Analog Profile: Jim Solomon News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment As part of the 'Analog Profiles' series in which we dig a little deeper into the backgrounds of the people shaping the analog sector, ADLE interviews Jim Solomon, Executive Chairman at Gemini Design Technology.
Viewpoint: EDA disconnected? Blog 11/25/2008 Post a comment As much as it is every business' prerogative to decide who they should partner with, it is quite disturbing to analyze the implication of the "eviction" action by Cadence Design Systems in removing member companies from its Connections partner program, writes Yatin Trivedi, senior director for strategic industry alliances at Magma Design Automation Inc.
Spansion warns on Q4 revenue News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment NOR flash memory specialist Spansion became the latest semiconductor supplier to issue a warning about revenue in the current quarter, saying it expects fourth quarter net sales to be down about 20 percent sequentially.
UMC validates high-k process at 45nm News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp. has validated its high-k metal gate process with a test SRAM design run at the 45 nm node, a step toward the company's goal of offering a high-k process at the 32 nm node in 2010.
Industrial-, automotive-grade Atom processor coming, says report Product News 11/25/2008 Post a comment The world's largest chip maker Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) is developing a variant of its Atom processor for use in harsh environments such as automotive applications, according to a Nikkei Electronics article. The industrial or automotive Atom, currently named Embedded Menlow XL, is due to ship to customers in 2009, the report said.
Zigbee-based demand-response systems reduce home energy usage Design How-To 11/25/2008 5 comments Households consume one-fifth of the nation's energy each year, with 60 percent of that consumption in the form of electricity. At the same time, utilities are struggling to manage the peak energy demand dilemma, where about 10 percent of electric generating capacity exists only to be used less than one percent of the time.
Multi-Voltage verification for power management Design How-To 11/25/2008 1 comment Power management techniques are a necessity in today's low-power designs, introducing voltage as a new architectural variable, often changed by a combination of software and hardware. This paper discusses the challenges faced in verification of a low-power chip, short comings of conventional verification techniques and how a structured verification solution has addressed those issues.
DiBcom enables free-to-air digital TV on LG phones Product News 11/25/2008 Post a comment As part of an ongoing collaboration with LG, mobile TV chip specialist DiBcom SA (Palaiseau, France) announced it has integrated its latest generation of mobile TV receiver so as to enable free-to-air digital TV broadcasts on LG's multimedia handset.
Swiss group buys Wilbrecht's LEDCO division News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Custom microswitches specialist Microprecision Electronics (Vouvry, Switzerland) has acquired , for an undisclosed sum, Wilbrecht Electronics Inc's LEDCO Division, which makes a wide range of precision, U.S.-made LED assemblies, metal foil resistors, microswitches and sealed position switches.
The thinking car sees a clear road ahead News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment In automotive driver assistance systems, currently one of the most dynamic developments in the electronics realm is under way: the latest achievements in CMOS sensors enable camera-based driver assistance systems to grow into new application segments. Assistance systems will become a hub for video, radar, and lidar data streams – effectively forming the brains of the cars.
Association tips 30 European startups News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment A two-day conference organized by the European Tech Tour Association and held in Montreux, Switzerland, provided a platform for 30 startups to present to an audience of venture capitalists, bankers and senior industry executives as well as to their peers at similar companies.
Losses widen at CML Microsystems News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Chip design group CML Microsystems plc (Maldon, England) held sales steady for the half year ended September 30 at £8.2 million, compared with £8.5 million for the corresponding period last year, and warned that tough conditions had forced it to start reducing operating costs.
Samsung shows 8 Gbit DRAM at ISSCC News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Samsung will describe 4 and 8 Gbit DRAM chips, and a team from Toshiba and SanDisk will detail a 64 Gbit NAND flash chip packing four bits per cell at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February.
ISSCC points to tomorrow's cellphone News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Chip designs to be described at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February will show a future for cellphones that pack 32 Gbits of flash, play high def video and range across networks from the oldest GSM to the latest 3G.
FTC asks Supreme Court to overturn Rambus decision News & Analysis 11/25/2008 2 comments The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an April decision by a lower court that found the FTC failed to demonstrate that actions by memory technology vendor Rambus harmed competition.
Nasdaq warns Cadence on compliance News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems has been notified by the Nasdaq stock market that the company is not in compliance with market rules for failing to file a 10-Q report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended Sept. 27.
ADI's profit jumps; plans to cut costs 10% News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Analog Devices reported a net income of $143.9 million for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Nov. 1, an increase of 4 percent over the prior quarter and an increase of 47 percent over the same period of 2007.
New keyboard improves typing skills... Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 11/24/2008 1 comment Maybe this new keyboard will help me learn to really type (I could be so much more productive if I wasn't using the "hunt-and-peck" approach).
PCI Express gears for backplane role News & Analysis 11/24/2008 Post a comment PLX Technology Inc. has defined a way to run Ethernet over its PCI Express switches, reducing cost and power by eliminating the need for Ethernet silicon in some backplane-based network and computer systems.
Analyst cuts estimates for 10 chip stocks News & Analysis 11/24/2008 Post a comment FBR Capital Markets cut revenue estimates and price targets on 10 semiconductor stocks, saying in a report, "Global semiconductor demand trends are deteriorating faster than we can cut estimates."
Cisco, IBM join subscription patent service News & Analysis 11/24/2008 Post a comment Startup RPX Corp. has signed up Cisco Systems and IBM as members for a novel subscription service for patent licenses that aims to act as a broad umbrella shielding members from patent infringement suits.
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.