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MIT researchers image fusion reaction
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have described a new method of imaging nuclear fusion reactions.
Brain boggler #3 - the conundrum of conundrums!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/29/2008   9 comments
Here's a puzzle of my own that's been lurking in the back of my mind for years, but I'm still no closer to a solution. Maybe you can answer this puzzling poser.
Brain boggler #2 - can you wrap your thinking organ around this little beauty?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/28/2008   2 comments
Here's a conundrum that I saw ages and ages ago. I know what the answer is, but I no longer remember the proof - maybe you can help?
Software and RTOS synthesis: The next step in software development?
Design How-To  
2/27/2008   2 comments
To investigate the use of software synthesis technology, the authors set out to use the SynthOS software synthesis tool to generate an embedded real-time operating system (RTOS).
Earthquake in the UK
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2008   Post a comment
Which leads to a tale in which I show great presence of mind and consume a lot of whiskey in a very short time.
Advanced algorithmic synthesis for Xilinx FPGAs
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Synfora and Xilinx chart new direction for algorithmic synthesis targeted at Virtex and Spartan FPGAs.
Can you solve this brainteaser?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/26/2008   13 comments
Even though I actually know the answer to this one, I still cannot "wrap my brain" around it.
Yet more amazing (some may say insane) pranks
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
In which we see unsuspecting victims being unexpectedly deposited (sans clothing) on a snow-covered mountain (and then things start to get strange).
Cadence Limits Participation in DAC
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Cadence announces it will noy exhibit at the Design Automation Conference or at DATE this year.
Fingerprint sensor market heats up
Product News  
2/25/2008   1 comment
Fingerprint sensor developer AuthenTec Inc. has unveiled a single-chip sensor for use in notebook PCs.
There's good news ... and there's bad news
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/25/2008   3 comments
I thought we'd have at least 5 billion years (starting today) before the end of life on earth, but it now seems this is a tad optimistic.
Nanoparticles could make hydrogen cheaper than gasoline
News & Analysis  
2/25/2008   9 comments
A start-up says its nanoparticle coatings could make hydrogen easy to produce at home from distilled water, and ultimately bring the cost of hydrogen fuel cells in line with that of fossil fuels.
Silicon carbide ready for prime time
Product News  
2/25/2008   2 comments
NASA thinks silicon carbide is ready to replace silicon in circuitry that must withstand ultrahot temperatures--as high as 1,000 degrees F--or deliver ultrahigh power.
Ask not for whom the duck quacks...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/22/2008   3 comments
I was just informed of an interesting piece of "uncommon knowledge" pertaining to ducks that has me scratching my head...
Monster Machines - Barge Transporter
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
This is amazing - a transporter in Russia that carries a huge barge a few miles from one river to another.
Researchers measure force to move a single atom
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Regensburg in Germany and IBM's Almaden Research Labs in California have calculated for the first time exactly how much effort is needed to drag a single atom of cobalt across the surface of different metals.
H-Bridges provide 'smart power' for automotive SoC applications: Part 1 - Challenges and concepts
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
From electric motor controllers to Class D amplifiers, efficient mixed-signal integration is vital in design, and saving energy and cost.
More amazing pranks!
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
A reader points us at a video on YouTube showing some more amazing "real-world" pranks.
Analog's answer to FPGA opens field to masses
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
By making analog circuits easier to design and simulate, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology hope to further the cause of analog while enabling engineers to incorporate lower-power circuitry into their products. In the same way that field- programmable gate arrays have spawned advances in digital signal processing, the Georgia Tech researchers believe their large-scale field-programmable analog array (FPAA) has the potential to seed growth in analog.
Spectral analysis and modulation, part 1: The DFT and FFT
Design How-To  
2/21/2008   5 comments
This article explains the Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) and its Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) implementation.
Hall-effect sensor/ASIC integration shrinks current transducers (Part 2 of 2)
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Technology advances allow for flexibility in installation and use of these versatile current sensors
Comparing IP integration approaches for FPGA implementation
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Avoiding the fixed routing and timetable of a standard bus can open up new avenues for design and restore a bit of glamour and creativity to an otherwise mundane project.
Power suit: Researcher weaves nanogenerators into fabrics
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Clothing fabrics that generate electricity from the motion of wearing them have been described by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Lego Mindstorm gymnastic robot is flipping great
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Students in Taipei used Lego MindStorm NXT to build a two-link gymnastic robot which can perform giant loops on a horizontal bar. The hand-and-bar link is a free-running passive joint. Two NXT motors are used to drive the robot-shoulder link. The students were seeking the factors to make repeatable and predictable loops although there is a suspicion of non-linear chaotic behavior in the two-motor system.
LatticeXP2 non-volatile FPGAs move into volume production
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
The first member of the Lattice 90 nm non-volatile LatticeXP2 FPGA family is now fully qualified and released to volume production.
