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DSP weekend reader vol. 1 no. 4
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11/30/2007   Post a comment
This week: MATLAB-to-C tips, Cortex-R4 optimization, DaVinci APIs, and more on lossless audio.
DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is alive and well
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/30/2007   Post a comment
I'm absolutely delighted to discover the DIY Life website, which presents all types of projects, from hobbies and crafts to home improvement and technology.
XMOS gets working silicon, sets product launch for Q1 2008
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11/30/2007   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor startup XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has got working silicon back from its foundry supplier and is now touting an aggressive roll out of its XS-1 family of programmable silicon in 2008.
Researcher claims to have found missing dark matter
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11/30/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at McMaster University in Canada claim to have located missing dark matter in a halo around galaxies.
Freescale expands 8-bit MCU line
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11/30/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at consumer, industrial and automotive applications, Freescale's S08 MCU family has gained 30 highly integrated devices that include USB connectivity, 5V-operation and motor-control options.
$95,000 for a wristwatch?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/29/2007   Post a comment
I'm currently in the market for a new wristwatch. I know the one I want, but when I called the store to ask the price, their answer made me cry!
MATLAB-to-C translation, part 1: Pitfalls and problems
Design How-To  
11/29/2007   2 comments
Part 1 of this 3-part series looks at the basic problems of translating basic MATLAB functions to C.
A/V interface card brings analog connectivity to FPGAs
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
SingMai Electronics has introduced DP1, an A/V interface card that provides analog connectivity to Altera and third-party FPGA development boards.
"Drive-by" restorers establish secret workshop and repair antique clock
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/28/2007   Post a comment
In which we discover an underground movement of "Cultural Guerrillas" in France who sneak around repairing and restoring antiques without their owner's permission.
Using Op Amps with Data Converters - Part 1
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Part 1 of a five-part excerpt from the "Op Amp Applications Handbook" offers an introduction to selecting op amps for use with data converters.
Ethernet and Multimedia Applications - The History and the Future - Part 2
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
How the three components of audio/video bridging (AVB) work in unison to enable high-bandwidth multimedia applications with guaranteed delay and jitter.
Carrier-class FPGA-based network timing solution for wired and wireless networks
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Programmable FPGA-based solution from Xilinx and Brilliant Telecommunications offers highly accurate and customizable timing for broadband and wireless applications.
Carbon transistors touted as outperforming amorphous silicon
News & Analysis  
11/28/2007   1 comment
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are claiming to have perfected a method of making room- temperature transistors that are 100-times faster--as fast a amorphous silicon--by fabricating their channels from thin films of carbon-60, also knows as buckyballs or fullerenes.
Low-pin count 16-bit MCUs provide 40 MIPS performance
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has added to its PIC24H 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) family three devices that feature low pin counts with up to 32 Kbytes of flash program memory in packages as small as 6x6 mm.
BAE Systems selects Achronix for rad-hard FPGA
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Defense and aerospace company BAE Systems Inc. (Rockville, Maryland) and Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) have agreed to develop a reconfigurable radiation-hardened field-programmable gate array.
Altera presents new Nios II embedded evaluation kit
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11/27/2007   2 comments
New kit showcases FPGA design capabilities for embedded systems with design examples that highlight features such as hardware acceleration and remote hardware update.
Want to build a moon rover?
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11/27/2007   Post a comment
Seriously, would you like to be part of a team that builds a robot rover and flies it to the moon?
New partner for www.OpenCores.org
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
Swedish ASIC/FPGA design company ORSoC has officially undertaken the mission to maintain and develop the OpenCores.org site.
Altium makes it 'real' for PCB/FPGA designers
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
Altium Designer 6.8 delivers 300 new features and enhancements, including real-time 3D PCB visualization and navigation.
eASIC, Tensilica ink IP deal
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
Fabless ASIC house eASIC Corp. has added Tensilica Inc. to its intellectual-property (IP) roster.
Superinsulators rival superconductors
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
A Brown University researcher claims to have discovered Cooper pairs in superinsulators that, when cooled near absolute zero, offer infinite resistance--acting as perfect blocks to conduction.
The Great EDA Cover-up
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
Functional verification is an art, or so we are told. New technologies emerge that inject a dose of science into the process and these can make the process more predictable, increase efficiency and lower overall verification costs. This article exposes problems with current coverage metrics being used and looks at some recent advances that can make them more objective.
Ethernet and Multimedia Applications - The History and the Future - Part 1
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
Ethernet audio video bridging (AVB) is a new IEEE 802 specification, under development, that provides bandwidth and latency guarantees for interactive multimedia applications.
picoChip : WiMAX reference design supports Wave 2
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
picoChip announced the PC6532 Wave 2 femtocell, the next version of its industry-standard WiMAX basestation reference design.
