Bringing 32-bit performance to industrial and automotive applications Design How-To 11/7/2010 1 comment Many of today’s embedded industrial and automotive systems are built upon 8- or 16-bit microcontroller architectures. With the availability of new low-power 32-bit architectures, there is an opportunity to increase performance, improve accuracy, and achieve greater power efficiency in these applications.
How complex is your chip design? Blog 11/6/2010 Post a comment When planning new IC design projects, such as SoCs or complex analog or RF chips, R&D organizations that have a firm grasp on the complexity of implementing the design wield a powerful competitive advantage.
Having fun with programmable logic Blog 11/5/2010 1 comment You know how I often say ‘Have you done anything interesting recently with CPLDs or FPGAs or any other form of programmable logic? If so please tell me about it.’ Well someone did…
September, Q3 chip sales fall below par News & Analysis 11/5/2010 3 comments The market for semiconductor chips softened in the third quarter and fell behind the ten-year average historical averages according to an analysis of data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
HP pursues 'sensing-as-a-service' News & Analysis 11/5/2010 10 comments An HP business strategist outlined the company's championing of sensing-as-a-service, a play on software as a service, which bundles its wireless MEMS sensors with the data processing expertise to interpret the raw data feeds.
Next-gen power electronics spur energy efficiency Design How-To 11/5/2010 Post a comment Over the last 30 years, it is estimated power semiconductors have helped improve efficiency of cars by 40%. Now with government green-energy and CO2 reduction plans, the power semiconductor industry is expected to contribute further improvements in energy efficiency. Here are the options.
More chip makers top analyst estimates News & Analysis 11/4/2010 3 comments Chip makers Atmel, Microchip Technology, Skyworks Solutions and International Rectifier all reported sales for their most recently concluded quarters that exceeded consensus analyst expectations.
Gap analysis forges the links from requirements to verification Design How-To 11/4/2010 Post a comment In electronics development, requirements traceability often remains a low-priority, and manual methods are prone to error and omission. Consequently, when compliance to a specific standard is demanded, the time and effort required to construct a requirements traceability matrix (RTM) is huge. But the process can be easily automated.
VTI champions MEMS timing chips News & Analysis 11/4/2010 Post a comment VTI Technologies, the leader in combo micro-electro-mechanical system (MEM) chips, has entered the consumer market for gyroscopes and silicon-MEMS oscillators.
Eye movement controls gaming console News & Analysis 11/4/2010 11 comments A team of engineers inside National Instruments has unveiled the LabView source code to "EyeMario," which demonstrates how video gamers can use their eyes to control Nintendo gaming consoles.
Startup opens retina implant fab News & Analysis 11/4/2010 11 comments Retina Implant AG, a developer of electronic sub-retinal implants for the visually impaired, has opened a manufacturing plant to meet anticipated demand for its devices.
Quickpath IP bound for Achronix FPGAs News & Analysis 11/4/2010 4 comments Achronix will be including a hard Quickpath IP core in support of processor communications on forthcoming field programmable gate arrays enabled by Intel manufacturing.
Qualcomm, On Semi top expectations News & Analysis 11/3/2010 Post a comment Chip vendors Qualcomm and On Semiconductor reported quarterly earnings that beat consensus analysts' expectations, though On Semi's outlook for the current quarter came in below what analysts thought it would be.
Intel inside... China Blog 11/3/2010 2 comments Intel's first fab in China is not the company's first foray into the offshoring of manufacturing, but the No. 1 chip maker continues to invest heavily in U.S. fabs.
MEMC claims legal win over Soitec News & Analysis 11/3/2010 Post a comment MEMC Electronic Materials said it received a favorable ruling from a U.S. federal court on its litigation with Soitec that will enable MEMC to continue to produce and sell silicon-on-insulator wafers.
Is IBM serious about phase-change memory for servers? News & Analysis 11/3/2010 26 comments IBM is looking forward to improving its server computers within a few years through the use of phase-change memory, according to two separate reports that reference different senior executives with the company. This is despite review papers and discussion within a patent application that seems to acknowledge problems with the scaling of PCM.
Mentor and ARM link for memory test News & Analysis 11/3/2010 Post a comment Mentor Graphics Corp. is working with ARM to provide an automated memory test and repair solution for ARM embedded memories and processor cores. Interoperability has been established between Mentor Graphics Corp.’s Tessent memory test and repair solution and ARM’s family of cores and embedded memory IP.
Rice University: Making memory out of silicon oxide Design How-To 11/3/2010 5 comments I came across the authors' research on the ACS web site and contacted them to see if they were willing to write up their work for the Memory Designline. Happily, they agreed and have given us a glimpse into some of the research going on in resistance random access memory (ReRAM).
Intel to acquire Dresden LTE firm News & Analysis 11/3/2010 7 comments Infineon's wireless business unit, which is in the process of being acquired by Intel Corp., is taking over Blue Wonder Communications GmbH, a specialist in LTE communications.
BEEcube's BEE4-W speeds prototyping of military/aerospace comm designs Product News 11/3/2010 Post a comment The BEE4-W is BEEcube's latest generation FPGA Berkeley Emulation Engine (BEE) platform, specifically designed to address rapid system-level prototyping of wireless and digital communications designs. It is a commercial, stackable full speed multi-FPGA based prototyping platform, integrated with DAC/ADC modules for mixed signal and digital communications designs. With four (4) integrated ADC and DAC solutions, the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA based BEE4-W enables a wide range of high-performance, real-t