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Are Red, Yellow, and Blue primary colors?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2007   Post a comment
If printers use Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow (CMY) inks as primary colors, why do art teachers at high school say that the primary colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue (RYB)?
PRODUCT HOW-TO: Quick Logic's PolarPro has designs on handheld devices
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9/29/2007   Post a comment
QuickLogic's PolarPro programmable platform is used to lower power and improve device interoperability in a handheld mobile device design.
PC architecture integrates a media center 'on wheels' - Part 2: building a unified system and connecting it to portable devices
Design How-To  
9/28/2007   Post a comment
Consumers increasingly want to plug-in a myriad of devices in their cars--requiring a high level of integration between vehicles, content, applications, and the devices themselves. A PC-compatible system offers performance, flexibility, connectivity, and scalability to meet today's, and future, infotainment needs.
FPGA Physical Synthesis, Part II
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Andy Haines replies to my blog on FPGA Physical Synthesis.
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...
PC architecture integrates a media center 'on wheels' - Part 1: coding/decoding content, rights management, and HMI challenges
Design How-To  
9/27/2007   Post a comment
Consumers increasingly want to plug-in a myriad of devices in their cars--requiring a high level of integration between vehicles, content, applications, and the devices themselves. A PC-compatible system offers performance, flexibility, connectivity, and scalability to meet today's, and future, infotainment needs.
New addition to Synplicity's HAPS ASIC prototyping system
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
HAPS-51 delivers increased capacity, performance, and on-board memory for faster SoC verification.
EXP expansion modules for FPGA development boards
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing has introduced three new EXP modules for EXP-enabled FPGA development boards.
How to turn every FPGA LVDS pair into a complete SERDES solution
Design How-To  
9/26/2007   7 comments
An innovative new technology called Align Lock Loops (ALLs) forms the basis for implementing fast, simple, and affordable chip-to-chip and board-to-board communication.
SerDes: A new definition?
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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.
Under the Hood: Sensor, processing at heart of DSLR
Teardown  
9/26/2007   Post a comment
While digital SLR cameras have drastically improved, a look inside the Sigma SD14 shows what can be done through the blending of advanced image-sensor technology with high-performance, low-power digital signal processing.
New vendor-independent FPGA synthesis from Mentor
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics announces Precision RTL Plus for FPGA Synthesis, a vendor-independent solution that provides breakthrough productivity.
QuickLogic PolarPro CSSPs/FPGAs now available in military temperature rating
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
The QL1P1000 CSSP/FPGA is specifically designed to meet the demanding needs of military applications.
Xilinx announces new low-cost, high-performance DSP development platform
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
The XtremeDSP Solutions Starter Platform - Spartan-3A DSP 1800A FPGA Edition " from Xilinx is priced under $300.
Lattice and Silicon Labs collaborate on SONET/SDH-compliant solutions
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
The combination of LatticeSC FPGAs from Lattice and Silicon Labs' clock and timing devices dramatically simplify OC-3/12/48 multi-rate line card design.
It's the 25th anniversary of the origin of the smiley!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/24/2007   Post a comment
In which we discover emoticons, assicons, boobiecons, portmanteaus, neologisms, morphemes, and nonce words.
Tool 'engages' EE students
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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.
Text-entry algorithm takes aim at Qwerty
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
The venerable keyboard may be obsolete, according to Kannuu Inc., which is demonstrating a one-thumb text-entry technique.
Stop kids being "cyber bullied"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/21/2007   Post a comment
Here's a very interesting site that every parent and kid should visit in today's crazy mixed-up world.
C-to-FPGA tools for Intel Xeon processor FSB-based accelerator applications
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Impulse C allows software programmers to quickly develop FPGA-accelerated high performance computing applications.
ESC Blog: Dealing with change in consumer electronics
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Structured ASICs may be most advantageous choice based on price and flexibilty.
Cost-effective two-dimensional rank-order filters on FPGAs
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Here's how to use FPGAs as co-, pre-, and post-processing hardware acceleration solutions for video and imaging.
