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Understand receiver dynamic range and AGC tradeoffs in WiMAX femtocells and picocells (Part 2 of 2)
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Effective WiMAX system design requires wide dynamic range; you can achieve this by using a combination of higher-resolution A/D converter and an AGC
Reading the tea leaves
Blog  
8/29/2008   1 comment
The EDA industry is in the process of changing from focusing mostly on technology leaders to providing support to hte majority of IC designers.
Magma Reports First Quarter Loss
News & Analysis  
8/29/2008   Post a comment
Magma joins Cadence and Mentor in reporting a loss from operation for its last quarter.
Magma reports bigger loss, lowers full-year guidance
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
EDA vendor Magma Design Automation reported revenue of $45.7 million for the quarter ended Aug. 3, down 9 percent from the same period a year ago. Citing a difficult business environment, Magma also lowered its guidance for the full fiscal year.
Bridging options enable FPGA-based configurable computing
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
As PCI Express continues to invade embedded systems, the history of legacy PCI is repeating itself.
Implementing an FPGA / PCB co-design process
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
An FPGA interface design without PCB process integration or PCB routing consideration can lead to increased PCB costs and extended design times.
Configurable video platform for LatticeECP2 FPGAs
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics and Exor/Sitek International have developed a flexible image-processing platform that includes boards and IP for the LatticeECP2 FPGA.
Marvell licenses GPS software technology
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Marvell has licensed global positioning system digital signal processor software for an undisclosed amount from Trimble Navigation.
Agilent to present webinar on Logic Analyzer Basics
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Forthcoming webinar from Agilent Technologies will cover the fundamentals of logic analyzers, including probing and cross-correlation to oscilloscopes.
RTOS Support for Xilinx PowerPC 440 Processor on Virtex-5 FPGA
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Express Logic and Avnet say the Avnet XC5VFX30T board and Xilinx Virtex-5 Embedded kit (ML507 board) now run the ThreadX RTOS.
Magma rolls analog mixed-signal design platform
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation introduced Titan Analog Migration, a model-based design platform said to dramatically reduce design porting time of analog mixed-signal circuit designs.
Lattice ispLEVER Classic design tools support new CPLD family
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
The ispLEVER Classic design tools from Lattice Semiconductor now provide full production support for ultra-low-power ispMACH 4000ZE CPLDs.
Layout guidelines help manage video equalizer's return loss
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Return loss is a critical and specified parameter for digital video; understand how to manage it in PCB layouts
QNX adds Renesas dual-core to Neutrino OS automotive roster
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Software vendor QNX Software Systems (Ottawa, Canada) has said it has added support for the Renesas SH7786 dual-core processor to Neutrino RTOS and the QNX Momentics development suite.
Magma tool targets mixed-signal design porting
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation has announced additional capabilities to its Titan mixed-signal design platform that specifically target the challenges designers encounter when moving from one process node to another.
Algorithmic synthesis improves designers' efficiency
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Algorithmic synthesis moves the creation of application engines (algorithms on silicon) to a higher level of abstraction, giving significant time and cost savings.
MATLAB to C using MCS: Advanced topics
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8/24/2008   Post a comment
We highlight advanced topics in MATLAB to C conversion using the mixture-of-Gaussians background subtraction method.
Synopsys reported increase in revenue
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8/22/2008   Post a comment
For the third quarter, Synopsys reported revenue of $344.1 million, a 13.2 percent increase compared to $304.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2007.
Mentor acceptable results, more speculation on Cadence
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8/22/2008   Post a comment
Mentor and Cadence continue to give us things to ponder, but their roads are diverging in more than one way.
Design kit simplifies getting started with voice synthesis
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8/22/2008   Post a comment
A complete Say it! demonstration kit from NEC Electronics, which includes all the essential hardware and software components to demonstrate voice synthesis functions, is available from Gleichmann Electronics.
Intel, Microsoft describe parallel progress
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8/22/2008   3 comments
Intel and Microsoft discussed new tools, languages and other advances at the Intel Developer Forum to take the companies a step down the long road to creating a new parallel programming model for tomorrow's multicore processors.
Free phase-locked loop (PLL) analysis software
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
This free PLL analysis software from Agilent Technologies is PCI-SIG approved for PCI Express 2.0 compliance testing.
Group peers into 3-D future for Blu-Ray
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
The Blu-Ray Disc Association is working on its strategy for supporting stereoscopic 3-D under growing pressure from Hollywood studios who want to create a home video market for their rising number of stereo 3-D titles.
Spice model developed for organic TFTs
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
Cambridge Display Technology has collaborated with Silvaco Data Systems to develop Spice model organic thin-film transistor technology. Organic TFTs form the basis of future organic electronic circuits.
Accellera approves new AMS standard
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
Accellera announced today that its Board of Directors and Technical Committee members approved a new version of its Verilog-Analog Mixed-Signal (AMS) standard, Verilog-AMS 2.3.
