Student completes his MP3 project Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/29/2008 Post a comment With the help of the readers of Programmable Logic DesignLine, a student learns about the CRC-7 algorithm used by SD Cards and successfully completes his project.
In multicore SOC architectures, buses are a last resort Design How-To 9/29/2008 Post a comment The one-processor system model that dominated electronic system design since 1971 is now thoroughly obsolete. Today's SOC designers readily accept the idea of using multiple processors in their complex systems to achieve design goals and use the terms "control plane" and "data plane" to describe how these various on-chip processors are used on the chip. These terms appeared during the Internet and networking boom. At first, they referred to the design of multiple-board networking systems but hav
I never knew that! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/26/2008 Post a comment Someone just told me the most amazing (incredibly simple) secret that will be of interest and use to almost everyone I know...
France to devote $833 million to nanoelectronics, says report Product News 9/24/2008 Post a comment In a visit to Minalogic competitiveness cluster dedicated to micro, nanotechnologies and embedded software in Grenoble, France, Prime Minister François Fillon announced the French Government would provide a 565 million euro (about $833 million) subsidy, over a period of five years, to support nanoelectronics, according to Reuters.
Internet-connected system implements remotely-controlled home automation and security functions Design How-To 9/23/2008 Post a comment Monitoring appliances and other home and office electronics remotely over the Internet is no longer a futuristic dream. Though not yet pervasive, Internet-connected systems for homes and businesses are on the market and evolving quickly. While off-the-shelf application specific standard products (ASSPs) and microcontrollers are popular choices as the underlying technology, these options however, remain limited in functionality and lifespan. But with programmable logic, designers can avoid obsole
Magic Sine Waves Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/19/2008 Post a comment I'm still trying to wrap my poor befuddled brain around all of this, so let me just quote from the executive (read "for those of little brain") summary...
IC Insights cuts '08 forecast; sees ASPs firming News & Analysis 9/18/2008 Post a comment Market research firm IC Insights has cut its semiconductor industry revenue forecast for 2008 by $6 billion, but believes that long-term trends will support pricing stabilization that will enable the industry to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 10.6 percent between 2007 and 2012.
Actel : Space-qualified FPGAs are powerful and reliable Product News 9/18/2008 Post a comment Acknowledging the increasing need for signal processing throughput without sacrificing reliability or radiation capabilities, Actel has added sophisticated digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities to its radiation-tolerant FPGA technology for space-flight applications.
Actel : Reprogrammable FPGAs simplify design of space systems Product News 9/18/2008 Post a comment Actel has introduced radiation-tolerant, flash-based FPGAs for space-flight applications. The reprogrammability of the low-power RT ProASIC3 devices simplifies prototyping and eases hardware timing validation while offering critical immunity to radiation-induced configuration upsets.
1.5 GHz FPGAs shipping now! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/16/2008 1 comment How exciting! As I pen these words, the folks at Achronix have started to ship their 1.5 GHz FPGAs.
Lattice Semi to cut 14% of workforce News & Analysis 9/16/2008 Post a comment Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor said it would eliminate about 125 jobs as part of a restructuring plan to better align operating expenses with near-term revenue expectations.
FPGA verification startup raises $3 million Product News 9/16/2008 Post a comment GateRocket Inc. (Bedford, Mass.) has said it has completed a $3 million Series-A round of financing of led by New Atlantic Ventures, Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), and Long River Ventures. Seed-stage investors and Angel groups also participated to bring the total GateRocket has now raised to $4.5 million.
Startup samples 1.5-GHz FPGA News & Analysis 9/16/2008 Post a comment Achronix Semiconductor Corp. is using asynchronous circuitry to deliver a 1.5 GHz FPGA now sampling, but whether the startup can deliver on the promise of its technology to replace high-end ASICs remains to be seen.
Bio-inspired hardware becomes a reality Design How-To 9/14/2008 Post a comment Anybody who has experienced the sub-par image quality of a cell phone camera understands the room for improvement in this field. Here's how visual processing systems can benefit by drawing upon biological systems.
Dynamic range compression for surveillance video cameras with wide dynamic range Design How-To 9/13/2008 Post a comment Wide dynamic range surveillance cameras are essential for handling varying lighting conditions, but the image processing pipeline usually requires these signals first be compressed before encoding and transmission. Depending on the quality of the Dynamic Range Compression, crucial picture information may be lost forever, but a new pixel-by-pixel compression process maintains details even in very dark and very bright areas of the picture.