Making hardware specifications 'firmware friendly' Design How-To 4/26/2002 Post a comment Firmware engineers and systems board designers face huge learning curves as they design and control systems that are increasingly complex, requiring dependence of some form of documentation methodology to carefully assess design options.
Power Distribution Planning Design How-To 4/17/2002 Post a comment In UDSM design power distribution can be more important than power consumption. This primer on managing UDSM power grid design issues, by Resve Saleh, Michael Benoit, and Pete McCrorie of Simplex Solutions, addresses IR drop, ground bounce, pin inductance, and electromigration.
Automatic Synthesis Tackles Power Tower News & Analysis 4/2/2002 Post a comment We design 32-bit RISC microcontroller-based platforms, in both hard and soft formats, that will power next year's third-generation cell phones. Power is a prime concern in these devices.
DuPont Photomasks moves into design tools with BindKey acquisition News & Analysis 4/2/2002 Post a comment ROUND ROCK, Tex. -- DuPont Photomasks Inc. (DPI) today announced it has acquired design automation startup BindKey Technologies Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., in a major expansion of its business from lithography mask maker to a provider of "microimaging solutions," including software that checks the layout of new ICs for violations of manufacturing design rules.
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.