Book Review, In Search of Time, Dan Falk Engineer’s Bookshelf 9/30/2010 8 comments In his book In Search of Time, the author Dan Falk walks through the theories of time, from our earliest ancestors' perception of time to the development of various calendars to today's world of atomic clocks.
Book Review: Reinventing Gravity by John Moffat Engineer’s Bookshelf 9/30/2010 5 comments Reinventing Gravity is a wonderful book. The author, respected Physicist John Moffat, doesn’t assume that the reader has any form of expert knowledge. Instead, he starts by walking us step-by-step through the various theories of gravity, from Aristotle to the present day...
Hello from the Abstruse Goose Blog 9/29/2010 4 comments Have you seen the cartoons on the Abstruse Goose website? If not there are some real corkers (that means "good ones") there that will bring a wry smile to your face.
Don’t re-cycle – free-cycle! Blog 9/24/2010 9 comments I just heard about the most amazing organization that facilitates one's giving and getting stuff for free... I'm now hoping to acquire a really nice antique radio plus I have a bunch of things I no longer need...
2D-FFT FPGA IP library for imaging and DSP apps Product News 9/23/2010 1 comment These 2D-FFT library elements from OptNgn are intended for inexpensive, low power sensor data stream processing of convolution and filtering-based applications from video, medical, radar/sonar, and scientific-based real-time sources.
ESC Boston keynoter delivers industry prequel News & Analysis 9/22/2010 17 comments John East is looking to retire in the west where he has spent 42 years growing and nurturing the semiconductor industry, first at Fairchild, then AMD and the last 22 years at Actel. The chief executive officer of the FPGA vendor in his "Prequel" keynote here at ESC Boston has admitted to a "green" agenda for his foreseeable future.
Knot Now! Blog 9/21/2010 13 comments Have you seen that amazing site that features animations of knot-tying techniques? This is really, really clever ... who knew there were so many knots?
Halogen-free CPLDs from Lattice Product News 9/21/2010 3 comments Well, this one took me somewhat by surprise, because thus far I'd never seen the words 'halogen' and 'CPLD' in the same sentence (I've obviously lived a sheltered life), but we live and learn...
Debugging FPGAs at full speed Blog 9/21/2010 6 comments There was a time, not so many years ago, when an FPGA was used only for glue logic, connecting together the main elements of a system; the thought of having to simulate the FPGA design was crazy talk.
CD Review: Magnification by YES Blog 9/17/2010 7 comments I only recently became aware that YES have a CD out called Magnification. Some of the tracks sound very much like the original YES (like listening to YES for the very first time), while others...
SmartFusion A2F500 dev kit available from Actel Product News 9/16/2010 5 comments The folks at Actel have just announced the availability of their A2F500 Development Kit for customers wanting to take immediate advantage of the highest density member of their SmartFusion intelligent mixed-signal FPGA family.
Has alien life been discovered? Blog 9/16/2010 7 comments A recent thread on the Yahoo How Things Work [HTW] group caught my eye. It seems that there's a chance we (by which I mean humans) may have actually discovered alien life.
ESC Boston likely swan song for Actel's East News & Analysis 9/15/2010 1 comment When Actel CEO John East steps to the podium to deliver a keynote address at next week's Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, it is likely to represent a culmination of sorts for an electronics industry career that has spanned some 42 years.
I want to attend the Actel Space forum! Blog 9/15/2010 4 comments I just heard from the guys and gals at Actel that they are going to be holding the American kick-off of their 2010 series of Space Forums on Thursday 2 December at the Four Points Sheraton in Los Angeles, CA.
How do mirrors work? Blog 9/14/2010 7 comments As part of my do-it-yourself Magic Mirror Hobby Project, I've been pondering mirrors in general, and I've come to the startling realization that – at the most fundamental level – I don’t actually know how they work.
Altera lifts Q3 sales target News & Analysis 9/7/2010 3 comments Programmable logic vendor Altera said it now expects third quarter revenue to be between $516 million and $535 million, an increase of 10 to 14 percent sequentially.