A tradeoff between microcontroller, DSP, FPGA and ASIC technologies Design How-To 2/25/2009 Post a comment This article reviews the relative strengths and weaknesses of microcontroller (MCU), digital signal processor (DSP), field programmable gate array (FPGA) and application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technologies for embedded applications, and proposes a customizable microcontroller as a cost-, performance- and power-effective tradeoff between them.
Different ways to present data Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 2/24/2009 Post a comment Here's an amazingly cool website that shows a wealth of different ways in which data can be graphically presented for maximum effect.
Software tool automates ECU software checks Product News 2/24/2009 Post a comment Automotive realtime networking expert TTTech Automotive (Vienna) has announced a software tool to validate the consistency of Autosar components in electronic control units (ECUs). TTX-Autoverify increases the engineering efficiency during system integration and thus helps to reduce time-to-market and costs, the vendor claims.
Lattice moves away from high-end FPGAs News & Analysis 2/23/2009 Post a comment After a period of losses and competitive pressures, Lattice Semiconductor Corp. is refining its focus and moving away from the high-end of the field-programmable gate array (FPGAs) race.
A quest to keep kids engaged Blog 2/23/2009 Post a comment Perhaps because they don't see how engineering and science are used in real life, kids often become disenchanted with those subjects at an early age, which can severely limit their career options as an adult.
I was there! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 2/20/2009 1 comment I was just reading an autobiography of Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones when I realized that I was at some of the concerts he was talking about...
Slumdog Millionaire -- a MUST SEE film! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 2/19/2009 1 comment This film left me emotionally drained. It wasn't anything like what I was anticipating... it by far EXCEEDED my expectations... (see also an original story by my mom).
Power-aware FPGA design (Part 3) Design How-To 2/17/2009 Post a comment This three-part article covers several aspects of FPGA power consumption; it also provides a new look at power dissipation numbers, and questions the traditional methods of estimating and measuring power.
Capacitive sensor measurement made simple Product News 2/17/2009 2 comments Interfacing to MEMS transducers, such as those that sense acceleration, pressure, altitude, humidity, rain, level and gas, e2v's CPIC2.0 ic has been designed to ease the process of sensor data acquisition.
We all need to pull together Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 2/13/2009 Post a comment As usual, Mentor and Xilinx are both setting a really good example as to how big companies can help out and how we all need to pull together...
Comment: Engineering is not boring Design How-To 2/13/2009 7 comments The message of John Cohn and others who promote the field of engineering is important right now, not just for attracting bright young minds to the profession but also in reminding practicing engineers why they got into it in the first place.
Xilinx donates $250K to feed the hungry News & Analysis 2/12/2009 Post a comment As part of their 25th anniversary, the folks at Xilinx have donated $250K to organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry: Feeding America, Give2Asia, and the European Federation of Food Banks.
FPGA outsourcing: Ten questions you should ask Design How-To 2/12/2009 3 comments The shortage of FPGA engineers is leading many companies to outsource FPGA development. Outsourcing has many benefits, but it also carries risks. Here are ten questions to consider before outsourcing.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times