Microsemi buys White Electronic for $100 million News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Microsemi Corp., a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs, has resumed the buying spree that characterized the company in 2009, and agreed to acquire White Electronic Designs Corp. (Phoenix, Arix.) for a cash offer of $7 per share. The net transaction value is approximately $100 million, net of White Electronic's projected cash balance at closing, Microsemi said.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - UAD3+ tests and debugs complex SoCs Product News 3/13/2010 Post a comment The Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+) from pls (Programmierbare Logik & Systeme) is a hardware tool for high-end trace, multi-core and multi-target debugging, profiling, and calibration targeted for users of complex 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers (e.g. ARM7/9/11, Cortex-M3/R4/A8, PowerArchitecture, TriCore, XC2000/XE166 and SH-2A).
Are 18 and 20 bits now the new 16 bits? Product News 3/13/2010 3 comments Recently introduced 20-bit DACs are truly impressive, and revisit the eternal question: how do you measure this level of performance? . . . . . Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Synopsys discreetly acquires Gemini News & Analysis 3/11/2010 1 comment No news announcement. No press release. Yet, Synopsys Inc. has acquired Gemini Design Automation (Fremont, Calif.), a start-up company focused on the challenges of verifying complex analog and mixed-signal designs.
Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer News & Analysis 3/9/2010 2 comments Charles Thacker won the 2009 Turing Award for his work in the early 1970's on the Xerox PARC Alto, a forerunner of the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, and is now a Microsoft researcher testing out parallel programming concepts on a multi-core FPGA development system he designed.
IMEC, Altos team on chip design, prototyping services News & Analysis 3/8/2010 Post a comment IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) and Altos Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have joined forces to provide re-characterization of standard foundry or library vendor libraries including core and IO cells at different process, temperatures and/or voltages.
Agilent pads oscilloscope line Product News 3/4/2010 Post a comment Agilent's 14 latest models in its InfiniiVision 7000 series mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscope portfolio offer bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz, a 12.1-inch display, and hardware-accelerated search and navigate capability.
Mission critical: Oh S&*T! What happened to my brakes? Design How-To 3/3/2010 Post a comment Engineers need to have access to tools and models that ensure the software they are designing will run as intended when the products are in consumer's hands. System-level and platform-based tool providers or the EDA Consortium, the Global Semiconductor Alliance or the Semiconductor Industry Association need to shed the appropriate light on these critical issues.