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The Life of (a Raspberry) Pi
Product News  
2/28/2013   1 comment
Break out the party hats – the folks at element14 are currently celebrating the Raspberry Pi's first birthday!
GainSpan unveils first single-chip Wi-Fi and ZigBee IP
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2/27/2013   Post a comment
Multi-standard, multimode chip contains WLAN baseband, RF functions, and a dual IPv4/ IPv6 stack to spur the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Altium Vault Server: Next-gen electronic design data management platform
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2/27/2013   Post a comment
Altium Vault Server represents a new generation of the company’s exclusive Vault design data management technology.
Altera's future high-performance FPGAs to use Intel’s 14nm tri-gate technology
Product News  
2/27/2013   5 comments
Intel has been ramping its foundry services for some time now with some smaller FPGA companies – now its nabbed a big FPGA "fish" in the form of Altera.
MCU software library uses human body for secure communications
Design How-To  
2/27/2013   Post a comment
Microchip Technology announced its BodyCom Development V1.0 Framework, enabling use of the human body as a secure communications link.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – February 27th 2013
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2/27/2013   Post a comment
Accellera, Agilent, ASSET, Blue Pearl, KLA-Tencor, Mentor, Multicore, Oasys, OneSpin, Symtavision and Synopsys made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Android, FreeRTOS top EE Times' 2013 embedded survey
News & Analysis  
2/27/2013   15 comments
Android has become the most popular third-party operating system for embedded applications according to a survey of engineers – but as they become more familiar respondents may be starting to shy away from the OS for future projects.
Your body as wiring in a communications system
Blog  
2/26/2013   2 comments
Microchip Technology's blend of wireless and touch technologies uses the human body as wiring.
VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/26/2013   39 comments
I want a small box that can connect via WiFi to the Internet on one side and stream live television (in the form of a VHF signal) out of the other side.
TI introduces breakthrough InstaSPIN-FOC motor control technology
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2/26/2013   Post a comment
Identify, tune and fully control your motor in less than 5 minutes and eliminate the need for a mechanical rotor sensor. Available on C2000 Piccolo MCUs today!
SoC verification is growing up fast
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2/26/2013   Post a comment
Human beings progress through a predictable process of maturity with well understood characteristics for each age. What is striking to me is that all technologies seem to follow the same pattern…
Intel extends embedded support from Atom to Xeon
Design How-To  
2/26/2013   2 comments
Leading processor maker is extending its support for embedded software development with the launch of Intel System Studio, which is a bundle of tools, compilers and libraries.
MEMS sensor fusion simplified by toolkit
Design How-To  
2/26/2013   Post a comment
Movea's SmartFusion Studio provides turnkey tools for rapid integration and deployment of MEMS applications including pedestrian navigation, gesture recognition and gaming.
Achronix is shipping 22nm Speedster22i FPGAs
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2/25/2013   Post a comment
Achronix Semiconductor Corporation has begun shipping their industry-leading Speedster22i HD1000 FPGAs to customers.
Full production of entire Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC family
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2/25/2013   Post a comment
The smartest solution with proven performance, lowest power and unmatched productivity.
Cypress announces revolutionary Gen5 TrueTouch controllers
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2/25/2013   Post a comment
In addition to unmatched performance with regard to noise, new devices enable in-cell stack-ups and deliver world’s best waterproofing.
SystemVerilog - It’s official and it’s free
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2/25/2013   Post a comment
Accellera has announced that the revised version of the IEEE 1800™ "Standard SystemVerilog is now available through the IEEE Get Program…
FPGA design heads into The Cloud
Design How-To  
2/22/2013   2 comments
This article examines the benefits and potential pitfalls of cloud computing in FPGA design from a practical, day-to-day viewpoint.
Anyone for a free breakfast next week?
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2/22/2013   Post a comment
Next week will be an exciting week as I head down to San Jose for the functional verification event of the year – DVCon. Catch me moderating a breakfast panel on Tuesday 7:00am…
Emulation Whack-a-Mole
Blog  
2/22/2013   2 comments
The FPGA prototyping and emulation market seems to be like Whack-a-Mole. As soon as one company is purchased, another one appears - this time Reflex CES...
And that's when I said "Doh!"
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/22/2013   24 comments
You would not believe the wonderful little retro portable TV I just discovered at Mock Electronics.
ARM, Synopsys tape-out 20-nm Mali GPU
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2/22/2013   Post a comment
ARM, Synopsys tape-out 20-nm version of Mali T658 GPU demonstrating double-patterning support throughout the design flow.
My hat's off to Toshiba
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/21/2013   12 comments
So many product test videos show the products only in a good light, so the fact that some of these videos show the products failing puts an interesting spin on things.
Xilinx' fully adaptive Gbps-class PtP microwave modem IP for backhaul apps
Product News  
2/21/2013   Post a comment
1024QAM microwave modem IP solution combines fully programmable hardware and API software for next-generation intelligent broadband wireless solutions.
Reflex CES demos SoC FPGA-based system-on-module (SoM)
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2/21/2013   Post a comment
Demonstration at Embedded World 2013 (February 26-28, 2013, Nuremberg, Germany) highlights prototyping platform, data recorders, & customizable rugged systems.
Characterizing mixed-signal ICs for production
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2/21/2013   Post a comment
This article focuses on mixed-signal device characterization, examining statistical techniques that ensure repeatability of test results, including testing over an IC’s rated temperature extremes.
