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posted in March 2011
New 3PLD company Tabula secures $108 million in funding
3/30/2011   1 comment
This funding – the largest awarded to a private semiconductor company over the last decade – to support rapid customer adoption of the industry’s first 3D programmable logic devices.
New compression and encryption IP cores for Lattice FPGAs
Product News  
3/30/2011   1 comment
Lattice and Helion Technology have created scalable, resource-efficient compression system IP cores that are particularly well-suited for the wireless microwave backhaul market.
$29.99 breakout boards from Lattice accelerate PLD design and hardware evaluation
Product News  
3/30/2011   1 comment
Three new low-cost I/O breakout boards for the MachXO, ispMACH 4000ZE, and Power Manager II devices provide easy access to I/O pins.
Stratix V User Guide Lite
Design How-To  
3/29/2011   2 comments
Where do you learn the essentials of an FPGA family? Data sheets make your eyes water; User Guides are too large and time-consuming; what’s required is a User Guide Lite…
Yes! FPGAs with optical interfaces are on the way...
3/29/2011   1 comment
Copper PCB interconnect is becoming problematical at higher data rates – the solution FPGA packages with GPIO on the bottom and optical I/O ports in the side…
Altera charts new course for FPGA industry with optical innovation
News & Analysis  
3/29/2011   6 comments
Altera shares its vision of the future with optics subsystem embedded in FPGA package thereby eliminating chip-to-chip and chip-to-backplane bandwidth bottlenecks.
MicroBlaze hosts mobile multisensor navigation system
Design How-To  
3/29/2011   3 comments
Researchers used Xilinx’s soft-core processor to develop an integrated navigation solution that works in places where GPS doesn’t.
PLD startup Tabula snags $108M in funding
News & Analysis  
3/28/2011   5 comments
Programmable logic startup Tabula secured $108 million in funding from seven venture capital firms, one of the largest rounds of funding ever announced by a private semiconductor company.
‘Dear God…’ (From the Dog)
3/26/2011   9 comments
Over the years I’ve seen a lot of ‘Diaries belonging to the Cat’ and ‘To-do lists for the Dog’ type messages going around the Internet, but this was a new one for me and it made me smile so I thought I’d share it…
Book Review: Bill and Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company by Michael S. Malone
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/26/2011   17 comments
Acclaimed journalist Michael S. Malone relates an in-depth story of Bill and Dave and HP based on exclusive access to corporate and private archives, along with hundreds of interviews.
New digital camera whitens teeth, erases wrinkles, and applies makeup
3/25/2011   1 comment
This really is rather amazing. I just saw an article on the website about a digital camera that essentially “Photoshop’s” images on-the-fly…
Stacked and Loaded: Xilinx SSI, 28-Gbps I/O yield amazing FPGAs
Design How-To  
3/25/2011   3 comments
‘More than Moore’ stacked silicon interconnect (SSI) technology and 28-Gbps transceivers lead a new era of FPGA-driven innovations.
Is that a Geiger counter in your pocket (or are you just happy to see me)?
3/24/2011   9 comments
I was just looking at a really interesting Radiation Dose Chart on the website, which bills itself as “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”
EE Times Special Edition – Engineers' Career Guide and Salary Survey
3/24/2011   1 comment
OK, who’s not interested in comparative salary studies? For myself, I’m always keen to see how well I’m doing compared to everyone else (so long as I’m not at the bottom of the pile [grin])
Building an HRRG Steampunk Computer – Part 2 – The System Clock
Design How-To  
3/23/2011   21 comments
In Part 1 of this mini- series we introduced the concept of a Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) Steampunk computer. Let’s start by considering the system clock...
Error messages we can all understand
3/23/2011   14 comments
Have you ever been working with a computer when something goes ‘pear-shaped’ and you receive an error message that might be written in Martian for all the good it does you?
The real role of EDA in the Cloud
Design How-To  
3/23/2011   7 comments
That great big storage bucket in the sky – the vast array of networked devices we call ‘The Cloud’ is a growing presence in our lives. Now EDA had to find its place in the Cloud.
KaiSemi to showcase automated FPGA-to-ASIC flow at ESC Silicon Valley
News & Analysis  
3/22/2011   1 comment
At the forthcoming ESC Silicon Valley, KaiSemi is set to showcase its innovative IP synthesis tool that automatically converts any FPGA netlist directly to ASIC netlist with the push of a button.
DDR2/DDR3 memory controller calibration IP for ASICs and FPGAs
News & Analysis  
3/22/2011   6 comments
Semi IP innovator Uniquify has invented ‘self-calibrating logic,’ whereby the memory controller does a self-test on EVERY power up to select the optimal delay.
What’s the best time-travel book/film ever?
