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More ACE: Celebrating the Ultimate Product Award winners
Semi Conscious  
3/30/2012   6 comments
For those who simply can't get enough of the images from this week's UBM ACE Award ceremony, we present the winners of the ACE Ultimate Product Awards.
Audience reverse engineers human hearing for mobile
News & Analysis  
3/30/2012   5 comments
Using its earSmart voice processor, using two microphones that work like human ears, Audience’s chip enables analysis of sound in much the same way as the human brain, which when processing audio decides what to remove, what to keep and what to enhance.
April Fool’s Day pranks
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/30/2012   3 comments
There must be so many pranks that people can pull on Sunday. Care to add one to the list?
Truchard and Kodosky of NI: Enthusiasm undimmed
News & Analysis  
3/30/2012   1 comment
Dr. James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, two cofounders of National Instruments Corp. (Austin, Texas) honored with the lifetime achievement award at the UBM Electronics ACE awards on Tuesday (March 27), sat down with EE Times to discuss a 35-year progress since the formation of their company.
Reports: Toshiba, Micron, Hynix to bid for Elpida
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3/30/2012   2 comments
Micron Technology, SK Hynix and Toshiba are all in the process of throwing their hats in the ring to acquire all or part of bankrupt Japanese DRAM vendor Elpida Memory, according to media reports.
Fundamentally Powerful
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/30/2012   2 comments
Monday is the start of something new and powerful. It is the start of a major experiment within the EDA Designline that could have big ramifications…
Book Excerpt: FPGA-based Prototyping Methodology Manual Part 2
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3/30/2012   Post a comment
This book collects the best practices FPGA-based Prototyping of SoC and ASIC devices into one place for the first time...
The next killer app: Machines that see
Blog  
3/30/2012   12 comments
processor vendors are beginning to focus on embedded vision applications and to tune their processors for such apps, often by incorporating specialized co-processors designed for vision processing.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 receives product of the year ACE award
News & Analysis  
3/30/2012   2 comments
The UBM electronics ACE awards are given to the best new products that are seen in EETimes and EDN each year. Xilinx gets the best product award for the Zynq-7000…
STMicroelectronics TS331, TS332 and TS334 voltage comparators
Product News  
3/30/2012   1 comment
STMicroelectronics' latest voltage comparator achieves a propagation delay of 200ns while consuming only 30µA of supply current.
OneLED - Waterproof LEDs advance design of outdoor displays
Design How-To  
3/30/2012   1 comment
Small multi-color LEDs with high brightness performance are ideal candidates for outdoor video displays with high resolution. This article will discuss the benefits of surface-mount LEDs which are made from a completely black package for highest contrast indoor video, as well as ingress protected (IP) LEDs for outdoor use.
Beyer on WSTS: 'We will fix this'
News & Analysis  
3/30/2012   3 comments
SIA Chairman and Freescale CEO Rich Beyer expressed confidence in SIA’s ability to regain Intel’s and AMD’s participation in WSTS.
First impressions of Xi3’s 'microserver in a box' populating a data center container
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3/29/2012   5 comments
In the AMD booth on the DESIGN West exhibit floor, Xi3 unveiled its plans to enter the data center market with its microservers.
Enea adds Linux to OS offering
News & Analysis  
3/29/2012   4 comments
Operating system vendor Enea AB (Stockholm, Sweden) announced at the DESIGN West exhibition that it is now supplying Enea Linux together with some complementary technologies.
DARPA seeks breakthroughs in computer vision
News & Analysis  
3/29/2012   9 comments
Computer vision still has a lot to learn, but if researchers embrace real-world challenges they could make important breakthroughs, said a DARPA program manager.
Forecasting tech's future: How high can we go?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/29/2012   2 comments
Forecasting the future of the high tech market is always a tricky undertaking. Customers never want to hear that the industry is going to stall or even contract. Unfortunately, all business markets go through lifecycles. In consumer electronics (CE), there are some products that go through very brief lifecycles before being replaced by another technology, such as personal data assistants (PNDs), and others that have demonstrated extremely long lifecycles, such as set-top boxes (STBs) and TVs.
