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The History of Jitter
Blog  
7/27/2015   2 comments
Jitter, that pesky little timing error in high-speed serial links, has a history that longer than billions of unit intervals.
UHD TV, Mobile TV, Emergency Data Broadcast Tested in Ohio
Blog  
7/14/2015   2 comments
ATSC is headed towards a key member vote to approve common technologies necessary for ATSC 3.0 candidate voting ratification.
Fortran: 7 Reasons Why It's Not Dead
Blog  
7/8/2015   2 comments
In the 1950s, IBM programmer John Backus invented a programming language called Fortran. It's still in use today, and here's what you need to know about it.
Thank Ada Pioneer Robert Dewar For Glitch-Free Avionics
Break Points  
7/8/2015   Post a comment
Robert Dewar, Ada pioneer, passed away last week. I only knew Dr. Dewar peripherally but had marveled at his intellect.
Chip Stacks at 30,000 Feet
Blog  
6/22/2015   2 comments
A chance encounter on a plane with Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang shed just a little light on the road to chip stacks as Moore’s Law slows.
Paris Air Show Grounds Drones — Again
News & Analysis  
6/17/2015   5 comments
Despite its commitment to displaying machines designed to fly, there are unwelcome flying objects at the Paris Air Show. Drones are grounded.
Smart Glasses Strap On AR
News & Analysis  
6/10/2015   Post a comment
Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Synthesis Engine Boasts 10X RTL Design Productivity
News & Analysis  
6/8/2015   Post a comment
The Cadence Genus Synthesis Solution is the EDA company's next-generation register-transfer level (RTL) synthesis and physical synthesis engine, incorporating a multi-level massively parallel architecture that is claimed to deliver up to 5X faster synthesis turnaround times while scaling linearly beyond 10M instances.
Intel, Altera: Math in Question
News & Analysis  
6/1/2015   35 comments
Analysts said Intel and FPGA vendor Altera will see benefits from their $16.7 billion merger, but question the math and assumptions behind the deal.
SoC RTL Signoff: Divide & Conquer with Abstract Models
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6/1/2015   Post a comment
One of the fastest, easiest, and most effective methods to detect and remove bugs early in the design phase, is to run lint checks on the RTL. Besides coding guidelines, these tools catch issues related to simulation, synthesis, and place & route. A robust lint methodology reduces long and costly iterations between RTL design and downstream verification and implementation.
FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot
News & Analysis  
5/28/2015   18 comments
SRC Computers announced a new FPGA server card that Hewlett-Packard will sell as an option for its processor-agnostic Moonshot servers.
Intel, Altera, Moore...and Drinks
Blog  
5/22/2015   7 comments
The on-again, off-again Intel/Altera acquisition was the talk of a cocktail hour sponsored by Imagination Tech where tech execs talked of Moore’s Law and VR.
Flying High with Verification Standard for Design Reliability
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
As drones become more commonplace, their compliance to DO-254 will increasingly be required.
Visualizing Better Protocol Debug
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
The many wheels of technology, as much as we’d like them to, don’t move ahead in lockstep fashion. Sometimes the demands of one technology outrun the benefits of an enabling technology.
Moore’s on at 28nm
Blog  
5/5/2015   19 comments
Moore’s Law is not ending soon, yet it is not going to be the simple brute-force x0.7 dimensional scaling that dominated the industry for the last 5 decades.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
News & Analysis  
5/1/2015   2 comments
Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
WiGig, Innovation and the Analog IP Challenge
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
WiGig improves WiFi (802.11) wireless protocol, but the path to glory is fraught with design challenges.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
News & Analysis  
4/21/2015   6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Shining Spotlight on Graphene’s Lightbulb Moment
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4/15/2015   2 comments
Claims that graphene may be available soon in more efficient bulbs delights and puzzles technologists in equal measure.
Analysts Cool on Intel/Altera Combo
News & Analysis  
3/30/2015   14 comments
Analysts gave a chilly reception to the idea of Intel acquiring Altera, the world’s second largest FPGA maker and a new foundry customer for Intel.
Integre Brings x1 HyperLink DSP to FPGA
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
Integre’s IP core allows a user-defined system to communicate with TMS320C66x multicore DSPs from Texas Instruments using a single lane high speed SERDES interface, or to another FPGA.
