Actel Champions Embedded Systems Designers with Broad Range of Industry-Standard Processor Solutions

I copy/paste this article to my blog because I like Actel FPGA and would like to promote this wonderfull things.
Actel Contact:
Stephanie Mrus
Actel Corporation
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Actel Champions Embedded Systems Designers with Broad Range of Industry-Standard Processor Solutions

Company Expands Highly Configurable Offering with Industry’s Smallest Soft Micro and New 8051 Controller Core

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., January 29, 2007 — Delivering on its strategy to support embedded systems designers with a comprehensive portfolio of processor solutions, Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) today introduced two free controller cores; the small, easy-to-use CoreABC and the configurable Core8051s. These cores complement the company’s existing library of industry-standard options, including a variety of ARM, 8051 and LEON processor solutions, optimized for Actel’s field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). In addition to third-party tools and capabilities, Actel also offers a comprehensive development environment, boards and reference designs to support its processor offerings. This ecosystem of tools and support enable Actel customers to get system-level products to market quickly and reduce cost and risk.

"The abundance of software and support available for industry-standard architectures eliminates the pain typically associated with adopting proprietary technologies," said Rich Brossart, vice president, product marketing at Actel. "Our growing processor portfolio enables embedded systems designers to select the best processor for their application and combine it with the core benefits offered by Actel’s flash-based FPGAs – ease of design, reprogrammability, and reduced development cost and risk."

Brossart continued, "Moving forward, we plan to continue the development of optimized processor solutions based on industry-standard architectures, enabling customers to further exploit the processors and tools they are familiar with when using Actel's innovative FPGAs."

Actel Expands Processor Library with Free, Easy-to-Use Cores

A powerful and easy-to-use solution for a broad range of embedded control applications, Actel's CoreABC is the industry's smallest and first RTL-programmable soft micro for FPGAs. The free controller features deterministic operation, very fast I/O response (less than 100 nanoseconds) and supports the advanced peripheral bus (APB) interface. Designers are able to use CoreABC in small Actel devices, such as the flash-based, low-cost A3P030 ProASIC3 device, because the free controller can be implemented in as few as 241 tiles and used without RAM or ROM resources. Implementation starts at less than 10 cents per instantiation.

Compatible with the industry-standard 8051 ASM51 instruction set, Core8051s allows designers to take advantage of the vast array of existing industry tools, knowledge and application software for the 8051 architecture. The controller, a higher performance version of the company's popular Core8051, features one clock per instruction throughput and supports a range of configurable peripheral functions. Core8051s connects to the APB bus for easy integration with other APB peripherals using Actel's CoreConsole tool.

Software, Support Critical to Design Success

To support its broad portfolio of processor solutions, Actel delivers a comprehensive development environment, including the Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE), CoreConsole IP deployment platform, and SoftConsole software program development environment, as well as boards and reference designs. The processor cores are also supported by third-party tools and capabilities – from highly efficient C-compilers and co-verification solutions to advanced hardware acceleration. Key partners and third-party suppliers include Aldec, CriticalBlue, IAR, ImpulseC, and Keil.

Like all Actel processors, the two new free cores operate with the industry-standard AMBA bus interface enabling flexible, cost-effective system-on-chip (SoC) solutions across a broad range of markets and applications. Intellectual property (IP) vendors worldwide support the AMBA bus with a large number of peripheral IP cores, enabling designers to find and implement the specific functional elements needed for their embedded designs.

Pricing and Availability

Actel's DirectCore processors, including the new CoreABC and Core8051s, are available free of charge via Actel's CoreConsole software. The cores can be used in Actel single-chip FPGAs, including the Actel Fusion™, IGLOO™ and ProASIC3™ families. The fault-tolerant LEON3 processor core, optimized for Actel's military, aerospace and high-reliability customers, is available from Actel's CompanionCore partner Gaisler Research. For more information, please visit www.actel.com/products/ip.

About Actel
Actel Corporation is the leader in single-chip FPGA solutions. The company is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 2061 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, Calif., 94043-4655. For more information about Actel, visit www.actel.com. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835).

The Actel, Actel Libero, Actel IGLOO, Actel ProASIC3 and Actel Fusion names and logos are trademarks of Actel Corporation. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.