Triad attempts to make mixed-signal design for the masses
Product News  
3/29/2012   1 comment
Unique to Triad is a mixed-signal aware place and route tool that places vias in the global routing fabric to configure and interconnect the analog and digital resources…
TI THS4531 ADC driver
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
TI's fully differential amplifier uses only 250 uA of quiescent current while providing 36 MHz of bandwidth to support the low power needs of portable and high-density systems
High-voltage surge stoppers ensure reliability during power spikes
Design How-To  
3/29/2012   6 comments
In automotive, industrial, and avionic applications, high-voltage power supply spikes are commonly encountered. The electronics within these systems must not only survive surges, but in many cases also operate reliably throughout the event—and devices charged via automobile power points (lighters) must also be protected.
TE Connectivity zQSFP+ high-density interconnect
Product News  
3/29/2012   1 comment
TE Connectivity's interconnect will meet next-generation 100-Gbps Ethernet and 100-Gbps 4X InfiniBand Enhanced Data Rate requirements by offering four lanes of high-speed differential signals.
CAP-XX stop-start supercapacitor module
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3/29/2012   4 comments
CAP-XX has developed a supercapacitor, which supplies the cranking current to start the engine in Stop-Start vehicles, reducing wear on the battery.
Report: Toshiba will join Elpida bidding
News & Analysis  
3/29/2012   1 comment
After earlier turning down an opportunity to invest in Japanese DRAM vendor Elipda Memory, Toshiba has apparently decided to join the bidding for the bankrupt firm, according to English language news service reports quoting Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
SMIC slipped back into the red in 2011
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Chinese foundry SMIC reported a loss of $245.6 million for 2011 after reporting a rare profitable year in 2010.
Linear Technology TM2881 and TM2882 isolated µModule transceivers
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
Linear has introduced automotive (H-grade) and high reliability military (MP-grade) versions of its isolated µModule transceivers, which guard against large ground-to-ground differentials and common-mode transients in RS485 and RS232 networks.
PLX Technology TN8045 10GBase-T PHY
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
PLX Technology is getting ready to sample the TeraPHY TN8045, a 40nm, quad-port, 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY in a 25x25mm2 BGA package.
McAfee talks angry robots and rotten apples at Design West
News & Analysis  
3/29/2012   14 comments
McAfee expects mobile threats to continue along the trends set in the PC world, moving from simple monetary gain towards deep privacy loss, corporate espionage and cyber war, according to a company representative
Dialog Semiconductor SC14453 green VoIP family
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor's SC14453 Green VoIP processor includes class-leading integrated audio, security and graphics functions.
Wireless data communications vendor sees huge opportunity after the signing of FAA bill
Military & Aerospace Blog  
3/29/2012   4 comments
The new FAA bill paves the way for use of UAVs into commercial US skies, opening up new market opportunities for technology vendors that now operate in the government and defense industry.
World on cusp of EV tipping point, says Tesla CTO
News & Analysis  
3/29/2012   53 comments
Slow, steady improvement in battery technology over the past several decades as brought the world to the cusp of a tipping point that will lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles, according to JB Straubel, chief technology and co-founder of Tesla Motors.
FDA’s 510(k) gets tougher, more predictable
News & Analysis  
3/29/2012   4 comments
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has become tougher but more predictable in how it handles its 510(k) process, said a consultant at the DesignMed conference.
Hail the humble heat pipe (even at DESIGN West)
Social Mania  
3/29/2012   2 comments
Amidst all the ICs and software, heat pipes are there to help you carry your (thermal) load
Exar cuts 40% of jobs
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   15 comments
Analog mixed-signal IC vendor Exar said it has eliminated about 40 percent of its global headcount in the past two months.
