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Embedded systems design with FPGAs
Blog  
10/8/2010   3 comments
Last week there was a bustle of activity at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston. In particular, it was apparent that the use of programmable logic in the form of FPGAs is dramatically increasing in today's embedded systems designs.
Validate automotive electronics robustness: Part 1—FMEA made automated and easy
Design How-To  
10/7/2010   Post a comment
Traditional test methods based primarily on physical prototypes are generally insufficient. New test methods based on Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA provide effective options for isolating error cases.
Synopsys expands into optical design software
News & Analysis  
10/7/2010   2 comments
Synopsys acquired Optical Research Associates, a privately held provider of optical design software and engineering services, for an undisclosed cost.
If you were on a deserted island and...
Blog  
10/7/2010   22 comments
Within the past few minutes as I pen these words, emails have been flitting back and forth between Jack Olson and me on a mix of topics that I thought I'd share...
Just what does happen when a processor is reset?
Blog  
10/7/2010   13 comments
I just received a rather interesting question from a reader with regards to what happens when a processor is reset that set me to pondering...
Managing design data – consider the whole product
Blog  
10/7/2010   4 comments
"The product, the whole product, and nothing but the product," outlines Rob Evans of Altium. Here, he recommends to approach electronics in a more interactive way that focuses on the real end result – a complete product.
More *Stuff* (Alien life, steampunk computer, man-powered flight...)
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10/6/2010   3 comments
I'm busy... confused... enthused... eternally optimistic... blessed with a short-term memory with regard to unhappy things... and easily distracted (Ooooh, did you see that?)
Lattice's FPGA design tools in the news
News & Analysis  
10/6/2010   4 comments
An independent panel of judges has named the Lattice Diamond design software environment a finalist in Elektra 2010, the European Electronics Industry Awards competition.
Magma Talus performs power, performance tradeoff in hearing-aid ICs
Product News  
10/6/2010   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation Inc. said GN ReSound Corp., provider of hearing instruments, has standardized on the Talus implementation system to increase performance and reduce power on its next generation of ICs.
AWR releases PDK for Cree microwave IC foundry process
Product News  
10/6/2010   Post a comment
AWR Corp. said it has delivered a process design kit that supports the Cree Inc. high-power gallium nitride high electron mobility transistor monolithic microwave IC foundry process.
The *Long Tail* of FPGAs
Design How-To  
10/5/2010   7 comments
There is a *Long Tail* market for FPGAs lurking in the shadows that opens up new opportunities for electronics designers and their companies.
eASIC Nextreme
Product News  
10/5/2010   1 comment
eASIC's NEW ASICs offer ASIC-like performance, power, and low unit-cost combined with an FPGA-like design flow and rapid delivery of devices.
Hypervisors pose challenges in developing multicore automotive electronics
Design How-To  
10/5/2010   63 comments
Partitioning, which prevents applications from interfering with each other, is vital. And achieving it without extensive software modifications is even better.
Help! I need some *Tales from the Trenches*
Blog  
10/5/2010   3 comments
I desperately need some feedback in the form of "tales from the trenches" with regard to real-world problems caused by lack of Component Data Management (CDM).
Latest Xilinx ISE Design Suite supports plug-and-play ASIC-FPGA design
Product News  
10/5/2010   3 comments
Xilinx's deployment of the AMBA 4 AXI4 specification means customers will have a consistent way to interconnect IP blocks while enabling better use of design resources through the use and reuse of IP.
TSMC agrees to help with soft IP cores
News & Analysis  
10/5/2010   20 comments
TSMC has said it is working with a number of EDA and IP suppliers to create a 'soft' intellectual property cores collaboration program.
To emulate or prototype?
Blog  
10/4/2010   9 comments
In my last blog I talked about debugging a design within an FPGA. This week I want to turn the tables completely and talk about using FPGAs as a way to verify ASICs.
I LOVE my new Android mobile phone!
Blog  
10/4/2010   19 comments
After struggling along with my old mobile phone for several years, I finally took the plunge and purchased a Droid Incredible by HTC, and I am DELIGHTED with the result.
All sorts of *Stuff* (good and bad)
Blog  
10/1/2010   3 comments
Here are a bunch of items that recently caught my eye, from computer worms to a new way to tie your shoelaces to Mark Twain to nanotechnology to ... the mind boggles!
Open-source multicore processor project begins
News & Analysis  
10/1/2010   53 comments
ORSoC AB, a Swedish design house that took over responsibility for maintaining the OpenCores website in 2007, has announced that work has begun on OpenRISC 2000 (OR2K), an upgrade to the open-source OpenRISC 1000 32-bit processor.
AWR adds NMDG S-function support to MWO software
Product News  
10/1/2010   Post a comment
AWR Corp. said its Microwave Office high-frequency design software now supports S-functions, which are nonlinear behavioral models developed by Belgium-based NMDG NV.
Embrace formal verification, make more money, take better vacations
Blog  
10/1/2010   2 comments
Harry Foster of Mentor Graphics said he lives and breathes verification methodologies in general, and he is particularly fond of formal verification. He reckons that formal verification is among the most promising engineering topics today and in the near future.
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