Design trust and verification
Blog 6/30/2009 Post a comment
It's generally acknowledged that we have entered the 45 nm processing node era. It's also well known that at this node the mantra among SoC designers should be "verify!, verify!, verify!"
Customization is everywhere
Blog 6/29/2009 Post a comment
What this did raise in my mind, however, was the amount of customization that is available in all of the consumer product I have. I just never really sat down and thought about how much almost everything I own is customized just for me.
Bluetooth integrates them all
Automotive DesignLine Blog 6/26/2009 1 comment
A generation of car users drives around with a navigation system stuck at their windshield with arguable estethics and negative consequences for safety. Now a research project aims at creating an interface to integrate these devices. It's high time.
Licensable IP houses leapfrogging DSP incumbents
Blog 6/25/2009 1 comment
Tensilica and ARC have recently launched radically new DSP-specific architectures, so Forward Concepts' Will Strauss began to wonder if the traditional DSP chip suppliers, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Freescale, LSI and NEC, are falling behind in their offerings.
Hey Red, is space exploration worth it?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 6/25/2009 8 comments
Hearing Buzz Aldrin talk at a book signing last night did little to relieve the nagging concern that there may be better ways to invest in our future than space exploration.
BluRay Player vs. PS3
Blog 6/24/2009 Post a comment
Last week I talked about my start for a home audio system. It's a great project for me and one that I will go into further detail on as I get closer to a decision. But the other thing that this research got me thinking about was BluRay players. Currently I use my PS3 to watch BluRay movies, but this has created a few problems for me.
Time heals all wounds, and missteps?
Blog 6/23/2009 Post a comment
Top venture capitalists say the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive. Raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
More processor talk
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/23/2009 Post a comment
The question of which processor to use for an embedded project is still a very relevant one.
Home Audio for Grad
Blog 6/17/2009 Post a comment
This weekend I convocated from University to get my MBA. My wife kept asking me what I wanted as a present for all my hard work. She told me I could get anything I wanted, so naturally I ask for permission to set up a home theater in the living room.
The color of white
Power DesignLine Blog 6/17/2009 Post a comment
There's a lot to be said about predictions. Color them red. Then there is a lot to be said about being part of a fad. Color that green. Sometimes it's better to start over on a white canvas.
The ongoing MathStar saga
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/17/2009 1 comment
For a company that effectively shut its doors more than a year ago, MathStar still generates a lot of headlines.
All in one place
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/16/2009 Post a comment
Just a quick blog entry to have all the links to the popular Motor Fundamentals articles from Microchip in one place.
Virtual platforms, research & venture capital
Blog 6/16/2009 Post a comment
DAC this year has its work cut out for it. The recession has hit the EDA industry hard and every player is being frugal in evaluating expenditures. Nevertheless organizers of the 46th annual conference and exhibits will make the best of it.
ADI launches online processor community help site
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 6/15/2009 1 comment
Analog Devices' digital signal processing group has jumped into the vendor-driven engineering community fray with an online community center where designers can get answers to their technical questions either from ADI specialists or their peers.
Hot papers at 2009 VLSI Technology Symposium
Blog 6/11/2009 1 comment
Hot papers from this year's VLSI Technology Symposium include three nonvolatile memory advancements: Toshiba' BiCS Flash, Samsung's vertical-stacked transistor structures and Hitachi's PCRAM. Two papers on advanced logic processes include: Intel's" High-k/Metal Gate Stacks" and IBM's "32nm SOI CMOS with Highk/ Metal Gate."
The final frontier?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/10/2009 Post a comment
I wasn't born at the time Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. But that event will shape the achievements of my generation as much (if not more so) than those who watched it live on TV.
Open source EDA software defeats Lock-in: Dream on
Blog 6/10/2009 2 comments
Today, through a nexus of the open source software movement and the difficulty of developing tools to address the problems of leading-edge designs, there are EDA tools out in cyberspace that you can download for free, customize, and utilize to create your latest designs.
Perspiration still beats innovation
Power DesignLine Blog 6/10/2009 Post a comment
Powervation, the fabless semiconductor spin-out from the Circuits & Systems Research Center (CSRC) at the University of Limerick in 2006, originally received $10 million Series A round of venture capital funding led by Intel Capital and Scottish Equity Partners with Venture Tech Alliance. Next week the results of that funding will be obvious.
EDA industry riding on own waves
Blog 6/9/2009 Post a comment
The EDA industry is making waves but the waves are not reaching the business shores. Both encouraging news about funding and discouraging news about consolidation keep the EDA industry in constant state of bobbing.
Why aren't we there yet?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 6/9/2009 1 comment
In his blog entry, Allan Yogasingam compares the fictional world of comic books with respect to energy production and wonders aloud if we can get there ourselves.
Embedded processor wars
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/9/2009 Post a comment
While Intel and ARM battle for supremacy in the consumer areas of netbooks and smart phones, ARM is taking on formidable opponents in other application areas.
Comment: retrain and retain engineers in Europe
Blog 6/9/2009 5 comments
With European students turning their backs on science and engineering degrees and European higher education of science and technology being partially filled by Asian students, one can see that the YOUNG European engineering candidate supply could become restricted.