The Dependency Problem Blog 8/28/2007 Post a comment Kits offer a structured channel to sell IP and consulting services which may otherwise be more difficult to sell, and they tie the customer to the company more closely than what a tool license can do
Under the Hood: Gauging standard-cell performance Teardown 8/27/2007 Post a comment Standard-cell-based design has become the mainstream methodology for designing the digital-logic sections of ASICs. Semiconductor Insights shows how it used advanced imaging and algorithms to go deep inside the structure of TI's OMAP2420 SoC.
Agilent debuts simulation tool Product News 8/22/2007 Post a comment Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced 3D simulation technology designed to expand the accuracy of passive circuit libraries used in RF and microwave designs.
DFM Economics Blog 8/21/2007 Post a comment I believe that the motivation for Cadence to purchase Clearshape was solely motivated by business reasons and in particular the viability of Clearshape as a stand alone company.
Verification methodologies keep pace with complex IP Design How-To 8/14/2007 Post a comment The verification of IP cores continues getting more complex and time consuming, especially processor cores, such as CPUs, floating-point units, and digital signal processors, the subject of this story. The challenge is to design and verify a new embedded vector processor with significant enhancements over its predecessor.
New Consortium Group Launched in Scotland News & Analysis 8/13/2007 Post a comment The Institute for System Level Integration (iSLI), The Scottish Microelectronics Centre (SMC), Optocap and Photonix have announced a collaborative agreement to form a consortium group to engage with emerging technologies companies in the MEMS, biomedical, control electronics, remote sensing and advanced technologies sectors.
Embedded developers should embrace FPGAs Design How-To 8/9/2007 Post a comment The use of FPGA devices is a driving factor in the success of using software to reduce hardware complexity. The technique also provides an open-ended flexibility that comes from transferring the controlling elements of a design into programmable space.
Designers flow with debug flux Design How-To 8/6/2007 Post a comment Embedded systems designers are facing both gradual and abrupt changes in their debugging tools. On the gradual side, tools are following general design trends and moving toward standardized, open systems. But a left turn may be in the works, as tool developers add wireless connections to embedded debug.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 18 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...