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QuickLogic announces Jupiter app reference platform for ArcticLink II CX family
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6/29/2011   Post a comment
Jupiter reference platform accelerates evaluation time, enables performance benchmarking, and showcases fast sideloading and content protection capabilities.
FPGA startup Silicon Blue snags more funding
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6/29/2011   13 comments
Consumer-focused programmable logic startup SiliconBlue Technologies said it closed $18 million in series D venture capital funding from five separate funds.
Gray Code Fundamentals – Part 4
Design How-To  
6/29/2011   7 comments
In this, the fourth installment of our mini-series, we take a look at generating sub-2^n Gray code count sequences comprising *consecutive values*
Arcade-style gaming with your iPad!
Blog  
6/28/2011   7 comments
An old chum just sent me an email. The subject line was “iPad Space Invaders Console”; the body of the message contained a link and the text “Must get one!”
The interface roadblock
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6/28/2011   1 comment
Interface – verb: Interact with (another system, person, organization, etc); noun: A point where two systems, subjects, organizations, etc., meet and interact.
Radar Basics – Part 4: Space-time adaptive processing
Design How-To  
6/28/2011   2 comments
A technique called space time adaptive processing (STAP) can be used to find targets that could otherwise not be detected.
TI shows some very serious intent in analog-focused arenas
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6/27/2011   7 comments
Texas Instruments pushes ahead in diverse market areas and technologies, aided by investments in process, product, and people, as it strives to expand its market position and lead
Debug a microcontroller-to-FPGA interface from the FPGA side
Design How-To  
6/27/2011   2 comments
Microcontrollers and FPGAs often work together in embedded systems. As more functions move into the FPGA, however, debugging the interface between the two devices becomes more difficult. The traditional debugging approach comes from the microcontroller side, which relies on a serial-port printout. This approach adds overhead and may cause timing problems.
Running around in ever-decreasing circles…
Blog  
6/23/2011   4 comments
I tell you, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do all of the fun things that need to be done – so now I’m running around in ever-decreasing circles shouting “Don’t panic! Don’t Panic!”
I’m pining for the Norwegian fjords
Blog  
6/22/2011   6 comments
How exciting – I’ve just been asked to give the keynote presentation at next year’s annual FPGA-Forum, which is to be held in Trondheim, Norway.
Medical imaging process accelerated in FPGA 82X faster than software
Design How-To  
6/21/2011   1 comment
Line of reaction (LOR) estimation for a PET scanner optimized using C-to-FPGA methodology
Next-gen TVs and computer displays with six primary colors
Blog  
6/21/2011   6 comments
Traditional TV and computer displays are based on three primary colors (using RGB pixels). But I recently ran across a couple of papers describing prototype displays that are based on six primary colors.
QuickLogic’s RGB-split technology for next-gen foldable tablets and smartphones
Product News  
6/21/2011   2 comments
RGB-split technology provides an innovative, system-proven solution for splitting a single CPU display signal for use by multiple (2, 3, or more) display systems.
England raises security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved"
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6/20/2011   12 comments
I friend in England just sent me a rather funny email that describes the various terrorist threat levels used by different countries…
Zynq-7000 EPP sets stage for new era of innovations
Design How-To  
6/17/2011   5 comments
Xilinx’s Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform family mates a dual ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor-based system with programmable logic and hardened IP.
I feel like a fool…
Blog  
6/17/2011   6 comments
Here’s an old joke that usually gets a laugh. When someone says “I feel like a fool,” you should immediately reply, “So do I, but where are we going to find one at this time of the day?”
Gray Code Fundamentals – Part 3
Design How-To  
6/17/2011   1 comment
The term Gray code is typically used to refer to a binary sequence in which only a single bit changes value when transitioning between adjacent states.
OMG – I just saw the most amazing video!
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6/17/2011   4 comments
My erstwhile next door neighbor Dave just emailed me with a link to the most AMAZING video on YouTube – this one literally had me saying “Wow!”
ASICs versus SoCs – is there a difference?
Blog  
6/16/2011   7 comments
Now, before you say “The boy’s an idiot, of course there’s a difference,” perhaps you should hear me out and then tell me what you think…
S2C’s new FPGA-based TAI Verification Module for ASIC/SoC prototyping
News & Analysis  
6/16/2011   1 comment
New module enables high speed data transfer between the FPGA-based prototype and the user’s verification environment and maximizes signal visibility.
