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Tektronix acquires SyntheSys Research
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Tektronix, Inc. completed the acquisition of privately-owned SyntheSys Research, Inc. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Book Excerpt: Microwave Passive Direction Finding (Part 3 of 3)
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
There's lots that can be done using passive direction finding (DF); this book explains this well-established technology and how it can be used
Multicore not up to snuff for basestations
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Multicore processors should be ideal for wireless base stations, but so far both the chips and their tools fall short of meeting engineers needs, according to a senior developer at HuaWei speaking at the Multicore Expo.
Study pegs Tek scope 'winner' in specific test tasks
News & Analysis  
4/27/2010   1 comment
A study by research firm Hansa|GCR concluded that among three scopes performing similar tasks the Tektronix MSO4000 mixed signal oscilloscope was preferred, according to a press release by Tektronix, Inc. by over two-thirds of the participants and was 53 percent faster in finding runts and glitches when debugging a design.
Fasten your seatbelt: go for a 32-GHz real-time, analog-bandwidth, oscilloscope ride
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Agilent Infiniium 90000 X-Series family features 10 models (16 to 32 GHz); extremely low noise and jitter; sophisticated probe system; 40 application packages
Maximizing the value of your IP
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
There is no doubt that leveraging IP for reuse is here to stay. The economic and time-to-market advantages are too enormous to forego. However, there are serious challenges to overcome given the high cost of verification and the risk of collateral design damage consequential to RTL modification.
LTE mobile gateways break 100 Gb/s speeds
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Ixia together with with Alcatel-Lucent announced the results of an LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) test that broke the 100 Gb/s barrier for mobile gateways.
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Applied - Part 2: Audiometry and psychoacoustic testing
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Part 2 of an excerpt from the book "Acoustics and Psychoacoustics", 4th edition, looks at acoustic and psychoacoustic principles applied to the clinical measurement of hearing ability, as well as procedures used in psychoacoustic testing.
Book Excerpt: Microwave Passive Direction Finding (Part 2 of 3)
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
There's lots that can be done using passive direction finding (DF); this book explains this well-established technology and how it can be used
Low-k test regime spots defects on wafers
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
In a low-k dielectric test regime being developed for Semiconductor Research Corp. members, Columbia University is perfecting an approach that will measure the average number of density traps in a low-k material to spot potential failures while the chips are still on the wafer.
Is the smart power strip a sign of "smart grid" things to come? (plus, an urelated blog correction)
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2010   Post a comment
The smart grid promises so much, maybe too much, as this project indicates
Addressing non-linear models with appropriate tools
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4/16/2010   Post a comment
This white paper entitled "X-parameters and Beyond, AWR's Support of PHD and Nonlinear Behavioral Models," provides details on rapidly-emerging nonlinear models and measurement systems and how Thye are employed in AWR's Microwave Office high-frequency design software.
Automotive EMI shielding: Controlling automotive electronic emissions and susceptibility with proper EMI suppression methods
Design How-To  
4/16/2010   1 comment
The control of automotive electromagnetic interference is essential. Not only because there are mandatory requirements, but also for the proper functionality of the entire system.
Book Excerpt: Microwave Passive Direction Finding (Part 1 of 3)
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4/14/2010   Post a comment
There's lots that can be done using passive direction finding (DF); this book explains this well-established technology and how it can be used
India, Arizona chip test firms agree to merge
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor test services companies Tessolve Services Pvt. Ltd. (Bangalore, India) and Dynamic Test Solutions Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) have announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to merge the two companies.
Wireless test vendor Litepoint reports record growth
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
LitePoint Corp., a wireless test solutions company, is celebrating its 10th year and has posted another record quarter, with 100 percent quarter-over-quarter growth.
Fault Monitoring in Less-Than-Perfect Battery Management Systems
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
Understand the requirements for reliability and redundancy in critical battery-operated applications, and a how specific IC is designed to meet them
Extreme Design: Monitoring and Controlling Particle Beams in Real Time
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
Understand an accelerator's particle-beam measurement and control challenge, and how engineers met it with leading-edge digitizing systems and associated techniques
High-end arbitrary waveform generator pumps 4.2 GSa/sec, with high resolution
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
Agilent 81180A AWG minimizes bandwidth/resolution tradeoffs, yields signal with 1.5 GHz bandwidth and 12-bit resolution
Assess Energy Efficiency of Component Power Supplies
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4/11/2010   Post a comment
Develop an understanding of the energy efficiency requirements of component power supplies and the Typical Electricity Consumption rating of the Energy Star program.
Is EDA innovating enough?
4/9/2010   5 comments
Much has been written and said about the travails of the EDA industry. Some industry leaders are shrinking in size and losing money. The industry as a whole is not growing and prospects are not promising. Part of the problem can be explained by the fact that we are just coming out of one of the worst recessions in history that has impacted most industries. Yet, most observers agree that the industry's struggles can't be explained by the economy alone.
Automotive still a solid opportunity for EDA, says Mentor exec
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4/8/2010   1 comment
As EDA searches for opportunities to generate more revenues from outside the semiconductor industry, Martin O'Brien, general manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corp., highlighted automotive and said the trend is likely to continue with the advent of hybrid and electric vehicles.
HARDWARE TOOLS - JTAG Live debugs boards too crowded for traditional probing
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies has introduced JTAG Live, a mix of free and paid for products that check for basic continuity and correct operation in PCBs. The family consists of three products, Buzz, Clip, and Script.
Nano ePrint licenses Infiniscale's modeling tool
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Nano ePrint Ltd., a spin off from the University of Manchester in England, announced it has selected the GreenLys modeling tool suite from French EDA startup Infiniscale SA for its organic electronic devices modeling needs.
SIGNAL CHAIN BASICS #40: Frequency planning with high-speed ADCs to improve in-band system SFDR
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4/5/2010   Post a comment
Understand how and why multicarrier ADCs must withstand large signals without reducing sensitivity to small, wanted signals
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for April 5, 2010; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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4/3/2010   Post a comment
Check out these interesting and tutorial items from other engineering and design publications, courtesy of Planet Analog, as well as an archive of the Planet Analog Newsletter
Dealing with wires in a wireless world
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/3/2010   3 comments
Even if you are living the "wireless" life, you need to manage the inevitable wires, cables, and cords
EDA sequential revenue trend is positive, says EDAC
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
For the second consecutive quarter, EDA revenue improved on a sequential basis in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the EDA Consortium (EDAC) trade group.
Synopsys' exec details Design Compiler enhancements
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) said it has extended its topographical technology in Design Compiler 2010 to produce physical guidance to its place-and-route solution, IC Compiler.

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