The "Univers Revolved" 3D Alphabet
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/19/2007   Post a comment
Every now and then I run into something that provides a new way of looking at things and that makes me say: "Wow! How Cool!"
Scientists charged! The neutron's not so neutral after all
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9/19/2007   Post a comment
Age-old scientific "fact"--that neutrons are electrically neutral--has been disproved by recent experiments that reveal three layers of charge that just happen to sum to zero.
The FPGA "Fountain of Youth" (field logic updates)
Design How-To  
9/19/2007   1 comment
Increasingly, system designers must be able to update their FPGA-based systems in the field so as to add years of life to their otherwise soon-to-be obsolete system designs.
Loudspeakers: Effects of amplifiers and cables - Part 5
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9/19/2007   Post a comment
Part 5 of this series investigates some provable characteristics of cable performance with experiments measuring cable-related noise and distortion.
Letter to the editor: QuickLogic responds
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9/18/2007   Post a comment
QuickLogic Corp. CEO Tom Hart responds to our story on QuickLogic's strategy and explains its push into Customer-Specific Standard Products.
High-performance FSB co-processing module for Intel Xeon processor-based platforms
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9/18/2007   Post a comment
Altera and XtremeData have unveiled what is currently the industry's highest performance front side bus co-processing module for Intel Xeon processor-based platforms.
Reverse-engineering the brain for better computers
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9/18/2007   Post a comment
Interactive Supercomputing's Star-P helps UT San Antonio understand how brain neurons work in order to build stochastic computers.
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).
Indian center to be Xilinx global R&D hub
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9/18/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc.'s center in Hyderbad, India, will serve as its global R&D hub.
Samsung invests in picoChip
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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.
Actel addresses rapidly expanding portable market with extremely low-power FPGAs
News & Analysis  
9/17/2007   Post a comment
In addition to launching their ARM Cortex-M1 processor-enabled IGLOO family, the folks at Actel have announced a multi-phase portable application initiative.
Free optimized ARM Cortex-M1 processor core for Actel's IGLOO FPGAs
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
ARM Cortex-M1 processor core enables rapid deployment of portable devices leveraging flexible, low-cost and low-power IGLOO FPGAs from Actel.
VMETRO's serial FPDP IP core supports Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
Serial FPDP IP core from VMETRO provides high-performance, highly integrated solutions for both front panel optical and VITA-41 (VXS) backplane interconnects.
PSoC starter kit offered in USB thumb drive format
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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).
Synopsys Announces System-Level Library
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
Synopsys introduced the DesignWare System-Level Library. The library provides SystemC transaction-level simulation models.
See the new products being announced at ESC Boston
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
A slew of new products is being announced at ESC. Get the inside scoop here.
ESC NEWS: Kit available for mask-customizable ARM9-based MCUs
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9/15/2007   Post a comment
At the Embedded Systems Conference Boston Atmel Corp. took the wraps off its AT91CAP9A-DK development kit for its ARM9-based mask-customizable microcontrollers.
DRC Computer launches partner program
News & Analysis  
9/14/2007   Post a comment
DRC's partner program enhances customer support network and expands market reach.
SST introduces industry's smallest 8051-based microcontroller for mobile devices
Product News  
9/14/2007   1 comment
New package for the SST89V54RD makes it the smallest 8051-based microcontroller currently on the market.
Xilinx expands, opens lab in Singapore
News & Analysis  
9/14/2007   Post a comment
FPGA supplier Xilinx Inc. has announced the formation of a joint lab at Singapore's Republic Polytechnic.
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.
Viewpoint: Is ESL for everyone?
Design How-To  
9/13/2007   1 comment
EDA vendors are claiming to be "ESL vendors" despite how much they often need to stretch the definition.
ARM rolls Cortex-M1 kit for Cyclone III FPGAs
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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
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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.
Loudspeakers: Effects of amplifiers and cables - Part 4
Design How-To  
9/12/2007   Post a comment
Part 4 of this series discusses loudspeaker cables and their effect on performance, including cable designs for loudspeaker use and the loudspeaker/amplifier interface.
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