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National Instruments touts FPGA capabilities for distributed I/O
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments announced new field-programmable gate array capabilities for the NI 9144 expansion chassis.
TI power management controls Xilinx FPGA eval kit
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx announced that Texas Instruments Fusion Digital Power controllers are being applied in Xilinx's Virtex-6 ML605 field programmable gate array (FPGA) evaluation kit.
Lattice offers evaluation platform for touch-screen LCD video
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor announces LCD-Pro, an advanced FPGA-based LCD video imaging and control solutions platform.
July averaged chip sales up 5.3% on previous month
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $18.15 billion in July, up 5.3 percent from $17.24 billion in June. July sales were down 18.2 percent from $22.19 billion in July 2008.
Dresden is like Silicon Valley: hungry talent & excellent education
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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
Altium sponsors the World Skills Competition 2009
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Altium Designer has been chosen as the electronics design solution for the WorldSkills Competition's electronics category.
Taray appoints Bernie Aronson to Board of Directors
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Most popular PLDL design articles from the first half of 2009
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
This article highlights the four most popular (among readers) design articles posted to Programmable Logic DesignLine in the first half of 2009.
How to fix the economy
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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
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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.
Image stabilizers: Utilizing DSP for more advanced, scalable stabilization algorithms
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8/19/2009   1 comment
How Human Monitoring's "Leonardo" image stabilization technology takes advantage of TI's DaVinci processor to bring high performance image stabilizing to mass-market cameras. A case study.
TimingDesigner interfaces with Allegro PCB SI
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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.
TI unveils multi-channel video decoders
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8/18/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduced three multi-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders that promise superior picture quality.
Key ASIC buys Gateway Silicon
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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.
Study: Outsourced IC design growth slowed in '08
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8/17/2009   Post a comment
This year will be a make or break year for chip design service providers after the global recession slowed the growth of outsourced chip design starts in 2008, according to a survey by market research firm Gartner.
IEEE helps spawn industry collaborations
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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.
Obama administration will review U.S. export controls
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8/14/2009   Post a comment
The Obama administration has launched a review of U.S. export controls, signaling that it is considering easing restrictions on the export of widely available technologies.
XMC-270 video frame grabber uses Virtex-5
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8/13/2009   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing introduced the XMC-270, a rugged, high-resolution frame grabber and video capture XMC card.
Practical low power CPLD design
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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!
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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...
Atmel : Custom defined SoC has the density of cell-based ASICs
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8/12/2009   Post a comment
Atmel announces a custom architecture for 90-nm SiliconCity ASIC development, providing up to 350K gates/mm2 and offering users gate densities in the range of a standard cell ASIC.
Altera opens joint laboratory/training center at Peking University
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8/11/2009   Post a comment
Altera announced the 66th joint lab and training center it has opened with with a university in China.
6 steps for optimizing the IC supply chain
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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
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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
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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.
Solving our culture crisis will take more than a shot of innovation
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8/10/2009   Post a comment
The chiefs of EDA's "big three" held a panel session on the future of their industry at the recent Design Automation Conference in San Francisco.
Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA User Guide Lite
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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'
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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.
Dreaming architecture is absolutely incredible
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8/5/2009   Post a comment
The age of wonder; bad hair days; cringe-inducing Facebook postings from moms and dads, singing and dancing in the streets; and so much more...
Pull up a chair, Peter Alfke
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8/5/2009   6 comments
One of Xilinx's greats is set to retire...
Altera extends temp range of Stratix III for military apps
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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
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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
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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.).
Libero IDE v8.6 features design debug and upgraded power analysis
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8/4/2009   Post a comment
Actel Corporation has released a new version of Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE), v8.6. The new version offers designers several new features, including upgraded power analysis using the SmartPower tool and post-layout probe insertion for device debug.
Actel touts power design, analysis features of latest Libero IDE
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8/4/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Actel announced the latest release of its Libero integrated design environment, including new features such as upgraded power analysis using the SmartPower tool and post-layout probe insertion for device debug.
Altera releases CPRI v4.1 IP core
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8/3/2009   Post a comment
Altera announced the availability of its Common Public Radio Interface v4.1 intellectual property core.
Lattice releases new version of CPLD design suite
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8/3/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Lattice Semiconductor rolled out a new version of its free ispLEVER Classic design tool suite, including updated support for Lattice's complex programmable logic devices.
NI LabVIEW 2009 targets emerging applications
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8/3/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments has announced LabVIEW 2009, the latest version of the graphical system design software platform for control, test and embedded system development.
Samplify rolls signal compression algorithm
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8/3/2009   Post a comment
Mixed-singal IC vendor Samplify Systems introduced Prism 3.0, a real-time signal compression algorithm for implementation on popular FPGA platforms and Samplify's intelligent data converters.
Arteris offering peripheral interconnect IP
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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.
Lattice releases Version 1.3 of ispLEVER Classic
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8/3/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor has released Version 1.3 of its ispLEVER Classic design tool suite.


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