FIRST follow-up Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/30/2009 Post a comment Just
a quick feel-good follow-up article after the FIRST Robotics
Championship--from Robert Crease of the Wall Street Journal.
Superpower smackdown Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/30/2009 Post a comment One doesn't need to wander very far across today's FPGA landscape to see how power consumption is becoming a more and more critical issue. As product categories that once shied away from FPGAs, such as mobile consumer devices, open up to them, both static and dynamic power consumption become paramount.
Who needs wires to watch HD? Blog 4/29/2009 Post a comment A few years ago at CES I saw companies demonstrating wireless HD transmission. But these technologies had a number of issues, including relatively low range, signal degradation, latency and low resolution. Since that time, new technologies have come out, such as the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) that offer a way to set up wireless systems that will deliver high quality signals, without latency, throughout the home.
Newsletter Links Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/29/2009 Post a comment The links were not included in the editor's note for the most recent newsletter so I've provided the note with links here.
Analysis: Visibility low, R&D up Automotive DesignLine Blog 4/29/2009 Post a comment This week so far was a week of depression for the German automotive industry and its suppliers. Semiconductor vendors, tier ones and OEMs took the lift off their quarterly records, and what they exhibited was gruesome. What are the perspectives for the industry?
Go, innovate, young man! Power DesignLine Blog 4/29/2009 Post a comment In 2007 Premier Farnell plc found the perfect formula for grabbing attention when it launched LiveEdge, a competition among engineers for designs that address the energy and environmental conservation fields.
IC design/verification needs management tools RF & Microwave Designline Blog 4/29/2009 Post a comment IC Design Management systems are needed to reduce the time it takes to find, track and fix
development bugs; increase design team collaboration; improve designer efficiency; raise
product quality, and improve IP reuse.
Does the EDA industry have a roadmap? Blog 4/27/2009 Post a comment In the technology world, a roadmap is a living document that projects contexts, requirements, and potential solutions into the future. Every industry roadmaps its key technologies, products and markets, for several basic reasons.
Protecting your devices Blog 4/27/2009 Post a comment There are a number of cases available to protect your mobile consumer products. One example is the OtterBox Defender case. Does it do the job and is it worth the money?
Tower power? RF & Microwave Designline Blog 4/25/2009 2 comments What amount of purported risk will we live with, versus benefits?
Auto design gets modular Automotive DesignLine Blog 4/24/2009 Post a comment Those engineers at the cutting edge of automotive design appear to be taking a page from NASA's Apollo program to land humans on the Moon in the 1960s.
OMAP or Blackfin: Which do you prefer? Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 4/24/2009 Post a comment For years the two excellent architectures from two great companies have vied for your attention. You've looked at them, evaluated them, used them and even (though rarely) crossed back and forth between them. What's your verdict?
Having a look at "Micro" electronics Blog 4/22/2009 Post a comment The laboratory facilities of TechInsights Services can provide an interesting view of the microelectronics world. Check out the Image of the Week, and take a unique peek at some of the electronics you help create.
Watching videos Online? Blog 4/22/2009 1 comment How much video do you watch online? There was an article about Canadian watching 3.1 billion videos online in February, which is 10 hours of viewing, up 53% from their average viewing time last year.
Less energy to turn transistors on Power DesignLine Blog 4/22/2009 Post a comment EE Times' advanced technology editor reports on new developments in ferroelectric transistors that seem to point to a lower energy level needed to turn a transistor on.
Robotics Events Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/21/2009 Post a comment Two notable robotics events occurred last week-- the RoboBusiness Conference and Expo in Boston, and the FIRST Robotics Championships in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Food for thought: EDA roadmap? Blog 4/20/2009 1 comment Entire Ph.D. theses have been written on the technology roadmapping process alone, according to guest columnist Andrew B. Kahng. The DAC 2009 chairman explores the path to an EDA roadmap (click on "Guest").
Stress Testing Cell Phones Blog 4/20/2009 Post a comment How durable is your phone, and how does the company that made it find out how long it is going to last through typical wear and tear? Take a look through Nokia's test center.
Counterpoint: Silicon amnesia Blog 4/20/2009 4 comments Semiconductor technology has enabled our computers, the Internet and 50-mpg cars. Your cellphone has more computational power than the computers did on the Apollo moon lander. Yet in spite of the semiconductor's seminal importance, semiconductor history is neglected by historians as "too new" and by the business media as "old news."
Are incentives enough to spark a transport revolution? Power Management DesignLine Blog 4/17/2009 1 comment The UK Government's Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon announced this week that motorists will be offered subsidies of between £2,000 and £5,000 to encourage them to buy electric or plug-in hybrid cars from 2011.
No single panacea in automotive world Automotive DesignLine Blog 4/16/2009 Post a comment While HEV and electric drive concepts dominate the headlines, there are other approaches pursuing the same goal of better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. In all of them, electronics plays a major role.
Engineers are political lightweights Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 4/15/2009 Post a comment The general response to any political commentary in a technical outlet is that politics should be kept out of engineering. As one reader put it, engineering is his 'refuge' from the political fray. Amen to that! But not so fast... We're shooting ourselves in the foot!
Where are they now? M2000 Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/15/2009 Post a comment In 2007, a programmable logic startup called M2000 moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley and said it was on the verge of launching what it described as "breakthrough" technology that would provide higher logic density, functionality and speed at less cost than competing solutions. But since then, not much has been heard from M2000. So what has the company and its breakthrough technology been up to?
How much do you expect to pay for a digital home? Blog 4/14/2009 Post a comment My first real experience with a digital home was three years ago at CES. At the show I sat down and watched a sales presentation at one of the many booths. This opened my eyes to the idea of what a digital home could do for me. I remember the presenter asked me why I did not have a digital home installed already. I answered because there was no time. The answer he was looking for was that it was too expensive.
Bluetooth: Dead and alive Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 4/14/2009 1 comment After all the research, development, marketing and debates, Bluetooth was successful. But only as a mobile headset cable replacement. So, is that it?
Power suit technology: making Iron Man a reality Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/14/2009 Post a comment The HAL robot suit by Cyberdyne can improve strength in an individual by 2 to 10 times. In this case robotics is used to help people with degenerative muscle
disease, or other disabilities, be more mobile.
Don't pooh-pooh the PUE Power DesignLine Blog 4/13/2009 Post a comment IC power management engineers have their work cut out: the PUE metric requires complete knowledge and understanding of each component in the data center and its power consumption.
Who Killed My Battery? Blog 4/13/2009 Post a comment Notebook computers, with Intel x86 processors, can run for a few hours on a battery charge while mobile phones, with ARM processor based chips, operate for a few days. Despite what ARM might like us to believe, this has little to do with the processor in each machine. The difference between a few hours and a few days is a factor of about 24. The difference in area between the 3 inch display of a handset and the 15 inch display of a notebook computer is a similar factor of about 25. This is no co
Thinking Optics vs RF RF & Microwave Designline Blog 4/11/2009 1 comment Don't waste you time at the supermarket checkout line looking at the celebrity publications; instead, exercise your brain with some semi-philosophical thought questions
A guy, a gal, a trip Blog 4/10/2009 Post a comment There's a guy out there who calls himself "Harry...the ASIC guy". He's pretty clever and apparently has a good following in the EDA community.
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 ...