Tech news tagged ‘design’

Chip design is crucial to Europe, says Cadence v-p

Alexander Duesener, v-p of worldwide field operations in EMEA for Cadence Design Systems believes chip designers have a crucial role in maintaining Europe’s strengths in wireless and automotive systems. The biggest challenge in complex SoC design is verification. How are designers in Europe tackling complex chip verification?Alexander…

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Microchip adds op amps to PIC microcontrollers

Microchip has integrated a dual op amp into its 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. The PIC16F527 and PIC16F570 microcontrollers are designed with on-chip dual op amp module, 8-bit ADC and two comparators. Combining signal conditioning and amplification function, the devices implement a new hardware interrupt capability which allows designers…

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No substitute for a designer's experience, says Altium

We must give engineers to draw on their experience when starting new designs, writes Robert Huxel When an electronic design engineer creates a working environment, they don’t first make a bench, and then a power supply, and then a DMM, and then an oscilloscope or frequency counter. They procure…

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European chip design is vital for car industry, says EDA executive

Semiconductor design for automotive systems is an important and growing technology capability for European companies, according to Jean-Marie Saint-Paul, European director at Mentor Graphics. “Europe’s strong car industry is a big opportunity for the electronics design sector,” said Saint-Paul. It is important that Europe protect s…

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Big data opportuntiy for embedded systems firms

Why it is that we are only now starting to appreciate the value of big data and where all this data comes from, asks Matthew Caffrey, general manager at Chesterfield-based embedded systems supplier, DSP Design.

With the advent of the cloud and storage options becoming less expensive, the rush…

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Serbian ARM core developer signs sales deal

HDL Design House has appointment Airics to act as representative for its digital and analogue IP chip design and verification businerss in the Nordic region. Sweden-based Airics will be in charge of sales and promotion of HDL DH products and service to semiconductor companies in Sweden, Norway, Finland and…

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RS adds design rule checking to free PCB tool

RS Components has introduced the latest release of its software design tool for schematic capture and PCB layout, which is free for download. Called DesignSpark PCB Version 5.0, this latest version has two new features – online Design Rule Checking and buses – which have been introduced to further reduce design…

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Paris firm offers Xilinx FPGA partitioning

Paris-based FPGA partitioning software firm Flexras Technologies has released version 3.2 of its Wasga compiler design suite for FPGA-based prototyping. 

This new release supports the Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA and includes new features that accelerate SoC rapid prototyping.

“Collaboration with Xilinx has allowed us to optimize our…

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Open-source RF boards available from Richardson RFPD

The open-source RF design initiative, dubbed Myriad, has the support of US-based distributor Richardson RFPD. Richardson RFPD will begin stocking and selling the Myriad-RF-1 board to customers around the world via its website immediately. Myriad was launched by UK-based chip supplier Lime in March 2013…

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One or two die approach to automotive sensors

Roland Einspieler from magnetic position sensor supplier ams describes the measures it has taken to support the ISO26262 compliance programmes of automotive customers Under the provisions of ISO26262, the new functional safety standard, automotive component manufacturers have to develop a new safety process flow for every new application that they…

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