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A Fluke offer for hard times
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Portable electronic test and measurement technology vendor Fluke Corp. will send two people to Miami for football's "Big Game" for learning about test tools Fluke has recently introduced.
Agilent qualifies EM tool for TSMC 65nm process
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has qualified its Momentum Electromagnetic (EM) tool for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.'s 65-nm process as part of the TSMC EM Tool Qualification program.
ARC, Virage Logic "a done deal" says CFO
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Shares in ARC International plc (St Albans, England), the specialist licensor of configurable processor cores, are set to be delisted from the London Stock Exchange early next month, following Virage
Will Tessera's 'smart module' gamble pay off?
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
With little or no fanfare, Tessera Technologies Inc. has accomplished a rare feat: It is one of the few intellectual-property (IP) chip companies that is making money.
ARM success could trigger takeover bid, says analyst
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10/12/2009   14 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) is set to outperform Intel in the netbook and smartbook markets over the next two and three years, but that prospect of success could trigger a takeover bid for the company, according to Didier Scemama, semiconductor analyst with ABN AMRO Bank NV.
Insolvent Qimonda launches IP licensing group
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Insolvent memory chip manufacturer Qimonda has established a company dedicated to the company's semiconductor license business. On the block is what insolvency administrator Michal Jaff calls one of the world's largest semiconductor-related patent portfolios.
Nokia starts pushing Qt to Maemo OS
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Nokia has started allowing developers to port its Qt platform to its Maemo 5 operating system, a move aimed at getting more consumer and enterprise applications available for its upcoming N900 mobile internet device.
Using a design-to-test capability for LTE MIMO (Part 2 of 2)
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
System-level simulation helps engineers gain valuable insight into the design sensitivities of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) systems
One time programmable 2.4GHz SoCs target low-cost market
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
The Nordic Semiconductor nRF24LE1 OTP and nRF24LU1+ OTP target the most fiercely price sensitive consumer segments of the ultra-low power wireless market that do not require flash memory.
Synopsys raises synthesis abstraction with M language
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10/12/2009   1 comment
Synopsys, Inc. has combined The Mathworks' M-language with model-based synthesis for its Synphony High Level Synthesis product, which purports to increase design and verification productivity up to 10 times higher than traditional RTL flows for communications and multimedia applications.
Analyst: IC design outsourcing decline set to continue
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Chip design outsourcing growth fell to 6.5 percent last year, down from nearly 34 percent the year earlier, and the number of chip design starts are expected to fall another 18 percent this year, analysts at Gartner have warned.
NXP to transfer CMOS IP, staff to Virage Logic
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10/12/2009   1 comment
Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has agreed to transfer part of its advanced CMOS intellectual property (IP) rights, 160 staff and certain engineering equipment to Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.).
PCB layout and routing solution offers enhanced editing functionality
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10/12/2009   1 comment
Zuken launched version 12 of its PCB layout, placement and routing solution CR-5000 Board Designer. The new version has been developed with enhanced editing functionality, collaboration, and verification capabilities.
ETSI plugs into femtocells interop testing
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
The first interoperability testing of multivendor UMTS femtocell equipment is set to take place in Sophia Antipolis, France next March to validate the 3GPP femtocell standard.
NAND Flash competition fueled by advanced lithography technology
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10/12/2009   1 comment
NAND Flash memory is the most competitive market in the semiconductor industry.
Analog vendor study reveals designer priorities
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10/12/2009   1 comment
It's not easy being Analog.
Rodgers banks on PSoCs to drive growth at Cypress
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's groundbreaking PSoC devices and derivatives are already driving the company's growth, according to President and CEO T.J. Rodgers. Now Cypress has upped the ante with more powerful PSoCs that can tap into a much larger total market.
Is Silicon Valley still relevant? Join the conversation
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10/9/2009   7 comments
A growing chorus of critics argue that Silicon Valley has become irrelevant as a far as silicon technology is concerned.
OVP offers free simulation models of ARM processor cores
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
The Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) initiative has released models of ARM processor cores supporting the v4 and v5 instruction sets. These models work with the OVP simulator and can operate at hundreds of millions of instructions per second (MIPS). The open source models of the ARM7, ARM9, and ARM10 processors are available for free from the OVP website.
Cypress : nvSRAMs have 20-years of data retention
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced a 1-Mbit serial non-volatile static random access memory (nvSRAM) family and 4-Mbit and 8-Mbit nvSRAMs with an integrated real-time clock (RTC).
Still plenty of silicon to come from Silicon Valley
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
There's a vocal minority of individuals who claim silicon is no longer at the heart of Silicon Valley.
More connections made for LTE applications
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10/8/2009   Post a comment
The ng Connect Program — founded by Alcatel-Lucent earlier this year to drive the development of services for emerging LTE and 4G networks — has added five new members, two new Proofs of Concept and two more labs.
ARM reports 45-nm SOI test chip with 40% power-saving
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10/8/2009   Post a comment
Researchers from processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have reported on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) 45-nm test chip that demonstrates potential power savings of up to 40 percent over traditional bulk process for manufacturing chips at the same geometry
Updated: ASML sketches out road map for EUV
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
ASML showed a rough road map for extreme ultraviolet lithography systems that could be ready for commercial use in late 2012.