Link: http://www.actel.com/company/press/2007/1/29


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Get your fingers ready for the new mobile Phone from Apple (iPhone ?) or the openmoko phone

Maybe it is time to train for the next generation of mobile phones. If you want to be an expert in using the next gen phone you can visit the following site:



Have fun with it


Oh and yes, when in march the iPhone will be launched you will be an fast-user of the devices ;-)


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Achronix gets money for multi-Ghz FPGA!

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Achronix Semiconductor Corporation, the multi-GHz Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) company today announced that it has completed a $25.4 million Series A Preferred Stock financing. New York-based New Science Ventures and Waltham-based Battery Ventures led the transaction, which also included Entrepia Ventures and Easton Capital Investment Group. Larkspur Capital Corporation advised Achronix and acted as the placement agent for the transaction.

"The Achronix solution is compelling because multi-GHz performance can be achieved with an architecture and toolset familiar to existing designers," said Somu Subramaniam, Managing Partner of New Science Ventures. "The company is uniquely positioned to address the $20+ billion high-performance segment of the global ASIC/ASSP/FPGA market."

"Over the years we have evaluated many companies in this space and we never invested until now," said Morgan Jones, General Partner from Battery Ventures. "Achronix is clearly differentiated from the other players by its technology, its strategy, its team, and its ability to execute."

The Achronix financing is one of the largest technology Series A rounds in the last several years and comes on the heels of more than two years of self-funded development by Achronix that resulted in proving multi-GHz performance in silicon, executing strategic partnerships with key electronic design automation providers, and recruiting a management team of successful Silicon Valley veterans.

"We are very excited to be backed by such a high quality group of financing partners with proven track records of success in building great technology companies," said John Lofton Holt, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Achronix. "This level of financing, when combined with our proven technology and our world class team, will allow us to deliver unprecedented performance to our customers in 2007 and beyond."

About Achronix Semiconductor

Achronix Semiconductor is a privately held fabless corporation based in San Jose, California. Achronix builds the world's fastest field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) achieving 2 GHz system performance. FPGAs are reconfigurable devices, enabling short time-to-market and field upgrades. Applications of FPGAs include communications, networking, high performance computing, digital signal processing, aerospace and defense systems, medical imaging, and a growing range of other areas. Information about Achronix can be found on the Internet at http://www.achronix.com/ .

About New Science Ventures

New Science Ventures, LLC is a New York-based venture capital fund focused on science-based investments with the potential to create order of magnitude improvements in costs or performance. Previous investments have been in the semiconductor, life science, and material science sectors. NSV's portfolio includes investments in the US, Europe, India and China and is balanced between early and late stage companies.

About Battery Ventures

Since 1983, Battery has been investing in technology and innovation worldwide. The firm partners with entrepreneurs and management teams across technology sectors, geographies and stages of a company's life, from start-up and expansion financing, to growth equity and buyouts. Battery has supported many breakthrough companies around the world, including: Airespace (acquired by Cisco), Akamai Technologies (AKAM), Cbeyond (CBEY), LIFFE (acquired by Euronext), Neoteris (acquired by NetScreen Technologies), and SigmaTel (SGTL). Its current portfolio includes emerging firms such as Advent Solar, Lion Cells, Netezza, Spot Runner, and Tejas Networks, as well as more established companies such as ITA Software, Made2Manage, MetroPCS, and Nova Analytics.

From offices in Boston, Silicon Valley and Israel, Battery manages more than $2B in committed capital. For more information, visit http://www.battery.com/ .

About Entrepia Ventures

Entrepia Ventures invests in private, technology-based, expansion-stage companies that stand to benefit from market or technology affiliation with Japan. Operating out of offices in Santa Clara, Montreal and Tokyo, Entrepia helps its portfolio companies generate incremental top-line growth to become more competitive, successful and valuable. Anchored on access, relationships, a hands-on approach, and on-the-ground presence, Entrepia's "Japan link" strategy is directed towards investment opportunities worldwide in IT, communications, electronics and core technologies.

