SoC design issues going virtual Blog 8/29/2009 Post a comment A dramatic shift is taking place in the technical conference area: provide an entire design-oriented conference and exhibits to millions of desktops across the globe.
From 2009 to 2020: A history of developments in programmability Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 8/28/2009 3 comments Predictions come easy, but from the demise of FPGAs to the emergence of 32-core processors, DSPs are showing some strong trends and I think it is possible to divine what will happen in the next few years as we move towards the next order of magnitude increase in computational efficiency.
Fishy power requirements Power DesignLine Blog 8/26/2009 Post a comment MIT researchers have displayed prototype robotic fish that have just ten moving parts, including a single motor. Some prototypes have survived in the lab for four years of constant underwater tests without a leak.
Comment: A cold corporate hand chills Hot Chips Blog 8/26/2009 4 comments The cold hand of corporate marketing has a firm grip on the esophagus of the electronics industry, controlling what gets said, when it gets said and in what key it is vocalized, muting technical conferences such as Hot Chips and ISSCC.
NIWeek photo shoot (part 1) Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 8/25/2009 Post a comment It's been a few weeks since I attended NIWeek in Austin, but I still have more content coming from that show. I did manage to bring my digital camera and take some pictures. Here is the diary of my two and a half days there--in image form (part one).
Making bare essentials work Blog 8/25/2009 Post a comment Startup siXis Inc. claims mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
Show time in Berlin Automotive DesignLine Blog 8/19/2009 Post a comment The German program to foster electromobility is a drop in a bucket. Other countries have acted faster and more consistently.
On awards and giant cupcakes Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 8/19/2009 Post a comment In a world currently plagued by economic recession and conflict, it's inspiring to know that someone still has the tenacity, drive and baking skills to fulfill his or her dream of creating the world's largest cupcake.
Watch out for nuclear fusion research Power DesignLine Blog 8/19/2009 Post a comment Researchers are adapting a new plasma-based lithography that generates "extreme ultraviolet" light with a wavelength of 13.5 nanometers using the same methods applied in fusion-energy research. That's another challenge for future power management of chips.
Old and new: Marconi's Irish roots Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 8/17/2009 Post a comment In a remote region of Ireland last week I happened upon a monument to Guglielmo Marconi's first commercial wireless transmission: between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle in North Antrim on July 6th. 1898.
Why I like low-volume design and projects Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 8/15/2009 3 comments Designing for single-unit or low-volume production gives engineers a very different, and often more interesting, set of priorities, constraints, and options. . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Robotics quest part 2: the wisdom of the audience Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 8/12/2009 1 comment Last week, I discussed my quest for a robotics project for my nephew, hopefully something that we could both be involved in. I have compiled some of the responses to my original question and am going to share some of these nuggets of information.
Nortel and Ericsson... and RIM Blog 8/10/2009 Post a comment Times are tough at Nortel... and getting tougher. When the
company started going downhill they sought a way out by selling off
major portions of their product lines, and recently Ericsson was
approved to buy their wireless equipment unit.
A 'whole new paradigm shift' Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 8/6/2009 Post a comment During a visit to SiliconBlue, I heard that some customers are treating the company's FPGAs like ASICs, enlisting SiliconBlue to do the FPGA development work and stamping their own logos on the devices.
Facebook power Power DesignLine Blog 8/5/2009 Post a comment Intel is offering Progress Thru Processors, a new volunteer computing application built on the Facebook platform that allows people to donate their PCs' unused processor power to research projects.
The quest for a robot project Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 8/5/2009 Post a comment Recently my nephew celebrated his 15th birthday, prompting many discussions of what exactly does a teenager want for a birthday. There were many things discussed, but one thing that did come up was his wish to build a robot.
Viewpoint: Imperfect world threatens 2010 high-tech goals Blog 8/4/2009 Post a comment In addition to the imperfections of the physical world, the global design and supply chain executive charged with keeping products flowing internationally must deal with a wide range of economic and political risks, including export and import compliance requirements that are in constant flux.
NIWeek is going on 15 years Blog 8/4/2009 Post a comment National Instruments is hosting NIWeek for some 3,000 engineers, educators, and scientists Aug 4 to 6. It's the company's 15th annual customer and technology conference.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 20 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...