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Get a clear view on LTE testing
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/27/2010   6 comments
My contacts at Agilent just informed me of a special new site they've developed for LTE designers
The digital version of the Nativity story
Blog  
12/24/2010   10 comments
Since it’s Christmas Eve as I pen these words, there is a lot of holiday-related “stuff” bouncing around the Internet. Two pieces that caught my eye are...
Book Review: A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
Blog  
12/23/2010   3 comments
If you are looking for a good read, this book by Simon Winchester about the Great California Earthquake of 1906 should fit the bill...
Stop! Look! Win a bunch of cool development boards and tools from Microchip
Blog  
12/21/2010   29 comments
I’ve been chatting to the folks at Microchip about all of the cool development boards and tools they have for different applications, and they’ve sent some to me for me to give to you…
Only 10 days to shipping ... we may have a memory problem!
Design How-To  
12/21/2010   3 comments
So you’ve designed and built your circuit board – which may include a processor along with one or more FPGAs and ASICs ... but how confident are you that the board is “good to go”?
Eric Deal bounces back from a startup shutdown to establish Cyclic Design
The Entrepreneurial Engineer  
12/21/2010   4 comments
I met Eric Deal, president of Cylic Design, through the IEEE Consulting Network of Silicon Valley and was impressed by his energy and enthusiasm in bouncing back from one failed startup to begin a second one.
Evolution of design methodology II: The re-aggregation era
Blog  
12/21/2010   10 comments
Part two of the two-part essay co-authored by Paul McLellan and Jim Hogan about evolving design methodology and how it will change the industry.
Book Review: Universe on a T-Shirt by Dan Falk
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/20/2010   1 comment
Dan Falk has a real gift for explaining incredibly complex topics in a way that the rest of us can understand without making us feel dumb.
So, you want to play games do you?
Blog  
12/17/2010   1 comment
There are all sorts of cool games available on the Internet … here are a couple that will keep you busy for a while…
Quantum mechanics saves Santa
Blog  
12/17/2010   2 comments
With regard to my previous blog on Santa Claus, someone on the Yahoo How Things Work (HTW) group has located a rather interesting rebuttal (“It’s all Quantum,” as Terry Pratchett would say)…
Mentor sues EVE in Tokyo, EVE responds
News & Analysis  
12/17/2010   5 comments
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it has filed a patent infringement suit against French emulation tools vendor EVE SA before the Tokyo District Court. EVE instantly said it prevailed against Mentor’s infringement allegation.
Carbon adds ARM models to Carbon IP Exchange
Product News  
12/17/2010   Post a comment
Carbon Design Systems has added implementation-accurate models of the ARM Cortex-A5 and the ARM Cortex-M4 processors to Carbon IP Exchange, the company's web-based portal with a library of more than 100 system-level models from IP vendors.
Scientific analysis of Santa Claus
Blog  
12/16/2010   7 comments
As a kid I remember that I used to wonder how Santa managed to visit all of the kids in one night. This analysis explains all (or not, as the case might be)…
Jasper's intelligent proof kits to match protocol specs
Product News  
12/16/2010   Post a comment
Jasper Design Automation Inc. has introduced Intelligent Proof Kits to ensure faster, more accurate verification of SoC interface protocols.
Semantic design startup raises $3 million
News & Analysis  
12/16/2010   3 comments
High-level EDA startup Chip Path Design Systems Inc. has announced that it has raised $3 million in Series A funding from a team comprising Scientific Ventures, Lanza TechVentures, and Xilinx Corp.
Opinion: 8 embedded trends for 2011
Blog  
12/16/2010   8 comments
Here are eight key trends for the embedded software and tools market in 2011, courtesy of market research company VDC Research Group (Natick, Mass.).
I love my Optoma PK301 Pocket Pico Projector
Blog  
12/15/2010   8 comments
Now that I’m aware that Pico Projectors exist, I seem to be seeing them everywhere. In fact, it appears that the whole Pico Projector concept is a market poised for explosive growth.
