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posted in August 2011
Bacon T-Shirts and Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/31/2011   4 comments
May 1000 curses rain down on the heads of the guys and gals at Think Geek who torment me with products I never knew I wanted…
Microsemi expands SmartFusion cSoC offering for industrial and military applications
Product News  
8/31/2011   Post a comment
New leaded 208-PQFP package reduces PCB manufacturing and debugging costs
NSA-approved, defense-grade cryptographic Spartan-6Q FPGAs now in production
Product News  
8/31/2011   1 comment
Third generation secure architecture with information assurance methodology and anti-tamper IP pass extensive qualification process and extends Xilinx capabilities in secure applications.
Synopsys, Achronix extend tool agreement
News & Analysis  
8/31/2011   Post a comment
EDA and IP supplier Synopsys and FPGA startup Achronix Semiconductor announced a multi-year extension of their OEM agreement for Synopsys FPGA synthesis tools.
Programmable oscillators enhance FPGA applications
Design How-To  
8/29/2011   2 comments
Clock oscillators offer unique advantages in highly customizable FPGA-based systems, including flexibility and EMI reduction.
Free 2-day class for SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2011   1 comment
If you are based in Silicon Valley, California, you might want to sign up for this free 2-day training course on 6-7 September 2011…
Diamond planet – black hole eats star – life on Mars – lots more “stuff”
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/29/2011   15 comments
Good grief – it’s early Monday morning and my brain is already reeling with all of the interesting info that is flashing before my eyes…
Video: Amazing electronic trick (how is this done?)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/26/2011   45 comments
I have to admit to being seriously intrigued. I just saw an electronics-based trick that I cannot explain…
Tactical Nuclear Penguins
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/26/2011   7 comments
Am I man enough to tackle the world’s strongest beer? You bet your Emperor Penguin I am!
Why the guy who fixes your computer hates you!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/26/2011   9 comments
I just saw a funny article on Cracked.com titled “6 Reasons The Guy Who’s Fixing Your Computer Hates You”…
Has Mentor traded its high-level synthesis (HLS) Catapult C organization?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/26/2011   4 comments
I can hardly believe my ears. I just heard a rumor that “Effective on August 31, 2011, the High Level Synthesis organization, which produces Catapult C, will become part of a new entity with Calypto Design Systems.”
NEC releases first dedicated FPGA version of CyberWorkBench
Product News  
8/26/2011   1 comment
CyberWorkBench is a C-based high-level synthesis (HLS) design platform developed by NEC over the course of twenty years.
I need help to recreate an amazing color vision experiment
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/25/2011   22 comments
A few years ago I posted a column about a rather amazing color vision experiment. I’m now a little closer to recreating this, but I could still use a little help…
Free webinar on creating radiation-immune FPGA designs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/25/2011   Post a comment
I’m becoming increasingly interested in the effects of radiation on designs intended for terrestrial applications – especially those implemented using FPGAs.
Microsemi announces cost-optimized SmartFusion cSoC (mixed-signal FPGA)
Product News  
8/25/2011   2 comments
New cost-optimized solution is ideal for applications in the industrial, communications, medical and military/aerospace market segments
Stand back – I have a ukulele and I'm not afraid to use it!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/24/2011   7 comments
I'm proud to report that I just finished building my first do-it-yourself ukulele kit.
World's first 28-Gbps-enabled FPGAs now shipping from Altera
Product News  
8/24/2011   Post a comment
New 28nm FPGAs featuring 28-Gbps transceivers enables higher throughput, increased performance, and reduced power in high-end applications.
Altera ships Stratix V GT FPGAs
News & Analysis  
8/24/2011   1 comment
Altera said it has begun shipping 28-nm Stratix V GT devices, the first FPGA featuring 28-gigabits-per-second transceivers.
Mega-cool new electronics products from SparkFun
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/23/2011   3 comments
New product line helps beginners in programming, prototyping, and designing with electronics.
Dynamic reprogrammability seems rather static
Blog  
8/22/2011   6 comments
There are times when a technology that sees quick adoption dumbfounds me as to what people see in it, or why it should become so popular.
I want impossible balls too!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/22/2011   8 comments
I love magic tricks and optical illusions, and these just blew me away…
Hot iPad app: iCircuit (electronic circuit editor and simulator)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/19/2011   9 comments
My old chum Alvin just emailed me to say that he is really impressed with an iPad app called iCircuit...
Hot iPad app: Notes Plus (handwriting, text, shapes, audio…)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/18/2011   7 comments
Notes Plus is in a league of its own – this is the sort of app that fully utilizes all of the iPad’s capabilities and turns the iPad into a tool rather than a toy.
The coffee ring effect revealed
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/18/2011   2 comments
Every now and then, some bright spark pauses for a second and says “Just a cotton pickin' moment, I wonder what’s causing that?”