The inventor of the bagpipes…
Blog  
6/15/2011   7 comments
I had a rather interesting time yesterday evening, because I was invited to give a presentation on the use of social media to a group of inventors in Birmingham, Alabama.
A prediction ahead of its time?
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6/15/2011   3 comments
Weeks before DAC this year, I made the bold prediction that this would be the year in which the FPGA-based prototyping woke up from its sleepy position.
Updated C-to-FPGA compiler from Impulse C
Product News  
6/15/2011   1 comment
Latest and greatest version of the compiler accelerates image processing, national security, and high-frequency trading algorithm development.
ESC Silicon Valley Virtual Event
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6/15/2011   Post a comment
Sad to relate, I didn’t manage to attend ESC Silicon Valley this year (it was on May 2–5), but I just heard that UBM Electronics is offering a virtual version of this event…
Lattice announces “Do-It-All PLD” design challenge
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Engineers will compete within an innovative social networking community for cash prizes of over $5,000
FPGA Ethernet switch IP cores with HSR (IEC 62439-3) support from Lattice and Flexibilis
Product News  
6/13/2011   1 comment
These FPGA IP cores provide seamless redundancy with zero time to recovery from network failures.
What are the best iPad apps?
Blog  
6/13/2011   9 comments
I finally broke down and purchased an iPad 2. Now I'm pondering which apps I need to download. Any suggestions?
Altium brings affordable, high integrity data management to electronic product design
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
The folks from Altium say that they’ve introduced a major innovation in data management for electronics design – the Altium Satellite Vault.
Peering inside a portable, $200 cancer detector, Part 1
Design How-To  
6/13/2011   2 comments
Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a small, inexpensive cancer-detection device; here are the design and construction details
Radar Basics – Part 3: Beamforming and radar digital processing
Design How-To  
6/10/2011   4 comments
Both FFT and DFT produce identical results, but the FFT requires a small fraction of the computational effort compared to the DFT.
Video: I’m so happy with my (now working) Geiger counter
Blog  
6/10/2011   3 comments
My (now working) Geiger counter is sitting on my desk happily clicking away to itself and I wanted to bring you up to date with the current state of play…
Who Woz that masked man?
Blog  
6/7/2011   3 comments
It’s day #2 of DAC 2011 and I have to say that I’m having a wonderful time, not the least that yesterday I got to meet “The Woz” (Steve Wozniak – the co-founder of Apple Computers).
Xilinx to demo optical transport network (OTN) portfolio
News & Analysis  
6/6/2011   1 comment
Xilinx will showcase its optical transport network (OTN) portfolio and will discuss how it provides multiple solutions at the Linley Tech Carrier Conference.
Gray Code Fundamentals – Part 2
Design How-To  
6/5/2011   6 comments
The term Gray code is typically used to refer to a binary sequence in which only a single bit changes value when transitioning between adjacent states.
EcoCAR forms a project-based learning platform
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6/2/2011   Post a comment
Real-world development program inspires engineering students to extend their knowledge of advanced vehicle technologies.
Art is important for our next generation of engineers
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6/2/2011   13 comments
For the past week, I have been working for a non-profit organization, raising money to put some art education back into schools. Why is art important?
Forte Design Systems ships latest ASIC and FPGA high-level synthesis
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6/2/2011   Post a comment
Latest upgrades improve the full-chip design experience and the quality of results
Veridae Systems launches multi-FPGA prototyping debug suite Certus
News & Analysis  
6/1/2011   1 comment
The Certus multi-FPGA prototyping debug suite enables a single view of complex ASIC designs.
Xilinx to discuss 3D FPGAs in Embedded Systems at DAC 2011
News & Analysis  
6/1/2011   1 comment
At DAC 2011, Xilinx will be discussing 3D IC design methodologies, design tools, and FPGAs in embedded systems.
Xilinx Research Labs fellow Steve Trimberger to become ACM fellow
News & Analysis  
6/1/2011   4 comments
Steve Trimberger is to be honored at ACM induction ceremony with 2010 class of fellows. This most prestigious ACM grade recognizes the top one percent of membership.
High-performance FPGAs take flight in microsatellites
Design How-To  
6/1/2011   2 comments
This article demonstrates that utilizing Xilinx Virtex-4 devices in a U.K. CubeSat mission presents some interesting design challenges.


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