Altera CEO got $4.1 million in 2008 Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/31/2009 Post a comment The Associated Press reported that Altera CEO John Daane pulled down a compensation package worth $4.1 million last year, an increase of 25 percent over 2007.
The Tao of DSP Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 3/31/2009 1 comment DSP and martial arts have a lot in common. It doesn't matter what tool, hardware or environment you use, having a vision and an understanding of the underlying mechanics needed to get you there is all that matters.
Ever hear of CQC? Power DesignLine Blog 3/30/2009 Post a comment Bernard Murphy, Chief Technology Officer of Atrenta Inc., wants to make chip designers aware of continuous quality control.
Tick box educators are failing science Power Management DesignLine Blog 3/30/2009 Post a comment The UK has a proud tradition of scientific breakthroughs and engineering excellence but the chance of future generations of UK scientists upholding the tradition is looking shaky at the moment.
ASICs decline, FPGAs ready to step in Blog 3/30/2009 Post a comment According to market research firm Gartner Inc. FPGAs now have a 30-to-one edge in displacing ASICs in design starts. The firm predicts the trend in 2009 will be exacerbated by the global financial crisis.
Mobile Applications Review Blog 3/30/2009 Post a comment Is there an app for the iPhone or BlackBerry that you think might be interesting and useful, but not quite willing to spend the money to find out? Let me know and each week I will take a look at one app and let you know how useful I found it, and if possible, talk to the creator to get their view points on why the app was created and some of the trial and tribulations from the development.
WiMedia and UWB: where to from here? Blog 3/30/2009 Post a comment This week, we're pleased to present a guest commentary on the future of UWB, by Eric Broockman, CEO Alereon, Inc, commenting on and extending the recent news about this technology and its future. . . .
Watch out Heidi Klum, here comes the HRP-4C! Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/27/2009 Post a comment A very interesting development in the world of robotics as the HRP-4C fashion model is introduced to the world at Tokyo's Fashion Week. This modern marvel of sensors, motors, and controllers, responds to voice commands, walks, talks, and even has motors controlling facial expressions. But is the research and development effort worthwhile?
The Earth Hour Approaches SmartEnergy Designline Blog 3/26/2009 1 comment For one hour, the Earth asks that you turn out the lights. Doing so has amazing results with respect to energy savings and carbon dioxide reductions globally.
Letter to the editor: Engineering's branding problem Blog 3/26/2009 4 comments I found your article "Engineering is not boring" interesting in what you did not explore: that is, whether engineering is still a rewarding profession for those of us practicing it (as opposed to editing techie magazines), and thus worthwhile recommending to the younger generation.
Does branding matter in the semi industry? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/25/2009 2 comments Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov made some comments recently about what he sees as the limited value of branding/marketing in the programmable logic and broader semiconductor space. He is not alone. But there are also many who would disagree with him.
How's your job? Power DesignLine Blog 3/25/2009 Post a comment TechInsights, the company behind the Embedded Systems Conference and the publisher of EE Times, recently conducted a poll among people who will be attending the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose which begins on March 30th.
The Laptop Remote? Blog 3/25/2009 Post a comment With the decreased cost, and increased functionality, of laptops, particularily the introduction of the netbook, is the next remote for your home a laptop?
Quality in electronics production Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/25/2009 Post a comment Some electronics production jobs are coming back to North America. What do modern production
facilities need to do to make sure those jobs stay? The number one reason mentioned was quality, so methods to keep quality high should be of paramount importance.
EDAC scans the piracy scene Blog 3/24/2009 2 comments The EDA Consortium's Anti-Piracy Committee recently delivered an update on the EDA industry's approach to piracy over the years, how the piracy scene works and current activities by the committee.
Ten sites with engineering appeal Blog 3/20/2009 Post a comment Allan Yogasingam polled his colleagues at Portelligent and Semiconductor Insights to discover the sites most frequently visited by their staffs of engineers and other tech specialists.
Muffins and industrial automation Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/18/2009 Post a comment With the car industry in the doldrums, it's interesting to look where industrial automation is expanding. Would you believe it's the food and beverage industry?
Battery R&D heats up Automotive DesignLine Blog 3/18/2009 1 comment Despite the steady stream of bad news coming out of the global automotive industry these days, efforts are underway to remake it a more energy efficient, cleaner enterprise.
A changing of the guard RF & Microwave Designline Blog 3/18/2009 Post a comment Hello to all! I'm the new site editor for RF DesignLine, and will try to maintain the standards of thoroughness, relevance, usefulness, and interest that Janine provided.
Stay in Touch Blog 3/17/2009 Post a comment After nearly two years on the Mobile Handset site, and four years with the DesignLine group covering Network Systems DesignLine and Programmable Logic DesignLine in the past, I am leaving TechInsights.
EDA 3.0: EDA startup guidelines Blog 3/17/2009 Post a comment The days of throwing money at startups and hoping they succeed are long past. Startups, their founders, executives, and investors need to take a more strategic approach, ideally before any code is written, but certainly before any significant investment occurs.
Free DSP software! Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 3/16/2009 Post a comment My friend John Edwards has generously posted his DSP algorithm libraries and filter design software.
Meet your new editor Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 3/15/2009 Post a comment After running this site for three years, I am handing over the reigns to Patrick Mannion. But first, I'm going to indulge in some nostalgia!
Comment: This too shall pass? Blog 3/14/2009 1 comment Though their speaking topics and presentation slides differed, executive after executive who took the podium at the Semico Summit 2009 said, essentially, two basic things: "This is the worst we've seen" and "Semiconductors remain critical to solving the world's problems and will grow again."
What music should be playing as ...? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/12/2009 Post a comment Following the musical mentions in my newsletter, readers are offering suggestions as to the tune that should be playing as I leave Programmable Logic Design...
KSW Microtec Expands Presence In EMEA Blog 3/12/2009 Post a comment Dresden, Germany-based KSW Microtec AG, and ARE CON GmbH & Co. KG have signed an agreement to support activities for leading edge transponders, specifically smart card manufacturers throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/11/2009 2 comments I'm very excited, because my friend and I have just launched a new website called *The Way Things Were* that allows folks to share their memories of yesteryear...
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 13 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 ...