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How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2011   24 comments
Suffice it to say that this was an occasion I shall always remember…
What are the best “unknown” gems of science fiction? (Part 2)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/28/2011   22 comments
Here are a two more science fiction books that really influenced me when I first came across them…
ESL, down under style
News & Analysis  
12/26/2011   2 comments
I love it when I discover new EDA companies, especially those in the ESL field. Introducing VWorks…
Ooooh! Custom-made leather “Messenger Bags” – I’m drooling with desire!
12/23/2011   4 comments
The tag-line for these custom leather goods is “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead” (I think they are correct)
Media struggles. 2012 will be key
12/23/2011   1 comment
How long have you been a reader of EDA Designline? Get involved if you don’t want to see it disappear, which is a real possibility…
Pause for a moment and ponder this…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/22/2011   13 comments
As we are poised to enter the holiday season, let’s take a moment to pause for thought...
It looks like the joke is on me!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/22/2011   12 comments
Way back in the mists of time, I wrote a blog about a Free Cellphone Locator Website…
Is this the “Messenger Bag” for me?
12/22/2011   Post a comment
I’ve been inundated with suggestions following my blog: What’s the best “Messenger Bag” for me?
Engineering simulators for the iPad
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/22/2011   21 comments
My old chum Alvin just emailed me to tell me about a bunch of iPad apps that have only recently been released...
What are the best “unknown” gems of science fiction? (Part 1)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/21/2011   20 comments
There are some books that completely “blew my mind” when I was younger, but very few people I talk to about this sort of thing have heard about them...
10 notable blunders of 2011
News & Analysis  
12/21/2011   21 comments
As with any year, 2011 contained its share of blunders in the electronics world that will be remembered for years to come.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Dec 21st
12/21/2011   Post a comment
Calypto, AcconSys and Mentor made the lineup today. See here for their news…
What’s the best “Messenger Bag” for me?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/20/2011   7 comments
I feel a bit like Goldilocks in the story of “The Three Bears" (and it's not often you hear someone say that)...
A really useful (free) tool for the severely disabled
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/20/2011   11 comments
I've talked about this before... and doubtless I will talk about it again...
Offloading RAID operation from CPUs into FPGAs
12/20/2011   Post a comment
BIOSAP designs Spartan-6 FPGAs into RAID motherboard for Surveillance and Storage System applications (the FPGAs simplify the design and reduce costs)
Microsemi and INVIA deliver DPA-resistant cryptographic software on SmartFusion FPGAs
Product News  
12/20/2011   1 comment
New solution from Microsemi and INVIA provides enhanced protection for security applications
Prototypes: Let’s get physical
12/20/2011   Post a comment
Most prototypes today fall into the physical category and in this article we take a peek at those, and the functions they are used for…
Lattice to discuss all sorts of stuff at CES 2012
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/20/2011   Post a comment
The folks at Lattice Semiconductor say they will highlight a variety of programmable logic design solutions for mobile devices…
Beware of church ladies with typewriters!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/19/2011   4 comments
Have you ever seen any of those wonderful church bulletins replete with Freudian (sorry, I mean typewriter) slips?
OCP-IP Outstanding Contributor of the Year Award for 2011
12/19/2011   Post a comment
OCP-IP recognizes Gabriele Zarri of Cadence for his leadership, commitment and contributions to OCP-IP’s Functional Verification Working Group…
Travel Nightmares: short stories
12/19/2011   Post a comment
Some short stories on travel mishaps as told by Tim W. I am sure you have some stories to tell as well…
Critical Area Analysis and Memory Redundancy
Design How-To  
12/19/2011   Post a comment
Whether you are fabless, fab-lite, or IDM, the goal of reducing a design’s sensitivity to manufacturing issues should ideally be handled by the design teams…
It makes you want to cry…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2011   7 comments
One of the big news items in England at the moment is the cost and size of the security operation for the forthcoming 2012 Olympics, which are to be held in London…
What were they thinking: Patenting the obvious?
