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  • Approaching Windows Embedded Intelligently

    Approaching Windows Embedded Intelligently

    Tis the season to be shopping…for a phone that works with your car!
    Published. December 5, 2012

    Posted By Chris ElliotSenior Marketing Communications Manager Christmas is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me, you have some shopping to do. Some of you may be considering buying a new mobile phone as a gift for yourself or someone on your list.  There are so many cool new options out there to choose from (including some great Windows Phone 8 devices—hint, hint) but for those with a car that has an in-car connectivity system, like Ford SYNC, one important consideration...


  • FPGA Blog

    FPGA Blog

    Tokyo Electron Device Debuts TB-7Z-020-EMC Extension Microcontroller Card
    Published. December 5, 2012

    Tokyo Electron Device (TED) launched the TB-7Z-020-EMC extension microcontroller card. It features a Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. The TED TB-7Z-020-EMC features both an ARM Cortex-A9 MPcore with on-chip connection to a FPGA fabric and a Zynq-7000. It can be used to implement evaluation systems into various different development projects. The card will ship in early [...]...


  • Electronics Engineering Video Blog Podcast

    Electronics Engineering Video Blog Podcast

    EEVblog #395 – World’s Most Expensive Hard Drive Teardown
    Published. December 5, 2012

    What’s inside a $250,000 1980′s vintage IBM server hard drive used in banks? 1989 vintage Model 3390 mod2 1.89GB or 3.78GB Forum Topic HERE...


  • Soft Talk - Multicore and Parallel Programming

    Soft Talk - Multicore and Parallel Programming

    Join the beta for new HTML5 development environment
    Published. December 5, 2012

    A new beta programme has begun for the Intel HTML5 Development Environment, which helps you to efficiently build HTML5 apps that run on multiple platforms and devices. The app is cloud-based, and it only works with the Google Chrome browser. Clearly, Intel is hoping you will use it to make apps for Ultrabook devices and [...]...


  • Laptops and Desktops Blog

    Laptops and Desktops Blog

    Rumor: Microsoft preparing three new Surface tablets for 2013 release
    Published. December 5, 2012

    If the claims are true, we'll be seeing 8.6-inch, 11.6-inch, and 14.6-inch models available sometime next year....


  • Gabe On EDA

    Gabe On EDA

    Kilopass Antifuse Non-Volatile Memory IP Successful on TSMC 20nm Process
    Published. December 5, 2012

    Kilopass announced that its NVM IP is the first antifuse technology to achieve successful test chips on TSMC’s 20nm process. Analysis of the test chips containing Kilopass NVM IP memory modules validated manufacturability, process control tolerance and cell programming characteristics. read more...


  • TI E2E Community

    TI E2E Community

    Blog Post: A Better way to Cloud – It’s here today!
    Published. December 5, 2012

    It is always exciting to be part of a new product announcement, unveiling to the public, discussing with media and analysts the new features, functions and applications that the new product enables.  As you may know, we recently announced a new family of products that are optimized for high performance, low power cloud processing.  Well it is equally delightful to see customers leveraging our devices for their new products and services.  And we are happy to announce that it is just...


  • Consumerization: BYOD

    Consumerization: BYOD

    program with more than 1 class
    Published. December 5, 2012

    Hi I am having problems running and compiling a program with more than one class, but I am not sure how to do it in netbean, it keeps complaining. I have the 2 following files called respectively Account.java public class Account { String name; String address; double balance; } and ......


  • Tech Deseign Forums Blog

    Tech Deseign Forums Blog

    IPSoC: Software power optimization ‘must start earlier’
    Published. December 5, 2012

    Embedded software engineers need to focus on power optimization in their code much earlier and more comprehensively than many of them do today, says Mentor Graphics technologist Colin Walls.The post IPSoC: Software power optimization ‘must start earlier’ appeared first on Tech Design Forums....


  • The Canonical Hamiltonian

    The Canonical Hamiltonian

    Fringe Physics and the Higgs Boson, Part II of the Holiday Serial
    Published. December 4, 2012

    Many old Native American myths, have a coyote character.  Coyote is a trickster and is often intertwined throughout the story influencing events in unexpected and sometimes apparently meaningless ways.  This story’s coyote is Agnew Hunter Bahnson Jr.  References to him, … Continue reading →...


  • Technology Review Feed - Energy Top Stories

    Technology Review Feed - Energy Top Stories

    Solar Startup Silevo Scales Up, Even as Others Shut Down
    Published. December 5, 2012

    The company thinks its novel solar technology can take on competitors in China.The global solar panel industry is struggling—major manufacturers have posted continued losses this quarter, mainly due to a saturated market that’s left them unable to charge enough for their panels. But one startup, Fremont, California-based Silevo, is bucking the trend of plant closures and bankruptcies by planning to build a new factory next year....


