KMG buys chemicals unit News & Analysis 2/26/2010 Post a comment KMG Chemicals Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of the electronic chemicals business of General Chemical Performance Products LLC for $25.5 million in cash.
Formal verification set to play significant role in upcoming recovery Blog 2/26/2010 Post a comment As the recovery takes off, Jasper Design Automation said it is excited by the expanding role formal verification technology will play as IC design sizes continue to grow while market windows shrink. One of the facilitators of this paradigm is IP design and reuse, because now virtually all design starts are SoCs that could never be completed without internal and/or third-party IP.
Direct-write litho still facing uphill climb News & Analysis 2/26/2010 2 comments Multiple development efforts focused on e-beam direct-write lithography have reported progress this week at the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference. But, at least according to one prominent lithography researcher, production tools are still a minimum of five years away.
High-power, flat LED modules Product News 2/26/2010 Post a comment The MiniZeni series from Sharp radiates high efficiency, deliver high color rendering index (CRI) values of up to 87 and boast a long service life whilst measuring only 15x12x1.6mm
U.S. offers $50M for research buildings News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment The U.S. Commerce Dept.'s National Institute of Standards and Technology announced a competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at universities and nonprofit organizations.
Researchers say eye strain a concern as 3-D TVs debut News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Experts in human perception are expressing concerns stereo 3-D TVs now hitting the market could cause eye strain and related health problems, a sensitive topic industry groups are actively discussing, but in their rush to get systems out the door vendors have yet to fund any major studies of the issues.
Senator: Committee struck deal on patent reform News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment A U.S. Senator leading the charge for patent reform suggested a Senate committee has struck a rough compromise keeping a draft bill alive by balancing calls for lowering damages in patent infringement suits with calls for improving the quality of patents.
Morgan Technical Ceramics aims to pioneer energy harvesting research News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Ceramic components manufacturer, Morgan Technical Ceramics, (Stourport, UK) is undertaking a Shorter Knowledge Transfer Partnership (sKTP) project with Glyndwr University (Wrexham, Wales) which will last 26 weeks, is to design and build an energy harvesting demonstration system that will provide a renewable source of energy.
ST beefs up SPEAr MPU line Product News 2/25/2010 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has added four new devices to its SPEAr microprocessor family, targeting embedded-control applications across market segments from computer peripherals and communication to industrial automation.
TowerJazz posts loss, sales up News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Foundry vendor TowerJazz Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) said fourth quarter 2009 revenue was $100.6 million, representing a 26 percent increase over third quarter 2009 revenue of $79.6 million and 30 percent over fourth quarter 2008 revenue of $77.5 million.
SiPort names new CEO News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment SiPort Inc., a supplier of integrated circuit platform solutions for digital terrestrial broadcast receivers, announced the appointment of David Rolston as chief executive.
MSC Vertriebs offers lowest power SERDES capable FPGA Product News 2/25/2010 Post a comment MSC Vertriebs GmbH is offering the Lattice ECP3 family which defines a new mid-range, value-based class of FPGAs, not only by further reducing costs, but also by reducing total power consumption by more than 50 percent for typical designs, compared to competitive SERDES-capable FPGAs.
Magma provides EDA for Western China News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Chengdu ICC (CDICC), a government-funded organization that promotes integrated circuit (IC) design in Chengdu, China, has opened an IC design center in cooperation with EDA software vendor Magma Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.).
PRODUCT HOW TO: Improving switch maintenance in PXI with BIRST News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Switching systems are a key part of any test system, they allow users to connect the test equipment to the unit under test in different ways. Users consider the switching system to be perhaps one of the most likely parts of the system to fail, this article explores the reasons for concern and a way that one manufacturer has found to diagnose these problems.
NXP, IBM praise Dutch road-pricing trial News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment A road pricing trial conducted in the Netherlands by NXP and IBM working on behalf of the Dutch government has been proclaimed a success in that it reduced traffic congestion and decreased kilometers driven and carbon dioxide emissions.
Coax antenna connector system Product News 2/25/2010 Post a comment Yamaichi Electronics unveils a new high frequency connector, the HF201 series consists of a one or two-pin plug connector and an insulating body on the cable side
EUV metrology R&D doesn't add up News & Analysis 2/24/2010 1 comment The numbers for the development of future EUV mask and metrology tools do not add up, according to experts at the SPIE Advanced Lithography event here.
Dodging Amdahl's Law with message passing, FPGA-based, parallel processing Design How-To 2/24/2010 3 comments Most design teams agree that the basic plumbing of memory management can be the real bottleneck in heterogeneous processing. Today the only real solution is the microprocessor and co-processors sharing memory on the node, and then interconnecting many nodes with a GigE, Infiniband, or a custom interconnect configuring the nodes in a distributed memory layout.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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