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Xilinx responds to Altera's FPGA benchmarks
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/30/2008   2 comments
The folks at Xilinx say that they've re-run the tests with different tool settings and, overall, the Xilinx software solution with Synplify Pro and ISE 10.1 dominates.
ST moves SPEAr SoCs to 65nm
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
By transferring the SPEAr family to 65-nm process technology, ST's SoC can integrate an advanced ARM926EJ-S processor core with two 16k memory caches, running at 333MHz, for data and instructions and up to 300,000 gates (ASIC-equivalent) of embedded configurable logic.
QuickLogic's ArcticLink platform now available in wafer-level chip-scale packaging
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
New packaging from QuickLogic reduces board space requirement for mobile applications; 60% reduction in foot print compared to smallest ArcticLink BGA package.
Additional info with regard to the latest in Altium's unified electronics design solution
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Electronics design decisions linked in real time to the MCAD world; guided routing; custom instruments to test designs inside FPGAs; and much more...
Altium solves 25 years of electronics design pain
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
At last! Electronics designers and mechanical designers can collaborate in real time: designers in both worlds can link and review designs dynamically.
Headphone amplifier selection criteria for portable audio applications
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
This article examines key criteria - including topology, performance, cost, size, and power supply requirements - that system designers need to carefully factor in when designing headphone amplifier and output stage circuitry that connects to the headphone load.
How to perform meaningful benchmarks on FPGAs from different vendors
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
A suite of unbiased and meaningful benchmarks that truly compare the hardware architectures and software design tool chains from the major FPGA vendors.
Simulation challenge: Mimicking Earth and the brain
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Simulating the human brain and the Earth's climate are two of the most important challenges in science, according to Robert Bishop, chairman of the advisory board to the Blue Brain Project.
Computer models how nanoparticles harm cells
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Named for Buckminster Fuller, buckyballs--tiny nanoparticles composed of just 60 carbon atoms (carbon-60)--can enter cells and accumulate to cause damage, according to research scientists at two universities.
PSoC features enhanced A/D converter for fast analog sampling
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. recently introduced a PSoC mixed-signal array with an enhanced A/D converter for fast analog sampling and expanded 8 Kbytes of flash memory capacity for complex algorithm processing.
DSP/FPGA co-processing demos 20X acceleration using SW-to-HW design flow
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Impulse C-to-FPGA compiler and 3L Diamond tools link to accelerate signal processing in a hybrid DSP/FPGA multiprocessing system.
Duck! AirJelly coming through!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/27/2008   Post a comment
This is really rather amazing - sort of like a giant jellyfish (twice as tall as a man) that glides gracefully through the air.
EVE unleashes DW-FPGA for FPGA synthesis
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
EVE says that its DW-FPGA DesignWare component library is available for use with most popular FPGA synthesis software.
Atmel : RF transmitter boosts flexibility for car access and TPMS applications
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Atmel has announced the fully integrated fractional-N PLL RF transmitter IC ATA5749 for car access and TPMS applications.
Giant telescope links London and New York
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2008   Post a comment
This is absolutely brilliant - I only wish I could get to see it in person.
I laughed so hard I almost passed out (seriously)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2008   1 comment
Yesterday evening I was reading a funny passage from one of Bill Bryson's books. I tell you, I was laughing so hard that I almost passed out!
How do we use the data from I/Os running at 8.5 Gbps?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2008   3 comments
I just received an interesting query from a reader that has me scratching my head...
Dynamic Voltage Droops & Total Power Integrity
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
This article sheds light on key differences such as voltage droops and noise wave propagation resulting from on-chip load interaction with power network impedance and discusses how total power integrity may be rigorously inspected through rapid analyses and physics-based simulations.
Is MathStar Inc. on the block?
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
Is MathStar Inc. on the block?
Beetle solves photonic-crystal mystery that's bugged researchers
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
Semiconductor makers should take a hint from Mother Nature when pursuing photonic crystals for optical computing, according to University of Utah researchers studying the Brazilian beetle: this bug's eerie iridescence is evidence of its unique photonic lattice structure--called the "champion" architecture in photonic circles.
Evaluating FPGA floating-point performance
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/22/2008   Post a comment
Here are links to a couple of interesting papers that will get the old gray matter firing on all six cylinders.
Xilinx adds flexible connectivity to low-power Intel in-vehicle infotainment reference design
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
Xilinx automotive FPGA and connectivity solution enables scalable, flexible infrastructure for rapid infotainment system development.
How to design portable handsets using CPLDs
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
This tutorial describes the different ways in which CPLDs can be used to address the shortcomings associated with handset platforms.
Hurled eggs miss Microsoft CEO in Budapest; IT initiative signed
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ducked eggs thrown at him in Budapest, where he signed an IT training initiative agreement.
Synopsys announces immediate support for Altera Stratix IV FPGAs
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Synopsys says its synthesis software is optimized for Stratix IV devices; enables superior area quality of results and low power consumption.
$200 million for one FPGA?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/20/2008   2 comments
Thus far I haven't seen the pricing for Altera's new 40nm Stratix IV FPGAs, but if we were to extrapolate from an analog device I just saw, the result would make your eyes water!
Altera's Quartus II software Version 8.0 supports 40nm Stratix IV FPGAs
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Performance, logic utilization, and compile-time advantages provided by Altera's Quartus II design software enables fast time-to-market and efficient team-based design.
