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posted in December 2010
The digital version of the Nativity story
Blog  
12/24/2010   10 comments
Since it’s Christmas Eve as I pen these words, there is a lot of holiday-related “stuff” bouncing around the Internet. Two pieces that caught my eye are...
Book Review: A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/23/2010   3 comments
If you are looking for a good read, this book by Simon Winchester about the Great California Earthquake of 1906 should fit the bill...
Analyst downgrades Xilinx after sales warning
News & Analysis  
12/22/2010   2 comments
Xilinx was downgraded by a Wall Street analyst after the firm cut its sales guidance for the fiscal third quarter due to weaker than anticipated sales to a few large wireless communications customers.
Xilinx lowers quarterly guidance on weak comms
News & Analysis  
12/22/2010   1 comment
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. has reduced its guidance for its third fiscal quarter which ends with the calendar year.
Stop! Look! Win a bunch of cool development boards and tools from Microchip
Blog  
12/21/2010   29 comments
I’ve been chatting to the folks at Microchip about all of the cool development boards and tools they have for different applications, and they’ve sent some to me for me to give to you…
Book Review: Universe on a T-Shirt by Dan Falk
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/20/2010   1 comment
Dan Falk has a real gift for explaining incredibly complex topics in a way that the rest of us can understand without making us feel dumb.
So, you want to play games do you?
Blog  
12/17/2010   1 comment
There are all sorts of cool games available on the Internet … here are a couple that will keep you busy for a while…
Quantum mechanics saves Santa
Blog  
12/17/2010   2 comments
With regard to my previous blog on Santa Claus, someone on the Yahoo How Things Work (HTW) group has located a rather interesting rebuttal (“It’s all Quantum,” as Terry Pratchett would say)…
Scientific analysis of Santa Claus
Blog  
12/16/2010   7 comments
As a kid I remember that I used to wonder how Santa managed to visit all of the kids in one night. This analysis explains all (or not, as the case might be)…
I love my Optoma PK301 Pocket Pico Projector
Blog  
12/15/2010   8 comments
Now that I’m aware that Pico Projectors exist, I seem to be seeing them everywhere. In fact, it appears that the whole Pico Projector concept is a market poised for explosive growth.
What will it take for FPGAs to become as ubiquitous as processors?
Blog  
12/14/2010   20 comments
In which we mull the rising number of FPGA design starts, the falling number of ASIC design starts, and the impact that this is having on the EDA industry…
Altera buys optical transport network IP firm
News & Analysis  
12/14/2010   3 comments
Altera acquired optical transport network IP provider Avalon Microelectronics. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Using mixed-signal FPGAs to take motion control to the next step
Design How-To  
12/10/2010   4 comments
Designers of motion control systems now have the opportunity to develop single-chip solutions for controlling even complex motors with SmartFusion devices.
The root of the root cause of mysterious system resets
Engineering Investigations  
12/10/2010   7 comments
Like peeling away layers of an onion, engineers painstakingly troubleshoot problems with new aviation equipment
Startup outlines monolithic 3-D chips
News & Analysis  
12/10/2010   22 comments
Startup NuPGA claims to have the intellectual property to obsolete TSVs designed to stack microchip die with true monolithic technique for creating any type of 3-D chip.
Plunify launches SaaS platform that integrates FPGA design tools
The Entrepreneurial Engineer  
12/9/2010   Post a comment
I had a chance to correspond with Plunify's founders about the company's mission to make PLDs easier to design and use with through an integrated online platform.
Pet's Eye View Camera - The perfect Christmas gift?
Blog  
12/8/2010   7 comments
One of the problems at Christmas is coming up with the perfect gift for a particular person or for a particular occasion, such as a family gathering…
Free book on power supply management and control from Lattice
Blog  
12/8/2010   7 comments
This “Power 2 You” book provides designers with 150 pages of technical details and design considerations for implementing common circuit board power management functions.
Building FPGA-based digital downconverters with graphical design tools
Design How-To  
12/8/2010   5 comments
Graphical programming tools and commercial, off-the-shelf hardware have progressed to the point that they can be used to implement high-performance designs with minimal FPGA-specific knowledge.
Patent firm pursues DRAM, FPGA companies
News & Analysis  
12/8/2010   13 comments
Intellectual Ventures Management LLC, a patent holder and administration group founded by Nathan Myhrvold, a former CTO of Microsoft Corp., has taken action on multiple fronts alleging patent infringement. In semiconductor industry the firm is pursuing two memory chip makers and three FPGA vendors.
Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7
Blog  
12/7/2010   23 comments
Here are some more rambling musings with regard to migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, including a simple (yet cunning) idea that could potentially make someone a lot of money…
Imperas and OVP support ARM Cortex-M cores and provide free, open source models
Product News  
12/6/2010   4 comments
These models of the ARM Cortex processor cores have shown exceptionally fast performance of hundreds of millions of instructions per second.
NI LabWindows/CVI 2010 improves ANSI C developer productivity and simplifies FPGA communication
Product News  
12/6/2010   1 comment
New version of LabWindows simplifies test system development for Linux, Real-Time, and FPGA-based systems.
Altera accelerates FPGA design productivity with new Qsys system-integration tool
Product News  
12/6/2010   2 comments
Qsys, Altera's next-generation system-integration tool, features the industry's first FPGA-optimized network-on-chip-based interconnect.
Xilinx extends portfolio with New Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 FPGA DSP development kits
Product News  
12/6/2010   1 comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing, MathWorks, Texas Instruments, 4DSP and Xilinx collaborate to deliver new kits that address a full range of high performance to cost effective DSP requirements.
Using FPGAs in mission-critical systems
Design How-To  
12/6/2010   4 comments
SEU-resistant state machines hold the key to adapting programmable logic devices for high-reliability applications.
Alien life and Metropolis II
Blog  
12/3/2010   1 comment
So here’s the deal – yesterday evening while sitting in my car waiting for my son to get out of school I was searching for alien life (as you do) when I ran across Metropolis II…
Cypress PSOC5 CY8C52 begins sampling
Product News  
12/3/2010   Post a comment
Bobby Jania, Cypress product marketing manager, talks about his company's PSOC 5 device and potential applications, including motor-controlled baby strollers.
Programmable ICs: the next Innovation Engine
Design How-To  
12/2/2010   7 comments
The potential of programmable ICs seems endless; however in 2010 these devices will only capture up to 2% of the global semiconductor market. In order to grow further, the programmable industry must address some fundamental challenges.
FPGA Space Forum 2011 kicks off in Los Angeles
News & Analysis  
12/2/2010   4 comments
Space Forum 2011, formerly known as the Actel Space Forum, kicks off today in Los Angeles, California (I wish I was there).
The expanding floating-point performance gap between FPGAs and microprocessors
Blog  
12/2/2010   4 comments
Here’s an updated version of a classic work comparing the peak performance of 64 bit floating-point calculations between FPGAs and microprocessors.
Xcell caption competition – win a Xilinx Spartan-6 development board
Blog  
12/1/2010   1 comment
Have you read the latest edition of the Xilinx Xcell magazine (Issue 73, Fourth Quarter 2010)? If not, why not (grin)?


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