Mystery robot dog from the 1950s
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/17/2011   5 comments
This is just so amazingly cool. It’s almost a retro version of Doctor Who’s robot dog K-9.
What do QR codes have to do with a “bad hair day”?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/17/2011   14 comments
QR codes storing addresses and URLs may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, business cards, or almost any object about which users might need information.
The Periodic Table of Programmable Logic – Rev #2
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/17/2011   2 comments
I’ve waded my weary way through all of your suggestions – accepted some, rejected others, and added some of my own…
IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol IP for Microsemi’s SmartFusion cSoCs
Product News  
8/16/2011   1 comment
SmartFusion cSoCs are the only devices that integrate an FPGA, a complete microcontroller built around a hard ARM Cortex-M3 processor, and programmable analog fabric.
Silego’s GreenPAK – Design and program a custom chip in minutes
Design How-To  
8/16/2011   15 comments
Silego’s GreenPAK is an amazingly clever, incredibly tiny mixed-signal FPGA that (for just a few cents) can replace a bunch of other chips on your size-, weight-, and cost-conscious circuit boards.
Video: A robot that flies like a bird
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/15/2011   8 comments
This really is quite amazing. Something like this bird would be available only in the realm of science fiction in the not-so-distant past.
A cornucopia of iPad apps (Part 3)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/13/2011   3 comments
In which we discover some REALLY cool applications…
FPGA embedded intelligent IP enables ultra-fast Flash programming
Product News  
8/11/2011   2 comments
Goepel developed the ChipVORX model library series, structured modularly as intelligent IP for FPGA accelerated in-system programming of Flash components.
How do I reset my FPGA?
Design How-To  
8/10/2011   7 comments
Devising the best reset structure can improve the density, performance and power of your design.
Well, Morph Me!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/10/2011   2 comments
Every now and again I come up with an idea that’s way ahead of its time, but I don’t have the resources or money or time to do anything about it…
Bill Bryson on cricket
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/9/2011   9 comments
It is not true that the English invented cricket as a way of making all other human endeavors look interesting and lively; that was merely an unintended side effect.
'They're Made Out Of Meat' by Terry Bisson
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/9/2011   6 comments
In this short story by Terry Bisson we listen in on two aliens from a mechanical civilization talking about what to do with regard to their first contact with the human race.
KaiSemi replaces end-of-life ASICs and FPGAs with functionally identical chips
Product News  
8/9/2011   3 comments
Fabless semiconductor vendor KaiSemi Ltd. is boosting its efforts to provide drop-in replacement chips for ASICs and FPGAs whose manufacturing is due to be terminated (End-of-Life).
Micrium makes uC/OS-III RTOS source code available
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/8/2011   2 comments
Source code for popular real-time kernel now available for free evaluation.
A cornucopia of iPad apps (Part 2)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/6/2011   8 comments
Did you know that there are currently more than 90,000 apps for the iPad according to the App Store page on the Apple website?
A reader writes – ‘My thoughts on why GateRocket shut down’
Blog  
8/4/2011   2 comments
I just received an email from a reader with the subject 'My thoughts on why GateRocket shut down'
Changing the status quo in processor design: why synchronous is no longer ‘cool’
Blog  
8/4/2011   3 comments
Smaller geometries and topology techniques have reached the point of diminishing returns
FPGA tool vendor GateRocket folds
News & Analysis  
8/3/2011   Post a comment
FPGA verification and debug software vendor GateRocket has apparently ceased operations.
Goodbye GateRocket, we hardly knew ye…
Blog  
8/3/2011   5 comments
Well, this was a shock and no mistake. To say I am unhappy about this doesn’t start to cover my feelings…
Another one Bites the Dust – GateRocket
Blog  
8/3/2011   6 comments
The demise of a company like GateRocket, who ceased operations last month, is painful for the industry on several fronts.
It's hard to be in a bad mood while you're playing the ukulele!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/2/2011   25 comments
Yesterday I didn't even know how to spell 'Ukulele', but then ordered a ‘Build Your Own Ukulele Kit’ and now I can’t wait for it to arrive…
The latest and greatest in NI's RIO technology
Blog  
8/2/2011   Post a comment
Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs are featured in NI’s new CompactRIO Systems and Single-Board RIO Devices.
The latest and greatest in RIO technology
News & Analysis  
8/2/2011   Post a comment
Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs are featured in NI’s new CompactRIO Systems and Single-Board RIO Devices.
Seeing sounds and tasting colors
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/1/2011   1 comment
One engineer sees black-and-white gate-level schematics in color. Are there any synaesthete design engineers who see black-and-white RTL in color?
Words of wisdom, straight from the bottle…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/1/2011   11 comments
Someone who should know better just sent me a bunch of quotes related to drinking alcohol (I particularly like the warnings)…


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
20 comments
I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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41 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
151 comments
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