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Altera CEO got $4.1 million in 2008
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2009   Post a comment
The Associated Press reported that Altera CEO John Daane pulled down a compensation package worth $4.1 million last year, an increase of 25 percent over 2007.
SiliconBlue rolls evaluation kit, peripheral daughter modules
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Startup SRAM FPGA vendor SiliconBlue Technologies announced the immediate availability of iCEman65, an evaluation and development kit for low-power designs based on the company's iCE65 FPGA, as well as two peripheral daughter modules.
PCI Express on FPGA: A comprehensive guide to available solutions
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Many end-applications today use an FPGA-based design as an inherent component of their solution. They often require PCI Express as an indispensible feature, to provide a standardized interface with other components in the system. This paper presents an evaluation of the most common methods used for implementing PCI Express in FPGAs.
Guest blog: Mike Santarini
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3/30/2009   3 comments
Mike Santarini, a former editor at EE Times and EDN (now publisher of Xilinx user magazine Xcell Journal) makes his first guest blog entry for Programmable Logic DesignLine, warning EDA vendors to get serious about the FPGA business.
Altera, National Semi working on digital video for automotive apps
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Altera will collaborate with National Semiconductor to develop graphics interconnect solutions to address the growing use of digital video in automotive infotainment and driver-assistance applications, the companies said.
QuickLogic platforms to incorporate Qualcomm's MDDI interface
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
QuickLogic said it is developing new platforms tailored for Qualcomm's latest Mobile Station Modem MSM7xxx-series and MSM8xxx-series mobile processors, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon family of mobile computing processors.
QuickLogic platforms to incorporate MDDI interface
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
QuickLogic said it is developing new platforms tailored for Qualcomm's latest Mobile Station Modem MSM7xxx-series and MSM8xxx-series mobile processors, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon family of mobile computing processors.
ASICs decline, FPGAs ready to step in
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
According to market research firm Gartner Inc. FPGAs now have a 30-to-one edge in displacing ASICs in design starts. The firm predicts the trend in 2009 will be exacerbated by the global financial crisis.
Gartner: ASIC design starts to fall by 22% in '09
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
ASIC design starts are expected to drop by 22 percent in 2009 as the economy causes firms to push out and--in some cases--cancel designs, accordng to market research firm Gartner.
Declining ASIC starts seen as gain for FPGAs
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
FPGAs are displacing ASICs--a trend that in 2009 will be exacerbated by the global financial crisis--and now have a 30-to-one edge in design starts, according to market research firm Gartner.
Advanced Motor Control Algorithms for Reducing Power Consumption of Embedded Systems
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3/30/2009   1 comment
To improve the efficiency and lower the operating costs of the electric motors in your enterprise, certain factors need to be considered. Christian Fritz, Product Manager, National Instruments lists these in this technical paper.
Second-gen QuickLogic VEE proven system block
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3/28/2009   Post a comment
QuickLogic has announced the second generation of its VEE proven system block, said to improve consumer viewing experience while also extending the battery life of mobile devices.
Does branding matter in the semi industry?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/25/2009   2 comments
Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov made some comments recently about what he sees as the limited value of branding/marketing in the programmable logic and broader semiconductor space. He is not alone. But there are also many who would disagree with him.
High-definition surveillance systems using low-cost FPGAs
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
This article describes the architecture of a HD surveillance camera and shows how the entire system is built using a low-cost FPGA.
FPGA firms gear up for ESC Silicon Valley
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx and Altera each issued statements highlighting their plans for the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley to be held next week at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.
QuickLogic to roll new CSSPs
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
QuickLogic plans to introduce new members of the company's customer specific standard products and new proven system blocks next week at the Globalpress Electronics Summit 2009 in San Francisco, the company said.
VPX3-1100 SBC adds advanced embedded features, high security to rugged small form factor
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls offers new SBC designed for aerospace and defense
SOFTWARE TOOLS: Linux support available for Altera's Nios II embedded processor
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Wind River's Embedded Linux solution is designed for FPGA-based soft CPU
Virtualization makes better use of open-source OSes and apps
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
The increased use of software virtualization in embedded systems is allowing additional use of open-source operating systems and applications.
Mobile devices targeted by Atmel's touch sense technology
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
A touch sensor IC has been introduced by Atmel to cater to price-sensitive consumer and mobile devices.
Vote on top ten sites with engineering appeal
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
The Internet's strength--limitless content--can also be its most maddening quality for a user trying to pinpoint information.
Computer Interface Makes 19th-Century Pipe Organ Rock
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
A design manager at Xilinx describes building a robotic organist to play a a 16-foot pipe organ originally built in the late 19th century.
Notes on third-party FPGA design tools
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
A few notes on some interesting discussions about third-party FPGA design tools that have come up over the past couple of weeks.
Quad Virtex-5 computing platform launched
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Tokyo Electron Device announced the release of inrevium TB-5V-SX95T4-HSC, a Quad Virtex-5 FPGA high-speed computing platform.
