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posted in April 2011
BEEcube targets data centers, RF
News & Analysis  
4/28/2011   Post a comment
BEEcube is planning moves both into the data center and software-defined radio on the road map for its FPGA development platform to be shown at ESC.
Xilinx beats estimates on record annual sales
News & Analysis  
4/27/2011   3 comments
Xilinx posted record sales of $2.37 billion for its fiscal year and reported revenue for the quarter ended April 2 and guidance for current quarter ending in June that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations.
Developing the world’s first real-time 3D OCT medical imaging system with NI FlexRIO
Design How-To  
4/26/2011   4 comments
320 channels, 22 FPGAs, peer-to-peer streaming, and GPUs achieve real-time 3D optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging…
The Royal Wedding – call me an old softie, but…
Blog  
4/26/2011   7 comments
The sands of time are slipping through the hourglass as the day of the Royal Wedding approaches. I don’t know about you, but I shall be glued to the television (metaphorically speaking, of course).
Atmospherics Monitor
Design How-To  
4/25/2011   9 comments
This is a project that I [Max] have wanted to build for ages. It will allow me to tune into the sounds of the heavens. I’ve painstakingly gathered all of the parts and now I’m ready for action…
The force that pulls dogs toward the groins of strangers
Blog  
4/25/2011   40 comments
Please cast your mind back through the mists of time to when I posted my blog ‘Three puzzles to ponder.’ Someone just emailed me with a question to which I’m sure I know the answer, but…
New $29 battery-powered MachXO2 Pico Development Kit from Lattice
Product News  
4/25/2011   2 comments
The MachXO2 Pico Development Kit provides designers with a flexible and low cost platform to rapidly evaluate and verify their designs in hardware.
I have radioactive balls!
Blog  
4/21/2011   23 comments
Hmmm, perhaps it would be more appropriate to say that I am now the proud owner of a pair of radioactive marbles…
Interesting Stuff – Ring Finders – Auto-Unicycle Thingy – Cool Videos and Pictures…
Blog  
4/19/2011   1 comment
I can’t keep up. So many cool things are zipping back and forth in front of my eyes that I don’t even have the time to write about them before they’ve been eclipsed by something else…
Xilinx 7 Series FPGAs: User Guide Lite
Design How-To  
4/19/2011   7 comments
This article highlights the capabilities of the new Xilinx 7 series FPGAs, giving potential users the information they need to understand the features of the families.
Lattice tools provide 8-bit uC support in low-cost PLDs plus…
Product News  
4/19/2011   8 comments
Users of the new MachXO2 PLD devices can now generate complete systems based on the LatticeMico8 open source 8-bit controller core.
Opal Kelly launches XEM6010 FPGA USB module
Product News  
4/19/2011   1 comment
New Xilinx Spartan-6-based FPGA USB module from Opal Kelly refreshes the XEM3010 and XEM3050 flagship products.
Two amazing videos – I bet you haven’t seen anything like this before
Blog  
4/18/2011   3 comments
My old chum Jay Dowling just pointed me at two amazing videos that blew my socks off (note to self, must start wearing elasticated socks).
Lattice’s new low-cost design platform for FPGAs with configurable SerDes
Product News  
4/18/2011   1 comment
The folks from Lattice Semiconductor are boasting that their new Versa Development Kit is the industry’s lowest-cost FPGA-based PCI Express and network design platform.
My memory is not what it used to be!
Blog  
4/18/2011   2 comments
With so much memory now available, we seem to be using it in a willy-nilly fashion, when in reality it is our biggest roadblock.
Has Altera broken the record for transistors on a chip … or not?
Blog  
4/18/2011   3 comments
As of this morning, if you Google ‘most transistors on an IC’, you get lots of hits with the title ‘Altera Breaks Semiconductor Industry Record for Most Transistors on an Integrated Circuit,’ but is this true?
SparkFun Electronics’ competition in Boulder, Colorado, April 23, 2011
News & Analysis  
4/18/2011   1 comment
The company's annual event offers DIY enthusiasts of all ages a chance to showcase and test out their inventions on the ground and in the air.
Synchronizing your email across multiple computers
Blog  
4/15/2011   28 comments
I am so happy. In addition to the fact that my data is backed up and secure, my email from multiple accounts is now so synchronized it brings tears of joy to my eyes…
Star Wars clones used to recreate famous photos
Blog  
4/15/2011   1 comment
I’m always amazed at the creativity of people – I love it when I see things that make me say “Wow – I wish I’d thought of that!”
FPGA veteran drafted to lead Achronix
News & Analysis  
4/15/2011   6 comments
High-speed FPGA vendor Achronix Semiconductor Corp. has announced that Robert Blake has joined the company as president and CEO. Blake has held senior positions with Altera and was most recently CEO of Octasic Inc.
Cisco turns the Flip into a Flop
Blog  
4/14/2011   5 comments
I cannot believe it. Just two years after Cisco bought the startup company that created the Flip Video – the most popular video camera in America – they’ve decided to kill it as a product.
