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How to generate Gray Codes for non-power-of-2 sequences
Design How-To  
6/29/2007   1 comment
Prompted by a question from a reader, it turns out that there are many ways to attack this problem and a variety of jolly interesting solutions (plus free software code).
What's the total length of the tracks on a silicon chip?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/29/2007   Post a comment
Take a moment to ponder this poser. If we were to sum the lengths of all of the interconnect on a silicon chip, what do you think the total value would be?
How many silicon chips are there on a 300 mm wafer?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/28/2007   Post a comment
Undaunted, our quest to answer essentially unanswerable questions continues...
EE Times updates list of emerging startups
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
The EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list, first published in April 2004, has been updated to version 6.0 to reflect the latest corporate, commercial, technology and market conditions.
Data compression tutorial: Part 3
Design How-To  
6/28/2007   1 comment
Part three of this three-part series explains how JPEG and MPEG compression work.
How to use Field-Programmable Object Arrays (FPOAs) in image processing
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Because of its high-performance, the FPOA is useful in a wide range of applications, including machine vision, professional video, medical imaging, and image processing.
Extensive IP portfolio for new 90 nm Flash-based FPGA family
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Lattice announces early availability of IP portfolio to enable rapid adoption of the 90 nm LatticeXP2 Flash-based FPGA family.
How big is a bacterium compared to a transistor?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/27/2007   Post a comment
Also, what is the total length of the interconnect (including poly-silicon, vias, and metal tracks) on a high-end silicon chip? Hmmm, interesting...
WirelessHD readies 60-GHz spec
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
The WirelessHD group has released for final review its specification for 60-GHz radios for short range, high bandwidth home networking.
New kit cuts development time for industry's latest non-volatile FPGAs
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx delivers Spartan-3AN starter kit for rapid evaluation of consumer communication infrastructure and industrial applications.
Xilinx now shipping Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs in production
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
The Spartan-3A DSP-focused FPGA platform from Xilinx offers 20 GMACs for under $30 for a wide range of low cost, data intensive applications.
When insults had class...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2007   Post a comment
How about: "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than illumination!"
Altera ships highest-density member of the Cyclone III FPGA family
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Latest 65-nm Cyclone III FPGA from Altera is ideal for applications requiring high integration and low power.
Nallatech launches rugged Virtex-5 products for defence and security applications
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Rugged deployable Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT and SXT FPGA-based product family leverages the latest processing and I/O technologies and delivers new capabilities to users.
Xilinx delivers latest ISE with lower memory requirements and new OS support
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Latest release of Xilinx ISE design tools allows designers to meet performance goals with greater certainty and reach design closure in less time.
Actel launches low-power RTAX-SL FPGAs for space applications
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Prototyping solutions and Class V processing added for Actel's RTAX-S and RTAX-SL Families.
Lattice and PLD Applications announce partnership for PCI Express connectivity solutions
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
PLDA delivers PCI XpressLite core for LatticeECP2M FPGAs; Partnership focused on expansion of connectivity solutions for Lattice devices.
Lattice introduces industry's first SERDES FPGA priced below $10
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Best-in-class FPGA performance further enhanced up to 30% -- comprehensive solutions including silicon, design tools, and IP available now.
Cypress LED controllers seek growth via lighting
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
As the semiconductor industry struggles with slower overall growth, companies like Cypress Semiconductor Corp. are looking outside the traditional design-engineering space for market expansion. It's a tricky proposition for methodologies and tools that still require an engineering degree to use.

OpenCores website, brand up for sale
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
OpenCores is looking for a strategic partner within the semiconductor and EDA industry to take over the OpenCores brand and website, according to an email from Damjan Lampret, a founder and long-time contributor to the OpenCores website.
Xilinx brings FlexRay to FPGA
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6/22/2007   Post a comment
FPGA maker Xilinx has implemented FlexRay IP on its Spartan-3 Automotive FPGA family. The device interacts with the FlexRay middleware and protocol stack from Vector Informatik.
Software-Intensive ASICs/ASSPs Demand Integrated Prototyping Solutions
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6/22/2007   Post a comment
FPGA-based prototypes are an ideal software development platform for several reasons. Increased simulation speed, lower development costs, and improved quality of design.
Data compression tutorial: Part 2
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Part two of this three-part series examines delta encoding and the LZW compression techniques used in GIF files.
How customer-specific standard products ease mobile device design
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
The CSSP approach yields a new combination of design flexibility, rapid development, and low cost that will help ease the burden on mobile device designers.
Asynch FPGA vendor in-sync with Mentor
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
Asynchronous FPGA startup Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced a technology partnership and OEM agreement with EDA company Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville, Ore.).
Get your mismatched socks here!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/20/2007   Post a comment
Yes, the moment we've all been waiting for, a website that sells mismatched socks (and pajamas, swimsuits, linens, and more).
