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posted in June 2013
New program connects academia to industry with FPGAs
Design How-To  
6/27/2013   8 comments
In which we discover a new FPGA board, which is accompanied by learning resources and a university accredited on-line course.
UMC's FinFET process achieves test chip tape out
Design How-To  
6/27/2013   4 comments
Foundry and design support vendor Synopsys collaborate on tape out of qualification vehicle for the 14-nm FinFET process.
TI makes analog easier – new library of precision designs
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6/25/2013   Post a comment
Library of reference, verified, and CerTIfied designs helps engineers quickly evaluate and customize their systems.
GPS-Driven, FPGA-Decoded Nixie Tube Speedometer
6/25/2013   11 comments
I just saw the first video of the GPS-Driven, FPGA-Decoded Nixie Tube Speedometer created by Luke Miller; the end result is beautiful to behold.
Circuit reliability: Old problem? New problem? Or both?
6/25/2013   2 comments
Here's what you need to know about circuit reliability as advanced processes raise new issues.
RoboCup is about to kick off in Eindhoven and Mathworks will be there
6/25/2013   1 comment
What has soccer/football got to do with EDA? When it is played by autonomous robots, it is all about design in this student competition…
Semiconductor industry strengths and weaknesses in the Asia Pacific region
6/24/2013   1 comment
The question for Japan’s semiconductor industry is how to regain its competitiveness given the new international competitive environment…
By the light of the silvery (super) moon
6/24/2013   7 comments
In the wee hours of the night, under the light of the so-called "super moon", the were birds singing their merry songs…
Semico has some eye popping numbers
6/24/2013   Post a comment
Semico Research Corp has been looking into the rising costs associated with new process nodes and the numbers don’t look pretty…
Happy Summer Solstice
6/21/2013   12 comments
Good grief – it's that time of the year again – June 21 is the longest day (and shortest night) of the year...
What were they thinking: F for parking
6/21/2013   5 comments
Parking should not be difficult, unless of course you are misdirected...
QuickLogic announces CSSP-based SDIO-to-USB solutions
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6/20/2013   Post a comment
Developers of healthcare, industrial and infrastructure devices can easily integrate SDIO-based Wi-Fi/Bluetooth peripherals designed for smartphone and tablet apps.
Link synchronization and alignment in JESD204B: Understanding control characters
Design How-To  
6/19/2013   1 comment
The control characters used in JESD204 allow the link to be synchronized properly as well as monitored for alignment.
Nvidia to license graphics IP to other chip vendors
6/18/2013   8 comments
Offerings include the current Kepler GPU product family as well as the modem technology Nvidia acquired from Icera a few years back.
Camera Showdown at
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6/18/2013   1 comment
In the market for a new digital camera? will help you find the perfect camera to meet your budget and needs.
Saddleback Leather meets airport security
6/18/2013   10 comments
An interesting thing happened to me on my recent trip to New York…
Atrenta’s Ajoy Bose: lessons from an entrepreneur
6/18/2013   1 comment
What would Ajoy Bose say to an aspiring entrepreneur?
Microsemi introduces highly-integrated IGLOO2 FPGAs
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6/18/2013   Post a comment
IGLOO2 FPGAs offer lowest system cost, best-in-class integration, low power, reliability, and security.
Microchip's new PIC32MX 32-bit microcontroller portfolio
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6/18/2013   Post a comment
The PIC32MX family offers the performance, integrated peripherals, and memory for low-cost graphic human-interface, connectivity, and digital-audio apps.
Atmel announces new SAM D20 series of ARM Cortex-M0+ MCUs
Product News  
6/17/2013   4 comments
Offering flexible, ultra-low power, high-performance solutions, new MCUs target automation, consumer, metering, and industrial apps.
Duck! Low-flying pizza!
6/14/2013   27 comments
Can you imagine a future in which the skies (and restaurants) are jam-packed with miniature copters?
EDA tool optimizes cell libraries for processor cores in SoCs
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6/14/2013   Post a comment
Synopsys' DesignWare HPC Design Kit allows SoC designers to optimize CPU, GPU and DSP IP cores for maximum speed, smallest area or lowest power.
What were they thinking: A place to sleep
6/14/2013   Post a comment
An interesting little patent today that shows how simple a patent can be...
The future is here (but I'm not ready)
6/13/2013   6 comments
In my previous blog we pondered the past. In today's column I'd like to contemplate, ruminate, and speculate about the future…
Solid state memory gains on HDDs
6/13/2013   7 comments
Flash memory is increasingly posing a challenge to the hard disk drive in PCs and enterprise servers in the datacenter.