Mentor's tools support Altera's 40nm Stratix IV FPGA family
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Mentor says its Precision Synthesis and Catapult C Synthesis tools support Altera's new 40nm Stratix IV FPGA family.
Give me strength! Altera's new FPGA has 2.5 billion transistors!
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
The largest member of Altera's newly announced Stratix IV FPGA family comprises 2.5 billion transistors!
Altera's new 40nm FPGAs - 2.5 billion transistors!
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5/19/2008   1 comment
Altera announces the industry's first 40-nm FPGAs and HardCopy ASICs; Stratix IV FPGAs and HardCopy IV ASICs both offer transceiver options.
Automotive infotainment upgrades drive chip industry, says iSuppli
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
The competition among automotive OEMs will lead to increased efforts to lure customers by means of additional infotainment features and options. The semiconductor industry will be beneficiary from this trend, predicts market researcher iSuppli. The top winners are NXP and STM.
Embedded MATLAB, part 1: From MATLAB to embedded C
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5/19/2008   1 comment
Here's how to turn MATLAB code into efficient, embeddable C code. Topics covered include the Embedded MATLAB language subset, coding practices, and The MathWorks's M-to-C tools.
Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware, and malware?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/16/2008   1 comment
Readers have provided some very interesting pointers to tools that may be the answer to all my woes.
H.264 video encoder with extended temperature range
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5/16/2008   Post a comment
Designed to adapt to existing network infrastructures, VSIP2 EXTREME is built upon ATEME's compression technology in order to optimize video quality while benefiting from intelligent encoding features including alarm generation.
Visual Enhancement Engine (VEE) evaluation module from QuickLogic
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5/16/2008   Post a comment
QuickLogic's VEE Evaluation Module seamlessly integrates into the display path of handheld and portable electronics without modification to existing architecture.
Massively parallel processing arrays (MPPAs) for embedded HD video and imaging (Part 1)
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5/16/2008   Post a comment
An MPPA having hundreds of processors can simplify video and imaging software development for embedded applications. Each processor in an MPPA is strictly encapsulated, accessing only its own code and memory. This architecture provides a very different programming model, one where each processor devotes separate channels for each type of input and output data it needs to communicate with other processors, and there are no shared memory bottlenecks.
Cypress Semi : PSoC targets applications with rich feature and software content
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5/15/2008   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced a PSoC mixed-signal array with an enhanced analog-to-digital converter for fast analog sampling and expanded 8k Flash memory capacity for complex algorithm processing.
MATLAB toolbox boasts 1300+ math routines
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5/14/2008   Post a comment
The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) has released a new toolbox with 1,300+ functions derived from its extensive mathematical function library.
Samplify announces compression for tomography
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5/14/2008   Post a comment
Samplify Systems, Schleifring und Apparatebau GmbH, and Tokyo Electron Device Ltd (TED) deliver a real-time solution for compression for computed tomography.
IC Audio Power Amplifiers and Zobel Networks: One Size Does Not Fit All
Design How-To  
5/14/2008   3 comments
Here's how to properly select an impedance modifying circuit (Zobel network) for your IC audio power amplifier design.
How to raise the RTL abstraction level and design conciseness with SystemVerilog - Part 2
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5/14/2008   Post a comment
Using advanced HDLs like SystemVerilog, current hardware modeling styles can be enhanced both in terms of abstraction levels and overall efficiency.
Enhancement vs. Depletion vs. Junction FETs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/14/2008   1 comment
Does anyone know (a) which came first and (b) what are the different types used for?
Tip: FFTs in LabVIEW FPGA
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5/13/2008   Post a comment
Here's how to use the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) block for National Instruments' LabVIEW FPGA.
Making design choices between DSP and FPGA
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5/13/2008   Post a comment
System designers face a number of key questions during the architecture phase of their project. Increasingly, one of those questions is whether to use a field-programmable gate array or a digital signal processor.
SerDes chipset claims lowest jitter, enables easy interface to FPGAs
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5/12/2008   Post a comment
National Semiconductor claims its highly integrated SerDes chipset for high-speed serial transmission offers the industry's best output jitter performance and best input jitter tolerance.
New IGLOO-based portable control solutions from Actel
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5/12/2008   Post a comment
New daughter cards from Actel enable human machine interface and miniature motor control functionality.
QuickLogic enhances SDIO host controller to handle multiple cards, mixed sizes
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5/12/2008   Post a comment
Enhanced SDIO host controller from QuickLogic enables four or more memory cards, each with multi-gigabyte capacity, and allows users to mix and match as desired.
Altia's human machine interface tools selected by Altera
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5/12/2008   Post a comment
Altia's HMI S/W, which brings advanced graphics to automotive electronics systems designers, is selected by Altera for use in the PARIS infotainment development platform.
The world's highest performance reconfigurable DSP solution
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5/12/2008   Post a comment
New Virtex-5 SX240T FPGA and floating-point operator IP core targets broadcast, high-performance computing, and other high-speed DSP applications.
Green Hills Software supports Xilinx Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs
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5/12/2008   Post a comment
Green Hills announces software development tools and operating systems supporting Xilinx Virtex-5 FXT platform's embedded PowerPC 440 processor cores.
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