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<p>At this point of time, Hasson said multiple customers, including Renesas and Realtek, are in various stages of evaluation, deployment and production usage of the Design Compiler 2010 technologies.</p>

The group's goal is to enable Cerberus arrange a leverage buyout of the company and recapitalize it by injecting additional funds into the chip supplier.

On Friday (March 5) The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and others reported that Fujitsu acknowledged that the company had received a letter from Nozoe's lawyer requesting that his resignation be reversed.

At least one report out of Japan says Nozoe, who joined Fujitsu in 1971, is seeking to regain his job because the reasons stated for his resignation were false, according to the Bloomberg report.

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According to the Wall Street Journal report, which quotes Nozoe's lawyer, Nozoe stepped down because a group of executives demanded his resignation, saying one of his acquaintances had ties to organized crime. The lawyer said a subsequent investigation yielded no evidence of ties to organized crime by the acquaintance.

A U.S.-based spokesperson for Fujitsu confirmed to EE Times that Fujitsu had been contacted by Nozoe's lawyer. The spokesperson said he could not provide further information on the matter at this time.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — During a presentation at the Semico Outlook Conference here, an executive for programmable logic vendor Altera Inc. outlined the current and future challenges for the semiconductor industry.

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Bradley Howe, vice president of IC engineering at Altera, said soaring R&D, IC design and process-technology costs are only some of the challenges.Perhaps the new and growing issue is less obvious: IC integration. Chip integration has reduced the cost in systems, but it is also creating a new and competitive environment. We are seeing a platform collision,” Howe said.

For example, FPGAs continue to advance and are integrating more functions, such as more complex digital signal processors (DSPs), processor cores, among other blocks. Complex microcontrollers are also adding more and more DSP functions, flash memory and even floating-point units. And in another example, processors cores are encroaching on the DSP space.

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Which platform technology will win in the long run? And will it be the ASIC, ASSP, FPGA, MCU or IP core? And which company will be left standing?

It's not clear, and all may coexist,” Howe said. The value propositions are different.”

Last year the company made a series of moves seen as gearing up for a broader push into new markets—including the TSMC deal, the acquisition of embedded software specialist Wind River Systems Inc. and the $1.25 billion settlement of longstanding legal issues with microprocessor rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Placing its partnership with TSMC on hiatus would appear to cast doubt on Intel's strategy to grow revenue by driving its x86 architecture beyond the PC to the embedded market and elsewhere.

Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at market research firm In-Stat, said placing the TSMC partnership on hold does not mean Intel's x86 will fail to make further inroads into the embedded and consumer markets. But he said Intel's quest will require patience.

It takes time. It takes a lot of time,” McGregor said. They have to build a relationship and build the product. You can't just flip a switch.”

McGregor noted that companies using ARM or MIPS architectures to build embedded and consumer products currently have many choices of chip vendors, something that would change if they moved to x86, where Intel is the only choice. Moving to an x86 architecture would also require huge changes in design and software, McGregor said.

Intel, by some accounts, is guilty of its own success,” McGregor said. No matter what, they are skewed as the 800-pound gorilla when they enter a new market.” This adds a layer of concern for anyone considering doing business with Intel, McGregor said.