Teensy-Weensy GPAK4 Mixed Signal FPGAs
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/27/2015   6 comments
For embedded designers who aren’t familiar with FPGAs, Silego's teensy-weensy mixed-signal GPAK devices might be just what they are looking for.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
16nm FPGAs Pack More Memory and Hard IP, Save Power
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Xilinx's announces its UltraScale+ family of FPGAs, billed as 3D-on-3D multi-processing SoCs (MPSoC).
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs
News & Analysis  
2/23/2015   10 comments
Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
News & Analysis  
2/17/2015   7 comments
NeuroMem, a startup, spun out of General Vision, is betting the farm on the growing demand for pattern recognition in data analytics.
Software Radio Debuts at MWC
News & Analysis  
2/10/2015   15 comments
UK-based Cambridge Consultants developed an all-digital radio transmitter using off-the-shelf chips that could cost less than $1, aimed at conserving precious spectrum.
Tabula Set for March Shutdown
News & Analysis  
1/30/2015   8 comments
Programmable logic company Tabula is rumored to be closing its doors on March 24. Tabula garnered industry interest with a unique 12-level FPGA architecture that dramatically shortened interconnects.
FPGA Debug Goes Outside with New Hardware
News & Analysis  
1/30/2015   2 comments
For 10 years, Belgium company Byte Paradigm has operated as a design center for high-end FPGA-based systems as well as an electronics test and debugging service. Under a new name Yugo Systems, the company is about to expand its offering for FPGA debug.
Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for AR
News & Analysis  
1/26/2015   20 comments
Microsoft unveils HoloLens and Intel invests in AR glasses. Are we seeing 2015 finally becoming the year when AR/VR starts going mainstream in earnest?
New Technology Detects Cyberattacks By Power Consumption
Blog  
1/24/2015   3 comments
Startup's "power fingerprinting" approach catches stealthy malware within milliseconds in DOE test.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions
News & Analysis  
1/20/2015   43 comments
Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
News & Analysis  
1/13/2015   27 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
IoT Feels Unintended Consequences
Blog  
1/8/2015   13 comments
The Internet of Things will require more horsepower in datacenter servers and flexibility at end nodes for security -- issues that play well to FPGAs.
Startup Raises Ante in Comms
News & Analysis  
12/30/2014   9 comments
Wireless technology that MagnaCom will demo at CES next week provides the equivalent of QAM-16384, a 40% improvement in spectral efficiency over today's best systems.
Pitfalls in Internet of Things for 2015 & Beyond
News & Analysis  
12/23/2014   12 comments
EE Times in recent weeks asked several companies and analysts what hurdles they see ahead of them in the IoT market. Here are the key pitfalls identified by them.
Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
News & Analysis  
12/18/2014   13 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
TSMC to Use EUV for 7nm, Says ASML
News & Analysis  
12/8/2014   9 comments
ASML says that TSMC plans to buy two EUV scanners next year to extend the boundaries of its process technology, potentially to 7 nanometers.
Exclusive NIST Tour Shows Off Quantum Physics' ARTIQ
Slideshow  
12/5/2014   1 comment
In part one of an exclusive interview, the National Institute for Science and Technology explains ARTIQ (Advanced Real-Time Infrastructure for Quantum physics) -- an open-source control system for laser-cooled trapped ion experiments.
Startup to Open Source Parallel CPU
News & Analysis  
11/24/2014   55 comments
Rex Computing plans a parallel processor that could deliver a 10x leap in performance/watt. It will open source the design through Facebook's Open Compute Project.
Scaling Up Text Rendering on Scaled-Down Devices
Blog  
11/24/2014   1 comment
The need to support a widening range of languages and font sizes is pushing the bitmap approach up against the tight resource constraints in low-end devices.
Will You Buy Accident-Free Cars?
Blog  
11/6/2014   26 comments
I've often thought of driver assistance systems as high-end "fancy features" -- more convenient than necessary. Can a case be made?
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?
Blog  
10/24/2014   33 comments
Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
Microsoft Eyes Expanding FPGA Role
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   14 comments
Microsoft will explore using FPGAs to replace networking chips in its million-server datacenters to deliver new speeds and network functions.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
Slideshow  
10/23/2014   42 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
News & Analysis  
10/21/2014   9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
News & Analysis  
10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
What's in a Name?
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
What is it about numbering systems for products? There seems to be a desire to make a chronology fit a marketing strategy, but it can be a tricky business.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
News & Analysis  
9/26/2014   20 comments
China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
News & Analysis  
9/23/2014   4 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
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