ARM, Cadence tune support for processor design
News & Analysis 8/9/2012 2 comments
Processor IP licensor ARM and EDA software vendor Cadence have said they have been working together to link ARM's processor optimization packages to Cadence's software for digital design called Encounter.
Have you got the (inside) edge?
Product News 8/8/2012 Post a comment
I just received my copy of Altera's monthly eNewsletter – Inside Edge. On the off-chance you haven't already signed up for this, the highlights are as follows…
Using MISRA C and C++ for security and reliability
Design How-To 8/8/2012 3 comments
Even the most well thought-out design is vulnerable to flaws when the implementation falls short of the design. This paper focuses on how one can use a set of coding guidelines, called MISRA C and MISRA C++, to help root out bugs introduced during the coding stage.
The basics of FPGA mathematics
Design How-To 8/7/2012 13 comments
One of the main advantages of the FPGA is its ability to perform mathematical functions as desired. Here's a refresher on the basic rules and methods involved.
Designing a robust clock tree structure
Design How-To 8/6/2012 Post a comment
With technology advancement, clock tree robustness has become an even more critical factor affecting SoC performance. However, designing a symmetrical clock tree with minimum latency and skew is not enough…
Littelfuse's Thane Parker amps up circuit protection
Blog 8/3/2012 1 comment
Life ain't always easy for today’s design engineers. Pressured by the ever quicker cycle turnarounds for new products, engineers who once had months of multiple attempts to get a design right are finding their window of test opportunities squeezed. But that doesn’t mean they can simply cut corners.
What's the dress code where you work?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 8/3/2012 71 comments
I stopped at the gas station on the way into work the other day to grab a cup of coffee. As I was leaving, a guy about my age was entering. Together we provided quite a contrast…
New sim, testing tools used to design Mars lander
News & Analysis 8/1/2012 11 comments
A toolbox supplied by a Siemens software unit was used to simulate the thermal loads and G-forces to be encountered by the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft as it attempts a risky landing of the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet.
Time to streamline thermal management design and production
Design How-To 8/1/2012 1 comment
A major issue that tends to delay a product’s introduction to the marketplace is the occasional lack of communication between designers and manufacturers. One reason is that the two entities may be scattered either across the country or the globe. Results show that placing the entities under one roof helps improve quality and completion time with less likelihood of problems after the market introduction.