Book Review, In Search of Time, Dan Falk Engineer’s Bookshelf 9/30/2010 8 comments In his book In Search of Time, the author Dan Falk walks through the theories of time, from our earliest ancestors' perception of time to the development of various calendars to today's world of atomic clocks.
Tanner EDA reports double-digit growth News & Analysis 9/30/2010 2 comments Tanner EDA (Monrovia, Calif.) has closed fiscal year 2010, ending May 2010, with a 17-percent revenue growth over fiscal year 2009. For the current fiscal year, the company said it anticipates continued double-digit growth.
Hello from the Abstruse Goose Blog 9/29/2010 4 comments Have you seen the cartoons on the Abstruse Goose website? If not there are some real corkers (that means "good ones") there that will bring a wry smile to your face.
Mega-powerful 3D software only $99! Product News 9/29/2010 3 comments The folks at Alibre have developed an incredibly powerful – yet easy to use – 3D CAD program called Alibre Design that will have you tap-dancing with delight.
Atrenta names new CFO News & Analysis 9/29/2010 Post a comment Atrenta Inc., a provider of early design closure solutions, announced it has appointed Bert Clement as chief financial officer. He reports to Atrenta's CEO, Dr. Ajoy Bose.
European bank loans ST $470 million News & Analysis 9/28/2010 42 comments The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a 350 million euro (about $470 million) loan contract with STMicroelectronics NV in support of the company's industrial and R&D concerning next-generation semiconductor circuits.
Hunting that elusive bug Design How-To 9/28/2010 42 comments This article discusses the non-trivial challenge of detecting and correcting the – often elusive – functional defects that unavoidably arise in the design of complex system-on-chip (SoC) devices. How do we mitigate the conflict between the dramatic increase in SoC design complexity and the need to deliver the design in a shorter time with the same or better design quality?
Seeking input on DAC's strategy The Entrepreneurial Engineer 9/28/2010 15 comments Asked to serve on the Design Automation Conference strategy committee for 2011, Sean Murphy is looking for suggestions to improve the show.
Don’t re-cycle – free-cycle! Blog 9/24/2010 9 comments I just heard about the most amazing organization that facilitates one's giving and getting stuff for free... I'm now hoping to acquire a really nice antique radio plus I have a bunch of things I no longer need...
Why Altium has acquired Morfik Blog 9/24/2010 2 comments Australian software company Altium has acquired Morfik to help electronics designers add cloud connectivity to anything. To better grasp the ins and outs of this transaction, Alan Perkins of Altium has agreed to explain the company's intention to bring the ‘Internet of everything’ a step closer.
Phantastic Phabulous Phun Blog 9/23/2010 4 comments Phun allows you to quickly and easily model real-world systems in a graphical manner to illustrate the effects of friction and gravity and all sorts of stuff.
2D-FFT FPGA IP library for imaging and DSP apps Product News 9/23/2010 1 comment These 2D-FFT library elements from OptNgn are intended for inexpensive, low power sensor data stream processing of convolution and filtering-based applications from video, medical, radar/sonar, and scientific-based real-time sources.
EDA startup ATopTech establishes board of directors News & Analysis 9/22/2010 Post a comment IC physical design startup Atoptech Inc. said it has recruited EDA and semiconductor experts to establish a board of directors that will provide guidance as the company continues to develop its long-term technology and business roadmap.
Desperately seeking solutions Blog 9/21/2010 2 comments SoC design teams are desperate to find solutions to the verification nightmare. Solutions come in abundance, but not all are what they claim...
Debugging FPGAs at full speed Blog 9/21/2010 6 comments There was a time, not so many years ago, when an FPGA was used only for glue logic, connecting together the main elements of a system; the thought of having to simulate the FPGA design was crazy talk.
MIPS, friends tape-out IC at 40nm for 2.4GHz News & Analysis 9/21/2010 Post a comment MIPS Technologies Inc., Open-Silicon Inc. and Dolphin Technology Inc. have announced the tape-out of an ASIC processor intended to operate at a clock frequency of more than 2.4-GHz when manufactured in a 40-nm manufacturing process.
Project maps ARM core variability at 32-nm News & Analysis 9/21/2010 Post a comment A European collaborative research project has spent about $5.8 million performing a characterization of an ARM926 core for the statistical variability that is inherent at the 32-nm manufacturing process node.
Mentor, University of China create lab for DO-254 apps News & Analysis 9/17/2010 4 comments Mentor Graphics Corp. and the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) announced they have opened a Mentor-CAUC joint laboratory for DO-254 applications. The cooperation aims to enhance the development and verification capability in airbone hardware.
SmartFusion A2F500 dev kit available from Actel Product News 9/16/2010 5 comments The folks at Actel have just announced the availability of their A2F500 Development Kit for customers wanting to take immediate advantage of the highest density member of their SmartFusion intelligent mixed-signal FPGA family.
Microsoft to discuss many-core OS at Intel event Research 9/16/2010 14 comments A researcher from Microsoft is due to present an operating system that has been written to cope with the scaling of cores in processor chips, at the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference (Intel-ERIC) being held in Germany Sept. 21 and 22.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments