Help needed with Microsoft Visio
Blog 10/27/2010 8 comments
To be honest this is a bit of a bummer, because if you had asked me only a week ago I would have claimed to be one of the world's experts in using this little rascal.
Agatha Christie meets Dr. Who
Blog 10/25/2010 5 comments
A brief account of my recent travels to England where I smash my computer, see the reconstruction of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, discover a Dr. Who Police Box, and see an Agatha Christie play…
Lattice Semi's Q3 comes up short
News & Analysis 10/21/2010 Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor reported sales for the third quarter that fell short of consensus analysts' expectations, saying the last month of the quarter was slower than expected.
Analysts fret over FPGA lead times
News & Analysis 10/20/2010 3 comments
Wall Street analysts see the shortening of programmable logic device lead times as a sign of slowing demand, though they appear divided on how severe the impact might be.
Time to working prototype
Blog 10/19/2010 2 comments
With regard to an earlier blog *Emulate or Prototype?*, Brian takes his discussions a little further and explores some figures brought to his attention by Dave Orecchio, the CEO of GateRocket.
Report: Altera to get TSMC's 28-nm in Q4
News & Analysis 10/19/2010 3 comments
Foundry TSMC is set to put its 28-nm CMOS process into production this year in response to orders for programmable logic chips from Altera, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Analyst sees 'PLD inflection point'
News & Analysis 10/18/2010 4 comments
Programmable logic vendors should be more resilient in the face of cyclical downturns with the semiconductor industry entering a "PLD inflection point" where programmable logic appears to be gaining favor versus traditional custom ASIC solutions, according to a Wall Street analyst.
DSP options to accelerate your DSP+FPGA design
Design How-To 10/14/2010 14 comments
Before embarking on a high-performance DSP system design, it would pay to evaluate the DSP solutions portfolio offered by the different silicon vendors. This article explores some typical DSP solutions required to speed up FPGA-DSP design implementation.
QuickLogic ArcticLink II CX CSSP family
Product News 10/13/2010 1 comment
QuickLogic's new ArcticLink II CX family of CSSPs are ideally suited to address the needs and challenges of the mobile market with regard to products such as smart phones and tablet computers..
U.S designers watch out: Renesas signals may influence you
Blog 10/13/2010 20 comments
There’s nothing subliminal about Renesas’s strategy: With an emphasis on automotive, cloud computing and social infrastructure and ‘green’ industries, it is aggressively out to influence the influencers - -- those 80% of design decision makers that reside outside of Japan, primarily in America.
Altera launches major embedded initiative
News & Analysis 10/12/2010 7 comments
As part of its embedded initiative, Altera will expand its current embedded partner programs by embracing the broad ecosystems from ARM, Intel, and MIPS Technologies, as well as the FPGA world.
A bit of a laugh...
Blog 10/8/2010 3 comments
I have all sorts of things I should be doing, but I just ran across something that made me laugh, and that led to something else ... you know how it goes. So I thought you might enjoy a bit of a laugh also.
Have you done anything interesting with CPLDs?
Blog 10/8/2010 4 comments
In this week's newsletter I asked: "Have you done anything interesting with CPLDs or FPGAs or any other type of programmable device recently? If so, please drop me a line and tell me about it." Well Ken Whiteleather, who is now with Sparton Defense and Security Systems, responded as follows...
Embedded systems design with FPGAs
Blog 10/8/2010 3 comments
Last week there was a bustle of activity at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston. In particular, it was apparent that the use of programmable logic in the form of FPGAs is dramatically increasing in today's embedded systems designs.
Exec: Microsemi to support all Actel products
News & Analysis 10/6/2010 27 comments
Microsemi has no intention of killing off any Actel product lines following the anticipated close of the $430 million tender offer the company made for Actel earlier this week, according to a Microsemi executive.
The *Long Tail* of FPGAs
Design How-To 10/5/2010 7 comments
There is a *Long Tail* market for FPGAs lurking in the shadows that opens up new opportunities for electronics designers and their companies.
Product News 10/5/2010 1 comment
eASIC's NEW ASICs offer ASIC-like performance, power, and low unit-cost combined with an FPGA-like design flow and rapid delivery of devices.
I LOVE my new Android mobile phone!
Blog 10/4/2010 19 comments
After struggling along with my old mobile phone for several years, I finally took the plunge and purchased a Droid Incredible by HTC, and I am DELIGHTED with the result.
All sorts of *Stuff* (good and bad)
Blog 10/1/2010 3 comments
Here are a bunch of items that recently caught my eye, from computer worms to a new way to tie your shoelaces to Mark Twain to nanotechnology to ... the mind boggles!
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