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DARPA seeks breakthroughs in computer vision
News & Analysis  
3/29/2012   9 comments
Computer vision still has a lot to learn, but if researchers embrace real-world challenges they could make important breakthroughs, said a DARPA program manager.
Book Review: The Software IP Detective’s Handbook by Bob Zeidman
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/28/2012   Post a comment
This book is of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the creation, use, and misuse of software intellectual property, including...
First shipments of transceiver-packed Virtex-7 X690T FPGAs from Xilinx
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
First FPGA device, using 80 GTH serial transceivers, breaks the 2 Tbps bandwidth barrier and makes ground-breaking network communication systems possible
An FPGA-based dual-image sensor design solution
Design How-To  
3/27/2012   2 comments
There are numerous designs that can be improved by using the data from two image sensors
2.5D ICs are more than a stepping stone to 3D ICs
Design How-To  
3/27/2012   2 comments
2.5D has marked advantages of capacity, performance, system space and overall system power consumption over traditional single die implementations
Altera’s shipping low-cost 28nm Cyclone V FPGAs
Product News  
3/27/2012   1 comment
Latest shipment of what Altera describes as “the lowest power, lowest cost 28nm FPGAs available on the market” completes rollout of tailored 28-nm product portfolio
Microsemi’s SmartFusion ref design for industrial and medical LCD displays
Product News  
3/27/2012   1 comment
SmartFusion (FPGA with hard ARM Cortex-M3 MCU) reference design features include OpenGL SC graphics library and customizable display controller
Xilinx defense-grade Virtex-6Q FPGAs with anti-tamper / anti-counterfeit features
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Third-generation, high-performance, secure IP core architecture reviewed by the NSA furthers Xilinx's secure leadership position in state-of-the-art A&D apps
Altera launches Design Services Network Program
News & Analysis  
3/27/2012   1 comment
Launch of Design Services Network Program will accelerate customer design productivity and innovation
Lattice, Intellivision announce intelligent HD video analytics for HDR-60 camera dev kit
Product News  
3/27/2012   1 comment
Video Analytics with the Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit improve time to market for 1080p camera applications
That was tricky: Hand-made PCB manufacturing
Design How-To  
3/26/2012   6 comments
We had to drive four RF boards from our FPGA design with the exact same clock…
Lattice announces MachXO2-based bridge design for Sony IMX136 image sensor
Product News  
3/26/2012   1 comment
The folks from Lattice will be demonstrating camera design solutions at the ISC West Conference
Altera to showcase SoC FPGAs and advanced embedded technologies at ESC DESIGN West 2012
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
SoC FPGA virtual target with FPGA-in-the-Loop extension enables device-specific embedded software development targeting SoC FPGAs
Lime Microsystems, Altera team for Universal Wireless Communications Toolkit
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3/24/2012   Post a comment
UK transceiver designer Lime Microsystems and Altera have teamed up to develop a Universal Wireless Communications Toolkit that allows developers to create wireless protocols of almost any complexity, including flexible M2M and white space systems.
Microsemi to share expertise and demo solutions at DESIGN West
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3/23/2012   Post a comment
The March 27-29 event in San Jose, California, will highlight the latest developments in electronic design
Is 'vision' the next-gen must-have user interface?
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3/23/2012   21 comments
Earlier this month, IMS Research issued a press release questioning if Apple and the iPad are falling behind competitors in user interface technologies.
Now I’m “Truck-less Tracker Trucker Max”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/23/2012   23 comments
I dropped my truck off at the shop to be augmented with accoutrements, but this left me on foot…
Embarrassing medical moments
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/22/2012   11 comments
I just received what purports to be descriptions of embarrassing incidents that really happened.
Surprise! Altera and TSMC develop heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle
3/22/2012   1 comment
The folks from Altera and TSMC have just announced their joint development of what they describe as a heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle
TSMC, Altera team on 3-D IC test vehicle
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3/22/2012   1 comment
Claiming an industry first, TSMC and Altera announced the joint development of a heterogeneous 3-D IC test vehicle using TSMC's chip-on-wafer-on-substrate integration process.
What should you do if attacked by a group of clowns?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/22/2012   14 comments
Here’s some helpful advice from EDA Analyst Gary Smith…
Get hands-on and see the Xilinx Zynq-7000 EPP in action at DESIGN West
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3/22/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx offers something for every developer at ESC 2012, including software and hardware design workshops
Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful “Stuff” (Part 2)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/21/2012   3 comments
When do you think the bikini was invented? If you say the 1960s or 1970s, then have I got news for you…
Just call me “Tracker Trucker Max”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/20/2012   7 comments
I can't tell you exactly which flavor my new truck is, but it's a honking great big one with a large extended cab and four doors…
Xilinx inaugurates expanded R&D and Technical Support site in Hyderabad, India
News & Analysis  
3/20/2012   2 comments
The Xilinx India team is pivotal to the development, delivery, and support of the company’s flagship programmable platforms
MathWorks can help with your ISO 26262 projects
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
MathWorks launches ISO 26262 process deployment advisory service for the development of high integrity systems
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/19/2012   33 comments
It’s strangely entertaining watching the republican candidates popping up and down like some bizarre reincarnation of Whac-A-Mole…
Synthesize FIR filters using high-school algebra (Part 2)
Design How-To  
3/19/2012   1 comment
In this second part of a two-parter, the Filter Wizard - aka Kendall Castor-Perry - builds up complete FIR filters from small, easy-to-understand pieces.
