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A bit of a laugh
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2009   Post a comment
Here are a collection of funny word definitions to kick off the weekend (and may it be a jolly good one for all of us!)
Xilinx unveils two next-gen FPGA families for targeted design platforms
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx's Spartan and Virtex reach 6th generation. See them at Embedded Systems Conference in March.
DSP and microprocessor algorithms re-factored for FPGA acceleration
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
FPGA image processing design services and IP from Impulse Accelerated Technologies reduces project risk.
Steampunk Camera
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/26/2009   Post a comment
Now, this is really, REALLY tasty!
Xilinx Spartan-6 family delivers low-power and high-speed connectivity to cost-sensitive systems
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx unveiled a new generation of its low-cost Spartan FPGA family that integrates ubiquitous connectivity standards for a broad base of cost-sensitive applications.
CPU core shipments to exceed 10 billion in 2012, says analyst
News & Analysis  
2/26/2009   Post a comment
CPU core shipments reached 5.3 billion in 2008 and are set to double by 2012, according to market analysis firm The Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.).
Analysis: Xilinx Spartan-6 and Virtex-6
Design How-To  
2/26/2009   Post a comment
BDTI gives its perspective on the new Xilinx Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 families. The new chips feature major improvements in logic capacity and power consumption.
Altera's Stratix III selected for largest ASIC prototyping engine
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
The Dini Group uses Altera's Stratix III in its single-board prototyping engine for custom ASICs that are devoted to wireless communications, networking, and graphics processing.
Module combines Virtex-5 and embedded PowerPC core for high-performance I/O signal processing
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Acromag's PMC-VFX modules enable users to offload CPU-intensive operations such as video/3D data processing or floating-point math to improve system performance. See it at Acromag's booth at the Embedded Systems Conference.
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.
COMMENTARY: Got Configuration Management?
Blog  
2/24/2009   2 comments
Companies that don't adopt appropriate configuration management technology will fail and fall by the wayside!
Killer Robots -- Not a Joke!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/24/2009   6 comments
Some of the stuff that's going on around us makes me want to cry...
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.
How to control analog output from a CPLD using a pulse width modulator
Design How-To  
2/24/2009   2 comments
This article shows how a CPLD can replace a digital-to-analog converter, allowing it to drive an audio speaker or control things like LED intensity, motor speed, and servo position.
picoChip : Baseband solution covers eight-user WCDMA femtocells
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
picoChip has announced the PC8219, a complete baseband solution for eight-user WCDMA femtocells designed to run on its PC202 processor chip.
Software tool automates ECU software checks
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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.
Visual Thesaurus vs. WordWeb
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2009   1 comment
My cup runneth over with some amazingly useful thesaurus and dictionary-type applications.
At ESC Silicon Valley, survival's in the bag
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Books, scholarships, games, training, and more, all in a pretty cool Safari bag--yours if you register quickly for ESC Silicon Valley.
2009 EE Times ACE Awards finalists announced
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
See the companies, executives, teams, and others selected as ACE Award finalists.
Lattice Semiconductor's third generation FPGAs consume half the power of competitive devices
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has released its third generation FPGAs, the mid-range 65nm LatticeECP3 family, which claims to offer the industry's lowest power consumption and price of any SERDES-capable FPGA device.
Lattice rolls 65-nm FPGAs, clock chips
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to grab share in a down market, programmable logic device (PLD) specialist Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has launched a three-prong attack.
Lattice moves away from high-end FPGAs
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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
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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.
Virtual Conferences and Eco-Friendly Displays
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2009   Post a comment
It's all happening at the moment, from virtual (online) technical conferences and expositions to eco-friendly biodegradable display booths.
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...
Russian materials company offers customized graphene
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Carben Semicon Ltd. (Moscow, Russia) has developed a method for producing graphene-based material in any of three states: insulating, semiconducting and metallic. The material is called RibTan.
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).
Men versus Women: Help required controlling meters!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/18/2009   4 comments
In which we discover just how little I know (or, at least, how little I remember)...
Visual Thesaurus -- What a cool idea!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/18/2009   Post a comment
As is so often the case, I am amazed by just how useful a well-conceived and well-implemented graphic user interface can be...
Teardown ESC: Open-source cell phone
Design How-To  
2/18/2009   3 comments
See what's inside Openmoko's open-source cell phone at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose.
Exploring Binary
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/18/2009   Post a comment
Here's a website and blog that ponders all things of a binary nature...
Actel rolls out low-cost IGLOO nano starter kit
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
IGLOO nano starter kit from Actel immediately available for low-power, high-volume designs.
Teardown ESC: Beat your child to a real 3D gaming experience
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Check out the teardown of a 3rd SpaceVest from TN Games at ESC in Silicon Valley--your child will envy you.
Nanowires generate energy from muscle movement
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
A hamster on a treadmill has shown that almost any movement can be harnessed to generate electricity to power electronic devices.
Power-aware FPGA design (Part 3)
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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.
The National UFO Reporting Center has moved...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/17/2009   Post a comment
I didn't want anyone to mistakenly decide that these folks had been abducted by aliens, because we certainly don't want to cause a panic.
Some interesting websites to tickle your fancy
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/17/2009   Post a comment
A cunning photographic effect; Skiing off the top of a cliff; Swedish dance bands from the 1970s; more...
Ordering a pizza in 2010
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/17/2009   Post a comment
This would be funny if it wasn't close to becoming reality...
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.
Jobs-on-offer running at 25% of a year ago, says agency
News & Analysis  
2/17/2009   1 comment
Neil Dickins has about a quarter of the jobs on his books that he did one year ago and reckons things are as bad as they have been in more than 20 years.
BOARDS: New communications PCIe boards feature direct FPGA connectivity
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Pentek's 7700 family designed for routing flexibility for communications, software radio, radar, telemetry, and signal intelligence
Selecting the right platform for a media-centric embedded system
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Selecting from the many available platforms for a video-enabled embedded application is a daunting task, but this special feature takes designers through the technical and market-driven decision points.
Xilinx, Wintegra demo LTE design platform at MWC
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx has extended the functionalities of its modular design platform targeted at 3GPP-Long Term Evolution wireless infrastructure gear such as femtocells and macrocell form factors.
This will get your inner geek juices flowing
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/13/2009   Post a comment
Wow! This is pretty amazing -- Using the Internet as a *Sixth Sense* -- Is this a taste of things to come?
New heat sinks claimed to provide unparalleled cooling power
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2/13/2009   Post a comment
Flared-pin-fin heat sinks from Cool Innovations provide an innovative alternative for natural convection.
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 co-founder Ross Freeman honored
News & Analysis  
2/12/2009   Post a comment
Ross Freeman, co-founder of Xilinx, is a 2009 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee for the invention of the FPGA.
Xilinx donates $250K to feed the hungry
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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.
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