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!)
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.