About Easton Capital Investment Group

Easton Capital Investment Group is a New York-based venture capital firm with a broad portfolio of investments, primarily in growth capital and healthcare opportunities. It currently invests through two funds, Easton Capital Partners LP and Easton Hunt New York LP. Easton's target investments are well-managed companies characterized by differentiated products addressing major unserved markets. Easton's partners have more than 180 years experience in venture capital, having managed more than $1.5 billion in assets. Easton has offices in Manhattan and Florida. For more information, visit http://www.eastoncapital.com/ .

About Larkspur Capital (Placement Agent)

Larkspur Capital Corporation is an NASD Broker dealer that structures and finances acquisitions and expansions through the private debt and equity markets. Since 1995, Larkspur has been active in a broad range of industries including technology and healthcare. It is based in New York City.

Achronix Semiconductor Corporation

CONTACT: Greg Martin of Achronix Semiconductor Corporation,
+1-408-889-4142, greg@achronix.com

Web site: http://www.achronix.com/

Disaster for European High-Tech

I don't feel good about the electronic industry in Europe at the moment, there are to few companies left that are pure European. It is time to work for the future, to invest in jobs... not like we are doing at this time we have to start up our economic rocket engine...


If we keep doing like this the semiconductor industry in Europe will be soon death.


Disaster for European High-Tech

It is a major blow for European high-tech as Crolles2 unravels with first NXP, and now Freescale, pulling out, leaving STMicroelectronics on its own with TSMC as a kind of junior partner.

Without Crolles 2 as a beacon of EU-subsidised process technology R&D, a lot of European work on related technologies, such as production equipment, will be de-emphasised.

Jobs will go at Crolles, and those are the jobs of highly skilled scientists and technologists which Europe should be doing its best to increase, not diminish.

OK, so there’s IMEC, but IMEC can only expand in so far as it has commercial contracts requiring more personnel, and IMEC already has most of the available major CMOS practitioners signed up.

Crolles 2 partners NXP and Freescale, both now under the yoke of private equity firms’ tight accounting procedures, are running for cover to where they know best.

For Michel Mayer, CEO of Freescale, where he knows best is IBM, his old company. He is to give up Freescale’s involvement in Crolles2 and throw in his lot with IBM’s process technology team.

NXP is to throw in its lot with TSMC, co-founded by NXP’s former owner Philips, and a long-time partner of NXP for foundry and technology exchange.

When Jacques Chirac, President of France, opened Crolles 2 a couple of years ago, he would doubtless have been appalled if he’d had an inkling that two of the three partners in such a flagship project for European technology prowess could pull out so abruptly.

To the EC funding bodies, these defections will be a breach of trust which may imperil future funding of high-tech R&D by the European public authorities.

After the shedding of European-based labour by the big semiconductor companies following on the 2001 tech collapse, the EC authorities were already sceptical about the European high-tech companies' claims that they were long-term job creators.

Now the authorities will be even more sceptical when it comes to considering future requests for public funding of high-tech projects.

Whichever way you look at it, this is a disaster for European high-tech.

Where will the benefit of years of EU-subsidised work at Crolles go? Who will reap the rewards from the multi-hundreds of millions of Euros contributed by the EC and by European national governments?

The answer is a few rich guys at the private equity funds, and a handful of the managers at NXP and Freescale who have profits-sharing, targets-based, contracts with their new owners.

How they must be laughing at the poor old European tax-payer.


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At least: ACTEL FPGA's for non-big companies

Read this article: http://www.sys-con.com/read/326169.htm


I hope this will contribute to the rise of an 'ACTEL FPGA community' with more Application Notes, Open-source stuff, development boards, website and other 'non-ACTEL' Actel FPGA stuff'.


MANSFIELD, Texas and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mouser Electronics, Inc., the fastest growing distributor in the electronics industry, and Actel Corporation , the leading supplier of nonvolatile field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technologies, today announced that the two companies have signed a global distribution agreement. This partnership complements Actel's existing distributor relationships and expands Actel's reach to customers seeking readily available, small-volume quantities. Customers can browse and purchase Actel's products through Mouser's printed catalog or directly from their website at http://www.mouser.com/actel . Later this month, Actel will also offer a "Buy Online" capability powered by Mouser on Actel's own website at http://www.actel.com/ .

