Commentary: Does SATA have a future?
Blog 6/29/2010 8 comments
Companies are already churning out Serial ATA Revision 3.0 (SATA Gen 3) motherboards and hard drives that run at 6 Gbits/second. But is there really a long-term market for SATA Gen 3 products? Or will SATA Gen 3 be derailed quickly by the almost-as-fast USB 3.0 interface that is currently taking the market by storm?
Which type of "analog" designer are you?
Blog 6/28/2010 4 comments
There are engineers doing circuits the analog way, because they absolutely want to, or because they are forced to, or somewhere in-between; judging how much analog makes sense means stepping back and making objective assessments
What's in a name?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/24/2010 7 comments
Xilinx has decided to rebrand its next generation FPGA families in a move driven by its future use of a unified and scalable architecture based on a 28nm high performance, low power manufacturing process.
Don't diss the LDO
Power DesignLine Blog 6/24/2010 6 comments
The low dropout regulator is a valuable tool in the power-supply roster; don’t assume its "drawbacks" should automatically rule it out of your design.
What's the status of FCV research?
Automotive DesignLine Blog 6/21/2010 6 comments
Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are already in use, but only for demonstration purposes. Fuel cells indeed came into the spotlight last year when leading carmakers said they expected to launch a few hundred thousand FCVs to the market as from 2015.
Wake up and smell the numbers
Power DesignLine Blog 6/18/2010 2 comments
When you are talking about energy and alternatives, it's important to start with solid numbers first and then work down from there
EDA DesignLine's "what's new" list at DAC!
Blog 6/11/2010 1 comment
The countdown to the 47th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim, Calif., has begun. Before you get to the Convention Center, have a look at EDA DesignLine's list of EDA products that will be introduced and showcased at the show.
The Foxconn debate
Blog 6/10/2010 Post a comment
Here lies a compendium of opinion pieces, analyses and news articles about the unfortunate spate of suicides seen at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., that have appeared recently on www.eetimes.com.
ESC Chicago keynote makes case for time travel
Blog 6/8/2010 12 comments
Theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett is on a lifelong mission to build a time machine. Based on Einstein'sTheory of Relativity, his approach involves creating a circulating beam of light and exploiting the energy to produce a gravitational field.
A look back at the last 10 years of chip design
Blog 6/3/2010 Post a comment
The world of IC design looks very different than it did 10 years ago, when EVE incorporated and started building its first hardware emulator. In 2000, the semiconductor industry was still reveling in the new millennium and the economy was going strong.
The intersection of engineering and math
Engineer’s Bookshelf 6/3/2010 3 comments
Read “How Round is Your Circle” by John Bryant and Chris Sangwin, and along the way you'll notice that your perspective on design gets a little bit wider. You'll feel a little bit wiser, and reconnect to what engineering is all about: elegant solutions.
Analysis: Big spenders reinforce boom-bust cycle
Blog 6/1/2010 2 comments
A surge in announcements of increased chip making capital expenditure is not going to make an impact any time soon. But when the spending does hit it will almost certainly produce an oversupply bust sometime as consolidation amongsts the pure-play IDMs exacerbates the boom-bust cycle.