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posted in November 2010
QuickLogic’s DPO technology extends single-charge battery life by up to 36% in handheld devices
Product News  
11/30/2010   1 comment
Display Power Optimizer (DPO) technology from QuickLogic increases battery life in every system tested, regardless of form-factor or display size.
Awesome! Two amazing books for free!
Blog  
11/30/2010   14 comments
Did you see my reviews of the books uC/OS-III The Real-Time Kernel by Jean Labrosse and uC/TCP-IP by Christian Légaré? Well, I just heard how you can get FREE copies of both these works…
Book Review: uC/TCP-IP by Christian Légaré
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
11/30/2010   2 comments
I have to say that I am very, VERY impressed with the quality of books that are being written by the folks at Micriµm – the one I just finished reading on TCP-IP still has my head buzzing!
ESL, FPGAs, and configurability
Blog  
11/29/2010   1 comment
Here’s a taxonomy for ESL and FPGAs that will hopefully prevent definitions from becoming as word- distorted and confused as they have become in so many other areas of EDA.
From RTL to GDSII in Just Six Weeks!
Blog  
11/29/2010   37 comments
The amazing story of how one man single-handedly invented a new computing architecture, designed a multi-million-gate SoC, and went from RTL to GDSII tapeout in just six weeks.
LatticeECP3 low-cost FPGA supports Broadcom HiGig protocol
Product News  
11/29/2010   1 comment
The folks at Lattice Semiconductor have just announced the immediate availability of the HiGig MAC IP core for their low-cost LatticeECP3 FPGA family.
Setting up power-supply OR'ing controllers (Part 2 of 3)
Design How-To  
11/26/2010   Post a comment
This book excerpt explains approaches and algorithms when using redundant controllers, in the context of Lattice Semiconductor's just published book on power-supply issues
Altera’s next-gen industrial networking, motor control, and safety solutions
Product News  
11/23/2010   1 comment
Good grief – it sounds like the place to be at the moment is the SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010 Electric Automation Exhibition and Conference in Nuremberg, Germany,
Xilinx FPGA development platforms accelerate industrial system designs
Product News  
11/23/2010   3 comments
New industrial networking, machine vision and motor control platforms short-cut design and integration of hardware, software and IP for high-performance system-on-chip designs.
Creating industrial pump and fan applications with Altera FPGAs and Alizem motor-control IP
Design How-To  
11/22/2010   3 comments
How Altera’s FPGAs and Alizem’s motor control IP can be used to create industrial pump and fan control applications that result in increased performance, reduced cost, and faster time-to-market.
Intel rolls six merged Atom, FPGA chips
News & Analysis  
11/22/2010   26 comments
Intel Corp. has rolled out the first six members of a new line of system-in-package products announced in September that include Atom and Altera FPGA die.
IP in FPGAs: Blessing and a curse
Blog  
11/22/2010   12 comments
With the IP-SoC 2010 event next week in Grenoble, we see FPGAs finally getting some kind of exposure. But, Dave Orecchio of GateRocket indicates that FPGA designers need to be aware of the unique nuances of using IP in these programmable platforms, and put in place tools and methodologies to overcome the IP use obstacles to success.
Very funny *Pitchman* video from Lattice Semiconductor
Blog  
11/19/2010   2 comments
I just received an email from Brian Kiernan, who is the Corporate Communications Manager over at Lattice Semiconductor. Brian pointed me at a really funny video on YouTube.
Resurrecting the Cray-1 in a Xilinx FPGA
Design How-To  
11/17/2010   21 comments
Want a classic, mammoth, number-crunching supercomputer of your own? Why not build one? That’s what Chris Fenton did using a single Xilinx FPGA!
It’s crazy – Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGAs to support 2.78 terabits/sec!
Product News  
11/17/2010   5 comments
Xilinx have announced their forthcoming Virtex-7 HT family of devices, which will enable 100-400 Gbps applications and beyond – in a single FPGA – for next generation communication systems.
Veridae integrates Verific's Verilog analyzer into Clarus
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11/17/2010   Post a comment
Vancouver-based EDA startup Veridae Systems Inc. said it has licensed Verific's front-end software, Verilog Analyzer, for integration into its Clarus family of debug and validation products.
The Emperor of Ice-Cream
Blog  
11/16/2010   5 comments
I just ran across a poem called The Emperor of Ice-Cream (it’s the author’s hyphen, not mine). If it hadn’t been explained to me I wouldn’t have a clue what it was about. Once you do know what it’s about, however, re-reading it really makes you think…
*Footprint Graphics* or *Land Patterns*?
Blog  
11/16/2010   9 comments
OK, I know I’m supposed to spend my days pondering the imponderables pertaining to programmable logic, but FPGAs end up on circuit boards, and I just ran into a problem with regard to PCB terminology…
Are low power and FPGA an oxymoron?
Blog  
11/16/2010   3 comments
FPGAs have a reputation for being power hogs, but does that mean that no battery operated device should use an FPGA? Not so fast on that...
Opal Kelly’s XEM6110 Spartan-6 FPGA module boasts External PCI Express
Product News  
11/16/2010   6 comments
This is jolly exciting, not the least that I personally hadn’t really heard about External PCI Express before now (there’s always something new to learn)…
FPGAs: System gates or logic cells/elements?
Blog  
11/16/2010   8 comments
This is one of those questions that keeps on coming back to bite us. May 1,000 curses rain down on the heads of those marketing weenies who first came up with the concept of *System Gates*
Free Virtual Conference: System-on-Chip 2.0
Blog  
11/15/2010   1 comment
I don’t know about you, but I’m started to get rather excited about the forthcoming SoC 2.0 Virtual conference, which is to be held on Thursday, November 18…
How to bang often many than vindicatory!
Blog  
11/15/2010   12 comments
I just saw the funniest thing. It’s a blog about an interview with two guys I know, but it looks like it started off in English, was translated into Hindi, and then...
Altium supports Microsemi’s SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs
Product News  
11/11/2010   1 comment
Altium will provide its Altium Designer software as an option to customers using Microsemi’s SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs.
Altium to support Microsemi's SmartFusion
News & Analysis  
11/10/2010   1 comment
Design software vendor Altium will provide its Altium Designer software as an option to customers using SmartFusion intelligent mixed-signal FPGAs from Microsemi Corp.
To a poet a thousand years hence
Blog  
11/10/2010   10 comments
Here’s a poem that I cannot get out of my head. I first saw it whilst on a trip to England this summer to attend my dear old mom’s 80th birthday…
Low-power 6G CPRI v4.1 REC solution from eASIC and Radiocomp
Product News  
11/9/2010   1 comment
Combining eASIC’s Structured ASICs with Radiocomp’s IP, the power consumption of CPRI-based designs is reduced by up to 80%, with exceptionally high signal integrity compared to FPGA implementations.
Former Actel unit tips 65-nm flash platform
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11/9/2010   Post a comment
Microsemi's SOC Products Division—formerly Actel—unveiled its 65-nm embedded flash platform, featuring an expandable, four-input look-up table architecture.
Xilinx unveils defense-grade Spartan-6Q, Virtex-6Q FPGAs
Product News  
11/8/2010   2 comments
Xilinx Inc. has presented the Spartan-6Q and Virtex-6Q families, a new generation of FPGAs qualified for the aerospace and defense markets.
The company formally known as Actel unveils 65nm embedded flash platform
Product News  
11/8/2010   2 comments
I shouldn’t poke fun, because this is a very interesting announcement, but I really find it hard to say Microsemi’s SOC Products Division, formerly known as Actel Corporation…
New Lattice MachX02 is the Do-It-All PLD
Product News  
11/8/2010   3 comments
65nm MachX02 PLDs deliver 3X increase in logic density, 10X increase in embedded memory, more than a 100X reduction in static power, 30% lower cost compared to their predecessors.
The other shoe drops at Actel
Semi Conscious  
11/8/2010   4 comments
An unknown number of former Actel employees were laid off last week following the close of Microsemi's acquisition of the firm.
I want a Pico Projector … but which one?
Blog  
11/8/2010   11 comments
It’s funny… I had vaguely been aware of Pico Projectors for quite some time, but I hadn’t realized that they were actually available and (sort of) affordable – now I want one!
FPGAs pave the way for consumer-targeted PICO projectors
Design How-To  
11/8/2010   2 comments
A new type of portable video projector – commonly called Pico Projectors – that can fit in the palm of the hand is rapidly growing in popularity with business professionals.
These videos will make you laugh your socks off…
Blog  
11/5/2010   3 comments
Here are some mega-funny videos, such as the one about the Rockwell Retro Encabulator, which is absolutely brilliant (how the presenter keeps a straight face I will never know)!
Having fun with programmable logic
Blog  
11/5/2010   1 comment
You know how I often say ‘Have you done anything interesting recently with CPLDs or FPGAs or any other form of programmable logic? If so please tell me about it.’ Well someone did…
How to have fun with the Lattice XP2 development board
Design How-To  
11/5/2010   1 comment
A small group of engineers were asked to put together some “science fair” type projects that would show their families some aspects of the work accomplished at Sparton Defense and Security Systems.
Windows 7 – Office 2010 – Visio 2010 – Arrggh!
Blog  
11/4/2010   1 comment
In which I come to grips with the ups and downs of migrating to Windows 7, Office 2010, Visio 2010, and a number of other applications that make my eyes water and my lower lip quiver…
Eye movement controls gaming console
News & Analysis  
11/4/2010   11 comments
A team of engineers inside National Instruments has unveiled the LabView source code to "EyeMario," which demonstrates how video gamers can use their eyes to control Nintendo gaming consoles.
Quickpath IP bound for Achronix FPGAs
News & Analysis  
11/4/2010   4 comments
Achronix will be including a hard Quickpath IP core in support of processor communications on forthcoming field programmable gate arrays enabled by Intel manufacturing.
New Computer – Windows 7 – Office 2010 – Eeeek!
Blog  
11/3/2010   3 comments
Due to an unfortunate sequence of events, I had only one day available to purchase a new computer and some core application software packages; this then is the tale of that fateful day…
BEEcube's BEE4-W speeds prototyping of military/aerospace comm designs
Product News  
11/3/2010   Post a comment
The BEE4-W is BEEcube's latest generation FPGA Berkeley Emulation Engine (BEE) platform, specifically designed to address rapid system-level prototyping of wireless and digital communications designs. It is a commercial, stackable full speed multi-FPGA based prototyping platform, integrated with DAC/ADC modules for mixed signal and digital communications designs. With four (4) integrated ADC and DAC solutions, the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA based BEE4-W enables a wide range of high-performance, real-t
Microsemi completes Actel buy
News & Analysis  
11/2/2010   1 comment
Microsemi said it completed the acquisition of programmable logic supplier Actel.
New PCI Express Root Complex (RC) Lite solution for Lattice FPGAs
Product News  
11/2/2010   1 comment
Lattice Semiconductor today announced the immediate availability of the PCI Express Root Complex (RC) Lite solution based on the LatticeECP3 and LatticeECP2M FPGA families.
Emulator, accelerator, prototype – what’s the difference?
Blog  
11/1/2010   3 comments
In a previous blog Brian talked about what makes a prototype unique, and said he would come back to the issue of emulators and accelerators… so here he is...
A next-gen FPGA-based SoC verification platform
Design How-To  
11/1/2010   6 comments
Off-the-shelf and custom FPGA-based prototype boards enhanced with co-emulation and co-simulation capabilities can provide a high-speed, high-visibility platform for fast, early verification of SoCs.
Veridae Systems delivers new debug solution for FPGAs, ASICs, and SoCs
Product News  
11/1/2010   1 comment
Silicon debug and validation suite provides on-chip visibility from multiple-FPGA ASIC prototypes through to final IC thereby reducing overall complex IC development time by 10 to 30%
Achronix’s next-gen FPGAs in Intel’s 22nm process
Product News  
11/1/2010   1 comment
Next-generation FPGAs from Achronix are to be built using Intel’s 22 nm process; the Speedster22i will be the first commercial FPGA family to have an end-to-end supply chain within the USA.
Intel to fab FPGAs for startup Achronix
News & Analysis  
11/1/2010   25 comments
Intel will lend its semiconductor process technology muscle to build FPGAs for programmable logic startup Achronix Semiconductor at 22-nm and beyond.


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