  • Electronics Design Articles

    Electronics Design Articles

    What’s The Difference Between Bluetooth Low Energy And ANT?
    Published. December 4, 2012

    By Lou FrenzelDesigners generally opt for one of these two standards when configuring ultra-low-power wireless sensor networks....


  • EEBeat

    EEBeat

    Twitter’s Heartbeat and the Human Condition
    Published. December 4, 2012

    Using Twitter a day will keep the doctor away. That’s right, forget having that daily apple, your health may very well be improved simply by using Twitter through well…. Apple. And it’s all account of engineers. What am I talking about? Well, since Twitter is built on open source software, Twitter engineers use, contribute to [...]...


  • EDA Blog

    EDA Blog

    Atollic TrueSTUDIO v3.3 IDE Includes Static Source Code Analysis Tools
    Published. December 4, 2012

    Atollic introduced version 3.3 of their TrueSTUDIO integrated development environment (IDE). According to Atollic, the tool is the first embedded IDE to include professional static source code analysis tools. TrueSTUDIO’s analysis and metrics functions include checking for compliance against the MISRA-C:2004 coding standard and code metrics features such as code complexity analysis. The TrueSTUDIO Pro [...]...


  • CEA Digital Dialogue

    CEA Digital Dialogue

    How the Digital Answer Man Can Help Your Business
    Published. December 3, 2012

    The tour lets CEA members promote their latest products via earned media for free....


  • Linux and Open Source

    Linux and Open Source

    Open-source MariaDB, a MySQL fork, challenges Oracle
    Published. December 5, 2012

    MariaDB, the MySQL fork database management system, is throwing down the gauntlet to Oracle by forming a foundation to promote its alternative DBMS software....


  • Tawna Wilsey Blog

    Tawna Wilsey Blog

    RE: How to simulate Phase Noise of the clock at rising edge and falling edge separately.
    Published. December 5, 2012

    Hi RFQuery, Please look at the MMSIM12.1 SpectreRF User Guide.  Specifically, look at the pnoise jitter section.If you don’t have the SpectreRF User Guide for MMSIM12.1, you can view it on Cadence Online Support. Best regards, Tawna  From: RFQuery [mailto:bounce-RFQuery@cadence.com] Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:18 PMTo: Tawna WilseySubject: [RF Design Forum] How to simulate Phase Noise of the clock at rising edge and falling edge separately.  Dear all,I...


  • Wireless Sensor Networks Blog

    Wireless Sensor Networks Blog

    Wireless parking sensors aid traffic reduction
    Published. December 4, 2012

    According to research carried out by Keypoint Consultancy on behalf of  Winterswijk town council in the Netherlands, the search for a parking space in the town has reduced significantly as parking spaces are better utilised since a new parking guidance system was introduced earlier this year. Research carried out in 2008 by Keypoint indicated that [...]...


  • GreenTech Pastures

    GreenTech Pastures

    Nordaq targets hospitality industry with water purification system
    Published. December 5, 2012

    The technology helps cut back on the use of plastic bottles and could also help them save on fuel and transportation costs....


  • All About Microsoft

    All About Microsoft

    Microsoft opens its Socl social-search site to any and all testers
    Published. December 5, 2012

    Microsoft is opening up its Socl social-networking research project. There are still no public plans as to when, how and if Microsoft will take Socl commercial....


  • The Java Posse

    The Java Posse

    Java Posse #400 - Devoxx 2012
    Published. December 3, 2012

    Devoxx 2012 - Java for President Fully formatted shownotes can always be found at http://javaposse.comRecorded in front of a large audience at Devoxx 2012. The third election debate for president of Java. Devoxx 2012 http://devoxx.com/display/DV12/Home Parleys http://parleys.com/#st=1 Your candidates: Chet Haase - https://plus.google.com/104755487586666698979/posts Carl Quinn - https://plus.google.com/110413869552564490948/posts Tor Norbye - https://plus.google.com/u/0/116539451797396019960/posts Dick...


  • GROG: Green Tech Blog

    GROG: Green Tech Blog

    Interesting Bio-fuel solutions
    Published. December 3, 2012

    Guest Post by Maria Kruk, an author for Patentsbase.com Search of new renewable energy solutions has embraced most of the countries recently. Indeed, growth of oil and gas prices and shortage of fuel deposits contributed a lot in referring to alternative power facilities, such as solar stations, wind farms and tidal power systems. However, these [...]...


  • Green Hills Software

    Green Hills Software

    Green Hills Software and Real Time Logic Partner for Web Middleware
    Published. December 3, 2012

    Complete Suite of Web Solutions Integrated with INTEGRITY RTOS...


