U.S. offers $50M for research buildings News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment The U.S. Commerce Dept.'s National Institute of Standards and Technology announced a competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at universities and nonprofit organizations.
Dodging Amdahl's Law with message passing, FPGA-based, parallel processing Design How-To 2/24/2010 3 comments Most design teams agree that the basic plumbing of memory management can be the real bottleneck in heterogeneous processing. Today the only real solution is the microprocessor and co-processors sharing memory on the node, and then interconnecting many nodes with a GigE, Infiniband, or a custom interconnect configuring the nodes in a distributed memory layout.
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/23/2010 Post a comment Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
DNA sequencing startup pulls in $7 million News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment Nabsys Inc. (Providence R.I.), a developer of electronic, solid-state DNA sequencing, has announced it has received a $7 million investment as part of a Series B equity round led by Stata Venture Partners.
Fuel cell system claims 2X efficiency News & Analysis 2/22/2010 10 comments Colin Powell, former secretary of state and now a board member at Bloom Energy, will debut the company's Bloom Box energy generator on Wed. Feb 24th along with the company founder's and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Tiny RF switch delivers +67 dBm IIP3 Product News 2/22/2010 Post a comment Peregrine Semiconductor recently announced an SP4T RF switch that is designed using the company's green UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire process technology, yielding broadband RF performance to 3-GHz.
High-level synthesis, verification and language Design How-To 2/22/2010 2 comments The preferred high-level design methodology proceeds from high-level code to RTL code. Good verification practice requires that the input to High-level Synthesis (HLS) be verified first, via simulation (or some other analytical means), and then the output of HLS be verified, again via simulation or some other means. Using SystemC as the input language to HLS enables this flow, but using C as the HLS input language imposes a serious limitation on doing verification this way.
Robots to don 'smart' sensing material News & Analysis 2/22/2010 Post a comment The MIT Media Lab has commissioned Peratech Limited to develop a type of electronic 'skin' for robotic devices that enables robots to determine the touch's position and its pressure.
E-books: Battle brews over display alternatives Design How-To 2/22/2010 Post a comment Until a few weeks ago, the biggest worry for E Ink, maker of the Vizplex technology used in Amazon's Kindle and a host of other e-book readers, was the two dozen or so e-paper competitors looking to loosen its grip on the market.
Analysts: Five observations on mobile from MWC News & Analysis 2/19/2010 Post a comment Apple and software are in the driver's seat in the mobile market but platform fragmentation may be ahead, according to analysts from Barclay's Capital who shared their observations from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.
ISSCC, Nvidia shortfall lead weekly story ranking News & Analysis 2/19/2010 Post a comment Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Point/Counterpoint: Is CMOS right for 3G handset PAs? Point-Counterpoint 2/19/2010 Post a comment The first CMOS power amplifier for a 3G handset has been anticipated for a long time, but hasn't quite made it yet. We've asked a few industry insiders to weigh in on whether CMOS is the right process technology for 3G handset power amplifiers.
M'soft says no comment on Project Pink phone News & Analysis 2/19/2010 Post a comment A Microsoft Corp. spokeswoman issued a "no comment" today on another flood of rumors that the software giant plans to roll its own smartphone, amid a flurry of news and heighted competition for a stake in the smartphone software platform around this week's Mobile World Congress.
Intel lab explores nanoscale power storage News & Analysis 2/18/2010 1 comment Intel researchers are exploring nanoscale materials that could be used to create ultracapacitors with a greater energy density than today's lithium ion batteries as part of work in a new lab dedicated to work on microgrids.
Toshiba: Speed of market top challenge for mobile ICs Blog 2/17/2010 Post a comment Under pressure to provide differentiated handset offerings, OEMs nevertheless want to use the same base platform for their mobile phone products, according to Deepak Prakash, director of marketing for multimedia products at Toshiba America Electronic Components' ASSP business unit.
ZeroG chief executive joins GainSpan News & Analysis 2/17/2010 Post a comment Greg Winner has been named chief executive of embedded Wi-Fi chip startup GainSpan Corp., fresh from closing a deal in January to sell its competitor startup ZeroG to Microchip Technology Inc.
Opinion: Is 'climate science' really science? SmartEnergy Designline Blog 2/16/2010 61 comments Is man-made climate change happening or not? The author isn't sure one way or the other, but is skeptical when proponents look at the data and rationalize what they see to fit their hypothesis.
Six things that surprised us at ISSCC News & Analysis 2/16/2010 1 comment The pervasive focus on power management, the lack of papers on nanotechnology and software and the slow recovery of attendance were among the surprises for EE Times editors at the 2001 ISSCC last week.
Smart drivers reduce energy use and PCB clutter in portable electronic systems Design How-To 2/15/2010 Post a comment Small portable electronic systems such as mobile telephones, personal media players (PMPs), digital still cameras (DSCs), digital video cameras (DVCs), portable medical equipment (PME), and global-positioning systems (GPS) continue to evolve and add features with each generation. As they do, their peripheral-circuit requirements have become more similar in part because their power sources, ports, and MMIs (man-machine interfaces) draw on similar technologies.
CoFluent bridges gap from UML to SystemC Product News 2/15/2010 Post a comment French ESL company CoFluent Design (Nantes, France) claimed it has developed a methodology that combines the OMG's (Object Management Group) standards UML (Unified Modeling Language), SysML (System Modeling Language) and MARTE (Modeling and Analysis for Real-Time and Embedded Systems) profiles.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.