Content posted in November 2010
Awesome! Two amazing books for free!
Blog 11/30/2010 14 comments
Did you see my reviews of the books uC/OS-III The Real-Time Kernel by Jean Labrosse and uC/TCP-IP by Christian Légaré? Well, I just heard how you can get FREE copies of both these works…
Book Review: uC/TCP-IP by Christian Légaré
Engineer’s Bookshelf 11/30/2010 2 comments
I have to say that I am very, VERY impressed with the quality of books that are being written by the folks at Micriµm – the one I just finished reading on TCP-IP still has my head buzzing!
Big score for TriQuint GaN program
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 11/30/2010 4 comments
I just heard from TriQuint that they scored a $17.5M GaN manufacturing development contract form the US Air Force Research Laboratory.
The 450-mm development dilemma
Blog 11/30/2010 3 comments
The semiconductor capital equipment industry has still not recouped $14 billion in investment in 300-mm wafer processing technology and is not prepared to develop 450-mm tools.
ESL, FPGAs, and configurability
Blog 11/29/2010 1 comment
Here’s a taxonomy for ESL and FPGAs that will hopefully prevent definitions from becoming as word- distorted and confused as they have become in so many other areas of EDA.
From RTL to GDSII in Just Six Weeks!
Blog 11/29/2010 37 comments
The amazing story of how one man single-handedly invented a new computing architecture, designed a multi-million-gate SoC, and went from RTL to GDSII tapeout in just six weeks.
Debug: More return for less clicks
Blog 11/29/2010 6 comments
The tremendous growth of the semiconductor industry over the past 40 years is in part attributed to advancements of the EDA industry that caters to chip design companies. Although most design steps have been automated, a significant aspect that still remains primitive is that of RTL debugging.
Nervously watching Korea
Memory Designline Blog 11/28/2010 13 comments
I was reading a post on TechEye.net today, and the writer had some thought-provoking points in response to the recent escalation of hostilities between North and South Korea, and what impact the situation might have on DRAM and LCD markets
Seagate gaining bidders?
Memory Designline Blog 11/28/2010 7 comments
Do you think it is more logical for Seagate, one of the world's largest maker of hard drives, to be consolidated with one of the other big memory players (and its current rivals), or would you rather see Seagate remain an independent company?
The evolution of design methodology
Blog 11/24/2010 8 comments
In nature, long periods of relatively stable environments are occasionally punctuated by large-scale changes that are the catalyst for evolution to create a large variety of mutations, and then for natural selection to weed out the unsuccessful ones. The environment in which design methodology lives is similar.
Walkman R.I.P., Audi sound
Audio DesignLine Blog 11/23/2010 6 comments
My take on the fate of the Walkman (maybe it should be renamed the "WalkingDeadman") and on the efforts by Audi - and other companies - to find the "right sound" for their products.
Your duck is dead
Blog 11/22/2010 5 comments
Sometimes there’s a joke that’s so bad it’s good (if you see what I mean). This one is an oldie that’s made the rounds, but it still makes me grin…
IP in FPGAs: Blessing and a curse
Blog 11/22/2010 12 comments
With the IP-SoC 2010 event next week in Grenoble, we see FPGAs finally getting some kind of exposure. But, Dave Orecchio of GateRocket indicates that FPGA designers need to be aware of the unique nuances of using IP in these programmable platforms, and put in place tools and methodologies to overcome the IP use obstacles to success.
Wherefore art thou oh 60GHz?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 11/22/2010 14 comments
After three years, WirelessHD and the vaunted 60GHz bandwagon hasn’t gone anywhere. Moreover, it hasn’t showed up in any other interesting applications either. Why? It isn’t because it can’t be made to work.
Sanmina-SCI aims for transparent interconnects
Blog 11/18/2010 3 comments
An executive at Sanmina-SCI recently demonstrated to me that every aspect of the electronics industry all the way down to the printed circuit board. is wagged by two heads, user expectations and economic feasibility.
Technology waits for no one and nothing
Blog 11/18/2010 2 comments
Referring to the lyrics of "Time Waits for No One", co-written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Bob Smith of Magma explains that, in the world of electronics, technology waits for no one, especially IC developers or EDA suppliers.
The table of the twist in the tail cable
Engineering Investigations 11/17/2010 12 comments
A recent article in EETimes about using Transmitting Video over Cat5 Cable reminds an engineer of a problem he encountered when his employer was upgrading the data network.
Real men have fabs…or do they?
Blog 11/17/2010 10 comments
Jerry Sanders' famous quote from the early days of the foundry industry is rightly mocked today, but a slightly modified (and more politically correct) version may still be applicable.
The Emperor of Ice-Cream
Blog 11/16/2010 5 comments
I just ran across a poem called The Emperor of Ice-Cream (it’s the author’s hyphen, not mine). If it hadn’t been explained to me I wouldn’t have a clue what it was about. Once you do know what it’s about, however, re-reading it really makes you think…
*Footprint Graphics* or *Land Patterns*?
Blog 11/16/2010 9 comments
OK, I know I’m supposed to spend my days pondering the imponderables pertaining to programmable logic, but FPGAs end up on circuit boards, and I just ran into a problem with regard to PCB terminology…
Check out EDA startups on EE Times' Silicon 60 list!
Blog 11/15/2010 Post a comment
The EE Times List of 60 Emerging Startups has been updated to Version 11.0. Do not wait and find out whose EDA companies have been added to the list, replacing others that either fell by the wayside or matured gracefully to bigger and better things.
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