'Jazz' plays for media stream audience News & Analysis 6/29/1999 Post a comment The Jazz architecture was designed with several goals in mind. Our target market-applications rich in data and computation such as video, audio and image processing-required an architecture with a high capacity for data throughput and a high performance rating.
Right tool mix shaves product cycle News & Analysis 6/8/1999 Post a comment Portable wireless product makers are asked to design and build 30 to 50 new products per year-"products" being anything from simple software changes to major new device platforms. And they have to service various combinations of all of the different air-interface requirements in the world, from GSM and AMPS to CDMA and TDMA-with 3G and W-CDMA coming up quickly.
Circuit optimizer aims at efficiency News & Analysis 6/8/1999 Post a comment Even with the help of highly specialized tools that cover all of the facets of a design flow, the critical act of designing at the transistor level is still performed with a rough balance of designer experience-which has no substitute-trial and error, and analog simulators. Analog simulators are as good as the information provided to them, so the heuristic methodology used in the design process can be identified as the root of much of the time and frustration experienced in a design cycle.
Synthesis proves to be Holy Grail for analog EDA News & Analysis 6/8/1999 Post a comment Analog synthesis-the ability to construct efficient analog circuits from top-level descriptions-has become the holy grail of analog tool development. But the researchers pushing the envelope in synthesis are not to be found in whizzy corporate labs. They are largely university people, toiling away on shoestring budgets and stubborn determination.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.