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posted in October 2011
New surveillance camera reference design from Lattice and Valens Semiconductor
Product News  
10/31/2011   1 comment
Comprehensive HDBaseT reference design for the surveillance market uses LatticeECP3 FPGA and Valens’ VS100 HDBaseT chipset
Peter Alfke Remembered, 1931-2011
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2011   5 comments
My friend Mike Santarini, publisher of Xcell Journal at Xilinx just told me of the passing of Peter Alfke, who was with Xilinx for more than 20 years.
SiliconBlue is sampling three new ultra-low-power 40nm FPGAs
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10/31/2011   Post a comment
New “Los Angeles” ultra-low-power 640, 1K and 4K LP and HX devices sampling; world’s smallest footprint, plastic 0.4mm 2.5x2.5mm BGA available now!
My mother’s twisted relationship with Lord Voldemort
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/31/2011   24 comments
I have to admit that my eyebrows went up higher than usual when my mother informed me that she used to bounce Lord Voldemort on her knee when he was a little lad…
Xilinx and Cadence introduce an Extensible Virtual Platform
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10/26/2011   1 comment
Virtual platform allows software developers to start developing Code for the Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform
Xilinx Zynq-7000 news from ARM TechCon
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10/26/2011   Post a comment
Xilinx launches open source Linux Support and developer community for its ARM processor-based programmable SoC – the Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform
Wow – Silego Technology sees 1127% growth!
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10/26/2011   Post a comment
Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500 recognizes Silego Technology as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America
New Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T FPGA provides equivalent of 20 million ASIC gates
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10/25/2011   4 comments
Xilinx ships world’s highest capacity FPGA and shatters industry record for number of transistors
Xilinx announces world’s highest capacity FPGA
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10/25/2011   1 comment
Virtex-7 2000T FPGA from Xilinx uses 2.5D IC stacked silicon interconnect technology to deliver 6.8 billion transistors
Piiigs iiiin Spaaace
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/25/2011   10 comments
It’s not that I’d forgotten the Muppet Show per se – more that I rarely think about it...
Antique micromosaics are simply incredible
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/24/2011   7 comments
I’d never heard about this art form before, so I just took a quick stroll around the Internet to discover that...
Xilinx boasts 200+ design wins for 7 Series FPGAs
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10/24/2011   Post a comment
To date, Xilinx says that it’s shipped thousands of Virtex-7 and Kintex-7 FPGAs worldwide…
3D TSV Test: ATE challenges and potential solutions
Design How-To  
10/24/2011   2 comments
This paper presents some of the 3D TSV test challenges and proposes potential solutions for them; it also attempts to clarify some 3D TSV test myths and misconceptions…
Wanted: Hexadecimal Nixie Tubes or similar display devices
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/21/2011   14 comments
As usual I have an unusual hobby project simmering away on metaphorical stove…
Alteras CEO sees parallels to 08 downturn
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10/21/2011   4 comments
John Daane, president and CEO of programmable logic vendor Altera, said customers are burning through existing inventories in a manner reminiscent of the downturn of 2008.
FPGAs for meeting size, reliability, security goals in medical devices
Design How-To  
10/21/2011   1 comment
Understand how FPGAs can help meet performance and market mandates
Book Review: The Artificial Ape by Timothy Taylor
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/20/2011   8 comments
I was taught that our ancient ancestors started to become more intelligent, which allowed us to start creating tools, but maybe things didn’t occur in quite this way…
Xilinx to demo Zynq-7000 EPP SW/HW development tools at ARM TechCon 2011
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10/20/2011   Post a comment
Hot news about the forthcoming ARM TechCon 2011 - I only wish I could attend myself, but...
Xilinx sales fall short of estimates
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10/19/2011   3 comments
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx reported sales for the quarter ended last month that fell short of consensus' analysts expectations, due largely to weaker-than-expected sales to the communications and industrial end markets.
Holding the ancient past in the palm of your hand
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/19/2011   31 comments
I cannot tell you what it feels like to hold something like a 4200-year-old Sumerian tablet; It sends shivers down my spine...
Implementing high Speed USB functionality with FPGA- and ASIC-based designs
Design How-To  
10/18/2011   1 comment
A wide range of FPGA-based applications exist that can benefit greatly from the addition of a high speed USB interface…
Opinion: Incentives for FPGA developers to change
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10/18/2011   1 comment
Lewis Sternberg thinks about why FPGA developers are slow to adopt ASIC verification practices and what may be changing…
Travel Nightmares: Flying into the old Hong Kong airport
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/18/2011   5 comments
Flying into the original Hong Kong airport was an experience everyone remembers... especially if you had not been forewarned...
Oh, the irony!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/18/2011   5 comments
A friend just sent me an email containing a bunch of images that reflect life’s little ironies.
