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STMicroelectronics leverages STM32 “DNA” to target budget applications
Product News  
2/29/2012   5 comments
Development of home and industrial electronic applications is simplified using new feature-rich, value-packed family of ARM Cortex–M0 microcontrollers
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 29th
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2/29/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, Accellera, ARM, Brite Semiconductor, SpringSoft, Synopsys and Posedge made the lineup today. See here for their news…
The “Ins and Outs” of digital filter design and implementation
Design How-To  
2/29/2012   2 comments
FPGAs make it easy to implement many types of digital signal-processing filters effectively.
Mentor achieves first $1 billion sales year
News & Analysis  
2/29/2012   2 comments
As expected, Mentor Graphics reported that its annual sales eclipsed $1 billion for the first time ever, as the company reported sales and earnings that beat analysts' expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter.
No sir, you cannot walk. You must take a bus
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/28/2012   7 comments
Walking is clearly a thing of the past and is now being discouraged. Urban planners stop considering the pedestrian…
Cadence book preview: Advanced Verification Topics
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
Book preview: The acceleratable Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) packages allow portions of a standard UVM environment to be accelerated using a hardware accelerator...
Xilinx 2.5-D Virtex-7 2000T named China ACE Awards 2012 FPGA of the Year
News & Analysis  
2/28/2012   1 comment
The Virtex-7 2000T is the world's highest density FPGA, delivering greater than 2X the capacity and bandwidth offered by the largest monolithic devices...
Industry's most flexible, developer-friendly 32-bit MCUs from Silicon Labs
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2/28/2012   1 comment
Silicon Labs have just announced what they modestly describe as “The industry’s most flexible, developer-friendly 32-bit MCUs”
Lattice announces support for latest MIPI BIF Standard
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
Programmable devices allow rapid adoption of the MIPI BIF standard using existing application processors and chipsets…
Microchip upgrades enhanced core dsPIC33E and PIC24E chips to 70 MIPS
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
Additionally, three new 64-pin motor-control and general-purpose devices have been added to the family
Cadence announces new virtual platform for Xilinx Zynq-7000 EPP
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
Virtual system platform used by Missing Link Electronics to dramatically reduce time-to-market for automotive infotainment and medical systems
Xilinx to highlight 7 Series FPGAs and 100G technology at OFC 2012
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
Best-in-class transceivers and market-leading IP cores provide optical system vendors and next-generation 100G optical module suppliers with high bandwidth comms platforms
Small cell protocol stack optimized for TI's KeyStone multicore processors
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments and Aricent collaborate on small cell protocol stack optimized for TI's KeyStone multicore processors
Blue Pearl is offering free hands-on workshops…
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
The folks from Blue Pearl recently announced that the latest generation of their EDA tools boast a plethora of SystemVerilog and FPGA enhancements...
Synopsys introduces new VIP architecture
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2/27/2012   4 comments
VIP architectures have evolved over time and this has led to inefficiencies. Synopsys goes back to the drawing board and “all SystemVerilog” VIP emerges...
Entering the Third Epoch of EDA
Design How-To  
2/27/2012   6 comments
Thus far there have been only two main epochs in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) according to Magma and the trail is being blazed into the 3rd Epoch…
What engineers really do…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/25/2012   36 comments
Is there a difference in perception between what your friends, parents, kids, and your boss thinks you do… and what you actually do?
John Aynsley recognized for contribution to SystemC
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/24/2012   3 comments
John Aynsley is the first recipient of the Accellera Systems Initiative Technical Excellence Award. This is due in part to his involvement in the IEEE 1666 SystemC™ Language Standard Working Group…
What were they thinking: Play time with patents
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/24/2012   12 comments
Patents are often quite silly and should never have passed the obvious test. But we can learn from them sometimes. Today I look at a device for exercising your cat…
ISO 26262 cuts electronics complexity risks: Pt. 1- Requirements and assessment flow
Design How-To  
2/23/2012   2 comments
Future development and integration of automotive safety functions will strengthen the need to have safe system development processes and to provide evidence that all reasonable safety objectives are satisfied. ISO 26262 provides guidance to reduce these risks to a tolerable level by providing feasible requirements and processes.
New tablets to feature MIPS for both applications and baseband processing
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2/23/2012   1 comment
Altair Semiconductor to bring its Leading LTE Chipset to MIPS-Based Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ Tablets from Ingenic
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Feb 23rd
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2/23/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
World’s fastest 80C51 CPU @ CeBIT
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2/23/2012   4 comments
The DQ80251 is said to be more than 56 times better than a standard 8051 and more than 70% more efficient, than the nearest competition.
That Was Tricky: How much decoupling should we use?
Design How-To  
2/23/2012   4 comments
A decoupling problem in our FPGA-based prototypes induced timing issues to our 2M gate design…
Magma's Madhavan won't join Synopsys
News & Analysis  
2/22/2012   18 comments
As most expected, Magma Design Automation Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan won't join Synopsys Inc. as a result of its recently closed acquisition of Magma, Synopsys said.
