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Sematech appoints Stefan Wurm to run litho
News & Analysis  
9/28/2011   6 comments
Semiconductor R&D consortium Sematech has announced the appointment of Stefan Wurm as director of lithography.
Freescale increases pulse of healthcare apps
News & Analysis  
9/28/2011   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its offerings of reference designs and support tools for the consumer health and wellness markets.
Open-Silicon takes broad ARM license
News & Analysis  
9/28/2011   2 comments
Open-Silicon Inc. has signed a multi-year comprehensive licensing agreement for a broad portfolio of processor cores and related intellectual property from ARM Holdings plc.
Cypress’s Gen4 TrueTouch touchscreen controllers were worth the wait
Blog  
9/28/2011   4 comments
Cypress's Dhwani Vyas put it best, "Finally [we] have the part I have been waiting for!" He was referring to the company's new Gen4 family of touchscreen controllers that are the first to feature an ARM 32-bit core, along with proprietary LCD noise cancellation technology called DisplayArmor that eliminates the need for an extra shield layer of glass and its associated air gap, thereby reducing display thickness by up to 1 mm and lowering overall cost and weight.
Agilent is first to release MIPI M-PHY transmitter compliance test software
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced what they claim to be the industry’s first MIPI* M-PHY compliance test software package for transmitter validation.
EDA/IP Roundup
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
There are often many news items that are not worth writing a full blog about, but may still be of interest to people. This is a roundup of those items…
Atmel to acquire ADD Semiconductor
News & Analysis  
9/27/2011   2 comments
Chip vendor Atmel signed a definitive agreement to acquire power line chip vendor Advanced Digital Designfor an undisclosed amount, the company said.
Synopsys enhances Synplify FPGA Synthesis Software
Product News  
9/27/2011   1 comment
Automated error detection/recovery and greater resistance to soft errors delivers more reliable operation in harsh environments
Altera delivers industry’s first FPGA-based Serial RapidIO Gen2 solution
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Altera demonstrates interoperability with industry’s first Serial RapidIO Gen2 Switch from IDT
Intel, IBM to lead $4.4B chip R&D hub in NY
News & Analysis  
9/27/2011   40 comments
A group of semiconductor companies led by Intel and IBM will invest $4.4 billion over five years to create a semiconductor research and development hub in New York to develop next-generation chip technology, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
10X productivity boost is nothing to be sneezed at
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Press releases that claim productivity improvement are a dime a dozen, but this one caught my eye and maybe there is something to it…
ESC - BSQUARE's DragonBoard for Android dev board features Qualcomm's Snapdragon APQ8060 processor
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
DragonBoard from BSQUARE Corporation is an Android development platform based on Qualcomm Incorporated's Snapdragon APQ8060 processor.
austriamicrosystems AS3610 and AS3611 switching regulators
Product News  
9/27/2011   1 comment
austriamicrosystems released a pair of step-down DC-DCs that offers fast and highly efficient charging of Li-Ion batteries in mobile devices with up to 1.25 A output current.
Elpida has 4-Gbit DRAM in 25-nm process
Product News  
9/27/2011   2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. has said it has completed development of the industry's first 25-nm process 4-Gbit DDR3 synchronous DRAM. The company claims the part is also the smallest 4-Gbit DRAM yet produced.
On Semiconductor NSI50350A constant current regulators
Product News  
9/27/2011   1 comment
On Semiconductor's constant current regulators provide voltage surge suppression through innovative Self Bias Transistor technology to protect LEDs in solid-state lighting applications.
PCB design and supply chain standards group gains momentum
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IPC-2581 is a generic standard for printed circuit board assembly products' manufacturing description data and transfer methodology…
XP Power VEH series power supplies
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Extending XP Power's V-Brand product range aimed at high-volume, cost-sensitive applications, the series consists of 5 power levels, providing 20, 40, 60, 90 or 120 Watt output.
Travel Nightmares: A bad day for an interview
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9/27/2011   16 comments
When I first saw this series I thought “Well, I’m glad nothing bad ever happened to me.” And then I started to remember some of the things that have happened…
Call for Papers!
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Have you got something to say about the latest RF and microwave design techniques?
TI releases plug-and-play 6LoWPAN products
Product News  
9/27/2011   4 comments
TI's 6LoWPAN sub-1GHz solutions target mesh wireless Internet connectivity for metering, security, street lighting, building automation and other applications.
NXP offers free emWin graphics with ARM MCUs
Product News  
9/27/2011   5 comments
NXP Semiconductors NV has said it will provide the emWin graphic software library and graphical user interface (GUI) for free with its ARM-based microcontrollers.
Tower, Presto offer SiGe test services
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Specialist foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd, which trades under the name TowerJazz, has announced collaboration with Presto Engineering Inc. to provide engineering services to customers using Tower's silicon-germanium process technology.
Wind River helps Leadcore run Android on ARM
News & Analysis  
9/27/2011   6 comments
Embedded and mobile software company Wind River Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of chip giant Intel Corp., has teamed up with China's Leadcore Technology Co. Ltd. to develop an ARM-based system-on-chip platform for Android smartphones.
Synopsys claims unified flow for digital, custom SoCs
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced advances in its Galaxy implementation platform with the availability of its unified solution for mixed-signal designs.
Indian IP firm scores win with ARM
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9/27/2011   15 comments
In an unusual win for an Indian tech company, ARM Holdings is using phase-locked loop solutions from Indian IP vendor Cosmic Circuits.
