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Trip report: The tablet wars (aka Computex 2011)
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5/31/2011   15 comments
The curtain rose on the 31st edition of Computex, the second largest computer show in the world. Guess what product category is hot?
BCD Semi to buy power management IC firm
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Chinese power management IC vendor BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing said it would acquire Taiwan-based Auramicro for $5.6 million in cash.
DRAM rankings: Q1 sales down on weak ASPs
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5/31/2011   1 comment
Global DRAM revenue fell to $8.3 billion in the first quarter, down 5.6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010 due to weak pricing, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Two methodologies for ASIC conversion
Design How-To  
5/31/2011   2 comments
Just how one converts from an FPGA design to an ASIC influences the value proposition for the end-product.
Nokia sales miss casts doubt on Windows plan
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5/31/2011   15 comments
Nokia said it expects second quarter sales to be substantially lower than previously expected, casting further doubt on the company's push into handsets running the Windows Phone OS.
Nimbic launches cloud computing solution for EDA
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5/31/2011   5 comments
Nimbic’s scalable and secure cloud computing solution – nCloud – delivers unprecedented scale and speed in system design and simulation.
Lattice and Digi-Key enter into global distribution agreement
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5/31/2011   Post a comment
It’s jolly exciting to hear that Lattice Semiconductor and Digi-Key have just announced that they’ve signed a global distribution agreement.
Actions Semi tips MIPS-based Honeycomb SoC
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5/31/2011   2 comments
Actions Semiconductor will collaborate with MIPS Technologies to offer a MIPS-based, 1.3 GHz chipset optimized for version 3.0 of Google's Android operating system, also known as Honeycomb, the companies said.
New text book on RTL design from Atrenta
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5/31/2011   5 comments
A new text book – Principles of VLSI RTL Design, A Practical Guide - is now available.
Micron, Intellectual Ventures sign IP deal
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5/31/2011   Post a comment
Micron Technology said it entered into an intellectual property license agreement with technology licensing firm Intellectual Ventures.
Mentor’s TLM Synthesis links virtual prototyping and hardware implementation
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5/31/2011   1 comment
Mentor Graphics has announced that its Catapult C high-level synthesis (HLS) tool now supports the synthesis of transaction level models (TLMs).
Wireless sensor node includes solar harvesting
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Silicon Laboratories Inc. has introduced a wireless sensor node solution powered by a solar energy harvesting source.
Speeding the adoption of smart meters and smart appliances
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5/31/2011   2 comments
In this article, Accent S.p.A, a joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Cadence Design Systems, provides details on its Accent ASMgrid offering and how it can be applied to meet the challenges faced from Smart Meter to Smart Appliance manufacturers in terms of increasing differentiation while reducing cost.
Brazilian IP startup makes PMU for Lfoundry use
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5/31/2011   Post a comment
Chipus Microelectronics SA, a Brazilian startup licensor of analog and mixed-signal circuit designs, has announced the availability of a power management unit for use on LFoundry's 150-nm mixed-signal process technology.
What's up with silicon on sapphire?
Design How-To  
5/31/2011   5 comments
Dr. Mark L. Burgener and Dr. Ronald E. Reedy, co-founders of Peregrine Semiconductor will be presented with the Noble award at IMS2011. I thought this would be a great opportunity to check in with them on the status of their work.
Wireless receiver design for digital communications: Propagation, Part 2
Design How-To  
5/31/2011   3 comments
In August 2011, SciTech Publishing will release Wireless Receiver Design for Digital Communications, 2nd Edition, by Kevin McClaning.
Elpida, Powertech, UMC team on 3-D at 28-nm
Research  
5/31/2011   2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. of Japan, Powertech Technology Inc. and United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan have announced that they have finalized a three-way collaboration to deliver 3-D IC integration technologies for advanced manufacturing processes including 28-nm.
Report: IDC cuts chip growth on poor PC sales
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5/31/2011   1 comment
Market research firm International Data Corp. has cut its forecast on the annual revenue growth of the semiconductor sector to between 4 and 5 percent from 6 to 8 percent, according to a Dow Jones report.
The best of both worlds
Design How-To  
5/31/2011   1 comment
Automated physical datapath helps meet custom power, performance and area goals with predictable results and shorter design schedule
Chip makers join embedded vision group
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5/31/2011   6 comments
More than a dozen vendors including ADI, Freescale, Nvidia and TI have joined a new industry group promoting computer vision in embedded systems.
Intel Ultrabooks attack tablet market
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5/31/2011   26 comments
Intel will push down the power and size of the notebook computer to create a so-called. Ultrabook, its answer to tablets that have so far chosen ARM over x86 processors.
Model-based methodology optimizes functional safety, Part 2: Challenges of integration
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
Timing is a safety issue—this insight has consequences for safety-relevant evaluation and even the design process. Here is a model-based methodology to maximize functional safety.
6LoWPAN: The wireless embedded Internet - Part 2: 6LoWPAN history, market perspective & applications
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
Part 2 of an excerpt from the book "6LoWPAN: The Wireless Embedded Internet" discusses 6LoWPAN's history and standardization, its relation to other trends like ZigBee and wireless sensor networks, and some application examples.
European EMS firm broken in three
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
TES Electronics Solutions (Langon, France), an electronics design and manufacturing services company, is being broken up and sold off to three different companies by order of the Tribunal de Commerce de Rennes, according to local reports.
