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Snapped up before DAC – there will be no Missing Link
News & Analysis  
5/31/2012   1 comment
One of the new exhibitors for DAC this year has been snapped up before the show begins….
Opinion: Lifting the system-level fog with SoC verification
Blog  
5/31/2012   1 comment
DAC begins in a few short days in Fog City, otherwise known as San Francisco. Gary Smith EDA has weighed in once again with a comprehensive list of what to see at this year’s conference…
Gary Smith on what to expect at DAC 2012
Semi Conscious  
5/30/2012   Post a comment
The dean of EDA analysts shares his thoughts on what will be hot at the 49th Design Automation Conference in San Francisco next week.
TSMC to use Mentor YieldEnhancer SmartFill at 20-nm
Product News  
5/30/2012   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics said TSMC would use the SmartFill capability in its Calibre YieldEnhancer product in 20-nm semiconductor manufacturing.
What do you do if you have an FPGA question?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/30/2012   7 comments
Why, you "Ask Max" of course…
Breakthrough automatic partitioning tool from Flexras Technologies
Product News  
5/30/2012   Post a comment
New automatic partitioning tool boosts FPGA-based prototyping performance by 10X.
Xilinx ships the world’s first heterogeneous 3D FPGA
Product News  
5/30/2012   5 comments
The 3D integration of 28 Gbps transceivers enables breakthrough bandwidth and signal integrity for Nx100G and 400G line card solutions.
Globalfoundries selects Synopsys' tool for yield management
News & Analysis  
5/30/2012   Post a comment
Globalfoundries has selected Synopsys' Yield Explorer tool for use as part of its next-generation yield management system for faster yield ramp based on volume diagnostics, Synopsys said.
ASTC, Tanner EDA to deliver ASIC design services
News & Analysis  
5/30/2012   Post a comment
Australian Semiconductor Technology Co. and Tanner EDA have reached an agreement to deliver analog/mixed signal IP and custom ASIC design services.
Video: Hover car concept lifts off
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/29/2012   17 comments
In 2011, Volkswagen launched its "People’s Car" project, soliciting ideas for futuristic visions and concepts that could be made into reality.
Gearing Up for DAC – IP, Flows and Services
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5/29/2012   Post a comment
This entry is the final entry in the what to see at DAC blog series. It includes listing about the demos that companies will be showing in the areas of IP, Flows and methodologies and services etc...
Catapult + Calypto = ESL power optimization
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5/29/2012   Post a comment
After one year we see the first results of the transfer of the Catapult technology from Mentor to Calypto. ESL power optimization…
Globalfoundries to use Mentor's SmartFill at 20-nm
News & Analysis  
5/29/2012   Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics said Globalfoundries would use the SmartFill facilities of its Calibre YieldEnhancer product to enable advanced fill techniques for 20-nm manufacturing processes.
Opinion: What will change on the road to 3D ICs?
Blog  
5/29/2012   4 comments
In the long term, getting to a full use of 3D stacking of homogeneous logic dies, perhaps in reaction to a final end to transistor scaling, will require more extensive changes to the design flow…
ARM supports European research project on accelerator programming
Research  
5/29/2012   1 comment
Processor licensor ARM Holdings plc is the leading company in a European collaborative research project that is aiming to develop a language to boost the programmability of accelerator hardware, such as graphics processing units.
Lfoundry announces 110-nm PDK with embedded flash
News & Analysis  
5/29/2012   Post a comment
Lfoundry Rousset SAS has announced the availability of its physical design kit (PDK) for 110-nm aluminum process. The PDK includes options including an embedded flash memory which is proposed in 90-nm resolution.
Gearing up for DAC – RTL to GDS II demos
Social Mania  
5/28/2012   Post a comment
This entry is the third in the what to see at DAC blog series. It includes listing about the demos that companies will be showing in the area of RTL to GDS II...
System-level design of mixed-signal ASICs using Simulink: Efficient transitions to EDA environments
Design How-To  
5/28/2012   3 comments
Shows and discusses an approach for automated transitions from Simulink models representing analog and digital components to HDL descriptions using HDL Coder.
Indy 500: KV Racing's tech director talks track
Social Mania  
5/27/2012   Post a comment
We caught up with KV Racing's Eric Cowdin the other day to talk about the importance of the electronics and engineering when it comes to getting a top finish at the Indy 500 race.
One way to honor the inventor of the TV remote control
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/27/2012   6 comments
The Clicker is an all-in-one uber-gadget that fuses the remote control with the ever-important bottle cap opener…
Parallax releases four exciting new products!
Product News  
5/27/2012   Post a comment
I just received jolly friendly email from Lauren Davis, who is the Marketing Manager at Parallax. Lauren was keen for me to share some news…
Energy Micro and Spectrum Design Solutions to offer energy-efficient wireless designs
News & Analysis  
5/27/2012   2 comments
The folks at Energy Micro develop energy-friendly MCUs and RF transceivers based on the ARM Cortex processor core.
TI announces new DSP software and development kit
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5/27/2012   Post a comment
Jump-start real-time signal processing for biometric analytics apps; Scalable dev platform features embedded analytics for apps that require fingerprint recognition and face detection.
