I just heard from my contacts at AWR about their Stop Waiting and Start Designing challenge. Actually, it is a very clever way for you to share our AWR design stories in a chance to win an Apple iPad2. The company is giving away an iPad2 a month, and all you need to do is download a free evaluation trial of AWR software or share a design success story with the company. Some companies with stories already up on the site include Cree, J&R Microwave Solutions, and TriQuint Semiconductor.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.