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Altera CEO got $4.1 million in 2008
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2009   Post a comment
The Associated Press reported that Altera CEO John Daane pulled down a compensation package worth $4.1 million last year, an increase of 25 percent over 2007.
TSMC qualifies 0.18-micron embedded flash process family
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has said it has qualified a 0.18-micron embedded flash memory (embFlash) process technology family intended for applications in automotive, analog and power-sensitive applications.
Guest blog: Mike Santarini
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3/30/2009   3 comments
Mike Santarini, a former editor at EE Times and EDN (now publisher of Xilinx user magazine Xcell Journal) makes his first guest blog entry for Programmable Logic DesignLine, warning EDA vendors to get serious about the FPGA business.
ASICs decline, FPGAs ready to step in
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
According to market research firm Gartner Inc. FPGAs now have a 30-to-one edge in displacing ASICs in design starts. The firm predicts the trend in 2009 will be exacerbated by the global financial crisis.
Microchip DSCs take digital power control mainstream
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Emphasizing low cost, small size, low power and flexibility, Microchip's GS Series digital signal controllers is its effort to increase its share of a digital power market that it believes is going mainstream and will grow at a compound annual rate of 40 percent.
Gartner: ASIC design starts to fall by 22% in '09
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
ASIC design starts are expected to drop by 22 percent in 2009 as the economy causes firms to push out and--in some cases--cancel designs, accordng to market research firm Gartner.
DSPs evolving, but coding/debug needs to catch up or we're in trouble
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
DSPs are great, but they will only sort themselves out when the language to program and then simulate and debug the code improves, else, we are going to have more glitches as code gets reused and more band aids put around it to do more things.
Magma CEO upbeat on new products, analog push
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Despite challenging times for his company and the industry as a whole, Magma Design Automation Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan was upbeat about new products and his company's inroads in analog EDA during an interview with EE Times this week.
Design quality enhances company survival
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Flawless execution in design is now a basic survival skill. CQC is the state of the art in managing to flawless execution and there is no downside to adopting these methods.
Chipmaking equipment market fell 31% in 2008, says SEMI
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment fell to $29.52 billion in 2008, down 31 percent on 2007, according to trade association Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).
Does branding matter in the semi industry?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/25/2009   2 comments
Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov made some comments recently about what he sees as the limited value of branding/marketing in the programmable logic and broader semiconductor space. He is not alone. But there are also many who would disagree with him.
Cobham reorganizes design and test activities
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
British defense, aerospace and sub-assembly group Cobham plc is bringing together three of its design, development and testing businesses, Vector Fields, ERA Technology and Culham Lightning, under a new operating company dubbed Cobham Technical Services.
EDAC scans the piracy scene
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3/24/2009   2 comments
The EDA Consortium's Anti-Piracy Committee recently delivered an update on the EDA industry's approach to piracy over the years, how the piracy scene works and current activities by the committee.
Ciranova gets PyCells on TSMC's agenda
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
EDA company Ciranova Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced a multi-year partnership with silicon foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to develop process design kit (PDK) technology based on Ciranova's PyCell architecture.
Getting into the minds of today's embedded developer
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Attendees of the Embedded Systems Conference tell us their concerns, their goals, and their levels of understanding with respect to the recession.
Virtualization makes better use of open-source OSes and apps
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
The increased use of software virtualization in embedded systems is allowing additional use of open-source operating systems and applications.
The 50-nm DRAM battle rages on: An overview of Micron's technology
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
With the help of advanced imaging techniques, Semiconductor Insights analyzed the process technology used to fabricate Micron's newest 1-Gbit DDR2 50nm SDRAM and is now ready to reveal some of the design trends introduced by the North American DRAM manufacturer.
Ten sites with engineering appeal
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Allan Yogasingam polled his colleagues at Portelligent and Semiconductor Insights to discover the sites most frequently visited by their staffs of engineers and other tech specialists.
HDL design methods for low-power implementation
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Approaches related to front-end HDL based design styles, which can reduce power consumption, have been mentioned.
Counterpoint: Does innovation need a reality check?
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3/20/2009   9 comments
Progress is good, but sometimes you have to be careful about what you wish for.
IEEE approves low-power design spec
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3/20/2009   1 comment
The IEEE has approved a new standard that provides portability for low-power design specifications that can be used throughout the electronic system design, analysis, verification and implementation flow.
Mobile devices targeted by Atmel's touch sense technology
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
A touch sensor IC has been introduced by Atmel to cater to price-sensitive consumer and mobile devices.
Fuel saving by virtual reality
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
With Europe's largest driving simulator, the Stuttgart university plans to gather experiences and data from everyday situation that help to optimize driver assistant systems. The goal is to make the assistants 'fuel conscious'.
Researchers tout molecular-scale devices for quantum computing
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Manchester (England) have created a molecular device they suggest could act as a building block for super-fast quantum computers.
Frost & Sullivan tips BeSang as 3-D IC winner
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Market research company Frost & Sullivan has written a document in praise of BeSang Inc. (Beaverton, Oregon) a fabless semiconductor company, founded in 2003 with strong Korean connections that is developing a 3-D integrated circuit technology.
