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posted in January 2012
Digital Blocks expands its video signal and image processing IP core family
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1/31/2012   1 comment
New FPGA/ASIC cores include a color space converter, chroma resampler, CCIR BT.656 encoder and decoder, and system-level IP for RGB-to-CCIR 601/656 conversion...
Mega-cool aluminum furniture that looks like wood or antler
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1/31/2012   9 comments
I was happily tootling along wandering around my office building when…
QuickLogic introduces Background Color Compensator (BCC) technology for Pico Projectors
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1/31/2012   Post a comment
Background Color Compensator (BCC) technology adapts projected content for best viewability based on the color of the projection surface.
Analog Devices’ FMC boards support Xilinx’s Targeted Design Platforms
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1/31/2012   Post a comment
ADI’s A/D and D/A converter FPGA mezzanine cards include all HDL code and device drivers for easy integration with multiple generations of Xilinx FPGAs.
Xilinx launches first 7 Series FPGA design platforms
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/31/2012   Post a comment
The first complete development kits for increasing system performance, lowering power, and reducing BoM with Xilinx 28nm FPGAs are being demonstrated at DesignCon 2012
For those who don't think science is exciting...
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/30/2012   21 comments
In 1927 the world’s longest-continuously-running scientific experiment was kicked off, which means this little rascal has now been running for 85 years...
Looking for a present for your significant other?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/29/2012   11 comments
I don’t know about you, but as the years go by it seems to be getting harder and harder to know what to buy as a present for my wife.
Is that a banana in your pocket (or are you just glad to see me)?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/28/2012   7 comments
I just found myself looking at a picture of a banana with an associated USB cable and connector...
That Was Tricky! Where were our wireless packets?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/27/2012   2 comments
Why did the wireless network shut down when the production line started up?
Pentek tips Virtex-7 boards
News & Analysis  
1/27/2012   1 comment
Pentek is sampling XMC modules using Virtex-7 FPGAs, claiming the Onyx boards deliver nearly double the performance and bandwidth of its Cobalt Virtex-6 boards.
Stand Back! I have a robotic ball (and I’m not afraid to use it)!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/26/2012   10 comments
Do you recall my recent column “I want robotic balls”? Well, I now have one of my very own (“…my precious, my precious…”)
Xilinx unveils latest and greatest 28nm 7 Series FPGAs at DesignCon 2012
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/26/2012   2 comments
In addition to demoing their latest FPGAs, the folks from Xilinx will also be discussing stacked silicon interconnect technologies…
Samplify Systems announces APAX application acceleration technology
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Accelerate application performance in data centers and cloud computing, as well as FPGAs and also ASICs/SoCs and application processors used in consumer and mobile devices…
Ethernet AVB development kit for open network standard automotive infotainment applications
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx has demonstrated at the 2012 International CES the world's first FPGA-based Ethernet Audio/Video Bridging (EAVB) network implementation optimized for carrying high-speed data traffic within the automobile.
OMG! I opened the box and…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/24/2012   2 comments
I am well and truly flabbergasted. I think it’s safe to say that my ‘flabber’ has never been quite so ‘gasted’. I’m also speechless, and that doesn’t happen very often…
Do you ever feel like something’s watching us?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/21/2012   14 comments
Quite apart from anything else, isn’t it amazing how much this image resembles a human eye?...
Will robots soon be building houses using 3D Printing Technology?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/20/2012   3 comments
Within the next few years, 3D printing may have advanced to the stage that robots could “Print” a concrete house in a day…
Book Review: Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
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1/19/2012   Post a comment
This story in this graphic novel is gripping to say the least, and the graphics are nothing if not attention-grabbing...
I want robotic balls!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/19/2012   18 comments
It looks like there was a bunch of great stuff at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but one product that really caught my attention was the smart robotic balls…
Xilinx beats estimates
News & Analysis  
1/19/2012   3 comments
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx reported sales for its most recent quarter that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations and also gave better-than-expected guidance for the current quarter.
Book Review: Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/18/2012   4 comments
These books have proved to be so exciting (and scary) that I sometimes have to take a break and go for a walk to wind down a little before proceeding...
Xilinx announces ISE Design Suite 13.4
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1/18/2012   Post a comment
New release simplifies microcontroller-based designs; also offers enhanced debug with 2D Eye Scan and partial reconfiguration support for Artix-7 and Virtex-7 XT FPGAs
MIT announces a “faster-than-fast” Fourier transform
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/18/2012   4 comments
For a large range of use cases, MIT researchers have found a way to increase the speed of one of the most important algorithms in the information sciences…
Wikipedia to blackout on Wednesday 18 January 2012
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/17/2012   10 comments
Eeeekkk! How can they do this to me? I use the Wikipedia constantly throughout the day...
Streaming your iPad videos thru a "Henry"
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1/16/2012   Post a comment
I just discovered Apple TV; There is so much going on these days that it's easy to miss something like this...
Nothing stays the same (philosophically speaking)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/13/2012   3 comments
I was never exposed to philosophy at school or university, so I really don’t know much about it apart from what I’ve read in books…
What’s your “MUST READ” list in science fiction? (Part 1)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/12/2012   35 comments
If you were introducing someone to science fiction, what would you consider to be the “Must Reads” – the books that really influenced you?
Book Review: Alone in the Universe by John Gribbin
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/11/2012   10 comments
It may well be that we are “It”, which makes it all the more important that we take better care of ourselves and the Earth…
I’m afraid that I’ve been a naughty boy…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/10/2012   5 comments
A few days ago I was waffling on about a mega-cool leather belt I’d purchased, but there’s a little bit more to the story…
Jargon translation for research papers
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/9/2012   9 comments
Do you ever wonder what the authors of research papers are really saying with all that stilted jargon? Here’s a ‘What they say’ and ‘What they mean’ translation…
Make sure to visit Xilinx at the VLSI Conference 2012 in Hyderabad, India
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/8/2012   Post a comment
I hear that senior Xilinx executives will be keynoting and co-chairing at this industry forum...
Stellamar’s All Digital ADC is going to the moon!
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1/8/2012   Post a comment
Stellamar and the Finnish Meteorological Institute collaborate with innovative ADC IP in an upcoming FPGA-based lunar mission.
Dual-image sensor stereo camera FPGA-based reference design from Lattice and Aptina
Product News  
1/8/2012   2 comments
This dual image sensor design utilizes two image sensors and combines the image into a single bus on which an ISP (Image Signal Processor) can operate…
Counting down to the EOTWAWKI
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/8/2012   20 comments
Well, the good news is that we may not have to fear the forthcoming Robot Uprising and it may not matter if engineers are lacking in social skills, because…
Heads up: Aart de Geus’ band is doing a charity gig on Jan 13th!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/6/2012   Post a comment
This one-night only event will take place in the Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 North San Pedro Street, San Jose, California, USA
Engineers may need more social skills, but…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/6/2012   14 comments
Everyone on the planet could stand to learn more and broaden their horizons; when you’re done preparing, here’s a final examination…
OMG! Amazing home displays and automotive Ethernet AVB stuff from Xilinx
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/5/2012   1 comment
The folks at Xilinx have just announced some mega-cool (dare I say ultra-cool … or even uber-cool) “stuff”…
Hurray! My jeans are no longer “flying at half-mast”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/3/2012   28 comments
I just took delivery of a leather belt from the Saddleback Leather Company – I think this will last me for the rest of my life…
Book Review: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/2/2012   21 comments
After reading Robopocalypse – a hyper-realistic story of a robot uprising – I’m now keeping a very wary eye on my new computerized toaster…


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