Using a design-to-test capability for LTE MIMO (Part 1 of 2)
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
System-level simulation helps engineers gain valuable insight into the design sensitivities of System-level simulation helps engineers gain valuable insight into the design sensitivities of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) systems
OCP 2.2 MVC accelerates verification productivity
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics released the 2009.1 version of its Multiview Verification Component (MVC) library which featured an upgrade to its OCP-IP MVC to make it OCP-IP 2.2 compliant.
SiLabs introduces web-customisable clock generator
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Austin, Texas) has launched two custom 8-output clock generators that guarantee a 0ppm frequency synthesis error for any combination of output frequencies.
The benefits of innovative collaboration
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
IMEC's latest industrial affiliation program aimed at fabless and fablite companies is a welcome program for both IP and EDA vendors.
Altera licenses 32-bit architecture from MIPS
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10/6/2009   2 comments
Altera has licensed the MIPS32 architecture from MIPS Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nobel Prize in physics honors fiber optics, CCD developers
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10/6/2009   1 comment
The 2009 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith for breakthroughs in transmitting light in fiberoptics and inventing the CCD sensor.
IMEC launches integrated solutions for technology exploration
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
IMEC launched the industrial affiliation program (IIAP) INSITE or Integrated Solutions for Technology Exploration, aimed at fabless and fablite companies.
Freescale, ST unveil 32-bit MCUs for automotive electronics
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
Freescale and STMicroelectronics announced they are sampling a jointly-developed dual-core, 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) family aimed at automotive safety-critical systems.
PCI Express compliant system design with Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx announced the compliance of its low-cost Spartan-6 FPGA family with the PCI Express 1.1 specification, enabling low-risk and low-cost implementation of serial connectivity solutions.
ARM and GlobalFoundries establish SoC relationship
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries and IP provider ARM have signed a broad agreement on processor implementation and circuit optimization geared towards next-generation applications.
IMEC and Ansem launch design services for radio ICs
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
IMEC and Ansem, the IMEC spinoff specialized in analog and mixed-signal design, are collaboring to offer services for the customized design of radio ICs for wireless communication applications.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Carbon Model Studio automates AXI Interconnect Model Creation
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
Carbon Design Systems offers Carbon Model Studio for the creation of implementation-accurate models of AMBA interconnect fabric.'The new software enables 100 percent accurate models to be generated automatically from implementation RTL code.
IMEC chief: Innovation only way out of recession
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
Spared the worst of the recession, IMEC researchers talked about advances in wireless, medical, solar and MEMS devices as well as their work in CMOS scaling at an annual press gathering.
Semi industry continues to shed inventory
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry's inventory situation is improving, but is unlikely to turn positive for suppliers until at least 2010, according to market research firm Gartner.
Cadence moves up LTE testing into design cycle
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems has developed a protocol testing solution that enables early validation of next-generation 4G/LTE wireless SoC/ASIC designs.
17 startups join the EE Times' Silicon 60
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10/5/2009   1 comment
Seventeen new startups have been added to the lastest version of our Silicon 60 list.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 7 of 7)
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
IEF: Pistorio's six tips for today's semi CEO's
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
Pasquale Pistorio, the driving force behind ST Microelectronics for many years and now honorary chairman of the chip group, gave a bravado and uplifting talk to delegates of the International Electronics Forum in Geneva.
Best practices interoperability guide approved for IP verification
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
Accellera announced it has approved the Accellera Verification Intellectual Property (VIP) Best Practices Interoperability Guide, a document resulting from the work of its VIP Technical Subcommittee (TSC), which was formed in May 2008.
Ismosys adds analog mixed signal IC capability from ZMDi
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
Ismosys adds analogue mixed signal IC capability from ZMDi high temperature, high voltage, ultra low power ASICs and ASSPs.
ASIC North enters analog IP market
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10/3/2009   Post a comment
Design service company ASIC North, Inc. has entered the analog intellectual property market by offering IP for analog-to-digital converters.
Power management startup appoints ex-Chipidea exec as CEO
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10/2/2009   Post a comment
SiliconGate LDA (Porto, Portugal), a developer of power management intellectual property cores for use in system-on-chip ICs, has appointed Floriberto Lima as president and chief executive officer.
Using Tcl to create a virtual component in Verilog
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10/2/2009   1 comment
Randy Melton describes his use of Tcl to build a virtual transaction-based TCP design server on top of an existing Verilog simulation test bench. Downloadable example code was tested on a standard Cadence irun simulator, which in thory, he says, should be possible on any simulator scripted with Tcl.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Graphics support added to PERC Ultra Virtual Machine
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10/2/2009   Post a comment
Aonix has added support for AWT/Swing graphics libraries to its PERC Ultra Virtual Machine for embedded and real-time systems. PERC ULTRA 5.3 implements AWT/Swing libraries for embedded platforms, giving 2D/3D graphics developers immediate access to hundreds of downloadable community projects.
Following the money: Top 10 IC vendors with cash
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10/1/2009   Post a comment
Leading chip makers are more likely to have huge piles of cash that can be used to fund acquisitions, R&D and product development, our survey shows.
Couldn't make it to ESC Boston? Download the most popular papers.
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10/1/2009   Post a comment
We've put together a collection of the Top 10 papers from ESC Boston, and making them available for download.
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