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.
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.