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posted in September 2012
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/27/2012   15 comments
Ha! 10 points to me I think!
Yes, it is art!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/26/2012   5 comments
These ceramic versions of tin cans were created by a mathematician called Ned who specializes in chaos theory.
Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs used in robotic-assisted surgical app
News & Analysis  
9/26/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx is recognized for the inventive use of All Programmable FPGAs for 3D vision and precise control in minimally-invasive da Vinci Surgical System.
Aldec-Altera free DO-254 Webinar
Product News  
9/26/2012   6 comments
Sign Up for This Free Webinar -- How to Increase Verification Coverage by Test
Aldec's Active-HDL helps manage complex FPGA projects
Product News  
9/26/2012   Post a comment
Active-HDL 9.2, an HDL-based FPGA Design and Simulation solution, allows engineers to effortlessly manage complex FPGA projects.
Xilinx takes Zynq platform into broadcast applications
News & Analysis  
9/26/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx has teamed up with OmniTek on a Linux-based high performance real time processing platform for broadcast equipment based around its Zynq programmable system on a chip.
Texas Instruments unveils mega-cool Stellaris LaunchPad
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
Engineers of all experience levels can now explore Stellaris ARM Cortex-M4F microcontrollers with an easy-to-use kit priced at less than $5 USD!
Power2U – What a jolly good idea!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/20/2012   9 comments
In addition to two regular power sockets, this little beauty also has two USB ports capable of charging iPhones and iPads.
Xilinx acquires wireless backhaul solutions provider
Product News  
9/17/2012   Post a comment
Proven backhaul technology and design expertise accelerates time-to-market for wireless mobile backhaul platforms based on Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs.
A package just arrived on my desk…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/14/2012   32 comments
What if I were to find myself an old Webster wire recorder and load this spool, would I hear an ethereal voice saying something like…
Microsemi, Emcraft deliver FPGA-based SOM for embedded apps
Product News  
9/12/2012   Post a comment
Miniaturized System-on-Module (SOM) features SmartFusion cSoC with ARM Cortex-M3 and uClinux.
Opal Kelly adds QNX RTOS support to its FrontPanel/USB SDK
Product News  
9/12/2012   Post a comment
Combined with Opal Kelly's FPGA modules, this little rascal can save 70% of development time/cost.
I want a Beard Beanie!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/12/2012   9 comments
I know I'm being silly, but I just ran across something called a "Beard Beanie" that I think is really fun in a strange sort of way...
"Under the hood" of Altera's 20nm offerings
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/10/2012   Post a comment
While chatting with Misha Burich, CTO at Altera, I learned myriad tidbits of trivia and nuggets of knowledge of which I was previously unaware…
Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver TV Remote -- I WANT!!!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/6/2012   9 comments
I'm too young for all of this excitement. I just saw a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Programmable TV Remote.
Xilinx and Barco Silex ease Video over IP development
Product News  
9/6/2012   Post a comment
Flexibility of FPGA-based platform enables broadcast OEMs to accelerate time-to-market with "future-proofed" next-generation Video over IP systems.
Xilinx and OmniTek launch the Era of All Programmable SoCs
Product News  
9/6/2012   Post a comment
Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC-based platform combines fully programmable hardware and software to reduce time-to-market and enable focus on innovation and differentiation.
Altera unveils innovations at the 20nm node
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9/6/2012   Post a comment
Altera's mega-cool next-generation devices extend the promise of "Silicon Convergence"
Altera achieves production rollout of all 28-nm FPGA families
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9/6/2012   Post a comment
Industry's broadest range of optimized 28-nm FPGAs meets diverse product design and differentiation requirements for customers.
Digital Blocks extends LCD controller IP core family
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9/6/2012   Post a comment
Building on expertise with Full HD 1920x1080 LCD panels, Digital Blocks supports the video / graphics requirements of 3840 x 2160 QFHD LCD panels in customized ASIC, ASSP, and FPGA solutions.
Will next 'solar max' fry electronics?
Design How-To  
9/5/2012   11 comments
Space weather experts and engineers warn that today's low power electronics in satellite and other networks may be especially vulnerable to the next round of solar flares.
Which science fiction books SHOULD be made into films?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/4/2012   136 comments
Over the years I've often thought "I wish they would make this into a film!" Here are a few suggestions off the top of my head...

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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