Lime Microsystems enables a Universal Wireless FPGA-based Communications Toolkit
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3/16/2012   Post a comment
Lime has developed a universal wireless toolkit for communication networks of any complexity. It's based on its configurable transceiver and Altera FPGAs.
Lost in time like tears in rain. [pause] Time to die.
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/16/2012   23 comments
Generally speaking I would class myself amongst the most cheerful of men, but every now and then…
FPGAs unleash potential of Flash memory for enterprise applications
Design How-To  
3/16/2012   2 comments
Along with the exponential growth in enterprise storage comes an imperative to improve memory subsystem performance capacity and value.
Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful “Stuff” (Part 1)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/15/2012   Post a comment
I have friends who devote vast amounts of time to scouring the Internet for the latest and greatest for your delectation and delight...
Mixed-language verification tool takes FPGA and ASIC debugging to the next level
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
Aldec Europe has launched the latest version of its Riviera-PRO high-performance, mixed-language verification tool.
How do you say “Max The Magnificent” in [insert language here]?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/14/2012   16 comments
I was pondering how to say “Max The Magnificent” in Russian, and from there my mind started racing…
Blue Pearl Software supports Synopsys Synplify Pro FPGA design flow
Product News  
3/14/2012   1 comment
See Blue Pearl at DATE March 13-15, 2012, Dresden, Germany; also demos at SNUG, March 26, 2012, Santa Clara, California.
FPGA-based automotive ECU design addresses AUTOSAR and ISO 26262 standards
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3/13/2012   Post a comment
The automotive industry can gain flexibility in the synthesis of in-vehicle functionality by exploiting reconfigurable hardware technology.
Xilinx and Micron demo interoperability of FPGA and RLDRAM 3 memory interface standard
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3/13/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx 7 Series FPGA/Micron RLDRAM 3 platform enables substantially higher data rates for 40G and 100G networking systems
Which are the best wireless iPad speakers?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/12/2012   22 comments
After listening to Supertramp on my iPad with headphones, I started pondering the idea of wireless loudspeakers, but which ones shouls I choose?
Cypress’ easy-to-use GPIF II graphical tool for EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 controller
Product News  
3/9/2012   Post a comment
Quickly configure flexible USB 3.0 solution to communicate with any microcontroller, ASIC, FPGA, Image Sensor, or similar devices that need USB connectivity.
Case study: Remotely controlled wind tunnel experiments with NI LabVIEW and CompactRIO
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3/9/2012   Post a comment
The challenge consists in developing a system to remotely access research-quality wind tunnels to conduct real-time, hands-on experiments with tight, closed-loop control.
Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/8/2012   7 comments
Discover the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions.
The best and worst alarm clocks ever…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/8/2012   31 comments
Whoever was in charge of designing my current alarm clock had an unusual sense of cruelty...
First high-performance 28-nm production FPGAs from Altera
Product News  
3/7/2012   1 comment
The folks at Altera have announced delivery of the industry’s first high-performance 28-nm FPGAs in production.
First dual 100 Gbps Gearbox Solution to I/F CFP2 optical modules to Xilinx Virtex-7 HT FPGAs
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3/6/2012   Post a comment
Virtex-7 HT FPGAs, with 25G/28G transceivers and 2x density advantage, ensure connectivity for up to four new-generation 100 Gbps optical modules
How cool is this? – An Automatic NoC Generator!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/2/2012   2 comments
Just to make sure we’re all tap-dancing to the same drum beat, the term NoC stands for “Network on Chip”
Free: National Instruments releases 2012 Embedded Systems Outlook
News & Analysis  
3/2/2012   1 comment
Report outlines latest technology and business trends for the embedded systems market
Lattice HDR-60 video camera development kit upgraded
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3/2/2012   Post a comment
New GUI from Helion dramatically increases productivity and slashes the design cycle
Hurray! Altium announces Altium Designer 12
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3/2/2012   Post a comment
Continues successful path of software updates and AltiumLive content
MathWorks’ MATLAB now supports HDL code generation
Product News  
3/2/2012   2 comments
New products support HDL code generation and verification across MATLAB and Simulink
Lattice supports Panasonic 1080p image sensor
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3/1/2012   Post a comment
Sensor integrates with Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit – Reduces time-to-market for 1080p camera applications
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As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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