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.
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.
Blog 9/21/2011 Post a comment
There are many news stories out every week that are interesting, but on their own don't warrant a full writeup. This is a roundup of such information...
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).
EDA in the clouds
Blog 9/13/2011 1 comment
Cloud computing offers benefits and challenges to EDA tool users, but either way it is here to stay.
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 66 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.