA supplier Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has announced it expects second-quarter sales to grow 5 to 7 percent sequentially, as compared with previous guidance of 3 to 6 percent. In addition, the company expects other income of $4.0 million, up from previous guidance of $2.5 million.
Why reinvent the wheel? Blog 6/14/2006 Post a comment It's an exciting time to be a gadget geek. From cell phones to multimedia players and HDTVs, consumer electronics (CE) devices are performing a wider range of tasks than anyone ever thought possible — all while getting smaller and easier on the wallet. Yet, there's the challenge for CE device designers. When new generations of products are introduced as often as every quarter, CE designers require a product development strategy that is flexible, fast, and low on cost.
FPGA-based accelerators boost Opteron Product News 6/8/2006 Post a comment The first two companies to offer socket-compatible coprocessors for AMD64 Opteron processor sockets, DRC Computer Corp. and XtremeData Inc., are delivering programmable solutions that can accelerate time-critical algorithms.
Implementing PCI Express Designs using FPGAs Design How-To 6/7/2006 1 comment If you're a designer looking to save costs without affecting performance as the industry transitions from bus-based system interconnect architectures like PCI Express, this is a must-read in exploring how FPGAs offer a total cost of ownership advantage compared with ASICs or ASSPs.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.