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Avnet and Actel offer great SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGA workshops
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8/31/2010   6 comments
Avnet Memec and Actel are hosting a series of one-day workshop that provide hands-on experience working with Actel's SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs and design tools.
Trident fires opening salvo on frame rate conversion patents
News & Analysis  
8/31/2010   8 comments
Trident plans to pursue license agreements with select chip vendors for its motion estimation/motion compensation patents – essential to LCD displays and 3-D TV sets.
Sematech completes 3-D chip pilot line
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
Sematech announced the completion of its 300-mm, 3-D IC pilot line.
Using requirements planning in embedded systems design: Part 5 - Managing communications between tasks
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
In this six part tutorial, Keith Curtis takes you step by step through development of an embedded systems design requirements document for a seven digit electronic alarm clock. Part 5: Managing communications between tasks
Applied's flowable CVD: Another opinion
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
Applied called FCVD a ''game changer.'' Some analysts were not as impressed, however.
Analyst cuts forecast for AMD
News & Analysis  
8/30/2010   4 comments
An investment banking firm has lowered its estimates for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Graphite foam cools hi-intensity LEDs
News & Analysis  
8/30/2010   15 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher James Klett (shown) claims to have developed a graphite foam technology that can help cool LED light fixtures and extend their lifespan.
Report: EMS vendors face supply chain 'pileup'
News & Analysis  
8/30/2010   2 comments
Contract manufacturers are facing a challenging supply imbalance characterized by tight inventories of components and a glut of raw materials, according to a report by market research firm iSuppli.
Intel-Infineon deal: What analysts are saying
News & Analysis  
8/30/2010   8 comments
Here's what analysts said about the Intel-Infineon deal.
Top-of-rack 10GE switches to hit $500M
News & Analysis  
8/30/2010   3 comments
The market for 10 Gbit/second Ethernet switches geared for rack-mounted servers grew a whopping 300 percent in the last quarter, an indicator a major upgrade cycle is underway in business networks, said an analyst.
Chip sales stay strong amid slowdown signs
News & Analysis  
8/30/2010   3 comments
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for July was $25.24 billion, up 1.2 percent from June and up 37.0 percent from July 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
QNX tackles Freescale processors as platform for its software
News & Analysis  
8/30/2010   3 comments
QNX Software Systems has announced that its CAR Application Platform now supports Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX processors which are used widely in automotive environments.
Microsoft founder sues the industry
News & Analysis  
8/29/2010   17 comments
Interval Licensing LLC, which is backed by Paul Allen, has filed a complaint against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.
China researchers claim faster MRAM
News & Analysis  
8/27/2010   5 comments
MRAM speed can be boosted and power consumption cut by using a new electrical switching technique that requires much less energy to write bits, according to Chinese researchers.
Intel cuts sales target on weak PC sales
News & Analysis  
8/27/2010   7 comments
Intel lowered its sales target for the third quarter, saying the company now expects revenue to be between $10.8 billion and $11.2 billion, down from a previous estimate of $11.2 billion and $12 billion.
Light string has contradictory instructions
Blog  
8/27/2010   19 comments
What to do when a product's safety labeling contradicts the design itself
Magma hits guidance, beats analyst expectations
News & Analysis  
8/26/2010   2 comments
Magma Design Automation met or exceeded all financial guidance for the quarter ended Aug. 1, posting a net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of $3.3 million on revenue of $32.6 million.
The future of SoC verification: Is it enterprise computing?
Blog  
8/26/2010   4 comments
The next generation of verification tools may be less about simulation or formal analysis, and more about managing and merging data sets, scheduling resources and mining data sets. If that list sounds familiar, it could be because what we are really seeing is the gradual convergence of verification with enterprise computing.
Apple should build a fab
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8/26/2010   83 comments
With Apple and its key foundry partner, Samsung Electronics, on a collision course in several end-user markets, Apple should consider building its own fab to make the A4 chip for its iPad and iPad.
California proposal could jumpstart U.S. solar market
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8/26/2010   3 comments
Will solar finally take off in California--and the U.S.?
Silicon Labs, Quintic settle infringement suit
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8/26/2010   Post a comment
IC vendor Quintic has agreed to a patent licensing and royalty deal that provides the company with a limited license to Silicon Laboratories' international portfolio of FM radio patents under the terms of a patent infringement litigation settlement between the two companies, Silicon Labs said.
Analyst: IC business back on track in July
News & Analysis  
8/26/2010   6 comments
After a lull, the IC industry is back on track, at least according to one analyst.
Simplifying control in the RF front end
Blog  
8/26/2010   3 comments
Yesterday, the MIPI Alliance announced its new interface specification for RF front-end (RFFE) control. I contacted the MIPI Alliance, and Jori Arrakoski, Senior Architect at Nokia was kind enough to answer my questions.
Aaxeon MAX-510 Linux-ready ARM9 computer features ultra-low power
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8/26/2010   Post a comment
The new MAX-510 from Aaxeon Technologies is a Mini Linux-ready ARM9-based computing platform for embedded headless run-only applications.
Analyst: Samsung likely to pass Intel in ICs
News & Analysis  
8/26/2010   24 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics is on track to catch Intel in semiconductor revenue and will most likely become the No. 1 chip vendor by the middle of this decade, according to an industry analyst.
Lighting and System Design: Coming soon to a computer near you
Blog  
8/26/2010   2 comments
To help engineers catch up with the latest developments in lighting technologies and applications, Digi-Key and EE Times are presenting a virtual conference titled "Lighting and System Design" on Aug. 26.
