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Mitsubishi's D-2101V 3G Handset: Too Much, Too Early?
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12/23/2002   Post a comment
The silicon-rich Mitsubishi D-2101V wideband-CDMA phone suggests that the complexity-and therefore cost-of W-CDMA handsets will make it tough to achieve high-volume sales anytime soon.
Implementing the CAN Protocol in 3G Equipment Designs
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12/23/2002   Post a comment
Originally developed for the automotive industry, the CAN embedded networking protocol can be an effective solution for linking boards in 3G BTS and MSC designs.
SoC: IP Reuse
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12/19/2002   Post a comment
Closing the abstraction gap in 100M-gate designs
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One-hundred-million gates. One-billion transistors.
Verification reuse enables design reuse
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We all know that design reuse is a critical element in closing the SoC design gap. Designers learned years ago that reinventing every new chip from scratch is not a scalable approach.
The five facets of SoC design complexity
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12/19/2002   Post a comment
"Digital convergence" is creating demand for functionally complex ICs in six-nine month design cycles at mass-market costs.
Re-use versus re-synthesize: Preparing for deep submicron issues ahead
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Reuse today is largely focused on platform-based design which emphasizes the reuse of large blocks of fixed hardware configurations, pre-engineered for speed or power, with design flexibility effectively available only through software modification.
Layout compaction accelerates SoC design through hard IP reuse
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In enabling multimillion-gate SoC designs, the latest process technologies have widened the gap between manufacturing capabilities and designers' abilities to quickly put together these complex devices.
7 warning signs that you should be concerned about your IP provider
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12/19/2002   Post a comment
Reusing semiconductor intellectual property (SIP or IP) blocks is no longer a luxury for the designers of complex chips — it is a necessity. As mask costs skyrocket and qualified engineering resources become increasingly scarce, chip design teams are incorporating IP reuse strategies into virtually every chip development plan in order to minimize design cycles, reduce chip respins, and meet time-to-revenue goals.
Your IP: easy to protect, easy to reuse
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12/19/2002   Post a comment
Design engineers are constantly faced with the problem of creating and protecting intellectual property (IP) in new products.
High-speed fabrics deliver optimal IP implementation
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When developing a customizable silicon architecture, one of the most important and most often overlooked aspects is developing a technology strategy to manage IP before the silicon details are frozen.
Analog IP re-use: concerns for "digitally-oriented" SoC designers
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12/19/2002   Post a comment
The topic of analog, mixed-signal, and radio frequency IP design for import into and re-use in ASIC and SoC chips, has been discussed at technical conferences and in industry magazines over the last few years.
Nanometer scale effects complicate IP characterization
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To meet the growing demand for higher performance applications, SoC designers are integrating increased numbers of larger memory IP blocks on more complex devices.
Synthesizable IP: the risk pays off
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When preparing to design our next-generation DVD controller, Amlogic's engineers faced a choice in design methodology.
Vendors must support IP reuse in SoC
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The ASIC industry was born out of the need of systems companies to achieve product differentiation, time-to-market advantage and cost optimization.
Flexible, standards-based IP key
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With the arrival of platform-based systems-on-chip and the proliferation of embedded cores, designs are getting bigger and more complex.
IP strategies proliferate as SoC complexity grows
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Merging previously designed circuit blocks into new system-on-chip designs seems like a sound way of controlling the complexity of SoC projects and leveraging the relatively scarce resources of the circuit design community — at least on the surface. But reuse of intellectual property (IP) is shaping up as a complex design approach with its own unique characteristics.
Removing Residual Jitter from OC-192 Measurements
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12/19/2002   Post a comment
Performing accurate jitter measurements is a must in OC-192 designs, where even 1 ps of jitter can have detrimental effects. Here's some techniques to improve jitter measurements by removing residual jitter created by the test instrument.
Target Detection using Matched Wavelets
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12/19/2002   Post a comment
This article develops a technique for designing a band-limited wavelet to match a given signal. The scaling function is then derived from the wavelet spectrum such that the generated scaling function and wavelet satisfy the conditions for an orthonormal multi-resolution analysis. This technique of designing matched wavelets is useful in pattern recognition, coding, and compression applications that require wavelets that closely match the signal of interest.
Graphics chip maker reports profit
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Micron reports loss for last quarter
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Merging ATCA, PCI Express Opens Next-Gen Backplane Designs
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12/18/2002   Post a comment
Over the years, the telecom sector has been more resistant to the use of off-the-shelf backplanes. This trend could change with the adoption of the PICMG 3.4 spec, which merges the PCI Express interface and the emerging AdvancedTCA backplane architecture.
Power Play
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12/17/2002   Post a comment
Power management has become an industry staple as the need to switch and convert different voltage levels and concerns about power consumption have increased. But the power management sector, encompassing parts like regulators, rectifiers, and power transistors, has struggled recently as poor market conditions force suppliers to cut prices and refocus their market strategies.
Graphics memory heads for a split
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Efficient Algorithms for MPEG-4 Video Decoding
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Efficient, programmable video decoding is critical for emerging mobile devices. J. Geoffrey Chase and Christopher Pretty from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand describe efficient algorithms for MPEG-4 video decoding and quantify the impact of accelerating co-processors for creating fully programmable MPEG-4 decoding solutions.
Intel unveils Xeon server boards
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FPD market shows signs of firming
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AMD forms two new memory operations
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DuPont signs deal on OLED displays
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Why choose Linux for embedded development projects?
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12/13/2002   Post a comment
As a supplier of embedded processor boards, developers are telling us in unambiguous terms that Linux' numerous advantages clearly outweigh its shortcomings.
Using Linux while avoiding costs
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12/13/2002   Post a comment
From humble hobbyist beginnings, Linux has become the embedded designer's new "in-house" operating system (OS).
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