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Tablet demand fuels NAND flash growth
Memory Designline Blog  
3/30/2012   Post a comment
NAND flash expected to boost semiconductor growth but will excess inventory kill the rally?
More ACE: Celebrating the Ultimate Product Award winners
Semi Conscious  
3/30/2012   6 comments
For those who simply can't get enough of the images from this week's UBM ACE Award ceremony, we present the winners of the ACE Ultimate Product Awards.
April Fool’s Day pranks
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/30/2012   3 comments
There must be so many pranks that people can pull on Sunday. Care to add one to the list?
Fundamentally Powerful
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/30/2012   2 comments
Monday is the start of something new and powerful. It is the start of a major experiment within the EDA Designline that could have big ramifications…
Book Excerpt: FPGA-based Prototyping Methodology Manual Part 2
3/30/2012   Post a comment
This book collects the best practices FPGA-based Prototyping of SoC and ASIC devices into one place for the first time...
The next killer app: Machines that see
3/30/2012   12 comments
processor vendors are beginning to focus on embedded vision applications and to tune their processors for such apps, often by incorporating specialized co-processors designed for vision processing.
First impressions of Xi3’s 'microserver in a box' populating a data center container
3/29/2012   5 comments
In the AMD booth on the DESIGN West exhibit floor, Xi3 unveiled its plans to enter the data center market with its microservers.
Forecasting tech's future: How high can we go?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/29/2012   2 comments
Forecasting the future of the high tech market is always a tricky undertaking. Customers never want to hear that the industry is going to stall or even contract. Unfortunately, all business markets go through lifecycles. In consumer electronics (CE), there are some products that go through very brief lifecycles before being replaced by another technology, such as personal data assistants (PNDs), and others that have demonstrated extremely long lifecycles, such as set-top boxes (STBs) and TVs.
DESIGN West: Rise of The Floating City
Social Mania  
3/29/2012   Post a comment
Thomas Dolby made an surprise there...the impressive part is that the album began life as an online game.
Wireless data communications vendor sees huge opportunity after the signing of FAA bill
Military & Aerospace Blog  
3/29/2012   4 comments
The new FAA bill paves the way for use of UAVs into commercial US skies, opening up new market opportunities for technology vendors that now operate in the government and defense industry.
A winner from down under
Design Contests & Competitions  
3/29/2012   Post a comment
Announcing the winner of our February Caption Contest ... just in time to gear up for March voting!
Hail the humble heat pipe (even at DESIGN West)
Social Mania  
3/29/2012   2 comments
Amidst all the ICs and software, heat pipes are there to help you carry your (thermal) load
ESL is alive and well – Synopsys explains
3/28/2012   3 comments
ESL is a convergence point between hardware and software, tool and IP. The Synopsys audio subsystem shows in several ways that ESL is very much alive and well…
DESIGN West: Girls have more fun with engineering
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/28/2012   3 comments
Wayne Rust thinks girls enjoy engineering more than boys because they come at it with fewer preconceptions.
Book Review: The Software IP Detective’s Handbook by Bob Zeidman
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/28/2012   Post a comment
This book is of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the creation, use, and misuse of software intellectual property, including...
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Mar 28th
3/28/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Element14, MunEDA, Avery, Cypress, Mentor, S2C, Cosmic Circuits and Analog Bits made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Top considerations when selecting a 32-bit ARM microcontroller
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2012   1 comment
Selecting the right 32-bit ARM microcontroller shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on your requirements…
Delving deep into Micron and Intel’s 20-nm 64-Gbit MLC NAND flash memory
3/26/2012   3 comments
UBM TechInsights recently analyzed IMFT's 20-nm, 64-Gbit MLC NAND to get a better understanding of the advanced process technologies and innovative cell architecture.
Opinion: ST riding high on the MEMS tide
3/26/2012   2 comments
When it comes to MEMS, STMicroelectronics has still got its mojo.
DESIGN West remembers memory
Memory Designline Blog  
3/26/2012   Post a comment
Four-day engineering extravaganza features presentations on low-power FRAM and ways to improve throughput with serial NOR flash.
Intel outside
3/24/2012   23 comments
Why can’t the world’s biggest IC company get any market share in the cellular space?
SparkFun’s introduction to microcontrollers for K-12 educators
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/23/2012   1 comment
SparkFun Electronics to host Continuing education class in conjunction with the Colorado School of Mines
Now I’m “Truck-less Tracker Trucker Max”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/23/2012   23 comments
I dropped my truck off at the shop to be augmented with accoutrements, but this left me on foot…
What were they thinking: Hung Far Low
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/23/2012   9 comments
Yes, this is a real name of a restaurant in Portland – the oldest Chinese restaurant in town and the city paid a lot of money to have this sign restored…
Design West: Meet the author of 'Analog Circuit Design'
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3/22/2012   Post a comment
Bob Dobkin, CTO at Linear Tech, will be signing copies of "Analog Circuit Design—A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions" at Design West.
