Mega-cool micro-design contest Engineering Pop Culture! 6/27/2012 Post a comment I just heard from that young man-about-town Richard Quinnell – the editor of Microcontroller Central – that he's running a micro-design contest.
Cellular grapples with spectrum scarcity News & Analysis 6/21/2012 3 comments The industry urgently needs to rally around an effort to find more spectrum and set standards for emerging broadband antennas, said speakers in the overheated mobile data market.
Report: Renesas Mobile up for sale in re-org News & Analysis 6/19/2012 5 comments Renesas Mobile, the mobile chip subsidiary of struggling Renesas Electronics, could be put up for sale as part of a previously reported re-organization. Other details that emerged in an Asahi Shimbun report included that Renesas is considering closing or selling off at least 10 of its 19 domestic manufacturing plants over the next three years.
Optimizing FPGAs for power: A full-frontal attack Design How-To 6/18/2012 1 comment This piece is a hands-on how to optimize FPGA designs for low power operation. This is a universal topic but, of course, it is really important for wireless and mobile military and aerospace applications that run on battery power. Such applications go from planes, to drones to frontline soldier communication equipment.
It truly is a different world… The Engineering Life--Around the Web 6/15/2012 12 comments While driving home from work yesterday, I heard a report on the NPR (National Public Radio) that made me think "We truly do live in a different world…"
ST opens up 28-nm, 20-nm FDSOI with GlobalFoundries News & Analysis 6/11/2012 Post a comment Chip vendor STMicroelectronics has announced that it has signed up GlobalFoundries to be an additional source of devices made using 28-nm and 20-nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) technology. As part of the same deal ST is opening up the FDSOI process to let the foundry offer the process to other customers.
Mindspeed enters comms processor fray News & Analysis 6/11/2012 7 comments Mindspeed injected a handful of new cores into its second-generation Comcerto family to create a comms processor to compete with giants such as Broadcom and Freescale.
Ray Bradbury RIP Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/8/2012 9 comments As you've doubtless heard by now, one of the all-time Science Fiction "Greats" – Ray Bradbury – passed away a couple of days ago on June 5, 2012.
The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/8/2012 36 comments I just received a photo of the Transit of Venus from "Down Under" (Australia), which – and don’t ask me how – lead me to the idea of forming a not-so-secret society…
How to track your engineering tools Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/7/2012 7 comments This is going to blow one reader's socks off, because he emailed this question to me just 1 minute ago and I hope to post my response blog in under 5 minutes…
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 20 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...