India spawns homegrown IC design houses News & Analysis 1/28/1999 Post a comment Though most Indian chip designers work for large, multinational companies, there's been a marked swelling in the ranks of domestic startups doing silicon and intellectual-property (IP) design on a global scale. Those companies enjoy the same advantages of the multinationals notably an abundance of local engineering talent, available at low cost. But they also endure such challenges as high EDA-tool costs and the attrition of trained engineers to the United States.
New IEEE standard promises IP protection News & Analysis 1/27/1999 Post a comment Marking a major milestone for the EDA and silicon intellectual property (IP) communities, the Open Model Interface (OMI) a language-neutral interface between models and simulation tools has been accepted as the IEEE 1499 standard. OMI could greatly facilitate the exchange and protection of IP, but questions remain about its ability to handle complex data types.
UMC readies 0.18-micron capacity, cores News & Analysis 1/25/1999 Post a comment Foundry UMC Group said it is ramping 0.18-micron (drawn) process capacity now for foundry-service customers, and will be at 12,000 wafers per month by the middle of this year. UMC also is in the process of validating 0.18-micron cores at the physical level from many of the leading commercial intellectual-property (IP) vendors, and is expanding a "free IP" program to support customers that want to use cores from major IP vendors.
Quicksilver tackles reconfigurable software radios News & Analysis 1/25/1999 Post a comment A startup is moving reconfigurable computing up a notch by initially focusing its novel implementation techniques on software-defined radios for third-generation digital cellular phones. Formed by executives from Xilinx Inc.'s reconfigurable-computing program, QuickSilver Technology Inc. hopes to use a reconfigurable architecture to hit a target many DSP and RF vendors have been gunning for: a single baseband controller for a cell-phone handset that could cover a fragmented market of cellular ai
DVD processor meets audio/video specs News & Analysis 1/25/1999 Post a comment Our design objective was to build a high-performance digital video disk (DVD) player solution with uncompromised audio/video quality at a low cost. In addition, the architecture needed to be flexible and performance-scalable enough to be able to migrate to next-generation process technology.
MPEG-4 systems need specialized CPUs News & Analysis 1/25/1999 Post a comment It is clear that the next generation of multimedia systems in digital television and networked multimedia will require a new type of embedded multimedia hardware architecture, to be used as a coprocessor in desktop applications or as the main processor in others. Driving this trend is the new MPEG-4 standard for interactive networked multimedia.
Acorn renamed, refocused as Element 14 News & Analysis 1/14/1999 Post a comment Acorn Computers Ltd. has changed its name to Element 14 Ltd. as part of its conversion from a computer designer and manufacturer to a developer of software and silicon intellectual property (IP).
Feedforward error control tuned for CATV News & Analysis 1/11/1999 Post a comment The most demanding application in the field of AM fiber-optic transmission is for analog cable TV signal transport. System requirements and economics have forced the technical community to develop fiber-optic transmitters with low noise and extremely good large-signal characteristics. Linearity has become the focus of much work for both 1,310-nm and 1,550-nm applications.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.