Cell Phones: Feature overload is 'out'
Blog 5/30/2008 2 comments
In a race to provide an ever-longer list of features crammed into a disappearing footprint, it might be time to breathe for a second and find out just what your cell phone customer really wants.
Xilinx responds to Altera's FPGA benchmarks
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/30/2008 2 comments
The folks at Xilinx say that they've re-run the tests with different tool settings and, overall, the Xilinx software solution with Synplify Pro and ISE 10.1 dominates.
Multimedia on the factory floor
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/30/2008 Post a comment
considerable graphical display capabilities. Future system will offer much more: They will be required to understand human language and gestures.
Visualize your DSP's data
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 5/30/2008 Post a comment
The open-source Signal Visualizer uses an IP connection to pull data off your DSP and display it graphically. It only needs a simple C client on the DSP.
Calling all engineering students!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 5/28/2008 1 comment
I have to admit I miss sitting down with a few hardened military designers who were hammering out a course into a new millennium where the term "wireless" would be ubiquitous in the commercial market. What a fast, strange trip it's been!
Aluminum extrusion adds precision
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/24/2008 Post a comment
I recently learned a lot about aluminum at ET '08, the extrusion technology's quadrennial trade show. The lightweight metal is showing up in more and more applications, bringing a mix of functionality and portability.
Technology you never knew you needed
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 5/24/2008 Post a comment
Would you like to cut costs? Cut power? Reduce pins and traces? Reduce bandwidth and memory? There is a technology that can do all this, but you've probably never heard of it.
The DFM Melting Pot
Blog 5/22/2008 Post a comment
The DFM market segment is loosing member companies through acquisition. The remain small companies will find it harder to succeed.
Rolling Stone: Hi-Fi not dead after all
Audio DesignLine Blog 5/21/2008 12 comments
Late last year Rolling Stone declared the "death of high fidelity." Now, a more recent article from the same publication suggests that the original report may have been greatly exaggerated.
The case for SIMT
Blog 5/21/2008 Post a comment
According to is creators at Coresonic, a Swedish company that spun out of Linkping University, SIMT has all the computational punch of VLIW but without the downsides of high control overhead and program memory usage.
$200 million for one FPGA?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/20/2008 2 comments
Thus far I haven't seen the pricing for Altera's new 40nm Stratix IV FPGAs, but if we were to extrapolate from an analog device I just saw, the result would make your eyes water!
I'm guilty. Are you?
Blog 5/19/2008 2 comments
While 98% of Americans say we're safe drivers, the majority of us also admit to DWD. Nationwide just released its second annual DWD (Driving While Distracted) study results. I'm guilty. Are you?
Sensors surprise with complexity
Blog 5/14/2008 Post a comment
Over decades, sensors were high-precision devices but their function was simple and one-dimensional. And they were analog. Nowadays, the world no longer is that simple " sensors get digital and their properties are defined by their algorithms. This creates a new complexity that calls for methods to handle.
LTE meets WiMAX
Blog 5/13/2008 Post a comment
Geographically, we may see LTE dominate in one region and WiMAX in another but at the end of the day a dual-mode phone is the obvious answer.
Commentary: Who'll survive the leap from DRAMs?
Blog 5/7/2008 1 comment
It's no surprise that two DRAM specialists--Elpida and Qimonda--have separately expanded into new markets, or that Hynix, Micron and others are scrambling to follow suit. But which companies are moving in the right direction? Mark LaPedus shares his hunches.