  • Paul Johnston's Blog

    Paul Johnston's Blog

    All present and correct.
    Published. December 3, 2012

      When engineers design products – and electrical systems on transportation platforms are no exception – the process inevitably involves checking. Checking the elements of the design are all present and correct. You may be testing the systems behave to anticipated norms. You may be looking back to the requirements, the specifications, looking over the [...]...


  • Branden Williams' Security Coverage Blog

    Branden Williams' Security Coverage Blog

    November 2012 Roundup
    Published. December 3, 2012

    What was popular in November? It was the month of the mustache! Ron Burgundy and Ron Swanson certainly set the bar; how did you fare? We saw the kickoff of the retail rush here in the west as well as some interesting new developments on both the virtualization  and the game theory fronts. Here are [...]...


  • scalability.org

    scalability.org

    Well, that was fun
    Published. December 2, 2012

    Somehow/somewhere, the @sijoe twitter account was compromised, and a bad tweet generated. I deleted the tweet. Then revoked all access to twitter from all accounts. Then made sure I’ve got two factor authentication up everywhere possible. Then changed all passwords on all accounts. Are we having fun yet? Somehow, I have a sense that this [...]...


  • EDA Graffiti

    EDA Graffiti

    Read BDTI’s Evaluation of Our Floating-Point DSP on Hardware
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Download this white paper to read a performance evaluation of Altera’s FPGA floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) design flow on 28 nm hardware by BDTI, an independent technology analysis firm. Also, watch a preview of the white paper today!...


  • Editor's Note

    Editor's Note

    One Step At A Time
    Published. November 30, 2012

    FinFETs provide an important bridge for power and performance, but they’re not free....


  • Anablog

    Anablog

    Read BDTI’s Evaluation of Our Floating-Point DSP on Hardware
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Download this white paper to read a performance evaluation of Altera’s FPGA floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) design flow on 28 nm hardware by BDTI, an independent technology analysis firm. Also, watch a preview of the white paper today!...


  • Now Hear This!

    Now Hear This!

    Read BDTI’s Evaluation of Our Floating-Point DSP on Hardware
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Download this white paper to read a performance evaluation of Altera’s FPGA floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) design flow on 28 nm hardware by BDTI, an independent technology analysis firm. Also, watch a preview of the white paper today!...


  • Practical Chip Design

    Practical Chip Design

    Read BDTI’s Evaluation of Our Floating-Point DSP on Hardware
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Download this white paper to read a performance evaluation of Altera’s FPGA floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) design flow on 28 nm hardware by BDTI, an independent technology analysis firm. Also, watch a preview of the white paper today!...


  • NextGenLog

    NextGenLog

    #MEMS: "Tini-tiny microphones go HD"
    Published. November 30, 2012

    When the iPhone 5 announced support for wideband voice, only Sprint in the U.S. supported it, but by this time next year nearly every carrier worldwide will be hawking the crystal clear sounds of HD audio.To meet that growing demand for wideband handsets, Bosch Group company Akustica has announced an extensive line of MEMS microphones that enable HD audio to be adapted to any smartphone, tablet or other mobile device: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLogAkustica sports a new family of HD mics with super-wide...


  • John Day

    John Day

    A fundamental shift
    Published. November 30, 2012

      In August Chrysler Group and Sprint announced a strategic partnership to integrate wireless technology into Chrysler’s Uconnect Access in-vehicle communication system, so Sprint and Chrysler’s announcement this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show – the launch of Sprint Velocity – should have been somewhat anticlimactic. But this week’s announcement transcended the Uconnect deal [...]...


  • RF/Microwave Tracker

    RF/Microwave Tracker

    Teardown Signals Transition from GaAs to CMOS Power Amplifiers In 3G Handsets
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Although, working CMOS based 3G RF power amplifiers (PAs) were demonstrated several years ago, the transition from 2G to 3G handsets has not been that easy for CMOS. Concerns over performance have severely limited its progression in the 3G space. … Continue reading →...


  • Brian's Brain

    Brian's Brain

    Read BDTI’s Evaluation of Our Floating-Point DSP on Hardware
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Download this white paper to read a performance evaluation of Altera’s FPGA floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) design flow on 28 nm hardware by BDTI, an independent technology analysis firm. Also, watch a preview of the white paper today!...


  • Simon Phipp's Blog

    Simon Phipp's Blog

    GitHub needs to take open source seriously
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Some of the would-be cool kids of software say we are in the "post open source" world. Several weeks ago, James Governor, founder of analyst firm RedMonk, put it this way on Twitter: "younger devs today are about POSS - Post open source software. f*** the license and governance, just commit to github."read more...


  • To USB or not to USB

    To USB or not to USB

    First WiFi-AC Adapter criticized for NOT having USB 3.0
    Published. November 29, 2012

    I incorrectly reported the first WiFi routers with USB 3.0 ports support WiFi-AC or 802.11ac in a previous blog.  In fact, those routers use WiFi-N will MIMO or multiple antennas and dual radios.  They still make use of USB 3.0 because the WiFi-N speeds with dual radios can achieve 450 Mbps which far exceeds maximum effective throughput of [...]...


  • CCIE Journey

    CCIE Journey

    INE Expanding – Hiring Support Engineers – US and International
    Published. November 30, 2012

    New over at INE’s Blog: As everyone knows INE has made INC 5000?s list of fastest growing educational companies for two years running and we’re having our best year ever by roughly 30% over our 2011 numbers. With this growth INE is once again expanding. Starting mid-January 2013 INE will have a new office in [...]...


  • McAfee Labs

    McAfee Labs

    Narilam Trojan Targets Iranian Financial Software
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Iranian infrastructure has been on the radar of cyberattackers for a couple of years. We have already witnessed organized and sophisticated attacks such as Stuxnet, Duqu, and similar assaults. Now we have seen yet another attack against Iran, this one primarily targeting the Microsoft SQL Server databases of some Iranian financial software. This attack has Read more......


  • Jack Erickson's Blog

    Jack Erickson's Blog

    Speed Verification Turnaround by Extending Metric-Driven Verification (MDV) to TLM
    Published. November 28, 2012

    One of the main benefits of moving the design entry point up in abstraction from RTL to SystemC/TLM is faster verification turnaround. Higher abstraction contains much fewer details, so simulation at that level runs faster and debug is much more productive. But in order to reduce overall verification turnaround, the work done at this level needs to be leveraged to greatly reduce the amount of work done at subsequent levels. Otherwise it just becomes an extra step. This means that verification at...


  • Kiran Bulusu’s Blog

    Kiran Bulusu’s Blog

    Tips on how to do startup research in developing countries
    Published. November 28, 2012

    Tips on how to do startup research in developing countries 1. Make a slide or small video ( max 1-2mts) explaining what you want to research or collect data 2. Hire college grads from the relevant discipline or by their … Continue reading →...


  • Rick Lyons's DSP Blog

    Rick Lyons's DSP Blog

    Coupled-Form 2nd-Order IIR Resonators: A Contradiction Resolved
    Published. November 23, 2012

    This blog clarifies how to obtain and interpret the z-domain transfer function of the coupled-form 2nd-order IIR resonator. The coupled-form 2nd-order IIR resonator was developed to overcome a shortcoming in the standard 2nd-order IIR resonator. With that thought in mind, let's take a brief look at a standard 2nd-order IIR resonator. Standard 2nd-Order IIR Resonator A block diagram of the stan... read more...


  • A View From the Top

    A View From the Top

    What does the Sagrada Familia and Embedded Linux have in common?
    Published. November 27, 2012

    What does the Sagrada Familia and Embedded Linux have in common? I recently attended the Embedded Linux Conference in Barcelona representing Synopsys.   I must admit, it is nice to have conferences in beautiful places so you can kill two birds with one stone. When not networking, speaking or sitting in sessions, I enjoyed seeing the [...]...


  • Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect

    Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect

    Right-sizing security and information assurance, a core-versus-context journey at Lake Health
    Published. November 28, 2012

    Lake Health's Information Security Officer has been expanding the breadth and depth of risk management there to a more holistic level -- far more than just a series of security products....


  • Team Verify's Blog

    Team Verify's Blog

    New Product: ARM ACE Assertion-Based Verification IP (ABVIP) Available Now
    Published. November 26, 2012

    Preface: on Tuesday December 11 we are giving a free a webinar on "ACE Assertion-Based Dynamic, Formal, and Metric-Driven Verification Techniques with ABVIP".  Register today: http://goo.gl/rmBhhAs anyone who has worked with ARM's AMBA 4 AXITM Coherency Extensions -- a/k/a the "ACETM" protocol -- knows, there are a ton of different configuration options and operational scenarios available to the designer.  Of course, this flexibility and power presents a significant...


  • Sandro Groganz, Open Source Marketing Consultant

    Sandro Groganz, Open Source Marketing Consultant

    Branding and the Open Source Marketplace
    Published. November 26, 2012

    I’m quite busy with transitioning from my life as a consultant to working for Magnolia. Hence, I was not yet able to let you know that opensource.com published yet another article from yours truly. In the extremely overcrowded open source Continue reading →...


