Book Review, In Search of Time, Dan Falk Engineer’s Bookshelf 9/30/2010 8 comments In his book In Search of Time, the author Dan Falk walks through the theories of time, from our earliest ancestors' perception of time to the development of various calendars to today's world of atomic clocks.
Book Review: Reinventing Gravity by John Moffat Engineer’s Bookshelf 9/30/2010 5 comments Reinventing Gravity is a wonderful book. The author, respected Physicist John Moffat, doesn’t assume that the reader has any form of expert knowledge. Instead, he starts by walking us step-by-step through the various theories of gravity, from Aristotle to the present day...
Analyst cuts 2010 chip growth forecast to 32% News & Analysis 9/30/2010 21 comments Market forecaster iSuppli Corp. has decided it should curb its enthusiasm for the global chip market in 2010. The firm says it sees softening demand and rising inventories and has trimmed its forecast to 32 percent.
Tanner EDA reports double-digit growth News & Analysis 9/30/2010 2 comments Tanner EDA (Monrovia, Calif.) has closed fiscal year 2010, ending May 2010, with a 17-percent revenue growth over fiscal year 2009. For the current fiscal year, the company said it anticipates continued double-digit growth.
Renesas aims to gain market share with SoCs News & Analysis 9/30/2010 12 comments Renesas Electronics Corp. has announced measures it says will strengthen the company's system-on-chip (SoC) business for networking and industrial infrastructures that support the cloud-computing era.
Mobile video processor goes 3-D Product News 9/30/2010 20 comments Fabless mobile video chip company Movidius Ltd. has launched the MA1133 video processor as the first chip in its Myriad 3-D range, capable of capturing and manipulating stereo imagery on a mobile phone.
Agilent joins PXI Systems Alliance board News & Analysis 9/30/2010 2 comments Agilent Technologies Inc. has joined seven other sponsor-level member companies on the board of directors of the PXI Systems Alliance. The primary goal of the PXISA is to improve the effectiveness of CompactPCI-based solutions in measurement and automation through use of the PXI specification
Analyst: Cost of CMP slurries skyrocketing News & Analysis 9/30/2010 2 comments The price of slurries used in chemical mechanical planarization in semiconductor manufacturing is going up thanks to a Chinese embargo of rare earth oxides, according to an analyst.
Analyst: Four things Nokia needs to do News & Analysis 9/29/2010 20 comments Nokia's new chief executive needs to focus the company on fewer handsets supporting more operating systems and move its headquarters to the U.S., said a veteran mobile systems analyst.
Emcore could lose Nasdaq listing News & Analysis 9/29/2010 Post a comment Compound semiconductor vendor Emcore has been notified by the Nasdaq stock market that it could be de-listed because its stock price has been under $1 per share for 30 consecutive business days, the company said.
Netherlands center posts 20 research jobs News & Analysis 9/29/2010 4 comments A research center in the Netherlands has posted 20 job openings for technical people, particularly for those with experience in advanced lighting technology and body area networks for health and wellness monitoring.
Hello from the Abstruse Goose Blog 9/29/2010 4 comments Have you seen the cartoons on the Abstruse Goose website? If not there are some real corkers (that means "good ones") there that will bring a wry smile to your face.
SciTech Publishing: More deals for your bookshelf RF & Microwave Designline Blog 9/29/2010 53 comments For those of you who enjoyed the list of sale books from SciTech Publishing, here is some more. They tell me that the sale went so well, they are extending it to these titles, but only until October 8th.
Mega-powerful 3D software only $99! Product News 9/29/2010 3 comments The folks at Alibre have developed an incredibly powerful – yet easy to use – 3D CAD program called Alibre Design that will have you tap-dancing with delight.
Wolfson's WM8325 power management IC Product News 9/29/2010 Post a comment Wolfson is sampling what it says is the highest current monolithic power management IC, which features four programmable DC-DC converters, including one which is capable of delivering up to 2.5A.
Atrenta names new CFO News & Analysis 9/29/2010 Post a comment Atrenta Inc., a provider of early design closure solutions, announced it has appointed Bert Clement as chief financial officer. He reports to Atrenta's CEO, Dr. Ajoy Bose.
New GE VME I/O boards deliver 48 analog/digital inputs/outputs in single 6U VME slot Product News 9/29/2010 Post a comment GE Intelligent Platforms has launched the first in a new family of VME multifunction I/O boards designed specifically to address the problems caused by the growing constraints on size, weight and power in today’s military platforms. Using only a single chassis slot, he VME-6500 6U VME Multifunction I/O Board can deliver the analog and digital I/O capabilities that previously would have occupied four slots, making a significant contribution to substantially enhanced performance and functional den
VME boards suffer market slump News & Analysis 9/28/2010 4 comments The military, industrial and telecom markets for VME single-board computers are all underperforming, according to a report from the Vita trade association.
Continua expands specs, adds Microsoft News & Analysis 9/28/2010 3 comments The Continua Health Alliance has expanded its suite of design guidelines with new personal and wide-area wireless interfaces for home health systems and added Microsoft Corp. as a member.
European bank loans ST $470 million News & Analysis 9/28/2010 42 comments The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a 350 million euro (about $470 million) loan contract with STMicroelectronics NV in support of the company's industrial and R&D concerning next-generation semiconductor circuits.
Cadence defines Cortex-A15 MPCore implementation methodology Product News 9/28/2010 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems Inc. said it is providing an optimized implementation methodology for the new ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor. The purpose is to offer mutual customers an immediate access to optimized implementation flow for designing Cortex-A15 MPCore-Based SoCs.
Hunting that elusive bug Design How-To 9/28/2010 42 comments This article discusses the non-trivial challenge of detecting and correcting the – often elusive – functional defects that unavoidably arise in the design of complex system-on-chip (SoC) devices. How do we mitigate the conflict between the dramatic increase in SoC design complexity and the need to deliver the design in a shorter time with the same or better design quality?
ARM micros rival Freescale's ColdFire News & Analysis 9/28/2010 23 comments Freescale Semiconductor's two new families of ARM- and ColdFire-based microcontrollers bring the price of battery-saving half-watt power consumption down to around a $5.
Seeking input on DAC's strategy The Entrepreneurial Engineer 9/28/2010 15 comments Asked to serve on the Design Automation Conference strategy committee for 2011, Sean Murphy is looking for suggestions to improve the show.
Teardown finds Cypress, STMicro in new iPod nano News & Analysis 9/27/2010 11 comments Apple's sixth generation iPod nano features chips supplied by Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Cypress Semiconductor, Cirrus Logic and STMicroelectronics NV, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.