Creating highly reliable FPGA designs
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6/13/2013   Post a comment
Design teams can use automated features within Synopsys’ Synplify design solution to protect their FPGA designs from soft errors.
Wading through the sands of time
6/12/2013   7 comments
In which we peruse and ponder some electronics articles published in a daily newspaper circa the 1920s.
Synopsys releases one library to rule them all
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6/12/2013   Post a comment
Synopsys has released a new physical library kit and set of scripts that they claim can provide some significant benefits across the entire SoC…
Adding an LCD to your microcontroller application made easy, inexpensive, & fun!
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6/12/2013   Post a comment
With today's low prices of touch screen color LCD displays and high performance 32-bit microcontrollers, it becomes more and more attractive to add a touch-screen interface to your application.
My first drawing with my iPad Camera Lucida
6/11/2013   Post a comment
How exciting – I just created my first drawing using my iPad Camera Lucida app!
Microchip's real-time power monitoring and code optimization
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6/11/2013   Post a comment
MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module provides unsurpassed current measurement; optimizes software for lowest possible power consumption.
Kickstart IoT development with TI’s new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 BoosterPack
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6/11/2013   Post a comment
$35 CC3000 module-based BoosterPack works with both MSP430 and Tiva C Series LaunchPad evaluation kits for fast time-to-market of new Wi-Fi designs.
American Semiconductor's FleX-MCU – The first physically flexible microcontroller.
Product News  
6/10/2013   Post a comment
Based on the FleX silicon-on-polymer process, the FleX-MCU delivers silicon integrated circuits in a revolutionary form factor.
Sad Dog Diary
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/10/2013   Post a comment
This video consists of a series of images of dogs with a human narrator saying what they are thinking.
Smartphone showdown at
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6/10/2013   1 comment
Picking out a new phone is not easy – each packs a different "punch" in terms of performance and specs – so is here to help!
Altera announces Generation 10 FPGAs and SoCs
Product News  
6/10/2013   6 comments
Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs to be implemented on TSMC's 20nm node; Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs to be implemented on Intel's 14nm Tri-Gate node.
Using non-volatile memory IP in system on chip designs
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6/10/2013   Post a comment
While unlimited re-programmability might be seen as an advantage during software development, once the device is shipped it becomes a product’s greatest vulnerability…
DAC 2013 theme
6/7/2013   1 comment
What was the theme for DAC 2013? I think one area became a distinct theme given how broadly it was talked about...
What were they thinking: Slithering a snake
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/7/2013   6 comments
How many of you have a pet snake and want to take it for slither? Well, you just may need this invention...
DCD's D68HC11 – HC11 legacy with all peripherals
Product News  
6/4/2013   3 comments
The D68HC11 from Digital Core Design (DCD) can be used as direct replacement, pin-to-pin compatible with the original HC11 MCU.
Microchip subsidiary acquires Novocell non-volatile-memory IP supplier
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6/4/2013   Post a comment
Acquisition of non-volatile-memory IP supplier grows footprint and increases product portfolio for Microchip's SST Flash-IP solutions business.
Raspberry Pi online Maker Training Camp now open
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6/4/2013   Post a comment
I just heard that a suite of Maker Training Camps – including a Raspberry Pi course – are now open to the public.
Free online classes: Application-Specific Programmable Logic
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6/3/2013   Post a comment
I just heard that my old friend Dr. DSP will be providing a series of free online classes as part of the Digi-Key Continuing Education Center.
Stand back! I'm poised to use my Camera Lucida iPad app!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/3/2013   6 comments
Check out an amazing image created by someone who knows what she's doing… and then we discover what I've been up to…
ARM announces AMBA 5 CHI - the Coherent Hub Interface
6/3/2013   Post a comment
ARM has now named the 16 core architecture with CoreLink cache coherent network and dual memory controllers as AMBA 5 Coherent Hub Interface…
Jasper and Duolog tackle IP integration problems
6/3/2013   Post a comment
Jasper and Duolog are creating integrated design and verification flows that tackle some of the toughest problems associated with integrating hundreds of IPs into an SoC…
Performance analysis of VPX backplane in integrated modular avionics system
Design How-To  
6/3/2013   2 comments
Modeling of VPX (VITA 46) backplane in Integrated Modular Avionics systems (IMA) for performance analysis is very important for the integrity of the design of modern complex avionics systems… Parts Search

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