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TSMC CEO seeks new growth markets
News & Analysis  
6/12/2009   2 comments
Here's why TSMC formed the new organization and is looking for new markets.
TSMC CEO change: What are analysts saying?
News & Analysis  
6/12/2009   Post a comment
What is the reaction from analysts and around the Web about the changes at TSMC?
Viewpoint: Opportunity to win on different design fronts
Blog  
6/12/2009   Post a comment
The broader aspects of semiconductor process development may not grab the headlines as often but they are no less important to the long-term success of final products in the market.
EDA standards bodies to merge
News & Analysis  
6/11/2009   Post a comment
EDA standards organizations Accellera and The Spirit Consortium have agreed to merge, forming a union they say will improve the development of language-based IP standards.
Hot papers at 2009 VLSI Technology Symposium
Blog  
6/11/2009   1 comment
Hot papers from this year's VLSI Technology Symposium include three nonvolatile memory advancements: Toshiba' BiCS Flash, Samsung's vertical-stacked transistor structures and Hitachi's PCRAM. Two papers on advanced logic processes include: Intel's" High-k/Metal Gate Stacks" and IBM's "32nm SOI CMOS with Highk/ Metal Gate."
Hands-on: Get started in analog IC design and fab (Part 2 of 3)
Design How-To  
6/11/2009   1 comment
Design an op amp on your own, and get it fabbed, via a self-constructed, rigorous course
Cadence cutting another 225 jobs
News & Analysis  
6/10/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems will eliminate 225 jobs--or about 5 percent of the company's workforce--as part of a restructuring expected to save about $30 million per year.
Open source EDA software defeats Lock-in: Dream on
Blog  
6/10/2009   2 comments
Today, through a nexus of the open source software movement and the difficulty of developing tools to address the problems of leading-edge designs, there are EDA tools out in cyberspace that you can download for free, customize, and utilize to create your latest designs.
TSMC certifies Apache Redhawk for 65nm process
News & Analysis  
6/10/2009   Post a comment
Apache Design Solutions' RedHawk has been certified to support TSMC's iRCX 65nm and 40nm technologies.
Book Excerpt: "Electrical Engineering 101" (Part 4 of 5)
Design How-To  
6/10/2009   Post a comment
This is not "EE for dummies"; it is a very useful review of basics you may have forgotten, or maybe missed.
EDA industry riding on own waves
Blog  
6/9/2009   Post a comment
The EDA industry is making waves but the waves are not reaching the business shores. Both encouraging news about funding and discouraging news about consolidation keep the EDA industry in constant state of bobbing.
Synfora has synthesis tool for low-power apps
Product News  
6/9/2009   Post a comment
Synfora has announced Pico Extreme Power, an synthesis tool to automatically minimize power consumption at the system level based on a variety of techniques, including automatic multi-level clock gating insertion.
EMA integrates online components database
Product News  
6/9/2009   Post a comment
EMA Design Automation has made available version 3.0 of the EMA Component Information Portal (CIP), which provides access to the Newark electronic parts database through Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS.
Comment: retrain and retain engineers in Europe
Blog  
6/9/2009   5 comments
With European students turning their backs on science and engineering degrees and European higher education of science and technology being partially filled by Asian students, one can see that the YOUNG European engineering candidate supply could become restricted.
Tessolve evaluates DeFacTo RTL testability solution
News & Analysis  
6/9/2009   Post a comment
DeFacTo Technologies SA, French provider of Design-for-Test solutions at RTL, announced that Tessolve, Indian-based test and IC packaging services company, has evaluated HiDFT-Scan, a RTL testability sign-off solution.
Microsoft, Esterel, Geensys boost SW development in French, German universities
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to foster European system and software development engineering, Microsoft and French companies Esterel Technologies and Geensys have teamed to offer software development tools, at either free or extremely low prices, to selected universities and academic institutions in France and in Germany.
