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C-Language techniques for FPGA acceleration of embedded software
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
This paper presents a set of examples showing how computationally-intensive algorithms can be written, analyzed, and optimized for increased performance in FPGAs.
Has anyone heard about Magnetic Logic from the days of yore?
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Emails are flooding in with all sorts of suggestions for my "Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer" project, including using Magnetic Logic.
Bluespec switches to assembly language development environment!
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Bluespec has made a bold move by abandoning high-level software languages for its internal development of tools and has switched, instead, to assembly language.
Stratix II GX FPGAs shipping in volume
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Altera Corp. is shipping the Stratix II GX EP2SGX90E device and accompanying development kit. Featuring 12 transceivers and 90,960 equivalent logic elements (LEs), the EP2SGX90E device is the first member of the Stratix II GX FPGA family to ship to customers.
Touch the truck: DARPA robot rolls at ESC
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2006   Post a comment
Get "hands on" with one of the robots (and its developers) that completed last fall's DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle desert race.
Synplicity cuts structured ASIC tools, 8% of workforce
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Synplicity said it would phase out its cell-based and structured ASIC design tools and reduce its global workforce by roughly 8 percent, or about 24 positions.
Mixed-signal ICs take the home audio experience on the road
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Automotive audio quality has to be very high to compensate for a less-than-ideal listening environment, which means excellent performance is demanded under variable noise, vibration, and temperature conditions. Here's why mixed signal processors, separate from DSPs, are so effective.
FPGAs for critical data traffic management
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/29/2006   Post a comment
This scalable tripl-play data traffic management solution can provide high-performance throughput support from 50 Mbps to 10+ Gbps!
Virtex-4 FPGAs turn into traffic managers for triple-play apps
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx has partnered with Modelware Inc. to provide designers of networking infrastructure equipment with a product that will enable them to integrate advanced traffic management features into their systems. With the ability to support throughput from 50-Mbits/s to more than 10-Gbits/s, the hardware-based product can manage traffic in all types of triple-play applications from access equipment to metro core routers.
User-configurable Lattice IP cores accelerate time-to-market
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Lattice IPexpress functions, including DDR, Ethernet MAC, FFT Compiler, and PCI, can be parameterized, instantiated, and evaluated on the desktop.
Mercury Computer Systems Joins the Xilinx Alliance Program
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Mercury serial RapidIO IP core for Xilinx Virtex and Spartan families provides full-featured interoperability, expanding the ecosystem for this industry-standard interconnect.
Seagate and QuickLogic to deliver high-performance, energy-efficient storage solutions
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Companies team to deliver improved mass storage solution for portable systems incorporating CompactFlash hard drives and low power embedded processors.
"Win Big!" with Actel's 2006 Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) workshops
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Attendees to Actel's workshops and demos at the 2006 ESC may win match-quality soccer balls, Sony PSP prize packs, or a 37-inch flat panel HDTV.
Webinar: Using FPGAs to build gigabit packet processing applications
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Upcoming TechOnLine Webinar on using Xilinx Virtex FPGAs with MicroBlaze soft processor cores to build gigabit packet processing data plane applications.
FPGAs for prototyping - ASICs for production
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
This "How To" describes the items that must be considered during the initial FPGA design flow in order to ease a subsequent FPGA-to-ASIC migration.
Lattice adds new distributor
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Where does one go to obtain discontinued FPGAs? If you're a customer of Lattice, the answer is Rochester Electronics.
Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Do you recall the American cartoonist and illustrator Rube Goldberg and his English counterpart Heath Robinson?
Automotive network security without compromise
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
Hardware/software integration, and isolation, spur automotive telematics privacy, reliability, and integrity. To address network connectivity risks, next-generation vehicles demand underlying hardware and software that can provide rigorous security, operational reliability, and real-time performance.
The thin man is squeaking!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/24/2006   Post a comment
The Multicore Expo is over, and - if nothing else - I now know that there's a lot more things I don’t know anything about!
Which way to turn?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/23/2006   Post a comment
It's day 3 of the Multicore Expo, and there are so many papers and tracks that it's difficult to know where to go and what to see!
Stratix FPGAs qualified for military sector
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Altera has qualified its Stratix FPGA family for military temperature operations as part of its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) strategy.
3000-plus FPGA-to-ASIC Conversions
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor (AMIS) have more than 3000 FPGA-to-ASIC conversions to their credit. Wow!
AMIS have 3000+ FPGA-to-ASIC conversions (and counting)
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Anchor Bay Technologies enjoys HD video processing success with AMI Semiconductor's FPGA-to-ASIC conversion technology.
Fast FPGA-based modules prototype logic on your PC
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a fast Xilinx FPGA-equipped tool to help get a logic circuit up-and-running, with a bonus of controlling and interactively monitoring your circuit while it runs. Software permits you to program your design---using a PC graphical interface---into the FPGA, then run, control, and observe it. You can even save your design for automatic FPGA configuration at power-up.
