Design trust and verification
Blog 6/30/2009 Post a comment
It's generally acknowledged that we have entered the 45 nm processing node era. It's also well known that at this node the mantra among SoC designers should be "verify!, verify!, verify!"
Customization is everywhere
Blog 6/29/2009 Post a comment
What this did raise in my mind, however, was the amount of customization that is available in all of the consumer product I have. I just never really sat down and thought about how much almost everything I own is customized just for me.
Licensable IP houses leapfrogging DSP incumbents
Blog 6/25/2009 1 comment
Tensilica and ARC have recently launched radically new DSP-specific architectures, so Forward Concepts' Will Strauss began to wonder if the traditional DSP chip suppliers, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Freescale, LSI and NEC, are falling behind in their offerings.
BluRay Player vs. PS3
Blog 6/24/2009 Post a comment
Last week I talked about my start for a home audio system. It's a great project for me and one that I will go into further detail on as I get closer to a decision. But the other thing that this research got me thinking about was BluRay players. Currently I use my PS3 to watch BluRay movies, but this has created a few problems for me.
Time heals all wounds, and missteps?
Blog 6/23/2009 Post a comment
Top venture capitalists say the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive. Raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
Home Audio for Grad
Blog 6/17/2009 Post a comment
This weekend I convocated from University to get my MBA. My wife kept asking me what I wanted as a present for all my hard work. She told me I could get anything I wanted, so naturally I ask for permission to set up a home theater in the living room.
Virtual platforms, research & venture capital
Blog 6/16/2009 Post a comment
DAC this year has its work cut out for it. The recession has hit the EDA industry hard and every player is being frugal in evaluating expenditures. Nevertheless organizers of the 46th annual conference and exhibits will make the best of it.
Hot papers at 2009 VLSI Technology Symposium
Blog 6/11/2009 1 comment
Hot papers from this year's VLSI Technology Symposium include three nonvolatile memory advancements: Toshiba' BiCS Flash, Samsung's vertical-stacked transistor structures and Hitachi's PCRAM. Two papers on advanced logic processes include: Intel's" High-k/Metal Gate Stacks" and IBM's "32nm SOI CMOS with Highk/ Metal Gate."
Open source EDA software defeats Lock-in: Dream on
Blog 6/10/2009 2 comments
Today, through a nexus of the open source software movement and the difficulty of developing tools to address the problems of leading-edge designs, there are EDA tools out in cyberspace that you can download for free, customize, and utilize to create your latest designs.
EDA industry riding on own waves
Blog 6/9/2009 Post a comment
The EDA industry is making waves but the waves are not reaching the business shores. Both encouraging news about funding and discouraging news about consolidation keep the EDA industry in constant state of bobbing.
Comment: retrain and retain engineers in Europe
Blog 6/9/2009 5 comments
With European students turning their backs on science and engineering degrees and European higher education of science and technology being partially filled by Asian students, one can see that the YOUNG European engineering candidate supply could become restricted.
New Products Announced at E3
Blog 6/3/2009 Post a comment
A lot has been happening at E3 this year, especially compared to last year. But how does that tie in with the digital home concept? Simple, in my home video games are a main consideration for how things are set up and the systems I use, especially now that all of the TV shows have run their season finales and I can play games without being interrupted with a request to watch a show even if I should be enjoying the weather a bit more.
Extending Battery Life on the iPhone
Blog 6/1/2009 Post a comment
With the more advanced features being implemented in smart phones, the devices are being used for much more than just as a phone. I watch movies, play games, surf the web using WiFi, check e-mail you name it chances are I'm doing it on my phone. But this also means that I have to charge it much more often, usually every night. And that is just from intermittent use throughout the day. The next time I have to travel, while I will be entertained, I don't expect my phone to have any charge left