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Bit-accurate C++ datatypes accelerate algorithmic simulation by 10-200x
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
Mentor has announced the immediate availability of arbitrary-bit-width algorithmic C datatypes based on ANSI C++.
ViASIC introduces 2-mask standard-metal structured ASIC fabric
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
ViASIC have introduced a new standard metal structured ASIC fabric intended for use in reconfigurable SOC designs.
Spartan recall could cost Xilinx $30 million, analyst says
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
An analyst said Xilinx' recent Spartan-3 recall is a material issue and could cost Xilinx $20 million to $30 million in revenue.
High density FPGA prototype for space-bound systems cuts design risk
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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
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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.
Tech Tutorial: Driver Assistance Systems, an introduction to Adaptive Cruise Control: Part 2
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
The second half of this series introducing Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) looks at hardware, software, and radar functionality--including handling multiple radar reflections and "ghosts."
Vcom calibrator chip for TFT-LCDs cuts production costs
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Speeding the production process, Intersil Corporation's ISL45041 is a programmable Vcom calibrator with 7-bit EEPROM and data bus interface for setting the backplane common voltage in TFT-LCDs during panel assembly and test.
USB 2.0 programmable chip accelerates music file download in handsets
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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
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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.
How to implement an open IP encryption flow
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
Synplicity are proposing an open IP encryption flow that will permit industry-wide interoperability, and that can be extended to cover a wide range of applications.
Actel CEO John East comments on the FPGA market metamorphosis
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
As FPGAs offer more capacity, performance, and capability along with increased integration and flexibility, these solutions provide a less painful route to design success.
Clock buffer devices feature programmable skew, termination
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
Lattice expanded its ispClock5300S family of in-system programmable, zero-delay, single-ended clock buffer devices with the production release of 8- and 4-output chips.
Tech Tutorial: Driver Assistance Systems, an introduction to Adaptive Cruise Control: Part 1
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
The first installment of this primer on Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) discusses "surround sensing" and a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar as the basis of an all-weather ACC system.
Rounding Algorithms 101 Redux
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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...
Emulation Extension Chip eases high-speed automotive embedded processor integration
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Debugging and calibrating are becoming more difficult as microcontroller clock speeds increase. An embedded emulation device provides designers true visibility inside highly integrated SoC microcontrollers.
Lattice offers IP portfolio for LatticeSC Extreme FPGAs
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Lattice Semiconductor announced the immediate availability of an intellectual property portfolio for the LatticeSC Extreme Performance FPGA family.
Altera's Stratix II FPGAs provide complete IP protection solution
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Altera claim that Stratix II devices are the industry's only high-density, high-performance FPGAs with a non-volatile design security feature.
Timely testing avoids cosmic ray damage to critical auto electronics
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor memory failures induced by cosmic radiation must be accounted for in auto electronics design. Reliability engineers need accurate estimates of radiation sensitivity for the commercial memory devices they use.
Lattice Semi raises guidance
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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?
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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.
Xilinx affirms revenue guidance, lowers margin expectation
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6/8/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx affirmed previously provided revenue guidance for the current quarter and slightly lowered its gross margin outlook for the period.
FPGA-based accelerators boost Opteron
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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.
Telematics personalize transportation for the iGeneration
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6/7/2006   Post a comment
The telematics market is still modest in size and maturity. Successes have been sporadic and widely distributed--not the optimal situation for an infrastructure that has to learn to react quickly to the growing demand for consumer and automotive convergence.
Almost everyone is on the FPGA bandwagon
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6/7/2006   Post a comment
A story on the EE Times site says that more than 80% of designers employ FPGAs.
Implementing PCI Express Designs using FPGAs
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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.
Firms claim first IEEE 1588 protocol solution for FPGAs
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6/5/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Altera has partnered with a German design and intellectual property provider to make available what they say is the industry's first triple-speed Ethernet medium access control IP core supporting the IEEE 1588 standard.
Altera FPGAs embed IEEE 1588-compatible Ethernet MAC IP core
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6/5/2006   Post a comment
Altera and MorethanIP have teamed up to offer what they claim is the first triple-speed Ethernet medium access control (MAC) IP core supporting the IEEE 1588 standard for precision clock synchronization.
April chip sales up year-to-year, flat sequentially
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6/1/2006   Post a comment
Global semiconductor sales were up 8.1 percent year-to-year in April, but down nominally from March, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.


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