  • Team Specman Blog

    Team Specman Blog

    UVM e vr_ad -- Specman Read/Write Register Enhancements
    Published. November 24, 2012

    If you are a Specman vr_ad user, you probably know that register access is implemented  using the read_reg / write_reg. For reading/writing a register, you have to 1. Extend a vr_ad_sequence2. Add a field of the type of the register you want to access3. In the body() , call the read/write_regFor example:extend MAIN vr_ad_sequence {    !tx_data_reg : VR_AD_TX_DATA  vr_ad_reg;    !tx_mode_reg : VR_AD_TX_MODE  vr_ad_reg;    body() @driver.clock...


  • Daniel Cazzulino's Blog

    Daniel Cazzulino's Blog

    Documenting user interfaces in a mouse-less touch UI
    Published. November 22, 2012

    “Old” apps rely on mouse pointing and tooltips to explain what a given button is for. Maybe there is text associated with the button, but you can only put so much text without wasting useful screen state. More so in a phone or tablet app. I’ve seen a trend in Google apps where they put [...]...


  • Verification Horizons Blog

    Verification Horizons Blog

    Coverage Cookbook Debuts
    Published. November 20, 2012

    Verification Academy Adds Major New Technical Resource The Verification Academy adds another major methodology cookbook to focus on effective coverage adoption.  The Coverage Cookbook describes the different types of coverage that are available to track your verification process progress, how to create a functional coverage model from a specification, and provides examples to implement functional [...]...


  • Conversation Central

    Conversation Central

    Give me vision!—Inspiring system designers to create products that can “see”
    Published. November 20, 2012

    Guest: Jeff Bier, Founder, Embedded Vision Alliance Host: Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys Inc. If your browser doesn’t support Flash, click here to download the show and play it locally. Today more than ever it’s possible to incorporate vision technology and capabilities into many different types of products to make [...]...


  • Frank Schirrmeister Blog

    Frank Schirrmeister Blog

    Optimizing ARM Based Designs for Low Power using Emulation
    Published. November 19, 2012

    The month November goes to the Brits, no question. Not only did the James Bond movie Skyfall open, but Santa Clara also experienced somewhat of a "British Invasion" for ARM TechCon in the Santa Clara convention center. To be there properly I even brought out my favorite new pin striped suit ;). With that being at the cleaners now that ARM TechCon is over, I am reflecting on what I heard. In my mind ARM TechCon's focus was all about low-power -- at all levels of abstraction. Various...


  • AnalogTalk

    AnalogTalk

    Digital-to-Analog Converters vs. Digital Potentiometers
    Published. November 18, 2012

    Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs) and digital potentiometers (DigiPots) are similar in many ways that make them both suitable for similar applications. For example, both DACs and DigiPots have a digital control (often SPI or I2C) in that control the wiper position, the wiper increments/decrements over a resistive ladder that creates a voltage output.  However, there are [...]...


  • Siliconcowboy's Blog

    Siliconcowboy's Blog

    Comment on Social Media ROI: Think of it as Pinball Marketing by Elle Shelley: Pinball Digital Founder
    Published. November 19, 2012

    [...] There was an article years ago talking about pinball marketing, and we used that story as a foundation. When you’re marketing online, it’s as if you’re playing pinball, whereas traditional advertising is comparable to bowling. In traditional advertising, you had to create a big, heavy, expensive TV commercial or ad, and you roll that down the lane, and hopefully you hit some pins. Maybe you get a gutter ball. Online, it’s pinball. You have a lot more things to keep the...


  • The Perils of Parallel

    The Perils of Parallel

    Intel Xeon Phi Announcement (& me)
    Published. November 16, 2012

    1. No, I’m not dead. Not even sick. Been a long time since a post. More on this at the end. 2. So, Intel has finally announced a product ancestrally based on the long-ago Larrabee. The architecture became known as MIC (Many Integrated Cores), development vehicles were named after tiny towns (Knights Corner/Knights Ferry – one was to be the product, but I could never keep them straight), and the final product is to be known as the Xeon Phi. Why Phi? I don’t know. Maybe it’s the start...


  • The Moth

    The Moth

    OOF checklist
    Published. November 16, 2012

    When going on vacation or otherwise being out of office (known as OOF in Microsoft), it is polite and professional that our absence creates the minimum disruption possible to the rest of the business, and especially our colleagues. Below is my OOF checklist - I try to do these as soon as I know I'll be OOF, rather than leave it for the night before. Let the relevant folks on the team know the planned dates of absence and check if anybody was expecting something from you during that timeframe....