Cadence tackles issues in IC package/SiP design
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
The announced release of SPB 16.2, due in November of this year, from Cadence Design Systems, focuses on addressing current and emerging chip package design challenges.
Capturing and communicating power-efficient design knowledge
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
A low-power kit gathers expert knowledge and best practices to: eliminate common problems; establish flows to ensure tools and technologies are applied to achieve the best results; and establish processes to ensure predictability.
Inside Canmore: Intel plugs x86 into TVs
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp.'s first x86-based chip for consumer electronics the CE 3100, aka Canmore, represents an initiative that speaks to everything from Intel's growing system-on-chip capabilities to its drive toward Internet TV, a concept that has left many pioneers dead by the roadside.
Accelera approves new version of AMS standard
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
Accellera, the electronics industry organisation focused on Electronic Design Automation (EDA) standards, has released an updated version of its Verilog-Analog Mixed-Signal (AMS) standard, Verilog-AMS 2.3 for analog and mixed-signal design and simulation.
Microcontroller Design in FPGAs
Design How-To  
8/20/2008   1 comment
The union of Microcontroller Unit (MCU) intellectual property (IP) cores with FPGAs provides a far more flexible hardware platform than traditional MCU ASSPs.
WiMAX popularity gives rise to novel analysis solutions
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
As WiMAX outpaces its counterparts, various tools help designers conduct tests to ensure the efficacy of their networks.
Layout guidelines help manage video equalizer's return loss (Part 1 of 3)
Design How-To  
8/19/2008   Post a comment
Return loss is a critical and specified parameter for digital video; understand how to manage it in PCB layouts
C++ is Super Glue for anti-malware apps
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
In its 2006 survey of 616 U.S. IT security professionals, the Computer Security Institute found that 65 percent of companies represented had experienced a virus attack.
Cadence introduces constraint-driven HDI design flow for PCB
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced improvements to the Cadence Allegro and OrCAD families of products.
Mentor Graphics and Altera Partner on DO-254
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
Mentor joins Altera's DO-254 Global Partner Network; announces joint development of DO-254-certifiable IP.
Imperas announces agreement with MIPS Technologies
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
Imperas and MIPS agree to collaborate on a family of verified processor models.
Intel debuts x86 set-top processor at IDF
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
A new media processor, solid-state drives and advances in DDR3 modules are among the news bites expected out of this year's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
Agilent adds 3D EM simulation to EDA software platform
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Agilent has added an integrated 3D EM simulation solution for RF module design to its Advanced Design System EDA software platform, which eliminates the need for standalone EM tools, while improving productivity.
Mixed-signal design tool supports automotive power management devices
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
New mixed-signal design tool from Lattice supports automotive versions of its Power Manager, Power Manager II, and ispClock devices.
Agilent Technologies announces integrated simulation solution
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced an integrated design flow solution that includes full 3D EM (electromagnetic) simulation for RF Module Design.
Processor-FPGA co-design accelerates software applications in hardware
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
C-to-Xilinx Virtex FPGA design and partitioning tools to be showcased by Impulse Accelerated Technologies at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
Big turnout planned for 3DTV meeting
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
More than 160 people representing more than 80 companies are signed up to kick off one of the first big industry efforts for bringing stereoscopic 3D to television, seen by many as the next big thing in consumer electronics.
Synopsys launches silicon-proven DDR3, DDR2 IP for SoCs
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Synopsys announced the availability of a full range of silicon-proven DesignWare DDR IP solutions for SoCs that require an interface to high-performance DDR3, DDR2 and DDR memory subsystems.
A different kind of day at Cadence
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Cadence abandons its effort to acquire Mentor.
Green Engineering: Yardsticks emerge for gauging energy efficiency
Design How-To  
8/18/2008   Post a comment
Everyone talks about energy efficiency, but how do you measure it?
Background subtraction, part 2: MATLAB to C using MCS
Design How-To  
8/17/2008   Post a comment
In part 2 of this series, we convert our three background subtraction models from MATLAB to C using Agility's MCS tool.
Signal Chain Basics (Part 20): Understand the basics of op amps and speed
Design How-To  
8/16/2008   1 comment
The dynamic specifications of an op amp are critical in many applications; understand the meaning of the speed and slew-rate parameters
Improved ARM core, other changes in TI mobile app processor
Teardown  
8/15/2008   3 comments
After nearly two years -- and much anticipation -- Texas Instruments has introduced the OMAP3530, the next evolution of its widely successful OMAP family of mobile application processors, which includes the OMAP2420, used in a number of mobile consumer applications including the Nokia N93 and N95.
Flexible screens emerge, but slowly
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8/15/2008   Post a comment
For some time now, we've been treated to descriptions of the tremendous benefits that flexible displays will bring, but actual display devices have been slow in coming.
Improving memory management in multifunction embedded devices
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8/15/2008   Post a comment
Consumer embedded devices are becoming increasingly loaded with a range of diverse software applications and device drivers in response to end-user multitasking demands.
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