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DesignCon: FPGA caveman lag in tools

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - FPGA vendors continue to keep pace with Moore’s Law. Altera Corp. and Xilinx Inc. have separately announced new and complex 28-nm devices. Intel Corp. will lend its semiconductor process technology muscle to build FPGAs for programmable logic startup Achronix Semiconductor Corp. at 22-nm and beyond under the terms of a recent agreement between the two companies.

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Tektronix opens Silicon Valley support facility

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Tektronix has opened a support center here which includes a Technology Center and the Tektronix Service Solutions Calibration Center. The site will have employees from Tektronix and from Fluke. "Tektronix has traditionally had a low key presence in Silicon Valley, with a sales office in Santa Clara," said Amir Aghdaei, President, Tektronix, in a statement. "Over the past 18 months, both Tektronix and Fluke have completed acquisitions that included key talent in the surrounding area."   Both Tektronix and Fluke are companies snapped up by Washington DC-based Danahar Corp. and operate independently as part of Danaher’s Test and Measurement strategic business segment.

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Firm rolls R&D foundry service

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Semiconductor Support Services Co., a provider of refurbished semiconductor manufacturing equipment, has launched an R&D manufacturing service. The service includes a fab and testing capabilities at its company headquarters in Cedar Park, Texas, northwest of Austin. It now houses 5,000 square feet of clean room, including a class 10 clean room with PVD deposition capability and metrology. The demo lab processes a wide variety of standard and experimental metals on substrates up to 200-mm.

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Xilinx buys high-level synthesis EDA vendor

SAN FRANCISCO—Programmable logic vendor Xilinx Inc. Monday (Jan. 31) said it acquired high-level synthesis vendor AutoESL Design Technologies Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Xilinx (San Jose, Calif.) said expanding its technology foundation and product portfolio to include high-level synthesis would enable the company to serve a broader base of companies where system architects and hardware designers are accustomed to designing at a higher level of abstraction in C, C++ and System C. Most of AutoESL's 25 employees located in Cupertino, Calif. and Beijing will be joining Xilinx, the company said.

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Advanced algorithmic synthesis for Xilinx FPGAs

Until now, the folks at Synfora have predominantly been known for their PICO Express algorithmic synthesis tool, which is used to design System-on-Chip (SoC) devices. Now, in an exciting move for FPGA designers, Synfora has released PICO Express FPGA, which provides advanced algorithmic synthesis technology optimized for Xilinx' high-performance Virtex-5 and low-cost Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs.

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Avnet Electronics Marketing, MathWorks, Texas Instruments, 4DSP and Xilinx collaborate to deliver new kits that address a full range of high performance to cost effective DSP requirements

Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) today announced the availability of three new development kits that further extend the ability of digital signal processing developers to easily adopt FPGAs in order to reach the highest levels of signal processing performance, optimize for cost and power and relieve system bottlenecks through co-processing. As Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms are made possible through work with industry-leading distribution, design services, tools and hardware partners, the new additions to the Xilinx DSP portfolio give developers the hardware, tools and reference designs to ensure a productive design flow across a diverse range of DSP applications.

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Xilinx Acquires AutoESL to Enable Designer Productivity and Innovation With FPGAs and Extensible Processing Platform

Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world's leading provider of programmable platforms, today announced the acquisition of high level synthesis leader AutoESL Design Technologies, Inc. Expanding Xilinx's technology foundation and product portfolio to include high level synthesis will enable the company to deliver the benefits of programmable platforms to a broader base of companies where system architects and hardware designers are accustomed to designing at a higher level of abstraction in C, C++ and System C. It will also enable Xilinx to address growing customer demand for tools that support electronic system-level (ESL) design methodologies for today's complex designs targeted in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

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