12/16/2011   15 comments
Silly patents are all around us, but this one is amazing. Not because of what it is but the fact that it was granted…
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more - 15 Dec
12/15/2011   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
CAST introduced UDP hardware IP block
Product News  
12/15/2011   2 comments
UDP is a protocol used for video and audio streaming. CAST has released a hardware IP implementation of this for ASIC and FPGA
Still time to get involved with DAC
12/15/2011   Post a comment
The Design Automation Conference is a pretty significant event for the EDA industry and if you haven’t got your name on the program yet, there are still a few opportunities…
Xilinx Research Labs Fellow Steve Trimberger is named IEEE Fellow
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/15/2011   Post a comment
Prestigious honor places Trimberger (holder of more than 185 patents) in the top echelon of the engineering community
Microsemi announces Libero SoC v10.0 IDE
Product News  
12/14/2011   1 comment
Next-generation solution streamlines customizable SoC design efforts
All members of Lattice’s MachX02 “Do-It-All” PLD family now in production
Product News  
12/14/2011   3 comments
New $29.99 evaluation kit enables easy access to production-qualified PLD technology…
Grand opening of new Xilinx R&D center in Beijing, China
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/14/2011   Post a comment
Xilinx extends regional footprint, consolidates Beijing sales, marketing, application engineering, and R&D operations into single site.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Dec 14th
12/14/2011   Post a comment
eSilicon, Synopsys, Mentor, Duolog, Arasan and Renesas made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Nvidia releases CUDA compiler source code
News & Analysis  
12/14/2011   4 comments
Nvidia siad it would provide the source code for its CUDA low-level virtual machine-based compiler to academic researchers and software-tool vendors, a move the chip firm said would more easily add GPU support for more programming languages and support CUDA applications on alternative processor architectures.
Combining Prototyping Solutions to Solve Hardware/Software Integration Challenges
Design How-To  
12/13/2011   Post a comment
System development without prototyping is too risky, and today most companies demand the use of prototyping prior to silicon tapeout. what type of prototype to choose is not always 100% clear…
Xilinx opens R&D center in Beijing
News & Analysis  
12/13/2011   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx opened an R&D center in Beijing and consolidated it along with local sales, marketing and application engineering operations into a single site.
Lattice announces new rev of mixed-signal design tools
Product News  
12/12/2011   1 comment
Tighter integration with the Lattice Diamond design environment delivers added flexibility, ease of use, and faster time-to-market…
Hot new rev of Lattice Diamond design software available
Product News  
12/12/2011   2 comments
New release of Lattice Diamond design software accelerates FPGA design optimization for low-power and cost-sensitive applications…
Top 10 Tips for Success with Formal Analysis – Part 1
Design How-To  
12/12/2011   3 comments
What is preventing formal analysis from becoming more prevalent? Could it be unrealistic expectations? Knowing when, where, and how to apply formal analysis may help…
Travel Nightmares: Kick start needed
12/12/2011   Post a comment
David Ashton talks about some hands on engineering necessary to get a plane in the skies. Have you ever had any similar experiences…
Conferences and exhibitions for 2012
12/11/2011   12 comments
Here is a list of events for 2012 compiled on the basis of only one per month.
OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/9/2011   6 comments
I have to admit that I am completely blown away… I certainly didn’t see this one coming… I’m too young for all of this excitement!
What's the best book on how to *structure* an FPGA project?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/9/2011   7 comments
I just received an email from a reader asking a rather interesting question…
What were they thinking: gift exchange?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/9/2011   6 comments
What do you do with all of those unwanted gifts, well this patent has the answer, except that Amazon so far has chosen not to implement it…
Discovering my inner geek with a robot vacuum
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/8/2011   4 comments
If you’ve been wondering which robot vacuum to purchase as a gift for yourself (or for your “significant other”), then wonder no more because all is revealed…
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more - 8 Dec
12/8/2011   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
What’s the best Generation Ship science fiction book / film / song?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/7/2011   46 comments
In previous columns we’ve explored the best Time-Travel and the best Post-Apocalyptic books, films, and TV programs… now it’s time for Generation Spaceships…
Prototypes: Pre-RTL or Virtual prototypes
12/7/2011   Post a comment
While other articles in this series have been general, this articles drills down in to the world of virtual prototypes…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Dec 7th
12/7/2011   Post a comment
EMA, Elliptic, Magma, Springsoft, MagnaChip and D&R made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Why? Why? Why?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/6/2011   19 comments
Gary Smith just sent me a bunch of “Why xxx” questions, so this is all his fault…
QuickLogic’s new CSSPs solve HD display bridging issues in mobile device designs
Product News  
12/6/2011   1 comment
LVDS, RGB and MIPI DSI interface bridging capabilities; supports up to WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution; improves battery life and enhances bright sunlight viewability…
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In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.
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