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Nimbic launches cloud computing solution for EDA
News & Analysis  
5/31/2011   5 comments
Nimbic’s scalable and secure cloud computing solution – nCloud – delivers unprecedented scale and speed in system design and simulation.
New text book on RTL design from Atrenta
Product News  
5/31/2011   5 comments
A new text book – Principles of VLSI RTL Design, A Practical Guide - is now available.
Mentor’s TLM Synthesis links virtual prototyping and hardware implementation
News & Analysis  
5/31/2011   1 comment
Mentor Graphics has announced that its Catapult C high-level synthesis (HLS) tool now supports the synthesis of transaction level models (TLMs).
The best of both worlds
Design How-To  
5/31/2011   1 comment
Automated physical datapath helps meet custom power, performance and area goals with predictable results and shorter design schedule
Model-based methodology optimizes functional safety, Part 2: Challenges of integration
Design How-To  
5/30/2011   Post a comment
Timing is a safety issue—this insight has consequences for safety-relevant evaluation and even the design process. Here is a model-based methodology to maximize functional safety.
Max meets Mini-Max (Sculpteo 3D models and printing)
5/28/2011   12 comments
There’s a really cool website from whence you can order a miniature replica of yourself. This is obviously very handy to keep around in case you forget what you look like…
Gray Code Fundamentals – Part 1
Design How-To  
5/28/2011   5 comments
The term Gray code is typically used to refer to a binary sequence in which only a single bit changes value when transitioning between adjacent states.
CAST adds FPGA / ASIC video and image processing IP cores
Product News  
5/28/2011   Post a comment
New image scaler, graphic accelerator, and video deinterlacer IP cores expand family of H.264, JPEG, and JPEG 2000 compression IP.
Radar Basics – Part 2: Pulse Doppler Radar
Design How-To  
5/28/2011   1 comment
Doppler processing became possible with digital computers; today, nearly all radar systems incorporate Doppler processing.
Mentor, Magma top expectations
News & Analysis  
5/27/2011   1 comment
Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines said Mentor's board has met once by phone since three members nominated by billionaire financier Carl Icahn were elected to join it.
ASIC prototypes on time—or your money back
News & Analysis  
5/27/2011   6 comments
Open-Silicon CEO Naveed Sherwani claimed an industry first, announcing a money-back guarantee on design engineering schedules for ASICs.
Zombie tales for people with brains
5/26/2011   7 comments
When I come to think about it, I’ve actually been seeing quite a lot of these little rascals recently, starting with The Walking Dead television series followed by all sorts of books…
Got Discworld?
5/25/2011   24 comments
I am a HUGE fan of the author Terry Pratchett in general and of his Discworld books in particular. If you've not been exposed to these little rascals you are missing a real treat...
Hardware-assisted verification platform + Ethernet testing solution
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
EVE’s ZeBu hardware-assisted verification family has been integrated with Xena’s high-density Ethernet testing solution.
IMEC and the ARM connection
5/25/2011   6 comments
European research institute IMEC is holding its annual technology forum. It has one of those slides with more than a hundred partner logos and ARM's was nowhere to be seen. So what was ARM CEO Warren East doing at the event?
New easicopy cell-based ASICs from eASIC
Product News  
5/25/2011   2 comments
The new easicopy cell-based ASIC from eASIC mitigates the traditional risks associated with cell-based ASIC design.
Improving today's multimedia products with 3rd-party audio IP solutions
Design How-To  
5/25/2011   1 comment
This article argues that leveraging 3rd-party audio post-processing IP solutions can enable manufacturers to dramatically improve audio quality and differentiate their multimedia products, while reducing costs in this fast moving consumer segment.
BSV-nano FPGA POL converter from Bellnix
Product News  
5/25/2011   4 comments
Partnering with Xilinx and Altera, the BSV-nano POL converter is said to provide optimal performance for the latest FPGAs designs.