World’s first 1080p/30fps FPGA-based video analytics solution from Altera and Eutecus
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10/18/2011   2 comments
Single-chip solution performs video analytics at 1080p/30fps HD resolution for greater accuracy, detail, and flexibility
Creating the Xilinx Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform
Design How-To  
10/17/2011   2 comments
Xilinx believes that the Zynq-7000 will make such an impact that it will create an entirely new class of semiconductor product.
Friday Fun: All sorts of “stuff”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/14/2011   1 comment
I don’t believe it – it’s Friday again – where does the time go?
Useful tools and tricks
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/13/2011   17 comments
A couple of my recent writing projects have required me to capture and present equations, and it was not sufficient for me to use regular text like: y = (a + b) / (c + d)
Book Review: Napoleons Privates by Tony Perrottet
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/13/2011   3 comments
All-in-all, this is a very interesting read and I’ve learned all sorts of interesting nuggets of knowledge about all sorts of things…
I am wearing my sad face
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/12/2011   13 comments
I just met a really nice guy whose trade (TV repairman) is fading away as we speak…
Addressing the new challenges of ASIC/SoC prototyping with FPGAs
Design How-To  
10/12/2011   2 comments
This article considers various solutions that can be used for functional SoC verification and software development; in particular S2C's FPGA-based hardware prototyping platforms are discussed.
Using FPGAs to add IEEE 802.11n channel emulation capabilities to wireless test equipment
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/11/2011   1 comment
Today’s announcement from octoScope made me realize just how little I know…
octoScope adds IEEE 802.11n channel emulation capabilities to wireless test equipment
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10/11/2011   Post a comment
Using FPGAs, octoScope’s octoFade allows wireless test equipment vendors and integrators to add channel emulation for testing of MIMO radios in the presence of multipath and Doppler fading…
Yes! Silego’s GreenPAK 2 chips and mini-dev boards are here!
Product News  
10/11/2011   4 comments
The way I think of Silego’s GreenPAK chips is as a super-small mixed-signal FPGAs that you can design and program in just a few minutes and that cost only a few cents.
Altera’s new ARM-based SoC FPGAs
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10/11/2011   Post a comment
Well, today we certainly do have some exciting news, because Altera have just announced two new families of ARM-based SoC FPGAs at the 28nm node.
Meet my Mini Wind Walker
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/11/2011   11 comments
As we all know, it’s not the size of your wind walker that's important… it’s what you do with it that counts…
Friday Fun: All sorts of "stuff"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/7/2011   2 comments
I don’t know about you, but this has been a long week and I’m ready for a bit of a laugh…
Farewell to Steve Jobs
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10/6/2011   Post a comment
Yesterday evening I was working on a project when my wife – who had been watching the news – bounced into the room to inform me of Steve Job’s passing…
Star Trek “gadgets” that now exist
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/5/2011   3 comments
I just read an article about eight gadgets from Star Trek that have come into existence; some of these really do make you think...
QuickLogic provides power-efficient connectivity between Qualcomm modem chipset and application processors
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10/5/2011   2 comments
Provides low-cost, low-power alternative to USB-based interfaces; enables application processors with SDIO interface to connect to Qualcomm modem chipsets with EBI2 interface
Microsemi houses SmartFusion cSoCs in miniature package
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10/5/2011   Post a comment
Microsemi's SmartFusion cSoC family is now available in a "CS288" 288-ball chip scale package package to cater to the growing miniaturization needs of embedded systems.
Opal Kelly’s Shuttle LX1 – FMC carrier for semiconductor evaluation
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10/4/2011   Post a comment
Small, low-cost FPGA-based module with FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) connector includes rich development environment
Mylium introduces new FPGA-based HD graphics controller
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10/4/2011   Post a comment
I just heard from Dominik Domanski at Mylium that they are continuing to expand their range of graphics solutions for embedded systems.
Designing a high-definition FPGA-based graphics controller
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10/4/2011   Post a comment
The folks at MYLIUM have enhanced their original graphics controller offering to provide high-definition (HD) capabilities…
Money for memory
10/4/2011   Post a comment
Memory is the bottleneck in many systems and Memoir claims to have a solution. One VC is getting behind it as well…
How it was: Fan-fold paper and ASCII art
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/4/2011   24 comments
In the context of computers, the term “fan-fold” refers to a continuous strip of paper that was folded back and forth in a zigzag manner…
Machinarium – One of the most amazing computer games I’ve ever seen!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/3/2011   5 comments
I keep telling myself that I don’t play computer games, but I just realized that I’m currently devoting hours of my time to an amazing creation called Machinarium…
Oooohhhh, Shiny!!! The BMW i8 concept car
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/3/2011   2 comments
I’m not usually much interested in cars, but in the case of the BMW i8 I will make an exception…

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