General Electronics Industry News

Low power positioning receiver targets wearables

CSR and Hong Kong based GPS system manufacturer Maestro Wireless Solutions a positioning module with both GPS and GLONASS receivers in a  10 x 15mm package, which the suppliers say will see postioning technology used in wearable devices. The A5100-A receiver, which integrates CSR’s SiRFstar4 chipset, acquires and…

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IBM creates 'super' chip for neural networks

IBM is aiming at creating vast neural networks with a chip implementing one million neurons and 256 million programmable synapses. It is the biggest chip the firm has ever designed: 5.4bn transistors and a two-dimensional mesh network of 4096 ‘neuro-synaptic’ cores – which Samsung has built on a…

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Microsemi extends secure boot licence with Rambus

Microsemi  has extended its existing Differential Power Analysis (DPA) patent license from the Cryptography Research division of Rambus. This allows the FPGA supplier to continue to implement DPA-resistant secure programming and boot-up protocols in its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs. DPA is is used by hackers to…

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Murata improves accuracy of crystals

Murata has improved frequency tolerance and temperature characteristics of its crystal devices. The XRCGB-F-P series has a frequency tolerance of +/- 20 ppm (at +25 deg C), and frequency shift by temperature of +/- 20ppm max. (-30 to + 85 deg C). Compared to previous crystal units that had a combined…

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MathWorks runs real-time applications on Simulink

MathWorks has announced the introduction of Simulink Real-Time, which will allow designers to build and run real-time applications from Simulink models on dedicated target computer hardware connected to their physical systems. Combining the functionality of xPC Target and xPC Target Embedded Option, Simulink Real-Time supports real-time…

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Chip design has morphed into system design

EDA companies have become significant suppliers of silicon intellectual property (IP) Martin Lund, v-p of the IP business at Cadence tells Electronics Weekly about the importance of being more than an EDA tools company.  Q: Why is a silicon IP business strategically important to an EDA tool supplier? Martin…

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Cadence addresses extraction issues of finfets and double-patterning

Cadence Design Systems has enhanced the performance of its parastics extraction tool to address the challenges of chip design using double patterning process technology and finfets. The tool is used in digital and analogue chip design to calculate resistance and capacitance parasitics of on-chip interconnect. And the reason for…

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Future engineers get ARM accreditation

Future Electronics is strengthening its partnership with ARM by adding a microprocessor accredited engineer qualification to its ARM Accreditation Corporate Partnership. As a result Future Electronics has committed all of its 75 field applications engineers in the EMEA region to gain the ARM Accredited MCU Engineer (AAME) certificate. To gain…

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