First wave of IP support washes over FPGA family
Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has released for its recently announced LatticeXP field-programmable gate array (FPGA) family the first set of IP modules that address the needs of the consumer, computing and communications markets.
Employing Emulation to Speed Wireless Products to Market
Design How-To 5/13/2005 Post a comment
A wireless semiconductor leader extending the functionality of mobile handsets to include a broad range of media applications selected a hardware emulation solution from Emulation and Verification Engineering (EVE) to parallelize its hardware and software development flows. In this feature article, EVE's Lauro Rizzatti explains the emulation solution and how it is implemented.
Stratix II FPGAs yield more logic capacity, whitepaper says
Product News 5/12/2005 Post a comment
A whitepaper released by Altera Corp. claims that Stratix II field programmable gate arrays give designers more logic capacity than competing devices. The company said that its Stratix II EP2S180 FPGA contains 5% more 4-input look-up-tables ILUT) than Xilinx Inc.'s Virtex-4 XC4VLX200 device. Altera said that its analysis shows that naming conventions don't always depict the density of a given family.
CoSine SoC relieves DSPs
Product News 5/10/2005 Post a comment
Micro Memory's CoSine performs real-time field programmable gate array (FPGA) processing in a system-on-chip (SoC). It bridges two high-speed interfaces PCI-X or PCI-Express and Serial Rapid I/O through a multi-port DDR controller, enabling access to a user programmable logic (UPL) block without any difficulty.
FFT Core for Adaptive Cruise Control Using FPGAs
Design How-To 5/10/2005 Post a comment
Adaptive cruise control can increasingly find its way into cars. In large part, this can be made possible using FPGAs and computer-aided design tools. In this feature article, Christober Rayappan summarizes the important aspects and a general design for Adaptive Cruise Control highlighting the Fast Fourier transform (FFT) module, which consumes a significant portion of the chip.
FPGA-to-ASIC conversion service expanded for space applications
Product News 5/9/2005 Post a comment
Atmel Corp. is expanding its conversion service so that engineers can transform existing space field programmable gate array (FPGA) designs into cost-effective radiation hardened ASICs with shortened lead times. The service is expected to generate cost and power consumption savings of 80% and 70%, respectively, according to the company. It offers a pin-to-pin replacement solution for existing space FPGAs, eliminating expensive board redesign.
Reconfigurable Processors: Changing the Systems Design Paradigm
News & Analysis 5/3/2005 Post a comment
System designers are always looking for the most efficient methodology to get their products to market. When presented with a new algorithm, they have to juggle a variety of constraints to get that algorithm implemented in silicon. None of the existing solutions have provided all the features that they crave. Dinesh Venkatachalam of Legend Silicon asserts that is changing; a new class of devices called reconfigurable processors seems to finally provide a solution that seems to meet all the requi