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Signal integrity targeted by circuit simulator
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Designers of high speed data links were in mind with the latest update to Agilent's Advanced Design System EDA tool, ADS 2008 Update 2.
R&D chiefs share their strategies
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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.
Freescale launches custom SoC business
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor launched a Customer Specific Products business to provide custom system-on-chip solutions based on its SoC platforms.
Green Engineering: Rail maintenance system advances with digital embedded design
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
This article describes a Blackfin/LabVIEW-based rail-maintanance system that measures, locates and fixes rail defects while achieving the real-time behavior, cost-effectiveness and robustness required in that harsh environment.
LatticeXP2 and Altera Stratix III support added to Altium Designer
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
The Altera Stratix III and LatticeXP2 programmable devices form part of Altium's growing list of supported device families.
Pipelined FFT Core for Xilinx FPGAs
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Dillon Engineering announce the availability of a pipelined Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) processor core targeted for (and tuned to) Xilinx FPGAs.
Synopsys claims 2-3X speed-up with IC Compiler release
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Claiming a 2X to 3X speed-up in overall design turnaround time compared to the previous release, Synopsys released IC Compiler 2008.09.
A few words about standards
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9/30/2008   1 comment
IBM definition of how it will participate in standards development sheds light on the process within the EDA industry.
TSMC, Virage Logic expand IP agreement
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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
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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
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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.
Desert Island Design: Bridging the (band) gap without software
Design How-To  
9/29/2008   2 comments
Use your solid-state understanding and insight, rather than rushing to that EDA tool, to design a basic bandgap reference
Measuring Quality in Semiconductor IP
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9/29/2008   4 comments
The industry would benefit from a standard method to measure IP quality.
Bluetooth headset turns to SUN and goes green
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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
Understand receiver dynamics and AGC tradeoffs in WiMAX femto- and picocells
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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
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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
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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.
SoftJin introduces mask defect analysis tool
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
SoftJin, introduced NxDAT, a tool for the analysis of defects identified by mask inspection systems.
Hardware development kit provides fast track to Software Defined Silicon designs
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
Credit card-sized development board provides everything needed to start developing applications based on XMOS' XS1-G family programmable devices.
Infinisim Announces RASER for Mixed-Signal Designs
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
Infinisim launched RASER, a new mix-signal simulator that claims SPICE accuracy while significantly decreasing simulation times.
IBM Announces New Standards Policy
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
IBM has announced a new corporate policy guiding its partecipation in standards making bodies.
Mentor announces support for new Xilinx FPGAs
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Mentor announces Precision Synthesis support for new Xilinx Virtex-5 TXT field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Signal Chain Basics (Part 21): Understand and configure analog and digital grounds
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Understand and configure analog and digital grounds to assure signal integrity and lowest-noise performance
P2P scheme said to ease file distribution
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Kontiki Inc. says it has created a way of using P2P content distribution to ease corporate network congestion, without adding new hardware.
Viewpoint: Innovation is being delivered by plug-and-play start-up solutions
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
For an EDA start-up company to add value to today's semiconductor designers, the start-up company must provide additional value above and beyond the algorithms and solutions available within these large, single vendor product portfolios.
Toshiba, CriticalBlue collaborate on multicore development environment
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Embedded systems design tool provider CriticalBlue has partnered with Toshiba to customize elements of CriticalBlue's multicore technology for use by developers targeting Toshiba's multicore Venezia platform.
Synopsys officially enters analog/mixed-signal EDA market
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
As expected, EDA vendor Synopsys officially expanded into the realm of analog/mixed-signal design tools with the introduction of Galaxy Custom Designer.
National unveils online design tool for sensor signal paths
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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.
Synopsys tackles mixed signal ic design
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Synopsys, in what it acknowledges to be its largest announcement in years, has released a custom design environment for developers of analog/mixed-signal devices.
PCB West: a brief encounter
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
PCB West was an interesting conference showing the contrast between PCB and IC design communities.
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
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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.
CAD project management gets integrated
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9/18/2008   Post a comment
Clarizen Inc. has integrated its project management software with the Solidworks CAD tool, allowing design engineers to track project status and create new tasks.
Altium expands reseller channel in Japan
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
Altium Japan appoints six master distributors to increase sales in expanding market.
Patent startup gains high profile backing
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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.
Forcing the hand of electronics design
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
A soft design approach allows additional advantages over traditional models based largely on vendor-specific hardware platforms such as complete design synchronization and reuse.
Agilent Technologies enters ESL Market
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has introduced SystemVue 2008, a new electronic design automation (EDA) platform for electronic system-level (ESL) design.
Freescale to acquire multicore software developer
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Intoto, a provider of software platform products for networking and communications equipment manufacturers. Financial terms were not disclosed.
With assist from Intel, India designs first microprocessor
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
The complete design of Intel's Xeon 7400 series microprocessor took place in India.
Viewpoint: DisplayPort makes sense now
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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.
New ESL platform claimed to cut design times in half
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies' new electronic system-level (ESL) EDA platform is said to help algorithm developers and system architects cut design time in half.
Embedded Linux and FPGAs accelerate embedded software development
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Impulse C integrates with BlueCat Linux for performance and prototyping for Xilinx FPGAs.
FPGA verification startup raises $3 million
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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.
New 1.5 GHz FPGAs shipping now!
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Achronix Semiconductor breaks through traditional FPGA performance barriers with new FPGA fabric that runs at 1.5 GHz.
Achronix signs up Cortus, Softjin for FPGA IP
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), which recently began sampling a 1.5-GHz FPGA with an internal asynchronous FPGA fabric, has signed up Cortus and Softjin as intellectual property partners.
Magma: a mirror on EDA
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9/15/2008   2 comments
The problems faced by Magma are common to all companies in EDA. It is time to think outside the box.
Pitfalls seen on road to personal health care
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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.
McCain, Obama weigh in on science issues
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
John McCain has joined Barak Obama in providing answers to 14 top science questions posed by an ad hoc group promoting a debate on science issues in the 2008 presidential campaign.
Synopsys CEO De Geus lands Kaufman Award
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of Synopsys, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Phil Kaufman Award for distinguished contributions to EDA.
Controlling radiated noise in high-frequency DC/DC converters
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
Radiated noise in higher-frequency switching-IC power converters does not have to be a problem, with the right component selection and layout
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