What are the origins of (and meaning behind) your name?
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Here's a rather interesting little website that will "suck-you-in-for-hours" if you're not very careful.
Altera fuels its automotive electronics portfolio
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
Automotive-grade qualified product line added to Altera's ecosystem of scalable CPLD, FPGA, and Structured ASIC platforms and solutions.
Lattice announces uClinux support for open source embedded systems design
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
New operating system complements recent enhancements to the LatticeMico32 embedded processor system and LatticeMico8 microcontroller.
Actel's latest low-power IGLOO and ProASIC3 FPGAs are only 99 cents!
Product News  
2/19/2008   Post a comment
New 15,000-gate FPGAs "hit-the-spot" for power-conscious, price-sensitive applications.
Is this the best prank ever?
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
I just saw a video of an AMAZING stunt. This totally blew my mind. I so wish I could have been there to see this!
NEC fabs flexible nanotube transistors
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
Green printing technology has enabled researchers at NEC Corp. to fabricate high-speed carbon nanotube transistors on inexpensive flexible polymer substrates.
Accelerating MATLAB using MEX-files
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
This article gives a quick overview of the different techniques available for speeding up MATLAB code. It covers the basics of performance profiling, vectorization, and turning MATLAB code into compiled MEX-files.
Total lunar eclipse on Wed 20 Feb 2008
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/18/2008   Post a comment
If you live in the Americas, make sure you take the time to watch the last total lunar eclipse until 2010.
New FPGA-based compute accelerator from GiDEL
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
GiDEL announces capacity increase for PROCStarIII FPGA-based accelerator for SoC prototyping and ASIC emulation based on Altera Stratix III 340L FPGAs.
EDA Tools Vendors Reference Chart
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
The WallCharts published by Gary Smith provide a quick reference guide to EDA tools and vendors.
Can you spot the difference?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/15/2008   Post a comment
In this photo of two dubious characters, can you tell which one is me (and which one isn't)?
Web-based tool from Mirabilis allows creation, simulation, and analysis of hardware and software models
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
Architectural models written in a multitude of languages can be published for viewing, simulation, and analysis using a web browser from any Internet location without a local software installation.
Lattice to feature PCIe, SMPTE, and RISC microprocessor solutions at Embedded World
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
The folks at Lattice will be demonstrating a wide range of complete FPGA-based design solutions at the forthcoming Embedded World Conference.
French wireless IP provider joins Xilinx Alliance
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
R-Interface, provider of wireless IP and design services for digital system communications in telecom, broadcast and military markets (Marseille, France), announced it has joined the Xilinx Alliance Program.
Cadence and Mentor enhance Open Verification Methodology
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
OVM World Community extends from website to worldwide events - Cadence and Mentor enhance OVM and expand community activities to support rapidly growing user base.
Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT Platform FPGAs used in world's fastest vector supercomputer
News & Analysis  
2/14/2008   1 comment
PCI Express Endpoint block and high-speed RocketIO transceivers onboard Virtex-5 LXT devices help NEC reduce costs and improve I/O performance for SX-9 vector supercomputer.
Two good jokes
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/14/2008   Post a comment
You may moan and groan, but you'll be telling these to someone yourself before the day is over!
Under the Hood: When is a chip not a chip?
Teardown  
2/14/2008   1 comment
There are many reasons why a semiconductor component might be branded with markings that differ from those of its actual manufacturer. A case in point is the Apple iPhone, which includes multiple devices from large companies (such as Broadcom, Philips, Samsung and Texas Instruments); all the devices carry Apple package markings.
First GHz chip to be interconnected with nanotubes
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
The world's first CMOS circuit using nanotubes as an interconnect was recently designed at Stanford University, in cooperation with Toshiba.
QuickLogic : Companion chip adds versatility to handsets
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
QuickLogic has extended the versatility of its 'fabric and functions' configurable companion device for handset application.
Xilinx Virtex-5 User-Guide Lite
Design How-To  
2/13/2008   5 comments
As opposed to wading through more than 1,000 pages of Virtex-5 User-Guide documentation, this "User Guide Lite " boils all the key details down into a few easily-digestible pages.
Son of "What do you call a man who...?"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/13/2008   Post a comment
Here are a pile of entries readers have submitted with regard to one-line jokes based on folks names...
Pickled onions that bite back
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
I recently received an email from someone who had tried one of my recipes with some success, so I thought I'd share this little scamp...
Space tugboat set for March launch
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
The world's first space tugboat--the "Jules Verne" Automated Transfer Vehicle--is scheduled for launch next month.
Xilinx announces digital pre-distortion reference design for Freescale's LDMOS power amplifiers
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
Xilinx and Freescale collaborate to substantially decrease radio development time, increase efficiency, and reduce cost for wireless infrastructure.
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