Forum planned on 40/100G Ethernet News & Analysis 6/30/2009 Post a comment The Ethernet Alliance will host a one-day forum in Silicon Valley on the changes coming with the 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the IEEE P802.3ba standard now in the works.
Jobs go but new processors coming at ARC Product News 6/30/2009 Post a comment ARC International (St Albans, England) is to lay off 35 employees and close several of its locations in a major restructuring that sees the licensor of multimedia IP cores reduced to 115 direct staff, excluding its Adaptive Chips joint venture in India. The company also revealed it is readying a new processing range that will be launched in November.
Analyst: Intel eyes cellphone apps processor market News & Analysis 6/25/2009 Post a comment Intel is coveting the $1.3 billion cellphone application processor market for its future versions of Atom, according to Will Strauss, president and principal analyst at Forward Concepts, in a soon-to-be-published report on the handsets and chip market.
Gigle powers ahead in Belkin adapters News & Analysis 6/25/2009 Post a comment Gigle Semiconductor (Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, Scotland) has revealed that its GGL541 home-networking chip drives the Gigabit Powerline Networking Adapters being launched by network router specialist Belkin.
XMOS fosters its first fabless client companies News & Analysis 6/24/2009 Post a comment James Foster, CEO of XMOS, has said the first partner company, enabled by the XMOS event-driven processor, is selling chips under its own brand and package labeling. Other XMOS client companies are moving to market rapidly, Foster said.
Companies demo 'mass market' femtocell platform News & Analysis 6/23/2009 Post a comment Femtocell pioneer Ubiquisys (Swindon, England) is demonstrating for the first time at this week at the Femtocells World Summit staged here in London its latest 3G basestation, which is based on the Aquilo baseband chipset from Percello (Ra’anana, Israel).
Marvell lifts sales target on improved demand News & Analysis 6/22/2009 Post a comment Citing broad improvement in demand within multiple end-markets, Marvell Technology Group increased its revenue target for its second fiscal quarter, saying it now expects sales to be between $600 million and $630 million.
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS Teardown 6/19/2009 Post a comment Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Broadcom again extends deadline on Emulex offer News & Analysis 6/19/2009 Post a comment Broadcom extended the deadline on its $964 million tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Emulex until July 1, saying that only about 2.3 million of the 82.6 million outstanding shares of Emulex had been tendered.
Watch Out: WAPI is back on the Wi-Fi agenda News & Analysis 6/19/2009 4 comments WAPI, the controversial Made-in-China wireless LAN security protocol that the government tried to force companies to adopt three years ago as a de facto standard, is being re-submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for consideration as a global standard.
Moore's Law repealed! But does it matter? Design How-To 6/18/2009 8 comments Looking at the real cost, performance and time-to-market requirements designers face, the repeal of Moore's Law, which appears to be in progress, may not even matter anymore, according to Gene Frantz, Principal Fellow at Texas Instruments and creator of "Gene's Law", a power-related corollary of Moore's.
Active cable IC startup supports HDMI 1.4 News & Analysis 6/18/2009 Post a comment Irish fabless chip startup RedMere Technology confirmed the availability of silicon to support new active cable designs for the high definition multimedia interface specification version 1.4 .
Movidia licenses SD IP from Arasan News & Analysis 6/17/2009 Post a comment Fabless chip group Movidia (Dublin, Ireland) , which focuses on mobile video processors optimized for capturing and editing audio and video clips by users on a mobile phone and other consumer electronics equipment, is licensing IP from cores specialist Arasan Chip Systems, Inc.(San Jose, Calif.) for its next generation SoC.
Beyond-IR: Remote Controls for Home Entertainment Design How-To 6/17/2009 3 comments The alternative to infrared remote control technologies is RF-based remote controls. RF-based remote controls overcome three major limitations of infrared technologies: line-of-sight and range; one-way communications; and high power consumption. Let's take a look at each of these limitations.
Competition heats up in smart-cards News & Analysis 6/17/2009 Post a comment Competition in the smart card market remains as fierce as ever for applications including SIM cards, ID, access, payment & banking cards, transportation and pay TV, according to market research group IMS (Wellingborough, England).
Trio set to demo femtocell interoperability News & Analysis 6/16/2009 Post a comment Three leading players in the emerging femtocells business, chip designer picoChip, mobile packet core router provider Starent Networks Corp., and Continuous Computing, have collaborated on what they suggest is the first demonstration of the latest 3GPP Iuh standard.
Imagination sparks up video codec line-up News & Analysis 6/15/2009 Post a comment Mulitmedia processor technology licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) will embed the Spark video decoder from Sorenson Media (San Diego, Calif.) in future versions of its Power VR VXD video decoder IP cores.
Video IC vendor Geo Semi is born News & Analysis 6/11/2009 Post a comment A new video semiconductor venture, Geo Semiconductor, was formed around the acquisition of business lines and IP from Silicon Optix, including the Realta and the Geo ICs.
Sun starts porting OpenSolaris to ARM chips News & Analysis 6/11/2009 Post a comment Sun Microsystems has started porting its OpenSolaris operating system on to ARM processor cores, targeting mobile, handheld and embedded applications, on the heels of being made available on Sparc processors targeting mainframes.
Replacing RS-232 with 802.11n wireless Design How-To 6/10/2009 3 comments The RS-232 serial interface is used extensively in industrial environments, but there is a lot to gain from the replacement of these cables with a wireless transport mechanism. In this article we consider how a wireless link based on 802.11n WLAN can be configured and deployed for this purpose.
ST-Ericsson targets China, U.S. for growth News & Analysis 6/9/2009 Post a comment ST-Ericsson is looking for growth in the U.S. and Chinese markets as a major contributor to sales in the near future, according to Alain Dutheil, chief executive of the recently established wireless chip group.
Group targets open source cloud computing News & Analysis 6/9/2009 Post a comment Executives from Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo are calling for developers to create an open source software standard for cloud computing and showed their efforts at the first annual Open Cirrus Summit.
Ember targets smart metering with ZigBee SoC Product News 6/8/2009 1 comment Targeting industrial rather than consumer applications, and specifically smart metering in the medium term, Ember Corporation (Boston, MA.) will start shipping in the third quarter of this year an SoC for ZigBee networking based on an ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
Gennum debuts PCI Express 3.0 cores News & Analysis 6/8/2009 Post a comment Seeking leadership in interconnect technology, Gennum Corp.'s Snowbush IP group announced it has completed silicon core designs of a controller and physical-layer device for PCI Express version 3.0 and signed up PLX Technology as a first customer.
A first look inside the Palm Pre Teardown 6/7/2009 Post a comment A new multi-touch display controller from Cypress Semiconductor is one of few surprises inside the modular design of the Palm Pre handset, according to a teardown by Portelligent.
HDMI attracts three challengers News & Analysis 6/6/2009 3 comments At least three companies are fielding new wired alternatives to the high definition multimedia interface, hoping to leapfrog the HDMI 1.4 specification to be released soon by providing more bandwidth, reach or networking capabilities.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 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 ...