Mouser's inventory includes the flash-based ProASIC3 and ProASIC Plus families, the antifuse-based MX, eX, SX-A and Axcelerator solutions, starter kits for the Actel Fusion, ProASIC3/E, ProASIC Plus and Axcelerator families, as well as the Silicon Sculptor3, FlashPro3 and FlashPro Lite programmers and adaptors.

"The ability to purchase smaller quantities of board-level components via credit card and start designing with them within 24-48 hours is quickly becoming a need, rather than a 'nice to have', for designers around the globe," said Dennis Kish, Actel senior vice president, sales and marketing. "Working with Mouser's efficient online global distribution capabilities, we can extend the availability of Actel's FPGAs, providing even more customers with solutions that deliver the power, security, reliability, and total system cost advantages they require."

"We're pleased to offer Actel's innovative FPGA products to our engineering customers for their new design projects," said Mike Scott, Mouser Vice President of Active and Passive Components. "We're also pleased to help Actel gain new customers and penetrate new markets through our innovative marketing programs."

According to Scott, the distribution agreement with Actel is in keeping with Mouser's unique business model of rapid introduction of the newest, most innovative products and the latest technologies, further enhancing the distributor's time-to-market advantage for their design engineering customers.

Mouser reaches a unique customer base of diverse business accounts that represent a wide range of small, medium and large companies, as well as individuals and consultants who recommend, specify and purchase board-level components for product designs that other distributors don't reach.

The distributor's broad-based product line, unsurpassed customer service, and streamlined warehouse operations make Mouser the design engineer's one- stop shop for all the board-level components and associated development tools necessary for total project design.

About Mouser

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is an electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers. Mouser.com features over 735,000 products online from more than 300 manufacturers. Mouser's 1,800+ page catalog is published every 90 days, providing designers with up-to-date data on the components now available for the next generation of electronic devices. Mouser ships globally to over 280,000 customers in 170 countries from its 432,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in Mansfield, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.mouser.com/ .

About Actel

Actel Corporation is the leader in single-chip FPGA solutions. The company is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 2061 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, Calif., 94043-4655. For more information about Actel, visit http://www.actel.com/. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835).


Mouser and Mouser Electronics are registered trademarks of Mouser Electronics, Inc. All other products, logos, and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

The Actel, Actel Fusion, ProASIC3/E, ProASIC Plus, Axcelerator, Silicon Sculptor3, FlashPro3 and FlashPro Lite names and logos are trademarks of Actel Corporation. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

Actel Corporation

CONTACT: Stephanie Mrus, Senior Manager, Public Relations of Actel
Corporation, +1-650-318-4614, or stephanie.mrus@actel.com; or Marketing
Communications Manager of Mouser Electronics, Inc., +1-817-804-3857, or fax,
+1-817-804-3803, or ellie.rovai@mouser.com

Web site: http://www.mouser.com/

Web site: http://www.actel.com/

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Using the Wii can be healthy!

Read this interesting article about a new health guru name the Wii !


Title : 'It's official. Wii use can cause weight loss'


Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070119/tc_nm/nintendo_wii_we...


Running to the shop to get a wii at this moment

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The FPNI is born!

FPNI = 'field programmable nanowire interconnect'


Check this article titled 'HP touts FPGA breakthrough'




It seems like the FPGA world will never stop!


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St. Elmo's Fire Lyrics

This song made my morning today so I feel obligated to post this great lyric on my blog! especially the part: I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea.


This made me believe more into my own capabilities to go for some things in my life :)

Growin' up, you don't see the writing on the wall
Passin' by, movin' straight ahead, you knew it all
But maybe sometime if you feel the pain
You'll find you're all alone, everything has changed

Play the game, you know you can't quit until it's won
Soldier on, only you can do what must be done
You know in some way you're a lot like me
You're just a prisoner and you're tryin' to break free


I can see a new horizon underneath the blazin' sky
I'll be where the eagle's flying higher and higher
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels
Take me where my future's lyin', St. Elmo's Fire

Burning up, don't know just how far that I can go (just how far I go)
Soon be home, only just a few miles down the road
I can make it, I know I can
You broke the boy in me, but you won't break the man


