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[Worst] Building contractor of the year awards
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/17/2012   14 comments
I can only imagine what Canadian building contractor Mike Homes would have to say about these “things” (I don’t even have the words to describe them)…
How to build a self-checking testbench
Design How-To  
2/17/2012   1 comment
Testbenches, especially those you will use often or for a number of similar projects, should be self-checking and time-agnostic…
A standard who's time must come – SCE-MI
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/16/2012   4 comments
Some standards are very prominent in our industry, such as SystemVerilog, but verification methodologies rely on much more, including SCE-MI…
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Feb 16th
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2/16/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Viewpoint: An Evolution in Design for Test
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2/16/2012   1 comment
Designers relate to Design for Test (DFT) in much the way that small children relate to scary programs on TV: if they cover their eyes with their hands, perhaps it will go away…
Lattice exhibiting at Mobile World Congress (Spain) and Embedded World (Germany)
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2/16/2012   Post a comment
Exhibits, displays and demonstrations of programmable devices and design solutions that reduce costs, power, and design time
Blue Pearl’s EDA tools boast SystemVerilog and FPGA enhancements
Product News  
2/16/2012   1 comment
Demos at DVCon 28-29 February 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, California
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19986)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/15/2012   7 comments
Far out, – What a day, a year, a laugh it is!
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 15th
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Synopsys, Magma, MunEDA, Gradspring, Analog Devices, Austriamicrosystems Synopsys and Arteris made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Study finds that software getting more important
Blog  
2/14/2012   7 comments
It should come as no surprise that software content is increasing, but it sounds as if this study may have some interesting data points…
Interesting Idea: Floorplan- Cavities can help you
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2/14/2012   Post a comment
Is it possible that rectilinear shapes are not the right foundation for floor planning and that routing would be easier if alternatives were considered…
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19985)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/14/2012   7 comments
It’s a bit of a blustery day in Trondheim, Norway, let me tell you…
Terasic introduces stackable Stratix IV FPGA platform
Product News  
2/14/2012   1 comment
The new TR4 platform is tailored for flexibility with its high number of available I/O pins, high speed, and low-power.
Lattice has shipped more than 20 million programmable mixed-signal devices
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2/14/2012   Post a comment
Programmable mixed-signal devices lower cost and improve time-to-market
Free webinar: Implementing on-chip digital ADCs and DACs in FPGAs
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2/14/2012   Post a comment
Microsemi and Stellamar are hosting a webinar to discuss the challenges of effectively integrating analog functions into digital FPGAs.
Expect aftershocks from Synopsys' Magma acquisition
Blog  
2/14/2012   3 comments
Synopsys' surprise acquisition of Magma Design Automation absolutely requires a response from the rest of the EDA market.
Space CoDesign gets involved with European Space agency
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2/13/2012   Post a comment
Space Codesign has nothing to do with space travel, or anything like it, but the European Space Agency is looking to see if their technology may help with productivity and automation…
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19984)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/13/2012   3 comments
As I pen these words, I’m in a small cottage high in the Norwegian mountains and deep in the Norwegian woods…
Power Intent Formats: Light at the End of the Tunnel?
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2/13/2012   Post a comment
Two power formats, the same in every intent, but different in every detail. The differences go beyond syntax or even semantics; some differences are actually inherent in methodology…
Don’t bandy paraprosdokians with me!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/11/2012   15 comments
I’m on Gary Smith’s “jokes list”, which means I never know what’s going to appear in my “Inbox”…
What would you do for an iPad2?
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2/10/2012   Post a comment
TLMCentral is kicking into high gear with competitions to spur donation of Open Source models into the community. Are you up for the challenge…
Opinion: The yin and yang of designing big chips
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/10/2012   5 comments
Patrick Groeneveld is this year's chair for DAC. In this opinion piece he talks about value in synthesis and analysis tools...
Platform-level electrical systems development for aerospace
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2/10/2012   Post a comment
In recent years, fatal airplane crashes have brought to light wiring-related failures and alerted regulators to the critical nature of aircraft wiring. In this context, Mentor Graphics Corp. suggests a platform-level process approach.
Taiwan processor firm uses compiler tester from ACE
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2/10/2012   2 comments
Andes Technology Corp., a licensor of 32-bit processor technology, has itself licensed SuperTest, a compiler test and validation suite, from ACE Associated Compiler Experts BV.
Software tools ease AUTOSAR compliance
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2/9/2012   Post a comment
The AUTOSAR initiative is tackling the industry-wide constraints of complexity, competition, and cost. AUTOSAR provides incentives for manufacturers to replace their proprietary software/hardware interfaces with standardized ones linked to an independent architectural layer.
