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April Fool’s Day pranks
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/30/2012   3 comments
There must be so many pranks that people can pull on Sunday. Care to add one to the list?
Fundamentally Powerful
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/30/2012   2 comments
Monday is the start of something new and powerful. It is the start of a major experiment within the EDA Designline that could have big ramifications…
Book Excerpt: FPGA-based Prototyping Methodology Manual Part 2
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3/30/2012   Post a comment
This book collects the best practices FPGA-based Prototyping of SoC and ASIC devices into one place for the first time...
Xilinx Zynq-7000 receives product of the year ACE award
News & Analysis  
3/30/2012   2 comments
The UBM electronics ACE awards are given to the best new products that are seen in EETimes and EDN each year. Xilinx gets the best product award for the Zynq-7000…
Triad attempts to make mixed-signal design for the masses
Product News  
3/29/2012   1 comment
Unique to Triad is a mixed-signal aware place and route tool that places vias in the global routing fabric to configure and interconnect the analog and digital resources…
ESL is alive and well – Synopsys explains
Blog  
3/28/2012   3 comments
ESL is a convergence point between hardware and software, tool and IP. The Synopsys audio subsystem shows in several ways that ESL is very much alive and well…
Book Review: The Software IP Detective’s Handbook by Bob Zeidman
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/28/2012   Post a comment
This book is of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the creation, use, and misuse of software intellectual property, including...
First shipments of transceiver-packed Virtex-7 X690T FPGAs from Xilinx
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
First FPGA device, using 80 GTH serial transceivers, breaks the 2 Tbps bandwidth barrier and makes ground-breaking network communication systems possible
Imperas preps fast models of ARM Cortex-A15 processor
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   1 comment
Imperas, a pioneer of high-level modeling and virtual prototyping, has models of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor in beta and expects them to be available in the first half of 2012. The range of available models, together with Imperas tool and operating system support, is helping platform and software developers debug systems in parallel with SoC design, speeding up and improving system development, the company said.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Mar 28th
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Element14, MunEDA, Avery, Cypress, Mentor, S2C, Cosmic Circuits and Analog Bits made the lineup today. See here for their news…
An FPGA-based dual-image sensor design solution
Design How-To  
3/27/2012   2 comments
There are numerous designs that can be improved by using the data from two image sensors
2.5D ICs are more than a stepping stone to 3D ICs
Design How-To  
3/27/2012   2 comments
2.5D has marked advantages of capacity, performance, system space and overall system power consumption over traditional single die implementations
Microchip announces remote control demo board
Product News  
3/27/2012   2 comments
Integrates graphics, touch sensing, USB, and wireless connectivity; provides complete solution including HW and S/W; speeds design of apps with graphical displays
Top considerations when selecting a 32-bit ARM microcontroller
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2012   1 comment
Selecting the right 32-bit ARM microcontroller shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on your requirements…
SimpleLink GPS CC4000 from TI brings GPS capabilities to MCU-based apps
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Hardware-controlled GPS solution is ideal for countless location, precision timing, and velocity applications
Altera’s shipping low-cost 28nm Cyclone V FPGAs
Product News  
3/27/2012   1 comment
Latest shipment of what Altera describes as “the lowest power, lowest cost 28nm FPGAs available on the market” completes rollout of tailored 28-nm product portfolio
Optical metrology ensures automotive dynamic seal effectiveness
Design How-To  
3/27/2012   2 comments
Three-dimensional optical metrology can reduce automotive rotary dynamic seal failures by measuring the surface texture and lead angle characteristics of rotating shafts to levels of precision unattainable using traditional approaches.
Microsemi’s SmartFusion ref design for industrial and medical LCD displays
Product News  
3/27/2012   1 comment
SmartFusion (FPGA with hard ARM Cortex-M3 MCU) reference design features include OpenGL SC graphics library and customizable display controller
Xilinx defense-grade Virtex-6Q FPGAs with anti-tamper / anti-counterfeit features
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Third-generation, high-performance, secure IP core architecture reviewed by the NSA furthers Xilinx's secure leadership position in state-of-the-art A&D apps
Altera launches Design Services Network Program
News & Analysis  
3/27/2012   1 comment
Launch of Design Services Network Program will accelerate customer design productivity and innovation
Lattice, Intellivision announce intelligent HD video analytics for HDR-60 camera dev kit
Product News  
3/27/2012   1 comment
Video Analytics with the Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit improve time to market for 1080p camera applications
TI announces Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack for ultra-low-power MSP430 MCUs
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Add crystal clear audio to MCU-based apps; harness real-time DSP performance using easy-to-use, plug-in board for the MSP430 LaunchPad development kit
Cosmic Software tips dev tools for Freescale's S12ZVH MagniV MCUs
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Cosmic Software announced the immediate availability of development tools for Freescale Semiconductor's S12Z CPU Core and S12ZVH MagniV microcontroller family at the DESIGN West event.
