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posted in April 2009
Superpower smackdown
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/30/2009   Post a comment
One doesn't need to wander very far across today's FPGA landscape to see how power consumption is becoming a more and more critical issue. As product categories that once shied away from FPGAs, such as mobile consumer devices, open up to them, both static and dynamic power consumption become paramount.
A new approach to FPGA testing and validation for today's market
Design How-To  
4/29/2009   Post a comment
As the market for FPGAs continues to evolve, a new approach to FPGA debugging and validation is needed to reduce costs and time to market. The tools that support their cost-effective development must evolve as well, and expand their capabilities beyond what is available today. This paper outlines a new approach to FPGA testing and validation. It includes comparison of how advanced FPGA validation tools compare to conventional FPGA tools and outlines the requirements for new tools for today's mar
From Greek-Irish dancing to round-the-world jamming to dogs and cats to...
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
In response to my previous blog, which featured videos of two acts from a UK talent show, I received an email pointing me to an old "Burns and Allen" television show from yesteryear.
QuickLogic sees sales fall
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Programmable chip vendor QuickLogic had sales of $4.6 million in the first quarter, down 23 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008 and down 59 percent from the first quarter of 2008, the company reported.
Actel narrows loss as sales decline
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Actel said first quarter sales declined and the company forecast they would decline further in the second quarter.
NI Labview FPGA-based transceiver brings user-defined IF processing to RF apps
Product News  
4/28/2009   1 comment
National Instruments announced the NI PXIe-5641R RIO IF transceiver, the company's most recent device for RF test, which offers reconfigurable I/O capability using a Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T FPGA.
Actel offers free reference designs for LCD apps
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Actel is offering five reference designs, free of charge, which are implemented using the Igloo Video Demo Kit, the company said.
Lattice : Power management IC is a programmable, single chip solution
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor has added the ProcessorPM to its Power Manager II family.
Xilinx shipping ISE Design Suite 11.1
Product News  
4/27/2009   2 comments
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx is now shipping ISE Design Suite 11.1, described as an FPGA design solution with fully interoperable domain-specific design flows and tool configurations for logic, digital signal processing, embedded processing and system-level design.
Abound claims dense interconnect is key to Raptor FPGA
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
Abound Logic Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), an FPGA company formerly known as M2000, has started shipping its Raptor FPGAs and claims that improved interconnect is the key to achieving triple the logic density of equivalent FPGAs from established competitors.
FPGA startup crunch: Is Achronix flush enough?
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Flush with cash after raising more than $86 million in venture capital over the past two years, products already shipping, revenue and dozens of design wins already under its belt, FPGA startup Achronix has the technology and financial stability to weather the current downturn, according to the company's founder.
Lattice posts loss; revenue hits target
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor's first quarter sales declined to $43.3 million, the company said, down 13 percent from the prior quarter and down 23 percent compared to the same period of 2008. Revenue was in line with revised guidance issued by the company in March.
ST rolls Morpheus reconfigurable processor
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has produced the first prototypes of the Morpheus chip, produced under the Morpheus collaborative research program which has been running for several years.
Xilinx hits revenue target as profit shrinks
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx reported a net income of $70.5 million on revenue of $395 million for the company's fiscal fourth quarter, which closed in March.
Challenging the tool pricing model
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/22/2009   4 comments
Is Altium onto something with its new tool pricing?
Guest Blog: More of Max's musings as he meanders around the Internet...
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
More of Max's musings as he meanders around the Internet...
Top 10 tips to minimize power consumption when designing with FPGAs
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
With stricter system power limits, specifications and standards that put a cap on the total power consumed, system designers are increasingly challenged. This paper presents the key Dos and Don'ts to help designers manage power budgets with FPGAs.
Altera's Q1 revenue decline in line with guidance
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Altera saw first quarter revenue decline 16 percent sequentially and 21 percent year-to-year, in line with revised guidance issued in March and not as severe as originally anticipated.
Altium slashes price on 'unified' design tool
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4/21/2009   1 comment
Australian design tool provider Altium has cut by about 75 percent the price of its Altium Designer, a circuit board design tool which is intended to bring together the traditionally separate worlds of hardware and software design.
Altera rolls evaluation kit
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Altera announced the availability of the Transceiver Signal Integrity development kit, Stratix IV GX Edition.
Name-change firm preps dense, low-power FPGAs for market
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
M2000 has changed its name to Abound Logic Inc. and has said that it is "slowly getting out of the stealth mode" as it launches a range of low-power high-density FPGAs implemented in 65-nm CMOS.
Cypress revenue beats estimates
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor posted a GAAP net loss of $90.7 million on revenue of $139.3 million in the first quarter as gross margin fell and factory utilization hit an all-time low of 34 percent, the company said.
FPGA startup crunch: Cswitch's fortunes switch
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
After making a big splash in 2006, configurable chip startup Cswitch Corp. has encountered rough waters amid the IC downturn.
Weikeng to distribute Lattice products in China, Taiwan
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
Weikeng International Co. Ltd. will distribute the full range of Lattice Semiconductor Corp. products in Taiwan as well as China, Lattice said.