What will it take for FPGAs to become as ubiquitous as processors?
Blog  
12/14/2010   20 comments
In which we mull the rising number of FPGA design starts, the falling number of ASIC design starts, and the impact that this is having on the EDA industry…
Automating rule sets for safety-critical HDL coding
Design How-To  
12/14/2010   5 comments
During the development process for safety-critical designs, all precautions should be taken to prevent device failures from all foreseeable sources, including those due to poor design methods and processes. Poor process, such as a lack of standards, may seem innocuous but can, in fact, be a significant cause of device bugs.
Mentor chief sees system design as main challenge
News & Analysis  
12/14/2010   7 comments
The semiconductor industry will increasingly be faced with system design challenges as it steps into the next decade, according to Walden Rhines, Mentor Graphics' chairman and CEO.
The IEEE Standards Association's 2010 Awards Night
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12/13/2010   Post a comment
Synopsys wins IEEE-SA Corporate Award.
Throughput, not productivity, is what matters
Blog  
12/13/2010   16 comments
Semiconductor industry executives are often surprised when I assert that productivity isn't that important, at least as far as R&D performance metrics are concerned.
10 quotes to help you bring order out of chaos at your company
The Entrepreneurial Engineer  
12/13/2010   5 comments
I came across these 10 quotes that I originally posted on my personal homepage in August 2000, when I was working at Cisco. Are they still relevant?
Transforming the U.S. semiconductor business model
Blog  
12/13/2010   11 comments
In the Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry is very much yesterday’s news, ignored by venture capitalists, talented employees and trade publications. That makes industry pundits wonder what’s happening to the U.S. semiconductor industry, especially the startups who aspire to become another Atheros, Marvell or NVIDIA.
Using mixed-signal FPGAs to take motion control to the next step
Design How-To  
12/10/2010   4 comments
Designers of motion control systems now have the opportunity to develop single-chip solutions for controlling even complex motors with SmartFusion devices.
EDA startup focuses on semantic-IC design for ASIC, FPGA, ASSP
News & Analysis  
12/9/2010   3 comments
Incubated under privately-held Parallel Engines Corp., Chip Path Design Systems has been formed to merge EDA and semiconductor IP.
Plunify launches SaaS platform that integrates FPGA design tools
The Entrepreneurial Engineer  
12/9/2010   Post a comment
I had a chance to correspond with Plunify's founders about the company's mission to make PLDs easier to design and use with through an integrated online platform.
Pet's Eye View Camera - The perfect Christmas gift?
Blog  
12/8/2010   7 comments
One of the problems at Christmas is coming up with the perfect gift for a particular person or for a particular occasion, such as a family gathering…
Free book on power supply management and control from Lattice
Blog  
12/8/2010   7 comments
This “Power 2 You” book provides designers with 150 pages of technical details and design considerations for implementing common circuit board power management functions.
Building FPGA-based digital downconverters with graphical design tools
Design How-To  
12/8/2010   5 comments
Graphical programming tools and commercial, off-the-shelf hardware have progressed to the point that they can be used to implement high-performance designs with minimal FPGA-specific knowledge.
Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7
Blog  
12/7/2010   23 comments
Here are some more rambling musings with regard to migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, including a simple (yet cunning) idea that could potentially make someone a lot of money…
Analog design quality closure: What’s missing from current flows?
Design How-To  
12/7/2010   3 comments
AMS circuit design requires the adoption of specific recipes, the sharing of past experiences, and a huge number of design explorations with different constraints and parameters. To speed convergence towards design quality closure, we need a methodology to turn analog design practices into formalized rules and to automate the monitoring of quality metrics.
Security in virtualization must be rethought: Green Hills CEO
News & Analysis  
12/6/2010   4 comments
Green Hills Software CEO Dan O’Dowd delivered a sobering vision of a virtualized computing world being overrun by uncontrolled hacks exploiting unsecure devices and drivers, and he urged the industry to turn thinking about virtualization on its head.
