Zoran carves DVD niche, but looks to branch out News & Analysis 8/30/2002 Post a comment Zoran Corp. for the last two years has watched sales of its high-end DVD controllers triple, accounting for more than 85% of the company's revenue of $131 million. That growth has also helped Zoran establish itself as
the leading supplier of high-end DVD controllers.
Component inventory overhang persists News & Analysis 8/30/2002 Post a comment Last year's massive inventory glut continues to linger for component suppliers as poor end-market conditions, shifting product designs, and fierce global competition mar suppliers' recovery efforts.
SoC-based designs challenge traditional design flows Design How-To 8/30/2002 Post a comment When the semiconductor division of Philips undertook the ambitious task of designing a family of microcontrollers that would remove all the impediments to migration from 8- to 32-bit architectures, we knew that our primary objective was to eliminate the cost barriers while at the same time ensuring deterministic, real-time performance and adequate bandwidth in a package small enough to be deployed in a variety of small-footprint embedded control applications.
TSMC takes another step toward China News & Analysis 8/29/2002 Post a comment TSMC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to build wafer fabs in China, paving the way for Taiwan's foundries to enter the thriving Chinese market from which they had until recently been barred.
OC-768: Jumping Physical Design Hurdles News & Analysis 8/29/2002 Post a comment The jump from the OC-192 to OC-768 level will be an even tougher hurdle for design engineers to leap. Here's a look at the design hurdles engineers will face and some solutions to these problems.
Lattice completes Cerdelinx acquisition News & Analysis 8/27/2002 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor Corp. today announced it has completed its acquisition of Cerdelinx Technologies Inc., bolstering its efforts to integrate high-speed serial I/Os in its FPGA devices.
Carrier Grade Linux: What You Need to Know News & Analysis 8/27/2002 Post a comment Interest is building around the use of Linux in telecom equipment designs. To accelerate acceptance, the OSDL is developing a set of specs that will turn Linux into a carrier-grade OS. Here's a look at these efforts.
Multiple Standards Vie for Home Networking Supremacy Design How-To 8/27/2002 Post a comment "No new wires" is the rallying cry of four different standards contending for dominance in the potentially lucrative home-networking
market. Charles Small explains home-network requirements and discusses the pros and cons of the leading proposed wireless, phone-line, and power-line solutions.
CAD tackles package parasitics News & Analysis 8/26/2002 Post a comment RF and mixed-signal (RF-AMS) IC design is already very challenging today, without designers' having to worry about the electrical, thermal and yield effects of the chip package.
BGAs jump speed/density barrier News & Analysis 8/26/2002 Post a comment The combination of large, complex devices with hundreds of pins and densely packed system layouts has led to the proliferation of ball grid array packages.
Current feedback op amps save power in fast photodiode applications News & Analysis 8/20/2002 Post a comment Current Feedback Amplifiers offer high bandwidth with minimal power supply current draw. However, they are rarely used as transimpedance amplifiers in photodiode applications because of the high current noise associated with their inverting inputs. A Linear Technology apps engineer shows how to get mileage from a unity gain configuration.
Introduction to Assertions for Digital-Chip Verification Design How-To 8/20/2002 Post a comment Engineers use assertions to crosscheck a design's actual versus intended behavior, and to document the designer's assumptions and the design's properties. Jason Andrews of Axis Systems tells us what assertions are, discusses why they are important, and describes five common approaches to assertion-based design verification.
Method ensures on-track designs News & Analysis 8/19/2002 Post a comment Achieving functional closure on register-transfer-level designs continues to be one of the greatest challenges for today's ASIC and system-on-chip design teams.
ASIC design flow gives CPU core custom performance Design How-To 8/19/2002 Post a comment The ever-increasing levels of CPU performance demanded by embedded applications and product design cycles that have often been reduced to only a few months, have made it important to produce synthesizable processor cores capable of execution speeds typically only achievable by complex custom solutions.
Spreadsheet explains decibels as voltage and power News & Analysis 8/18/2002 Post a comment dB, or decibels -- are one of the most useful -- but misunderstood units in all of electronic design. Part of this confusion comes from the fact that some decibel units are units of power, and some are units of voltage. More confusion arises when it is necessary to convert between decibel units, or to convert from a power measurement to a voltage measurement. TI's Bruce Carter describes the decibel, and holds out a spreadsheet that will help designers with their dB measurements.
Understanding Assertion-Based Verification Design How-To 8/16/2002 Post a comment Assertion standardization promises to improve verification efficiency
and to help formal-verification and simulation tools to work together.
Verplex's Richard Stolzman defines assertion checking and discusses the benefits this form of verification brings to a designer.
AMD fab unaffected by floods News & Analysis 8/15/2002 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices said Thursday that its leading-edge fab in Dresden, Germany has been unaffected by the devastating floods sweeping Europe
Troubleshooting WLAN Radio Designs: Part 2 News & Analysis 8/15/2002 Post a comment Optimizing 802.11b radio architectures can be a challenging task for today's system designers. This two-part series diagnose/correct problems in the transmit and receive portions of a radio design.
Why MEMS Need to Be More Like ASICs News & Analysis 8/12/2002 Post a comment Microelectromechanical-system (MEMS) technology has reached a level
where MEMS devices should be making a big impact in key application
areas, such as communications and biotechnology. TechOnLine's Content
Director, Jim Lipman, provides his take on why MEMS pervasiveness is
currently much smaller than expected by many analysts and a way MEMS
usage can be increased.