Agilent offers TriQuint process design kit
Product News  
6/8/2009   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has made available a foundry-certified process design kit (PDK) to support TriQuint Semiconductor's TQPED GaSs E/D pHEMT process.
Viewpoint: IC technology choice moves in multiple directions
Design How-To  
6/8/2009   1 comment
EDA companies and semiconductor IP developers should strive to develop architectures and flows that support and enable faster and easier porting between technologies that lower implementation barriers and enable a greater degree of design-reuse.
Dolphin Integration, IHP team in advanced simulation
Product News  
6/8/2009   Post a comment
EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) announced that IHP GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany), research center in high performance microelectronics and communication, has selected its circuit simulator Smash.
EDA startup Teklatech raises $1 million
Product News  
6/8/2009   Post a comment
EDA startup Teklatech A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark), provider of floorplanning and clock distribution network solutions, announced it has raised $1 million in a round of financing led by a group of private investors and Scandinavian venture fund Vækstfonden.
MoSys acquires Prism Circuits
News & Analysis  
6/8/2009   Post a comment
MoSys Inc., a provider of memory intellectual property (IP), has acquired Prism Circuits Inc., a supplier of parallel and serial interface (I/O) IP.
Model-based design helps aerospace engineers improve design quality
Design How-To  
6/8/2009   Post a comment
Today's aerospace companies must reduce development time and improve quality while accommodating demands for greater system complexity from customers and the government. To meet these challenges, companies have adopted model-based design.
The next Silicon Valley
Blog  
6/8/2009   3 comments
The next Silicon Valley? You're kidding, right?
Google Android--IPC at the lowest levels
News & Analysis  
6/8/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor Insights has gained insight into how the inter-processor communication (IPC) mechanism works on a multicore Qualcomm chipset, like the MSM 7200.
A first look inside the Palm Pre
Teardown  
6/7/2009   Post a comment
A new multi-touch display controller from Cypress Semiconductor is one of few surprises inside the modular design of the Palm Pre handset, according to a teardown by Portelligent.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: Explicore analyzes data and processes at any phase of design and production
Product News  
6/6/2009   Post a comment
TestSoft Inc. has released Explicore, a data analysis utility that captures, characterizes, and anlyzes product parameters at any revision level or to evaluate overall product.
Cadence interview, NXP, TSMC lead story ranking
News & Analysis  
6/5/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, May 31 , as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, June 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Researchers tout memory with a twist
News & Analysis  
6/5/2009   Post a comment
Flexible displays are already a reality; now memories are about to get bent and twisted.
Taking the guesswork out of timing in real-time software systems
Design How-To  
6/4/2009   Post a comment
A static timing tool will analyse object code and determine worst-case timing paths. Paths are analysed between two points interactively or against timing assertions in batch mode to produce a pass or fail result the information provided allows the designer to optimise timing critical sections of their code until correct timing closure is achieved.
Intel buys Wind River for $884 million
News & Analysis  
6/4/2009   4 comments
Intel Corp. said it will acquire embedded software specialist Wind River for $884 million.
TSMC sees the need to share R&D, pledges to invest
News & Analysis  
6/4/2009   1 comment
The world's largest chip foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has said it plans to invest its way out of the current global economic crisis, but it is also appealing to other integrated device makers and other stakeholders to share in R&D costs to help raise profit margins across the semiconductor industry.
CEO Interview: Cadence's Tan plans to build on analog strength
News & Analysis  
6/4/2009   Post a comment
Christoph Hammerschmidt caught up with Lip-Bu Tan, CEO of EDA company, Cadence Design Systems Inc., at the recent CDN Live company event held in Munich, Germany.
Fujitsu Microelectronics selects EVE tool for HW/SW codesign
Product News  
6/4/2009   Post a comment
Hardware-software co-verification specialist Emulation and Verification Engineering SA (EVE) announced that Tokyo-based Fujitsu Microelectronics Solutions Limited (FMSL) will use its ZeBu (for Zero Bugs) hardware-assisted verification platform for hardware-software codesign.
