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Viewpoint: IP cores are in their own world
10/27/2009   Post a comment
A recent informal survey of several sellers, buyers and users of semiconductor IP cores produced an interesting view of current business conditions and what the future might bring.
EDA industry stunts its own growth
10/27/2009   Post a comment
Last week I received two press releases from Apache Design Solutions. One informed me that the company had achieved record bookings and revenue in Q3, while maintaining profitability.
Opinion: M'soft must do better with Windows 8
10/23/2009   17 comments
I think Microsoft owes it to the PC industry from which it—along with Intel--sucks the lion's share of profits to do better than it has with Windows 7, so let's start our wish list for Windows 8.
Analysis: Inside the ARM-Xilinx deal
10/23/2009   Post a comment
There's a lot that's not being said about the deal announced by ARM and Xilinx. What is known is that Xilinx has licensed ARM's Cortex processor IP, and that the two companies are developing next-generation AMBA interconnect technology.
Opinion: Autonomous driving raises questions about security
10/22/2009   1 comment
Cars are increasingly equipped with functions that take decisions away from drivers and assign them to electronic devices. The 'Sartre' research project currently under way in Europe for the first time exceeds a limit: In the context of the project, drivers are no longer responsible for what the car is doing; they can lean back and relax. This raises a number of questions. Cultural ones, legal ones. And, first of all, questions about the security of the technology used.
Apple iPhone 3G best for call quality: Blackberry Storm worst
10/20/2009   Post a comment
With all the additional multimedia and work-saving functionality smartphones bring to the table, it's easy to lose track of the one basic requirement by which all handsets are ultimately judged: how well they keep that all-important voice link. It turns out that Apple and its iPhone 3G has that angle covered too: better than anyone.
LEDs and Lighting: Market could hit $5 billion by 2012
10/20/2009   5 comments
LEDs have moved beyond their indicator-light legacy and are finding success in automotive lighting, signage and backlighting applications ranging from mobile phones to TVs.
'Embargoed' productivity news
10/20/2009   Post a comment
Synopsys' Synphony High Level Synthesis product purports to increase design and verification productivity up to 10 times higher than traditional RTL flows for communications and multimedia applications.
Car guys have blind spots
10/14/2009   3 comments
Car guys, and I am one, have some blind spots. We want more car than we really need, or can use, and we think we're better drivers than we really are.
Viewpoint: Solving the nanoscale IC design paradox
10/14/2009   Post a comment
There is a paradox brewing in the layout of integrated circuit (IC) designs at nanometer nodes. IC design teams are choosing between layout automation vs. full custom design techniques.
A Fluke offer for hard times
10/12/2009   Post a comment
Portable electronic test and measurement technology vendor Fluke Corp. will send two people to Miami for football's "Big Game" for learning about test tools Fluke has recently introduced.
NXP and the CEO's cuts: Join the conversation
10/12/2009   6 comments
We have reported extensively over the last nine months about the moves of Rick Clemmer, CEO of NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), to re-organize the affairs of the Dutch chip company. We'd like to know what you think.
Comment: Semiconductor allocation? Bring it on!
10/9/2009   Post a comment
The specter of product allocation could soon rear its ugly head yet again for users of semiconductors, as well as for fabless chip companies.
Still plenty of silicon to come from Silicon Valley
10/9/2009   Post a comment
There's a vocal minority of individuals who claim silicon is no longer at the heart of Silicon Valley.
Manufacturing and the future of U.S. innovation. Join the conversation
10/6/2009   37 comments
Does the U.S. high-tech sector still need a manufacturing base? Join the conversation.
The benefits of innovative collaboration
10/6/2009   Post a comment
IMEC's latest industrial affiliation program aimed at fabless and fablite companies is a welcome program for both IP and EDA vendors.

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Teensy-Weensy GPAK4 Mixed Signal FPGAs
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The vast majority of the embedded designers I know typically create MCU-based systems -- they rarely even consider using a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).

Bernard Cole

A Book For All Reasons
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Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

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Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
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