Content posted in July 2009
A real digital home
Blog 7/31/2009 3 comments
I have to be honest. I have never seen a place that takes
advantage of available digital home technology. Sure, I've seen
demonstrations at conferences and in stores, and I know a few people
that have implemented a few aspects, but none that have an extensive
amount of the technology that someone was actually living in. That
was, until the other day.
ESL/HLS buzz at DAC
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/30/2009 1 comment
The buzz over electronic-system level design and high-level synthesis seems to have reached a new level at this year's Design Automation Conference.
Intuition for signal integrity
Power DesignLine Blog 7/29/2009 Post a comment
The design process is a creative process and intuition is the most important skill you rely on first. Once you have a design, then you apply your analysis skills to evaluate the cost-performance tradeoffs.
The TSMC Tsunami at DAC 2009
Blog 7/28/2009 Post a comment
In a well-orchestrated and clearly scripted show of force, the CEOs of the three "largest" companies in EDA appeared together under the Big Top at the 2009 Design Automation Conference in San Francisco on Monday, July 27th, for a highly touted afternoon keynote panel purportedly addressing "Futures for EDA."
How small is too small?
Blog 7/27/2009 8 comments
Are we at a point where we have to say "stop" to the ever
increasing shrink of products, or should we keep designing to see how
far we can push the envelope?
What's in your lab?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 7/25/2009 Post a comment
The electronics lab and test bench is a very different place than many places with the same name
FPGA nuggets from 2009 Embedded Market Study
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/23/2009 1 comment
There was some interesting data about FPGA to emerge from Embedded Systems Design magazine's 2009 Embedded Market Study, presented a couple of months back on TechOnline.
The business of IP: it ain't a bake sale
Blog 7/22/2009 3 comments
IP vendors have long maintained that theirs is a product business model. In the face of rising complexity and shrinking geometries, however, selling IP may no longer be about baking up a plate of brownies, sealing it in shrink wrap, and putting it out there for sale.
Rolling back the years
Power Management DesignLine Blog 7/22/2009 Post a comment
Japan's third-largest automaker, Nissan Motor Co., announced this week that the company will invest almost $700 million to build two plants in the U.K. and Portugal to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.
Astronauts on Mars?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 7/21/2009 Post a comment
On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo landing, I can't help but think about the current state of space exploration in regards to human travel.
Reduce, reuse, return
Blog 7/20/2009 Post a comment
People are switching the cell phones more often today. In the past, prices and contracts had made it difficult for a person to decide to change their cell phone for a newer model, but with the quick changing in technology, a newer, better cell phone with must have features can be in the market only months after you made your purchase.
How a felt-tipped pen saved the Apollo 11 mission
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 7/20/2009 4 comments
Buzz Aldrin wasn't the first to "McGuyver" a solution to a difficult problem, but his use of a felt-tip pen to activate a broken circuit breaker to enable the Eagle to blast off from the moon surely ranks as one of the most dramatic.
Managing your aspirations
Power DesignLine Blog 7/17/2009 Post a comment
Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon October 1969. He also happens to be the only artist who paints the lunar surface based on personal observation.
EDA design in the cloud
Blog 7/16/2009 Post a comment
Apollo 11 landed with the first humans on the moon forty years ago July 20. The same year, in 1969, CAD industry pioneer Computervision took it first steps in computer-aided design.
Actel names CFO
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 7/15/2009 Post a comment
Former Kulicke & Soffa executive Maurice Carson will join Actel company as executive vice president and chief financial officer effective Aug. 17.
Large power plays
Power DesignLine Blog 7/15/2009 Post a comment
There always seems to be enough money to support large programs. Until the programs run out of money to support.
Surround sound search begins!
Blog 7/15/2009 Post a comment
The start of the set up was quite painful, but only because it took me 3 hours to find a flashlight so that I could run the 14 gauge wires through the walls.
EDA and the financial meltdown
Blog 7/14/2009 Post a comment
Patrick Groeneveld, Technical Program Co-Chair of this year's DAC, thinks the EDA industry can learn a few things from the ongoing meltdown in the financial community.
Netbooks taking on smart phones with wireless access
Blog 7/13/2009 Post a comment
Over the past little while wireless carriers have started subsidizing netbooks in conjunction with a data plan on their network. AT&T are offering service on 3G networks. And now even Rogers in Canada is offering HP netbooks. Is there a competition between the smart phone industry and the netbook?
RF links come home
Blog 7/11/2009 4 comments
Even simple wired links in the home are succumbing to the lure and benefits of basic RF connectivity
The invention of the electric motor
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 7/10/2009 2 comments
I just wanted to point people to an interesting article from Mechanical Engineering regarding the invention of the electric motor by Thomas Davenport.
Guardian Angel, off-guard
Automotive DesignLine Blog 7/9/2009 1 comment
Electronic live saving systems such as antilock brakes or airbags are reliable? This is what most of us like to believe - and what the industry says. Statistics disprove it.
Make engineering fun again
Power DesignLine Blog 7/8/2009 Post a comment
"Students are in great position to solve some problems because they are untainted by the knowledge of what can't be done," said Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect in Cairo, Egypt.
LED or LCD?
Blog 7/8/2009 17 comments
So my question to you is "Will LEDs replace plasma and LED TVs in the
near future, are they going to co-exist, or is something else going to
come in and take over the industry?".
Automotive DesignLine Blog 7/8/2009 3 comments
As car songs go, the collection on Neil Young's recent album, "Fork in the Road," isn't bad.
Opinion: In 'phoney war' Intel attacks ARM at home
Blog 7/8/2009 Post a comment
Nokia’s strategic relationship with the world’s largest chip maker Intel, announced last month, may be very forward-looking and not about to worry any incumbent wireless chipset suppliers, but it is nonetheless threatening to Europe’s local hero, ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
2020 Vision: Transistors a buck a billion
Blog 7/7/2009 3 comments
By 2020, a billion transistors will cost a single US dollar: TI Fellow Gene Frantz ruminates on what that means for designers in terms of design opportunities, functionality, power consumption and performance, as well as on how it may unlock creativity. Or not.
Valley of Darkness
Automotive DesignLine Blog 7/7/2009 Post a comment
The gloomy forebodings in the automotive industry have gotten a name. It is a study by Alix Partners on the industry outlook for 2009 and the coming years. Already its headline "Even though I walk through the Valley of Darkness" is a portent of depression.
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 7/7/2009 1 comment
Can PCB manufacturing be looked at as "eco-friendly"?
HP meets iPhone with the 15C
Blog 7/6/2009 3 comments
The calculator that comes with the iPhone is pretty basic okay, very basic. And for most people that is all they need. Simply something to do rudimentary calculations. But that does not suit the needs of all people, particularly engineers. For us, we need a scientific calculator, and for years many of us have turned to HP.
Blog 7/6/2009 Post a comment
A crisis should never go unused and is an opportunity to put incremental changes to one side and think fundamentally about how to change things for the better, to rethink everything for recovery readiness.
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