Looking at the onboard data acquisition Automotive DesignLine Blog 10/29/2004 Post a comment Now that the rainy season has set in I'm poring over the interesting stuff my race car's onboard data-acquisiton system has collected. It's supposed to help me go faster next year. We'll see.
System-Level-Design eröffnet neue FPGA-Perspektiven Blog 10/27/2004 Post a comment Programmierbarkeit ist der Schlüssel zur heutigen Elektronik: Die Eigenschaften eines Produkts werden nicht mehr nur von der Schaltung, sondern zunehmend durch die Software definiert. Dies gilt in zunehmendem Maße auch für FPGA-Designs.Daraus ergeben sich weitreichende Konsequenzen für den Konstrukteur.
Dynamic power in CMOS for WCDMA Power DesignLine Blog 10/26/2004 Post a comment Cell phones have come a long way since they were first introduced. Remember when they were about the size, and weight of a mason's brick? Now, they have dimensions of a couple inches and weight of a few ounces. They have a plethora of new features and function and all of them cost, and not just money. They cost power. What's being done to constrain power usage? Plenty, and here's a link to first rate research.
Still on the fence Blog 10/25/2004 Post a comment I can't help myself. Like the toddler curious about the wall socket, I'll trundle out to the polls and again vote for the lesser of two evils.
Life lessons to drive solutions to global woes Blog 10/25/2004 Post a comment Technology is impotent to solve global-scale problems unless those who drive technology innovations take some humble lessons from Life, the message for some 350 attendees at the PopTech gathering ended Saturday (October 23).
Le PDG d’Infineon encourage vivement une architecture centralisée des véhicules Blog 10/21/2004 Post a comment Wolfgang Ziebart, PDG d’Infineon Technologies AG, s’est inspiré d’un idéal futuriste, selon lequel les systèmes automobiles intelligents « parlent » entre eux et prennent des décisions vitales, pour expliquer à une assemblée d’ingénieurs que l’industrie automobile entre dans une ère où le logiciel jouera un rôle plus déterminant que le matériel dans les nouvelles technologies.
Catalytic adds key piece to ESL puzzle Blog 10/20/2004 Post a comment There's a missing element to electronic system-level design; how do we get the C/C++ representation in the first place? By adding fixed-point capabilities to Matlab, startup Catalytic is providing an answer.
Automotive electronics: safety, security, and ... entertainment Blog 10/19/2004 Post a comment My car was stolen. If the car had been equipped with a GPS device, the police might have been able to track it and the thief. As I sit here frustrated by my inability to find my car, however, I realize I am proving the points made by every industry analyst who spoke with us for this supplement.
The Relay Blog 10/18/2004 Post a comment I've never met Dean Karnazes and probably won't, even though our paths could soon cross again. I like running. He likes running-just a little bit more than I do.
Adaptive networks on the march Blog 10/18/2004 Post a comment When 802.11 developers talked of "ad hoc networks" in the late 1990s, they speculated about flexible, self-organizing networks, in which an individual user node would join and leave as appropriate tasks were initiated or completed.
If it were my money... Blog 10/16/2004 Post a comment As a forecaster, Steve Ohr's instincts are admittedly conservative. He has been watching the backups in the supply chain and worries whether the industry's sales have been too dependent on cellular handset forecasts. Certainly, projections for a billion units per year are absurd. "The semiconductor industry got shafted by overproduction in 2000...It took us two years to clear out the inventory," he exaggerates. "We can get shafted again." Read this think piece and decide for yourself...
Objectif zéro bogue pour les tâches embarquées Blog 10/15/2004 Post a comment Les systèmes embarqués d’aujourd’hui comportent couramment des milliers, voire des millions de lignes de code. Par ailleurs, le nombre d’ingénieurs logiciels qui œuvrent au sein d’une équipe de conception, tout comme leur budget de développement, est maintenant égal ou supérieur à celui de leurs homologues du secteur matériel. Les limites inhérentes aux solutions de vérification classiques font que près de la moitié des projets de développement des systèmes embarqués sont lancés avec plusieurs m
Electronic options are getting cheaper. Automotive DesignLine Blog 10/13/2004 Post a comment Racing season's over so I've turned my attention to road cars. I'm looking at a Dodge Magnum wagon as a tow car for the race car. It's not bad looking (for a station wagon) and outfitted with the V8, it manages to get out of its own way.
