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I’m so lucky to be here (Part 3)
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11/30/2011   8 comments
In my previous I’m so lucky to be here column I described an unfortunate incident involving myself and a water barrel. Looking back, this was the least of my adventures…
Just call me “Max the Viking!”
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11/29/2011   6 comments
A few months ago I was invited to give the keynote presentation at the forthcoming FPGA Forum in Norway in February 2012; well, things just got even more exciting!
Free Webinar: Designing and developing pulse Doppler radars using FPGAs
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
Learn how radar system engineers can reduce the time required to model, simulate, and implement radar system designs and their constituent signal processing algorithms…
Xilinx enables industrial networking, motor control, and machine vision...
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11/18/2011   Post a comment
Devices, platforms and partnerships will be on display at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 to accelerate development of advanced Ethernet, machine vision and networked motor-control applications...
How It Was: Life in the typing pool (III)
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11/18/2011   Post a comment
About once every couple of months we had to clean the keys – those little arms with a letter at the end that whacked at the paper...
How It Was: Programming (and debugging) microprocessors
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11/18/2011   4 comments
Writing programs for microprocessors used to involve assembling programs by hand; paper-tape-based assemblers were "state-of-the-art"...
Travel Nightmares: It seemed like our journey would never end…
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11/17/2011   5 comments
This tale of woe comes from my mother regarding one of her visits to see me in America…
Altera announces industry’s first OpenCL program for FPGAs
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11/15/2011   3 comments
The folks from Altera have just announced a development program focused on the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) standard for FPGAs and SoC FPGAs.
Congratulations to the folks at Xilinx
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11/15/2011   Post a comment
The Xilinx Zynq-7000 family wins Embedded & Critical Systems award at IET Innovation Awards 2011
How it was: Life in the typing pool (II)
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11/14/2011   4 comments
We worked from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm from Monday to Friday and From 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday...
Travel Nightmares: British Rail
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11/14/2011   2 comments
My travel nightmare occurred on a beautiful summer’s evening in June when my colleague and I attended a meeting of the Word Processing Association in Manchester...
Xilinx Alliance Program introduces Premier Design Services providers
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11/14/2011   1 comment
New ecosystem program addresses customers’ engineering resource and expertise requirements with access to highly qualified services providers.
How It Was: Programmable Logic
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11/10/2011   6 comments
At a seminar on programmable logic (FPLAs and PALs) I discovered that PALs were bipolar (technologically, not psychologically speaking)…
Xilinx to demo next-gen FPGA technology for cable operators at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011
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11/10/2011   Post a comment
If you are planning on attending the forthcoming SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011 in Atlanta, be sure to visit the folks from Xilinx…
Lattice is shipping millions of Power Manager chips
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11/7/2011   Post a comment
The folks at Lattice say that their low-cost, system-level power management solutions are willing broad market acceptance…
I’m so lucky to be here (Part 2)
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11/7/2011   4 comments
I was thinking about all of the dangers involved in actually growing up, which reminded me of some stories…
Congratulations to SiliconBlue for their ISO 9001 certification
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11/7/2011   1 comment
I just heard that the folks at SiliconBlue have been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 registration related to the design and manufacture of their mobileFPGA devices.
I’m so lucky to be here (Part 1)
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11/3/2011   8 comments
When you come to think about it, the chances of any of us existing (as the unique individuals we are) is incredibly, almost infinitesimally, small...
Fall 2011 edition of Xilinx Xcell Journal Magazine available now
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
Hurray! The Fall 2011 edition of the quarterly Xcell Journal magazine is available for our delectation and delight
Xilinx to showcase secure products and applications at MILCOM 2011
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
I just heard from the chaps and chapesses at Xilinx with regard to their forthcoming participation at MILCOM 2011
How it was: CAD, CAE, and Netlisting
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11/3/2011   2 comments
In the mid ‘80s our design tools still featured a Pencil Re-Booter (aka an electric pencil sharpener); meanwhile, the “Delete Component” function was performed with an electric rotary eraser...

In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.
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