Real men multi-task
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Part 4 of Max's epic trek through the wonders and delights of the Multicore Expo 2006 (in which we're poised to start day 2).
All about FPGAs
Design How-To  
3/22/2006   2 comments
An industry expert examines field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), including current and forthcoming architectures, technologies, and software tools.
IMEC are involved in some mega-cool stuff
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Part 3 of Max's epic voyage of discovery at Multicore Expo 2006 (in which we go to lunch).
Things are rolling at the Multicore Expo!
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Part 2 of an ongoing account of Max's epic voyage of discovery at Multicore Expo 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Time flies when you're having fun...
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Stardate = 6:00 am PST, Location = Hotel in StanaClara, Mission = Finish working, eat breakfast, and race over to the Multicore Expo.
Programmable bridge controller fuels Intel's push into embedded applications
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
QuickLogic has expanded its relationship with Intel by providing a companion device based on its QuickPCI family of programmable bridge controllers that are used to connect Intel's PXA processor and wired Ethernet controllers.
Actel offers flexible pulse-width modulation IP block
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Actel unveiled CorePWM, described by the company as a flexible pulse width modulation intellectual property building block for digital-to-analog conversion, optimized for Actel's nonvolatile FPGAs.
I'm off to see the wizard...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/20/2006   Post a comment
As I pen these words, I'm poised to close down my computer and board a plane to fly out to the Multicore Expo in Santa Clara.
DSCs boost automotive electric motor control
Design How-To  
3/17/2006   1 comment
Digital signal controllers combine microcontroller and DSP functionality on-chip for automotive brushless DC (BLDC) motor applications, such as power steering, fuel and water pumps, and cooling fans.
The Multicore Expo Draws Nigh!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/16/2006   Post a comment
My excitement is mounting, because the Multicore Expo 2006 (where I'm going to be hosting a "Birds of a Feather Get Together" meeting) is just next week!
Reality TV for FPGA design engineers!
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
This "How To" provides a lively discussion as to whether ASIC to low-cost FPGA migration is a myth or a reality!
Know any good books?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/14/2006   Post a comment
I'm looking for suggestions for books on design, programming, languages ... anything suitable for beginners. Do you have any recommendations?
Mixed-signal FPGA integrates soft ARM7 IP core
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
Actel plans to sample next month mixed-signal Fusion products that integrate analog, embedded flash, SRAM and FPGA with the soft ARM7 IP core in a single chip. The devices will be supported by an easy-to-use development tool environment that is intended to accelerate embedded system design.
Throwing someone off a tower for science!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/13/2006   Post a comment
Have you ever had a stressful experience when everything seemed to go into slow motion? Was this the brain in overdrive or a fake recollection?
Court orders stay in Microchip lawsuit
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3/13/2006   Post a comment
Zilog Inc. has reported that the U.S. District Court has ordered a suspension of proceedings in the company’s ongoing lawsuit with Microchip Technology while the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office) re-examines the patents.
Siloti from Novas: what a great idea!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/10/2006   Post a comment
On the off-chance you aren't up to date; let me briefly summarize the key concepts behind this cunning little rapscallion.
Using dense multi-layer packages in high-performance systems
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3/9/2006   Post a comment
Joel Tan from Xilinx describes some of the considerations with regard to designing and deploying high-performance FPGA packing technologies.
Lattice narrows 1Q revenue forecast
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor narrowed its first quarter guidance at the high end of its previously guided range.
Will I see you at the Multicore Expo?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/7/2006   Post a comment
I'm all aquiver with excitement, because I'm going to be hosting a "Birds of a Feather Get Together" at the Multicore Expo 2006.
Xilinx, Altera reaffirm guidance; Altera CFO to retire
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
Rival programmable logic vendors Xilinx and Altera each reaffirmed previous financial guidance for the current quarter. Altera's CFO plans to retire at the end of the year.
Why is grass green and tomatoes red?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/6/2006   Post a comment
It turns out that much if what we learned at school with regard to color vision was wrong. For example, we do NOT have red, green, and blue color receptors in our eyes!
Actel expands PSC design infrastructure
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3/6/2006   Post a comment
Actel unveiled an expanded design infrastructure in support of its single-chip M7AFS device, the ARM7-enabled version of the company’s mixed-signal Actel Fusion programmable system chip.
FPGA-based platform speeds in-vehicle testing
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Automotive tests often require unique equipment, resulting in large amounts of money spent on gear for only a few specific tests. Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) permit engineers to create a single platform to solve a variety of in-vehicle test applications.
Spiral FPGA architectures?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/1/2006   Post a comment
Could the structures of a volcanic dome and a revolutionary new cooling fan be harbingers of future FPGA architectures?


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