R&D chiefs share their strategies News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment Researchers in computer science are taking on new models and fresh subjects as the tackle with new and old challenges, according to a panel discussion that gathered R&D executives from Google, IBM, Microsoft and PARC.
TSMC, Virage Logic expand IP agreement News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment Virage Logic and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have extended their agreement to provide intellectual property for system-on-chip designs for mainstream and advanced process technologies.
Chinese design center licenses MIPS cores News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment MIPS Technologies has licensed its low-power MIPS32 M4K and MIPS32 4Kc processor cores to China's Shenzhen Integrated Circuit Design Industrial Center, an IC design industry base supported by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.
Cloud computing hard to harness, experts say News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment The vision of cloud computing is simple, but making it a reality will require years of work in areas such as parallel programming primitives, authentication standards and application programming interfaces, said panelists at an annual research event at the headquarters of Internet auctioneer eBay Inc.
Understand receiver dynamics and AGC tradeoffs in WiMAX femto- and picocells Design How-To 9/29/2008 Post a comment WiMAX deployment is increasing due to the allocation of additional frequency spectrum and the need for higher data rates and broadband access around the globe. Because WiMAX is designed to be a data-centric standard, its infrastructure deployment must be different from previous voice-centric standards such as GSM and CDMA. WiMAX, operators will continue to deploy conventional macrocells, which are intended to provide initial coverage and capacity, but will rely more on smaller base stations to f
In multicore SOC architectures, buses are a last resort Design How-To 9/29/2008 Post a comment The one-processor system model that dominated electronic system design since 1971 is now thoroughly obsolete. Today's SOC designers readily accept the idea of using multiple processors in their complex systems to achieve design goals and use the terms "control plane" and "data plane" to describe how these various on-chip processors are used on the chip. These terms appeared during the Internet and networking boom. At first, they referred to the design of multiple-board networking systems but hav
Digital multiphase controllers push power efficiency Design How-To 9/29/2008 Post a comment Given rapidly rising energy costs, it's hardly surprising that power efficiency has become a leading differentiator for designers of high-performance servers and desktop systems. But managing power to the current generation of low-voltage, high-frequency processors poses a number of new challenges.
Bluetooth headset turns to SUN and goes green Teardown 9/29/2008 Post a comment Last year, I purchased a hands-free Bluetooth car kit as a Christmas gift for a family member who, as a sales rep, spends significant time talking in her car. Worried for her safety as she drives with one hand on the wheel and the other around a cell phone, I initially felt a sense of pride as she unwrapped a gift that demonstrated concern for her well-being. Sometimes, however, a buzz can be short-lived. After a quick explanation of what the gift was, I could see a bit of uneasiness creep in as
National unveils online design tool for sensor signal paths Product News 9/22/2008 Post a comment Claiming the industry's first sensor signal path design tool, National Semiconductor's WEBENCH Sensor Designer enables engineers to quickly move from concept to simulation to prototyping of common sensor solutions used in medical, industrial and high-end consumer products.
RIM's Blackberry Bold News & Analysis 9/19/2008 1 comment When the iPhone was released in June 2007, Apple fired a shot across the bow of the mobile world, serving notice that it was going to be a player not only was in the mobile phone market but also in the smart phone market.
TV giants are flatliners in stereo 3-D patents Design How-To 9/18/2008 Post a comment The world's top television makers appear to hold no significant patents in stereoscopic 3-D despite the fact that some of the largest Hollywood studios want to drive the concept of 3DTV into the market, an indication the technology may not be ready for prime time.
Patent startup gains high profile backing News & Analysis 9/17/2008 Post a comment RPX Corp., a startup in the business of acquiring high tech patents, has gained an undisclosed amount of backing from two large venture capitalists, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Charles River Ventures in a sign the market for buying and licensing patents continues to expand amid rising litigation.
Viewpoint: DisplayPort makes sense now Design How-To 9/16/2008 Post a comment DisplayPort is a Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) standard and is a new video interface that aims to replace internal low-voltage differential signal (LVDS) video interconnects and VGA/digital video interface (DVI) external interconnects.
FPGA verification startup raises $3 million Product News 9/16/2008 Post a comment GateRocket Inc. (Bedford, Mass.) has said it has completed a $3 million Series-A round of financing of led by New Atlantic Ventures, Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), and Long River Ventures. Seed-stage investors and Angel groups also participated to bring the total GateRocket has now raised to $4.5 million.
Pitfalls seen on road to personal health care News & Analysis 9/15/2008 Post a comment The promise of personalized health care based on DNA analysis has yet to be realized due to the technical and market complexities establishing this emerging field, said an executive from Roche Diagnostics at the Biomed Device event in San Jose.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times