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How it was: Data communications
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2011   10 comments
In 1980 I started working for SITA – Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques – in Harare in Zimbabwe...
Imagination offers devboard for Meta core
Product News  
9/30/2011   4 comments
Multimedia processor core licensor Imagination Technologies has announced the introduction to the market place of Minimorph, a development system for the company's Meta processor core.
Dick Tracy uber-watch tipped for ARM TechCon launch
News & Analysis  
9/29/2011   21 comments
I'm Watch, is a Dick Tracy style watch for the 'app' generation that is being tipped to launch at ARM TechCon, which takes place Oct. 25 to 27 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley.
Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Systems (Part 2 of 5)
Design How-To  
9/29/2011   4 comments
Understand some of the critical issues associated with this topic of great interest
Models, models, models…
Blog  
9/29/2011   3 comments
Without models the EDA industry could not exist and when it comes to trying to promote a new abstraction level, models become the sticking point. Synopsys intends to change that…
Free webinar - Intro to FPGA design using MATLAB and Simulink
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/28/2011   Post a comment
One thing I’m really impressed about is all of the free educational and instructional resources that are available these days…
New from Xilinx – Pocket Power Estimator App for iPhones and iPads
Product News  
9/28/2011   3 comments
Using this app, designers can quickly evaluate the low power benefits of Xilinx’s 28nm 7 Series FPGAs
Synopsys' CODE V Enhances Analysis of Precision Optical Systems
Product News  
9/28/2011   Post a comment
Synopsys has a new version of its CODE V® optical design and analysis software ready for you with enhancements to its Beam Synthesis Propagation tool…
Industrial versions of Opal Kelly’s XEM6010 Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA USB modules now available
Product News  
9/28/2011   1 comment
The new XEM6010-LX45I and XEM6010-LX150I modules are specified for the full industrial temperature range of -40ºC to +85ºC
EDA/IP Roundup
Blog  
9/27/2011   Post a comment
There are often many news items that are not worth writing a full blog about, but may still be of interest to people. This is a roundup of those items…
Synopsys enhances Synplify FPGA Synthesis Software
Product News  
9/27/2011   1 comment
Automated error detection/recovery and greater resistance to soft errors delivers more reliable operation in harsh environments
Altera delivers industry’s first FPGA-based Serial RapidIO Gen2 solution
Product News  
9/27/2011   Post a comment
Altera demonstrates interoperability with industry’s first Serial RapidIO Gen2 Switch from IDT
10X productivity boost is nothing to be sneezed at
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Press releases that claim productivity improvement are a dime a dozen, but this one caught my eye and maybe there is something to it…
PCB design and supply chain standards group gains momentum
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
IPC-2581 is a generic standard for printed circuit board assembly products' manufacturing description data and transfer methodology…
Travel Nightmares: A bad day for an interview
Blog  
9/27/2011   16 comments
When I first saw this series I thought “Well, I’m glad nothing bad ever happened to me.” And then I started to remember some of the things that have happened…
NXP offers free emWin graphics with ARM MCUs
Product News  
9/27/2011   5 comments
NXP Semiconductors NV has said it will provide the emWin graphic software library and graphical user interface (GUI) for free with its ARM-based microcontrollers.
Wind River helps Leadcore run Android on ARM
News & Analysis  
9/27/2011   6 comments
Embedded and mobile software company Wind River Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of chip giant Intel Corp., has teamed up with China's Leadcore Technology Co. Ltd. to develop an ARM-based system-on-chip platform for Android smartphones.
Synopsys claims unified flow for digital, custom SoCs
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced advances in its Galaxy implementation platform with the availability of its unified solution for mixed-signal designs.
Faster than the speed of light?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/26/2011   44 comments
In the scientists at CERN really have detected particles travelling faster than the speed of light, the ramifications are incredible…
A practical approach to IP quality inspection
Design How-To  
9/26/2011   2 comments
In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, do you already have – or plan to have – a systematic approach to inspect IP quality on delivery?
Smart grid taps evolutionary concepts for radical change
Special Report  
9/26/2011   4 comments
The proliferation of smart networked embedded systems, widely distributed throughout the smart grid, will revolutionize the way electricity is produced, consumed and distributed.
Cadence releases additions to their Verification IP library
Product News  
9/26/2011   Post a comment
Cadence has just released a bunch of new Verification IP (VIP) for various memories and protocols that they hope will allow their customers to be first to market…
Hurray for us space primates!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/26/2011   3 comments
There have been all sorts of interesting news items recently, from new rockets to strange exoplanets to the possibility that some things may go faster than the speed of light…
Travel Nightmares: Cutting it fine
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/26/2011   3 comments
Traveling can always mean problems and in our continuing series about travel nightmares, David Ashton recounts one of his problematic journeys...
opinion: Unethical companies make us “opt out”
Blog  
9/26/2011   6 comments
Opinion: Corporations seem to believe that the option to opt out is good enough to protect our privacy, but I disagree. Those options are usually buried in a pile of fine print…
ESC automotive products preview
Product News  
9/24/2011   Post a comment
Here's what we can tell you about some of what's being shown at the annual ESC clambake in Boston.
Arasan Chip Systems Introduces USB 2.0 HSIC PHY IP
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9/23/2011   Post a comment
Reuse at all levels is wonderful, especially when a standard can be repurposed for a different application. Arasan produces USB 2.0 HSIC PHY IP for on board interconnect…
How it was: Testing RAMs and ROMs
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/23/2011   7 comments
How was it that my memory tests passed when there wasn’t even any memory in the cabinet?
Parallelization tool for Tegra to show at ESC
News & Analysis  
9/23/2011   2 comments
Vector Fabrics is planning to demonstrate its vfEmbedded software development tool for parallelizing code operating on the Tegra multi-core processors from Nvidia at the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, Mass.
Relativity, causality and headaches
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/23/2011   5 comments
Italian scientists say neutrinos can travel faster than light. If this is proven to be true what does it say about relativity and causality…
Am I suffering from adoxography and/or apodyopsis?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/22/2011   8 comments
For one reason or another I was looking for something or other (and this is one of my better days) when I ran across an interesting website…
The early days of electronic design…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/22/2011   Post a comment
I am going to be posting a new series of blogs on EDA-related topics and also on whatever captures my attention at the … “Ooooh, Shiny!”
Cypress release PSoC Creator 2.0
Product News  
9/22/2011   2 comments
Cypress’ PSoC Creator merges IP and tool and now hardware and software into a true ESL design creation and implementation tool – direct to silicon…
How it was: CAD, CAE, and EDA
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/22/2011   18 comments
I’m starting to feel like a relic from a bygone age, because when I talk to younger engineers about the way we used to do things they stare at me in disbelief…
Cypress rolls new PSoC design environment
News & Analysis  
9/22/2011   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor introduced version 2.0 of its PSoC Creator design environment for the PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families.
Si2 announces agenda and speakers for 16th Si2 conference
Blog  
9/22/2011   Post a comment
The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) has announced that its 16th Si2 Conference will be held on October 20, 2011, at the Network Meeting Center-Techmart, Santa Clara…
EDA Roundup
Blog  
9/21/2011   Post a comment
There are many news stories out every week that are interesting, but on their own don't warrant a full writeup. This is a roundup of such information...
A new approach to hardware design project management
Design How-To  
9/20/2011   20 comments
In which we discover how Methodics has enhanced its ProjectIC solution to address a new wave of needs in complex IC environments…
CoFluent helps Intel with virtual platform creation
Blog  
9/20/2011   4 comments
A quiet acquisition puts Intel back in the EDA business for virtual platforms. I am sure they don’t see it as a way to make money, but to sell hardware…
NextOp adds a logo for assertion synthesis
Blog  
9/20/2011   Post a comment
Normally I would not comment on a product being sold to a company, but I do take more notice when a) it is a startup company that is creating a new field and b) when the company…
Fujitsu chooses Cadence DFM for 28-nm
News & Analysis  
9/20/2011   1 comment
Fujitsu Semiconductor has adopted Cadence Design Systems' signoff for design-for-manufacturing technologies for its 28-nanometer ASIC and system-on-chip mixed-signal designs, Cadence said.
Who made the first PLD?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/20/2011   24 comments
This is a bit of a poser… do you know the answer?
DFI helps speed up the memory sub-system
Blog  
9/19/2011   Post a comment
A revision to the DFI standard promises faster memory access and support for DDR4 memory sub-systems. Cadence also announced availability of supporting IP.
Travel nightmares: no room at the inn
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/19/2011   6 comments
I know many people in the EDA industry and one thing they have in common is that they do travel – a lot. Everyone has a story to tell...
A cornucopia of incredible images and videos
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/19/2011   8 comments
Oh my goodness gracious me … there is so much amazing “stuff” out there in the Internet that I don’t know whether I’m coming or going…
Viewpoint: What lies ahead for on-chip interconnect technology?
Blog  
9/19/2011   1 comment
What are the technological options available for improving on-chip interconnects? Let’s take a look…
ARM, Mentor define test flow for ARM CPUs
News & Analysis  
9/19/2011   1 comment
ARM Holdings and Mentor Graphics said they have jointly developed a reference flow for manufacturing test of ARM processor-based designs.
Poised on the brink of a new era…
Blog  
9/19/2011   3 comments
The EDA DesignLine is in new hands! As of today, I am the new editor and I intend to return this corner of the EE Times universe it to be the vibrant community it should be…
Managing IP quality in the SoC era requires a purpose-built DM approach
Blog  
9/19/2011   Post a comment
With the steady advancement of manufacturing process geometries enabling new levels of integration on a single chip, the use of IP--whether internally developed or sourced from a third-party--has become more complex.
Understanding noise, ENOB, and effective resolution in analog-to-digital converters
Design How-To  
9/16/2011   Post a comment
Understanding noise, ENOB, and effective resolution in A/D converters
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