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.
Guest blog: Mike Santarini News & Analysis 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 Blog 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 Product News 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.
Magma CEO upbeat on new products, analog push News & Analysis 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.
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 News & Analysis 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 Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
Ten sites with engineering appeal Blog 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.
IEEE approves low-power design spec News & Analysis 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.
Fuel saving by virtual reality News & Analysis 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'.
Frost & Sullivan tips BeSang as 3-D IC winner News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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? News & Analysis 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.
Simberian updates Simbeor Product News 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.
Dafca rolls FPGA tool, names new CEO Product News 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 News & Analysis 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
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.
EDA 3.0: EDA startup guidelines Blog 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 Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
Synopsys offers Yield Explorer tool News & Analysis 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.
Synopsys releases Lynx to manage IC design News & Analysis 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...