Report: Broadcom acquires Israeli firm
News & Analysis 11/30/2010 1 comment
Broadcom last week acquired Israeli image processing vendor Sightic Vista for between $10 million and $20 million, according to the online, English-language version of Israeli business daily Globes.
Semtech rolls industry's first smart current sink LED backlighting platform
Product News 11/30/2010 Post a comment
Semtech Corp. has launched
industry’s first smart current sink LED backlighting platform with on-chip
digital lighting effects for high-end handheld displays. The new platform
incorporates Semtech’s smart Automatic Dropout Prevention
(ADP) technology for high-quality current sink
drivers that can replace boost converters and charge pumps in high-end
handhelds, while providing high-quality display backlighting.
VLSI cuts estimates for chip, tool markets
News & Analysis 11/30/2010 Post a comment
This year has been a "two for one deal," with both semiconductors and chip manufacturing equipment cramming two years of growth into one year, resulting in overcapacity and declining chip prices, according to market research firm VLSI Research.
Awesome! Two amazing books for free!
Blog 11/30/2010 14 comments
Did you see my reviews of the books uC/OS-III The Real-Time Kernel by Jean Labrosse and uC/TCP-IP by Christian Légaré? Well, I just heard how you can get FREE copies of both these works…
Big score for TriQuint GaN program
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 11/30/2010 4 comments
I just heard from TriQuint that they scored a $17.5M GaN manufacturing development contract form the US Air Force Research Laboratory.
AMS, NXP team up for RFID authentification
Product News 11/30/2010 6 comments
Analog chip company Austriamicrosystems AG and Dutch company NXP Semiconductors NV have announced that they have developed a reference design for product authentication in embedded consumer applications.
Built-in MEMS resonators beat quartz
News & Analysis 11/30/2010 6 comments
SiTime is offering world's first real-time clock resonator that can be wirebonded inside a semiconductor vendor's package thereby eliminating the need for external quartz crystals.
The 450-mm development dilemma
Blog 11/30/2010 3 comments
The semiconductor capital equipment industry has still not recouped $14 billion in investment in 300-mm wafer processing technology and is not prepared to develop 450-mm tools.
ESL, FPGAs, and configurability
Blog 11/29/2010 1 comment
Here’s a taxonomy for ESL and FPGAs that will hopefully prevent definitions from becoming as word- distorted and confused as they have become in so many other areas of EDA.
From RTL to GDSII in Just Six Weeks!
Blog 11/29/2010 37 comments
The amazing story of how one man single-handedly invented a new computing architecture, designed a multi-million-gate SoC, and went from RTL to GDSII tapeout in just six weeks.
austriamicrosystems AS1310 DC-DC converter
Product News 11/29/2010 2 comments
austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS1310, an ultra low quiescent current hysteretic step-up DC-DC converter optimized for light loads (60mA) and the highest efficiency – up to 92 %.
NIST aims quartz microbalance at nanotech
News & Analysis 11/29/2010 4 comments
Using a new twist on the traditional thermogravimetric analysis technique, the National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrated a new method for taking Nanoscale measurements of the purity of carbon-nanotubes, coated-nanoparticles and surface features on thin films.
Wireless for medical applications
Design How-To 11/29/2010 3 comments
Providing better healthcare, for more patients, at lower cost is an ongoing mission. It sounds simple, but as we’re all well aware, it’s a daunting task.
Diagnostic, patient monitoring, and therapy applications guide
Design How-To 11/29/2010 Post a comment
This whitepaper features technical information for various patient monitoring, diagnostic and therapeutic applications including digital stethoscopes, patient monitors, ECG, EEG, pulse oximetry, ventilation, CPAP, dialysis machines, infusion pumps, and AED.
CTO confirms IBM's PCM expectations
News & Analysis 11/29/2010 17 comments
Jai Menon, an IBM Fellow and chief technology officer with IBM's systems and technology group, has confirmed that IBM believes that phase-change memory (PCM), a non-volatile technology, could scale beyond where flash memory can go and could be of use in server computers in three to five years.
Rockchip, SMIC make 65-nm consumer SoC
News & Analysis 11/29/2010 6 comments
Fabless chip company Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co. Ltd. has started commercial production of a mixed-signal ARM9-based consumer processor using a 65-nm CMOS process from Chinese foundry SMIC.
Debug: More return for less clicks
Blog 11/29/2010 6 comments
The tremendous growth of the semiconductor industry over the past 40 years is in part attributed to advancements of the EDA industry that caters to chip design companies. Although most design steps have been automated, a significant aspect that still remains primitive is that of RTL debugging.
Move over RC: silicon timing has you beat
Design How-To 11/27/2010 Post a comment
Using an RC-circuit comes with a number of significant limitations. This, however, is about to change with the emergence of a new class of timing devices, based on silicon oscillator technology.
Establishing industry endurance standards for solid-state storage
Design How-To 11/27/2010 6 comments
While HDDs use standard methods for determining overall reliability ratings based on mean time between failure (MTBF) or annualized failure rates (AFR), SSDs are just now establishing a standardization process. Testing with a validated format is critical for any OEM provider of enterprise servers or client-based systems that will integrate SSDs.
Toshiba to source rare-earths from Mongolia
News & Analysis 11/26/2010 17 comments
Toshiba Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mongolia's MNFCC LLC agreeing to discussions on cooperation in the development of Mongolia's mineral resources, including uranium, rare earth and rare metals products.
Movea offers $1.99 'air mouse' for iPhone
News & Analysis 11/26/2010 19 comments
Motion sensing and gesture recognition company Movea SA has
announced its Air Mouse application for the iPhone4 is available for download from the App Store at a price of $1.99. The Air Mouse application enables iPhone4 users to turn their phone into a motion-operated remote control for home media and presentation uses.