Spoof: Top 10 fears of today’s engineers Blog 7/29/2010 1 comment It’s that time of the year again when engineers air their most secret fears in the darkest corners of the forest. This time, though, a journalist was lurking in the woods and heard the secret whispers of some engineers, including an unidentified freshly minted engineer and a mid-career engineer at an unknown company.
Welcome to the changing face of digital signal processing Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 7/29/2010 3 comments The world of DSP has undergone a massive shift, from the use of well-defined, math-oriented architectures to a more holistic approach that looks at the problem and selects any combination of available architectures, DSP, RISC or FPGA, to solve it. We've changed our approach too, to help you navigate these new waters more effectively.
The ripple effect Blog 7/29/2010 8 comments Part of the reason so many semiconductor projects miss schedule is that staffing levels are not aligned with the level of complexity that the design team needs to undertake. This is solvable problem.
Musings about Tabula and other FPGA startups Blog 7/28/2010 6 comments It has been a bad few weeks for FPGA startups. Tier Logic and Abound Logic (M2000) closed the doors, both apparently unable to get funding to continue. After some prodding from several high tech journalists, some bloggers, and a slew of calls from investor/wall street types, I started looking into the Tabula FPGA technology.
Protect your goal with post-silicon formal verification Blog 7/20/2010 5 comments SoC designers are learning the benefits of applying high-capacity formal verification techniques at every stage of the design. Our formal tools are powerful and versatile enough for a wide variety of tasks such as architectural exploration and RTL verification, all the way through post-silicon debug.
Finding the video signal gremlin Engineering Investigations 7/18/2010 2 comments An engineer battles time zones and a customer who isn't talking to investigate a problem with an application involving a high-speed D/A converter
Emerging trends in embedded systems and applications Blog 7/18/2010 4 comments The embedded systems industry was born with the invention of microcontrollers and since then it has evolved into various forms, from primarily being designed for machine control applications to various other new verticals with the convergence of communications.
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.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments