MathWorks upgrades system design tool Product News 9/15/2010 Post a comment MathWorks has announced major new capabilities for MATLAB and Simulink, claiming that the SimRF product lets system architects use Simulink to design and verify complete wireless communication systems with true-to-form RF subsystem models and advanced circuit-envelope and harmonic-balance methods.
Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) for FPGA Verification Blog 9/14/2010 1 comment One of the things I think is really rather clever is the cunning Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) FPGA verification and debug solution from GateRocket in the form of their RocketDrive (hardware) and RocketVision (Software).
Xilinx demos real-time H.264/AVC-I compression Product News 9/10/2010 Post a comment Xilinx and Vanguard Software Solutions have just demonstrated the ability to deliver a very low latency, ITU and Panasonic AVC-Intra compliant FPGA implementation of the industry-standard codec real-time video broadcast applications.
Best book for FPGA newbies? Blog 9/10/2010 9 comments I know this is a moving target because new books are always leaping onto the scene, but any recommendations you have would be very much appreciated...
Design convergences: approaches on handling the coming tsunami Blog 9/10/2010 Post a comment It is true that designs are going to have to meet the following requirements: increasing levels of integration of analog and digital components on the same silicon substrate, lower power consumption targets (both standby and operational) and higher performance requirements. It is also true that these have to be done within compressed design schedules and with smaller design teams spread out all over the world.
Amazingly funny videos Blog 9/9/2010 1 comment You are going to hate me for this, but I just ran across a really great website that contains some very, very funny videos. It's not my fault if you don’t have the willpower to resist... don’t shoot the messenger...
How to build a Magic Mirror (Part 1) Design How-To 9/8/2010 11 comments Just a few days ago as I pen these words, I came across about a very cool website that describes a really cunning idea called a Magic Mirror, so I decided to build one...
Are FPGA tools dumb? Blog 9/7/2010 4 comments In a recent discussion about the necessary differences between tools for ASIC developers as compared to the needs of FPGA users, one expert called it 'a dumbing down,' but guest blogger Brian Bailey says 'that is just wrong.'
Do we need an international EDA roadmap? Design How-To 9/7/2010 1 comment When asked if the EDA industry has a roadmap, Joseph Borel, ex-executive vice president in central R&D at STMicroelectronics NV (Switzerland, Geneva), answers affirmatively as Europe continually renews the Medea+ EDA roadmap. The real question should however be: Does the EDA industry need an international roadmap?
DAC attendees reinforce need for industry events Blog 9/3/2010 3 comments If exhibitors are looking ahead to DAC 2011, they are likely wondering how to connect better with designers and understand how they can better help them. At Magma, we decided the best approach was to ask them, and what we learned in our post-DAC survey of attendees will (we hope) serve as a useful guide to planning. We’ll share what we learned –– well, some of what we learned.
Unpack, switch on and get going Product How-To 9/3/2010 6 comments Great computing power, a high level of integration and energy efficiency are just some of the demands made of the latest electronics for embedded designs. Impressive graphics quality is also required, primarily in the price-sensitive industrial and automotive market segments. A starter kit for a special graphics controller is now set to provide a simple introduction to the world of graphics.
GlobalFoundries shows 28-nm AMS design kit Product News 9/1/2010 1 comment GlobalFoundries is making a 28-nm analog/mixed-signal design flow development kit available to customers, the company said at the opening of its Global Technology Conference in Santa Clara, California.
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