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Analysts raise Xilinx estimates despite concerns
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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.
Boosted by Asian licensee, MIPS elbows ARM
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
MIPS has landed a major cellular baseband/application chip company based in Asia. The deal represents MIPS' first win on the cell phone market, displacing ARM as the processor IP core.
Integrating analog video interface IP into SoCs delivers superb image quality (Part II)
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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.
Cadence beats estimates, sees broad strength
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems reported first quarter results that beat consensus analyst expectations and its own guidance.
Firm launches IP directory for FPGAs
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Privately held Parallel Engines announced the availability of a directory indexing more than 17,000 IP blocks and FPGA devices.
Xilinx again posts record quarterly sales
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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.
ESC - Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform combines best of serial and parallel processing
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform combines best of serial and parallel processing, with ARM-based processing architecture that delivers ultimate levels of performance in embedded systems.
Cadence teams with Wind River, rolls verification platform
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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
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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.
EDA360: The Way Forward for Electronic Design
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
The Cadence EDA360 Vision Paper is a comprehensive call-to-action for the electronics industry to address a disruptive transformation--a shift in focus from design creation to integration.
ESC - IAR Systems pioneers low-power debugging
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4/27/2010   1 comment
IAR Systems has developed low-power debugging technology that marks significant advance in software development for low-power embedded systems.
Green Hills forges alliances with Freescale, Cavium
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Increased processor support, including multicore, is added to Integrity OS, IDE, debugging tools.
ESC - LDRA adds Java language and certification support
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
LDRA adds Java language and certification support to its tool suite, ensuring LDRA testing capabilities are available to companies integrating Java.
Intel to invest $177M in Guadalajara Design Center
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4/27/2010   1 comment
Intel said it would invest $177 million over three years to expand its design center in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Freescale partners with Enea, Green Hills, Mentor
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Dongbu HiTek rolls BCDMOS PDK
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
South Korean analog foundry vendor Dongbu HiTek has rolled out what it calls a Low Vgs BCDMOS process design kit (PDK).
Synopsys announces enhanced synthesis tool for Actel's SmartFusion
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced enhanced FPGA synthesis support is available for Actel's SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs.
Timing Closure on FPGAs
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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.
Xilinx adds training provider to network
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx has added FPGA design and verification training provider Doulos to its network of authorized training providers.
Xilinx, Avnet wrap X-fest seminar series
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing and Xilinx said they have concluded their five-month, 37-city global X-fest technical seminar series.
A fork in the road to 28-nm FPGAs
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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.
WIRELESS/RF - CC430 MCU RF platform jump starts RF designs
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
The CC430F513x microcontrollers (MCUs) from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) are supported by a rich developer ecosystem, offering complete, scalable hardware and software for single-chip radio frequency (RF) solutions.
Panel to question whether multicore is ready for prime time
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
At the Multicore Expo, multicore tool vendors and system developers will share their thoughts on multicore ROI
Japan's STARC joins IPL Alliance
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
The Interoperable PDK Libraries (IPL) Alliance has gained another new member: Japan's Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (STARC).
Altera's sales, profit surge
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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.
RF/WIRELESS - DAB Slideshow receives full color broadcast images from live DAB+ transmissions
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
The latest release of Frontier Silicon's DAB software (DAB 5.0) delivers DAB, DAB+, and DMB-Radio with rich media content via an intuitive color touch graphical user interface (GUI) at affordable mass market prices.
Multicore processor selection: A method to the madness
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
Half-day tutorial sheds light on the art and science of selecting an embedded processor.
Panel to explore real-world challenges of multicore debug
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Multicore software developers share their experiences at the Multicore Expo.
Happy birthday to Algol, and is the Agile hype over?
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4/19/2010   8 comments
You may be more familiar with Algol than you realize.
ESC: Tech experts deliver no fluff, all substance
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Technical experts from Freescale, Micrium, Green Hills Software and more will answer questions at the Embedded Systems Conference and ESC Expo.
9500ix radar detector: Escort arms its high-end road warrior to the hilt
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Escort's Passport 9500ix sits near the top of the radar detector industry's totem pole, at $500.
Venture investments up 12 percent in first quarter
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Venture capitalists invested $4.7 billion in 597 deals during the first quarter of 2010, up 12 percent from the $4.2 billion invested in 522 deals during the same period in 2009, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.
Dilemma of opting one out of many methodologies and mantra of going back to simple basics
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4/16/2010   Post a comment
Here, Swapnil Sapre, hardware engineer in the R&D Services unit of MindTree Ltd., shows how SystemVerilog can be adopted to enhance legacy test benches with constrained random capabilities to verify an ARM SoC system.
Lord Kelvin on productivity and measurement —and how it relates to EDA
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4/16/2010   Post a comment
While we in the industry continue to make tools perform faster and gulp down bigger and more complex designs, understand that there is another vector of measurement that leads to productivity. The next time someone pitches you "productivity," ask them to prove it for your unique case.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - CyClockWizard streamlines customization of timing solutions
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4/16/2010   Post a comment
CyClockWizard, a new free tool from Cypress for selection and customization of Cypress's programmable timing solutions, integrates custom configuration and field programming of supported Cypress timing solutions.
ST licenses Mentor's Veloce emulator
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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
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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
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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.
Newcomers to Synopsys' IP OEM Partner Program
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4/14/2010   Post a comment
eSilicon and Brite Semiconductor announced they have joined Synopsys' IP OEM Partner Program.
Find out EDA startups on EE Times' Silicon 60 list!
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4/14/2010   Post a comment
The EE Times List of 60 Emerging Startups has been updated to version 10.0. It includes 21 new startups.
Virage Logics's new IP venture: It's the subsystems, stupid!
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
Virage Logic no longer sees itself as just a provider of a collection of semiconductor IP cores. Instead, it's betting on a future of becoming a supplier of "subsystems" that can be quickly, painlessly and deeply embedded in SoCs for its licensees.
CoFluent joins MathWorks Connections Program
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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.
TSMC includes Azuro's PowerCentric in second ISF release
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
Power-focused EDA startup Azuro Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) said its PowerCentric low power clock tree synthesis tool has been included in the second release of TSMC's Integrated Sign-off Flow (ISF) in 65nm.
Virage Logic launches 28nm IP suite at TSMC event
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
At the TSMC Technology Symposium in Silicon Valley this week Virage Logic announced a full suite of 28nm memory compilers and logic libraries based on TSMC's high-K metal gate process.
Clearing the hurdles of HLS adoption
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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.
Magma names head of Japanese operations
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation Inc. announced it has appointed Noriaki Kikuchi as president of Magma KK, the company's Japanese subsidiary.
ESC: Confab to host another round of Intel versus ARM
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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.
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