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The quest for Digital Broadcast Quality: Addressing quality "hot spots"
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8/29/2007   Post a comment
Digital signal processing within digital televisions (DTVs) has advanced significantly, resulting in improved picture and audio quality. The largest gains in the HD video experience will be achieved by improving the A/V source received by the DTV. This white paper examines the quality "hot spots" (degradation points) HDTV may suffer, from the time it is captured to the moment it is experienced by the consumer, and discusses ways of preserving and improving the quality within existing distributio
Can anyone learn to design with FPGAs?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2007   Post a comment
The answer according to ASIC designer Sven Andersson is yes, and he's documented his experiences to prove it!
How to design an FPGA from scratch
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8/29/2007   18 comments
When veteran ASIC designer Sven Andersson determined to learn how to work with FPGAs, he decided to create this step-by-step tutorial to teach others.
Ball lightning's frightening . . . but finally explained
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8/29/2007   Post a comment
A Ukrainian researcher explains that ball lightning consists of an aerosol of nanoscale batteries--formed from a reductant, an oxidizer and an electrolyte--that short-circuit by surface discharge to spontaneously generate mega-amperes of current.
Updated: QuickLogic backs away from FPGAs
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
QuickLogic Inc. is backing away from the FPGA market, saying that it will focus on an ASSP-like market called customer specific standard products (CSSPs).
Xilinx development tools boost DSP performance
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx's DSP development tools now deliver up to a 38 percent faster Fmax performance for multi-rate DSP designs and improved ease of use.
Altera ships first member of high-end Stratix III FPGA family
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
Industry's lowest-power high-performance Stratix III FPGAs from Altera offer 25 percent performance advantage over competing solutions.
ProASIC3 FPGA development card comes with MRAM and on-board programmer
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
Measuring only 2.4" x 1.0", the Actel ProASIC3 FPGA development card from Domain Technologies supports speedy development of sophisticated designs.
Video-on-demand server achieves breakthrough performance with Altera FPGAs
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
Edgeware's innovative streaming system created with memory-rich Altera Stratix II and Cyclone III devices to be showcased at IBC2007.
Actel's ProASIC3 FPGAs enable automotive vision systems
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
Magna Electronics chooses Actel's low-power, single-chip FPGAs; ProASIC3 technology offers quality and reliability for driver assistance applications.
NASA confirms Einstein
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
NASA astronomers have found a new way to perform fundamental physics research on ultra-dense objects like black holes, yielding the latest confirmation of Einstein's theory of relativity.
Check out these online labs
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/27/2007   Post a comment
If you haven't checked out TechOnline's VirtuaLabs, now is a good time to do so.
Actel pioneering new markets for FPGAs in automobiles
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
Based on this announcement, Gartner/Dataquest is going to start tracking FPGAs in new automotive application areas such as the powertrain and safety systems
Total Lunar Eclipse Aug 28th
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
What are you doing in the wee hours of the morning of Tuesday 28th August (surely you weren't thinking about sleeping)?
Speed MATLAB by optimizing memory access
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
MATLAB code is often slowed down by excess memory accesses. Here's how you can speed things up.
Autonomous vehicle finds way without GPS
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8/24/2007   Post a comment
In the European Land Robot Trial, a vehicle of the university of the German armed forces (Universitaet der Bundeswehr) is the winner in the speed discipline. In comparison the Darpa Grand Challenge, the European contest demands more autonomy, participants say.
Altium hits the road in the US and Canada
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8/23/2007   Post a comment
New seminar series will demonstrate the potential of programmable hardware.
Kilopass Announces Embedded Non-Volatile Memory for 65 nm Processes
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8/23/2007   Post a comment
Kilopass Technology Inc. announced that its XPMTM technology is now available for 65-nanometer (nm) low power (XPM-65LPTM) and general purpose (XPM-65G+TM) processes.
How to support multiple SD devices using CPLDs
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8/22/2007   Post a comment
This tutorial details a scalable, auto-sensing bidirectional multiplexer-based CPLD-based design that allows host devices to support any number of SD devices.
USB-based CD/DVD Destroyer
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/22/2007   Post a comment
Destroys the surface of CDs and DVDs rendering their data-bearing surfaces unreadable within five seconds!
C-to-FPGA compiler adds six new Xilinx Virtex-5 computing platforms
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8/22/2007   Post a comment
The C-to-FPGA compiler from Impulse now supports six new Xilinx Virtex-5-based platforms for embedded and high performance computing.
Configurable processor focuses on video surveillance systems
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8/22/2007   Post a comment
Startup Stretch Inc. has wrapped reference designs and software around its S6000 configurable processor to build low cost networked surveillance cameras and video recorders.
FPGAs bring clarity to new visibility enhancement technology platform
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Security, speed, size, and low power make Actel's ProASIC3 FPGAs the ideal choice for an innovative new video processing platform from LYYN AB.
Ultra-secure, digital rights management, single-chip solutions for handheld products
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
QuickLogic's patented silicon fabrication technology make digital rights management (DRM) solutions effectively "reverse engineering proof."