Imperas and OVP support ARM Cortex-M cores and provide free, open source models
Product News  
12/6/2010   4 comments
These models of the ARM Cortex processor cores have shown exceptionally fast performance of hundreds of millions of instructions per second.
NI LabWindows/CVI 2010 improves ANSI C developer productivity and simplifies FPGA communication
Product News  
12/6/2010   1 comment
New version of LabWindows simplifies test system development for Linux, Real-Time, and FPGA-based systems.
Altera accelerates FPGA design productivity with new Qsys system-integration tool
Product News  
12/6/2010   2 comments
Qsys, Altera's next-generation system-integration tool, features the industry's first FPGA-optimized network-on-chip-based interconnect.
Xilinx extends portfolio with New Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 FPGA DSP development kits
Product News  
12/6/2010   1 comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing, MathWorks, Texas Instruments, 4DSP and Xilinx collaborate to deliver new kits that address a full range of high performance to cost effective DSP requirements.
Using FPGAs in mission-critical systems
Design How-To  
12/6/2010   4 comments
SEU-resistant state machines hold the key to adapting programmable logic devices for high-reliability applications.
Whither interoperability? The myth of the grand, unifying EDA database
Blog  
12/6/2010   16 comments
All of the attempts at creating EDA tools that are interoperable through the mechanism of a grand-unifying open source database have failed and are likely to continue to fail. Why?
Magma's Talus Vortex FX claims higher throughput for multimillion-cell designs
Product News  
12/3/2010   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation Inc. announced it has introduced Talus Vortex FX, an IC implementation solution to fully utilize distributed computing for place and route.
Magma preps Talus IC implementation tool for 20nm
Product News  
12/3/2010   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation Inc. has introduced Talus 1.2, a next-generation IC implementation solution that features faster, more advanced routing, timing, extraction technologies to accelerate next generation SoC implementation.
Alien life and Metropolis II
Blog  
12/3/2010   1 comment
So here’s the deal – yesterday evening while sitting in my car waiting for my son to get out of school I was searching for alien life (as you do) when I ran across Metropolis II…
Overcoming 32/28-nm IC implementation challenges
Design How-To  
12/3/2010   1 comment
There are numerous challenges when working at the 32/28-nm node, including low-power design, crosstalk effects, process variability, and a dramatic increase in the number of operating modes and corners.
Magma hits targets, but swings to loss
News & Analysis  
12/2/2010   2 comments
Magma Design Automation said it exceeded all guidance targets for a seventh consecutive quarter, but the company reported a GAAP net loss after posting a profit in the year-ago quarter.
Programmable ICs: the next Innovation Engine
Design How-To  
12/2/2010   7 comments
The potential of programmable ICs seems endless; however in 2010 these devices will only capture up to 2% of the global semiconductor market. In order to grow further, the programmable industry must address some fundamental challenges.
FPGA Space Forum 2011 kicks off in Los Angeles
News & Analysis  
12/2/2010   4 comments
Space Forum 2011, formerly known as the Actel Space Forum, kicks off today in Los Angeles, California (I wish I was there).
The expanding floating-point performance gap between FPGAs and microprocessors
Blog  
12/2/2010   4 comments
Here’s an updated version of a classic work comparing the peak performance of 64 bit floating-point calculations between FPGAs and microprocessors.
IP revenue to decline beyond 2014, says Gartner
News & Analysis  
12/2/2010   Post a comment
By 2014, the number of third-party semiconductor design IP blocks in an average chip design will double from the current level, according to Gartner Inc. However, average license and royalty revenues will continue to decline.
Synopsys beats analysts' expectation
News & Analysis  
12/1/2010   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys reported fiscal fourth quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations and said it expects revenue growth of 9 to 11 percent in fiscal 2011.
Xcell caption competition – win a Xilinx Spartan-6 development board
Blog  
12/1/2010   1 comment
Have you read the latest edition of the Xilinx Xcell magazine (Issue 73, Fourth Quarter 2010)? If not, why not (grin)?
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