The Inefficiency of C++, Fact or Fiction? Design How-To 6/30/2010 1 comment This article will attempt to sort out the facts from the fiction in this statement. By better understanding the underlying mechanisms of the language, a designer can avoid code bloat.
Freescale plans basestation-on-chip News & Analysis 6/29/2010 2 comments Freescale Semiconductor plans to best its embedded communications competitors not just by depending on raw computing speed for its processors but by reaching the higher integration levels needed to put a "basestation on a chip," according to Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager for networking and multimedia.
Samsung, TSMC hit by ITC complaint News & Analysis 6/28/2010 3 comments STC.UNM (STC)--the technology-transfer arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM)--said that it is charging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with alleged patent infringement.
CoorsTek buys ceramics unit for $245M News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment CoorsTek Inc., a manufacturer of ceramic and specialty material components, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the advanced ceramics business of Saint-Gobain for about $245 million.
Obducat CEO resigns amid losses News & Analysis 6/28/2010 1 comment Amid losses and order delays, Patrik Lundstrom has been named acting CEO of Obducat AB (Malmo, Sweden), a supplier of nano-imprint lithography tools.
Report: Firms buy stake in PSi News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI)and Narra Venture Capital II have acquired a 67 percent stake in PSi Technologies Inc. (PSi) of the Philippines for $30 million.
Which type of "analog" designer are you? Blog 6/28/2010 4 comments There are engineers doing circuits the analog way, because they absolutely want to, or because they are forced to, or somewhere in-between; judging how much analog makes sense means stepping back and making objective assessments
Atmel completes sale of fab in France News & Analysis 6/24/2010 Post a comment Germany's LFoundry GmbH, an analog and mixed-signal foundry, has completed its previously-announced acquisition of Atmel Corp.’s wafer fabrication operation in Rousset, France.
China's $25 billion to boost domestic production, says analyst News & Analysis 6/24/2010 2 comments LONDON — The Chinese government is preparing to spend $25 billion on wafer fabs to boost domestic chip manufacturing over the next five years, according to market research company The Information Network. This is set to boost the proportion of local demand met by domestic wafer fabs and diminish Chinese chip imports, the analysis firm said
What's in a name? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/24/2010 7 comments Xilinx has decided to rebrand its next generation FPGA families in a move driven by its future use of a unified and scalable architecture based on a 28nm high performance, low power manufacturing process.
AMD x86 cores at Hot Chips News & Analysis 6/24/2010 Post a comment AMD is expected to steal the limelight at the annual Hot Chips conference when it describes two new x86 cores that mark the first major architectural advance for the company in several years.
Freescale CEO: 'Connected intelligence' beating recession News & Analysis 6/22/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor revealed its vision of the future of semiconductor technology at the Freescale Technology Forum, where CEO Richard Beyer predicted that the recession will continue to fade by virtue of the commercial success of what he called "connected intelligence."
Sensors integrate ColdFire processor, MEMS accelerometer Product News 6/22/2010 1 comment Freescale Semiconductor new Xtrinsic family of smart MEMS sensors combine a 32-bit ColdFire microcontroller with on-chip algorithms for all the common operations like tap, touch, tilt and orientation, thereby streamlining designs and offloading the application processor, the company said.
SmartFusion tool eases power management design Product News 6/22/2010 Post a comment Actel Corp. has added a power management design kit for its SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs which includes a complete reference design with graphical configurator to enter power sequencing and trimming requirements.
ST chip measures power line current up to 70V Product News 6/22/2010 Post a comment ST's latest high-side current-sense amplifier simplifies the design of power management, monitoring and safety equipment by allowing direct and accurate measurement of current in power lines operating at up to 70V.
Trio forms 3-D chip alliance News & Analysis 6/21/2010 2 comments Elpida Memory Inc., Powertech Technology Inc. and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) have formed an alliance to speed up the development of three-dimensional (3-D) chips.
Delta-Sigma converters for audio output in an infotainment FPGA Design How-To 6/21/2010 Post a comment Field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) present an efficient and inexpensive alternative when it comes to implementing complete embedded systems along with important peripheral functions. The reconfigurable logic circuitry of an FPGA offers tremendous flexibility. A lesser known feature is that the outputs of a digital FPGA also permit various analogue applications.