I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea
I can feel St. Elmo's Fire burnin' in me, burnin' in me

Just once in his life a man has his time, and my time is now, I'm coming alive

I can hear the music playin', I can see the banners fly
Feel like you're back again, and hope ridin' high
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels
Take me where my future's lyin', St. Elmo's Fire


I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea
I can feel St. Elmo's Fire burnin' in me

Burnin', burnin' in me, I can feel it burnin'
Oooh, burnin' inside of me... (to fade)

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The Top-10 Programmable Logic "How To" articles of 2006

As most of the visitors of this blog are interested in FPGA and their technology I hereby put some of the most interesting articles about technology about FPGA's and everything around (or inside ) them. Enjoy this links 


#10 Alternative computing solutions, from single cores to arrays of 'things'
There are many ways of performing computations, including single CPU or DSP processors (chips or cores), multiple processors, arrays of "things", and "great big piles of gates."

#9 The state-of-play in multi-processor and reconfigurable computing
When a conventional processor (core) cannot meet the needs of a target application, it becomes necessary to evaluate alternative solutions such as multiple cores and/or configurable cores.

#8: How to take advantage of partial reconfiguration in FPGA designs.
The capability of designs to leverage partial reconfiguration opens doors to a whole host of applications.

#7: How to invert three signals with only two NOT gates (and *no* XOR gates): Part 2.
In part two of this article, we consider a dynamic solution to our original problem (using a ring oscillator and other "stuff"); also, we learn how to implement a NOT gate using four AND gates!

#6: FPGA Architectures from 'A' to 'Z' – Part 2.
If you are new to FPGAs, there are a bewildering number of different architectures and related concepts; but fear not, because this tutorial explains all.

#5: All About FPGAs.
An industry expert examines field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), including current and forthcoming architectures, technologies, and software tools.

#4: How to implement a digital oscilloscope in Structured ASIC fabric.
Structured ASICs provide quicker time-to-market and lower development costs than standard ASICs, while also providing higher performance and lower unit costs than FPGAs.

#3: How to invert three signals with only two NOT gates (and *no* XOR gates): Part 1
Even for hardened logic designers, these solutions will delight and entertain; also, there's a new "Brain Boggler" to be pondered.

#2: FPGA architectures from 'A' to 'Z' – Part 1
If you are new to FPGAs, there are a bewildering number of different architectures and related concepts; but fear not, because this two-part tutorial explains all.

#1: An introduction to different rounding algorithms
The mind soon boggles at the variety and intricacies of the rounding schemes that may be used for different applications. In addition to introducing different techniques, this article provides real-world examples of the types of errors associated with the different rounding schemes applied at various stages throughout a digital filter.


Here is the link to the article:



Learn SystemC for developing FPGA applications

Hi all,


today I got myself the informaiton and tools to study SystemC for developing FPGA applications. For now I have only one problem for getting into this material and that is one big missing in my life: TIME!!!!


Here are the links where you can download and learn some SystemC tricks:

* Tutorials (blog): http://sclive.wordpress.com/tag/sytemc-tutorials/

* Tutorial (website): http://www.asic-world.com/systemc/index.html

* LiveCD for SystemC: http://www.esperan.com/livecd/index.html

This liveCD includes a tutorial from Esperan. They are a real good point to start with SystemC.


If you have developed some SystemC applications or have found other tutorials can you please post this as a reaction to this post?


thanks in advance you blog readers!


* by the way there is also a good tutorial on VHDL on one of those website check this out: http://www.asic-world.com/vhdl/index.html


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Why 2007 will be a good year for the semiconductor industry...

Check out this article:



This is why:


SAN JOSE, Calif. — Based on a record setting level of new fabs coming online in 2007, Strategic Marketing Associates Inc. (SMA) expects capital spending to hit $60 billion in 2007.

''This will be the second highest level of spending in the history of the industry,'' said George Burns, president of market research firm SMA (San Luis Obispo, Calif.).

SMA expects 29 fabs to come online and begin volume production this year. The value of these fabs when fully equipped will exceed $44 billion.

