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The Periodic Table of Programmable Logic – Rev #1
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/28/2011   43 comments
Wow! Just yesterday as I pen these words I posted my blog suggesting that we might create a Periodic Table of Programmable Logic and I’ve been overwhelmed by the response…
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7/28/2011   24 comments
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Periodic Table of Programmable Logic
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/27/2011   12 comments
Now here’s something you don’t see every day…
MIT Professor uses ESL tools and FPGAs to teach system architecture
Design How-To  
7/27/2011   3 comments
Using modern design tools and development platforms – it is possible to quickly express and evaluate alternative architectures so as to come up with optimal implementations.
Research points to vulnerability in Xilinx FPGAs
Semi Conscious  
7/27/2011   1 comment
A recent paper published by a team of German researchers concludes that the bitstream encryption mechanism of Xilinx Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 FPGAs can be "completely broken with moderate effort" through side-channel analysis attacks, posing a potential risk of IP theft and more serious issues.
Gray Code Fundamentals – Part 5
Design How-To  
7/26/2011   1 comment
In this, the fifth and final installment of our mini-series, we ponder the concept of "n-ary" (non-Boolean) Gray codes.
Co-design – Myth or Reality?
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7/26/2011   13 comments
We are now on the right track to co-design, rather than the track that the early research took.
Book Review: 100 Power Tips For FPGA Designers by Evgeni Stavinov
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/25/2011   5 comments
In many ways this is an unusual book – one that will provide something of interest to almost every reader…
A cornucopia of iPad apps (Part 1)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/25/2011   3 comments
Is it really just a little more than a month ago that I took the plunge and purchased an iPad? I find that hard to believe, because I can’t remember life without it…
SparkFun electronics training for kids
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7/25/2011   3 comments
The folks at SparkFun have a bunch of interesting training courses coming up for kids who live in or near Boulder, Colorado.
Triad offers 1 million gates plus analog
Product News  
7/25/2011   4 comments
Triad Semiconductor Inc., whose via-configurable arrays offer programmable analog with a microcontroller, has announced the availability of its largest configurable array to date, the VCA-6, with more than one million ASIC gates.
Do NOT read this blog!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/22/2011   76 comments
It seems that henceforth I may have to include disclaimers with any of my blogs that are on non-programmable-logic-related topics saying…
GPS Car locator app for droid smartphones
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/22/2011   4 comments
Car Locator, which is available from the Android Market and the V CAST App Store, is a very clever application.
Xilinx new rad-hard Virtex-5QV FPGAs – what a good idea!
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7/21/2011   Post a comment
I am really excited by today’s announcement by Xilinx as to their new space-grade rad-hard Virtex-5QV FPGAs. Why? Let me explain...
Analysts high on Xilinx amid margin concern
News & Analysis  
7/21/2011   3 comments
Analysts remained mostly bullish on Xilinx after the company's earnings report despite some concerns about the company's declining gross margins.
Xilinx space-grade SRAM-based Virtex-5QV FPGA in production with Mega-Rad capability
Product News  
7/21/2011   1 comment
Designers now have the ability to replace ASICs and one-time-programmable (OTP) solutions with space-grade, high-density, rad-hard reconfigurable FPGAs.
Introducing a new high-level synthesis tool called HercuLeS
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7/20/2011   4 comments
One of the great things regarding my being the editor of Programmable Logic Designline is that I get to hear about all sorts of cool things, such as…
Free Webinar: Prototyping multi-million-gate ASIC designs
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7/19/2011   1 comment
Learn how new FPGA-based prototyping systems from Synopsys enable early HW/SW validation, debug, and development for much larger SoC projects than ever before.
Xilinx Xcell Journal wins two “Awards of Excellence”
Blog  
7/19/2011   1 comment
I must admit that I’ve long been a fan of the Xcell Journal quarterly magazine from Xilinx. This is a high-quality publication that always features a wide variety of interesting articles.
Virtualizer – Next-gen virtual prototyping solution from Synopsys
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7/19/2011   Post a comment
Virtualizer is claimed to accelerate software development schedules by up to nine months with lower engineering effort
Radar basics – Part 5: synthetic aperture radar
Design How-To  
7/18/2011   9 comments
Synthetic Aperture Radar, or “SAR”, is normally used to map ground features and terrain.
