ESL/HLS buzz at DAC Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/30/2009 1 comment The buzz over electronic-system level design and high-level synthesis seems to have reached a new level at this year's Design Automation Conference.
NI expands FlexRIO line Product News 7/30/2009 Post a comment National Instruments announced the expansion of its NI FlexRIO product line with multiple forthcoming adapter modules, said to provide engineers with application-specific I/O for RF, digital, time-domain and vision inspection systems.
Sizing up the contenders News & Analysis 7/27/2009 Post a comment Executives at this Santa Clara, Calif., company bristle at its being called a startup, insisting that the product Abound Logic (formerly M2000) offers today is based on technology that has been around since 1993.
FPGA startups stare down giants and ghosts News & Analysis 7/27/2009 4 comments Cswitch Corp. made waves and headlines in 2006 when it unveiled a novel configurable array architecture said to be capable of narrowing the performance and density gaps between field-programmable gate arrays and application-specific ICs.
Lattice cutting 8% of workforce News & Analysis 7/24/2009 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor plans to cut its workforce by 8 percent to reduce costs after posting sequential improvements in sales and net loss for the quarter ended July 4, the company said.
FPGA nuggets from 2009 Embedded Market Study Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/23/2009 1 comment There was some interesting data about FPGA to emerge from Embedded Systems Design magazine's 2009 Embedded Market Study, presented a couple of months back on TechOnline.
Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA User Guide Lite Design How-To 7/22/2009 2 comments This paper gives potential users an easy-to-grasp idea of the device functions of Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs. It describes the functionality of these devices in far more detail than in the data sheet--but avoids the minute implementation details covered in the various Virtex-6 FPGA user guides.
Report attacks post-grant patent review News & Analysis 7/20/2009 Post a comment A new post-grant review process proposed in a patent reform bill before Congress would add to the delays and costs getting patents, according to an analysis by a professor at Case Western Reserve.
ISuppli: IC inventories down to appropriate levels News & Analysis 7/20/2009 Post a comment Global semiconductor inventories have declined to appropriate levels following four consecutive quarters of reductions, clearing the way for stockpile rebuilding and higher sales in the second half of the year, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Cypress beats Q2 expectations News & Analysis 7/16/2009 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor said second quarter revenue increased 12 percent sequentially, while President and CEO T.J. Rodgers said company management is "cautiously optimistic" on the pace of the chip industry recovery.
Ten more free books! News & Analysis 7/15/2009 Post a comment Would you like a free copy of my "FPGAs: Instant Access" book to peruse, ponder, and post a review on Amazon?
Actel names CFO The Engineering Life--Around the Web 7/15/2009 Post a comment Former Kulicke & Soffa executive Maurice Carson will join Actel company as executive vice president and chief financial officer effective Aug. 17.
Deinterlacing with FPGA for HDTVs Design How-To 7/15/2009 2 comments Interlaced video is a succession of 50 or 60 fields per second, where each field carries only half of the rows that are displayed in each frame of video. This article explores different deinterlacing techniques and examines how FPGAs are increasingly being used for complex deinterlacing functions required for HDTVS.
Actel begins shipping development kit for Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs Product News 7/13/2009 Post a comment Actel Corporation (Mountain View, California, USA) has begun shipping the Fusion Advanced Development Kit, which features Actel Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs and enables the development of system and power management applications in a single board with multiple on-board voltage regulators, an array of indicator LEDs, and an OLED display to provide direct feedback on flag status, system messages, and voltage, temperature, or current readings.
FPGA startups stare down giants and ghosts News & Analysis 7/13/2009 Post a comment Cswitch Corp. made waves and headlines in 2006 when it unveiled a novel configurable array architecture said to be capable of narrowing the performance and density gaps between field-programmable gate arrays and application-specific ICs.
All sorts of cool 'stuff' Design How-To 7/8/2009 Post a comment A laptop without a keyboard, shrinking sheep, depressant drug for the annoyingly cheerful, an interesting query with regard to Gray codes, more...
A systematic method to generate Gray code sequences Design How-To 7/8/2009 12 comments This paper, written by an associate professor at the University of Arizona, was written in response to a series of Gray code counter articles and questions published here in 2007. The work describes a systematic method to constructing gray code sequences for counting up to any given even number.
UMC denies 65-nm yield issues News & Analysis 7/7/2009 Post a comment UMC denied a report that it experienced yield problems at 65-nm and said some isolated problems in meeting customer requirements were the result of tight capacity due to customer rush orders.
Analyst ups 2009 chip sales forecast again News & Analysis 7/7/2009 Post a comment Semiconductor market statistician Mike Cowan has revised his 2009 semiconductor annual market estimate upwards in the light of most recent data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. Cowan now predicts 2009 global semiconductor sales will be $196.2 billion, up by 1.9 percent from the previous month's forecast estimate of $192.5 billion.
Equity firm again ups ante for MathStar News & Analysis 7/7/2009 Post a comment A Chicago private equity firm has once again increased the value of a tender offer to acquire the outstanding shares of MathStar, the programmable logic vendor that ceased operations last year after failing to find a buyer.
CSwitch shutdown confirmed Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/3/2009 Post a comment CSwitch President and CEO Doug Laird confirmed that the company halted operations in the last few weeks in an effort to conserve cash as it entered negotiations with potential buyers.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 21 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...