IP strategies proliferate as SoC complexity grows News & Analysis 12/19/2002 Post a comment Merging previously designed circuit blocks into new system-on-chip designs seems like a sound way of controlling the complexity of SoC projects and leveraging the relatively scarce resources of the circuit design community at least on the surface. But reuse of intellectual property (IP) is shaping up as a complex design approach with its own unique characteristics.
Power Play News & Analysis 12/17/2002 Post a comment Power management has become an industry staple as the need to switch and convert different voltage levels and concerns about power consumption have increased. But the power management sector, encompassing parts like regulators, rectifiers, and power transistors, has struggled recently as poor market conditions force suppliers to cut prices and refocus their market strategies.
Is embedded Linux the right answer? News & Analysis 12/13/2002 Post a comment Linux has influenced the strategies of some of the world's biggest software and hardware companies and entered the IT departments of even the most traditional corporations.
Taking the Frustration Out of Embedded Design News & Analysis 12/11/2002 Post a comment Effective hardware/software co-design tools remain elusive for most embedded-system designers. Xilinx's Rich Sevcik discusses why he thinks emerging FPGA design platforms offer a viable alternative to ASIC-based embedded design.
Tandem RF software programs streamline the design of power amplifiers News & Analysis 12/10/2002 Post a comment Harmonic-balance simulators - used in tandem with synthesis software that builds impedance matching networks -- can speed the design of RF power amplifiers. Engineers at Aerial Facilities in the UK show the steps they took to build a tunable 23-dB LDMOS amplifier with a center frequency in the 400-MHz range.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times