ASIC-FPGA high wire act News & Analysis 4/1/2004 Post a comment Remember when ASIC was ASIC and FPGA was an afterthought? It wasn't that long ago--maybe 10 years--but technology and market forces have done a lot to blur the distinction.
PLM comes of age News & Analysis 4/1/2004 Post a comment One short year ago, Fox Electronics Inc. was easily the perfect example of a company in dire need of a product lifecycle management (PLM) application.
The Crystal Ball PredictionMore Software in Our Future News & Analysis 4/1/2004 Post a comment The crystal ball predicts that there will be more software in our future. And, it's no wonder. Trends in chip design are dauntingmask costs are exorbitant, while other development costs are rising exponentially as verification becomes more difficult and the cost of failure grows. Catalytic's Andy Haines describes how software can help overcome some of the technological challenges facing the electronics industry today.
Focus on the class of audio amps News & Analysis 4/1/2004 Post a comment The sweet sound you hear in your home theater, your portable CD headset, and your multi-speaker car audio may be sheer magic to your ears, but it required diverse design techniques that presented several design challenges before it could go live. Paul O'Shea has this comparison of Class AB, G, H and other topologies.
Boost Controller consumes only 120 micro amps at no load Product News 4/1/2004 Post a comment Microchip introduces a series of 750-kHz gated oscillator DC/DC Boost Controllers. These devices can deliver 5 Watts of power to the load while consuming only 120 microamps of quiescent current at no load. They are used to generate the supply voltage for microcontrollers and other electronic loads from a battery supply or the bus voltages available in the system.
Synopsys forum updates SystemVerilog support News & Analysis 4/1/2004 Post a comment The message at the Synopsys EDA Interoperability Developer's Forum, convening Thursday (April 1), is clear; SystemVerilog support is growing. The forum will provide updates on both Synopsys' SystemVerilog plans and those of third-party vendors in Synopsys' Catalyst partner program.
Adaptive antennas gain in 60-GHz band News & Analysis 4/1/2004 Post a comment The 60-GHz band has been allocated worldwide for unlicensed wireless-communications systems. The United States, Europe and Japan have all allocated at least 5 GHz of contiguous bandwidth, which is nearly equal to the total for all other wireless communications. This unprecedented amount holds the potential for much higher data rates than other channels that are bandwidth-limited, with wireless data rates in the range of 1 Gbit/second becoming reasonable. A student at the Berkeley Wireless Resear
Barcelona Design names new CEO News & Analysis 4/1/2004 Post a comment Barcelona Design, a provider of synthesizable analog intellectual property (IP) solutions, has replaced its existing CEO, Thomas Heydler, and named Ariel Sella (right) to that position. Sella said he doesn't expect drastic changes, but wants to clarify Barcelona's mission.
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