Updated: Xilinx confirms 6% workforce reduction
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4/15/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Xilinx confirmed that it expects to cut up to 200 jobs, or 6 percent of its global workforce, as part of a series of restructuring measures designed to improve structural operating efficiencies.
Xilinx reportedly cutting jobs by 6%
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4/15/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx Inc. plans to cut jobs by 6 percent, according to reports.
Where are they now? M2000
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/15/2009   Post a comment
In 2007, a programmable logic startup called M2000 moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley and said it was on the verge of launching what it described as "breakthrough" technology that would provide higher logic density, functionality and speed at less cost than competing solutions. But since then, not much has been heard from M2000. So what has the company and its breakthrough technology been up to?
Spot and avoid counterfeit component bombs
Design How-To  
4/14/2009   4 comments
The proliferation of counterfeit components is a plague, the cost of which is staggering: from failed devices and the associated recalls to destroyed reputations of the original parts designers and suppliers. This feature shows how to spot and avoid those lurking counterfeit bombs.
An example of application--elliptic curve cryptography
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4/13/2009   Post a comment
This chapter excerpted from "Hardware Implementation of Finite-Field Arithmetic," gives an example of finite-field application--namely, the implementation of the scalar product (point multiplication) over an elliptic curve. It is the basic computation primitive of elliptic curve cryptography.
Altera claims legal victory over Zilog
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4/13/2009   Post a comment
Altera Corp. has announced a settlement of its patent litigation with Zilog Inc.
Lattice taps Origin Electronics as distributor in China
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4/13/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor has selected Origin Electronics, a division of Nu Horizon, as its distributor in Greater China.
Panasonic selects Altera products for broadcasting solution
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4/13/2009   Post a comment
Panasonic has selected Altera's Arria GX FPGAs, PCI Express MegaCore IP and Nios II processor solution for its new AJ-PCD35, five-slot P2 \memory-card drive, Altera announced this week.
ON Semi offers 110-nm ASIC platform
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4/13/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has licensed 110-nanometer process technology and associated IP from LSI Corp. to serve as the basis for a new ASIC platform said it offer customers high-density and performance while minimizing non-recurring engineering costs and time-to-market.
Guest Blog: Max The Magnificent
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4/9/2009   Post a comment
Clive "Max" Maxfield returns (sort of) with a guest blog contribution especially for those who have missed his "off-topic" blogs and bits.
Reconfigurable cluster computing installation could be a first
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/8/2009   Post a comment
Could the world's first large reconfigurable computing cluster be installed at Mississippi's Jackson State University? True story, according to SRC Computers, the system's builder.
High-Definition Surveillance Systems Using Low Cost FPGAs
Design How-To  
4/8/2009   3 comments
This article describes the architecture of a HD surveillance camera and shows how the entire system is built using a low-cost FPGA.
Summit Micro claims smallest programmable 500mA battery charger with SMB239
Product News  
4/7/2009   2 comments
Summit Microelectronics introduced the SMB239, described by the company as the industry's smallest charger IC and solution, enabling slimmer industrial designs for portable consumer electronics.
Innovative heat sink designs cool "hot" FPGAs
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4/7/2009   Post a comment
While the power dissipated by FPGAs is growing, the space allocated to cool these chips is shrinking. In recent years, makers of thermal management products have introduced a wide array of new heat sinks that provide more cooling in a given volume. This article will help engineers looking for more-powerful heat sinks by describing recent innovations in heat sink design and analyzing their impact on heat sink performance.
RF chip start-up raises $10 million in Series C
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4/7/2009   Post a comment
Programmable radio frequency (RF) chip specialist WiSpry Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) has raised an additional $10 million in a Series C financing round, bringing the total invested in the start-up to $28 million.
Unemployment among EEs jumped in Q1
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4/6/2009   Post a comment
he unemployment rate for U.S. engineering and computer occupations is increasing more rapidly than for professional occupations in general, according to an analysis of U.S. Labor Department data provided by IEEE.
Altera, The Mathworks to present seminars on DSPs for military/aerospace
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4/6/2009   Post a comment
Altera and The Mathworks will present seminars on military, aerospace and defense productivity to showcase their DSP development flow.
The FPGA stigma
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/1/2009   Post a comment
FPGAs have a lot of momentum and Gartner predicts ASIC design starts will decrease by 22 percent in 2009. But all is not roses for FPGAs, as the stigma they carry still prevents many companies from even considering them.
Altera Stratix IV GX FPGAs achieve PCI Express 2.0 compliance
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4/1/2009   Post a comment
Altera's 40-nm Stratix IV GX FPGAs achieved compliance with version 2.0 of the PCI Express standard, passing the testing procedures of the PCI-SIG compliance workshop, the company said.
Actel shipping Igloo Plus starter kit
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4/1/2009   Post a comment
Actel announced the availability of a low-cost Igloo Plus starter kit, said to enable designers to quickly evaluate the company's Igloo Plus family and prototype designs.
Xilinx ships first Virtex-6 FPGAs
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4/1/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx said it shipped the first Virtex-6 FPGAs.


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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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