Electronics Counterfeiters Get Their Day in Court

Just before the holidays in December 2015 the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut was quite busy: three Chinese nationals were arrested and held on federal criminal complaints pertaining to counterfeit Xilinx components and stolen, military-grade semiconductors from the U.S. Navy that were set to be exported from the United States. On the same day, Jeffrey…

Qualcomm, Xilinx Collaborate on Data Centers

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), today announced a strategic technical collaboration to deliver industry-leading heterogeneous computing solutions with new levels of efficiency and performance through FPGA-enabled dynamic workload acceleration on Qualcomm Technologies’ server platforms. The strategic collaboration is designed to span multiple product generations, ranging…

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Chip Mergers: For Arrow, So Far, So Good

So far, Intel Corp.’s acquisition of Altera Corp. has not affected either supplier’s relationship with global distributor Arrow Electronics Inc. Although neither company was mentioned by name, Arrow CEO Mike Long told analysts on a quarterly conference call this week that consolidation in the semiconductor market — which also includes NXP/Freescale and Avago/Broadcom — has…

Xilinx Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium

San Jose, Calif. — Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) announced today that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to collaborate and drive common architectures and frameworks within the Industrial IoT (IIoT).  Xilinx’s All Programmable, standards-based solutions combine software programmability, real-time processing, hardware optimization, and any-to-any connectivity with security and safety required by IIoT systems.  The…

Consumer Electronics Drive FPGA Growth

San Francisco, Calif. – The global field programmable gate array (FPGA) market is forecast to reach $9,882.5 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The key growth driver over the next six years is increasing demand for consumer electronics, including smartphones. The report, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Market Analysis By…

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Intel/Altera Could be a Distribution Game-Changer

Altera Corp.’s acquisition by Intel Corp. looks like a sure winner in all ways but one: Altera’s distribution channel. FPGA maker Altera and its closest rival Xilinx Inc. are two of the last suppliers practicing an unofficial distribution policy called “shelf-sharing.” Under shelf-sharing, a supplier refuses to be sold by (or “share shelf” with) any…

Intel: Still Betting Big Bucks on Change

Intel Corp. has reached a deal to acquire Altera Corp. for $16.7 billion in continuation of a multi-year effort by the company to widen its offerings and transform into an enterprise able to sell components into new markets, including faster-growing data center and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The planned acquisition of Altera, a leading…

Xilinx Updates Design Verification Tools

Xilinx Inc. (XLNX) has announced the acceleration of system verification with the release of the Vivado® Design Suite 2015.1, featuring major productivity advances  for the development and deployment of  All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs. This release includes the Vivado Lab Edition, accelerated Vivado Simulator and third party simulation flows, interactive clock domain crossing (CDC) analysis,…

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Quantifying Counterfeits: A Moving Target

Whenever someone in authority—such as the government, law enforcement or research firms — can’t answer a seemingly straightforward question, they often lapse into “it is being investigated;”  “it is a moving target;” or my personal favorite: “it is still very fluid.” Of course individuals and organizations want data, statistics and facts from their authorities, but…