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posted in December 2011
How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2011   29 comments
Suffice it to say that this was an occasion I shall always remember…
What are the best “unknown” gems of science fiction? (Part 2)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/28/2011   23 comments
Here are a two more science fiction books that really influenced me when I first came across them…
Ooooh! Custom-made leather “Messenger Bags” – I’m drooling with desire!
12/23/2011   4 comments
The tag-line for these custom leather goods is “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead” (I think they are correct)
Top 10 automotive electronics stories of 2011
Design How-To  
12/23/2011   3 comments
The top stories of the year underscore the great interest Automotive Designline readers have in hybrid and electric vehicles.
Pause for a moment and ponder this…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/22/2011   13 comments
As we are poised to enter the holiday season, let’s take a moment to pause for thought...
It looks like the joke is on me!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/22/2011   12 comments
Way back in the mists of time, I wrote a blog about a Free Cellphone Locator Website…
Is this the “Messenger Bag” for me?
12/22/2011   Post a comment
I’ve been inundated with suggestions following my blog: What’s the best “Messenger Bag” for me?
Engineering simulators for the iPad
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/22/2011   21 comments
My old chum Alvin just emailed me to tell me about a bunch of iPad apps that have only recently been released...
What are the best “unknown” gems of science fiction? (Part 1)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/21/2011   20 comments
There are some books that completely “blew my mind” when I was younger, but very few people I talk to about this sort of thing have heard about them...
What’s the best “Messenger Bag” for me?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/20/2011   7 comments
I feel a bit like Goldilocks in the story of “The Three Bears" (and it's not often you hear someone say that)...
A really useful (free) tool for the severely disabled
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/20/2011   11 comments
I've talked about this before... and doubtless I will talk about it again...
Offloading RAID operation from CPUs into FPGAs
12/20/2011   Post a comment
BIOSAP designs Spartan-6 FPGAs into RAID motherboard for Surveillance and Storage System applications (the FPGAs simplify the design and reduce costs)
Microsemi and INVIA deliver DPA-resistant cryptographic software on SmartFusion FPGAs
Product News  
12/20/2011   1 comment
New solution from Microsemi and INVIA provides enhanced protection for security applications
Lattice to discuss all sorts of stuff at CES 2012
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12/20/2011   Post a comment
The folks at Lattice Semiconductor say they will highlight a variety of programmable logic design solutions for mobile devices…
Beware of church ladies with typewriters!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/19/2011   4 comments
Have you ever seen any of those wonderful church bulletins replete with Freudian (sorry, I mean typewriter) slips?
Xilinx cuts sales target
News & Analysis  
12/19/2011   1 comment
Xilinx cut its sales target for the December quarter, citing primarily a decline in larger customer business in the communications end market.
Xilinx Ships First Zynq-7000 Devices
Product News  
12/18/2011   1 comment
Xilinx, Inc. has launched its first Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP).
It makes you want to cry…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2011   7 comments
One of the big news items in England at the moment is the cost and size of the security operation for the forthcoming 2012 Olympics, which are to be held in London…
Xilinx Research Labs Fellow Steve Trimberger is named IEEE Fellow
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12/15/2011   Post a comment
Prestigious honor places Trimberger (holder of more than 185 patents) in the top echelon of the engineering community
Single event effects (SEEs) in FPGAs, ASICs, and processors, part I: impact and analysis
Design How-To  
12/14/2011   1 comment
As dimensions shrink to below 90 nm, SEEs impact all electronics, including ASICs and FPGAs with faults ranging from logical errors to changes in data to latchups.
Microsemi announces Libero SoC v10.0 IDE
Product News  
12/14/2011   1 comment
Next-generation solution streamlines customizable SoC design efforts
All members of Lattice’s MachX02 “Do-It-All” PLD family now in production
Product News  
12/14/2011   3 comments
New $29.99 evaluation kit enables easy access to production-qualified PLD technology…
Grand opening of new Xilinx R&D center in Beijing, China
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12/14/2011   Post a comment
Xilinx extends regional footprint, consolidates Beijing sales, marketing, application engineering, and R&D operations into single site.
Xilinx opens R&D center in Beijing
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12/13/2011   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx opened an R&D center in Beijing and consolidated it along with local sales, marketing and application engineering operations into a single site.
Lattice announces new rev of mixed-signal design tools
Product News  
12/12/2011   1 comment
Tighter integration with the Lattice Diamond design environment delivers added flexibility, ease of use, and faster time-to-market…
Hot new rev of Lattice Diamond design software available
Product News  
12/12/2011   2 comments
New release of Lattice Diamond design software accelerates FPGA design optimization for low-power and cost-sensitive applications…
Lattice to buy SiliconBlue for $62 million
News & Analysis  
12/9/2011   8 comments
FPGA company Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has announced it plans to acquire SiliconBlue Technologies Inc., a startup that has specialized in low-power FPGAs, for $62 million in cash.
OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/9/2011   6 comments
I have to admit that I am completely blown away… I certainly didn’t see this one coming… I’m too young for all of this excitement!
What's the best book on how to *structure* an FPGA project?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/9/2011   7 comments
I just received an email from a reader asking a rather interesting question…
Discovering my inner geek with a robot vacuum
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/8/2011   4 comments
If you’ve been wondering which robot vacuum to purchase as a gift for yourself (or for your “significant other”), then wonder no more because all is revealed…
What’s the best Generation Ship science fiction book / film / song?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/7/2011   47 comments
In previous columns we’ve explored the best Time-Travel and the best Post-Apocalyptic books, films, and TV programs… now it’s time for Generation Spaceships…
Why? Why? Why?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/6/2011   19 comments
Gary Smith just sent me a bunch of “Why xxx” questions, so this is all his fault…
QuickLogic’s new CSSPs solve HD display bridging issues in mobile device designs
Product News  
12/6/2011   1 comment
LVDS, RGB and MIPI DSI interface bridging capabilities; supports up to WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution; improves battery life and enhances bright sunlight viewability…
Display interface and power-saving challenges: The system designer perspective
Design How-To  
12/6/2011   1 comment
QuickLogic has introduced a line of products called the ArcticLink III VX that solve a wide variety of design issues...
Cool Beans! First FPGA in a watch!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/6/2011   5 comments
And not just any old watch – this is the world’s first light-powered GPS-synchronized watch!!!
Microsemi announces Private Label Program for FPGAs and SmartFusion cSoCs
Product News  
12/5/2011   1 comment
New Private Label Program is said to create a viable alternative for ASIC and ASSP development
How It Was: Medicine and Sinusitis
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/5/2011   1 comment
To this day my sinusitis continues and despite all the attempts to cure it, all the medical profession appears to be able to do is…
Life is a mosaic of pleasure and pain…
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/5/2011   14 comments
As if I didn’t already have enough hobby projects … I just decided that I want to recreate The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh in mosaic…
Infrared emitters offer high current drives with low thermal resistivity
Product News  
12/5/2011   1 comment
Compact package also features high radiant intensity and optical power.
Microsemi tips 'private label' FPGA program
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12/5/2011   Post a comment
Chip vendor Microsemi unveiled a private labeling program for its SmartFusion customizable SoCs.
Eeeek! Flying Sharks!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/2/2011   7 comments
Did you ever see those helium-filled, radio-controlled flying sharks and clown fish? I really wanted one but they were unavailable, until…
Xilinx wins a bevy of product awards at EDN China Innovation Awards 2011
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12/2/2011   Post a comment
Zynq EPP wins “Leading Product Award” while Kintex-7 FPGAs and the PlanAhead design analysis tool win “Best Product Awards”

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