Video: Indy 500 pit boss talks tires
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5/27/2012   Post a comment
We get down and dirty in the pits at the Indy 500, where we learn how 0.5 increments of tire pressure can make or break a race, how many laps a driver can go on one set of wheels, and how far rival tire makers will go to steal another firm's secrets.
Accelerate partial reconfiguration with a 100% hardware solution
Design How-To  
5/26/2012   4 comments
For timing-critical applications like video, a hardware-only solution improves operational capabilities for Xilinx FPGAs.
Stuff to see at DAC: Blue Pearl Software
News & Analysis  
5/26/2012   Post a comment
Blue Pearl Software Suite accelerates FPGA implementation by generating SDCs for Synopsys Synplify Pro and Xilinx Vivado.
New Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA Embedded Kit
Product News  
5/26/2012   4 comments
Accelerate design productivity for broadcast, aerospace and defense, industrial, and medical applications using Xilinx’s Kintex-7 FPGA Embedded Kit.
Tektronix believes in embedded instruments
Blog  
5/25/2012   1 comment
On chip instrumentation is becoming a necessity as external observability declines and the uses for the technology grows...
Best of the web – May 25
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/25/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
What were they thinking: Facebook IPO
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/25/2012   5 comments
Facebook didn’t have a great IPO. Was it greed, was it misinformation, was it deceitful…
EDA to private equity, part 2
Blog  
5/25/2012   1 comment
The author attempts to answer a number of reoccurring questions from readers following his recent post suggesting that EDA firms would be better off in the hands of private equity firms.
Managing change
Blog  
5/25/2012   4 comments
Entrepreneurs and seasoned executives need to learn to expect, plan for and manage change.
Easing IEC 62304 Certification for Medical Devices—Part 2
Design How-To  
5/24/2012   Post a comment
Integrating requirements traceability with legacy and third-party software is a key to device success
Tweet-a-Thief uses social media to fight crime
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/24/2012   3 comments
Tweetathief was established to provide a central portal for people to post about lost and stolen items, pets, or people…
Bioplastics - cleaner world or bigger mess?
Blog  
5/24/2012   6 comments
With energy resources dwindling and "sustainability" becoming a must-have word in the lexicon of almost every company in the developed world, the debate over the use of cleaner materials is intensifying, especially when it comes to plastic.
Power optimization starts early in the process
Blog  
5/24/2012   Post a comment
For many companies, power optimization starts at the RT level, but Docea Power attempts to take it to the ES level…
IP being made more accessible
Product News  
5/24/2012   1 comment
For people who wish to try before buying, the whole notion of reference designs and the implementation of them is a great idea…
TI equips ADS8028 SAR A/D converter with SPICE model
Product News  
5/24/2012   Post a comment
Model enables designers to quickly simulate, model and test the full analog signal chain.
Aart de Geus on job sharing
Semi Conscious  
5/24/2012   Post a comment
Does the fact that Aart de Geus suddenly has company at the top of Synopsys' org chart mean he's laying the groundwork for his retirement?
Software, the last frontier for ultra-low-power microcontroller performance
Design How-To  
5/23/2012   1 comment
TI’s ULP Advisor code analysis software tool for MSP430 microcontrollers can help developers learn ultra-low-power coding best-practices.
Synopsys names co-CEO to join de Geus
News & Analysis  
5/23/2012   3 comments
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced the promotion of longtime chief operating officer Chi-Foon Chan to the position of co-CEO, effective immediately.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – May 23rd
Blog  
5/23/2012   Post a comment
Corelis, Space Codesign, OCP-IP, Mentor, NanGate, Tanner, Aldec and Imperas made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Is it true? Embedded MCU designers learning FPGAs?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2012   11 comments
Over the last few weeks I’ve been asking my microcontroller friends what they know about FPGAs; the results certainly surprised me…
Can you handle an All Programmable Planet?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/22/2012   Post a comment
Actually, you don’t have much of a choice, because it’s here already!
Gearing Up for DAC – Above RTL
Social Mania  
5/22/2012   2 comments
This is the second in the series of what to see at DAC blogs. It includes listing about the demos that companies will be showing in the area of design above RTL…
Pulsic to introduce analog and custom digital place and route
Product News  
5/22/2012   Post a comment
Pulsic will introduce a place-and-route implementation solution at DAC this year, including Unity Analog Router, Unity Custom Digital Router, and Unity Custom Digital Placer…
Towards a formal, automated chip design monitoring system
Blog  
5/22/2012   Post a comment
Today’s projects are enormously complex. Just the silicon portion is now beset with complications like process variation, mushrooming design rules, and, soon, multiple patterning, just to name a few…
FPGA testing for DO-254 compliance
Design How-To  
5/22/2012   Post a comment
This article describes key challenges that can be encountered when verifying FPGA pin-level requirements during board-level testing under DO-254 guidelines.
I’m going to walk across America!
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
5/21/2012   37 comments
I’ve decided to walk from Central Park in New York to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco (metaphorically speaking).
Applications and Use of Stage-based OCV
Design How-To  
5/21/2012   Post a comment
Stage-based OCV derate tables are a systematic correction to liberty timing models to account for on chip process variation. Stage-based OCV can be used in timing and optimization tools as a fast approximation for statistical timing giving better – more accurate results...
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