Content posted in February 2010
Formal verification set to play significant role in upcoming recovery
Blog 2/26/2010 Post a comment
As the recovery takes off, Jasper Design Automation said it is excited by the expanding role formal verification technology will play as IC design sizes continue to grow while market windows shrink. One of the facilitators of this paradigm is IP design and reuse, because now virtually all design starts are SoCs that could never be completed without internal and/or third-party IP.
Comment: ARM must beware the 'tied-selling' trap
Blog 2/24/2010 1 comment
The success of ARM Holdings plc with its series of low-power processing cores, and its relatively small-scale success - so far - with its Mali graphics processing cores puts ARM in a potentially dangerous position.
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/23/2010 Post a comment
Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
Toyota plays the lobbying game
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/22/2010 7 comments
If an analysis of the Japanese car maker's post-recall lobbying efforts is accurate, it spells the beginning of the end for Toyota as a dominant global manufacturer.
Point/Counterpoint: Is CMOS right for 3G handset PAs?
Point-Counterpoint 2/19/2010 Post a comment
The first CMOS power amplifier for a 3G handset has been anticipated for a long time, but hasn't quite made it yet. We've asked a few industry insiders to weigh in on whether CMOS is the right process technology for 3G handset power amplifiers.
TI's multicore SoC: Right notes, ringing hollow
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 2/17/2010 Post a comment
While the new multicore system on chip (SoC) signal-processing architecture announced by Texas Instruments this week at Mobile World Congress hits all the right notes with respect to what's needed in next-generation basestation designs, it rings a bit hollow given how sketchy the architectural details remain when contrasted with more 'real' announcements from the likes of Freescale.
Toshiba: Speed of market top challenge for mobile ICs
Blog 2/17/2010 Post a comment
Under pressure to provide differentiated handset offerings, OEMs nevertheless want to use the same base platform for their mobile phone products, according to Deepak Prakash, director of marketing for multimedia products at Toshiba America Electronic Components' ASSP business unit.
Help All of my simulations are passing!
Blog 2/17/2010 Post a comment
Pause and consider for a moment a world in which passing tests are not an indicator that all is well, but rather a warning flag that not enough functionality is being tested, vital checks that confirm proper operation of the design are missing, or problems in the verification infrastructure are masking test failures and hiding RTL bugs merrily making their way to fabrication.
Opinion: Is 'climate science' really science?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 2/16/2010 61 comments
Is man-made climate change happening or not? The author isn't sure one way or the other, but is skeptical when proponents look at the data and rationalize what they see to fit their hypothesis.
Is handbook worth it?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/15/2010 Post a comment
A $129.99 book is considered a pittance to pay for someone who needs to design displays for control operators, compared to the benefits derived from reading the book.
Symbian lacks the newborn cachet in the U.S. market
Blog 2/12/2010 Post a comment
The success of Symbian is intimately tied to Nokia. But Nokia's much needed success in the U.S. market is not necessarily tied to Symbian. Symbian today lacks the newborn cachet that has attached to its competition Google's Android, Apple's mobile OS and Palm's webOS.
Three reasons Symbian is smart pick for mobile
Blog 2/12/2010 1 comment
Because of the moves made to open-source and freely distribute the Symbian code, to unify and not further fragment the platform, and to shepherd the asset base with a not-for-profit entity, every company can participate in the Symbian ecosystem comfortably, to the ultimate benefit of consumers, writes Symbian Foundation director Lee Williams.
Growth in emerging markets will sustain Symbian
Blog 2/12/2010 Post a comment
Riding a wave of market expansion in emerging countries, the midrange and entry level smartphone categories will be the fastest-growing sectors of the smartphone market over the next five years. That growth trend stands the Symbian OS in good stead, writes Forward Concepts' Satish Menon.
Broadcom sees feature phones getting smarter
Blog 2/11/2010 Post a comment
EE Times caught up with Robert Nalesnik, senior director of marketing with Broadcom's Mobile Platforms group, to ask him questions about trends in wireless handsets as part of a series of interviews with wireless chip vendors in advance of Mobile World Congress.
Days to recall
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/11/2010 Post a comment
Spectacular recalls currently dominate the headlines. But software glitches and poor material selection are only the visible part of the problem.
Comment: Beware Google's gigabit gift
Blog 2/11/2010 1 comment
Today Google took another giant leap announcing plans to provide gigabit/second-class Internet access, but I'm getting a bit concerned about how big, broad and fast the Googleplex is expanding.
Audio Myths Workshop video
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/10/2010 Post a comment
This video of the Audio Myths workshop held at a recent AES show covers topics like the nature of human perception, "placebo tweaks," proper testing methods and examples of artifact audibility, among many others. A list of 20 topics and when they occur in the video is included here for easy reference.
EDA: Aging or dying?
Blog 2/10/2010 5 comments
It is unreasonable to believe that the current technology revolution in the consumer market will continue while EDA dies. Let's agree to stop predicting the death of this important business and rather debate how it will mature (and grow).
Comment: Inside Apple's A4 processor
Blog 2/9/2010 3 comments
Apple Inc. has not said very much about its A4 processor. But it could represent a battleground for Imagination's PowerVR graphics versus the Mali graphics from local rival ARM.
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/2/2010 1 comment
We're about to see whether Toyota really does have a handle on its gas pedal problem.
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