Soitec targets opportunities in China
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer and substrates supplier Soitec SA (Bernin, France) is planning to strengthen its base in China and the Far East through a distribution deal with Shanghai, China based Cantang Electronics Technology Inc.
Process variability becoming competitive weapon?
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Manufacturing process variability has for years been demonized by tool vendors looking to sell design-for-manufacturing solutions. Now Mentor Graphics has a new message: process variability is not all bad. In fact, it could be considered a competitive advantage if properly dealt with, according to executives at the firm.
Vote on top ten sites with engineering appeal
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
The Internet's strength--limitless content--can also be its most maddening quality for a user trying to pinpoint information.
Vtech's Kididoddle: Touch-pad technology meets child's play
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Kids' toys are getting in on the touch and pen action. Vtech's "Kididoodle" uses a stylus-touchpad input combined with a simple LCD and buttons for the user interface of this interactive drawing toy.
Updated: Gennum to acquire Tundra Semi for $86 mln
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Gennum Corp. said it would acquire all outstanding shares of Tundra Semiconductor, a supplier of system interconnect products and IP, in a deal valued at $86 million.
Simberian updates Simbeor
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
Simberian, Inc., a developer of electromagnetic software for high-speed interconnects on printed circuit boards, has upgraded its Simbeor tool.
LTE protocol stack startup touts licensing deals
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
4M Wireless Ltd. (Luton, England), the start-up focusing on protocol stacks for LTE technology, has licensed its technology to a fabless semiconductor company developing a multi-mode baseband chip for 4G.
Notes on third-party FPGA design tools
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/18/2009   Post a comment
A few notes on some interesting discussions about third-party FPGA design tools that have come up over the past couple of weeks.
Dafca rolls FPGA tool, names new CEO
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Validation technology provider Dafca this week appointed 30-year industry veteran Dennis Shepard as its new CEO and introduced two products, ClearBlueXpress and ClearBlueFPGA, to address the SoC and FPGA markets.
Toshiba names power business head as new CEO
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Japan's Toshiba Corp tapped Norio Sasaki as its new chief executive, entrusting the experienced head of its power division with a $3 billion cost-cutting plan as the electronics giant heads for a record loss.
Measuring 3-port mixed-mode S-parameters
Design How-To  
3/18/2009   1 comment
Understand how to measure these critical parameters of a balun (balanced/unbalanced), which provides a transition between a single-ended unbalanced signal and a differential, balanced signal
EDA 3.0: So you are an EDA startup?
Design How-To  
3/17/2009   3 comments
Startups, their founders, executives, and investors need to take a more strategic approach, ideally before any code is written, but certainly before any significant investment occurs.
Cree launches LED product characterization tool
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Simplifies and Accelerates LED System Design With Lighting-Class Cree LEDs
Actel offers SoftConsole Version 2.2 for free
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Next-generation software supports programming/debug of Actel IP processors
Power Integrity: Effective management of timing, power, and signal integrity
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Good power integrity comes as a result of paying attention to power requirements throughout the design flow — from early design conception, through implementation, all the way to signoff.
Gemini begins shipping GSim with flexible licensing model
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
EDA start-up Gemini Design Automation has announced production availability of its analog and mixed signal SPICE simulator, GSim.
EDA 3.0: EDA startup guidelines
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
The days of throwing money at startups and hoping they succeed are long past. Startups, their founders, executives, and investors need to take a more strategic approach, ideally before any code is written, but certainly before any significant investment occurs.
Tool puts parallelism in embedded code
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Startup CriticalBlue will debut at the Multicore Expo its Prism tool that can add parallelism to programs running on multicore embedded processors, one small step toward the kinds of parallel programming tools tomorrow's developers will require.
De Geus touts new products, says ICs will rebound
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Delivering the keynote address at a user group event, Aart de Geus, Synopsys chairman and CEO, touted the company's new products and said the semiconductor industry would remain critical to the world after emerging from a recession expected to be long and deep.
ON Semi adds 30 IP blocks to portfolio
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Chip vendor ON Semiconductor added more than 30 blocks to its IP portfolio, including blocks for industry-standard interfaces, microcontrollers and peripherals.
Cadence enhances low-power solution to make power-efficient designs more predictable
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems, Inc., has enhanced the Cadence Low-Power Solution to include support for new on-chip power management schemes enabled by the recently ratified Si2 Common Power Format (CPF) Version 1.1.
Synopsys offers Yield Explorer tool
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
At the ISQED conference Synopsys introduced Yield Explorer, a new yield management tool that expedites the discovery and mitigation of yield limiters in leading-edge integrated circuits.
Silistix upgrades network-on-chip EDA software
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Silistix Ltd., a provider of network-on-chip EDA tools, has announced version 3.0 of its Chainworks EDA software.
Synopsys releases Lynx to manage IC design
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Synopsys is making available an automated chip development environment that combines a production-proven RTL-to-GDSII design flow with productivity-enhancing features to accelerate chip development while mitigating the risks of designing at new process nodes.
Impulse C image processing library speeds FPGA development
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
New library of FPGA image processing elements for developing custom advanced video and imaging systems from Impulse Accelerated Technologies.
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