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EASIC offers ASIC-in-a-Box design kits
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Fabless ASIC house eASIC this week announced two ASIC-in-a-Box design kits that the company said would improve access to ASIC design and reverse the trend of declining ASIC starts.
Mayan calendar predicts demise of Moore's Law
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2009   2 comments
Many have unsuccessfully predicted the end of Moore's Law. But what about predictions made before the law even existed?
ISuppli upgrades 2009 chip forecast again
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Market research firm iSuppli again upgraded its forecast for 2009 semiconductor sales, saying it now predicts a decline of 16.5 percent compared to 2008.
Analysis: European technology report hints at protectionism
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
A long-awaited strategy document from the European Commission on technology shows hints of a climate of increased protectionism within Europe, where the beleaguered technology-based industry has suffered more than its equivalents in many other regions.
Don't Let Metastability Cause Problems in Your FPGA-Based Design
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
This article describes metastability in FPGAs, explains why the phenomenon occurs, and discusses how it can cause design failures. It also explains how mean time between failures (MTBF) is calculated from design and device parameters, and presents techniques to improve system reliability with increased MTBF.
Avnet releases Spartan-6 kits
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Electronics distributor Avnet released a pair of new kits supporting Spartan-6 FPGAs from Xilinx.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
Forte acquires IP, datapath synthesis vendor
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has acquired Arithmatica, a U.K.-based supplier of IP and datapath synthesis. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Global semi sales seen falling in August
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Seasonally adjusted global sales of semiconductors in August are expected to show a fall from that achieved in the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
IC recovery, Canon's struggle and executive migration lead weekly story ranking
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 18, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Sept. 25. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Premier Farnell to offer EDA to get closer to engineers
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Component distributor Premier Farnell plc (Leeds, England) wants to become a vendor of PCB layout software, including a free-of-charge lightweight edition. This should allow the company to get closer to engineers and to be able to sell chips direct to them from the design tool as it is in use.
Actel releases firmware catalog
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Actel has released a new firmware catalog, a move billed by the company as a continuation of its commitment to enhancing the embedded processor development tool suite.
Best of FPGA "lite" user guides
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Over the past year and a half, Programmable Logic DesignLine has published several "lite" user guides detailing the use of products from Xilinx and Altera. These have proven very popular, so we've packaged them all together in one place, for your convenience.
Xilinx boosts sales target
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx raised its sales target for the September quarter, saying it now expects sales of approximately $413.8 million, up 10 percent from the previous quarter.
Altera announces volume shipments of first 40-nm FPGA
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Altera announced volume production of the company's 40-nm Stratix EP4SGX230 FPGAs.
Xilinx ISE Design Suite 11.3 supports Virtex-6 HXT FPGAs
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx announced design support for Virtex-6 HXT FPGAs with the 11.3 release of the company's ISE Design Suite software.
Otellini: Intel to ship more SoCs than PC CPUs -- someday
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will someday ship more system-on-chip devices than PC processors, said chief executive Paul Otellini whorolled out new software efforts to drive its Atom-based chips into handsets and other devices and.showed the company's first working 22nm SRAM devices, 364 Mbit chips with 2.9 billion transistors.
AT&T to unleash femtocell for 3G
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9/22/2009   1 comment
AT&T's long-awaited entry into the femtocells market is believed to rely on home basestations supplied by ip.access (Cambridge, England), powered by silicon from picoChip (Bath, England) and Cisco acting as systems integrator.
Four positive, negative signs for the IC recovery
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
The IC market is recovering. But will there be a sustained uptick or another dip, especially in the fourth quarter of 2009? At present, there are mixed signals in the market.
Observations from Day 0 at ESC Boston
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9/21/2009   1 comment
FPGAs vendors are distributers are collaborating far more than I imagined.
Synopsys offers StarRC Custom extraction tool
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. has extended its Galaxy implementation platform with the StarRC Custom parasitic extraction solution for analog mixed-signal and custom digital IC design.
Altera boosts 40-nm Stratix IV E FPGAs to 820K LEs
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Altera has kicked it up a notch in its high-end density line of 40-nm Stratix IV E FPGAs, boosting the number of logic elements (LEs) to an industry-leading 820K
Achronix offers 120-Gbit/s network board
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has shown of the suitability of its FPGAs for networking by releasing a 120-Gbit/s protocol converter built from an array of its 1.5-GHz SPD FPGAs.
Cypress looks to change the game with new PSoC product line and design software
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
With the announcement of two new families of programmable system on chip (PSoC) devices, along with a new development environment, Cypress is looking to change the way people do system design.
Design chiefs weigh in on SoC options
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
The ASIC versus FPGA debut took an interesting turn Wednesday (Sept. 16), as high-ranking executives from two design tool firms offered dueling keynote address on the virtues of and challenges facing FPGA-based and ASICs-based system-on-chip (SoCs) designs.
U.S. engineers at a disadvantage. Join the conversation
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9/15/2009   88 comments
Is the handwriting on the wall for U.S.-trained engineers?
