Dresden is like Silicon Valley: hungry talent & excellent education
News & Analysis 8/27/2009 1 comment
How comes that the Dresden area is the most remarkable center for start-up activities in Germany? The answer is that in the town, all ingredients necessary such as excellent mathematical education and a generation of engineers with great ideas meet. The ignition spark, however, has been imported from the U.S. – in person of Gerhard Fettweis, professor at the Dresden Technical University. In the interview Fettweis explains what are the essentials for start-up friendly environments and which techn
Taray appoints Bernie Aronson to Board of Directors
Product News 8/27/2009 Post a comment
Taray, Inc., a supplier of electronic design automation for design of
FPGA-based systems, announced it has made a key addition to
its board of directors with the appointment of Bernie Aronson, an
industry veteran in semiconductors and electronic design automation.
Engineer seeks $60 million bonus from Atmel
News & Analysis 8/25/2009 3 comments
Dr. Andreas Paul Schueppen, a former employee of Atmel Germany GmbH, is preparing for his first day in court in a case filed against his former employer in which he is claiming he is owed 42 million euro (about $60 million) as an "inventor's bonus."
Silicon circuit board seeks to replace ASICs
News & Analysis 8/24/2009 Post a comment
You may be able to kiss that printed-circuit board good-bye soon, instead mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board that essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
C-to-FPGA compiler supports Virtex-6, Spartan-6
Product News 8/24/2009 Post a comment
The CoDeveloper C-to-FPGA compiler from Impulse Accelerated Technologies has been updated to support the latest devices and software from Xilinx, including the Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs and Version 11.2 of Xilinx ISE design suite, Impulse said.
How to fix the economy
News & Analysis 8/19/2009 1 comment
Also who built the pyramids? What did the Hubble telescope recently discover? Do you recall what websites looked like ten years ago? And so much more...
On awards and giant cupcakes
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 8/19/2009 Post a comment
In a world currently plagued by economic recession and conflict, it's inspiring to know that someone still has the tenacity, drive and baking skills to fulfill his or her dream of creating the world's largest cupcake.
TimingDesigner interfaces with Allegro PCB SI
Product News 8/18/2009 Post a comment
EMA Design Automation announced the availability of EMA TimingDesigner 9.2, which interfaces with the Cadence Allegro PCB signal integrity technology to provide what the company calls a complete SI and timing design environment.
Key ASIC buys Gateway Silicon
News & Analysis 8/18/2009 Post a comment
Malaysia's Key ASIC Berhad has signed a definitive agreement with the shareholders of Taiwan's Gateway Silicon Inc. (GSI) to acquire the company in a cash transaction.
IEEE helps spawn industry collaborations
News & Analysis 8/17/2009 Post a comment
A group of security companies have become the first to pilot the IEEE's Industry Connections program, an effort to extend the IEEE's umbrella of support it offers its standards efforts to broader groups of companies that want to set up collaborations quickly.
Practical low power CPLD design
Design How-To 8/12/2009 Post a comment
This article focuses on how seasoned experts use ultra-low-power complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) to wring out every last microwatt from the I/O subsystems of embedded designs.
Some *must-see* stuff!
News & Analysis 8/12/2009 Post a comment
Wearable feedbags, unreleased Pink Floyd material, wooden helicopter, 100 thinks your kids will never know, student receives PhD in texting, some unusual phobias, more...
6 steps for optimizing the IC supply chain
Design How-To 8/11/2009 Post a comment
Semiconductor downturns are invariably followed by upturns and so the next growth cycle will come even as we discuss macroeconomics and debate exact timing. What is more important is for companies to take stock and evaluate where they are on the supply chain journey, identify critical gaps and take corrective actions in time. Is your supply chain ready for the next industry growth cycle?
Cypress gains legal victory over Atmel unit
News & Analysis 8/11/2009 Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. said that the European Union's trademark registry, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), ruled against a firm now owned by Atmel Corp. in the touch-screen controller market.
Atmel sued by former counsel, French employees
News & Analysis 8/10/2009 Post a comment
Atmel disclosed its involvement in new litigations in a regulatory filing, including a suit filed against three former distributors and actions filed against the company by its former chief counsel and a group of former employees in France.
Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA User Guide Lite
Design How-To 8/6/2009 Post a comment
This paper gives potential users an easy-to-grasp idea of the device functions of Xilinx Spartan-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 Spartan-6 FPGA User Guides.
A 'whole new paradigm shift'
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 8/6/2009 Post a comment
During a visit to SiliconBlue, I heard that some customers are treating the company's FPGAs like ASICs, enlisting SiliconBlue to do the FPGA development work and stamping their own logos on the devices.
Altera extends temp range of Stratix III for military apps
Product News 8/5/2009 Post a comment
Altera announced it has extended the temperature range for selected members of its Stratix III FPGA family to support military applications operating in rugged environments as part of its enhanced commercial-off the shelf strategy to ensure military customers have access to the technology and economy of scale advantages provided by commercially available products.
Altera cutting 3% of workforce
News & Analysis 8/4/2009 Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Altera plans to eliminate 87 positions, or a little more than 3 percent of its total workforce, in a restructuring move to cut costs.
IC inventory levels seen as lean, competitive
News & Analysis 8/4/2009 Post a comment
A high percentage of semiconductor companies that reported on their second quarter trading performance are in a strong competitive position as demand begins to recover, according to market research group iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
Arteris offering peripheral interconnect IP
Product News 8/3/2009 Post a comment
Arteris, a provider of network-on-chip interconnect IP, announced the availability of a peripheral interconnect solution said to provide an efficient way to integrate peripheral components onto a system-on-chip.