One analyst takes on the PM market
Power DesignLine Blog 9/30/2009 Post a comment
Global sales of digital power semiconductors are set to increase to $821 million in 2013, up from $127 million in 2008, according to iSuppli Corp. The most rapid growth will be in DCPs.
Future robotics technology
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/29/2009 Post a comment
One thing that I was asked to do for the "Dissecting the Bot" article was make some predictions on what future robotics technology will look like. I have my thoughts, what are yours?
EDA can be a fun thing
Blog 9/29/2009 Post a comment
There is an EDA application that runs on Apple Inc.'s iPhone. iWafer, was created by Michael Sanie, a 20-year EDA and semiconductor industry veteran.
Updated: Is Intel making a foray into France?
Blog 9/28/2009 Post a comment
In 2009, Intel Corp. has made several moves to position itself in the French market, including an investment in a laboratory specialized in High-Performance Computing near Paris and the opening of a new design center in wireless technologies in Sophia Antipolis. Recently, speculations have emerged that Intel plans to purchase Freescale Semiconductor's wireless operations in Toulouse. Is this pure coincidence or full of sense?
How to make your next design succeed by really mattering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/24/2009 1 comment
Would anyone shed a tear if your company went away tomorrow? If not, then you've made the mistake of not fully leveraging the power of good design to get you and your product to the point where you actually matter to anyone, according to Robert Brunner, an industrial designer of such product lines as the Apple II, Macintosh, Newton and PowerBook. But there's an answer.
The perils of pre-disposition
Blog 9/22/2009 1 comment
Robert Brunner's ESC keynote was 21st century all the way, including hip-hop videos for Dr. Dre's "B" brand headphones, and promos for carbon fiber faucets, a $3,500 outdoor grill, Lady Ga Ga's fashion jewelry ear buds and Regen solar-powered consumer electronics.
T-Minus 1 and Counting
Blog 9/21/2009 Post a comment
Even without the exhibits in place there was plenty to see, do and learn at the Hynes Convention Center on Day Zero of ESC Boston.
The path to money in medical systems design
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/21/2009 Post a comment
Between government stimulus packages, an aging population, exploding healthcare costs and increasing need for better remote diagnostics, it's understandable that engineers looking for the next big opportunity would look up and cry: "Thars gold in them thar [medical] hills." But not so fast.
Green power in the future
Power DesignLine Blog 9/18/2009 Post a comment
Sharp Microelectronics reported its first loss ever this year so the company is investing in a future "green" to ensure it keeps its competitive edge.
Fate and Opportunity in EDA
Blog 9/18/2009 Post a comment
Evatronix SA of Bielsko-Biala, Poland has appointed Carsten Elgert as its Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Elgert was with Mentor Graphics European division.
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/18/2009 3 comments
TechInsights cannot tell you exactly which MCU device will be the best for your specific application. But what we can do is profile some of the recent MCU releases in this table.
Ford's recovery plan
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/16/2009 1 comment
Ford has a lot of work to do, but they didn't take a bailout and didn't bail out of the car business.
Innovation vs. gloom
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/15/2009 Post a comment
At the Frankfurt IAA it become apparent that the challenges are yet to be faced for large parts of the automotive industry. But at the same time, the way out of the situation is emerging.
Commentary: ESL may be coming into its own
Blog 9/15/2009 8 comments
Four years ago at DAC two analysts, then at Gartner, predicted that electronic system level (ESL) design tools may return the EDA industry to double-digit growth. The ESL market is just as elusive now as it was in 2005.
Can anyone stop surging SoC cost? Join the conversation
Blog 9/14/2009 Post a comment
Engineering executives at chip vendors and electronic equipment makers are grappling with this question in the midst of a global economic downturn and as the ability to offer the best products at the most attractive prices becomes a major competitive weapon of choice for many in the industry.
Chip vendors making VCs redundant
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/11/2009 Post a comment
The next time you have a great idea for an end product, you should look at bit more closely at your choice of IC: the vendor-as-partner model can do more to realize your idea than any venture capitalist or angel investor ever could--without eating into your long-term profits.
Viewpoint: Why programmability is now a game changer
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/10/2009 2 comments
The common wisdom these days says that the semiconductor industry is heading for the cliff. Some even say that we are like the cartoon character that went over the cliff and his legs are still moving, not realizing that there is no ground under him.
An event like no other
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/9/2009 Post a comment
On Sept. 16, EE Times will present a virtual conference on designing next-generation SoCs that promises to explore the challenges faced by developers of both ASIC- and FPGA-based SoCs.
Ban the power for BANs
Power DesignLine Blog 9/9/2009 Post a comment
Qualcomm described a new algorithm to lower the power of body area networks at a recent conference. The medical industry needs that to have sensors work 24/7 in regular living conditions without wireless packets getting lost.
One giant squeak for Mankind
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/4/2009 Post a comment
The Moon landing inspired generations of engineers, but magazines like 'Practical Electronics' should also take a bow. Kendall Castor-Perry revisits an audio circuit project from a May 1969 issue, discovering what would have been a boyhood revelation, despite the results being not quite sound!
FGPAs to 'green' the web?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/2/2009 Post a comment
Add this to the growing list of things people are counting on FPGAs for: "greening" the web by enabling faster searches using less power.
Managing waves and thoughts
Power DesignLine Blog 9/2/2009 Post a comment
Bin He can point to a spot on the brain that gave off a sub-microvolt signal corresponding to a thought. The question now is can thoughts be managed with the same techniques used to manage power?