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ARM TechCon keynote: Move bits not atoms
News & Analysis  
10/31/2012   10 comments
Professor Jonathon Koomey of Stanford University cautioned ARM TechCon attendees to take a system-level view of issues.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs for trusted systems
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx demonstrates foundation technologies that help developers to overcome the challenges of building safe and secure systems.
"Arrgghh," said I…
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2012   18 comments
In which we discover yet another way in which Hurricane Sandy can mess up your day…
Samplify’s APAX IP Core speeds CPUs, GPUs, app processors, and ASIC/FPGA-based SoCs
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
APAX hard/soft intellectual property (IP) core accelerates memory, I/O, and storage throughput up to 8X.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – October 31st
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10/31/2012   Post a comment
ARM, Cadence, Cortus, DcD, DisplaySearch, Elliptic, eSilicon, Forte, Imperas, Jasper, LDRA, Mentor, Proton, Space, Synopsys, Uniquify, Xilinx and XYALIS made the lineup today. See here for their news
Engineering horror at Disney
Blog  
10/31/2012   4 comments
When roller coasters go wrong...very, very wrong.
SparkFun’s LogicBlocks kit teaches digital logic
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
Clever new product designed to help beginners learn how to use digital logic.
New low-power sensor hub solutions from Atmel
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
Sensor hub solutions with integrated motion and touch sensing incorporating maXFusion technology to address the growing motion sensor market.
Embedded S/W design re-use: IDEs are rising to the challenge
Design How-To  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
Integrated development environments (IDEs) have evolved to include productivity-enhancing resources, freeing the engineer to focus on design differentiation.
Tektronix hopes to shake up ASIC prototyping
Product News  
10/30/2012   1 comment
Tektronix says that you no longer have to compromise when considering visibility in an FPGA prototype. Where does the claim stand on the truth meter?
Oski sponsors hardware model checking award
Blog  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
A few days ago I received a press release from Oski Technology related to its sponsorship of the annual Hardware Model Checking Competition (HWMCC). After the challenge that they performed at DAC last year...
TI’s MSP430FR59xx MCUs boost performance, slash power
Product News  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
First class software, support, tools, and tech docs offer everything developers need to get started with MSP family delivering lowest total power consumption.
High-performance dual-I/F chip-card MCUs from STMicroelectronics
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
First to combine advanced ARM SecurCore SC000 processor, contact/contactless interfaces, and support for multiple transport-card standards.
Prototyping your way to shorter design cycles
Engineering Investigations  
10/30/2012   Post a comment
This articles contains two case studies where design teams on different continents were able to reduce their design cycle time. In both of these examples, the design teams used virtual prototyping and accurate models...
What Internet of Things needs to become a reality
Design How-To  
10/30/2012   32 comments
Estimates of the future market size for the Internet of Things cover a broad range, but most pundits agree that it will eventually dwarf any other technology market.
$100 Supercomputer – YES! We made it!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/29/2012   5 comments
Well, what an exciting time. I'm happy to inform you that we succeeded in pushing the guys at Adapteva over their Kickstarter goal.
Xilinx announces defense-grade All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs
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10/29/2012   Post a comment
Fail safe capabilities extend Xilinx secure leadership with the industry’s only defense-grade All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs for demanding applications.
Electrically-aware design improves analog/mixed-signal productivity
Design How-To  
10/29/2012   3 comments
For analog/mixed-signal chips, the reduction of uncertainty during physical design will similarly reduce overly conservative design practices and improve return on investment in terms of in-silicon performance and profitability...
RTL analysis for complex FPGA designs using a Grey Cell methodology
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10/26/2012   Post a comment
This paper demonstrates how to solve the pressing issue of inter-block RTL analysis for complex FPGA designs using Blue Pearl’s Grey Cell methodology.
What were they thinking: Scientists responsible for their work
Blog  
10/26/2012   9 comments
When a bridge fails – who is responsible? The designer, the people who constructed it, shoddy materials that are out of spec...
$100 Supercomputer – so close I can taste it!
Blog  
10/26/2012   7 comments
The Parallella Supercomputer project on Kickstarter is almost funded, but we need one more "big push"!
NEMS eyed for CMOS power gating
Blog  
10/25/2012   Post a comment
The steady rise in leakage power over the last decade has made low-power design an exceedingly difficult problem mainly because attempts to control leakage power tend to negatively impact performance and switching energy...
Which sci-fi author would you like to meet?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/25/2012   47 comments
Seriously, here's your chance to pick which science fiction author you would like to see at one of our forthcoming UBM events.
Boost productivity with Xilinx Vivado Design Suite 2012.3
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10/24/2012   Post a comment
New multithreaded place-and-route, plus reference designs, accelerate time to implementation of All Programmable 7 series FPGAs.
New Lattice MachXO2 control systems dev kit
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10/24/2012   Post a comment
The MachXO2-4000HC FPGA-based kit combines programmability with ease of use to simplify electronic systems designs.
