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posted in January 2011
Which elements form a human body?
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1/31/2011   11 comments
Have you ever wondered how many elements there are in a human body? Would you be surprised to hear that today’s integrated circuits are more complicated (element-wise) than we are?
Xilinx experts have lots to say at DesignCon 2011
News & Analysis  
1/31/2011   1 comment
Through silicon vias (TSVs), signal integrity, design methodologies, FPGA-based SoC development, demonstrations, technical sessions, the future of FPGAs, and more...
AutoESL acquisition a great move for Xilinx
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1/31/2011   1 comment
In a move that makes a lot of sense, the folks at Xilinx have just announced the acquisition of the high level synthesis company AutoESL Design Technologies.
DesignCon2011 preview
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
A preview of events at DesignCon2011 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Optiphase creates waveform and timing generator instrument using Opal Kelly XEM3001 FPGA module
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Optiphase has created a PC-controlled Waveform and Timing Generator (WTG) instrument using the Opal Kelly XEM3001 FPGA module mated with a custom adapter PCB.
Creating a PC-controlled, FPGA-based waveform and timing generator (WTG)
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1/31/2011   12 comments
This Product How-To article describes how a PC-controlled Waveform and Timing Generator (WTG) Instrument was developed using the Opal Kelly XEM3001 FPGA-USB module mated with an Optiphase custom adapter PCB.
Xilinx buys high-level synthesis EDA vendor
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx acquired high-level synthesis vendor AutoESL Design Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Blue Pearl rolls tool suite with native visual verification environment
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
Blue Pearl Software Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) is proposing a transformative approach with the introduction of its Blue Pearl Suite for automating design analysis, CDC (clock domain crossing) checking, SDC (Synopsys Design Constraints) creation, visualization and validation.
Video: Two girls in a very small box
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1/27/2011   7 comments
We’ve all see contortionists doing the most amazing things … well this is more amazing than most…
Introducing Opal Kelly’s new entry-Level Xilinx Spartan-6 USB FPGA module – the XEM6001
Product News  
1/27/2011   4 comments
This XEM6001 module is offered as an upgrade to Opal Kelly’s popular XEM3001, providing many enhancements, while keeping the same footprint and pinout.
Do you keep a ‘to-do’ list?
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1/27/2011   5 comments
I was just chatting to someone about the way in which I keep lists of ‘things to do’ and I thought I’d check to see how many of you do the same.
New open-source toolchain facilitates configurable IP core packaging
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1/27/2011   1 comment
CoreTML framework is both open-source and vendor-neutral. The cores in question are basically RTL templates and therefore can be used both for FPGA and ASIC projects.
Turbo-Boost MATLAB-Simulink with a RocketDrive!
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1/26/2011   2 comments
Now, MATLAB-Simulink, RocketDrive, and RocketVision can be used in conjunction with each other to significantly speed the entire design-debug-verification flow.
Signal processing company looking for a product – any ideas?
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1/25/2011   4 comments
Hmmm, I just heard from the folks at company with vast expertise in signal processing who are looking for a killer product to develop, and they’re asking for our thoughts…
Another high-level synthesis company targeting FPGAs
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1/25/2011   4 comments
I had predicted that we would see more consolidation this year, but had not expected to see new entrants…
Altera unveils 28-nm FPGA portfolio with a few surprises
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1/25/2011   1 comment
The folks at Altera are taking a very different approach to their forthcoming 28 nm FPGA portfolio as compared to their arch-rivals at Xilinx.
Video: Mirror, mirror on the wall...
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1/24/2011   5 comments
I just saw a really funny ‘spoof’ video involving a fake mirror…
Altera stressing diversity at 28-nm
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1/24/2011   Post a comment
Altera divulged details of its 28-nm FPGA product portfolio, which company executives said they believe will be the broadest and most diverse of any FPGA supplier.
No room for error: Creating highly reliable, high-availability FPGA designs
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1/23/2011   3 comments
Designers of FPGAs for military and aerospace applications need to increase the reliability and availability of their designs. This whitepaper explains all.
Free I/O: Improving FPGA clock distribution control
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1/23/2011   4 comments
This article examines offers practical advice for designers who are considering ways to enable additional FPGA I/O, or improve clock network performance.
Xilinx to shutter French R&D operation
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1/21/2011   3 comments
Xilinx plans to cease R&D operations at its facility in Grenoble, France, as part of an effort to align R&D plans with its global corporate strategy.
Periodic Tables (there are more ways to skin a cat…)
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1/21/2011   11 comments
To be honest, I hadn’t realized just how many variations of these little rascals there are. Even the standard one we all grew up with at high school comes in so many flavors that it makes your eyes water.
Global Warming – Fact or Fiction?
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1/20/2011   14 comments
On the one hand I have an un-reasoned, un-researched believe that Global Warming is real and is happening now .. on the other hand...
Xilinx' sales fall short of estimates
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1/19/2011   5 comments
Programmable logic supplier Xilinx posted sales for its fiscal third quarter that fell just short of consensus analyst expectations, reporting that revenue declined sequentially after five straight record quarters.
