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Six reasons why no one wants an Atom-based SoC
Blog  
2/26/2010   18 comments
There are plenty of reasons why no one has stepped up yet to use an Intel Atom core in their SoC, but if Intel really wants to be in this business it should take off eventually.
Formal verification set to play significant role in upcoming recovery
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
As the recovery takes off, Jasper Design Automation said it is excited by the expanding role formal verification technology will play as IC design sizes continue to grow while market windows shrink. One of the facilitators of this paradigm is IP design and reuse, because now virtually all design starts are SoCs that could never be completed without internal and/or third-party IP.
Greener Gadgets Conference 2010 - Full of ideas, short on gadgets
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
2/26/2010   3 comments
Allan Yogasingam checks in with his thoughts on CEA's Greener Gadget Conference from New York.
It's all about battery power--and also energy
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/25/2010   Post a comment
Power and energy are related but distinct battery attributes
Antenna "diversity" always amazes me
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/25/2010   Post a comment
This first/last element in the RF signal chain is an area of vibrant innovation and creative thinking.
Acoustic metamaterials: Solution for noisy neighbors?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/24/2010   5 comments
Acoustic panels consisting of latex membranes and plastic buttons might offer an economical solution to blocking annoying bass frequencies.
A Standard individual: New year, new opportunities
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Free software and tools aren't really free, so don't treat them as such.
Comment: ARM must beware the 'tied-selling' trap
Blog  
2/24/2010   1 comment
The success of ARM Holdings plc with its series of low-power processing cores, and its relatively small-scale success - so far - with its Mali graphics processing cores puts ARM in a potentially dangerous position.
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2010   Post a comment
Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
Altium claims 500 new U.S. customers in past year
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2010   4 comments
Ten months after dramatically cutting the price of its circuit board design tool, Altium says it has added more than 500 customers in the U.S. over the past year.
Toyota plays the lobbying game
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/22/2010   7 comments
If an analysis of the Japanese car maker's post-recall lobbying efforts is accurate, it spells the beginning of the end for Toyota as a dominant global manufacturer.
Mobile gadgets: Three's a crowd
Blog  
2/22/2010   2 comments
One device in your pocket, another in your bag. For most users, there's no room for another.
Hang on to your hats, it's time for the APEC ride!
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2010   Post a comment
The big annual event is this week, let's see what the news there is
Point/Counterpoint: Is CMOS right for 3G handset PAs?
Point-Counterpoint  
2/19/2010   Post a comment
The first CMOS power amplifier for a 3G handset has been anticipated for a long time, but hasn't quite made it yet. We've asked a few industry insiders to weigh in on whether CMOS is the right process technology for 3G handset power amplifiers.
What made you become an EE? Join the Conversation
Blog  
2/18/2010   27 comments
In honor of National Engineers Week, we ask readers what inspired them to become engineers and what can be done to encourage more young people to join the ranks.
TI's multicore SoC: Right notes, ringing hollow
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/17/2010   Post a comment
While the new multicore system on chip (SoC) signal-processing architecture announced by Texas Instruments this week at Mobile World Congress hits all the right notes with respect to what's needed in next-generation basestation designs, it rings a bit hollow given how sketchy the architectural details remain when contrasted with more 'real' announcements from the likes of Freescale.
A dissenting opinion on the 'programmable imperative'
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/17/2010   Post a comment
Jack Harding, CEO of ASIC design and services provider eSilicon, has a simple question for those who say FPGAs are displacing ASICs: Where is the money?
Toshiba: Speed of market top challenge for mobile ICs
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Under pressure to provide differentiated handset offerings, OEMs nevertheless want to use the same base platform for their mobile phone products, according to Deepak Prakash, director of marketing for multimedia products at Toshiba America Electronic Components' ASSP business unit.
Help — All of my simulations are passing!
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Pause and consider for a moment a world in which passing tests are not an indicator that all is well, but rather a warning flag that not enough functionality is being tested, vital checks that confirm proper operation of the design are missing, or problems in the verification infrastructure are masking test failures and hiding RTL bugs merrily making their way to fabrication.
Opinion: Is 'climate science' really science?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
2/16/2010   61 comments
Is man-made climate change happening or not? The author isn't sure one way or the other, but is skeptical when proponents look at the data and rationalize what they see to fit their hypothesis.
Is handbook worth it?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/15/2010   Post a comment
A $129.99 book is considered a pittance to pay for someone who needs to design displays for control operators, compared to the benefits derived from reading the book.