Dafca rolls FPGA tool, names new CEO
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Validation technology provider Dafca this week appointed 30-year industry veteran Dennis Shepard as its new CEO and introduced two products, ClearBlueXpress and ClearBlueFPGA, to address the SoC and FPGA markets.
Altera claims highest density transceiver FPGA
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Altera announced the availability of what it describes as the industry's highest density transceiver FPGA, the EP4SGX530.
Actel offers SoftConsole Version 2.2 for free
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Next-generation software supports programming/debug of Actel IP processors
Altera rolls embedded systems dev kit for Cylone III
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Altera announced the availability an embedded systems development kit for its Cyclone III FPGAs.
Comment: This too shall pass?
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3/14/2009   1 comment
Though their speaking topics and presentation slides differed, executive after executive who took the podium at the Semico Summit 2009 said, essentially, two basic things: "This is the worst we've seen" and "Semiconductors remain critical to solving the world's problems and will grow again."
Impulse C image processing library speeds FPGA development
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
New library of FPGA image processing elements for developing custom advanced video and imaging systems from Impulse Accelerated Technologies.
Arrggghh -- it's Friday the 13th!
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
It's my last day with Programmable Logic DesignLine, and I just realized that it's Friday 13th ... should I be filled with grim forebodings?
Logic series designed to resist high temperatures
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
Despite using a plastic package, a family of standard logic devices can work in environments with temperatures of up to 175 degrees Celsius. With the products, Belgian manufacturer CISSOID aims at automotive and industrial applications.
What music should be playing as ...?
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
Following the musical mentions in my newsletter, readers are offering suggestions as to the tune that should be playing as I leave Programmable Logic Design...
Incredibly useful (and FREE) WiFi Scanner
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
Improve your wireless connection: inSSIDer is a free Wi-Fi network scanner for use with Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Lattice Semi narrows guidance
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor now expects first quarter revenue to be down 10 to 15 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008, when it reported sales of $50 million. The company had previously said it expected revenue to be down 10 to 20 percent.
How to reduce power consumption in CPLD designs with power supply cycling
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
Power supply cycling offers designers a viable means to achieve the desired features as well as low power consumption in their CPLD designs.
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC: Mocha via-configurable arrays extended to mixed-signal ASICS
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
Triad Semiconductor's new family combines ARM Cortex-M0 processor core with VCA technology for analog, digital and mixed-signal design
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be
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3/11/2009   2 comments
I'm very excited, because my friend and I have just launched a new website called *The Way Things Were* that allows folks to share their memories of yesteryear...
Firms gauge 'survivability' of suppliers, execs say
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
With many companies struggling through the economic downturn and unable to secure capital for R&D and other investments, chip vendors and OEMs are evaluating suppliers to try to determine which may be in trouble of failing, according to executives at the Semio Summit 2009 here this week.
Xilinx CEO: Venture capital won't return to semis
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3/11/2009   3 comments
Venture capital funding is in short supply and won't return to the semiconductor industry even after the current recession, according to Moshe Gavrielov, president and CEO of programmable logic supplier Xilinx.
Tire pressure monitors to reduce CO2 emissons
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3/10/2009   2 comments
The European Parliament Tuesday (March 10) passed a proposal that will make tire pressure sensors for new cars mandatory. The industry is prepared to offer the technology required — but new developments enhance the scope of options.
Stonehenge or bust
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3/10/2009   Post a comment
When I was about 20 years old, I was fortunate enough to visit Stonehenge; once you've been there it stays with you...
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC: Actel rolls out low-cost IGLOO nano starter kit
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3/10/2009   Post a comment
Kit enables development of low-power, high-volume designs at minimal cost
Analyst: Lean inventories could speed recovery
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3/10/2009   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry will suffer double-digit contraction in 2009, but lean inventories across the supply chain could jump-start a rapid recovery for the industry once the economy starts to improve, an analyst said.
Precision Synthesis support Stratix IV GT and Arria II GX FPGAs
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics' Precision Synthesis tool family Supports Altera's 40 nm Stratix IV GT FPGAs and Arria II GX FPGAs.
New Embedded Development Kit showcases unique mixed-signal FPGA capabilities
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
Low-cost Embedded Development Kit from Actel features ARM Cortex-M1-enabled Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs.
Xilinx named one of *Top 100 Best Corporate Citizens*
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
CRO Magazine names Xilinx to *Top 100 Best Corporate Citizens* list for 2009
Videos about video technology
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
How well are companies who make video chips, IP, and other related technology utilizing video themselves?
Mathematicians in uproar (and lots of other *stuff*)
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
Equations; Mathematicians, Pancakes; The French; George W. Bush; Web Browser Photo Editors; Dementia; more...
Altium introduces TASKING Tricore VX-Toolset V3.2
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
Altium has announced a new release of its TASKING TriCore VX-toolset for embedded software development.
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