Embarrassing medical moments
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/22/2012   11 comments
I just received what purports to be descriptions of embarrassing incidents that really happened.
Surprise! Altera and TSMC develop heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle
3/22/2012   1 comment
The folks from Altera and TSMC have just announced their joint development of what they describe as a heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle
Book Excerpt: FPGA-based Prototyping Methodology Manual
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/22/2012   1 comment
This book collects the best practices FPGA-based Prototyping of SoC and ASIC devices into one place for the first time...
What should you do if attacked by a group of clowns?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/22/2012   14 comments
Here’s some helpful advice from EDA Analyst Gary Smith…
Globalfoundries claims 250,000 HKMG wafers shipped
Semi Conscious  
3/22/2012   6 comments
Despite an amended wafer supply agreement that allows AMD to go elsewhere for 28-nm APUs, ties between AMD and Globalfoundries still appear strong.
Why systems need to get smarter
3/22/2012   7 comments
According to market researcher IDC, the amount of digital data that will exist in 2020 will be 50 times greater than current levels. Are we ready for all that data? Better yet, are our systems equipped to manage it?
3/22/2012   1 comment
There are many tools available or being developed today that are reminiscent of the tricorder medical apparatus on Star Trek.
Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful “Stuff” (Part 2)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/21/2012   3 comments
When do you think the bikini was invented? If you say the 1960s or 1970s, then have I got news for you…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Mar 21st
3/21/2012   Post a comment
X-Fab, Synopsys, Applied Materials, Kilopass, Ploughshare and Cadence made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Just call me “Tracker Trucker Max”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/20/2012   7 comments
I can't tell you exactly which flavor my new truck is, but it's a honking great big one with a large extended cab and four doors…
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/20/2012   5 comments
Scrapyard Challenge Jr. puts art and design in STEM and makes musical teddy bears...and little children love it.
Polaris Designs enters the FPGA prototyping market
3/20/2012   1 comment
A new startup has acquired some FPGA prototyping assets and hopes to make an impact by doing things a little differently…
What can I believe about foods?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/20/2012   10 comments
Who is paying for all of the studies that keep barraging me with information about my health, food items and how I should live my life?
More on digital audio formats: 24/192, iTunes optimized, adaptive
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/20/2012   5 comments
Some interesting follow-up news items in the wake of Neil Young's recent comments about MP3s and the quality of digital audio include an argument against 24/192 downloads, guidelines for 'mastering for iTunes,' and a new adaptive HD audio format in the works at Apple.
Feature dimension reduction slowdown
3/20/2012   7 comments
The semiconductor industry is facing the challenge that the two-year feature dimension cycle is over, and we are going into a highly unclear phase.
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/19/2012   33 comments
It’s strangely entertaining watching the republican candidates popping up and down like some bizarre reincarnation of Whac-A-Mole…
Dolby ready to blind San Jose with science
Social Mania  
3/19/2012   1 comment
What would a 1980s pop star who was behind the technology used in two-thirds of mobile phones be doing keynoting at DESIGN West?
Power Tip 45: Handling high dI/dt load transients, Part 2
Power Tips  
3/16/2012   Post a comment
Understand the options and tradeoffs when dealing with this common situation
What were they thinking: Full Body Teleportation
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/16/2012   15 comments
This patent describes a pulsed gravitational wave wormhole generator system that teleports a human being through hyperspace…
Lost in time like tears in rain. [pause] Time to die.
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/16/2012   23 comments
Generally speaking I would class myself amongst the most cheerful of men, but every now and then…
Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful “Stuff” (Part 1)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/15/2012   Post a comment
I have friends who devote vast amounts of time to scouring the Internet for the latest and greatest for your delectation and delight...
For the love of STEM
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/15/2012   3 comments
Talk to a room full of teachers and they're bound to teach you something.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – March 15th
3/15/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here
Tales from the entrepreneurial trenches: Dermott Lynch
3/15/2012   Post a comment
This is the first in a new series of articles that talk about the lessons learned by entrepreneurs in the course of their success and failure…
A treasure-trove of tasty Turing machines
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/15/2012   3 comments
With regard to my previous blog on a very interesting Turing machine, I’ve been bouncing around the Internet discovering all sorts of cool things…
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