Novellus warns of 'incremental caution'
News & Analysis 8/31/2011 Post a comment
Fab tool maker Novellus Systems narrowed its third quarter sales target to the low end of previously guided range as the company's CEO warned that customers were being "incrementally cautious."
ESC study highlights software checking issues
Research 8/31/2011 Post a comment
A recent study carried out by a leading static analysis tool provider, PRQA, showed that, perhaps not surprisingly, engineers aren't as efficient at identifying code violations as a dedicated tool. However, while the headline results may seem contrived, the underlying premise is that an engineer's time and skills are better used in resolving the subjective issues that arise from automated code inspection.
Reports: Samsung to pay retirees with cancer
News & Analysis 8/31/2011 9 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has said it will provide up to ten years support costs for semiconductor and LCD manufacturing workers if they are diagnosed with cancer within three years of retiring from the company. This is according to Korean news reports that referenced unnamed Samsung officials.
ARM extends Michigan research deal
News & Analysis 8/31/2011 5 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc has renewed research cooperation with the University of Michigan into ultra-low energy and sustainable computing.
Analyst sees upside in 2H11 chip market
News & Analysis 8/31/2011 1 comment
Semiconductor Intelligence LLC, a consultancy formed by analyst Bill Jewell, sees some positive signs for the electronics economy in the second-half of 2011, but has nonetheless reduced its global chip market growth forecast for 2011 to 4 percent from a previous forecast of 9 percent.
MediaTek aims at 'partnership' with Philips
News & Analysis 8/31/2011 2 comments
Consumer chip company MediaTek Inc. has announced it has achieved a design win with consumer electronics company Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and is planning to develop "a long-term and close partnership with Philips."
Predicting thermal runaway – Part 2
Design How-To 8/31/2011 1 comment
For power-law devices like diodes, rectifiers, and transistors, thermal runaway can occur below rated temperatures. Find out how to predict and avoid it.
Design How-To 8/31/2011 4 comments
A new approach to assembling 3D ICs may eliminate the need for TSVs.
Cisco, VMware team on network virtualization
News & Analysis 8/31/2011 2 comments
Cisco Systems and VMware said they have expanded their strategic relationship to create new technology for network virtualization that will broaden the mobility range of virtual machines across multiple datacenters and cloud environments.
Electric vehicles to boost analog IC demand
News & Analysis 8/30/2011 10 comments
The market for semiconductors used in electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles is expected to quadruple between 2011 and 2018, reaching $2 billion, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
ADI, TI DSPs debut for less than $2
Product News 8/30/2011 2 comments
Two major DSP vendors—Analog Devices and Texas Instruments—have drastically cut price tags on its latest processors in an effort to bring sophisticated signal processing to a broader range of cost-sensitive applications.
Analog guru leaves legacy in $85 text book
News & Analysis 8/30/2011 21 comments
Jim Williams, a respected analog engineer who passed away in June 2011, has made a posthumous contribution to electronic engineering as a co-author and co-editor of Analog Circuit Design, published by Newnes, an imprint of Elsevier Science & Technology Books.
A .NET micro framework for the STM32
Design How-To 8/30/2011 13 comments
Swiss-based Oberon microsystems Inc. has contributed its port of Microsoft's .NET Micro Framework (NETMF) to the open source community, under the same license as NETMF itself (Apache 2.0). It targets the STM32 microcontroller family, which is based on the ARM Cortex-M3 architecture.
Scopes cover hi-speed/hi-fidelity domains at ESC
News & Analysis 8/30/2011 1 comment
Tektronix, Inc. has introduced a mixed-domain oscilloscope that delivers the functionality of an scope and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument. And Rohde & Schwarz has enhanced its real-time digital trigger scope for analyzing extremely small signals with high fidelity. Both companies will exhibit their wares at the Embedded Systems Conference, Boston (Sept. 26 to 29).
Design How-To 8/29/2011 Post a comment
A project to create an optimal many-core IP tile tackles the need for massive emulation capability.
Dongbu tips specialty foundry processes
News & Analysis 8/29/2011 1 comment
South Korean chip builder Dongbu HiTek announced the availability of a pair of specialized 180-nm process technologies for creating analog, power, and mixed-signal chips.