PRODUCT HOW TO: Improving switch maintenance in PXI with BIRST
News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment
Switching systems are a key part of any test system, they allow users to connect the test equipment to the unit under test in different ways. Users consider the switching system to be perhaps one of the most likely parts of the system to fail, this article explores the reasons for concern and a way that one manufacturer has found to diagnose these problems.
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/23/2010 Post a comment
Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
Mentor names VP of new ventures
News & Analysis 2/19/2010 1 comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it has named Serge Leef, current general manager of the System Level Engineering division, as vice president of New Ventures, to expand the company into markets adjacent to EDA.
ISSCC, Nvidia shortfall lead weekly story ranking
News & Analysis 2/19/2010 Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Silicon Frontline enhances post-layout verification tools
Product News 2/19/2010 Post a comment
Startup Silicon Frontline Technology, Inc. has introduced the latest versions of its products for post-layout verification: F3D (Fast 3D) for fast 3D extraction and R3D (Resistive 3D) for 3D extraction and analysis of large resistive structures like power devices.
EU project to define next gen design methodologies
Product News 2/17/2010 Post a comment
Scientists and companies from Europe and Brazil have joined forces in an EU-backed project that aims to develop design methods and EDA tools in a view to remove the limitations in physical implementation effectiveness associated with technology scaling and advanced sub-wavelength lithography.
CoFluent bridges gap from UML to SystemC
Product News 2/15/2010 Post a comment
French ESL company CoFluent Design (Nantes, France) claimed it has developed a methodology that combines the OMG's (Object Management Group) standards UML (Unified Modeling Language), SysML (System Modeling Language) and MARTE (Modeling and Analysis for Real-Time and Embedded Systems) profiles.
IBM joins EU R&D project to slash chip design time
News & Analysis 2/11/2010 Post a comment
IBM Research Lab in Haifa, Israel, announced it has joined the European research project DIAMOND (Diagnosis, Error Modeling and Correction for Reliable Systems Design) to provide integrated diagnosis and correction for spec, design and soft errors.
Amkor beats Q4 sales target
News & Analysis 2/10/2010 Post a comment
Semiconductor test and assembly house Amkor Technology reported revenue of $668 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, surpassing analyst's expectations and the company's own revised sales target for the period, issued in December.
EDA: Aging or dying?
Blog 2/10/2010 5 comments
It is unreasonable to believe that the current technology revolution in the consumer market will continue while EDA dies. Let's agree to stop predicting the death of this important business and rather debate how it will mature (and grow).
An analyst's 10 reasons to be cheerful
News & Analysis 2/8/2010 Post a comment
Bill McClean, analyst with IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has provided ten reasons that support the idea that 2010 could be between a good and a great year for the semiconductor industry.
Metering chips feature isolated sensing technology
Product News 2/7/2010 Post a comment
Teridian Semiconductor has begun sampling its fourth generation residential smart metering integrated circuits (ICs) that eliminate costly current transformers and associated copper wiring in 2-element residential meters, with up to class 0.2-accuracy.
Cadence back in the black in Q4
News & Analysis 2/5/2010 Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) reported a net income of $2 million, based on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), for the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to a net loss of $1.63 billion a year ago.
Data logger supports all automotive bus systems
Product News 2/3/2010 Post a comment
For test and evaluation purposes in automotive environments, Ixxat automation GmbH (Weingarten, Germany) has developed its CARcorder diagnosis and data logging unit. The device supports all relevant bus systems such as CAN, FlexRay and LIN.
Formal verification with constraints It doesn't have to be like tightrope walking
Design How-To 2/2/2010 Post a comment
When developing constraints for a design, an all important question is whether the constraints are just right. This leads to the next question: will my formal tool let me know if I have over or under-constrained my design? Not so obvious, but also something to consider is whether I can intentionally un-constrain or over-constrain my design to derive some benefits?