Analysts raise Xilinx estimates despite concerns News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Two Wall Street analysts raised their estimates for sales by programmable logic vendor Xilinx following the company's strong fiscal fourth quarter earnings report earlier this week. But some concerns persist about inventory builds, double ordering and constrained foundry capacity.
IAR correlates software with dev board power News & Analysis 4/30/2010 2 comments C/C++ compiler and software development tools supplier IAR Systems AB (Upsalla, Sweden) has announced a method whereby developers can correlate development board power consumption with the software running on ARM-based microcontrollers.
Synapse, Silicon Labs team on wireless mesh News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Snap, the operating systems for wireless sensor networks from Synapse Wireless Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) has been linked up with the Si1000 wireless microcontroller from Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Austin, Texas) to enable sub-GHz connectivity for smart meters, building automation and personal medical devices.
Atheros weaves mesh networking effort News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Atheros Communications is trying to rally interest in a standard for using mesh technology in home networks, an effort that would help the company merge and add value to its Wi-Fi and powerline chip products.
Firm raises chip forecast News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Market research firm Databeans Inc. current outlook for the chip industry for 2010 has been revised up to $277 billion, a 23 percent increase over 2009.
IDT aims CMOS at quartz/MEMS News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Integrated Device Technology announced its foray into CMOS oscillators which it claims replaces the need for quartz crystals without the need for MEMS.
Actel reports Q1 sales growth News & Analysis 4/29/2010 Post a comment Programmable logic supplier Actel said first quarter sales rose on both a sequential and year-to-year basis, and the company said it expects sales to increase further in the second quarter.
Exec: Reasons why new Renesas will succeed News & Analysis 4/29/2010 2 comments Completing a merger transaction between the former NEC Electronics Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp., the new combined entity--Renesas Electronics Corp.--commenced business operations on April 1.
X-Fab's sales jump in Q1 News & Analysis 4/29/2010 Post a comment The X-Fab Silicon Foundries Group posted sales of $79.1 million for the first quarter of 2010, up approximately 93 percent from a year ago and up abouty 19 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.
Ikanos' CEO resigns amid losses News & Analysis 4/29/2010 1 comment Amid a string of losses, Ikanos Communications Inc. said that effective immediately Michael Gulett has resigned as CEO and president and as a member of its board.
Integrating analog video interface IP into SoCs delivers superb image quality (Part II) Design How-To 4/29/2010 Post a comment This two-part series discusses the implementation of analog video interfaces that can be embedded into complex SoCs. Part two provides a detailed review of the analog video interface receiver, which is based on a video analog front-end. Key characteristics are covered, highlighting the special features embedded into the IP that allow it to recreate a high-quality image on the destination side.
Notes from ESC's great debate Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/29/2010 Post a comment One Embedded Systems Conference event that definitely lived up to its billing was the debate between Jim Turley and Clive "Max" Maxfield about embedded versus discrete processors. The event was, as advertised, both entertaining and informative.
ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion Blog 4/29/2010 Post a comment The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
Motor control gets attention, award at ESC News & Analysis 4/29/2010 Post a comment There is a lot of vendor interest related to motors and motion control at this year's Embedded Systems Conference. Equally impressive, motor vendor PCBMotor won in the "Editors' Choice" category at the ACE Awards event.
Xilinx again posts record quarterly sales News & Analysis 4/28/2010 3 comments Programmable logic vendor Xilinx posted a net income of $148.5 million on record revenue of $529 million for the quarter ended April 3, beating consensus analyst expectations. It was the second consecutive quarter in which Xilinx recorded record quarterly sales.
Gesture Designer lends hand for MEMs-based interface development News & Analysis 4/28/2010 Post a comment The Gesture Designer helps OEMs design gesture-based interfaces using Kionix's MEMS accelerometers, widening the potential range of motion-enabled functionality for consumer electronics. Kionix is pitching the software engine to developers of intuitive user interfaces and interactive games.
HP to buy Palm for $1.2B News & Analysis 4/28/2010 1 comment Hewlett Packard Co. said it will pay $1.2 billion for Palm Inc. in a move that will likely improve its position in the smartphone market while ending the saga of one of the pioneers in the segment.
ESC: Bioengineer calls for personal health devices Blog 4/28/2010 2 comments A growing set of nano-scale devices are emerging from the lab that someday will power handheld devices that can provide custom health care advice by marrying novel bioengineering components with existing computer and consumer technologies, said Luke P. Lee, professor of bioengineering at a talk at the Embedded Systems Conference.
The servers are coming, says ARM's CEO News & Analysis 4/28/2010 7 comments Servers based on ARM multicore processors should arrive in the next 12 months, according to Warren East, chief executive officer of processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
Samsung to ship MCP with phase-change News & Analysis 4/28/2010 5 comments Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. claims that it will ship the industry's first multi-chip package (MCP) with phase-change RAM (PRAM) for use in mobile handsets beginning later this quarter.
Silicon Labs buys MEMS firm News & Analysis 4/28/2010 Post a comment Silicon Laboratories Inc. has acquired Silicon Clocks Inc., a developer of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology, for an undisclosed price.
Cadence teams with Wind River, rolls verification platform News & Analysis 4/28/2010 Post a comment EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems announced a partnership with embedded software vendor Wind River Systems and introduced an integrated verification computing platform said to unify simulation, acceleration and emulation into a single verification environment.
Wireless sensor networks set to take off News & Analysis 4/28/2010 Post a comment After years' of promises and hype, the wireless sensor networking market is finally set to take off—at much lower levels than originally thought, according to panelists at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) here.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.