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Time to stock the RF library
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/31/2011   Post a comment
I just heard from the team at SciTech publishing that they are setting up a big sale on RF/Microwave titles. I asked for details, and this is what they sent me. I hope you find it useful...
Peter Alfke Remembered, 1931-2011
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2011   5 comments
My friend Mike Santarini, publisher of Xcell Journal at Xilinx just told me of the passing of Peter Alfke, who was with Xilinx for more than 20 years.
Tool tackles hardware software codesign for ARM-based FPGAs
10/31/2011   2 comments
Hardware/software co-design available for ARM-based FPGA designers using Space Codesign…
My mother’s twisted relationship with Lord Voldemort
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/31/2011   24 comments
I have to admit that my eyebrows went up higher than usual when my mother informed me that she used to bounce Lord Voldemort on her knee when he was a little lad…
Travel Nightmares: Propellors?
10/31/2011   Post a comment
David Ashton fights for seats - any seats as he hops around the world on staff tickets...
Judge sides with CTIA on cell phone warnings
10/28/2011   20 comments
Melodramatic cell phone safety risk warnings are a violation of the First Amendment, ruled U.S. District Judge William Alsup as he overturned most of a San Francisco ordinance mandating such warnings.
What were they thinking: Pizza cutters galore
10/28/2011   Post a comment
For some fun this week, I turn to pizza – one of my favorite weekend foods and look at ways to cut the pizza…
The story behind the story
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/28/2011   11 comments
No person is an island and no career path is a straight line. Who got, or didn't get, you where you are today?
Blame IT
Design Contests & Competitions  
10/27/2011   6 comments
IT folks are least according to our September cartoon caption winner. And of course he means what he says, right?
Sony and Ericsson divorce
10/27/2011   3 comments
Sony purchased Ericsson’s 50% share of Sony Ericsson for $146 billion today, ending the ten-year mega partnership.
Intel’s Mr. Touchy and Mr. Feely
10/27/2011   6 comments
When I was asked to meet with two Intel’s consumer gurus about a month ago, I gladly accepted the invitation; but I wasn’t quite sure if the meeting would yield a newsworthy story.
LSI to buy SandForce
Memory Designline Blog  
10/27/2011   4 comments
This just in. LSI Corporation has announced its intent to acquire SandForce, Inc.
AES 131st Convention photo gallery
Audio DesignLine Blog  
10/26/2011   Post a comment
A photo gallery from the show floor of the recent 131st AES Convention in NYC includes photos of everything from exhibits and audio product demos to audio publications and even an electromechanical Rastafarian!
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup
10/26/2011   Post a comment
OCP, Mentor, Synopsys, Open Silicon, NextOp, Numetrics and the Portland group made the lineup today. See here for their news…
First sighting of Cadence’s virtual prototype
10/26/2011   Post a comment
Cadence and Xilinx are teaming up to provide system-level verification via a virtual platform for the Zynq family of devices…
The hiring problem
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/26/2011   64 comments
Engineering is one of the hardest open job slots to fill today. Why are so many of you unemployed then?
How it was: Life in the typing pool (I)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/26/2011   8 comments
In which my mother relates how, in September 1948, she was eager to start work on her first day as a qualified Shorthand Typist...
Wow – Silego Technology sees 1127% growth!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/26/2011   Post a comment
Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500 recognizes Silego Technology as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America
Guest Column: Amplifier Trends 2012 — the evolving op amp
10/25/2011   Post a comment
Amplifiers are the hidden heroes of any system, and often unappreciated even as their role changes and expands.
What part of Part 15 didn’t you read?
10/25/2011   20 comments
I saw the recent TI announcement of their 6LoWPAN series of products, and it got me thinking about Part 15 devices in general.
Sign me up for home karaoke!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/25/2011   3 comments
Those of you who know me, know that I have a keen interest in the ultra low power wireless market.
Rambus engineers author book on signal integrity
10/25/2011   Post a comment
New book by Rambus engineers covers high speed signaling, jitter modeling, analsysis, budgeting and more…
How it was: The inability to transition from one technology to another
10/25/2011   8 comments
Over the years I’ve met guys who grew up working with one technology who couldn’t make the transition to a new technology...
Piiigs iiiin Spaaace
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/25/2011   10 comments
It’s not that I’d forgotten the Muppet Show per se – more that I rarely think about it...
One on one with lead designer of Cortex-A7
Semi Conscious  
10/24/2011   Post a comment
Highlights from a brief sit down with Peter Greenhalgh, an ARM engineer who served as the lead designer on the Cortex-A7 core.
