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USB in GM automobiles?
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Once again, a visitor to Programmable Logic DesignLine asks us to plumb the depths of our collective consciousness...
Student completes his MP3 project
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
With the help of the readers of Programmable Logic DesignLine, a student learns about the CRC-7 algorithm used by SD Cards and successfully completes his project.
I never knew that!
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
Someone just told me the most amazing (incredibly simple) secret that will be of interest and use to almost everyone I know...
FPGA Lab Liquidation Sale
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
Hardware at clearance prices -- buy now before it all goes!
Infrared Night Vision Goggles for only $89.99
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9/24/2008   1 comment
Yes, it's true; you can now purchase true infrared night vision, for the price of a toy (imagine my happy dance)!
Free webinar on new Virtex-5 TXT FPGAs
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Virtex-5 TXT devices offer single FPGA solution for 40Gb and 100Gb telecom equipment.
Squirrel Obstacle Course
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
If things are going missing in your garden, this video might help explain why...
Magic Sine Waves
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
I'm still trying to wrap my poor befuddled brain around all of this, so let me just quote from the executive (read "for those of little brain") summary...
1.5 GHz FPGAs shipping now!
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9/16/2008   1 comment
How exciting! As I pen these words, the folks at Achronix have started to ship their 1.5 GHz FPGAs.
50th Anniversary of the first IC (Part Deux)
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9/14/2008   Post a comment
A reader is perturbed by my failing to mention the contributions of Robert Noyce...
Sine and cosine wave generation in FPGAs
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9/14/2008   Post a comment
A reader asks how this can be achieved in the most efficient manner possible...
Misinformed Australian
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9/12/2008   Post a comment
This is one of the funniest things I've seen for a long time... I'm still chuckling as I pen these words.
The Integrated Circuit is 50 years old today!
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9/12/2008   Post a comment
Yes, believe it or not, it's the 50th anniversary of the first IC!
The Doomsday List
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9/11/2008   Post a comment
Here's a list of predicted "end-of-the-world" scenarios that failed to live up to expectations (if you'll forgive the pun).
The End is Nigh (Part Deux)
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9/9/2008   Post a comment
Is the end of the world scheduled for Wednesday 10th September 2008 when the Large Hadron Colider (LHC) is powered-up? I don't think so...
"Your Inner Fish" and other books
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9/9/2008   Post a comment
In which I waffle on about books in general and the ones I've just read (or am in the process of reading) in particular.
The End is Nigh!
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Here's a link to the "official" magazine of the apocalypse (get it now before it's too late)!
Is that a real smile or a fake?
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9/5/2008   Post a comment
View these videos to see if your instincts are correct...
Yet more nuggets of arcane USB knowledge
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9/5/2008   1 comment
Well, we certainly seem to have opened the floodgates with our discussions on USB...
Lots of interesting "stuff"
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9/4/2008   1 comment
There's so much interesting "stuff" out there that I can no longer keep up with it all...
Google announce new web browser called Chrome
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9/2/2008   Post a comment
Google's new Chrome web browser is claimed to combine a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
An interesting problem to ponder
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9/2/2008   1 comment
The response to previous problems I've posed has been extremely enthusiastic, so here's another poser for us to peruse and ponder...

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.

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