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.
The sky is, literally, the limit Blog 6/22/2009 2 comments On July 20, 1969, as humans set foot on an astronomical body other than Earth for the first time, millions watched on television sets across the globe.
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.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...