"Holy Socks, Batman, they've found a hole in Mars!"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/21/2007   Post a comment
Have you seen this amazing NASA picture showing a hole in the planet Mars?
Howling at the moon!
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Have you ever seen the moon rising just above the horizon and looking absolutely HUGE?
Implementing an FPGA-based scalable OFDMA engine for WiMAX
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
The underlying nature of OFDMA is ideal for an FPGA-based WiMAX basestation design physical layer.
A Bluespec Hardware Implementation of Sudoku
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Bluespec implementation of a Sudoku machine and solver illustrates how its ESL Synthesis technology effectively tackles key, contemporary System-on-Chip (SoC) development issues.
Control-by-thought developer awarded German prize
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
John Donoghue of Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. (Foxborough, Mass.) has been awarded a German neuroscience honor worth $68,000 for the development of the BrainGate neural interface system.
Tilera starts shipping 64-way multiprocessor
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
Tilera Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has said it has started shipping its Tile64 processor, a 64-processor chip based on an architecture that could scale to hundreds and even thousands of cores, according to the company.
DSP silicon takes many forms
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
Here's a guide to the chips used in signal processing: DSPs, MPUs, FPGAs, multiprocessors, massively parallel processors, and more!
Q-bits put new spin on quantum computing
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8/17/2007   Post a comment
Quantum dots in gallium arsenide can now encode quantum states, called q-bits, onto individual electrons, thereby enabling ultra-low power quantum computers.
Fuel cells remain a moving target
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8/17/2007   Post a comment
Despite a massive influx of research and development, micro fuel cells are not expected to hit the mainstream for several years.
Cadence, Mentor team on SystemVerilog verification
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8/16/2007   Post a comment
Two EDA companies, Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Mentor Graphics Corp., have joined forces to promote a common approach to the verification of design files based on the SystemVerilog language.
Understanding superior professional audio design: A block-by-block approach
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8/15/2007   Post a comment
This article walks you through the main blocks of the professional audio signal chain, provides desirable parameters, and identifies the benefits designers should consider when designing a professional audio product.
FPGA-based hardware acceleration of C/C++ based applications - Part 3
Design How-To  
8/15/2007   1 comment
The team at Impulse Accelerated Technologies explain how state-of-the-art C-to-hardware tools simplify the development of FPGA-accelerated algorithms.
Practical design considerations--Ethernet vs. RapidIO standards
Design How-To  
8/15/2007   1 comment
The RapidIO specification outlines an appropriate set of baseline functionality for chassis- and board-level applications resulting in lower implementation costs and reduced overall complexity.
Have you seen "The Device"?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/15/2007   Post a comment
"The Device Patented Process Indicating Apparatus" is an enigmatic beast; at first glance, one hardly knows what to make of it ... and at second glance things don't get much better.
Tip: Improve Simulink models with diagnostics
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8/15/2007   Post a comment
Here's how to use Simulink's built-in tools to avoid errors and make sure your model does what you intended.
Xilinx to work with EDA vendors on 65-nm FPGA verification
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8/14/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. said it is collaborating with electronic design automation vendors to tackle FPGA design verification issues.
Ultra-high-capacity FPGA design verification tools and flows
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8/14/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx is collaborating with EDA leaders Cadence, Mentor, and Synopsys to address verification challenges for 65 nm FPGAs and beyond.
Great source for out-of-print books!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/14/2007   Post a comment
Lindsay reprints out of print and public domain technical manuals from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Paper battery is rechargable
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8/14/2007   1 comment
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers said they have developed a paper-thin battery that uses nanotubes to store electrical energy.
LabView programming language gets updates
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
Non-overwriting back-up, simplified distributed computing and better paths to incorporate user-generated customizations are among the improvements to LabView software.
Self-assembly extends to 10 nm
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
University of Alberta (Canada) researchers have demonstrated a way to extend design features below the 10-nanometer node--off the scale of the current International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).
Magnetic domains switched from 'hard' to erasable
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
Perpendicular magnetic recordings can now be switched from hard (permanent) to soft (erasable) by way of a discovery recently made at the University College London. Using a designer material with strong anisotropy, the researchers demon- strated how to switch magnetic domains from permanent to erasable by applying a longitudinal magnetic field to modulate the domain walls' strength.
'Long Tail' author claims theory could transform design
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
An unmanned air vehicle was constructed from a LEGO kit for under $1,000 by the child of Chris Anderson and of Wired Magazine to show how the long-tail effect described in his book of the same name is democratizing technology and changing the very nature of innovation.
Easy multiprocessor design with sRIO and MSGQ
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
TI's MSGQ technology makes it easy to build multiprocessor systems using Serial RapidIO (sRIO). Here's how it works.
AMAZING Victorian-styled computers!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/10/2007   Post a comment
I am completely blown away. I have just been exposed to the most amazing Victorian-styled computer keyboards, displays, cabinets ... and all sorts of things!
More mega-cool USB-based "stuff"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/9/2007   Post a comment
There are so many USB-based products out there that my head is starting to spin; some of these little rascals are way over the top, but every now and then...
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