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Survey points to variation-aware design as top custom IC focus
4/29/2011   Post a comment
Two-thirds of designers and managers named variation-aware design as a top segment where technology advancement is needed over 2011 and 2012, according to a survey of 486 engineers and engineering managers on Variation-Aware Custom IC Design.
Thick copper paves way for high-current drive in high-voltage power ICs
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4/29/2011   3 comments
Understand how use of thicker copper, needed for higher currents and voltages, can be implemented in power IC design
Cadence beats Q1 estimates, promotes exec
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems reported sales and earnings for its fiscal first quarter that exceeded consensus analyst expectations and announced the promotion of one EDA veteran to replace another that is leaving the company.
HiSilicon uses Synopsys' IC Compiler in production design flow
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
ASIC provider HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd. has deployed Synopsys' IC Compiler, a component of the company's Galaxy Implementation Platform, in its production design flow and claimed it has reduced stand-by power consumption by up to 40 percent.
MATLAB, Simulink revision features code generation
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
MathWorks reveals Release 2011a (R2011a) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families offering key code generation products, MATLAB Coder, Simulink Coder, and Embedded Coder as well as 80 other product updates, including Polyspace embedded software verification products.
Scaling a video on demand server
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4/27/2011   1 comment
This article illustrates how to model and simulate an example model of a RTP/RTSP video on demand server using the method, notations and tools provided by CoFluent Design.
Accellera tips IP tagging standard effort
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
EDA and IP standards body Accellera launched an effort to create a standard for IP tagging—tracking soft IP information which will be automatically added and detectable in the final GDSII database format.
The first CMOS embedded MTP NVM IP in 40nm – Itera
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Until now, the only on-chip non-volatile memory options for SoC designers were Flash/EEPROM (not available below 90nm) or One-Time Programmable (OTP); Itera from Kilopass changes all of this…
Developing the world’s first real-time 3D OCT medical imaging system with NI FlexRIO
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4/26/2011   4 comments
320 channels, 22 FPGAs, peer-to-peer streaming, and GPUs achieve real-time 3D optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging…
The Royal Wedding – call me an old softie, but…
4/26/2011   7 comments
The sands of time are slipping through the hourglass as the day of the Royal Wedding approaches. I don’t know about you, but I shall be glued to the television (metaphorically speaking, of course).
Cadence introduces latest version of Allegro
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems introduced the latest version of its Allegro PCB and IC packaging technology, delivering new capabilities that the company says provide increases in productivity and predictability across silicon, SoC and system development.
Atmospherics Monitor
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4/25/2011   9 comments
This is a project that I [Max] have wanted to build for ages. It will allow me to tune into the sounds of the heavens. I’ve painstakingly gathered all of the parts and now I’m ready for action…
The force that pulls dogs toward the groins of strangers
4/25/2011   40 comments
Please cast your mind back through the mists of time to when I posted my blog ‘Three puzzles to ponder.’ Someone just emailed me with a question to which I’m sure I know the answer, but…
Mentor dismisses Icahn's board nominees
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines fired back at billionaire financier Carl Icahn, saying that Icahn is distorting the qualifications of his three nominees to Mentor's board of directors.
New $29 battery-powered MachXO2 Pico Development Kit from Lattice
Product News  
4/25/2011   2 comments
The MachXO2 Pico Development Kit provides designers with a flexible and low cost platform to rapidly evaluate and verify their designs in hardware.
Tools spur ECU CAN/LIN communications
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4/22/2011   Post a comment
With the increasing use of in-vehicle networks, the development of automotive electronic control units must not only consider the software requirement, but also the implementation of the embedded software via a data bus such as CAN or LIN.
Icahn letter highlights Mentor CEO's pay
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4/22/2011   8 comments
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has written an open letter to shareholders of EDA software licensor Mentor Graphics Corp. attacking the performance of the board, highlighting the CEO's pay and arguing that a board including his nominees need not be focused solely on selling the company.
Plan strategies for adopting Model-Based Design for embedded applications: Part 4—Migration plan; implementation, verification, and validation
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4/21/2011   2 comments
When transitioning to Model-Based Design for embedded systems development, it is essential to consider an overall plan spanning people, development processes, and tools.
I have radioactive balls!
4/21/2011   23 comments
Hmmm, perhaps it would be more appropriate to say that I am now the proud owner of a pair of radioactive marbles…
Sofradir uses Asygn's simulator for imager signoff flow
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
Infrared detectors specialist Sofradir (Paris, France) announced it has licensed Tactyle analog system-level time-domain simulator from Asygn SAS (Montbonnot, France) to enhance the quality control of imaging arrays during production.
Dolphin Integration posts 11% sales growth in first half
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) reported sales of 5.8 million euros ($8.2 million) for the first half of fiscal year 2011, closed on March 31, up 11 percent on an annual basis.
Keeping the cracks out of flip-chips
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4/20/2011   3 comments
In this case study, AMD uses Dassault Systèmes' Abaqus FEA software to improve the reliability of chip packaging.
Facilitating at-speed test at RTL (Part 2)
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
This part will tackle at-speed timing closure rules and at-speed coverage. It also looks into the at-speed coverage estimation and diagnosis of SpyGlass-DFT DSM.
Interesting Stuff – Ring Finders – Auto-Unicycle Thingy – Cool Videos and Pictures…
4/19/2011   1 comment
I can’t keep up. So many cool things are zipping back and forth in front of my eyes that I don’t even have the time to write about them before they’ve been eclipsed by something else…
Xilinx 7 Series FPGAs: User Guide Lite
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4/19/2011   7 comments
This article highlights the capabilities of the new Xilinx 7 series FPGAs, giving potential users the information they need to understand the features of the families.
