The Great EDA Cover-up Design How-To 11/26/2007 Post a comment Functional verification is an art, or so we are told. New technologies emerge that inject a dose of science into the process and these can make the process more predictable, increase efficiency and lower overall verification costs. This article exposes problems with current coverage metrics being used and looks at some recent advances that can make them more objective.
Codecs ante up for better audio Product News 11/26/2007 Post a comment Analog IC makers are heeding the call from consumer electronics manufacturers for audio chips that offer lower power consumption, enhanced noise filtering and other features that enable high-fidelity sound.
RF Technology Roundup 2007: UWB Design How-To 11/26/2007 Post a comment It's been a pretty big year for UWB news, products, and design on the RF DesignLine. This Roundup includes an interview with Roberto Aiello, CTO of Staccato Communications.
OSRAM to launch super-bright single-chip SMT LED Product News 11/21/2007 Post a comment OSRAM Opto Semiconductors plans to launch its Diamond DRAGON super-bright LED in January 2008. The LED features brightness of up to 250 lumens, and will be available in whites ranging from 2700 K to 6500 K as well as all monochromatic colors.
Fingerprint sensor firm releases biometric processor Product News 11/20/2007 Post a comment Fingerprint Cards AB (Gothenburg, Sweden) has released a fingerprint biometric processor ASIC, the FPC2020. The FPC2020 acts a data processing subsystem to the FPC1011C sensor and links to the sensor and to external flash memory for storing fingerprint templates.
Mass market makes a MEMS move News & Analysis 11/20/2007 Post a comment Bosch-Sensortec, STMicroelectronics and Freescale are the top three MEMS chip makers, and all entered the mass market for MEMS chips in consumer-electronic devices, as multiple functions and multiple sensors get integrated.
u-blox : GPS module offers 1s acquisition time Product News 11/20/2007 Post a comment u-blox announces two GPS modules that set new benchmarks in terms of speed, sensitivity and ease of integration. The LEA-5 GPS module series is based on the company's fifth generation positioning engine, u-blox 5, which boasts an acquisition time of less than one second.
SDR Basics Part 3: Transmitters Design How-To 11/20/2007 Post a comment This book excerpt provides a sample of the comprehensive information available in this text. The book aims to be a complete desk reference and features input from numerous industry-leading experts. This part covers transmitters for software defined radio
Multicore success hinges on IPC Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 11/20/2007 Post a comment Multicore processors share a common problem: providing efficient inter-processor communication (IPC). Here are some ideas for tackling the problem.
New home nets rise as MoCA gains traction News & Analysis 11/19/2007 Post a comment Just as the Multimedia over Coax Alliance is gaining traction with a handful of service providers, a new standards effort and a startup are responding to a call for next-generation gigabit home networks.
Wireless and autism -- where is the link? Blog 11/19/2007 Post a comment We have had scares about cellular phones and cancer and more recently suggestions that Wi-Fi causes all kinds of nausea and illnesses. Now a couple of scientists are warning that wireless networks may be responsible for accelerating the rise of autism in children.
Greenpeace: iPhone not green enough News & Analysis 11/19/2007 Post a comment Environmental pressure group Greenpeace recently sought to upstage Apple’s grand party to launch its iPhone in Europe by warning that the phone is not as “green” as it could be.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 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 ...