Protectionism won't help Blog 2/28/2005 Post a comment If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the sight of nearly 200 government agents raiding the offices of foundry United Microelectronics Corp. this month, looking for evidence of China investments, couldn't have said it better: Taiwan's restrictions on semiconductor investment in China have got to go. They're shortsighted, antithetical to the Darwinism of free markets and an ineffective tool for maintaining Taiwan's technical leadership in Asia.
WAPI's promise Blog 2/28/2005 Post a comment Remember the hoopla over China's proprietary wireless-LAN standard, aka WAPI? One can be forgiven for thinking WAPI was dead.
Frozen by the heat Power DesignLine Blog 2/23/2005 Post a comment The great thing about my job is that I get to see a flood of information cross my desk that may seem disparate, but when you step back and look at the information as a whole you start to see the connections. Several approaches are being taken to either inch our way to a solution while others are being developed to completely change how we develop ever faster computing designs that don't get frozen by the heat.
At DVCon, a push for getting it right to begin with Blog 2/21/2005 Post a comment To break the functional verification bottleneck, you must improve the quality of design, speakers told last week's Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) here. They called for a new design methodology that will result in fewer bugs in the first place.
Is broadband sector doing its last tango? Blog 2/21/2005 Post a comment When Qwest Communications made its "secret" $6.23 billion bid for MCI in early February, the Denver Post dredged up a 1950s file photo of a 4-foot-2-inch boy in an ill-fitting suit gallantly asking a 5-foot-9-inch girl to dance. The implication was, with attractive beaux like Verizon waiting in the wings, why look at Qwest?
It's official: Nano era has begun Blog 2/21/2005 Post a comment Call it a coming-out party for nanoelectronics. While the nano prefix is bandied about by every business and consumer publication now that serious money is being thrown at "nano" endeavors great and small from health care to light, durable tennis rackets the semiconductor industry has been steadily progressing toward the 10- 9 world with every innovation since the dawn of the transistor some 50 years ago. Without fanfare.
Voltage Choice in a Distributed Power Architecture Power DesignLine Blog 2/18/2005 Post a comment Telecom power supplies use a nominal -48 V distributed bus. However, the increasing number and complexity of loads has driven a system-level change known as the Intermediate Bus Architecture, which is fed to the Intermediate Bus Converter. Mr. Greenland tells us what's happening here and why there is talk of using an even lower voltage range.
Report from the Trenches Power DesignLine Blog 2/16/2005 Post a comment Soaring at 20,000 feet above the sea doesn't get Dr. Frank far from his passion of reversible computing. He attended an industry sponsored meeting that focused on reversible computing and wrote down his thoughts. You need to read this if you don't want to see your designs come to a grinding halt because of the laws of physics. Dr Frank gives you an honest, down-to-earth, observation about the state of reversible computing, what needs to be done, and what the critics say about it. Onward to zetta
Where rubber meets the road Blog 2/14/2005 Post a comment Ask any driving enthusiast-and I would be one myself if I didn't live in Boston-what the single most important improvement to his or her car might be, and I'll bet you the answer is new tires. I discovered this long ago, in the prekids years, when I replaced the stock tires on my sports car with a suitably high-performance set. Night and day.
'Economic freedom' at what cost? Blog 2/14/2005 Post a comment Brian Fuller's editorial, "Red, blue, altered states" (Dec. 13, 2004; page 46) seems to agree with the Pacific Research Institute's nutty "economic freedom" rankings and links the so-called economic freedom of states to their voting for Bush.
Blame the board Blog 2/14/2005 Post a comment One thing that's gnawed at me for years is one word under the Hewlett-Packard logo on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto: "invent."
Consider the greater good Blog 2/14/2005 Post a comment King Solomon was inspired when he resolved an argument over who was the true mother of an infant by threatening to divide the child in two.
Ground-floor opportunity Blog 2/11/2005 Post a comment The first International Workshop on Reversible Computing kicks off in May 2005. An exciting group of top-notch presenters will be there and some ground-floor opportunities are still available to sponsor the workshop for some forward looking corporations.
From ISSC to Ischia Power DesignLine Blog 2/9/2005 Post a comment A hot topic in the news recently revolves around the problems with heat dissipation for all new designs. Dr. Michael Frank takes a look at some of them and tells you what he thinks. Interesting reading.
Following the beat of a different drum Blog 2/7/2005 Post a comment My new friend the engineer and former drummer has eight chil-
dren, lives in the shadow of Yosemite and is living life the way he always wanted to live it. But that is getting ahead of the story. When he was 17, his mother died of cancer. A short time before her death, his father had earned VP stripes at one of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley. He had worked long hours, made frequent business trips and his work had been his life. But now, looking back, his dad shared his fee
Taken to task for soft pedaling the bounceless rebound Blog 2/7/2005 Post a comment I am responding to David Lammers' "Rebound without the bounce" (Dec. 13, 2004; page 35) from the perspective of an unemployed American high-tech worker. I became a victim of terrorism when my employer's Manhattan agency in the World Trade Center complex burned on Sept. 11. I am also a victim of the offshoring of high-tech work to India. I have been seeking work for 163 weeks.
Dear Joe Power Supply Power DesignLine Blog 2/3/2005 Post a comment Don Alfano, Director of Applications Engineering at Silicon Labs tells a story from the point of view of - the power supply - and you get to see what pressures are placed on these almost invisible products, and what Joe Power Supply needs to keep up with technology changes.
Y Not? Power DesignLine Blog 2/1/2005 Post a comment Dr Frank talks about the beginnings of reversible computing. He tells us about Helical Logic or reversible computing at the nanoscale, a controlled-fork or switch gate, and power dissipation of attowats. Frank gives us the background and who did the pioneering work in these areas including Y branch circuits, which could wipe out the limits of today's MOSFET technology. It's possible but some work needs to be done. Y not do it?
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...