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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments