Showing posts with label Mixed Signal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mixed Signal. Show all posts

Texas Instruments(TI) to buy National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that TI intends to buy National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion, $25/share. These two semiconductor firms are analog semiconductor powerhouses with large businesses in non-analog markets as well. TI says that this move will immediately grow National’s sales team by 10x.

The article also states that TI has pulled out of the recession with a sharp rebound in orders while National Semi has not done as well. This apparently created a big acquisition opportunity for TI.

The bid's hefty premium casts light on a large but unglamorous semiconductor business—chips based on analog technology and used for such duties as amplifying radio signals in cellphones and managing power consumption in computers.

Debug and Validation of High Performance Mixed Signal Designs

Modern embedded and computing systems have become progressively more powerful by incorporating high-speed buses, industry standard subsystems, and more integrated functionality in chips. They have also become more complex, more sensitive to signal quality, and more time consuming to troubleshoot. While standards exist for many technologies commonly used within high performance digital systems, a major test requirement is to ensure that all elements are synchronized and perform as a seamless, integrated whole. This application note discusses testing and tools that enable evaluation of not only a single element, but also an entire system.