Which elements form a human body? Blog 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' sales fall short of estimates News & Analysis 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.
Xilinx rad-hard FPGA reaches for the stars Design How-To 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.
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 Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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?
This is aaahhh, different... Blog 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.
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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments