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I’m so lucky to be here (Part 3)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/30/2011   8 comments
In my previous I’m so lucky to be here column I described an unfortunate incident involving myself and a water barrel. Looking back, this was the least of my adventures…
Using the clock period constraint to your advantage
Design How-To  
11/30/2011   4 comments
Understanding the TS_clk constraint in terms of the Xilinx ISE and tool behavior will help you attain effective timing closure in your Xilinx FPGA designs.
Film Review: Hugo (plus an amazing 3D video)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/29/2011   10 comments
During the Thanksgiving weekend I went to see the film Hugo – I cannot recommend this little rascal too highly…
Just call me “Max the Viking!”
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/29/2011   6 comments
A few months ago I was invited to give the keynote presentation at the forthcoming FPGA Forum in Norway in February 2012; well, things just got even more exciting!
Tutorial: Designing an FPGA from scratch – It’s like déjà vu all over again!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/29/2011   3 comments
A few days ago, my friend Sven-Åke Andersson called me to say that he's returned to work on his “FPGA from scratch” blog and he’s added a whole bunch of stuff…
Altera continues 28-nm rollout with shipment of Arria V FPGAs
Product News  
11/29/2011   1 comment
Altera demonstrates its lowest-power midrange FPGAs with 10.3125-Gbps transceivers optimized for wireless, broadcast, and military applications
Ask about free shipping…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/28/2011   10 comments
I guess that it’s because the holiday season is upon us that the number of TV “Infomercials” and suchlike are so prevalent, but there’s one thing I don’t understand…
Free Webinar: Designing and developing pulse Doppler radars using FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/28/2011   Post a comment
Learn how radar system engineers can reduce the time required to model, simulate, and implement radar system designs and their constituent signal processing algorithms…
Transfer from FPGAs for prototype to ASICs for production
Design How-To  
11/28/2011   2 comments
Find out how you can save money, minimize non-recurring-engineering hours, enhance performance, and speed time-to-market.
Lattice announces new LatticeECP4 low-cost, low-power FPGAs
Product News  
11/28/2011   1 comment
6G SERDES, hardened communication engines, and ultra-high bandwidth DSP blocks for cost- and power-sensitive applications in the wireless, wireline, and video markets
I have a rocky problem…
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/23/2011   22 comments
I’m caught between a rock and a hard place as it were, because I want to create a miniature model, but I don’t know how to achieve the rocky surface/texture I’m looking for…
Sloowww doowwwnnnn!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/22/2011   24 comments
People who have not experienced this tend to find it difficult to visualize, but I’ve talked to quite a few people who say “I know just what you mean!”
Lattice releases Sercos III real-time Industrial Ethernet solution
Product News  
11/22/2011   2 comments
Lattice announces LatticeECP3 FPGA module for the AUTOMATA Sercos III Real-time Ethernet Evaluation Kit
Xilinx speeds design and lowers costs for industrial networking and motor control systems
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11/22/2011   Post a comment
Visit Xilinx at SPS Drives to see new capabilities for boosting design productivity and using Spartan-6 FPGAs for better system performance and lower bill-of-materials…
Using FPGAs to solve challenges in industrial applications
Design How-To  
11/22/2011   3 comments
This article describes the trends and challenges seen by designers of industrial applications and how FPGAs enable solutions to meet their stringent design goals.
I’m becoming hot and bothered…
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/21/2011   49 comments
I am shocked and horrified (well, at least a tad surprised) by the fact that something as simple as measuring the temperature is proving to be so problematical…
Legend Silicon to bring ‘mobility’ to legacy ATSC broadcast
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11/21/2011   Post a comment
In a year when a host of chip companies have already sunk on the shoals of mobile broadcast TV, Legend Silicon is sailing right back into the free-over-the-air mobile digital TV market in the United States.
FPGAs advance medical imaging
Design How-To  
11/20/2011   3 comments
Field-programmable gate arrays and other computing elements can improve imaging techniques such as optical coherence tomography
Xilinx enables industrial networking, motor control, and machine vision...
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11/18/2011   Post a comment
Devices, platforms and partnerships will be on display at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 to accelerate development of advanced Ethernet, machine vision and networked motor-control applications...
Friday Fun: Letter to the citizens of the USA
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/18/2011   9 comments
I’m afraid that (much like myself) this is another item that falls into the “oldie-but-goodie” category…
Travel Nightmares: It seemed like our journey would never end…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/17/2011   5 comments
This tale of woe comes from my mother regarding one of her visits to see me in America…
I just missed becoming rich and famous… again…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/16/2011   13 comments
I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for the “thing” that will make me rich beyond my wildest dreams…
SparkFun and Androids and Electric Sheep (Oh My!)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/16/2011   1 comment
You have to admire the folks at Sparkfun, because they always seem to be enjoying whatever it is they are up to at any particular moment in time…
Xilinx connectivity IP cores for next-gen LTE/LTE-A wireless infrastructure
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11/16/2011   Post a comment
Three new Xilinx connectivity IP cores are vital for building programmable, flexible, and cost-effective 3G+/4G wireless base stations...
Latest Synopsys FPGA-based prototyping tool improves speed and turnaround time
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11/16/2011   Post a comment
The latest releases of Certify and Identify Software from Synopsys improve prototype performance and accelerate debug
Altera announces industry’s first OpenCL program for FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/15/2011   3 comments
The folks from Altera have just announced a development program focused on the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) standard for FPGAs and SoC FPGAs.
Xilinx enables cable operators to future-proof headends
Product News  
11/15/2011   1 comment
Flexible silicon and IP bundle delivers 160 QAM channels on a single RF port; meets latest CableLabs CCAP specification; delivers more compelling triple-play services to the home
Congratulations to the folks at Xilinx
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11/15/2011   Post a comment
The Xilinx Zynq-7000 family wins Embedded & Critical Systems award at IET Innovation Awards 2011
OpenCL gets upgrade, Altera tips FPGA tool
News & Analysis  
11/15/2011   2 comments
Khronos announced version 1.2 of its OpenCL standard for GPUs as Altera said it is testing a prototype tool to let designers program its FPGAs with OpenCL.
Xilinx Alliance Program introduces Premier Design Services providers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/14/2011   1 comment
New ecosystem program addresses customers’ engineering resource and expertise requirements with access to highly qualified services providers.
Roll Over Beethoven
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/10/2011   16 comments
This is such a dreadful joke that I just had to share the pain…
Xilinx to demo next-gen FPGA technology for cable operators at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/10/2011   Post a comment
If you are planning on attending the forthcoming SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011 in Atlanta, be sure to visit the folks from Xilinx…
TSMC reports strong October sales bounce
News & Analysis  
11/10/2011   1 comment
chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has posted a significant sequential sales increase in October, providing more evidence of an upturn in the semiconductor market.
Book Review: Principles of VLSI RTL Design – A Practical Guide by Sanjay Churiwala and Sapan Garg
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
11/9/2011   Post a comment
There are several things to note about this book, starting with the fact that it’s written by people who actually know what they are talking about…
Computer addicts never die… they simply go offline…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/9/2011   8 comments
A friend just sent me an email containing a bunch of pictures – some funny, some thought-provoking, and some a little sad…
Building a high-performance camera for wood inspection
Design How-To  
11/8/2011   1 comment
This high-performance wood-inspection system is based on a VITA1300 image sensor and an XEM5010 FPGA integration module
Stellamar's all-digital, fully-synthesizable, analog-to-digital converters for Microsemi FPGAs
Design How-To  
11/8/2011   Post a comment
This all-digital ADC requires no analog block design; only a few passive components are necessary…
Latest and greatest Quartus II design software from Altera
Product News  
11/7/2011   Post a comment
In addition to supporting Arria V and Cyclone V FPGAs, the latest version of Altera’s Quartus II version 11.1 also offers productivity improvements.
Two points to ponder (and maybe worry about)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/7/2011   27 comments
I cannot recall where I originally got this tidbit of trivia from, but…
Lattice is shipping millions of Power Manager chips
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2011   Post a comment
The folks at Lattice say that their low-cost, system-level power management solutions are willing broad market acceptance…
I’m so lucky to be here (Part 2)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2011   4 comments
I was thinking about all of the dangers involved in actually growing up, which reminded me of some stories…
M2M communications ties to smartphones
Design How-To  
11/7/2011   2 comments
The divergent wireless technologies that enabled the expansion of machine-to-machine communications have now been merged onto a single platform: the smartphone.
Weird forms of transport and other “stuff”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/7/2011   Post a comment
I don’t know about you, but my day has already gotten off to an amazing start…
Congratulations to SiliconBlue for their ISO 9001 certification
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2011   1 comment
I just heard that the folks at SiliconBlue have been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 registration related to the design and manufacture of their mobileFPGA devices.
What’s the best post-apocalyptic book / film / TV program?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/4/2011   67 comments
I have a question for you to ponder – in your opinion, what would be the best post-apopolytic book, film, or TV program?
Two videos: Humming Birds (amazing) and Clean Balls (funny)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/4/2011   Post a comment
Before we plunge into two incredible videos, I have a nugget of knowledge I’d like to share…
I’m so lucky to be here (Part 1)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/3/2011   8 comments
When you come to think about it, the chances of any of us existing (as the unique individuals we are) is incredibly, almost infinitesimally, small...
Xilinx FPGAs guide robotic-assisted surgical system
Design How-To  
11/3/2011   Post a comment
Intuitive Surgical revolutionizes the operating room with the da Vinci
Fall 2011 edition of Xilinx Xcell Journal Magazine available now
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/3/2011   Post a comment
Hurray! The Fall 2011 edition of the quarterly Xcell Journal magazine is available for our delectation and delight
Xilinx to showcase secure products and applications at MILCOM 2011
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/3/2011   Post a comment
I just heard from the chaps and chapesses at Xilinx with regard to their forthcoming participation at MILCOM 2011
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