Go to summer school at DAC Blog 5/30/2009 Post a comment A number of EDA professors have organized a Design Automation Summer School that is supported by donations from government and industry, to be held in conjunction with DAC.
Apollo forum: The epic that launched a generation of engineers Blog 5/28/2009 43 comments On the 40th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon, EE Times will celebrate the voyage of Apollo 11 through the stories of those who helped send human beings to another world. We want to hear from readers about how Apollo 11 and the five other lunar landings inspired them to become engineers and problem solvers.
Good, bad Karma Automotive DesignLine Blog 5/27/2009 Post a comment There appears to be no shortage of ideas and competition in what is called the "premium sports car" market.
Shameless plug Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/27/2009 Post a comment This is just a note to encourage anyone who hasn't checked out Max Maxfield's Fundamentals of Mixed-Signal FPGAs course to do so without delay.
Digital Videos Blog 5/27/2009 1 comment Do people really use "legal" digital downloads of video content or am I the only one who has not embraced this yet?
Web "fun-da-mentals" Power DesignLine Blog 5/27/2009 Post a comment David Wilson, a motion products specialist at Freescale Semiconductor for the past 30 years, has found the Web, and is making it a fun place to be.
MCU market consolidation Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/26/2009 1 comment NEC and Renesas are merging, TI has acquired Luminary Micro, and Microchip almost purchased Atmel. Is more consolidation coming in the microcontroller area?
Transportation Sector looks to Battery Power Blog 5/26/2009 Post a comment Owen Glubiak guest blogs about the rising importance of batteries to the automotive sector and how, despite the battery being an efficient solution, one must look at the effects this additional draw will have on the electric grid.
ESD keeps EDA tools hopping Blog 5/26/2009 Post a comment Potential catastrophic failures from ESD can have large positive effects on yield and performance but at the same time complying with new verification rules is difficult and time consuming using conventional approaches.
3G vs. USB vs WiFi Coming Blog 5/25/2009 1 comment In the new tests I'm going to look at how long it takes to download content across different. I'm going to test downloading on a 3G network, USB and WiFi across three different phones - the iPhone 3G and the BlackBerries Storm and Bold. Not only am I going to look at the amount of time it takes, but also which is easiest. There is definately something to be said about the portability of being able to download content on the go with wireless standards, but are they going to be fast enough to m
Product planning critical to high-tech success: Siemens' Maurer Blog 5/21/2009 Post a comment As a percentage of sales, high tech manufacturers often spend more than companies in other industries on R&D activities but the payoff is typically delayed so maximizing investment using product lifecycle management tools is extremely important especially in the current economic environment.
The design debate: Art versus science Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/20/2009 4 comments Ask a chip designer if the work he or she does is an art or a science and you will more than likely hear the former. But Naveed Sherwani, the outspoken president and CEO of fabless ASIC vendor Open-Silicon, takes issue with that.
HDMI v1.4 Really? Why? Blog 5/20/2009 Post a comment Leaks have come out about the next version of the HDMI standard. There are a few interesting additions that have been made, but many of them are a bit confusing as to the real benefit that they will offer.
Executive viewpoint: Why Microsoft is investing in Russia Blog 5/20/2009 1 comment Despite the global economic downturn, Microsoft's perspective on Russia has not shifted. Microsoft, for its part, will continue to invest in Russia and is committed to supporting sustainable economic growth and social development, in line with government priorities.
Tweet, tweet Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/19/2009 Post a comment The Industrial Control DesignLine is now offered on Twitter.
Power integrity issues looming Power DesignLine Blog 5/18/2009 Post a comment A Mentor Graphics article mentions that designers assume that signal and power integrity are only of concern in high-performance designs, but the author says that isn't true, particularly for PI.
The thing about Aart Blog 5/18/2009 Post a comment Synopsys' Aart DeGeuss could not pass up adding analog IP to his intellectual property stable that has revenues reported to be $100 million.
The freedom to fail Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/18/2009 Post a comment When setting out to build a new product, the last thing we usually consider is failure. But it is actually our failures that teach us the most and illuminate the path towards true innovation. So rather than avoiding failure, we should focus on sandboxing our thoughts in a way that captures failure early and cheaply. We need to create a culture where there is freedom to fail.
Risk-reward structures in EDA Blog 5/15/2009 Post a comment Events in recent months have highlighted to all of us the perils of miscalculating risk. In most facets of our lives, outcomes usually match incentives. So, it's worth thinking about the behaviors that are incented by risk-reward profiles in EDA today.
Buyers would chose e-cars, if. . . Automotive DesignLine Blog 5/14/2009 2 comments Electric cars have a good ecologic image. Nevertheless, only a minority of consumers would buy one. There is something missing with e-cars, a poll has found.
What does software firm want with MathStar? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/13/2009 Post a comment Why is PureChoice Inc., a vendor of building-performance reporting software, trying to buy MathStar for around $9.5 million? And why hasn't the defunct programmable logic vendor's board responded?
Satellite vs. Wireless Audio Blog 5/13/2009 1 comment There are countless other alternative available for streaming audio. My question to you is "Is there still a place for satellite radio"?
Plenty of power to manage Power DesignLine Blog 5/13/2009 Post a comment In a report just released the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that the deployment of semiconductor technologies since 1976 has generated a sizeable energy productivity benefit across the U.S. economy.
Is the Green(back) starting to disappear? SmartEnergy Designline Blog 5/12/2009 Post a comment The latest report on investments in clean technology by Ernst & Young saw a massive drop compared to the same period last year. Does this mean the bottom has fallen out on clean technology?
Unlimited Data Plans Going Away? Blog 5/11/2009 1 comment There was an interesting article on the Wall Street Journal called Demands on Network Are an iPhone Hang-Up. The article talks about the bandwidth demands of smart phones, in particular, the iPhone. While AT&T charges the same amount per month for iPhone users that they charge for other smart phone users, the amount of bandwidth used by iPhones is considerably higher, leading to increased costs for AT&T.
Can Star Trek really be revisited? Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 5/8/2009 1 comment This weekend we go back to the future with the launch of a reinvigorated Star Trek. By all accounts it has most of not all of the elements of the original, amplified by special effects. But can we really go back?
Back to the (electric motor) basics Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/7/2009 Post a comment
There is a great deal of interest in motor control from this audience, so I thought it would be a good time to refresh our knowledge of some of the more common electric motors.
Poring over breakdown statistics Automotive DesignLine Blog 5/7/2009 Post a comment Every year, motoring associations publish the breakdown statistics. And every year we find the same suspects populating the top rankings. Is there something wrong with quality management?
Patent strike? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/6/2009 Post a comment In case you've missed it, there has been a fascinating exchange about the broken U.S. patent system taking place on the pages of EE Times over the past couple weeks.
Fixing Fiats again in the U.S. Blog 5/6/2009 Post a comment Who could have imagined Chrysler Corp. being rescued by Fiat? When Fiats last appeared in the U.S. automobile market, they were viewed by most American drivers as quirky little cars from Italy with maintenance problems.
3D Coming Soon to a TV Near You Blog 5/6/2009 Post a comment I have to admit that I am intrigued with the concept of a 3D TV. I have fond memories of watching King Kong with blue and red glasses as a child, and seeing the Star Wars ride on a trip to Disney Land. And the technology has come a long, long way since then.
Clean Tech going mainstream? SmartEnergy Designline Blog 5/5/2009 Post a comment General Electric, one of the world's largest corporations, have seen their clean tech product line grow in 4 years to a $70-billion industry. Could this be the start of mainstream acceptance?
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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