Circuit-sized quantum effect observed
News & Analysis 7/31/2007 Post a comment
Magnetic quantum effects have been harnessed for the first time at lithographic sizes up to 30 nanometers long, holding the promise of future semiconductor circuits for quantum computers.
Touch screen capability added to PSoC mixed-signal arrays
Design How-To 7/25/2007 Post a comment
For applications ranging from mobile handsets to white goods, Cypress has developed a flexible touch screen capability for integration with three of its PSoC mixed-signal arrays with on-chip controllerthe CY8C20x34, CY8C21x34 and CY8C24x94 device families, all of which are in full production.
PMC/XMC module offers complete software radio system
Product News 7/24/2007 Post a comment
Pentek has released its Model 7140-420 dual digital transceiver with wideband digital downconverter (DDC) core and interpolation filter. This is a complete software radio system in a PMC/XMC module with a GateFlow FPGA IP core that provides high-performance DDC and interpolation.
Reconfigurable processors 'morph' weaponry
News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment
Much like the consumer electronics and wireless industries, where mobile devices are king, the U.S. military is developing its own version of mobility with autonomous weapons that use less power and are able to sift through and relay large amounts of sensor data using on-board processors.
Camera eyes and navigation give cars more autonomy
News & Analysis 7/19/2007 Post a comment
Future car generations will be equipped with a broad range of sensors, enabling them to 'see' what comes ahead. While the integration of additional electronics serves the safety, it also can create security problems. On a congress, German auto makers discussed the trends - and the options they have.
Abstraction Levels and Hardware Design
Design How-To 7/17/2007 1 comment
The paper defines five levels of abstraction that are appropriate for hardware design. The register-transfer and behavioral levels are common terms without standard definitions. Here we give a definition, and also define three levels above what is commonly accepted as the behavioral level. The paper shows an example at each level and shows some high-level synthesis and simulation results illustrating some of the advantages of design at higher levels of abstraction.
Wow, a USB-based ultrasound probe!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/12/2007 Post a comment
Would you believe that everything you need to implement a state-of-the-art ultrasound probe can be run from the scant five volts trickling through a USB cable?
Will chip marking move end teardowns?
News & Analysis 7/11/2007 Post a comment
If a scheme for the secret encrypted marking of chip packages were successful, would it lead to human-readable markings being left off chips entirely - possibly including even company names?
Magic Wheel looks mega-cool
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/11/2007 Post a comment
This definitely comes under "The-Kids-Will-Want-One" heading. Consisting of a really big wheel and a smaller wheel, this is sort of a cross between a unicycle and a skateboard.
Xilinx delivers ISE WebPACK 9.2i
Product News 7/10/2007 1 comment
ISE WebPACK 9.2i from Xilinx offers expanded support for latest 65nm Virtex-5 FPGAs; free, downloadable design solution now offers Microsoft Windows Vista Support.