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Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/31/2005   Post a comment
I tried fooling the system by letting the car drift right with the left turn signal on.
First wave of IP support washes over FPGA family
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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.
New floating-point and DVB-S2 cores strengthen DSP IP library
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5/31/2005   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. has updated its digital signal processing (DSP) IP library for its Virtex-4 and Spartan-3E field programmable gate array (FPGA) families to include a suite of floating-point operators and a digital video broadcasting (DVB) satellite FEC encoder core.
2.4-GHz radio-on-chip integrates programmable mixed-signal array
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is sampling a low-cost flash programmable microcontroller with an integrated 2.4-GHz radio transceiver that contains a fully integrated direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) baseband.
ispLEVER-starter design tools enhanced to support entire FPGA line
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5/18/2005   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has upgraded its ispLEVER-Starter 5.0 design tools and is offering it free of charge to promote evaluation of its recently announced ispLEVER 5.0 programmable logic design tool suite.
Lighter FPGA packaging saves board space in aerospace applications
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5/18/2005   Post a comment
Actel Corp. is offering its field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) with a new packaging option that is designed to reduce board size and weight in space-constrained, military/aerospace applications.
Low-cost FPGAs, IP propel Asian PLD market
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5/17/2005   Post a comment
Two recent developments in the programmable logic market have been especifically significant for Asian designers.
Employing Emulation to Speed Wireless Products to Market
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
µWatt controller advances HDD adoption in embedded systems
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5/5/2005   Post a comment
A low-power µWatt programmable controller from QuickLogic Corp.'s Eclipse II series will drive the implementation of miniature hard disk drive (HDD) technologies into Intel PXA2XX-based embedded systems.
Take a scalable approach to fabric interface controller design
Design How-To  
5/5/2005   Post a comment
Programmable alternatives offer flexible reuse and time-to-market advantage over the traditional methods.
Reconfigurable Processors: Changing the Systems Design Paradigm
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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
Dynamically reconfigurable SoC supports "Silicon-Sharing"
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
Atmel's Field Programmable System Level IC enables multiple interfaces, peripherals and/or operators to share the same silicon at different times.


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