ESL is alive and well – Synopsys explains
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3/28/2012   3 comments
ESL is a convergence point between hardware and software, tool and IP. The Synopsys audio subsystem shows in several ways that ESL is very much alive and well…
Indian design firms eye chip IP model
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   6 comments
While Indian tech firms continue to focus on design services, at least two companies are seeking to generate and license chip IP.
'Thermal cloak' to dissipate heat in electronics
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   11 comments
A team of French researchers has proposed isolating or cloaking objects from sources of heat by diffusing the heat around the objects.
Book Review: The Software IP Detective’s Handbook by Bob Zeidman
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
This book is of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the creation, use, and misuse of software intellectual property, including...
Integrating traditional and modular test instruments
Design How-To  
3/28/2012   2 comments
Numerous standards for instrument hardware and software must work together to form a complete automated test system.
Panel ponders many-core ICs tripping 'the singularity'
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   9 comments
Will the processing power being enabled by many-core processors cause the advent of machines with super-human intelligence, an event sometimes referred to as the singularity? That was the question put to a panel of some of the best minds in multicore processor theory and design assembled at the Multicore DevCon, part of DESIGN West being held here this week.
Slideshow: EE Times, EDN honor 2012 ACE Award winners
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   5 comments
UBM Electronics, the publisher of EE Times and EDN, honored companies, teams and individuals for achievements over the past year by presenting the 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards in a ceremony.
First shipments of transceiver-packed Virtex-7 X690T FPGAs from Xilinx
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
First FPGA device, using 80 GTH serial transceivers, breaks the 2 Tbps bandwidth barrier and makes ground-breaking network communication systems possible
Imperas preps fast models of ARM Cortex-A15 processor
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   1 comment
Imperas, a pioneer of high-level modeling and virtual prototyping, has models of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor in beta and expects them to be available in the first half of 2012. The range of available models, together with Imperas tool and operating system support, is helping platform and software developers debug systems in parallel with SoC design, speeding up and improving system development, the company said.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Mar 28th
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Element14, MunEDA, Avery, Cypress, Mentor, S2C, Cosmic Circuits and Analog Bits made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Akustica develops two-chip analog MEMS microphone
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   2 comments
Akustica is entering the mobile device market with its first analog microphone, a low-cost two-chip solution that it hopes will widen its market share.
Mobile MotionEngine empowers apps
Product News  
3/28/2012   2 comments
The Freespace MotionEngine has already empowered the smart TV revolution at LG, Roku and Sony by enabling remote controllers to point-and-click on-screen air-mouse style. Now Hillcrest Labs has repurposed it for tablets and smartphones running the Android and Windows Phone operating systems.
Analog Devices to launch dual-core Blackfin with a vision accelerator
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   4 comments
In a move to cash in on the embedded vision markets, Analog Devices, Inc. is rolling out a family of 1-GHz, dual-core Blackfin processors integrated with a vision accelerator.
Analog Devices’ Blackfin processors feature 1GHz core performance, accelerated vision analytic, and low power consumption
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has launched a series of 1-GHz, dual-core, Blackfin processors optimized for embedded vision applications.
Future of SSL LED lighting is not dim, but it’s flickering
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   35 comments
Michael Poplawski has led one of the government’s teams – at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – seeking to solve issues that currently hobble the widespread deployment of LED
Flexible manufacturing, ecosystems seen as keys to U.S. innovation
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
U.S. innovation is not dead, an industry panel at Design West concluded, but has shifted to new areas like technology ecosystems and the ability to add value to high-tech products during the manufacturing process.
Dolby sings of twists and turns in digital music
News & Analysis  
3/27/2012   6 comments
Thomas Dolby shared his journey in and out of the music industry, including a detour where he helped create--and destroy—a billion dollar ringtone business.
An FPGA-based dual-image sensor design solution
Design How-To  
3/27/2012   2 comments
There are numerous designs that can be improved by using the data from two image sensors
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