As many as nine new DRAM fabs will come online in 2007. ''Companies like Powerchip, TECH Semiconductor, ProMOS, Samsung, Nanya, Inotera Hynix, and Winbond will all bring new DRAM fabs online,'' Burns said in a statement.

Burns expects that $8.5 billion of new microprocessor fabs by Intel and AMD will also come online in 2007, as well as $4.5 billion of new flash memory fabs. ''Add in almost $4 billion of new foundry fabs,'' Burns said, ''and its almost inevitable that capital spending will grow this year.''

''Already companies like Micron, AMD, TSMC, SanDisk, Inotera and ProMOS have indicated that they will be budget more in 2007 than in 2006,'' according to Burns.

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How to teach a billion transistor chip a new trick

The title shows it all; follow the next link to get more information on how you can teach your favorite FPGA to do new tricks.

The presentation focuses on stream applications (video,...).




Conclusion: It is possible to learn your dog new tricks, so in the future it will be more easily to learn your billion transistor chip new tricks :):)

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Lyrics from the song I am currently listening to

I thought love was only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me
Love was out to get me
That's the way it seemed.
Disappointment haunted all my dreams.

And then I saw her face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm in love ooooo whoa
I'm a believer I couldn't leave her if I tried.

I thought love was more or less a givin' thing.
Seems the more I gave the less I got.
What's the use in trying?
All you get is pain.
When I needed sunshine
I got rain.

And then I saw her face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm in love ooooo whoa
I'm a believer I couldn't leave her if I tried.


Love was out to get me
Now that's the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my dreams

And then I saw her face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm in love ooooo whoa
I'm a believer I couldn't leave her if I tried.

Then I saw her face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
Said I'm a believer
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
I'm a believer

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European chip sales growing fast, says SIA

LONDON — European sales of semiconductors continued to improve in the latter part of 2006, with the three-month moving average of sales for September to November up by 14.8 percent on the previous three months, outpacing all other regions according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Sales in Europe increased from an average of $3.2 billion a month during June to August to $3.68 billion for September to November, while those for the Americas region increased by 3.8 percent to $4 billion, with Japan increasing 8.6 percent to $4.25 billion and Asia Pacific also doing well growing by 12.9 percent to $10.8 billion.

Global sales of semiconductors reached $22.7 billion in November according to the SIA, an increase of 11.3 percent from the $20.4 billion in November 2005. Sales increased by 3.1 percent from the $22.0 billion reported in October.

For the first 11 months of 2006, worldwide semiconductor sales totaled $225.1 billion, an increase of 9.4 percent from the like period of 2005 when sales were $205.7 billion.

Europe also fared well for month-to-month sales, up 4 percent in November 2006 to $3.7 billion, while sales in the Americas region declined by 0.5 percent to $4 billion. Asia Pacific fared best, growing by 4.4 percent between October to November to reach $10.8 billion, with Japan showing a 2.6 percent rise to $4.25 billion.

However, Europe is still the poorest performer in 2006, with year to year sales to Novemmber only recording a growth of 4.3 percent to $3.7 billion, reflecting the a slow start to sales in 2006. Asia Pacific grew at the strongest pace, up 15 percent to $10.8 billion, with chip sales up 6.6 percent in the Americas to $4 billion.


Article link: http://www.eetimes.com/news/semi/showArticle.jhtml;jsessi...


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Austrian foundry manufactures DS2 chips

Austrian foundry manufactures DS2 chips

Austriamicrosystems AG has been contracted to manufacture the DSS7800 for Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio SA (Valencia, Spain.

December 29 2006, 5:09 AM (EE Times)
by:  Jesper Olsson
According to EETimes the foundry business unit within Austriamicrosystems AG has said it has been contracted to produce the DSS7800 IC for Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio SA (Valencia, Spain), also known as Design for Systems on Silicon or DS2.

The analog chip is expected to be the basis for development of 200-Mbit per second powerline communications products.

"We will be demonstrating this product during the Consumer Electronic Show, Las Vegas," said Jorge Blasco, president and chief executive officer of DS2, in a statement issued by austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstaetten, Austria).

"The innovative analog chip DSS7800 is already the second successful product in our long lasting cooperation with DS2," said Peter Gasteiner, senior vice president and general manager of foundry at austriamicrosystems, in the same statement.

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