Viewpoint: EDA disconnected? Blog 11/25/2008 Post a comment As much as it is every business' prerogative to decide who they should partner with, it is quite disturbing to analyze the implication of the "eviction" action by Cadence Design Systems in removing member companies from its Connections partner program, writes Yatin Trivedi, senior director for strategic industry alliances at Magma Design Automation Inc.
Designer seeking wisdom Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 11/25/2008 3 comments Someone is asking for our help with an interesting design problem ... do you have any ideas?
New keyboard improves typing skills... Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 11/24/2008 1 comment Maybe this new keyboard will help me learn to really type (I could be so much more productive if I wasn't using the "hunt-and-peck" approach).
Back to the Future Power Management DesignLine Blog 11/24/2008 Post a comment The price of polysilicon has fallen swiftly on the spot market in recent months, dropping to about $200 per kilogram from $450 to $500 earlier in 2008. Analysts predict spot prices to sink below $100 by the end of 2009 and to a $50 to $80 range in 2010. That's roughly the same levels as prices in long-term contracts.
Chips in China: A mixed review Blog 11/24/2008 Post a comment A report issued last week by market researcher iSuppli found there are more than 550 fabless semiconductor companies in China, but at least 100 will disappear within two years.
Start me up! Automotive DesignLine Blog 11/24/2008 Post a comment Romance and cars have always had a connection. Now there is a new one!
Webcast: Fundamentals of Motor Evolution Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 11/18/2008 1 comment See an overview of the evolution of motors and their electronic control, as well as an animation and video demonstrating the very first electric motor.
7,500 mini "How To" videos Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 11/17/2008 Post a comment How can it be that mega-cool Internet sites like HowCast.com appear and flourish without my hearing anything about them?
The world's smallest HD camcorder Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 11/17/2008 1 comment Weighing in at only 3.3 ounces, this little beauty can record up to 60 minutes of 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames-per-second.
Dumb defense spending Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 11/17/2008 2 comments Our current spending programs aren't just wasteful--they actually make the country less safe. It's high time we re-think our spending priorities and the role of technology in defense.
Dedicated wireless email device looks for market Blog 11/14/2008 Post a comment I would like to see what's inside the Peek. According to the Gadget's review it has a relatively low-performance 100-MHz processor -- presumably from Qualcomm. My guess is that Peek is hitting the $100 price point with no service contract by using older cell-phone chips that Qualcomm can't sell to other customers.
Electronica proves robust under economic cloud Blog 11/14/2008 Post a comment With a decline of almost 8 percent, significantly fewer visitors found their way to Munich for Electronica than in 2006. However, fair organizer Messe Muenchen said it was satisfied that the show had held up well under difficult circumstances.
Happy birthday to the PLC Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 11/11/2008 Post a comment The industry's first programmable logic controller went into production in November of 1969, marking this month as the 39th anniversary of its introduction.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...