Content posted in October 2009
Assault and batteries
Power DesignLine Blog 10/31/2009 3 comments
The soft on/off switch functionality in many products is a real drain on their limited batteries
EDA industry stunts its own growth
Blog 10/27/2009 Post a comment
Last week I received two press releases from Apache Design Solutions. One informed me that the company had achieved record bookings and revenue in Q3, while maintaining profitability.
Speaking truth about power
Power DesignLine Blog 10/27/2009 Post a comment
Power and its management are the common denominators cutting across all electronic systems and circuit designs, analog or digital.
Analysis: Inside the ARM-Xilinx deal
Blog 10/23/2009 Post a comment
There's a lot that's not being said about the deal announced by ARM and Xilinx. What is known is that Xilinx has licensed ARM's Cortex processor IP, and that the two companies are developing next-generation AMBA interconnect technology.
Opinion: Autonomous driving raises questions about security
Blog 10/22/2009 1 comment
Cars are increasingly equipped with functions that take decisions away from drivers and assign them to electronic devices. The 'Sartre' research project currently under way in Europe for the first time exceeds a limit: In the context of the project, drivers are no longer responsible for what the car is doing; they can lean back and relax. This raises a number of questions. Cultural ones, legal ones. And, first of all, questions about the security of the technology used.
Apple iPhone 3G best for call quality: Blackberry Storm worst
Blog 10/20/2009 Post a comment
With all the additional multimedia and work-saving functionality smartphones bring to the table, it's easy to lose track of the one basic requirement by which all handsets are ultimately judged: how well they keep that all-important voice link. It turns out that Apple and its iPhone 3G has that angle covered too: better than anyone.
'Embargoed' productivity news
Blog 10/20/2009 Post a comment
Synopsys' Synphony High Level Synthesis product purports to increase design and verification productivity up to 10 times higher than traditional RTL flows for communications and multimedia applications.
Car guys have blind spots
Blog 10/14/2009 3 comments
Car guys, and I am one, have some blind spots. We want more car than we really need, or can use, and we think we're better drivers than we really are.
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/14/2009 Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's flashy new PSoC Creator IDE is heavily based on the company's old Warp VHDL development software.
Forecast for PM chips optimistic
Power DesignLine Blog 10/13/2009 Post a comment
Market analyst IMS Research is forecasting that the world market for power management and driver ICs will recover strongly in 2010 following a projected decline of more than 14 percent in 2009.
A Fluke offer for hard times
Blog 10/12/2009 Post a comment
Portable electronic test and measurement technology vendor Fluke Corp. will send two people to Miami for football's "Big Game" for learning about test tools Fluke has recently introduced.
NXP and the CEO's cuts: Join the conversation
Blog 10/12/2009 6 comments
We have reported extensively over the last nine months about the moves of Rick Clemmer, CEO of NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), to re-organize the affairs of the Dutch chip company. We'd like to know what you think.
Federal IT to manage power
Power DesignLine Blog 10/7/2009 Post a comment
An Executive Order mandates that federal agencies implement green data center strategies, double-sided printing, and PC power management, as part of a broader sustainability push.
FPGAs well represented on Silicon 60
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/5/2009 Post a comment
FPGA vendors are well represented on the latest version of EE Times' Silicon 60 emerging startups list, with three of the six FPGA startups we've been following making the cut.
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