Measuring return on investment of model-based design
Design How-To  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
Model-Based Design for embedded software development lowers costs by identifying defects early in the development process and reducing the total number of latent defects. By helping companies deliver higher-quality systems at lower cost and in less time, Model-Based Design provides a competitive advantage.
My Geiger counter now counts (hurray)!
5/24/2011   12 comments
My Geiger counter is on its way back to me. Quite apart from anything else, I can’t wait to test the little rascal out with my two radioactive marbles…
How to make a Geiger counter count
Design How-To  
5/24/2011   43 comments
When my Geiger counter kit refused to count (Click Here to see details), my friend David Ashton in Australia kindly offered to take a look at it for me.
FPGA development board help drive electric vehicles and the Smart Grid
Product News  
5/24/2011   1 comment
Microsemi and Ariane Controls are working together on a development platform to support key emerging electric-vehicle charging and related Smart Grid standards.
IMEC, Atrenta to show 3-D design flow at DAC
Product News  
5/24/2011   3 comments
EDA company Atrenta Inc., working with the IMEC research institute on a 3-D integration project, has developed a planning and partitioning design flow for heterogeneous 3-D stacked IC assemblies. They plan to demo the flow at the DAC exhibition.
Achieve your SoC Design Goals – Measure Twice, Cut Once!
Design How-To  
5/23/2011   2 comments
By means of today’s state-of-the-art chip estimation, evaluation, and implementation tools and technologies it is possible to ‘Measure Twice’ and ‘Cut Once’ to fully realize your design goals.
Microchip’s 32-bit Arduino clones are mega-cool
5/23/2011   15 comments
The whole Arduino concept has attracted a large following, but existing Arduino boards are based on relatively low performance 8-bit microprocessors, until now…
Microchip and Digilent launch first Arduino-compatible 32-bit microcontroller development platform
Product News  
5/23/2011   3 comments
Platform includes development boards, open-source software; 32-bit performance and low cost enable hobbyists and academics of all disciplines to integrate electronics into projects.
VMM based multi-layer framework for system level verification
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5/23/2011   Post a comment
This article describes the traditional method used in system-level verification and how the new approach improves it, explaining the layered architecture with an overview of the advantages it presents. Techniques to improve runtime with proper threading and memory management are described, as well as methods to overcome issues of large compilation time using separate compilation and multi-core compilation techniques.
NI to buy EDA vendor and RF design firm
News & Analysis  
5/23/2011   6 comments
National Instruments Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AWR Corp. a supplier of EDA software for designing high-frequency components and systems. The purchase price of $58 million includes $7 million in cash on the AWR balance sheet, NI said.
SpringSoft’s Protolink Probe Visualizer speeds verification of FPGA-based prototype boards
Product News  
5/23/2011   1 comment
Protolink Probe Visualizer enables real-time design visibility and RTL debug of off-the-shelf and custom boards for fast prototype verification and early SoC system validation.
Speeding verification of FPGA-based prototype boards with the ProtoLink Probe Visualizer
Design How-To  
5/23/2011   1 comment
Real-time design visibility and RTL debug of off-the-shelf and custom FPGA boards accelerates prototype verification and enables early SoC system validation.
Implementation of the primary-side regulation in flyback converters (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To  
5/23/2011   1 comment
Understand the tradeoffs in this design topology, and details of one solution
Book Review: Idea Man by Paul Allen
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
5/22/2011   2 comments
Idea Man is billed as “A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft” – and this is actually a really good way of presenting a book that’s sort-of, but not quite, an autobiography.
Open source protocol targets 'Internet of things'
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5/22/2011   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has announced it will make the IEEE 802.15.4 based wireless connectivity network layer software it inherited from the acquisition of Jennic, JenNET-IP, open source, in a bid to generate greater interest in the 'Internet of Things' concept.
The top 10 reasons to debug hardware using your OS and application software
5/20/2011   1 comment
Despite opinions to the contrary, it is clear that the best tool to debug new hardware is the Operating System and Application Code which will run on it.
