Cypress LED controllers seek growth via lighting News & Analysis 6/25/2007 Post a comment As the semiconductor industry struggles with slower overall growth, companies like Cypress Semiconductor Corp. are looking outside the traditional design-engineering space for market expansion. It's a tricky proposition for methodologies and tools that still require an engineering degree to use.
OpenCores website, brand up for sale News & Analysis 6/25/2007 Post a comment OpenCores is looking for a strategic partner within the semiconductor and EDA industry to take over the OpenCores brand and website, according to an email from Damjan Lampret, a founder and long-time contributor to the OpenCores website.
Xilinx brings FlexRay to FPGA Product News 6/22/2007 Post a comment FPGA maker Xilinx has implemented FlexRay IP on its Spartan-3 Automotive FPGA family. The device interacts with the FlexRay middleware and protocol stack from Vector Informatik.
Asynch FPGA vendor in-sync with Mentor News & Analysis 6/20/2007 Post a comment Asynchronous FPGA startup Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced a technology partnership and OEM agreement with EDA company Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville, Ore.).
XMOS revealed as configurable fabric company Product News 6/18/2007 Post a comment XMOS Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company founded by academic computer scientist David May, has been revealed as a developer of a configurable hardware fabric which usually implies a programmable array of resources.
Actel offers 'Smart' FPGA design Product News 6/18/2007 Post a comment Actel Corp. is promising to bring FPGA design to a higher level of abstraction with SmartDesign, which generates synthesizable code from graphical block diagrams.
Massively parallel processors for DSP, part 1 Design How-To 6/18/2007 Post a comment In this two-part series, BDTI explains why you should consider massively parallel processors, and what to look for in these chips. Part 1 explains the inner workings of processors like IBM's Cell, Stretch's reconfigurable chip, and MathStar's FPOA.
ARC buys Tenison for simulation capability News & Analysis 6/15/2007 Post a comment ARC International plc (Elstree, England), known as a supplier of configurable processor cores and subsystems, has said it has acquired Tenison Technology EDA Ltd. (Cambridge, England) system-level EDA company for about $2 million in cash.
Data compression tutorial: Part 1 Design How-To 6/14/2007 Post a comment This three-part series explains how data compression algorithms work. Part one covers Huffman and run-length encoding, which are essential elements of most compression schemes.
Next billion PCs shipping soon News & Analysis 6/13/2007 Post a comment All the attention is on cell phones shipping a billion units annually, but the PC is also approaching a billion units " cumulatively over 27 years. Now the next billion are expected to ship within several years and mostly to emerging markets.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...