Atrenta and Cadence team up on high-level synthesis flow
10/24/2011   1 comment
Atrenta and Cadence team to provide a back-end rule set aimed at increasing the confidence in the quality of results produced from high-level synthesis.
Antique micromosaics are simply incredible
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/24/2011   7 comments
I’d never heard about this art form before, so I just took a quick stroll around the Internet to discover that...
Why Intel is not inside TVs, smartphones
10/24/2011   46 comments
I've got a theory why Intel is struggling to get a foothold in markets outside the PC—it's a lack of humility or, put less kindly, hubris.
Travel Nightmares: delays and the consequences
10/24/2011   1 comment
For this travel nightmares edition we have two stories about the impact that delays can have. In one case the bags and the people went by different routes and the other resulted in an extended trip…
The SED Problem
Engineering Investigations  
10/24/2011   13 comments
A famous comedian said, "I hate it when that happens!" That phrase got used every time I had to decipher, debug, or improve on Someone Else's Design.
Xilinx boasts 200+ design wins for 7 Series FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/24/2011   Post a comment
To date, Xilinx says that it’s shipped thousands of Virtex-7 and Kintex-7 FPGAs worldwide…
EV, hybrid repair jitters
10/21/2011   17 comments
Survey shows technicians want better tools and information.
What were they thinking: Bird watchers paradise
10/21/2011   1 comment
For some fun this week, I have picked another patent. This time we look at a device for bird watching – up close and personal…
Wanted: Hexadecimal Nixie Tubes or similar display devices
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/21/2011   14 comments
As usual I have an unusual hobby project simmering away on metaphorical stove…
Travel Nightmares: Was that crunching sound my notebook computer?
10/21/2011   2 comments
…when suddenly, with a resounding “thunk” and associated “crunch”, my backpack hit the floor…
CyanogenMod releases Android port for TouchPad
10/21/2011   5 comments
Aftermarket firmware distributor CyanogenMod has released an alpha version Android port for the now discontinued HP TouchPad tablet after almost two months of development.
ARM unleashes Little Dog on Intels tail
10/20/2011   10 comments
While ARM is certainly making a rather big deal over its "big-little" A7/A15 core combo, its partners may not be completely sold on the idea.
Book Review: The Artificial Ape by Timothy Taylor
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/20/2011   8 comments
I was taught that our ancient ancestors started to become more intelligent, which allowed us to start creating tools, but maybe things didn’t occur in quite this way…
According to George: The rules dont apply to us
10/20/2011   4 comments
Can we build quality into the chip design process in the same way that the automotive industry did? Use less inspection (verification) and build in better quality…
Xilinx to demo Zynq-7000 EPP SW/HW development tools at ARM TechCon 2011
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/20/2011   Post a comment
Hot news about the forthcoming ARM TechCon 2011 - I only wish I could attend myself, but...
End of the free ride
10/20/2011   9 comments
The undeniable trend of venture capital shying away from chip start-ups is a trend that promises to reshape the semiconductor industry.
Guest Column: Smarter Converters — the 2012 trends in data conversion
10/19/2011   Post a comment
Understand the critical trends, from both the IC vendor and the user perspectives
Do we need IR countermeasures on commercial jets?
Military & Aerospace Blog  
10/19/2011   4 comments
New technology makes the systems even better even as thousands of surface-to-air missiles have gone missing. Is it time to add IR countermeasures to wide-body jets?
How it was: Big computers talking to little computers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/19/2011   Post a comment
In the not-so-distant-past, computers of different types from different manufacturer could not typically "talk" to each other…
Holding the ancient past in the palm of your hand
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/19/2011   31 comments
I cannot tell you what it feels like to hold something like a 4200-year-old Sumerian tablet; It sends shivers down my spine...
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup
10/19/2011   Post a comment
There are often many news items that are not worth writing a full blog about, but may still be of interest to people. This is a roundup of those items…
Opinion: Incentives for FPGA developers to change
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/18/2011   1 comment
Lewis Sternberg thinks about why FPGA developers are slow to adopt ASIC verification practices and what may be changing…
Travel Nightmares: Flying into the old Hong Kong airport
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/18/2011   5 comments
Flying into the original Hong Kong airport was an experience everyone remembers... especially if you had not been forewarned...
Oh, the irony!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/18/2011   5 comments
A friend just sent me an email containing a bunch of images that reflect life’s little ironies.
Investors drop $19 million on wireless backhaul
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/18/2011   Post a comment
This latest development adds proof that the wireless backhaul market is on the move.
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