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The “Ins and Outs” of digital filter design and implementation
Design How-To  
2/29/2012   2 comments
FPGAs make it easy to implement many types of digital signal-processing filters effectively.
Serial interfaces for high-speed A/D converters
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
There are tradeoffs between the serial interfaces which reduce the number of pins on the ADC and FPGA
Xilinx 2.5-D Virtex-7 2000T named China ACE Awards 2012 FPGA of the Year
News & Analysis  
2/28/2012   1 comment
The Virtex-7 2000T is the world's highest density FPGA, delivering greater than 2X the capacity and bandwidth offered by the largest monolithic devices...
Lattice announces support for latest MIPI BIF Standard
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
Programmable devices allow rapid adoption of the MIPI BIF standard using existing application processors and chipsets…
Cadence announces new virtual platform for Xilinx Zynq-7000 EPP
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
Virtual system platform used by Missing Link Electronics to dramatically reduce time-to-market for automotive infotainment and medical systems
Xilinx to highlight 7 Series FPGAs and 100G technology at OFC 2012
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
Best-in-class transceivers and market-leading IP cores provide optical system vendors and next-generation 100G optical module suppliers with high bandwidth comms platforms
Blue Pearl is offering free hands-on workshops…
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
The folks from Blue Pearl recently announced that the latest generation of their EDA tools boast a plethora of SystemVerilog and FPGA enhancements...
What engineers really do…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/25/2012   36 comments
Is there a difference in perception between what your friends, parents, kids, and your boss thinks you do… and what you actually do?
Leverage commercial off-the-shelf tools to create verifiable hardware and software solutions
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2/24/2012   Post a comment
FPGAs can help designers reduce their time to market while providing flexibility and verifiable designs.
That Was Tricky: How much decoupling should we use?
Design How-To  
2/23/2012   4 comments
A decoupling problem in our FPGA-based prototypes induced timing issues to our 2M gate design…
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19987+6)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/22/2012   12 comments
Following my talk I received an email saying "Dear Max. I found your talk today both exciting, inspiring, and entertaining. Three of my favorites. ;-)"
The best FPGA papers of all time!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/22/2012   5 comments
The ACM/SIGDA Technical Committee has released a list of the best papers of the FPGA Symposium
Free Live Webinar: Achieving max efficiency / Precision motor control with Xilinx FPGAs
Social Mania  
2/22/2012   1 comment
I just heard from the folks at Xilinx about a rather interesting free live webinar on a subject that is dear to my heart – motor control using FPGAs…
Free panel: Hardware/software co-design from a software perspective
Social Mania  
2/21/2012   Post a comment
Co-located with DVCon and hosted by the EDA Consortium Emerging Companies Committee, this free panel looks like a “must see” for anyone who is at DVCon.
Altera demos first FPGAs to interoperate with 100-Gbps optical module
News & Analysis  
2/21/2012   6 comments
Altera’s Stratix V GT FPGAs with 28-Gbps transceiver technology enable next-generation 100-Gbps networks
Tabula’s next-gen FPGAs to use Intel’s 22nm process featuring 3-D tri-gate transistors
News & Analysis  
2/21/2012   1 comment
At the Ethernet Technology Summit, Tabula’s VP of Manufacturing Technology will discuss the boundaries that traditional FPGA fabrics face as they try to keep pace with exploding bandwidth demands.
Xilinx plan to strut their stuff at Embedded World 2012
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2/21/2012   Post a comment
The latest technologies and expanding ecosystem will help developers create sharper new products in shorter timeframes, leveraging programmable systems integration
Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
News & Analysis  
2/21/2012   28 comments
Programmable logic startup Tabula confirmed that Intel will manufacture the firm's 22-nm products using Intel's 3-D tri-gate technology.
[Worst] Building contractor of the year awards
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/17/2012   14 comments
I can only imagine what Canadian building contractor Mike Homes would have to say about these “things” (I don’t even have the words to describe them)…
How to build a self-checking testbench
Design How-To  
2/17/2012   1 comment
Testbenches, especially those you will use often or for a number of similar projects, should be self-checking and time-agnostic…
Lattice exhibiting at Mobile World Congress (Spain) and Embedded World (Germany)
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2/16/2012   Post a comment
Exhibits, displays and demonstrations of programmable devices and design solutions that reduce costs, power, and design time
Blue Pearl’s EDA tools boast SystemVerilog and FPGA enhancements
Product News  
2/16/2012   1 comment
Demos at DVCon 28-29 February 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, California
Analyze FIR filters using high-school algebra
Design How-To  
2/15/2012   6 comments
In this first part of a two-parter, the Filter Wizard - aka Kendall Castor-Perry - looks at some fundamental facts about FIR filter responses, using some basic math you might even remember from school.