  • Robert Dwyer's Blog

    Robert Dwyer's Blog

    The Case for the Tiny Testcase
    Published. November 16, 2012

    I often joke with customers that, although I realize they have to work on large designs, I do my best work on designs with just 2 or 3 instances. That's because I'm often trying to replicate an issue they've observed on their design and I'm attempting to reproduce that behavior in a smaller circuit.I've found tiny testcases to be extremely efficient ways to gain quick clarity on tool behaviors which can then be more effectively applied to the real design. But it's not just...


  • Fusion

    Fusion

    AMD Delivers on Holiday Wish Lists: From Gaming to PCs!
    Published. November 16, 2012

    With the holidays fast approaching, consumer electronics are on many gift lists. In fact, according to the Consumer Electronics Association , three in four gift-giving adults plan to buy a consumer-electronics product as a gift. From more brilliant graphics when gaming to longer battery life when on the go, AMD-powered products let people do more every day by providing superior computing experiences. Continue reading...


  • The Standards Game

    The Standards Game

    OpenStand Principle 3: Collective empowerment
    Published. November 15, 2012

    “Collective empowerment” is the third OpenStand principle. It elucidates the power and value of global standards that help people everywhere, regardless of where they live and what government they have. The OpenStand paradigm describes collective empowerment as: “Commitment by affirming standards organizations and their participants to collective empowerment by striving for standards that:   are [...]...


  • Veera Sundar

    Veera Sundar

    Creating a shortcut to console.log in Sublime Text 2
    Published. November 16, 2012

    While writing JavaScript code, I often write debug messages to console using console.log. Though it is shorter than System.out.println() (hey, you Java!), which I am used to a lot, I still find it ineffective to type it every time. So, I was following the approach to bind console.log function to shorter name. Here’s another technique which is specific to [...]...


  • Verification Martial Arts

    Verification Martial Arts

    Reusable Sequences in UVM
    Published. November 12, 2012

    In this blog, I will be sharing the necessary steps one has to take while writing a sequence to make sure it can be reusable. Having developed sequences and tests in UVM, while using Verification IPs, I think writing sequences is the most challenging part in verifying any IP.  Careful planning is required to write [...]...


  • The Eyes Have It

    The Eyes Have It

    Reducing PCI Express 3.0 “fuzz” with multi-tap filters
    Published. November 12, 2012

    Modern PHYs include transmitters which implement multi-tap FIR filters (e.g. three taps for PCIe3) and receivers which typically implement both linear equalizers and DFEs. The purpose of all of this equalization capability is to compensate for the frequency dependent attenuation of the channel.  An example of a channel is shown in the figure above.  A [...]...


  • Always On Real

    Always On Real

    US Mobile Data Market Update Q3 2012
    Published. November 12, 2012

    US Mobile Data Market Update Q3 2012 http://www.chetansharma.com/usmarketupdateq32012.htm     Summary The US mobile data market grew 3% Q/Q and 17% Y/Y to reach $19.9B in Q3 2012. Data is now almost 43% of the US mobile industry service revenues. For the year 2012, the market is on track for mobile data revenues in the US market to [...]...


  • Barr Code

    Barr Code

    How to Combine Volatile with Struct
    Published. November 9, 2012

    C’s volatile keyword is a qualifier that can be used to declare a variable in such a way that the compiler will never optimize away any of the reads and writes. Though there are several important types of variables to declare volatile, this obscure keyword is especially valuable when you are interacting with hardware peripheral [...]...


  • Jason Andrews Blog

    Jason Andrews Blog

    Creating Custom File Systems and the Linux Loop Device
    Published. November 5, 2012

    A few weeks ago we had a crisis at our house. My son managed to delete the data from my daughter's USB memory stick. Not only did he delete it, but he did it in such a strange way I have no idea what he could have done. She was not too happy since all of her recent school work was on the memory stick. My best guess is that he deleted it by mistake, recognized what he had done, went into the recycle bin, but instead of restoring the files, tried to manually copy the files back to the stick...


  • Analog Insights

    Analog Insights

    Q&A : ST drastically decreased turn-around time for their technology validation flow using Custom Explorer Waveform Compare
    Published. November 1, 2012

    You may have watched the previous video I posted on CustomExplorer Ultra (if not, it is not too late ). A very interesting feature of this tool is its Waveform comparison capability. This utility allows you to compare two sets of simulation runs in batch and produce a text report of the differences. In just [...]...


  • Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    “MicroFlix”…Funny name; how crazy would it be if Netflix joined the Microsoft Family?
    Published. October 29, 2012

    If Microsoft were to buy Netflix - and it's a big "if", since it's only a rumor - MSFT could join Apple, Amazon and Google in having a huge influence on the embedded industry. Continue reading →...