Research improves silicon for quantum computing
Research  
8/26/2010   4 comments
A team of scientists from University College London (UCL) and the National High Magnetic Field Lab (NHMFL) in Florida has discovered a more efficient way to encode quantum information in silicon. The research is described in the journal Nature Materials and in a forthcoming article in Physical Review Letters.
Report: Russian chipmaker calls for 90-nm import ban
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8/26/2010   13 comments
Russian company Sistema and state nanotechnology venture Rusnano are calling for a ban on imports of 90-nm ICs for key applications as they get their own 90-nm production up and running, according to reports.
Graphene fabrication gets a boost
News & Analysis  
8/26/2010   2 comments
U.S. researchers claim supercomputer simulations found that electron radiation prevents crosstalk between monolayers of graphene during fabrication.
China's Godson vector, 28nm
News & Analysis  
8/25/2010   31 comments
A chief architect of China's microprocessor initiative described an ambitious set of new Godson CPUs including a server chip with vector processing and plans to leapfrog to a 28nm process for the next generation.
Ford steers electric car push in Portland
News & Analysis  
8/25/2010   13 comments
Ford Motor Co. and Portland General Electric announced a collaboration to help prepare the city of Portland.
Analyst: Street is too bearish on IC climate
News & Analysis  
8/25/2010   1 comment
Regarding the growing chip inventories and IC lull, one analyst drew a simple conclusion: Don't worry.
TI offers free Embedded CE 6.0 R3 BSPs for OMAP-L1x, Sitara AM1x devices
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8/25/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated offers free Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 board support packages (BSPs) for OMAP-L1x floating-point DSP+ARM9 processors, Sitara AM1x ARM9 microprocessor units (MPUs), and associated evaluation modules (EVMs).
Applied's flowable CVD: What analysts are saying
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8/25/2010   Post a comment
Applied called FCVD a ''game changer,'' but analysts were not as impressed.
Fob functionality goes beyond the car
Design How-To  
8/25/2010   10 comments
The latest in RFID and security technologies permit keys to serve as multi-function personal devices—even as credit cards.
VLSI raises IC, fab tool forecasts
News & Analysis  
8/25/2010   1 comment
Despite a lull in the market, VLSI Research Inc. has raised its chip and fab tool forecasts for 2010.
Capacitor lead times could remain stretched through 2010
News & Analysis  
8/25/2010   4 comments
Lead times for aluminum, ceramic and tantalum capacitors could remain abnormally long through the rest of the year, according to iSuppli.
ISuppli: Apple to dominate tablet market through 2012
News & Analysis  
8/25/2010   10 comments
Apple's iPad is set to continue dominating the tablet computer market through at least 2012, accounting for nearly two-thirds of tablet shipments that year, according to iSuppli.
Perpendicular MRAMs challenge flash
News & Analysis  
8/25/2010   10 comments
Spin currents used to switch MRAM states resulted in perpendicular recording in magnetic domains as small as 50 nanometers.
Semico's IC forecast index takes dip
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8/25/2010   Post a comment
In August, the Semico IPI Index experienced its first drop since December 2009.
Icahn increases stake in Mentor to 15%
News & Analysis  
8/24/2010   2 comments
Activist investor Carl Icahn has acquired an additional 8.24 million shares of Mentor Graphics, according to a regulatory filing.
Applied flows into flowable CVD
News & Analysis  
8/24/2010   2 comments
As expected, Applied Materials rolled out a new chemical vapor deposition technology, said to tackle the gap-fill challenges in advanced chip designs.
Chip market inventory growing, says iSuppli
News & Analysis  
8/24/2010   5 comments
Chip inventory expanded sequentially by 9 percent in the second quarter of 2010, according to a survey of 35 chip manufacturers, conducted by industry analysis firm iSuppli Corp.
Xelerated extends 100GE broadband reach
News & Analysis  
8/24/2010   1 comment
On the heels of extending its HX family of network processor units to accommodate 100 Gbit/s of Ethernet traffic Xelerated is now sampling its AX family of programmable Ethernet switches.
M'soft, IBM describe Xbox 360 250G chip
News & Analysis  
8/24/2010   3 comments
Automated design tools were the big hero behind the design of the 45nm integrated processor inside the latest Xbox 360 250G videogame console, based on a talk from Microsoft and IBM at Hot Chips.
Used fab equipment startup emerges
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8/24/2010   Post a comment
A group of executives from the ATE and other industries have formally announced a new used equipment and service company.
Renesas assigns patents to Acacia for licensing
News & Analysis  
8/24/2010   3 comments
Chip company Renesas Electronics Corp. has entered into a patent licensing agreement with Acacia Research Corp., a patent portfolio holder and licensor.
Android processor shines light on dark silicon
News & Analysis  
8/24/2010   14 comments
A prototype Android processor shows how an array of fine-grained, application-specific cores can relieve what one researcher called the growing problem of dark silicon lost to current leakage.
Hot Chips: Inside AMD's Bulldozer, Bobcat
News & Analysis  
8/24/2010   12 comments
A peak inside AMD's Bulldozer and Bobcat cores provides a glimpse at the competitive landscape in x86 processors in 2011 and beyond.
Freescale boosts its QorIQ comm processors
News & Analysis  
8/23/2010   1 comment
Freescale's line of QorIQ communications processors now includes its Data Path Acceleration Architecture.
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