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.
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.