Mentor buys MontaVista automotive infotainment software unit
Design How-To  
2/21/2013   2 comments
EDA and embedded software vendor says deal gives it a leg up in the market for in vehicle infotainment system development.
LSI transforming itself again
Blog  
2/20/2013   1 comment
The best companies are always ahead of the curve and survive the changes. LSI is making another change by switching its processor supplier…
Be a reality star—apply for extreme engineering show
Blog  
2/20/2013   2 comments
Studio seeks to build elite team of engineers for show on the development of extreme prosthetics.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – February 20th 2013
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2/20/2013   Post a comment
Agilent, ARM, Breker, CEA-Leti, Ceva, EMA, GlobalFoundries, Mentor, NanGate, NXP, Sagantec, Sensory and ST made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Collaborative Advantage: 2012 in the rearview mirror
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2/19/2013   Post a comment
2012 was a tumultuous year for our industry as explained by Steve Schulz - president and CEO of Si2...
ARM and STMicro join with Mathworks to support Cortex-M MCUs
Product News  
2/19/2013   2 comments
Offering first ever MATLAB, Simulink, and Embedded Coder support for Cortex-M processor-based MCUs.
The birth of a new hashing standard: SHA-3
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2/19/2013   Post a comment
A cryptographic hash function converts an arbitrary-length message into a fixed-length digest, and it is a fundamental step in the efficient implementation of electronic messages. One one function gets cracked a new one must be found...
Sensory's mega-cool TrulyHandsfree voice control 3.0
Product News  
2/19/2013   1 comment
Accurate voice user interfaces with biometric security and ID; Sensory's TrulyHandsfree voice control is enhanced with user defined triggers and passphrases.
Mock Electronics: An Eclectic Emporium of Electronic Elements
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/18/2013   42 comments
After complaining for years that there's nowhere to purchase electronic components locally, I've just been introduced to the most amazing electronics shop...
Pounds, Shillings, and Pence
Blog  
2/18/2013   16 comments
I was just reflecting on the fact that things are so much easier these days now that there are only 100 pennies in the English pound.
Digital Data Locked Loops – Part 1
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2/18/2013   Post a comment
A good working knowledge of applied DSP algorithms usually comes from word of mouth, design mentoring, and design experience that are a product of years of long hours, a lot of sweat, tears, successes, failures, hand-wringing, and a fair amount of banging one’s head against the wall…
Book: Practical Applications in Digital Signal Processing
Blog  
2/16/2013   1 comment
A good working knowledge of applied DSP algorithms usually comes from word of mouth, design mentoring, and design experience that are a product of years of long hours, a lot of sweat, tears, successes, failures, hand-wringing, and a fair amount of banging one’s head against the wall…
What were they thinking: heated glasses
Engineering Investigations  
2/15/2013   19 comments
I love it when something thinks they are being really clever and yet it is also clear that they don’t have a clue. How many ways would this invention not work…
Intel research improves moisture-tracking in PCBs
News & Analysis  
2/15/2013   2 comments
A senior Intel Corp. executive raises moisture sensitivity concerns in PCBs and explains Intel’s approach based on determining and controlling PCB insertion loss.
What do you know about PCBs?
Social Mania  
2/15/2013   Post a comment
When I was a young lad just starting out in electronics as a hobby, pretty much the only circuit boards I personally got to work with were those that came with do-it-yourself kits.
The Jazz Age – Mega-Retro Roxy Music
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/14/2013   13 comments
Very "Cool Beans" – I just heard about a new instrumental album called "The Jazz Age" from Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music fame.
Making use of advances in the integrated engineering desktop
Blog  
2/14/2013   Post a comment
The availability of integrated, sophisticated and easier to use engineering tools on the desktop has far-reaching implications for most industries…
Xilinx accelerates design productivity for high-vol apps
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2/14/2013   Post a comment
Artix-7 FPGA AC701 eval kit now available for designs requiring increased system performance, small form factor, and low power.
The Beeriodic Table
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/14/2013   15 comments
My old chum Jack Olsen just sent me a really interesting image titled "The Periodic Table of Beer Styles".
Free webinar: Reducing risks with safety-critical software
Product News  
2/14/2013   Post a comment
This free webinar explains how to reduce risk in safety-critical applications with the use of Microsemi SmartFusion2 FPGAs and SAFERTOS safety-critical software.
Alpha Data's Xilinx Virtex-7-based FPGA card for OpenVPX systems
Product News  
2/14/2013   Post a comment
Ideal for rugged embedded computing applications, Alpha Data’s ADM-VPX3-7V2 is designed to support the world’s largest FPGA (V2000T), PCIe Gen3, VITA57 FMC I/O, and more...
EDA/IP weekly roundup – February 13th 2013
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2/13/2013   Post a comment
Asset, Cadence, Calypto, Cosmic Circuits, Forte, Fujitsu, Imperas, Incentia, OneSpin, Panasonic, Real Intent, Synopsys, Tanner and UMC made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Meet some folks who are having a worse day than you
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/13/2013   2 comments
You think you're having a bad day? Wait until you see these videos!
Agilent gives Georgia Tech $90 million in software
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2/13/2013   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies announced the largest software donation in its relationship with Georgia Institute of Technology: so why Georgia Tech, and why now?
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