Yet another FPGA startup
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/15/2009   1 comment
A recent EE Times article revealed yet another FPGA startup, NuPGA.
Beating the Design Change Blues
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor adds two new PSoCs, expanding potential uses to include automotive and industrial apps
Cypress expands PSoC's programmable and precision analog capabilities
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has just introduced two new architectural platforms to its popular PSoC programmable system-on-chip family.
Verifying next-generation system-on-chip designs
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
The first EETimes System on Chip Virtual Conference this week looked at next-generation SoC design, with a special session on verification, a topic that has stymied the best designers at a time of rapid time to market, multiple heterogeneous IP blocks and ever-more-complex designs. This series of features and courses will set the stage for that session, so use them to catch up and join in what is sure to be a fascinating discussion.
Altera boosts 40-nm Stratix IV E FPGA density range to 820K LEs
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
According to Altera, the Stratix IV EP4SE820 FPGA is the industry's highest density, highest performance and lowest power FPGA in its class.
Altera claims highest-density FPGA
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Altera said it increased the high-end density range of its 40-nm Stratix IV E FPGAs to 820,000 logic elements, making the device the highest-density FPGA on the market, according to the company.
Intel revamps organizational structure
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel has confirmed that Pat Gelsinger has left the company and also announced a raft of other senior management and organizational changes.
Cypress expands PSoC family for sophisticated applications
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. expands the family of its Programmable System-on-Chips (PSoCs) towards the high end. With the move, the company seeks to gain acceptance in power-hungry embedded applications such as industrial embedded controls, automotive in-cabin devices, digital entertainment and portable medical implementations.
Can anyone stop surging SoC cost? Join the conversation
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Engineering executives at chip vendors and electronic equipment makers are grappling with this question in the midst of a global economic downturn and as the ability to offer the best products at the most attractive prices becomes a major competitive weapon of choice for many in the industry.
Lattice Semi narrows Q3 guidance
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor lifted the low end of its revenue guidance for the third quarter, saying it now expects to report revenue of between $46.9 million and $48.3 million.
Viewpoint: Why programmability is now a game changer
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/10/2009   2 comments
The common wisdom these days says that the semiconductor industry is heading for the cliff. Some even say that we are like the cartoon character that went over the cliff and his legs are still moving, not realizing that there is no ground under him.
Lattice rolls reference designs, dev kits
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor this week announced the immediate availability of eight new reference designs, a $49 development kit for the ProcessorPM POWR605 power manager device and a $69 development kit for the ispMACH 4000ZE CPLD.
An event like no other
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
On Sept. 16, EE Times will present a virtual conference on designing next-generation SoCs that promises to explore the challenges faced by developers of both ASIC- and FPGA-based SoCs.
Startup pioneers carbon-based FPGAs
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9/9/2009   6 comments
Carbon-based memory architectures promise to revolutionize FPGA design, according to the founder of a chip startup.
Virtual conference pits ASIC vs. FPGA designers
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9/9/2009   1 comment
The FPGA-based SoC approach will sqaure off against the ASIC-based approach during our virtual conference on SoCs.
Control issues: How FPGAs can address MCUs' general-purpose I/O scaling wall
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
The general-purpose inputs and outputs ports available for a microcontroller are usually limited in number. FPGAs can be deployed to overcome this barrier by adding four 8-bit ports to any 8-bit microcontroller. This article describes how to deploy an 8051-based FPGA as an 8-bit microcontroller.
Capacity utilization expected to bounce back in Q3
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry fab capacity utilization is expected to rise sharply in the third and fourth quarters, reaching levels not seen since the third quarter of 2008, according to a forecast by market research firm IC Insights.
Altera raises Q3 sales target
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Altera increased its revenue guidance for the third quarter, saying it now expects to report sales of between $279.2 million and $287.6 million, which would be flat to up 3 percent from the second quarter.
GlobalFoundries to give UMC a run for its money
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Can GlobalFoundries Inc. overtake SMIC, TSMC and UMC in the foundry business?
PMC/XMC transceiver module suited for wideband radar countermeasures, MIL/COTS applications
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Pentek introduced a new data converter with two on-board Virtex-5 FPGAs from Xilinx Inc., billed as Pentek's highest-frequency PMC/XMC transceiver module.
Cypress : Touch controllers locate up to 10 fingers at once
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor introduces the the TMA300 family of fully-integrated TrueTouch touchscreen controllers, based on the PSoC programmable system-on-chip architecture.
Semiconductors on even keel at end of 2Q 2009
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9/3/2009   Post a comment
The latest Global Semiconductor Alliance report paints a somber economic picture for the semiconductor industry. GSA reported that most companies GSA interacts with plan to remain very conservative through the remainder of 2009.
Mentor Graphics offers IP platform for FPGA designs
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9/3/2009   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics has brought out Precise-IP platform as part of its Precision Synthesis product line. The platform includes vendor-independent configurable IP from Mentor Graphics and links to categorized third-party IP from leading vendors.
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