Am I a racist? Are you?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/18/2011   27 comments
I just took an online test described in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.” The result has certainly given me something to ponder…
I want to build a “Hassler” – does anyone have the circuit?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/14/2011   15 comments
This is an audio circuit that generates interference when someone speaks loudly – it provides a way to “train” your colleagues to speak in a softer tone.
Free webinar – Creating high-reliability, high-availability designs using FPGAs
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7/13/2011   2 comments
This one should be a lot of fun, not the least that yours truly (yes, me, myself, I) will be acting as the host…
Embrace your inner geek!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/13/2011   3 comments
Did you know that July 13 is “Embrace Your Geekiness Day"? (This is not to be confused with Geek Pride Day, which is celebrated on 25 May)
Product How-To: Controlling Power in Cypress Programmable SoC (PSoC) devices
Design How-To  
7/12/2011   2 comments
The focus of this article is on low power concepts that relate to shutting down power to blocks in a Programmable SoC (PSoC) device from Cypress.
Xilinx continues fast rollout of 28 nm 7 Series FPGAs
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7/12/2011   Post a comment
I just heard that the folks at Xilinx have started shipping the first member of their Virtex-7 family of 28 nm FPGAs – the VX485T – to advanced customers.
Veridae had a Very Good Day
Blog  
7/12/2011   3 comments
We look towards the startup companies for significant changes in direction or new ways to approach existing problems…
SiliconBlue launches 40nm mobileFPGA family (code name “Los Angeles”)
Product News  
7/11/2011   1 comment
Custom ultra-low-power mobileFPGA platform provides high-speed sensor management, custom connectivity, and video and imaging solutions.
Where have all the Mentors gone?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/11/2011   23 comments
I just received an email from a young engineer that made me feel rather sad… maybe we can offer this youngster some sage advice…
Chip inventory continues to build, says IHS
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
Semiconductor inventory levels at chip suppliers worldwide excluding memory have risen for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to market research company IHS.
SiliconBlue samples 40-nm FPGAs for tablets
News & Analysis  
7/11/2011   7 comments
Programmable logic startup SiliconBlue Technologies announced it is sampling its next-generation 40-nm FPGAs for smartphones and media tablets.
Do you remember … the world before USB?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/8/2011   27 comments
Do you remember how painful working with computers used to be with things like PS/2 connectors, RS-232 connectors, Centronics interfaces, SCSI interfaces, and goodness knows what else?
New Xilinx ISE Design Suite 13.2 boasts all sorts of cool stuff
Product News  
7/6/2011   Post a comment
Steps up designer productivity, brings partial reconfiguration to Kintex-7 and Virtex-7 FPGAs, improves QoR, enhances PlanAhead, and continues delivering on Plug-and-Play IP initiative
Traveling through time – what trade goods would you take?
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7/5/2011   35 comments
Recently I’ve been pondering what to pack if I were given one day to prepare for a one-way trip into the past or the future…
How to accelerate genomic sequence alignment 4X using half an FPGA
Design How-To  
7/5/2011   1 comment
C-based approach shortens time to accelerate processing on FPGA hardware
Ultra-large-scale FPGA-based SoC dev platforms from Logicview
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7/5/2011   Post a comment
Recently Brian Bailey said in a blog that FPGA-based prototyping was going to be the hot topic at DAC 2011. He was right, and since then the news keeps on coming…
PCIe 2.0 compliant low-cost FPGAs from Lattice
Product News  
7/5/2011   1 comment
LatticeECP3 PCI Express IP core solution enables low cost, low power single-chip programmable PCIe 2.0 endpoints.
Digital Blocks’ DB9100 BitBLT 2D graphics engine Verilog IP core family accelerates graphics display apps
Product News  
7/5/2011   Post a comment
New core accelerates graphics development for ASIC, ASSP, and FPGA design teams while off-loading the graphics function from the main Processor and enhancing software developer productivity.
Another clever and funny video from Lattice Semiconductor
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7/5/2011   4 comments
I have to take my hat off to the guys and gals at Lattice for coming up with these funny videos that manage to make you laugh while still being informative.
Microsemi achieves AS9100 Rev C and ISO 9001 certifications
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7/5/2011   Post a comment
Microsemi says it is the first FPGA supplier to achieve compliance with key aviation, space, and defense-quality system requirements
Google’s Android@Home – The plot thickens…
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7/2/2011   11 comments
I have a very happy smile on my face, because I now have 100% confirmation as to the wireless protocol used in Google’s recent Android@Home demonstrations…


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