  • Denali Memory Blog

    Denali Memory Blog

    Cadence Video Demonstrates PCIe Gen3 IP Silicon Performance
    Published. August 6, 2012

    It is not often that an IP provider gets to showcase their IP performance in a real product demo. Those laurels usually end up going to the end product that uses the IP. But a recent Cadence video features our PCI Express (PCIe) Gen 3 core running flawlessly in silicon in a real system. We thought we would raise some eyebrows since, as of today, there are very few products in the market that utilize the full power of the PCIe Gen3 protocol, let alone those that have been designed using a commercial...


  • Adam Sherer Blog

    Adam Sherer Blog

    Your First Low-power Verification Project - Webinar
    Published. October 11, 2012

    So your team just specified its first design with power management circuits.  The designers are telling you, its just a few power shut-off domains defined by CPF or UPF.  The verification should be easy-peasy right?  Wrong.  Each domain has complete controls, isolation, and retention.  As a verification engineer, you know that any test could trigger a power change either intentionally or in error.  How do you build your environment to verify this first low-power project?Mickey...


  • Arthur Schaldenbrand Blog

    Arthur Schaldenbrand Blog

    Measuring Bipolar Transistor ft with Fixed Base-Collector Voltage
    Published. June 12, 2012

    Recently I had a question from reader. He asked a good question: "How do you to measure a bipolar transistor's ft when the base-collector voltage, Vbc, is fixed?" Attached is a modified version of the testbench that allows a user to measure ft with a fixed Vbc. While the aesthetics are not as pleasing as the original testbench, it does the job. The testbench is shown in Figure 1. The base of the bipolar transistor, the DUT, is grounded.  The collector of the transistor is connected...


  • Joseph Hupcey Blog

    Joseph Hupcey Blog

    Lessons for EDA When Low Power vs. Heat Dissipation Isn’t a Fair Fight: A Case Study With the GoPro Hero2 Camera
    Published. September 12, 2012

    Right up there with functional verification, the challenges of low power design and verification present an existential threat to our customers' products, and ultimately their businesses.  Clearly both sides of the low power coin -- reducing generated heat and/or increasing efficiency to make the most of every available joule -- are of primary concern.  But what happens when external, environmental factors conspire to betray even the best low power electrical design?  In the case...


  • Michael Jacobs Blog

    Michael Jacobs Blog

    Webinar: SOI Gives More Performance Per Watt, And There's An Easy Path
    Published. August 20, 2010

    If you've seen any of the recent buzz lately around Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI), you'd know that it's an excellent option that can enable you to meet lower power consumption and die area targets without sacrificing performance or functionality. This is why Cadence, ARM and IBM have partnered to provide you an easy path to silicon with the SOI process for your digital design, including production proven software, design kits and IP.   If you're a design manager or engineer, and...


  • Ran Avinun's Blog

    Ran Avinun's Blog

    The Challenge of System Integration and Bring-Up
    Published. May 3, 2011

    In the last few years, I have talked with many companies and analysts and consistently heard that system integration time is becoming one of the key challenges in system development. Many companies spend 50% of their total development cycle on system integration and bring-up. This blog will describe the key challenges customers face today, and will refer to a new Cadence approach and offerings to address them.   Post-Silicon System Integration and Bring-UpThe flood of...


  • Steven Brown's Blog

    Steven Brown's Blog

    Virtual Flash Memory Gets Real
    Published. August 8, 2011

    This week's Flash Memory summit will not only highlight the IP Cadence delivers, but will touch on innovative application of virtual prototype technology for Flash Memory firmware and system development. Developing complex memory controllers is challenging, and an increasing portion of the capability is delivered as firmware. Virtual prototypes of hardware for memory controllers, and the systems within which they operate, enable software to be developed months ahead of...


  • Team ESL Blog

    Team ESL Blog

    Creating SystemC TLM-2.0 Peripheral Models
    Published. July 14, 2011

    Over two years ago, I made some experiments and raised some requirements for an effective Virtual Platform IP authoring tool. Even with the passage of time, some people seem to find it useful as I regularly get questions about it. It is more than time to give you an update, and the good news is that such a tool is now available as part of the new Cadence Virtual System Platform (VSP) product. One of the capabilities provided by the Virtual System Platform is a tool to enable easy authoring of Virtual...


  • Team genIES Blog

    Team genIES Blog

    Update to the OVM Register Package
    Published. November 29, 2011

    OVM users have something new to give thanks for this holiday season -- an update to the OVM Register Package (new link!!). This package is used by novice and advanced users and embodies years of experience gathered through hundreds of SystemVerilog projects.The Cadence genIES team has been remiss since the demise of the OVM World, which left the OVM community to use OVM_RGM 2.5.  We did try to post to UVM World, but that is really dedicated to the UVM.  Therefore, we will be picking...