Instruction set for a 4-bit HRRG Steampunk Computer
Blog  
4/14/2011   13 comments
Sad to relate, I haven’t gotten around to completing Part 4 of my Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) Steampunk Computer mini-series this week, but this is because I’ve been pondering its instruction set…
The incredible shrinking Max
Blog  
4/13/2011   7 comments
I always wondered what it would be like to be six inches tall. I just saw a site that creates custom figurines. These look really tasty – I think it would be mega-cool to have a mini-me on my desk…
Using high-density programmable FIFOs in video and imaging applications
Design How-To  
4/13/2011   5 comments
Many market segments, including video broadcasting, military, medical imaging, and base stations, can benefit from the use of high-density FIFO solutions that have programmable features.
Meandering musings on Altium’s bold and exciting move to Shanghai
Blog  
4/11/2011   15 comments
I must admit that when I first saw the announcement that the folks at Altium were planning to transfer their HQ from Sydney, Australia, to Shanghai, China, I checked the date to make sure it wasn’t April 1.
Impulse and Convey enable C-to-FPGA for hybrid-core computing
Product News  
4/11/2011   1 comment
Compiler add-on allows C programmers to synthesize to Intel and Xilinx processors on convey platform.
New IP and Real-Time Video Engine Targeted Design Platform from Xilinx
Product News  
4/11/2011   2 comments
New IP and Targeted Design Platform offerings at NAB 2011 accelerate development of state-of-the-art broadcast equipment supporting HDTV and 3DTV.
Universal FPGA module with Gigabit Ethernet and high-speed USB 2.0
Product News  
4/10/2011   Post a comment
Enclustra’s cost optimized Mercury CA1 FPGA module comes with a Gigabit Ethernet and a high-speed USB 2.0 interface. The module is well suited for signal processing, Ethernet streaming as well as test & measurement applications.
True random number generator IP for ASICs and FPGAs
Product News  
4/8/2011   1 comment
Intrinsic-ID has just announced something called iRNG, which utilizes the noise inherently present in uninitialized SRAM to generate random bits at very high speed.
My Geiger counter doesn’t count (sob sob)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/8/2011   93 comments
Sad to relate, my do-it-yourself Geiger counter kit has not – as yet – counted anything. But is this because it is broken, or because I have not yet presented it with anything to count?
How can you tell when a banana goes bad?
Blog  
4/8/2011   2 comments
I just saw someone carrying an enormous bunch of bananas, which prompted me to muse on fruits in general and strangely shaped yellow ones in particular…
Building an HRRG Steampunk Computer – Part 3 – Switches and Relays
Design How-To  
4/6/2011   11 comments
Part 1 of this mini- series introduced the Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) Steampunk computer project; Part 2 pondered the system clock; now let’s consider switches and relays...
SiliconBlue tips FPGA move to 40-nm
Product News  
4/5/2011   1 comment
Low power FPGA vendor SiliconBlue Technologies Corp. has disclosed some information about its mobileFPGA devices being made for it using a 40-nm low power CMOS process technology by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Cadence responds to the Synopsys FPGA prototyping book
Blog  
4/4/2011   2 comments
In response to the recent book from Synopsys about FPGA-based prototyping, Cadence has issued a white paper titled “ASIC prototyping simplified”.
Lattice MachXO2 *Do-It-All* PLDs in production
Product News  
4/4/2011   1 comment
Hurray! I just heard that the first member of the MachXO2 *Do-it-All* PLD family has been fully qualified and is shipping in production.
Lattice FPGA bridge allows any image signal processor to I/F with HiSPi CMOS sensors
Product News  
4/4/2011   1 comment
New LatticeXP2 HiSPi bridge reference design allows any Image Signal Processor (ISP) with a traditional CMOS parallel bus to interface with an Aptina HiSPi CMOS sensor.
Industry’s first HD wide dynamic range video surveillance chipset from Altera (and friends)
Product News  
4/4/2011   1 comment
I remember the not-so-distant past when the images from surveillance cameras were just about as low quality as could be achieved, but that’s certainly not the case anymore…
How to achieve quality assurance for your electronic designs
Design How-To  
4/4/2011   4 comments
How do we ensure the quality of all aspects of an electronic design, including hardware and software, for anything from FPGAs and SoCs to full-blown embedded systems?
Am I a Limey, a Pom, a Sassenach, or a Sayip?
Blog  
4/4/2011   7 comments
Sometimes I find myself leaping from topic to topic with the agility of a mountain goat (I’m talking about the ‘I’ in my head of course… while my body gamely struggles to keep up)…
Random acts of generosity
Blog  
4/3/2011   2 comments
Yesterday I was the recipient of a random act of generosity that moved me to tears…
Is this the best Dilbert cartoon ever?
Blog  
4/1/2011   8 comments
Someone just sent me a link to a Dilbert cartoon that had me laughing out loud…
Bluespec working to eliminate the industrialized world’s dependence on oil
News & Analysis  
4/1/2011   4 comments
Soon to be *Previously known as ‘The Synthesizable Modeling Company’* Bluespec redeploys its engineers to work on a ‘Promising’ solution.
Xilinx buys optical transport chip vendor
News & Analysis  
4/1/2011   2 comments
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. has acquired Omiino Ltd. a Belfast telecommunications startup for an undisclosed amount, according to local reports. Xilinx follows AppliedMicro and Altera as an acquirer of companies that developed optical transport IP and implemented it in FPGAs.


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Vetinari Clock: Additional Possibilities
Max Maxfield
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Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
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Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
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David Blaza

The Other Tesla
David Blaza
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