Designers are taking back the JTAG test bus!
Blog 10/30/2003 Post a comment
It's not just for test anymore: Recent extensions to JTAG not only enhance its test coverage, but also make it useful for design as well, says this National Semiconductor technologist. Suppliers of CPLD's and FPGA's were quick to support IEEE 1532 standard for Boundary-Scan-based In-System-Configuration of programmable devices. Now designers have a way to develop flexible systems where functionality can be adapted to a specific customer or application, he says.
Let's reverse the trend of reverse auctions
Blog 10/28/2003 Post a comment
The Internet is delivering most of its promises, but the use of online reverse auctions could drive products into a commodity status with the potential for all but eliminating product R&D, devaluing and destroying service, and likely bringing the electronics industry to its knees.
Future Opportunities in the Mobile Power IC Business
Blog 10/21/2003 Post a comment
Communications Industry Researchers, Inc. says that most manufacturers of Power ICs for mobile electronic device ??devices such as notebook computers, cell phones, PDAs and portable DVD players believe opportunities abound over the next decade, as the mobile sector grows and its power management requirements become more complex and more demanding.
Steamed up over temperature
Blog 10/15/2003 Post a comment
Temperature ratings are illusive, reminds Bill Klein in the latest installment of his popular "Call I Took Last Week" last week series. You need to pay attention, not just to "mins" and "maxes," but also to ambient temperatures, junction temperatures and even storage conditions, Bill says. He certainly knows how to get your attention: You don't want your system crapping out prematurely, do you?
China's low labor costs are no substitute for diligent supply chain management
Blog 10/13/2003 Post a comment
For hundreds of OEMs and EMS providers in the United States, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and elsewhere in Asia, the allure of China's vast low-cost labor pool has proven irresistible. However, the savings realized by paying Chinese factory workers $1 a day may be so intoxicating that they are masking new costs and supply chain management issues that manufacturers are finding convenient to overlook.
Embedded Processors of Tomorrow
Blog 10/10/2003 Post a comment
Future embedded processors will be a combination of the unrecognizable and
the all-too-familiar. Unrecognizable because they'll be festooned with
coprocessors and accelerators, intrachip networks, elaborate value speculation,
unfathomable branch prediction, enormous multilevel caches, and inscrutable
instruction sets. All-too-familiar because old embedded processors never die.
Expect to see 8051s, Z80s, and more descendants of the x86 line soldier on in
Fixed-point math in C
Blog 10/7/2003 4 comments
Floating-point arithmetic can be expensive if you're using an integer-only processor. But floating-point values can be manipulated as integers, asa less expensive alternative.
No easy answers for Motorola's semiconductor business
Blog 10/6/2003 Post a comment
Will new leadership at Motorola Inc. change the fortunes of the company's troubled Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS)?
Although most of Motorola has fallen on tough times during the past few years, SPS has fallen harder and faster. With SPS facing problems, including excessive costs, a loss of technological leadership, and a major downsizing of its manufacturing operations, a new vision and strong leadership will be needed to rescue this division, iSuppli believes.
eCos porting guide
Blog 10/6/2003 Post a comment
The first task when using any new operating system is to get it up and running on your hardware. The open-source eCos RTOS makes that part pretty easy.