A Ham's Eye View Blog 9/29/2011 23 comments Welcome to the first installment of a new blog in the EETimes empire. First, a few words of introduction…I’m Doug Grant, amateur radio callsign K1DG.
Models, models, models… Blog 9/29/2011 3 comments Without models the EDA industry could not exist and when it comes to trying to promote a new abstraction level, models become the sticking point. Synopsys intends to change that…
Many may get burned by Kindle Fire Blog 9/28/2011 52 comments The Kindle Fire brings welcome competition to a tablet market dominated by Apple and a services market led by cellular carriers, and it could curb hopes for Taiwan and Wintel.
Cypress’s Gen4 TrueTouch touchscreen controllers were worth the wait Blog 9/28/2011 4 comments Cypress's Dhwani Vyas put it best, "Finally [we] have the part I have been waiting for!" He was referring to the company's new Gen4 family of touchscreen controllers that are the first to feature an ARM 32-bit core, along with proprietary LCD noise cancellation technology called DisplayArmor that eliminates the need for an extra shield layer of glass and its associated air gap, thereby reducing display thickness by up to 1 mm and lowering overall cost and weight.
EDA/IP Roundup Blog 9/27/2011 Post a comment There are often many news items that are not worth writing a full blog about, but may still be of interest to people. This is a roundup of those items…
Chips in Space: Lessons learned (Part 2) Blog 9/24/2011 8 comments For those who have been following this blog and the reader comments, you know that the battery failed eight days into the mission. For the next mission, we need to design a power system where a shorted battery will not render the satellite inoperable. Thankfully, the ARISSat-1 battery failed open; but that was luck. For an extraordinary story about amateur-satellite batteries, read how the battery shorted then reopened 21 years later on AMSAT OSCAR 7.
Poised on the brink of a new era… Blog 9/19/2011 3 comments The EDA DesignLine is in new hands! As of today, I am the new editor and I intend to return this corner of the EE Times universe it to be the vibrant community it should be…
Chips in Space: Lessons learned (Part 1) Blog 9/17/2011 7 comments Project management teaches us to do a post-mortem review at the end of every project, to muse about the things that did and didn’t go right. If things went right, they are called “best practices.” If they did not go as planned or we overlooked something, we call them “lessons learned.” A polite way of saying, we goofed and we promise not to do that again (we hope).
ESC Preview: Memory Blog 9/12/2011 Post a comment I've taken a look at the sessions and picked out a few that I think are worth a closer look for designers working with memory.
Chips in Space: Just the FAQs Ma’am Blog 9/10/2011 6 comments It’s a lot of fun telling the tale about ARISSat-1. So, when we were offered a table at the Microchip MASTERs Conference, we accepted the invitation with enthusiasm. For the conference, we shipped in our fully functional demonstration satellite from the East Coast to Northern Phoenix and put it on display.
Respect your ELDRS Blog 9/7/2011 4 comments How can we effectively test electrical components for enhanced low-dose radiation sensitivity (ELDRS)?
Why the British got out of fabs Blog 9/5/2011 67 comments In response to a forum discussion and a request from a participant there I have tried to answer the questions: "Why the British had to get out of fabs and end up just with design / IP a la ARM ?" and "Why fabs still survive ( if not exactly thrive ) in the UK's traditional rival France ?"
Chips in Space: Design challenges, intrigue and solutions Blog 9/3/2011 4 comments We’ve covered a lot of ground in the past seven blog posts. The story had a beginning of an idea (hey, let’s fill a suit with electronics and toss it out of the International Space Station!). Twist and turns (we lost the suit, now what?!). Heroic recovery (that’s a nice aluminum space frame you got there!). And a happy ending (We have liftoff! ARISSat-1 is successfully operating in space!).
New JEDEC spec online Blog 9/2/2011 2 comments I just heard from my contacts at JEDEC that they have issued Release 4 of the DDR3 Serial Presence Detect (SPD) Specification.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...