Don't Let Metastability Cause Problems in Your FPGA-Based Design Design How-To 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.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules? News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Premier Farnell to offer EDA to get closer to engineers News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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.
Otellini: Intel to ship more SoCs than PC CPUs -- someday News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Achronix offers 120-Gbit/s network board Product News 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.
Design chiefs weigh in on SoC options News & Analysis 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.
Verifying next-generation system-on-chip designs Design How-To 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 claims highest-density FPGA Product News 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.
Cypress expands PSoC family for sophisticated applications Product News 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 Blog 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 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.
Altera raises Q3 sales target News & Analysis 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.
Semiconductors on even keel at end of 2Q 2009 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 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 ...