Things that go “meep” in the night
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/9/2012   36 comments
I just had a very unsatisfactory night’s sleep, because something kept on going “meep” and I couldn’t track it down…
Xilinx is omnipresent in the 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards
News & Analysis  
2/9/2012   1 comment
Good grief – I’ve just been battered by a bombardment of announcements from the folks at Xilinx with regard to their presence in the 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards.
Microsemi boasts new package for radiation-tolerant "Space Flight" FPGAs
Product News  
2/9/2012   1 comment
The RT ProASIC3 FPGA family is now offered in a robust ceramic quad flat pack (CQFP) package.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Feb 9th
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Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Ten things I want to do before I die…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/8/2012   57 comments
I don’t want to sound maudlin, but every now and then as one gets older, thoughts of mortality do tend to cross one’s mind…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 8th
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Element14, Verific, Coventor, Silicon Frontline, Cadence, Breker and Elliptic made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Why is DesignCon important for IC designers?
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2/8/2012   Post a comment
Not one, but two videos of your editor speaking at DesignCon or a variety of subjects including the impact that board design has on chip design…
Quick – Vote now!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/7/2012   4 comments
It’s time to stand up and be counted – are we going to let some yahoo from “e-Book Reader” or “Netbook News” beat one of our very own at EE Times? No we are not!
Free 2-day course: Designing with SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs include a hard ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core, so this course will be of interest to a wide audience…
Apache wins award for power
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
Power is a big issue these days, and not only did Apache win an award for it, they also contributed to a great Webinar that you must watch…
Calling all people who care about power
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/7/2012   Post a comment
Reaching out to people is one of the things that editors have to do, but I have to know who to reach out to. Should I include you?
Opinion: The SoC verification market
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
Breker Verification Systems is attempting to define a new market and they think they have a solution to the problem…
µClinux for ARM Cortex-M3
Product News  
2/7/2012   1 comment
Energy Micro and Pengutronix are demonstrating what they say is the world’s most energy friendly Linux for ARM Cortex-M3
Interesting Idea: Stochastic Behavioral Modeling of Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuits
Blog  
2/7/2012   1 comment
Process variation has become an increasingly challenging issue for both integrate circuit design and manufacturing, which results from the uncertainties from chemical mechanical polishing...
Mindspeed completes acquisition of Picochip
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
Combined company to showcase expanded product line of small cell wireless technology for next-gen mobile broadband communications at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
User interface firm offers OpenCL benchmarking tool
Product News  
2/7/2012   1 comment
Rightware Oy, a 2009 startup that has developed a licensable 3-D graphical user interface called Kanzi, has announced the availability of Basemark CL, a benchmarking system for OpenCL-related software and hardware.
How It Was: Magnetic wire recorders
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/7/2012   7 comments
If asked about the history of sound recording, you might think of the phonograph, the gramophone, and the magnetic tape recorder, but what about the wire recorder?
OMG! My heart is pounding after watching these videos
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/6/2012   Post a comment
I can’t believe my heart is pounding so much when all I did was sit here and watch a video, goodness only knows what I’d be like if…
Cree provides SPICE models for SiC power devices
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2/6/2012   Post a comment
Silicon may be the dominant material for electronics, but some other niche applications required specialized materials such as Silicon Carbide…
Book review: CHIPS 2020
Blog  
2/6/2012   4 comments
Peter Clarke reviews Chips 2020: A Guide to the Future of Nanoelectronics, which sets out to discuss the need for and means of a transition from nanometer electronics to femtojoule electronics.
Successful Adoption of DFM
Design How-To  
2/6/2012   Post a comment
Two factors are influencing the use of DFM for IC development at 28 nm and below. First, foundries now require or strongly recommend DFM checks for advanced nodes...
Neon lamps and photoconductors illuminate logic
Design How-To  
2/6/2012   38 comments
Imagine a computer formed from logic gates and memory elements that are themselves formed from neon lamps and photoconductors...
PowerSoC solves switch-mode DCDC noise and space issues
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2/5/2012   Post a comment
A new class of DCDC converter, the PowerSoC, provides the efficiency of a switch-mode DCDC converter, but has the solution footprint and noise characteristics of a linear regulator.
Online IBC Power Simulation tool models performance, power of IBCs in app-specific thermal environments
Product News  
2/5/2012   Post a comment
Vicor Corporation's new IBC Power Simulation tool provides greater visibility into key electrical and thermal performance attributes of Intermediate Bus Converters (“IBCs”).
What were they thinking: patent trolling patent
Blog  
2/3/2012   6 comments
It is amazing what is covered in some patents and this one is just totally mind boggling…
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