Fingerprint sensor firm releases biometric processor
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
Fingerprint Cards AB (Gothenburg, Sweden) has released a fingerprint biometric processor ASIC, the FPC2020. The FPC2020 acts a data processing subsystem to the FPC1011C sensor and links to the sensor and to external flash memory for storing fingerprint templates.
Small and easy-to-use FPGA boards for interfacing and control
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/20/2007   3 comments
No, I'm not TELLING you what they are ... I'm ASKING you for your advice!
Mass market makes a MEMS move
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
Bosch-Sensortec, STMicroelectronics and Freescale are the top three MEMS chip makers, and all entered the mass market for MEMS chips in consumer-electronic devices, as multiple functions and multiple sensors get integrated.
Actel's IDE enhanced by software from Verific Design Automation
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Verific's Verilog and VHDL parsers, analyzers, and elaborators integrated into Actel's Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE).
Actel Libero IDE v8.1 features power analysis and power-driven layout
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Battery-life estimator in Actel Libero IDE v8.1 provides valuable analysis for portable designers.
Avnet Electronics Marketing releases new Virtex-5 development kits
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
New development kits from Avnet Electronics Marketing support the LX50T, LX110T, SX50T, or SX95T Virtex-5 devices.
DSP weekend reader vol. 1 no. 2
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
Here's a collection of the week's most important DSP articles. Enjoy!
India to be engine of Synplicity R&D, CEO says
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
Synplicity is to hold flat on staffing in almost all of its 20 facilities worldwide, except its Indian center in Bengaluru, which it says will be doing at least half of the company's R & D activities, if not more, in the next five years.
OneSpin Solutions expands in Japan
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11/15/2007   Post a comment
Known for its formal verification solutions for ASIC and FPGA designs, OneSpin is expanding its business operations in Japan.
Optimized Mentor-MathWorks FPGA design flow
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11/15/2007   Post a comment
Mentor announces an optimized FPGA design flow between Precision Synthesis and MathWorks Simulink HDL Coder.
Am2045B teraOPS-class MPPA device from Ambric
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11/15/2007   Post a comment
Ambric's Am2045B offers higher performance and lower power than its predecessor, the Am2045A teraOPS-class MPPA.
Generate FPGA designs from M-code
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11/15/2007   Post a comment
You can use MATLAB M-files with the AccelChip synthesis tool to implement DSP on Xilinx FPGAs.
FPGA implementation of antique Friden EC-130 delay-line calculator
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/14/2007   Post a comment
In which a student learning VHDL creates an FPGA-based implementation of this 1963 transistor/diode four-function calculator.
UnifiedLogic - a revolution in embedded system design
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
Imagine a futuristic embedded design environment -- in seconds you have access to a custom RTOS including drivers integrated with a hardware prototype -- believe it or not, it's here today!
Xilinx announce latest and greatest MicroBlaze 32-bit soft processor core (and lots more "stuff")
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
New MicroBlaze 7.00 from Xilinx boasts mega-cool features like an MMU that enables commercial-grade OS support.
Utilizing FPGA-based circuit emulation to reduce wireless backhaul costs
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
Users of IP cores can implement all key aspects of a circuit emulation system on a flexible and compact FPGA-based platform.
Menta extends embedded FPGA family
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
French fabless semiconductor company Menta has introduced its second generation of embedded FPGA (eFPGA) technology IP that is said to be more suitable for SoC design.
Altera's Nios II FPGA soft processor core now available for standard cell ASIC designs
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
As part of an Altera-Synopsys collaboration, the Nios II processor core is now available as a DesignWare Star IP offering.
New IP to simplify FPGA development
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
Online FPGA IPNet and I/O modules from NI and collaborators simplify FPGA development by provide measurement, control, and processing IP.
Only 42 shopping days remain till Christmas!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/13/2007   Post a comment
Eeeek, the sands of time are slipping through the hourglass ... what presents are we going to buy for everyone?
Programmable 12-bit DAC in 6-pin SOT-23 package
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
With potential applications ranging from GPS devices to hair dryers, Microchip Technology introduces a 12-bit DAC with integrated EEPROM in a 6-pin SOT-23 package.
Smaller than a kernel of corn ... FPGA available in 4x4 mm package
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
Portable applications will benefit from small footprint of Actel's latest low-power IGLOO FPGAs.
FPGA-based acceleration solution interfaces to Intel Front Side Bus (FSB)
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
The Xilinx ACP M1 FPGA-based accelerator is pin compatible to an Intel Socket 604 Xeon processor and is targeted for the new Intel Xeon 7300 series processors.
SRC selects Altera for next-generation MAP processor
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
SRC-Altera collaboration also provides floating-point compiler for SRC Systems.
Affordable acceleration for compute-intensive applications
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
DRC and Mitrionics plan to bring affordable supercomputing performance to new markets.
Why aren't the values of SMD capacitors marked on the little rascals?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/12/2007   5 comments
A reader poises an interesting question for which I have no answer ... do you?
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