Wirelaid technology enables high-current, fine-pitch SMDs
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4/19/2011   Post a comment
A rounded or rectangular cross-sectional area wire is integrated into the stackup design directly beneath the outer PCB layer.
Lattice tools provide 8-bit uC support in low-cost PLDs plus…
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4/19/2011   8 comments
Users of the new MachXO2 PLD devices can now generate complete systems based on the LatticeMico8 open source 8-bit controller core.
Required change in EDA vendors’ role and reward vs. scaling yield
4/19/2011   1 comment
For the past few decades, I have heard EDA industry leaders complaining about being the enablers of the semiconductor industry’s production while being poorly compensated for the value created by their tools.
Tech Tutorial: Implement automotive BLDC motor control
Design How-To  
4/19/2011   2 comments
In conjunction with control algorithms running on optimized microcontrollers, brushless DC motors offer efficient solutions, with various control schemes, including field oriented control (FOC), available.
Opal Kelly launches XEM6010 FPGA USB module
Product News  
4/19/2011   1 comment
New Xilinx Spartan-6-based FPGA USB module from Opal Kelly refreshes the XEM3010 and XEM3050 flagship products.
Two amazing videos – I bet you haven’t seen anything like this before
4/18/2011   3 comments
My old chum Jay Dowling just pointed me at two amazing videos that blew my socks off (note to self, must start wearing elasticated socks).
Lattice’s new low-cost design platform for FPGAs with configurable SerDes
Product News  
4/18/2011   1 comment
The folks from Lattice Semiconductor are boasting that their new Versa Development Kit is the industry’s lowest-cost FPGA-based PCI Express and network design platform.
My memory is not what it used to be!
4/18/2011   2 comments
With so much memory now available, we seem to be using it in a willy-nilly fashion, when in reality it is our biggest roadblock.
Has Altera broken the record for transistors on a chip … or not?
4/18/2011   3 comments
As of this morning, if you Google ‘most transistors on an IC’, you get lots of hits with the title ‘Altera Breaks Semiconductor Industry Record for Most Transistors on an Integrated Circuit,’ but is this true?
SparkFun Electronics’ competition in Boulder, Colorado, April 23, 2011
News & Analysis  
4/18/2011   1 comment
The company's annual event offers DIY enthusiasts of all ages a chance to showcase and test out their inventions on the ground and in the air.
Next generation component management
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4/18/2011   Post a comment
This whitepaper takes a look at how Altium solves this problem through its Unified Component model, and a new approach to component management that harnesses the power of this model.
Mouser’s online electronic components database integrated with design software
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4/17/2011   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics has announced a new partnership with Altium which sees live links connecting Altium Designer and Mouser’s extensive part information, placing it right onto the engineer’s desktop.
Synchronizing your email across multiple computers
4/15/2011   28 comments
I am so happy. In addition to the fact that my data is backed up and secure, my email from multiple accounts is now so synchronized it brings tears of joy to my eyes…
Star Wars clones used to recreate famous photos
4/15/2011   1 comment
I’m always amazed at the creativity of people – I love it when I see things that make me say “Wow – I wish I’d thought of that!”
Cisco turns the Flip into a Flop
4/14/2011   5 comments
I cannot believe it. Just two years after Cisco bought the startup company that created the Flip Video – the most popular video camera in America – they’ve decided to kill it as a product.
Instruction set for a 4-bit HRRG Steampunk Computer
4/14/2011   13 comments
Sad to relate, I haven’t gotten around to completing Part 4 of my Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) Steampunk Computer mini-series this week, but this is because I’ve been pondering its instruction set…
ISPD reveals 3-D, maskless-lithography trends
News & Analysis  
4/13/2011   7 comments
Next generation trends in the physical fabrication of semiconductors, including 3-D and maskless lithography, were recently laid out at this year's 20th annual International Symposium on Physical Design in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The incredible shrinking Max
4/13/2011   7 comments
I always wondered what it would be like to be six inches tall. I just saw a site that creates custom figurines. These look really tasty – I think it would be mega-cool to have a mini-me on my desk…
Using high-density programmable FIFOs in video and imaging applications
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4/13/2011   5 comments
Many market segments, including video broadcasting, military, medical imaging, and base stations, can benefit from the use of high-density FIFO solutions that have programmable features.
Using verification coverage with formal analysis
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4/13/2011   Post a comment
This article looks at what “coverage” means for formal verification tools, and how formal coverage fits into metric-driven verification flows. It discusses formal coverage in terms of three questions: how good are my formal constraints, how good is my proof, and how can I feel confident my verification is complete?
Facilitating at-speed test at RTL (Part 1)
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4/12/2011   Post a comment
This article intends to present basic concepts and issues for at-speed testing, as well as demonstrate the at-speed coverage estimation and diagnosis capability built-in to the SpyGlass-DFT DSM product for RTL designers and test engineers.
Meandering musings on Altium’s bold and exciting move to Shanghai
4/11/2011   15 comments
I must admit that when I first saw the announcement that the folks at Altium were planning to transfer their HQ from Sydney, Australia, to Shanghai, China, I checked the date to make sure it wasn’t April 1.
Impulse and Convey enable C-to-FPGA for hybrid-core computing
Product News  
4/11/2011   1 comment
Compiler add-on allows C programmers to synthesize to Intel and Xilinx processors on convey platform.
New IP and Real-Time Video Engine Targeted Design Platform from Xilinx
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4/11/2011   2 comments
New IP and Targeted Design Platform offerings at NAB 2011 accelerate development of state-of-the-art broadcast equipment supporting HDTV and 3DTV.
True random number generator IP for ASICs and FPGAs
Product News  
4/8/2011   1 comment
Intrinsic-ID has just announced something called iRNG, which utilizes the noise inherently present in uninitialized SRAM to generate random bits at very high speed.
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