Xilinx announces TD-SCDMA digital front-end reference design
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
New reference design from Xilinx provides customers with significant head-start in development of multi-channel digital up and down conversion solutions for TD-SCDMA radios
QuickLogic expands storage solution portfolio with Compact Flash host controller
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
QuickLogic's Compact Flash host controller supports CF+ specification with memory, I/O, and True IDE mode; enables compatibility with a wide variety of aftermarket peripherals.
Interfacing an FPGA to a PC using USB
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
A recent technical paper on TechOnline describes how to interface an FPGA to a PC using USB.
Auto-generating the lyrics for "99 Bottles of Beer" song
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/19/2007   Post a comment
Can you imagine the source code for a program that appears to be simple ASCII art, but if you run this code it generates the lyrics for the "99 Bottles of Beer" song?
Lattice announces uITRON RTOS support for LatticeMico32 microprocessor
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
TOPPERS open source implementation of the uITRON Real Time Operating System (RTOS) expands LatticeMico32 soft RISC processor RTOS support for embedded designers.
A compendium of bad designs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/18/2007   Post a comment
This cool website documents a variety of bad designs that make you want to say, "Ooooh", "Arrgghh", and . . . "Doh!"
XMOS revealed as configurable fabric company
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
XMOS Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company founded by academic computer scientist David May, has been revealed as a developer of a configurable hardware fabric — which usually implies a programmable array of resources.
Ada tool provider adds Java support
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Ada tool specialist DDC-I is adding Java support with Scorpion, a development suite for hard real-time applications that claims mixed language capabilities.
Actel offers 'Smart' FPGA design
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Actel Corp. is promising to bring FPGA design to a higher level of abstraction with SmartDesign, which generates synthesizable code from graphical block diagrams.
Massively parallel processors for DSP, part 1
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
In this two-part series, BDTI explains why you should consider massively parallel processors, and what to look for in these chips. Part 1 explains the inner workings of processors like IBM's Cell, Stretch's reconfigurable chip, and MathStar's FPOA.
ARC buys Tenison for simulation capability
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6/15/2007   Post a comment
ARC International plc (Elstree, England), known as a supplier of configurable processor cores and subsystems, has said it has acquired Tenison Technology EDA Ltd. (Cambridge, England) system-level EDA company for about $2 million in cash.
Kodak develop highly-sensitive color sensor
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/14/2007   Post a comment
The folks at Kodak have come up with a really cunning new color sensor technology that provides sharper, crisper images and support much faster shutter speeds.
Solvay to develop materials for printed plastic memory
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
Solvay SA (Brussels, Belgium) has agreed to work with Thin Film Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway) to develop materials for the production of printed electronic devices.
China mobile TV spec setting up design base
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
A fledgling mobile TV standard in China is trying to get a leg up by soliciting investment in a design and manufacturing base.
Data compression tutorial: Part 1
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
This three-part series explains how data compression algorithms work. Part one covers Huffman and run-length encoding, which are essential elements of most compression schemes.
The incredible journey of an 800 ps period
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
Using the "real-time window monitoring" technique to neutralize dynamic uncertainties and make 1.25 Gb/s LVDS FPGA-based interfaces a reality.
Next billion PCs shipping soon
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
All the attention is on cell phones shipping a billion units annually, but the PC is also approaching a billion units " cumulatively over 27 years. Now the next billion are expected to ship within several years and mostly to emerging markets.
Asia chip market to hit $203B in 2011
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
Chip growth in Asia is expected to remain strong through 2011, driven by more outsourcing to China and the slow, steady rise of India.
My off-road (mountain) unicycle just arrived!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/12/2007   Post a comment
I've been discovering some amazingly cool things, such as rough terrain unicycles, ultimate wheels (like a unicycle without a seat), and modern penny-farthings!
This really is very clever
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/11/2007   Post a comment
Every now and then you see something that makes you sit back and say "Wow!"
You won't believe what just arrived on my desk!
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6/11/2007   Post a comment
I'm bouncing off the walls in excitement, because the postman just delivered a package containing the most cunningly crafted device for my delectation and delight. Yes, you're right, it's...
Lenovo, Haier, Huawei top China list of tech firms
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6/8/2007   Post a comment
In the government's annual rankings of tech firms, Lenovo Holdings, Haier Group and Huawei Technologies come out on top.
CoolRunner-II starter kit cuts development time for handhelds
Product News  
6/8/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. announced immediate availability of its low-cost CoolRunner-II CPLD starter kit, which is designed for prototyping high volume, ultra low-power applications such as handheld devices, smartphones, motor control interface, and embedded CPLD applications.
Teardown shows Jobs willing to sacrifice margin on Apple TV
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6/8/2007   Post a comment
Hoping to push Apple TV into the living room, the company is willing to settle for about 20 percent gross margin, far from what it gets on some iPods.
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