That was tricky: Hand-made PCB manufacturing
Design How-To  
3/26/2012   6 comments
We had to drive four RF boards from our FPGA design with the exact same clock…
Microchip brings cost-effective analog/digital capabilities to 8-bit PIC microcontrollers
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
New MCUs feature on-chip 12-bit ADC, 8-bit DAC, op amps, high-speed comparators, eXtreme low power technology, and 16-bit PWM for advanced control
Cadence supports development of the cloud
Product News  
3/26/2012   3 comments
Cloud computing depends on many parts and services, all of which conform to standards and support of those standards is imperative for cloud deployment…
Microchip simplifies C compiler line
Product News  
3/26/2012   3 comments
Provides best execution speed and code size for all PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs
Lattice announces MachXO2-based bridge design for Sony IMX136 image sensor
Product News  
3/26/2012   1 comment
The folks from Lattice will be demonstrating camera design solutions at the ISC West Conference
Latest Freescale wireless robot can walk, dance, and teach sensor programming
Product News  
3/26/2012   2 comments
Tower System mechatronics robot and board enable rapid sensor application development with easy-to-use programming language and expanded capabilities
Ensuring Successful Third Party Intellectual Property (IP) Integration
Design How-To  
3/26/2012   4 comments
The integration of that third-party IP, if done poorly, can lead to painful cost overruns and schedule delays…
Altera to showcase SoC FPGAs and advanced embedded technologies at ESC DESIGN West 2012
News & Analysis  
3/26/2012   Post a comment
SoC FPGA virtual target with FPGA-in-the-Loop extension enables device-specific embedded software development targeting SoC FPGAs
STMicroelectronics’ advanced wireless MCU to serve smart grid benefits to energy-conscious users
Product News  
3/23/2012   1 comment
True single-chip microcontroller with industry-standard radio taps into STM32 DNA and latest protocols to speed-up arrival of better energy-saving products
Microsemi to share expertise and demo solutions at DESIGN West
News & Analysis  
3/23/2012   Post a comment
The March 27-29 event in San Jose, California, will highlight the latest developments in electronic design
SparkFun’s introduction to microcontrollers for K-12 educators
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/23/2012   1 comment
SparkFun Electronics to host Continuing education class in conjunction with the Colorado School of Mines
Now I’m “Truck-less Tracker Trucker Max”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/23/2012   23 comments
I dropped my truck off at the shop to be augmented with accoutrements, but this left me on foot…
What were they thinking: Hung Far Low
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/23/2012   9 comments
Yes, this is a real name of a restaurant in Portland – the oldest Chinese restaurant in town and the city paid a lot of money to have this sign restored…
Design West: Meet the author of 'Analog Circuit Design'
Social Mania  
3/22/2012   Post a comment
Bob Dobkin, CTO at Linear Tech, will be signing copies of "Analog Circuit Design—A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions" at Design West.
Embarrassing medical moments
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/22/2012   11 comments
I just received what purports to be descriptions of embarrassing incidents that really happened.
Surprise! Altera and TSMC develop heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle
Blog  
3/22/2012   1 comment
The folks from Altera and TSMC have just announced their joint development of what they describe as a heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle
Book Excerpt: FPGA-based Prototyping Methodology Manual
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/22/2012   1 comment
This book collects the best practices FPGA-based Prototyping of SoC and ASIC devices into one place for the first time...
What should you do if attacked by a group of clowns?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/22/2012   14 comments
Here’s some helpful advice from EDA Analyst Gary Smith…
Get hands-on and see the Xilinx Zynq-7000 EPP in action at DESIGN West
News & Analysis  
3/22/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx offers something for every developer at ESC 2012, including software and hardware design workshops
Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful “Stuff” (Part 2)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/21/2012   3 comments
When do you think the bikini was invented? If you say the 1960s or 1970s, then have I got news for you…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Mar 21st
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3/21/2012   Post a comment
X-Fab, Synopsys, Applied Materials, Kilopass, Ploughshare and Cadence made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Just call me “Tracker Trucker Max”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/20/2012   7 comments
I can't tell you exactly which flavor my new truck is, but it's a honking great big one with a large extended cab and four doors…
Polaris Designs enters the FPGA prototyping market
Blog  
3/20/2012   1 comment
A new startup has acquired some FPGA prototyping assets and hopes to make an impact by doing things a little differently…
Xilinx inaugurates expanded R&D and Technical Support site in Hyderabad, India
News & Analysis  
3/20/2012   2 comments
The Xilinx India team is pivotal to the development, delivery, and support of the company’s flagship programmable platforms
What can I believe about foods?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/20/2012   10 comments
Who is paying for all of the studies that keep barraging me with information about my health, food items and how I should live my life?
MathWorks can help with your ISO 26262 projects
Product News  
3/20/2012   Post a comment
MathWorks launches ISO 26262 process deployment advisory service for the development of high integrity systems
Opera TV solutions now available for the MIPS architecture
Product News  
3/19/2012   Post a comment
MIPS and Opera to demonstrate optimized technology at CCBN in Beijing and IP&TV World Forum in London
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