3/21/2011   42 comments
I guess I should really start off by being honest and letting you know up front that there’s an underlying motive for this blog, which is…
May you live in interesting times…
3/21/2011   1 comment
When change happens, it usually hurts somebody, and that is why the expression ‘May you live in interesting times’ is usually seen as a curse, but I see this as an opportunity for EDA…
Xilinx ships first 28nm Kintex-7 FPGAs
Product News  
3/21/2011   2 comments
A friend at Xilinx just emailed me to say: ‘We shipped parts to two customers on Friday and we’ve posted a video to YouTube – everyone here is ecstatic about how quickly these came in and how well they’re testing.’
Xilinx announces it is shipping 28-nm FPGAs
Product News  
3/21/2011   2 comments
Xilinx Inc. has announced it has started to supply 7 Series FPGAs made using 28-nm manufacturing process technology. The first device is the Kintex-7 K325T.
What’s the number of ASIC versus FPGA design starts?
Design How-To  
3/20/2011   21 comments
One often sees articles that say things like ‘In 2010 there were 2,500 ASIC design starts versus 90,000 FPGA design starts.’ But where do these numbers actually come from and how accurate are they?
Building a Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) Steampunk Computer – Part 1 – Introduction
Design How-To  
3/16/2011   5 comments
I’m not sure if you recall (or were even aware) that one of my on-going hobby projects is to construct what I think of as a Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) Steampunk Computer.
Nallatech offers FPGA miniaturization services for commercial and military applications
Product News  
3/15/2011   5 comments
Customers can engage on a turnkey concept-through-production basis, or they can contract Nallatech to migrate their FPGA development boards/prototypes into fully-deployable miniaturized solutions.
Hardware/Software integration: Closing the gap
Design How-To  
3/13/2011   2 comments
As a verification methodology, FPGA-based ASIC prototyping has brought the hardware and software debug environments onto a single platform. However, methodologies must evolve to reduce bring-up, system debugging, and RTL debugging time as primary goals.
Amazing! The Curta Mechanical Calculator
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/10/2011   16 comments
I was just in an email ‘conversation’ with someone when I mentioned my Curta mechanical calculator, and he responded ‘Pictures Please!’ so here we are...
Book Review: FPGA-Based Prototyping Methodology Manual
3/9/2011   7 comments
Synopsys, in cooperation with Xilinx, ARM, LSI and nVidia, has just released a new book on the subject of FPGA-Based prototyping – one of my favorite subjects.
Mentor offers physical synthesis support for Xilinx 7 series FPGAs
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3/9/2011   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. said its advanced synthesis products now support Xilinx 28nm Virtex-7 and Kintex-7 FPGA families. Support for Artix-7 will follow.
Xilinx launches next-gen ISE design suite
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3/8/2011   Post a comment
Xilinx announced the immediate availability of the latest version of its ISE Design Suite, ISE 13, featuring enhancements to improve productivity and progression towards true plug-and-play IP that targets the company's Spartan-6, Virtex-6 and 7 series FPGAs.
Xilinx announces 100G OTN development platform
Product News  
3/7/2011   1 comment
Virtex-6 HXT FPGA OTN targeted design platform eases 100G development and beyond to meet network needs driven by rapid increase of video sharing and streaming.
Book Review: EDA Graffiti by Paul McLellan
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/6/2011   2 comments
I don’t know where to start. This is unlike any other book on EDA that I’ve ever seen. One thing I will say is that I learned a whole lot of stuff about things I didn’t even know I didn’t know...
Microsemi launches cryptographic FPGA cores
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3/3/2011   Post a comment
Microsemi and embedded security provider Escrypt announced the immediate availability of several new cryptographic cores with enhanced resistance to differential power analysis.
Synopsys rolls HAPS-600 high capacity FPGA-based prototyping solution
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3/3/2011   Post a comment
Synopsys Inc. said the HAPS-600 series extends the company's HAPS FPGA-based prototyping family by providing a solution that supports greater capacity designs up to 81 million ASIC gates.
Backups – don’t forget your email!
3/3/2011   3 comments
With regard to my previous blog about backing up my data and synchronizing it across multiple machines, one thing I forgot to mention was my emails.
Dropbox – the best way to backup and synchronize your data
3/2/2011   22 comments
For me, Dropbox has proved to be a perfect solution - the fact that my data files are automatically backed up and synchronized across all of my machines is worth its weight in gold!
Adding encryption to disk drives is made easy using an IP core
Design How-To  
3/2/2011   6 comments
The availability of low-cost IP cores that implement AES-128 or AES-256 opens up the possibility that all drives can have high-grade encryption as standard.
SmartDraw – The Visio Killer?
3/2/2011   40 comments
If you need to create professional-looking drawings and flowcharts and other diagrams for use in articles and presentations and suchlike, then maybe SmartDraw is the program for you.

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