Are embedded LEDs the way to go?
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/13/2010   Post a comment
LED lamp replacements are a nice idea, but dedicated, embedded units can teach us more
ISSCC, A4 processor, Micron lead weekly story ranking
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 12. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Point/Counterpoint: Does Symbian matter anymore?
Blog  
2/12/2010   1 comment
At a time when a host of new operating systems are driving the smartphone market to a new growth level, does Symbian matter anymore?
Symbian's strengths:'installed base,' 'open source' and 'symmetric multi-processors'
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
Three reasons why I believe that Symbian will continue to shape the mobile handset OS market are: 'installed base,' 'open source' and 'symmetric multi-processors.'
Symbian lacks the newborn cachet in the U.S. market
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
The success of Symbian is intimately tied to Nokia. But Nokia's much needed success in the U.S. market is not necessarily tied to Symbian. Symbian today lacks the newborn cachet that has attached to its competition — Google's Android, Apple's mobile OS and Palm's webOS.
Three reasons Symbian is smart pick for mobile
Blog  
2/12/2010   1 comment
Because of the moves made to open-source and freely distribute the Symbian code, to unify and not further fragment the platform, and to shepherd the asset base with a not-for-profit entity, every company can participate in the Symbian ecosystem comfortably, to the ultimate benefit of consumers, writes Symbian Foundation director Lee Williams.
Growth in emerging markets will sustain Symbian
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
Riding a wave of market expansion in emerging countries, the midrange and entry level smartphone categories will be the fastest-growing sectors of the smartphone market over the next five years. That growth trend stands the Symbian OS in good stead, writes Forward Concepts' Satish Menon.
Broadcom sees feature phones getting smarter
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2/11/2010   Post a comment
EE Times caught up with Robert Nalesnik, senior director of marketing with Broadcom's Mobile Platforms group, to ask him questions about trends in wireless handsets as part of a series of interviews with wireless chip vendors in advance of Mobile World Congress.
Days to recall
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/11/2010   Post a comment
Spectacular recalls currently dominate the headlines. But software glitches and poor material selection are only the visible part of the problem.
Comment: Beware Google's gigabit gift
Blog  
2/11/2010   1 comment
Today Google took another giant leap announcing plans to provide gigabit/second-class Internet access, but I'm getting a bit concerned about how big, broad and fast the Googleplex is expanding.
What did you see @ ISSCC? Join the Conversation
Blog  
2/11/2010   5 comments
What did you think was surprising or significant at this year's ISSCC? We invite you to chime in whether you were in San Francisco or just browsed stories from the conference online.
Audio Myths Workshop video
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/10/2010   Post a comment
This video of the Audio Myths workshop held at a recent AES show covers topics like the nature of human perception, "placebo tweaks," proper testing methods and examples of artifact audibility, among many others. A list of 20 topics and when they occur in the video is included here for easy reference.
EDA: Aging or dying?
Blog  
2/10/2010   5 comments
It is unreasonable to believe that the current technology revolution in the consumer market will continue while EDA dies. Let's agree to stop predicting the death of this important business and rather debate how it will mature (and grow).
Toyota recalls: Deeper engineering implications
Blog  
2/9/2010   27 comments
The two recalls do not indicate lack of quality design and manufacture but they point to a bigger issue that engineers may not be able to solve.
Comment: Inside Apple's A4 processor
Blog  
2/9/2010   3 comments
Apple Inc. has not said very much about its A4 processor. But it could represent a battleground for Imagination's PowerVR graphics versus the Mali graphics from local rival ARM.
Security, smart-grid standards groups get creative
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
What motivates the desire to develop consensus standards?
When a solution is the solution, or: when an old dog meets an old dummy (load)
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/7/2010   Post a comment
The liquid dummy load is an intriguing solution, both literally and figuratively, to a common problem
EDA pundits confront market projections for 2010
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2/2/2010   Post a comment
Wally Rhines, EDAC chair and CEO of Mentor Graphics Corp., analyst Gary Smith and Joseph Borel, a former STMicro executive, weigh in on the year ahead.
Comment: Will 2010 see SSD technology topping out?
Blog  
2/2/2010   1 comment
Reliability and performance limitations of NAND flash-based SSDs in demanding enterprise applications will be addressed in 2010 by phase-change memory, according to Ed Doller, CTO of Numonyx.
Toyota's nightmare
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/2/2010   1 comment
We're about to see whether Toyota really does have a handle on its gas pedal problem.


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