How Much Bandwidth Does Your Logic Analyzer Need? Blog 10/13/2004 Post a comment There is much confusion when it comes to discussing bandwidth and logic analyzers. It is imperative that digital system designers can trust their logic analyzer in order to achieve the fastest time-to-market. As frequencies continue to rise, the logic analyzer front-end needs to be treated with the same analog delicateness as an oscilloscope. In this feature article, Agilent Technologies' Brock J. LaMeres discusses the three techniques to translate a digital signal into analog metrics.
Improving productivity Blog 10/12/2004 Post a comment Getting engineers to listen to proposals about tools that would increase their productivity is like trying to get a mule's attention, says a self-proclaimed "sales weasel."
The incredible shrinking core Blog 10/11/2004 Post a comment Magnetics is a terrible embarrassment to many engineers, writes Sanjaya Maniktala, in this month's column on power supply design I suspect they often end up pretending it doesn't really matter ('magnetics-denial'), he says. But dc-dc size, it turns out, is more a function of reliability than of switching frequency. Undersizing the core, he reminds, can have some serious consequences.
Access points: appliances vs. software Blog 10/11/2004 Post a comment Intel recently abandoned its plans to add "soft access point" functionality to an upcoming PC chip set. Now, exactly why Intel would want to be in the soft-AP business I'm not sure: There doesn't appear to be any
Analog ICs: Trouble is brewing in Fat City Blog 10/11/2004 Post a comment During the last five years, we have truly witnessed a triumph of analog chips because of the exponential growth in the number of products that contain RF and high-speed analog technologies-like wireless devices, networking transceivers, digital cameras-where real-world analog signals are converted to digital formats for storage and processing.
The cost of FPGA packaging defects Blog 10/11/2004 Post a comment In previous columns, I explored the shortcomings of today's FPGAs and ICs in terms of package characteristics; the system design problems they are causing; the impact of poorly written application notes and data sheets; and the lack of good test circuits.
Is 90 nanometers a node too far? Blog 10/11/2004 Post a comment For some time, the industry has been nervously eyeing two seemingly unrelated issues: the enormous build-out of fab capacity in China and the continuing struggles with 90-nanometer processes.
More reconfigurable illogic Blog 10/6/2004 Post a comment Recently we ran two articles offering point-counterpoint perspectives on the future of microprocessors. They addressed the questions: Are microprocessors dead? Is reconfigurable logic the wave of the future? In response to those articles, here is one admittedly biased perspective that suggests that architectural options form more of a continuum than an either-or proposition.
Automakers Look to New Vision for Telematics Blog 10/4/2004 Post a comment Telematics isn't dead; it's just taking a nap.. Many automakers, for example, are revving up plans for Bluetooth-equipped phones in their vehicles. Others are pursuing various wireless concepts for in-vehicle navigation. And General Motors hasn't budged on its support of its OnStar Division, despite reports that the division is struggling financially.
Go for the three A's Blog 10/1/2004 Post a comment
There is no denying that supply and design chains are getting more complex. Outsourcing and globalization are the two primary culprits. Complexity brings with it a whole new set of management challenges — and threats — that require new skills and processes. Every month, Electronics Supply & Manufacturing brings you articles that try to make sense of the complexity and offer guidance for new strategies. And, once a year, we bring the issues to life at the Supply Networ
When politics matters Blog 10/1/2004 Post a comment Nine years ago, I was seated at a long dinner table in a rather nice home in Santa Fe. Around the table were Cyrix's executive staff and board of directors, which included Jack Kemp, quarterback and politician extraordinaire. Jack, who can really work a room, eventually turned the conversation to politics. The question put to the table was whom did we like in the upcoming Republican primaries and why.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.