Doing Moore with less Blog 5/27/2010 Post a comment For years, Numetrics has helped leading semiconductor R&D groups improve their development productivity. Today, it is launching a free trial product for EE Times readers that showcases some of the capability those R&D organizations use before they start their design projects.
Autoelectronics market to reach $210 billion in 2014, says analyst News & Analysis 5/27/2010 Post a comment The market for automotive electronic systems is set to grow from a 2009 low of $125 billion to about $210 million in 2014, a CAGR over the period of 11 percent, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. Over the longer period to 2017 the company is forecasting a CAGR of 9 percent to yield an annual market of about $244 billion.
Group breaks logjam over smart meter standard News & Analysis 5/27/2010 1 comment Developers have agreed on a process to define by the end of the year a "seed" standard describing how to present data to devices that monitor smart electric grids, breaking a logjam that has drawn attention from Obama Administration officials and others trying to drive the move to a digital networked grid.
Intel further retreats from discrete GPUs News & Analysis 5/26/2010 13 comments Intel has further retreated from plans to bring a high-performance stand-alone graphics processor to market, but will continue to develop its multi-core Larrabee architecture for the high-performance computing market, the company revealed in a blog posting.
Foxconn dismisses 'sweatshop' allegations News & Analysis 5/26/2010 2 comments Terry Gou, president of the Foxconn Technology Group, has denied claims that the Taiwan contract manufacturing giant is a sweatshop for its factory workers in China amid a string of suicides at the company, according to a report.
ITC again extends Nvidia investigation News & Analysis 5/26/2010 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission extended its deadline for completing an investigation into a matter brought by Rambus against Nvidia and other firms until July 26, according to a statement issued by Rambus.
Two ways to learn and share ideas Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/26/2010 Post a comment Check out MEMS symposium at The Sensors Expo on June 7th in Rosemont, IL. Also, here's an opportunity to show and tell your team's industrial control projects.
Opinion: Microsoft needs a K Blog 5/26/2010 3 comments Unexplained in the restructuring of Microsoft's consumer division is where it will get the new blood to replace J Allard at a time when the consumer device sector is exploding with creative ideas and the Windows giant has been playing catch up.
SMIC, TI still in talks about fab takeover News & Analysis 5/26/2010 Post a comment Silicon foundry vendor Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) is still in talks with Texas Instruments Inc. about taking over the operation of a 200-mm fab in Chengdu, China, according to sources.
5 reasons why Samsung scares Japan News & Analysis 5/26/2010 18 comments Here are the five reasons why the Japanese are losing confidence against Samsung -- and why they’re feeling whipped by their erstwhile whipping boy, Korea.
Arbitrary waveform generators produce high sample rate, resolution Product News 5/26/2010 1 comment LeCroy Corp. recently launched the ArbStudio series of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) capable of generating signals up to 125 MHz with high sample rate, long memory and high resolution, as well as a variety of operating modes, modulation capabilities and a digital pattern generator.
Code Coverage Convergence in Configurable IP Design How-To 5/26/2010 Post a comment The authors of this paper have defined a method to generate code coverage reports for multiple configurations which reduces additional verification cycles. This methodology has been applied to verify the configurable USB 2.0 HS OTG DesignWare IP Core. The results are provided in the paper which shows significant improvement in the coverage numbers without any additional verification cycles.
Avnet targets Japan’s Unidux for acquisition News & Analysis 5/26/2010 Post a comment Avnet Inc. is moving to expand its footprint in Asia and especially in Japan by offering to acquire all the outstanding shares of Unidux Inc., a Japanese electronic component distributor that is expected to add key local OEM customers to the company's roster.
Dell taps Android, Snapdragon for mini tablet News & Analysis 5/26/2010 3 comments On the same day Dell Inc. announced an ARM/Linux tablet, a panel of mobile experts—including a designer of the Dell device—suggested alternative platforms for tablets and netbooks are on a road of slow but steady growth.
Analysts: 450-mm will happen, eventually News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment The probability that the semiconductor industry will one day use 450-mm silicon wafers in manufacturing has increased significantly, though the chance of achieving volume production by the original target date of 2012 is remote, according to a new report by analysts at Semico Research.
Despite challenges, heady growth seen for 3-D TV News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Despite making them available for the first time in March, television manufacturers are expected to ship some 4.2 million 3-D TVs in 2010, thanks to increasing traction and acceptance from enthusiastic early adopters, according to market research firm iSuppli. The firm projects until 3-D TV shipments will triple in 2011, reaching more than 12.9 million, before doubling to 27.4 million in 2012.
Powerline backers spar over smart grid market News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Competing powerline proponents used the platform of the Connectivity Week event to fire off competing announcements to position themselves for success in the emerging smart grid market that has huge potential, but sees no end in sight to years of fragmentation over technical approaches.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: MetaCase and itemis to offer software dev automation based on DSM News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment MetaCase, provider of domain-specific modeling environments, and itemis AG, consulting firm in the field of model-driven software development, are joining forces to offer software development automation solutions based on Domain-Specific Modeling (DSM). DSM increases the productivity of software developers by raising the level of abstraction and introducing automation.
Help Erach Desai's daughter Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/25/2010 Post a comment Erach Desai, a longtime analyst in the EDA and semiconductor community, is facing his worst nightmare. His 16-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, has been diagnosed with stage IV osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. They could use a helping hand.
Researchers cast graphene into quantum dots News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Rice University researchers propose a technique for creating quantum dots with graphene semiconductors, potentially enabling single-molecule sensors, ultra small transistors and on-chip communications with semiconductor lasers.
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.