Can you invent a better smiley? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/27/2007 Post a comment Following my earlier blog on "The 25th Anniversary of the Smiley", one reader suggested a rather clever new design, which set me to wondering...
SerDes: A new definition? Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment The mission of engineers is to find a better way and that might be what Align Engineering has done with its Align Lock Loop (ALL) technology.
FPGAs look for a lingua franca Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment ESL tools have made FPGA design a lot easier, but the lack of a common design language means the learning curve is still too steep.
Tool 'engages' EE students News & Analysis 9/24/2007 Post a comment Why have American students been losing interest in electrical engineering? One theory is that dramatic technological advances in electronics have had the unintended consequence of making electronics less accessible to curious young minds.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/18/2007 Post a comment Don't forget that September 19 is one of the now-classic geek holidays and ranks right up there with 'Pi Day' (14 March) and 'Pi Approximation Day' (22 July).
Samsung invests in picoChip News & Analysis 9/18/2007 Post a comment Samsung participates in the D-round for funding fabless chip vendor picoChip (Bath, England). The value of the funding round is $27 million. Samsung's investment, however, has not been disclosed.
PSoC starter kit offered in USB thumb drive format Product News 9/17/2007 Post a comment Cypress has introduced the PSoC FirstTouch Starter Kit, a USB thumb drive kit that is designed to provide a quick, easy, and affordable way for embedded customers to evaluate the integration, flexibility, and real mixed-signal programmability of PSoC mixed-signal arrays.
Measure power efficiently, effectively--and early Design How-To 9/17/2007 Post a comment Designers frequently turn to advanced power reduction techniques such as power shutoff (PSO) and multi-supply-voltage (MSV) architectures to help reach power consumption targets in advanced technology nodes (90 nanometers and below).
Multimedia signal processing with programmable logic Design How-To 9/14/2007 Post a comment The main advantage of using FPGAs for video and imaging applications, compared to using a standard digital signal processor is that FPGAs have a built-in high level of parallel processing. FPGA solutions improve the price-to-performance ratio by enabling FPGA coprocessors to do the heavy lifting, with HD solutions using a single DSP device and a single FPGA instead of as many as eight to ten DSP devices.
ARM rolls Cortex-M1 kit for Cyclone III FPGAs Product News 9/13/2007 Post a comment ARM's new Cortex-M1 Development Kit is optimized for Altera's Cyclone III FPGAs. It has been integrated into Altera's Quartus II design software, and the core is configurable as a component in Altera's SOPC Builder tool.
Altera, European firms launch HD initiative News & Analysis 9/13/2007 Post a comment Seeking to foster the adoption of high definition broadcast systems design, Altera Corp. has launched the High Definition Quality Initiative. 4i2i Communications Ltd, ATEME SA, Let It Wave SA and PLD Applications joined the initiative as founding members.
Mindray Selects Actel for Medical Equipment Product News 9/12/2007 Post a comment Mindray Medical International Limited, China's leading developer and manufacturer of medical devices, has chosen Actel's flash-based ProASIC3 FPGAs for implementation in its portable patient monitoring systems.