Security ICs provide device protection for medical equipment manufacturers
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
Understand the need and tradeoffs, as well as solutions, when implementing data security in medical devices
Intel embeds Mirics in PC-with-TV motherboard
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5/30/2011   6 comments
Mirics Ltd., a developer of a software modem technology for digital TV reception, has said that Intel Corp. is planning to deliver global broadcast TV reception through an Intel branded PC motherboard.
Implementation of the primary-side regulation in flyback converters (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
5/30/2011   1 comment
Understand the tradeoffs in this design topology, and details of one solution
OEMS speed adoption of IPv6
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5/30/2011   3 comments
The first of over two dozen IPv6 systems from leading OEMs that are using NetLogic Microsystem's NL11k knowledge-based processors will begin shipping in production in 3Q 2011, with the remaining customer systems expected to commence shipping over the following twelve months.
LTE suited for traffic applications, research project concludes
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5/30/2011   2 comments
The "Cooperative Cars Extended" (CoCarX) research project has concluded that, in combination with short-range radio technologies, the upcoming LTE mobile radio standard meets the requirements of a broad range of automotive-related applications.
Ubiquisys collaborates with Intel to develop intelligent small cells
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
This emerging generation of intelligent small cells (small base stations) will offer new levels of processing power, creating a cloud of IP-enabled "compute engines" much closer to mobile users.
Handheld analyzer adds DMR test and WiMAX fixed and mobile capabilities
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
With the addition of fixed WiMAX and mobile WiMAX capabilities, Anritsu's LMR Master S412E handheld analyzer is designed to continue to address market needs as WiMAX is expected to be used as a backhaul technology for distributed land mobile radio networks.
Max meets Mini-Max (Sculpteo 3D models and printing)
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5/28/2011   12 comments
There’s a really cool website from whence you can order a miniature replica of yourself. This is obviously very handy to keep around in case you forget what you look like…
Gray Code Fundamentals – Part 1
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5/28/2011   5 comments
The term Gray code is typically used to refer to a binary sequence in which only a single bit changes value when transitioning between adjacent states.
CAST adds FPGA / ASIC video and image processing IP cores
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5/28/2011   Post a comment
New image scaler, graphic accelerator, and video deinterlacer IP cores expand family of H.264, JPEG, and JPEG 2000 compression IP.
Radar Basics – Part 2: Pulse Doppler Radar
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5/28/2011   Post a comment
Doppler processing became possible with digital computers; today, nearly all radar systems incorporate Doppler processing.
Analyst: Tablets to drive PC growth in 2011
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5/27/2011   7 comments
PC shipments are expected to increase by 13 percent this year compared to 2010, according to IC Insights, which includes media tablets in the PC category.
Mentor, Magma top expectations
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5/27/2011   1 comment
Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines said Mentor's board has met once by phone since three members nominated by billionaire financier Carl Icahn were elected to join it.
Tessera sues Sony again
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5/27/2011   2 comments
Tessera Technologies filed a complaint through one of its subsidiaries against Sony in California state court.
Zarlink tips 5% job cuts on 'strong' results
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5/27/2011   13 comments
Canadian mixed-signal chip company Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has said it plans to reduce its global workforce by approximately 5 percent by the end of fiscal Q2 2012, which ends in September 2011. Zarlink (Ottawa, Ontario) made the announcement within its statement of its fourth fiscal quarter and 2011 fiscal year results.
ASIC prototypes on time—or your money back
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5/27/2011   6 comments
Open-Silicon CEO Naveed Sherwani claimed an industry first, announcing a money-back guarantee on design engineering schedules for ASICs.
Curtiss-Wright unveils rugged rack mount chassis
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5/27/2011   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems has released the RM810, an 8U high OpenVPX forced air cooled deployable rack mount chassis that provides cooling for >150W per slot.
Super wideband voice input processor targets home telepresence and Smart TV apps
Product News  
5/27/2011   1 comment
The CX20708 dedicated super wideband (SWB) voice input SoC from Conexant Systems is designed to ease the design challenges of integrating voice input capabilities into modern home electronic appliances.
Curtiss-Wright rolls 12-port Gigabit Ethernet switch
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5/27/2011   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC) has introduced what it claims is the embedded military market’s first managed XMC Ethernet Switch.
Linaro adds five with partner program
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5/27/2011   2 comments
Five software companies have joined the Linaro group as part of a new partners program helping developing low-level Linux software for ARM-based SoCs.
TI selects G24i as energy harvest partner
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5/27/2011   2 comments
G24 Innovations Ltd., a pioneer of dye-sensitized thin-film solar cells, is working with Texas Instruments to combine G24i's solar cell technology with TI power conversion ICs.
AMCC uses 25G signals to hit 100G
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5/27/2011   3 comments
Applied Micro announced a multiplexer for 100 Gbit/second optical networks supporting serial data rates up to 28 Gbit/second.
Is a media tablet a PC, or not?
Semi Conscious  
5/27/2011   30 comments
For the purpose of tracking PC sales from quarter to quarter and year to year, should media tablets be included or kept as a separate category?
Renesas Mobile CEO predicts 10 fold growth for its global market share
News & Analysis  
5/27/2011   3 comments
Ikuya Kawasaki, CEO of Renesas Mobile, hopes to turn his company into a credible competitor against Qualcomm with a 20 to 30 percent share, using a proven LTE protocol stack Renesas gained from Nokia.
Skyworks to buy AnalogicTech for $264 million
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire analog chip vendor Advanced Analogic Technologies in a mostly cash deal worth about $264 million.
New TI motor drivers for stepper and brushed DC motors lower RDSon more than 60 percent
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has expanded its DRV8x motor driver family with eight new devices supporting up to 5 A for higher-current bipolar stepper and brushed DC motors.
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