Analysts raise Xilinx estimates despite concerns News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Two Wall Street analysts raised their estimates for sales by programmable logic vendor Xilinx following the company's strong fiscal fourth quarter earnings report earlier this week. But some concerns persist about inventory builds, double ordering and constrained foundry capacity.
Integrating analog video interface IP into SoCs delivers superb image quality (Part II) Design How-To 4/29/2010 Post a comment This two-part series discusses the implementation of analog video interfaces that can be embedded into complex SoCs. Part two provides a detailed review of the analog video interface receiver, which is based on a video analog front-end. Key characteristics are covered, highlighting the special features embedded into the IP that allow it to recreate a high-quality image on the destination side.
Xilinx again posts record quarterly sales News & Analysis 4/28/2010 3 comments Programmable logic vendor Xilinx posted a net income of $148.5 million on record revenue of $529 million for the quarter ended April 3, beating consensus analyst expectations. It was the second consecutive quarter in which Xilinx recorded record quarterly sales.
Cadence teams with Wind River, rolls verification platform News & Analysis 4/28/2010 Post a comment EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems announced a partnership with embedded software vendor Wind River Systems and introduced an integrated verification computing platform said to unify simulation, acceleration and emulation into a single verification environment.
EDAC elects AWR's CEO News & Analysis 4/27/2010 Post a comment AWR Corp. announced that Dane Collins, the company's chief executive officer, has been elected to the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) board of directors.
Freescale partners with Enea, Green Hills, Mentor News & Analysis 4/26/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor will announce partnerships with embedded software companies Enea Systems, Green Hills Software and Mentor Graphics just one day before Wind River Systems, software supplier to the lion's share of Freescale's customers, is expected to release the first of a family of embedded software packages initially only for the Intel x86.
MIPS, Imagination team up to wrestle with ARM News & Analysis 4/26/2010 Post a comment MIPS Technologies and Imagination Technologies will announce at the Embedded Systems Conference a non-exclusive marketing alliance geared to support chip designers using cores from both companies in a shot across the bow to their mutual competitor, ARM Ltd., which is developing its own graphics cores.
Analysts split on Altera inventory build fears News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment Several Wall Street analysts expressed concerns about inventory buildup by programmable logic vendor Altera following the company's strong first quarter financial report. But others, including Paul McWilliams, editor of a technology investment newsletter, maintain that these concerns are off base.
Maximizing the value of your IP Design How-To 4/23/2010 Post a comment There is no doubt that leveraging IP for reuse is here to stay. The economic and time-to-market advantages are too enormous to forego. However, there are serious challenges to overcome given the high cost of verification and the risk of collateral design damage consequential to RTL modification.
Timing Closure on FPGAs Design How-To 4/22/2010 9 comments While designers place great emphasis on coding and simulation, they often have only a nodding acquaintance with the internal workings of the silicon within an FPGA. As a result, incorrect logic synthesis and timing problems, rather than logic errors, are the cause of most logic failures.
A fork in the road to 28-nm FPGAs Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/22/2010 Post a comment Xilinx and Altera may both be using TSMC for manufacturing at the 28-nm node, but the two companies have selected different manufacturing processes, at least for high-end products.
Altera's sales, profit surge News & Analysis 4/20/2010 2 comments Programmable logic vendor Altera reported a net income of $153.2 million on record sales of $402.3 million for the first quarter, beating consensus analyst expectations for the period.
ST licenses Mentor's Veloce emulator News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV said the company' Home Entertainment and Display group is using the Veloce emulation platform from Mentor Graphics Corp. for the system-level validation of its next generation of digital SoC for High Definition (HD) set-top-box applications.
Accellera, The Spirit Consortium complete merger News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment EDA standards organizations Accellera and The Spirit Consortium announced they have completed their merger, and the new organization aims to further improve the development of electronic design language-based intellectual property standards.
ST VP to head micro-nanotechnology cluster News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment Loic Lietar, corporate vice president of STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), has been appointed president of Grenoble-based Minalogic applications cluster for micro-nanotechnology and embedded systems.
CoFluent joins MathWorks Connections Program News & Analysis 4/13/2010 Post a comment CoFluent Design (Nantes, France) said it has joined The MathWorks Connections Program, and its ESL modeling and simulation software environment, CoFluent Studio, brings system-level model, simulation and performance analysis capabilities to Matlab and Simulink users.
Clearing the hurdles of HLS adoption Design How-To 4/13/2010 Post a comment By increasing their usability, applicability, and quality of results (QoR), high-level synthesis (HLS) solutions are proving that they can fulfill their initial promise. One day, not using HLS will be like not using RTL synthesis today. And that day will not be long. Many hardware engineers are already changing how they get things done by making HLS an integral part of their design methodology.
ESC: Confab to host another round of Intel versus ARM News & Analysis 4/12/2010 3 comments Intel and ARM have been squaring up to each other across the netbook and smartphone sectors for a couple of years now. The ARM-versus-Intel battle is set to continue on a number of fronts at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley, coming up April 26 to 29, at the McEenery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 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 ...