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India spawns homegrown IC design houses
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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.
ARC awaits steep increase in unit royalties
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1/28/1999   Post a comment
ARC Cores Ltd., which licenses the ARC 32-bit RISC processor to ASIC designers, expects its sales will triple in 1999 as it starts to collect unit royalties from licensees.
New IEEE standard promises IP protection
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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
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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.
TeraGen architecture primes single engine for multiple instruction sets
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1/25/1999   Post a comment
Startup TeraGen Corp. today will disclose plans to upend the traditional microcontroller world with a novel architecture that can execute multiple instruction sets concurrently on a single processing engine.
Quicksilver tackles reconfigurable software radios
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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
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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
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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.
Camera DSPs require flexible design
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1/19/1999   Post a comment
Acorn renamed, refocused as Element 14
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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
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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.


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