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Microsemi buys White Electronic for $100 million
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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.
Are you ready to go nonlinear?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
3/27/2010   2 comments
S-Parameters are good and still essential, but you need to be ready to go into the nonlinear regime
Why milliwatts count in kilowatt designs
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2010   Post a comment
Despite the incongruity, "trivial" dissipation can impact much larger power issues
Anritsu's MP2100A BERTWave series to halve test time and costs
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The MP2100A BERTWave series measurement solution announced by Anritsu is an all-in-one instrument that performs simultaneous BER measurements and eye pattern analysis of active optical devices.
Education to reduce barriers to SOI adoption
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The SOI Industry Consortium has launched the 'Ready for SOI Technology' program to stimulate adoption of energy-efficient silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. A cornerstone of the program is education.
U.K. firm buys U.S. connector maker for $185 million
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Smiths Group plc, a broad U.K. engineering and instrumentation company, has announced the purchase of wafer probe and connector maker Interconnect Devices, Inc. (Kansas City, Kansas) for $185 million.
Designing 1-ppm DAC Accuracy into Instrumentation Applications (Part 1 of 2)
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Understand the challenges of achieving this level of converter performance
Mentor completes Valor acquisition
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it has completed the acquisition of Israel's Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. for about $82 million in cash and stock.
Twelve Things You Didn't Know a Scope Could Do
Design How-To  
3/15/2010   1 comment
The newer versions of this essential engineering tool can do more than you may realize
SOFTWARE TOOLS - UAD3+ tests and debugs complex SoCs
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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.
Monolithic DAC offers 18/20-bit performance, targets high-end MRI and related applications
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices AD5791 digital/analog converter yields >1 ppm accuracy, resolution, noise, and output drift; 1 μsec settling and update rate
Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer
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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, Synopsys to boost 3D stacked IC development
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) said it is using Synopsys' TCAD simulation tools for characterizing and optimizing the reliability and electrical performance of through-silicon vias (TSVs).
Jim Hogan joins GateRocket advisory board
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
FPGA verification and debug software vendor GateRocket Inc. announced veteran EDA investor Jim Hogan has joined its advisory board.
Carbon readies virtual models for ARM Mali GPUs
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Carbon Design Systems (Acton, Mass.) has released virtual models for ARM Mali Graphic Processor Units (GPUs).
Ensuring the thermal integrity of your IC package/PC board design
Design How-To  
3/8/2010   Post a comment
Some basic tests will verify your PCB/IC thermal modeling and reality
Improved user experiences are possible with enhanced FM radio data system (RDS) reception
Design How-To  
3/8/2010   Post a comment
Understand this FM broadcast "add-on", factors influencing RDS performance, and why it is important to improve the receiver performance.
IMEC, Altos team on chip design, prototyping services
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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.
RF meets power lines: designing intelligent smart grid systems that promote energy efficiency
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3/5/2010   Post a comment
Low-power analog, mixed-signal, and RF building blocks are needed to tranform the power-grid plans into reality
RF meets power lines: designing intelligent smart grid systems that promote energy efficiency
Blog  
3/5/2010   1 comment
Low-power analog, mixed-signal, and RF building blocks are needed to tranform the power-grid plans into reality
Forte enhances ex-Arithmatica's CellMath Designer
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3/5/2010   Post a comment
High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has started to ship the latest version of its CellMath Designer datapath synthesis and CellMath IP software.
The MathWorks automates industrial programmable control
Product News  
3/5/2010   Post a comment
The MathWorks has introduced Simulink PLC Coder for industrial control engineers to automatically generate IEC 61131 structured text for programmable controller devices.
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.
Wi-Fi tester encapsulates "keep it simple" principle
Product News  
3/3/2010   Post a comment
This handheld unit provides extensive insight and troubleshooting for IEEE 802-based LANs
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.


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