More bad news for solar: Oversupply havoc
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9/27/2011   25 comments
As if the solar panel industry needed more bad news, market watcher Solarbuzz said production cutbacks at leading solar module manufacturers has been insufficient to prevent further inventory buildup, resulting in oversupplies growing into 2012 and likely depressing prices further.
Avago variable gain amp targets cellular base stations
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Operating in a broad frequency band from 1450 to 2750 MHz, the ALM-81224 VGA module addresses cellular BTS automatic gain control (AGC) and temperature compensation circuitry applications.
Oracle rolls T4 servers, pulls in 28nm T5
News & Analysis  
9/26/2011   3 comments
Oracle announced servers using the T4, the first out-of-order version of its Sparc processor, and promised to deliver a 28nm T5 as much as a year ahead of plan.
Faster than the speed of light?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/26/2011   44 comments
In the scientists at CERN really have detected particles travelling faster than the speed of light, the ramifications are incredible…
Acromag PMC-SLX reconfigurable FPGA modules reduce cost of complex embedded computing tasks
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Acromag has introduced new PMC mezzanine modules featuring the cost-optimized Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA. The PMC-SLX reconfigurable FPGA modules are designed to cut costs, yet deliver high-performance computing for algorithm acceleration and custom logic processing tasks, according to Acromag.
A practical approach to IP quality inspection
Design How-To  
9/26/2011   2 comments
In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, do you already have – or plan to have – a systematic approach to inspect IP quality on delivery?
Demonstration platforms suggest wireless BANs’ potential
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
To be universally accepted and used for health monitoring, BANs should consist of inexpensive, small, intelligent nodes.
Wireless body area networks: What engineers need to know
Design How-To  
9/26/2011   5 comments
With body area networks viewed as a solution for spiraling health care costs and provider shortages, wireless standards groups and the IEEE are embracing BAN technology.
Smart grid: Slow buildout begins
Special Report  
9/26/2011   8 comments
Communications integration; advanced control, sensing, metering and metrics; and a human interface methodology are still on the smart grid architects’ to-do list.
Smart grid taps evolutionary concepts for radical change
Special Report  
9/26/2011   4 comments
The proliferation of smart networked embedded systems, widely distributed throughout the smart grid, will revolutionize the way electricity is produced, consumed and distributed.
Wireless power transmission expands to EV, industrial, and military electronics
Design How-To  
9/26/2011   4 comments
A new report describes technologies that will be a stepping stone to contactless power for consumer, industrial and military electronics.
SoC supports 1080p HD video for still cameras
News & Analysis  
9/26/2011   6 comments
Image processing chip vendor Ambarella announced the availability of a new system-on-chip said to enable the development of digital still cameras with full 1080p HD video.
Cadence releases additions to their Verification IP library
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Cadence has just released a bunch of new Verification IP (VIP) for various memories and protocols that they hope will allow their customers to be first to market…
Hurray for us space primates!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/26/2011   3 comments
There have been all sorts of interesting news items recently, from new rockets to strange exoplanets to the possibility that some things may go faster than the speed of light…
Travel Nightmares: Cutting it fine
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/26/2011   3 comments
Traveling can always mean problems and in our continuing series about travel nightmares, David Ashton recounts one of his problematic journeys...
Intel tips next university research center
News & Analysis  
9/26/2011   3 comments
Intel said its fifth university research center will be based at the University of Washington and focus on pervasive computing research.
Altera's FPGA-based Serial RapidIO Gen2 enables next-gen wireless base station deployments
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Altera Corporation has launched what they claim is the industry's first Serial RapidIO Gen2 FPGA-based solution, enabling improved bandwidth and link flexibility for next-generation 3G and 4G wireless base station deployments.
PMIC startup raises $11 million
News & Analysis  
9/26/2011   1 comment
Quantance Inc., a developer of high-speed power supply management ICs, has announced it has raised $11 million in Series C funding. Investors include TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and DoCoMo Capital.
AMD debuts next-gen embedded graphics processor
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
At Embedded Systems Conference Boston this week AMD is introducing its Radeon E6460, a next-generation entry-level embedded graphics processor that complements its Radeon E6760.
opinion: Unethical companies make us “opt out”
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9/26/2011   6 comments
Opinion: Corporations seem to believe that the option to opt out is good enough to protect our privacy, but I disagree. Those options are usually buried in a pile of fine print…
Freescale lowers Q3 financial guidance
News & Analysis  
9/26/2011   6 comments
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has lowered its financial guidance for the third quarter of 2011 ending Sept. 30.
Trident to cut 20% of staff to lower costs
News & Analysis  
9/26/2011   8 comments
Trident Microsystems Inc., a provider of chips for TVs and set-top boxes, has announced that it plans to lay off about 275 employees out of a total of 1,275 so that is can lower its financial breakeven point.
Entropic invests $10M in Zenverge
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Entropic has invested $10 million in video specialist Zenverge, and plans to start jointly selling chips and working on future integrated devices for home networks.
ST-Ericsson's NovaThor powers HTC smartphone
News & Analysis  
9/26/2011   3 comments
Struggling wireless chip vendor ST-Ericsson has announced that China Mobile and HTC have announced the first smartphone to be based on one of its NovaThor chipsets.
Broadcom rolls 40-nm NFC chip
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Broadcom said it is sampling the semiconductor industry's first near field communications chips built in 40-nm CMOS.
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