This is a roundup of news or activities in the past few days that may be of interest to people.
Cosmic Circuits has announced the silicon availability of PLLs in multiple process technologies. The system-clocking PLLs are implemented in 55 and 40nm process technology, and will offer SoC designers a wide range of analog and digital PLLs to choose from – these include PLLs that support input frequencies ranging from 32 kHz- 2000 MHz without requiring any external components, PLLs that occupies extremely low core area, and spread-spectrum PLLs for EMI suppression. They expect to have similar announcements on the 28nm node in the coming months.
Moortec Semiconductor Ltd., have extended their embedded temperature sensor IP range to Global Foundries' 28nm technology. The IP, which is already available on TSMC's standard 65nm, 40nm and 28nm CMOS technologies, is typically applied for ASIC performance optimization, thermal management, device reliability, temperature sensing during device qualification (or burn-in) and device security.
The ZigBee® Alliance has announced that it is developing a new open standard designed for LED lighting control – ZigBee Light Link™. This forthcoming standard will help manufacturers develop a variety of lighting and control products, giving resellers and consumers a wide selection of interoperable wirelessly controlled lighting products for the home. The Alliance is creating a standard that will be as easy to use as a common dimmer switch. Light bulbs, LED fixtures, sensors, timers, remotes and switches built using ZigBee Light Link will not require special devices to coordinate in a home's network. Consumers will be able to easily install and add extra devices to their home lighting network. Like all devices in the ZigBee portfolio, ZigBee Light Link devices can be controlled over the Internet through connected computers, tablets and smart phones.
EnSilica has opened a new design center in India (Bangalore), to complement its existing design facilities in the UK. The new design center will be a center of excellence for the advanced verification of complex semiconductor products and IP. Verification services will be provided for both European and local customers based on a range of methodologies but with a particular focus on UVM (the Unified Verification Methodology) and SystemVerilog.
They also hope to broaden their design capabilities with the addition of new Verilog AMS (analog/mixed-signal) modeling, physical implementation and embedded software services. They are hoping to recruit 30 verification specialists for the new design center in 2012.
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