Cool Beans! Does this mean I’m (almost) famous?
5/20/2011   11 comments
I just performed a search for *Cool Beans* in Google Images – you can only imagine my surprise to see my Cool Beans logo thingy prominently displayed…
Carbon Design Systems adds ARM Cortex-A15 models
Product News  
5/20/2011   1 comment
Carbon is the first model provider to offer support for the ARM Cortex-A15 core, thereby enabling architectural exploration and application software development for next-generation devices.
Verific unveils Perl interface for its SystemVerilog and VHDL front-end solutions
Product News  
5/20/2011   2 comments
Verific will demonstrate the SystemVerilog and VHDL Perl APIs, along with the rest of its product line in Booth #2733 at DAC 2011.
Wearable rugged computers for dismounted soldiers
5/19/2011   2 comments
I just heard about a new commercial-off-the-shelf wearable rugged computer that set my mind buzzing with science fiction tales concerning wearable computers and body armor…
EVE’s ZeBu line expanded with new vertical solutions
Product News  
5/18/2011   Post a comment
ZeBu line offers improved support for the computer/peripherals, embedded processors, networking, and video markets.
EVE’s ZeBu integrated with ARM’s VSTREAM Virtual Debug Interface
Product News  
5/18/2011   Post a comment
ZeBu fast emulators linked with ARM’s software debuggers to improve the debugging of embedded software.
SpaceStudio 2.0: FPGA virtual platform technology for aerospace and multimedia
Product News  
5/18/2011   Post a comment
SpaceStudio 2.0 is a comprehensive Electronic System Level (ESL) tool that covers the entire embedded systems design cycle, including hardware/software partitioning.
Nominations open for the 2011 EDA Industry’s Phil Kaufman Award
5/18/2011   Post a comment
So who are you going to nominate for their services to EDA? Who? Me? No, you really shouldn’t… but who am I to deny you if you insist (said Max, humbly :-)
Time to exploit IDEs for hardware design and verification
Design How-To  
5/18/2011   7 comments
By taking a closer look at the differences between the general software and the more specialized hardware verification communities, this article will attempt to explain the current growth and future prospects of IDEs in hardware verification. The implications for hardware design are also examined.
Overcoming the challenges of formal verification and debug
Design How-To  
5/18/2011   3 comments
Vennsa Technologies, developer of functional verification debugging tools, has worked with a designer at Panasonic who simplified a verification methodology using Vennsa's software.
Radar basics – Part 1
Design How-To  
5/17/2011   12 comments
Radar is ubiquitous in military applications being used in aircraft, missiles, ships, tanks, helicopters, ground stations, and more.
Hagiwara Electric launches C-to-FPGA design service
News & Analysis  
5/17/2011   Post a comment
New service helps customers to develop customized FPGA-based image processing libraries and solutions, using the Impulse CoDeveloper high-level synthesis tools.
End of an era – Last mechanical typewriters are sold
5/17/2011   6 comments
This is a little sad in a nostalgic sort of way… not that any of us would ever again want to use a mechanical typewriter, of course, but still…
Continuing its acquisition spree, Xilinx buys Sarance Technologies
5/17/2011   1 comment
The acquisition of this leading silicon IP provider bolsters Xilinx's capabilities for providing 40G, 100G, 150G and beyond Interlaken, Ethernet, and high-bandwidth bridges…
Brazil’s growing global profile - and the electronics opportunity
5/17/2011   9 comments
Brazil is no ordinary BRIC country but there are opportunities there, argues Nitin Dahad recently back from Sao Paulo.
NextOp’s BugScope assertion synthesis reduces engineering time at Altera
News & Analysis  
5/16/2011   1 comment
BugScope Assertion Synthesis for Assertion-Based Verification reduces engineering time and engineering effort needed to create high quality functional coverage properties and assertions.
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