Crisis will change the way chips are designed, Synopsys CEO predicts
News & Analysis  
6/3/2009   1 comment
As if the current economic recession weren't challenging enough, the semiconductor industry is also headed for increasing challenges from higher design costs and production at smaller geometries, according to Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of Synopsys, speaking at the GSA & IET Semiconductor Forum.
Altera offers Stratix IV GX FPGA development kit
Product News  
6/3/2009   Post a comment
Altera announced the availability of the Stratix IV GX FPGA development kit, featuring hardware and software for designs using 40-nm Stratix IV GX FPGAs with integrated 8.5-Gbps transceivers.
Model generator supports leading memory makers
Product News  
6/3/2009   Post a comment
Chip design services provider eInfochips has unveiled a memory model generator based on the DDR2 SDRAM SystemVerilog Verification Methodology Manual approach.
What's up with GateRocket?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/3/2009   Post a comment
A recent blog post by "harrythe ASIC guy" reminded me that it's been more than two years since FPGA verification startup GateRocket emerged. This blog is a call to action for anyone out there familiar with the company's RocketDrive or RocketVision tools. Please share your impressions.
XMOS offers new development environment
Product News  
6/3/2009   Post a comment
Event-driven processor startup XMOS Semiconductor announced the latest version of its integrated development environment, allowing programmers to directly program IO and watch the source code control the pins.
How to Reduce Power Consumption at the Electronic System Level
Design How-To  
6/2/2009   Post a comment
The ability to reduce power consumption by up to a whopping 75 percent at the Electronic System Level (ESL)—a goal now proven reachable—has spawned new interest in solving power issues at that level.
Software system speeds up process development
Product News  
6/2/2009   Post a comment
In the run-up to the GSA & IET International Semiconductor Forum, start-up company Process Relations GmbH (Dortmund, Germany) has launched a new version of its XperiDesk process development execution system (PDES) software.
Industrial analog ics to record 'healthy' growth
News & Analysis  
6/2/2009   Post a comment
Databeans has just released its annual market report on industrial analog ICs. It predicts that analog revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent until 2014, thanks in large part to medical innovations.
EdXact sets foot in India
Product News  
6/2/2009   1 comment
edXact SA, French EDA startup specializing in parametric extraction and physical verification, announced it has selected ICON Design Automation Pvt. Ltd. as its exclusive sales partner in India.
Micron selling majority stake in sensor unit
News & Analysis  
6/2/2009   Post a comment
Micron Technology has reached an agreement to sell a majority interest in its imaging solutions business, Aptina Imaging, to a pair of private equity firms, the company said. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Private equity firm bids for MathStar
News & Analysis  
6/1/2009   Post a comment
Private equity firm Tiberius Capital II has commenced a tender offer to acquire controlling interest in MathStar, the programmable logic vendor that ceased operations last year, the firm said.
Altera still sees sales up 2-7%
News & Analysis  
6/1/2009   Post a comment
Altera said it still expects sales for the second quarter to be up 2 to 7 percent from the first quarter, when it booked revenue of $264.6 million.
NXP renews focus on high speed data converters
News & Analysis  
6/1/2009   Post a comment
With demand for data converters gathering pace, NXP has announced a family of high-speed JEDEC JESD204A-based data converters, and simultaneously declared a renewed focus on the high-speed data converter market.
Analysis: AMD's fab-light strategy; myth vs. reality
News & Analysis  
6/1/2009   2 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is already benefitting from its decision to spin off the manufacturing operation but it will take years before the company gets to reap the full benefits of its fabless manufacturing strategy due to the nature of its relationship with spin off GlobalFoundries Inc.
Zuken launches CADSTAR ECAD-MCAD bridge
Product News  
6/1/2009   Post a comment
Zuken is introducing an important new bridging technology to the CADSTAR design suite " CADSTAR BoardModeler Lite. This technology provides an optimized environment for the verification of the PCB layout in its mechanical environment.
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