Content posted in August 2010
FPGA-to-ASIC conversion with zero NRE
Blog 8/31/2010 10 comments
KaiSemi performs automated FPGA-to-ASIC conversion with Zero NRE, functional guarantee, and a very short cycle time; this is a full turnkey solution that is seamless to the customer.
The future of SoC verification: Is it enterprise computing?
Blog 8/26/2010 4 comments
The next generation of verification tools may be less about simulation or formal analysis, and more about managing and merging data sets, scheduling resources and mining data sets. If that list sounds familiar, it could be because what we are really seeing is the gradual convergence of verification with enterprise computing.
Apple should build a fab
Blog 8/26/2010 83 comments
With Apple and its key foundry partner, Samsung Electronics, on a collision course in several end-user markets, Apple should consider building its own fab to make the A4 chip for its iPad and iPad.
The device designer: Tim Moffat
Blog 8/26/2010 Post a comment
Over the next few weeks I will be talking about how and why we built an Altitude Logger (with GPS assist) using PIC® microcontrollers with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology.
Simplifying control in the RF front end
Blog 8/26/2010 3 comments
Yesterday, the MIPI Alliance announced its new interface specification for RF front-end (RFFE) control. I contacted the MIPI Alliance, and Jori Arrakoski, Senior Architect at Nokia was kind enough to answer my questions.
Out of billions, one bit in error
Engineering Investigations 8/25/2010 24 comments
When management insists on 100% error-free performance, engineers go
almost mad searching for why a telco interface box failed its
Why is NASA audio so bad?
Audio DesignLine Blog 8/25/2010 51 comments
Posters at an audio forum offer up a variety of reasons (some serious and some not-so serious) for the low audio quality of NASA space mission communications.
How strong are your IP assets?
Blog 8/25/2010 10 comments
There is no question that a portfolio of patents can provide tremendous value to a company. In fact, many will agree that trying to compete in a high technology industry without adequate patent protection is insane if not merely futile.
Mentor moves tools toward 16-nanometer
Blog 8/23/2010 6 comments
Foundries and EDA vendors don't have time to wait for resolution to multiple challenges and uncertainties around sub-20-nm design, according to Mentor Graphics' Joseph Sawicki (shown).
China bar Cisco, Motorola and HP
Blog 8/23/2010 47 comments
Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and other major U.S. high tech companies should be barred from doing business in China based on the logic of eight U.S. Senators calling for an investigation of Huawei Technologies.
Space Log: China and space
Blog 8/17/2010 2 comments
The Pentagon's annual report on Chinese military power again highlights the "high ground" of space as the next arena for superpower competition.
Oracle's Google suit on Android
Blog 8/13/2010 12 comments
Oracle suit against Google over Java patents won't chill the enthusiasm for Android which is seeing use in everything from iPhone-like smartphones to insulin pumps.
The future of electric aircraft
Blog 8/13/2010 3 comments
It can only fly for 15 minutes but it is a breakthrough all the same. Improved batteries have finally made a manned electric helicopter a reality. It follows rapidly on announcements of all electric fixed wing aircraft from Germany (PC-Aero), France (EADS), Italy (SkySpark), China (Luneec) and the USA (Sonex etc) and an historic 24 hour flight by Solar Impulse powered entirely by the sun.
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