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19987+6)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/22/2012   12 comments
Following my talk I received an email saying "Dear Max. I found your talk today both exciting, inspiring, and entertaining. Three of my favorites. ;-)"
2.5-D will be a market of its own
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2/22/2012   Post a comment
Leveraging 2.5-D industrywide will require evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, adjustments to current design flows and the supply chain.
Wide I/O driving 3-D with through-silicon vias
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2/22/2012   Post a comment
Wide I/O SDR mobile DRAM offers double the bandwidth of LPDDR2 without increasing power, and Wide I/O is leading the way to TSV-based heterogeneous die stacks.
System-in-package provides viable integration solution
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2/22/2012   Post a comment
Choosing an SiP solution is a function of applications space, system requirements, yield and cost.
The best FPGA papers of all time!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/22/2012   5 comments
The ACM/SIGDA Technical Committee has released a list of the best papers of the FPGA Symposium
Free Live Webinar: Achieving max efficiency / Precision motor control with Xilinx FPGAs
Social Mania  
2/22/2012   1 comment
I just heard from the folks at Xilinx about a rather interesting free live webinar on a subject that is dear to my heart – motor control using FPGAs…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 22nd
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2/22/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, Premier Farnell, Real Intent, Verific, Blue Pearl, Elliptic, Cyclos and Cadence made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Dispelling the myth about analog scaling
Semi Conscious  
2/22/2012   6 comments
We often hear that analog circuitry doesn't scale, but this apparently is hogwash.
Microchip announces 8051 Replacements for NXP EOL MCUs
Product News  
2/21/2012   10 comments
Microchip will continue manufacturing 8051/80C51 microcontrollers that are 100% compatible with NXP’s EOL (End-of-Life) MCUs
Free panel: Hardware/software co-design from a software perspective
Social Mania  
2/21/2012   Post a comment
Co-located with DVCon and hosted by the EDA Consortium Emerging Companies Committee, this free panel looks like a “must see” for anyone who is at DVCon.
Panels next week associated with DVCon
Social Mania  
2/21/2012   Post a comment
Next week is DVCon and there are five panels that I want to draw your attention to, two moderated by yours truly. I hope to see you there…
Altera demos first FPGAs to interoperate with 100-Gbps optical module
News & Analysis  
2/21/2012   6 comments
Altera’s Stratix V GT FPGAs with 28-Gbps transceiver technology enable next-generation 100-Gbps networks
The 8051 is over 30 years old and still going strong
Blog  
2/21/2012   2 comments
In 1980, Intel introduced the 8051 microcontroller. Who would have believed that 32 years later there would still be news to report about it…
Tabula’s next-gen FPGAs to use Intel’s 22nm process featuring 3-D tri-gate transistors
News & Analysis  
2/21/2012   1 comment
At the Ethernet Technology Summit, Tabula’s VP of Manufacturing Technology will discuss the boundaries that traditional FPGA fabrics face as they try to keep pace with exploding bandwidth demands.
New Ceva DSP powers LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac reference architectures
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2/21/2012   Post a comment
Ceva introduces a new DSP platform and incorporates it into two reference platforms to demonstrate its capabilities…
How best to reduce power on future ICs
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2/21/2012   19 comments
Excessive power consumption has become the chief roadblock to further scaling of semiconductors, threatening to stall advancement in all electronics sectors—everything from further miniaturizing mobile devices to revving supercomputers.
Xilinx plan to strut their stuff at Embedded World 2012
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2/21/2012   Post a comment
The latest technologies and expanding ecosystem will help developers create sharper new products in shorter timeframes, leveraging programmable systems integration
The industry needs a renewed approach to verification IP
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2/21/2012   9 comments
Every VIP brings unique challenges to integration with the SoC environment, such as synchronizing SystemVerilog test sequences with SystemC/C/C++ code…
AMD first to count on Cyclos low-power clock IP
News & Analysis  
2/21/2012   11 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has achieved the first commercial implementation of resonant clock mesh technology licensed from startup company Cyclos Semiconductor Inc.
MATLAB phased array system expands design capabilities
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2/21/2012   Post a comment
Engineers can use MATLAB with the toolbox to model, simulate, and analyze complex phased array systems across applications such as radar, acoustics and communications.
Top-level Custom Signal Planning and Routing
Design How-To  
2/20/2012   2 comments
Custom ICs are outgrowing the capabilities of conventional design techniques that involve traditional point tools, schematics, SPICE-level netlists, manual layout tools, manual routing…
Maxim’s processors boast new noise reduction and echo cancellation capabilities
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2/20/2012   Post a comment
Acoustic Technologies' noise reduction and echo cancellation software is now available on Maxim's MAX98095 based on Tensilica's HiFi audio/voice DSPs
MediaTek launches new MT6575 Android platform
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2/20/2012   Post a comment
New MT6575 Android platform from MediaTek addresses the growing market for entry to mid-level smartphones.
Test problems grow as chip integration increases
News & Analysis  
2/18/2012   6 comments
As the level of chip and component integration increases, so too does the problem testing the ever more intricate products, with engineers struggling to keep up.
What were they thinking: Summer Time
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/17/2012   14 comments
Why do we change out clocks for some months during the year. Has anybody ever proven that it actually helps anything…
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