Brazil: A high-tech hot spot for innovation and investment Blog 10/28/2010 13 comments Brazil has risen to become the world’s eighth-largest economy and is predicted to join the top five by 2030, outlines Claudionor Coelho of Jasper Design Automation. In addition to its well-known strengths in renewable energy, raw materials, agriculture, oil and the aviation industry, Brazil is fast becoming a major player in electronics.
Help needed with Microsoft Visio Blog 10/27/2010 8 comments To be honest this is a bit of a bummer, because if you had asked me only a week ago I would have claimed to be one of the world's experts in using this little rascal.
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown: Dell Streak vs. The Archos 7 Blog 10/26/2010 11 comments The promo for this ARM TechCon event is actually a bit misleading: “Which tablet PC will come out on top? Watch as EE Times Editors Brian Fuller and Patrick Mannion dissect the inner workings of the devices and explore which is the strongest contender, based on speed, power consumption, display, features and functionality.”
Electronically 'stoking' a Corvette Blog 10/25/2010 2 comments If you missed the QNX Corvette at Convergence 2010, you can still see its reconfigurable digital instrument cluster and versatile application platform HMI at the ARM Technology Conference in November.
Agatha Christie meets Dr. Who Blog 10/25/2010 5 comments A brief account of my recent travels to England where I smash my computer, see the reconstruction of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, discover a Dr. Who Police Box, and see an Agatha Christie play…
Are design and test conflicting or symbiotic? Blog 10/20/2010 7 comments These days, IC design engineers have more functionality to implement in their designs than ever before, even though design schedules are shrinking. Although design-for-test (DFT) is absolutely necessary to enable thorough and cost-effective manufacturing test, it potentially makes the overall design process even more challenging.
Time to working prototype Blog 10/19/2010 2 comments With regard to an earlier blog *Emulate or Prototype?*, Brian takes his discussions a little further and explores some figures brought to his attention by Dave Orecchio, the CEO of GateRocket.
Become your customers Blog 10/14/2010 17 comments EDA companies design tools for two different publics, the circuit design public and the semiconductor industry public. This viewpoint outlines the dynamics of these two publics and explores the concept of public in detail. It also looks at interdisciplinary areas of psychology and human factors to understand how design is perceived.
Be a hero--Build a robot Blog 10/13/2010 Post a comment I recently found a book on building robots for the real novice, and thought, "Wow, my readers would probably love to be heroes to their kids (offspring and inner)."
U.S designers watch out: Renesas signals may influence you Blog 10/13/2010 20 comments There’s nothing subliminal about Renesas’s strategy: With an emphasis on automotive, cloud computing and social infrastructure and ‘green’ industries, it is aggressively out to influence the influencers - -- those 80% of design decision makers that reside outside of Japan, primarily in America.
Opinion: WHDI in mobile handsets in 2012? Blog 10/11/2010 11 comments Amimon promises the universal proliferation of Wireless High-Definition Interface (WHDI) -- not only for wireless PC-to-TV but in mobile-to-TV streaming apps. But do we still need wireless HD video networking at home?
A bit of a laugh... Blog 10/8/2010 3 comments I have all sorts of things I should be doing, but I just ran across something that made me laugh, and that led to something else ... you know how it goes. So I thought you might enjoy a bit of a laugh also.
Have you done anything interesting with CPLDs? Blog 10/8/2010 4 comments In this week's newsletter I asked: "Have you done anything interesting with CPLDs or FPGAs or any other type of programmable device recently? If so, please drop me a line and tell me about it." Well Ken Whiteleather, who is now with Sparton Defense and Security Systems, responded as follows...
Embedded systems design with FPGAs Blog 10/8/2010 3 comments Last week there was a bustle of activity at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston. In particular, it was apparent that the use of programmable logic in the form of FPGAs is dramatically increasing in today's embedded systems designs.