Amazing, thought-provoking, and laugh-out-loud videos
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1/18/2011   2 comments
Here are some videos and other things – some will give you pause to ponder and others will make you laugh out loud…
How to implement *All-Digital* analog-to-digital converters in FPGAs and ASICs
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1/18/2011   61 comments
All-Digital Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs) offer 50% lower power, 68% smaller area, process technology independence, reduced risk and cycle time, digital integration and synthesis, and easier radiation-hardened design.
Xilinx rad-hard FPGA reaches for the stars
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1/18/2011   Post a comment
Electronic systems designs headed to space naturally require high reliability, but the design task is further complicated by exposure to radiation that can cause sporadic circuit failures. From a functional perspective, FPGAs with inherent reconfigurable attributes are a perfect match for space. Xilinx has an FPGA—the Virtex-5QV—that is rad-hard and can deliver the full benefits of programmability to space programs.
Very cool FPGA-based graphics controller
Product News  
1/15/2011   1 comment
This FPGA-based control module involves an integration of three controllers (SVGA, SDRAM, and FLASH), thereby providing additional functionality to any embedded system.
Designing an FPGA-based graphics controller
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1/15/2011   7 comments
This FPGA-based control module involves an integration of three controllers (SVGA, SDRAM, and FLASH), thereby providing additional functionality to any embedded system.
Book Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/15/2011   2 comments
As a follow-on to my recent review on Bill Bryson’s latest book – 'At Home: A Short History of Private Life' – there’s another Bryson book that I particularly enjoy called 'A Short History of Nearly Everything'.
Book Review: At Home by Bill Bryson
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/11/2011   12 comments
During the recent holiday I read Bill Bryson’s latest tome – At Home – and, as usual, he far exceeded my expectations. As Bill says: “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”
FPGA Technology at the pointy end of the spear
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1/11/2011   14 comments
To feed the need for speed by telecommunications applications, the signal integrity performance of the interconnects has had to constantly improve. But there is a sea change occurring in the FPGA world that is changing this trend.
Three puzzles to ponder
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1/10/2011   39 comments
I’ve been thinking of a few puzzles that I’d like to share. Let’s start with a bit of an “old chestnut” just to get our brains oiled up and ready for action…
The ESL dilemma
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1/10/2011   1 comment
When ESL first started to emerge I knew it would apply here as well, but was unsure about the outcome. Would Mentor, Synopsys, and Cadence fall into insignificance?
MAX V CPLDs now shipping – up to 50% lower total power
Product News  
1/10/2011   1 comment
I just received an email from the folks at Altera that was short, sharp, and to the point. This little rascal read as follows…
Scalable architectures for high-bandwidth Ethernet line cards
Design How-To  
1/10/2011   6 comments
Thanks to ever-increasing logic density and large numbers of robust integrated SERDES, FPGAs like Stratix V enable scalable architectures for different types of Ethernet line cards.
Arizona State University to use adaptive learning technology
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1/7/2011   4 comments
Knewton’s Adaptive Learning Platform will be used to break down educational barriers and better prepare students for academic success
Video: Check out this Aiptek 3D digital camcorder
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1/7/2011   1 comment
Yesterday I posted an article / product review combo that talked about what is coming down the pike with regard to 3D televisions that don’t require special glasses. Well take a look at this 3D digital camera…
This is aaahhh, different...
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1/7/2011   7 comments
Sometimes when I think the world can’t get any stranger... it does. I just hears that Sega have started installing ‘Toylet’ games in mens’ urinals in Japan.
Video design kit from Xilinx drives innovation for 3DTV
Product News  
1/6/2011   7 comments
Consumer video kit drives innovation for 3DTV and other digital displays with increased bandwidth and standards support; Xilinx and Tokyo Electron Device help alleviate TV OEMs' challenges.
Designing an efficient PLC using a PSoC
Design How-To  
1/4/2011   16 comments
According to a recent study conducted by the ARC advisory group, the PLC market reached nearly $9.0 billion in 2007 and is forecast to grow to over $12 billion in 2012.
Video: My Blackberry Is Not Working!
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1/4/2011   3 comments
This is classic old-fashioned, clean-fun, play-on-words humor that makes me grin from ear to ear.
SoftJin’s Universal TV Encoder IP for FPGA and SoC-based systems
Product News  
1/4/2011   4 comments
SoftJin says its Universal TV Encoder IP is an ideal building block for FPGA or SoC-based systems targeting set-top-boxes, Media players, TVs, and digital camera processors.
1,000 processors on a Xilinx FPGA
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1/4/2011   15 comments
Scientists at the University of Glasgow have created a 1,000-core computer processor based on a Xilinx field programmable gate array.
When perfect is good enough
Design How-To  
1/4/2011   1 comment
For mission-critical and safety-critical electronic systems at the 28nm node and below, the high reliability and high availability of systems designed using FPGAs is of great concern to a wide variety of target application areas.
Here’s a chance to win a dream home!
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1/3/2011   8 comments
I was watching one of those “house hunter” programs on the Home and Garden (HGTV) channel last night when I saw an advert to win the most amazing Dream Home.
Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco!
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1/3/2011   6 comments
Some say that Will Rogers – who died in a 1935 plane crash with his best friend, Wylie Post – was one of the greatest sages America has ever known...
Don’t talk to me about paraprosdokian sentences!
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1/3/2011   7 comments
I just now heard the term “Paraprosdokian Sentence,” which – I discover – refers to a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way...


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