The gas man cometh!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/26/2007 Post a comment
In which a reader takes me back to my youth by reminding me of an old song by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.
Researchers advance into attosecond dimensions
News & Analysis 10/26/2007 Post a comment
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) have succeeded to measure the time electrons need to jump from one atomic layer to the next one. The experiment could give valuable insights for the development of future petahertz electronics.
Audio Coding: An Introduction to Data Compression - Part 1
Design How-To 10/24/2007 1 comment
Improve your understanding of audio compression standards with this introduction to data compression. This first in a three-part series discusses the psychoacoustic model of human perception, spectral and temporal masking, and MPEG Layer I coding.
FPGA debugger works at full speed
Product News 10/24/2007 Post a comment
EDA startup EDAptability has announced the availability of its FPGA and ASIC debugging tool TotalScope. With a combination of RTL level elaboration, model extraction and modification techniques with simulation, the tool offers unrivaled signal visibility, the company claims.
Shakespearean insult kit
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/23/2007 Post a comment
Have you ever wished for the ability to quickly and easily come up with insults like "Thou craven motley-minded foot-licker"? Well, here's how!
It was a dark and stormy night...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/22/2007 Post a comment
Penned by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1830, this phrase is now understood to represent an extravagantly florid style with redundancies and run-on sentences.
Big EDA firms not prepared to drive 3D integration, says panel
News & Analysis 10/18/2007 Post a comment
European research organization IMEC is putting a renewed emphasis on chip packaging, and on 3D-integration in particular, according to plans emerging at a press briefing ahead of its Annual Research Review Meeting. However, IMEC and European chip company experts are not expecting much help to come from the "big three" EDA companies.
IMEC, Target team on ultra-low power DSP
News & Analysis 10/16/2007 Post a comment
Belgian research center IMEC and EDA tool provider Target Compiler Technologies NV (Leuven, Belgium) have concluded a collaboration agreement centered on ultra-low power system-on-chip design.
Interesting online letter service
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/15/2007 Post a comment
This is a simple concept; it provides a useful service; it requires almost nothing to set up; and it has the potential to grow. Hmmm, I wish I'd thought of that!
The future of the past tense
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/12/2007 Post a comment
Scientists have discovered how verbs evolve and homogenize at a rate inversely proportional to their prevalence in the English language.
Carbon-impregnated plastic: Strong as steel! Thin as cellophane!
Product News 10/12/2007 Post a comment
Nanomaterials are often cited as being stronger than steel, but researchers have had a difficult time transferring that strength to bulk materials. Now, an engineering professor claims to have invented a technique that achieves that goal by mimicking the way oysters embed calcium carbonate into an organic matrix to create sea-shells.
Is it really this difficult?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/11/2007 Post a comment
I'm in the process of moving house, and I'm running into a host of niggling problems that are making me gnash my teeth and rend my garb!