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Altera shipping 14.1 Gbps backplane-capable transceivers in 28-nm Stratix V FPGAs
Product News  
7/31/2012   Post a comment
The only FPGA with 14.1 Gbps backplane-capable transceivers to meet the high-performance requirements in test and measurement, data centers, and storage area networks.
Have you got the globes? No, I always walk this way!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/31/2012   31 comments
You tend to forget just how much more information there seems to be when you are looking at globe as opposed to a flat map / projection.
Lattice announced serial image sensor bridge support for Sony IMX136/104
Product News  
7/30/2012   3 comments
Design uses low cost, low power MachXO2 PLD
First public access release to Xilinx Vivado design suite
Product News  
7/26/2012   2 comments
Accelerates time to implementation from C and RTL up to 4x and improves performance up to 15 percent.
No! It's not fair!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2012   10 comments
I really don’t think it's "cricket" for people to tempt me in this way, because I am a weak man…
Using FPGAs to solve tough DSP design challenges
Design How-To  
7/23/2012   16 comments
A short, practical review of DSP vs. FPGA technology and a specific comparison of both architectures in a FIR filter application.
Xilinx forecasts chip sales down about 6%
News & Analysis  
7/18/2012   2 comments
Xilinx forecasted sales will be down four to eight percent in its current quarter due to a mix of factors including weakness in industrial and wired communications.
Yum Yum – canned uranium ore!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/18/2012   18 comments
The really funny thing about this can of uranium ore webpage is the associated comments, for example...
Xilinx Artix-7 FPGAs – For applications on the "edge"
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7/17/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx Artix-7 sets a new FPGA performance standard for power and cost, raising the performance bar for portable and small form factor applications at the ‘Edge’.
Atomic Rules – OK?
News & Analysis  
7/17/2012   4 comments
Atomic Rules Expands Technical Staff with Internship Hire of University of Arkansas grad student Christina Smith.
Is the cost reduction associated with IC scaling over?
Blog  
7/16/2012   9 comments
The cost reduction associated with scaling may be over, unless we augment dimensional scaling with monolithic 3D-IC scaling.
Do NOT push the big red button!
Blog  
7/16/2012   10 comments
You just know that someone is going to push the big red button to see what happens… it's only a matter of when…
Microsemi completes impressive FPGA reliability testing
News & Analysis  
7/13/2012   6 comments
Microsemi has announced that an independent organization has tested its commercial-grade FPGAs for more than four years with an accumulated total of more than 26 million device-hours without a single anti-fuse failure.
High praise for Alfa Insurance
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/12/2012   14 comments
I just returned from a quick trip down to my local Alfa Insurance office, and I have to say that I am mega-impressed…
A "must read" new book – The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/12/2012   Post a comment
There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs...
Camera kit for automotive black box recorders from Lattice and friends
Product News  
7/12/2012   2 comments
New black box camera kit from Lattice Semiconductor and Leopard Imaging enables video processor from Texas Instruments to interface to two 720p image sensors.
XpressGX5LP low profile PCIe FPGA design kit from PLDA
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
Based on Altera Stratix V GX FPGA, new half-height board delivers PCIe 3.0 x8, 40G Ethernet and DDR3 SDRAM interfaces, enabling quick time-to-market
Altera introduces new 40GbE/100GbE IP core
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
New 40GbE/100GbE IP core provides a complete solution for customers integrating Ethernet into their FPGA-based systems.
Xilinx to invest $50M expanding operations in Ireland
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx will recruit 60 highly qualified new staff for Dublin and Cork
Increase your FPGA design skills for free
Product News  
7/11/2012   2 comments
I recently received a jolly friendly email from the folks at Altera inviting us to partake of their free online technical training courses…
I want a Jumbo Jet Executive Desk!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/11/2012   5 comments
I've said it before and I'll say it again – I LOVE the stuff they do over at MotoArt...
Hot news! Lattice announces strategic partnership with UMC
News & Analysis  
7/10/2012   Post a comment
New strategic partnership leverages the non-volatile memory technology Lattice recently acquired as a result of its acquisition of SiliconBlue.
Enabling error resilience throughout the embedded system
Design How-To  
7/10/2012   Post a comment
FPGAs connected to gigabytes of DDR is now common, so attention must be paid to the probability and avoidance of soft errors.
Xilinx to recruit engineers in $50 million Irish expansion
News & Analysis  
7/4/2012   3 comments
Xilinx is to invest $50 million in an expansion of its operations at its European headquarters sites in Dublin and Cork, and plans to recruit 60 silicon designers and applications engineers.
Death by armpit!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/3/2012   45 comments
I don’t quite recall how this came about, but I was chatting with my wife (Gina The Gorgeous) yesterday evening when the topic of underarm deodorant came up.
How can this be possible?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/2/2012   12 comments
I really don’t know what to say (and that's not something you hear me say very often)…
Embedded vision: FPGAs’ next technology opportunity
Design How-To  
7/2/2012   3 comments
This article addresses the emerging application of embedded vision moving into multiple applications, including military and aerospace.
Microcontroller Invasion!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/1/2012   22 comments
A few weeks ago I was cogitating, contemplating, reflecting, and generally ruminating on "this and that" when…


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