Design trust and verification
Blog 6/30/2009 Post a comment
It's generally acknowledged that we have entered the 45 nm processing node era. It's also well known that at this node the mantra among SoC designers should be "verify!, verify!, verify!"
Green pressure sensors tap quartz MEMS
News & Analysis 6/29/2009 Post a comment
Epson Toyocom unveiled a green sensor technology that eliminates dangerous oil and gases from pressure sensors, instead using a quartz microelectromechanical system (QMEMS) tuning fork as the sensing element.
Altera rolls low power, anti-tamper FPGAs
Product News 6/29/2009 Post a comment
Altera this week is rolling out a new product family, Cyclone III LS, billed by the company as the industry's first low power FPGAs with anti-tamper, design-security and design-separation features.
Green design enhances normally-on switches
Design How-To 6/25/2009 1 comment
As circuit power supply voltages decrease and green energy trends grow in popularity, designers should reexamine some of the circuits that continually consume power, to reduce overall system power use. One circuit that requires continuous voltage is the "normally-on" circuit, and this design article from Analog Linear Devices explains how to use this circuit towards power efficiency.
Competition intensifies in MEMS foundry market
News & Analysis 6/25/2009 Post a comment
At least 50 companies are now playing in the MEMS foundry market, a highly fragmented and competitive segment that has become critical to the MEMS industry, according to a new report by French market research consultancy Yole Development.
Electronic nose sniffs out cancer
News & Analysis 6/25/2009 Post a comment
Anecdotal evidence that dogs can detect cancer by smell inspired researchers to combine clever chemistry with optical detectors to craft an electronic nose that they claim can not only screen for any kind of cancer, but also determine whether it is aggressive.
Altium Design Competition runner up: Building an in-car MP3 player using NanoBoard
Design How-To 6/23/2009 1 comment
Doug Gibbs, a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Xilinx, was the runner up in the Altium Design Competition. Doug's idea is to build an in-car stereo MP3 player with an 802.11 connection to allow networking with a user's home PC. When you drive into the garage, you're the system will automatically sync to the PC and update all of the music you've downloaded.
Army ordered to split Future Combat System
News & Analysis 6/23/2009 Post a comment
Pentagon acquisition officials made good on Defense Secretary Robert Gates' pledge to rein in the Army's largest modernization program, announcing that development of the Future Combat System will be broken up into smaller development efforts.
More processor talk
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/23/2009 Post a comment
The question of which processor to use for an embedded project is still a very relevant one.
Silicon startups get the squeeze
News & Analysis 6/22/2009 6 comments
Top venture capitalists say opportunities are changing and narrowing for semiconductor startups because the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive and raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
Tensilica debuts ConnX DSP core line for 3G, 4G
Product News 6/22/2009 Post a comment
Tensilica Inc. has announced the ConnX family of DSPs that it is positioning as the best solution yet to meet the performance and cost requirements of 3G and 4G system-on-chip designs. Leading the family out of the gate is the ConnX Baseband Engine for wireless infrastructure, featuring an optimized instruction set with 200 new instructions.
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS
Teardown 6/19/2009 Post a comment
Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.