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19986)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/15/2012   7 comments
Far out, – What a day, a year, a laugh it is!
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19985)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/14/2012   7 comments
It’s a bit of a blustery day in Trondheim, Norway, let me tell you…
Terasic introduces stackable Stratix IV FPGA platform
Product News  
2/14/2012   1 comment
The new TR4 platform is tailored for flexibility with its high number of available I/O pins, high speed, and low-power.
Lattice has shipped more than 20 million programmable mixed-signal devices
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2/14/2012   Post a comment
Programmable mixed-signal devices lower cost and improve time-to-market
Free webinar: Implementing on-chip digital ADCs and DACs in FPGAs
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2/14/2012   Post a comment
Microsemi and Stellamar are hosting a webinar to discuss the challenges of effectively integrating analog functions into digital FPGAs.
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19984)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/13/2012   3 comments
As I pen these words, I’m in a small cottage high in the Norwegian mountains and deep in the Norwegian woods…
Don’t bandy paraprosdokians with me!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/11/2012   15 comments
I’m on Gary Smith’s “jokes list”, which means I never know what’s going to appear in my “Inbox”…
Things that go “meep” in the night
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/9/2012   36 comments
I just had a very unsatisfactory night’s sleep, because something kept on going “meep” and I couldn’t track it down…
Xilinx is omnipresent in the 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards
News & Analysis  
2/9/2012   1 comment
Good grief – I’ve just been battered by a bombardment of announcements from the folks at Xilinx with regard to their presence in the 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards.
Microsemi boasts new package for radiation-tolerant "Space Flight" FPGAs
Product News  
2/9/2012   1 comment
The RT ProASIC3 FPGA family is now offered in a robust ceramic quad flat pack (CQFP) package.
Ten things I want to do before I die…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/8/2012   57 comments
I don’t want to sound maudlin, but every now and then as one gets older, thoughts of mortality do tend to cross one’s mind…
Quick – Vote now!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/7/2012   4 comments
It’s time to stand up and be counted – are we going to let some yahoo from “e-Book Reader” or “Netbook News” beat one of our very own at EE Times? No we are not!
Free 2-day course: Designing with SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs
Social Mania  
2/7/2012   Post a comment
SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs include a hard ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core, so this course will be of interest to a wide audience…
Mindspeed completes acquisition of Picochip
News & Analysis  
2/7/2012   Post a comment
Combined company to showcase expanded product line of small cell wireless technology for next-gen mobile broadband communications at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
How It Was: Magnetic wire recorders
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/7/2012   7 comments
If asked about the history of sound recording, you might think of the phonograph, the gramophone, and the magnetic tape recorder, but what about the wire recorder?
OMG! My heart is pounding after watching these videos
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/6/2012   Post a comment
I can’t believe my heart is pounding so much when all I did was sit here and watch a video, goodness only knows what I’d be like if…
Neon lamps and photoconductors illuminate logic
Design How-To  
2/6/2012   38 comments
Imagine a computer formed from logic gates and memory elements that are themselves formed from neon lamps and photoconductors...
PowerSoC solves switch-mode DCDC noise and space issues
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2/5/2012   Post a comment
A new class of DCDC converter, the PowerSoC, provides the efficiency of a switch-mode DCDC converter, but has the solution footprint and noise characteristics of a linear regulator.
That Was Tricky: The logic analyzer versus a DVM
Design How-To  
2/2/2012   12 comments
This is a story about a race between two instruments; which one do you think will win?
FPGA-based dual motor control kit from Microsemi and TRINAMIC
Product News  
2/2/2012   1 comment
Solution includes SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGA (with embedded microcontroller) evaluation kit and motor control daughter board kit...
The Winter 2012 issue of Xcell Journal magazine is available now
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/2/2012   Post a comment
The folks from Xilinx have just announced the immediate availability of the Winter 2012 edition of their quarterly Xcell Journal magazine
Good Grief… Not again!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/1/2012   7 comments
I’m starting to feel distinctly silly, because yet another electronics hobby project has failed to perform as expected…


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