Understanding standard essential patents
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10/24/2012   Post a comment
Do you know what standard essential-patents are and how they are meant to be used? It seems as if some companies are no longer playing fair…
EDA/IP weekly roundup – October 24th
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Breker, Cadence, IAR, Mentor, Moortec, Renasas, Sonics, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, Tanner, UMC, Uniquify and Xilinx made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Personal supercomputer for only $100!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/24/2012   20 comments
For only $100, the Parallella is a personal supercomputer based on a Zynq All Programmable SoC from Xilinx and an Epiphany multi-core processor from Adapteva.
Kathryn Kranen of Jasper talking about the EDA business
Blog  
10/23/2012   1 comment
Jasper Design Automation CEO Kathryn Kranen opines on what it takes to build and grow a company.
Small Cells – How fast and how many?
Design How-To  
10/22/2012   Post a comment
There is no doubt that both distributed base station architectures and small cells will be deployed and coexist in increasing network capacity, be they based on FPGAs, ASSPs, or ASICs.
Intrinsic-ID launches cloud security app using "Electronic Fingerprint"
Product News  
10/22/2012   Post a comment
The Saturnus application enables secure data access anytime, anywhere.
A finer body of men…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/19/2012   8 comments
Well, things are certainly bouncing along merrily here in the pleasure dome (my office). In fact, I just took place in a jolly interesting email exchange…
Auto apps accelerated by triple-play graphics cores
Design How-To  
10/19/2012   2 comments
The instrument panel in an automobile provides a critical interface between the driver and the vehicle. There are advantages that result from using three specialized graphics engines to implement a modern instrument panel in the form of an electronic display.
What were they thinking: long distance irrigation
Blog  
10/19/2012   7 comments
We have an Arthur Paul Pedrick to thank for an invention that could save the world from famine. He describes an arrangement for conveying unsalted water to a region of the Earth…
Mentor upgrades Questa with formal
Product News  
10/18/2012   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics has released a new version of its Questa functional verification suite with added formal capabilities…
Mentor upgrades formal verification tools
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10/17/2012   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics enhanced its Questa tools, automating functions to expand coverage and ease use of formal verification techniques in chip design.
RADX, Xilinx and ADI demo advanced, programmable EdgeQAM solutions
Product News  
10/17/2012   1 comment
Collaborative technology solution is a game changer for cable TV equipment OEMs, enabling faster time-to-market for future proof EdgeQAM products.
Aldec releases Xilinx-FPGA-based HES-7 ASIC prototyping board
News & Analysis  
10/17/2012   Post a comment
Aldec has released the HES-7 -- its latest FPGA-based prototyping board leveraging the Xilinx Virtex-7.
Pico Computing's new Altera Stratix V PCIe FPGA module
Product News  
10/17/2012   Post a comment
New M-506 Module allows for flexible hardware-accelerated computing from HPC leader.
Simulation and test of stepped frequency radar systems
Design How-To  
10/17/2012   Post a comment
High resolution and low cost have made stepped frequency radar popular for commercial and military aviation. Receiver performance remains an issue, however.
Altium, what have you done?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/17/2012   46 comments
I was completely blown away when I heard the news that CEO and founder Nick Martin has been squeezed out.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – October 17th
Blog  
10/17/2012   Post a comment
ATopTech, Kilopass, ARM, Cypress, element14, Arteris, Sonics, Sidense, CEVA, Phil Kaufman, TSMC, Mentor, Cadence, Synopsys, Springsoft, MunEDA, Analog Bits and Berkeley made the lineup today. See here for their news…
OMG! The most amazing "must see" photos!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/17/2012   23 comments
You simply MUST look at these pictures – trust me, you won’t regret it (have I ever lied to you before?)
3D ICs can no longer be considered an emerging technology
Blog  
10/16/2012   1 comment
I will be the first to say that there is still a lot of room for improvements with 3D ICs and the levels of automation that go into their design, but this week it has become clear ...
Mega-cool audio reality costume
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/16/2012   2 comments
The people at Think Geek keep on coming up with things I never knew I wanted (until I see them) and that I cannot afford, like...
4 Billion CEVA-powered chips and counting
Product News  
10/16/2012   Post a comment
Additional milestone reached for LTE/LTE-Advanced DSPs, surpassing 20 customer design wins; in audio/voice DSPs, CEVA powers more than 2 billion devices to date…
McNamara comes clean on Adapt IP
Blog  
10/16/2012   1 comment
The EDA gossip rag recently found out that Michael McNamara had left Cadence and published a bunch of rumors about him and his new company. Read here for the facts…
Seven new Freescale dev kits for automotive motor control
Product How-To  
10/16/2012   Post a comment
Freescale's 32-bit Qorivva MCUs power new offerings that support as FlexPWM, CTU, ADC and eTimer modules.
Monk fish croon their soothing songs of snooze...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/16/2012   25 comments
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear... I think I can feel a challenge coming on…
Xilinx is accelerating automotive driver assistance deployment at SAE Convergence 2012
Product News  
10/16/2012   Post a comment
The Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC-based platform enables automakers to address both technical challenges and business goals in designs to increase driver awareness.
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