New on EDA Blog – 2007.06.15

Microchip Design Contest
Microchip and Circuit Cellar Magazine are sponsoring a design contest. Engineers have until October 16, 2007 to win their share of the $15,000 in prizes for their Microchip 16-bit embedded control design. Contestants can also win bonus points by using any of 17 eligible Microchip analog, communication and memory devices in conjunction with a Microchip 16-bit controller.

Embedded DSP Market
According to a new market study from Forward Concepts, general-purpose digital signal processor (DSP) chips is forecasted to grow 8% in 2007 to $9 billion. Forward Concepts predicts a more typical growth of 15% in 2008. The embedded DSP market is expected to grow to $17.6 billion in 2007, which is almost twice the size of the general-purpose DSP chip market.

Embedded Linux Adoption
According to Venture Development Corporation (VDC), Linux adoption is increasing in embedded system development projects. However, suppliers of branded commercial embedded Linux solutions will continue to be challenged in differentiating their Linux solutions from what is publicly available and demonstrating real value in order to maintain a premium for their products and support.

2006 Semiconductor Equipment Sales
SEMI reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $40.47 billion in 2006, representing a year-over-year increase of 23%. SEMI is the global industry association of companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers. Their data is available in the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (SEMS) Report.