  • Tom Anderson's Blog

    Tom Anderson's Blog

    Some Final Real-World Assertions for the Holidays
    Published. December 20, 2011

    My last "real-world assertions" blog post seems to have tickled a bunch of people with my story about the racy narration at the historic Red Fort in Delhi. I've heard from several folks who have also seen the show and had a similar reaction. Just out of curiosity, I did a Web search and found a half-dozen or so other blogs and travelogues with comments similar to mine. Concluding my series, and in the spirit of the holiday season, here are a few final amusing incidents related to shopping...


  • Pallab's Place

    Pallab's Place

    Semiconductors & EDA Loose an Icon -the Passing of Dr. Ivan Pesic of Silvaco
    Published. October 26, 2012

    This weekend, the EDA and semiconductor worlds lost a strong advocate – Dr. Ivan Pesic who founded and ran Silvaco Inc. started in the early 1980′s silvaco was able to capture the majority of the world’s TCAD market and a large portion of the custom analog design marketplace for simulation, modeling, layout, and capture. While [...]...


  • BCL Team Blog

    BCL Team Blog

    Using async/await without .NET Framework 4.5
    Published. October 22, 2012

    [Update: We've uploaded a new version of Microsoft.Bcl.Async NuGet package. The previous version will not work correctly on Windows Phone 7.1] Do you want to use await but don’t want to wait until you can target .NET Framework 4.5? The waiting is over and awaiting is about to begin. Today, we are proud to announce an update to the Async Targeting Pack we had previously released. The previous targeting pack allowed you to use await when targeting .NET Framework 4.0 and Silverlight 5. Our updated...


  • CFD doesn’t mean Color For Directors

    CFD doesn’t mean Color For Directors

    Liberating Human Potential
    Published. October 24, 2012

    I was reading an article in City A.M a while back – a freebie newspaper containing banking and business news and distributed to those lucky souls in London who take public transport. On this wet and cold morning no one was interested in taking a copy so as I walked by the guy handing them [...]...


  • Signal Integrity

    Signal Integrity

    DesignCon Community
    Published. October 23, 2012

    The DesignCon folks have launched a new DesignCon Community web site....


  • Joel on Software

    Joel on Software

    The App Developers Alliance
    Published. October 17, 2012

    A couple of months ago, Jon Potter came over for lunch and asked me to be the chairman of the board at the Application Developers Alliance. I said, “Sure! On one condition: I get to define what you mean by ‘Application,’ what you mean by ‘Developers,’ and of course, ‘Alliance’ has the standard definition from Star Wars: A New Hope.” He agreed to that. So, here’s my attempt to define those things. Historically, the computer industry has divided software into two types. Systems...


  • Open Source Initiative blogs

    Open Source Initiative blogs

    OSI and OSHWA Sign Agreement
    Published. October 4, 2012

    Following discussions about the Open Source and Open Source Hardware logos, OSI and the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) have worked together to compose a co-existence agreement on behalf of their representative communities. We are pleased to announce that this document (PDF) has been approved and signed by both parties! This means that each group separately has control of their respective logo and in particular that the Open Source Hardware community can continue using the OSWH logo with...


  • Chris Gamell's Analog Life

    Chris Gamell's Analog Life

    New Project — ChipReport.TV
    Published. July 24, 2012

    So I’ve continued to keep myself busy lately. I have a new project called ChipReport.tv. I’ll be reviewing the newest released parts so you don’t have to work so hard to find them. Here’s the intro video: And here’s the first installment! Around here, I hope to do a site refresh soon, since this blog [...]...


  • Jim Trudeau << The Embedded Beat

    Jim Trudeau << The Embedded Beat

    MQX Lite is a heavy-weight hitter
    Published. October 8, 2012

    By Jim Trudeau – The buzz around the Kinetis L series microcontroller (MCU) is really exciting. It combines the low-power, low-cost and ease-of-use of 8-bit, with the energy-efficiency, feature integration and scalability of 32-bit. My colleague Erich Styger wrote about the Freescale Freedom development platform, which is enabled by Kinetis L series KL1 and KL2 MCUs families. The platform [...]...


  • Ed Burnette's Dev Connection

    Ed Burnette's Dev Connection

    PlayFirst abandons PC/Mac market for greener mobile pastures
    Published. October 9, 2012

    PlayFirst calls it quits on PC and Mac, doubling down on iOS and Android instead. Flo fans will just have to go buy a tablet to get their daily dash on....


  • Max Clark’s Blog – DFM begins with Design

    Max Clark’s Blog – DFM begins with Design

    Managing the Assembly Panel Design process
    Published. September 20, 2012

    When a product model completes the design process and moves into the manufacturing process, designers and process engineers are always looking for opportunities to improve upon the clarity and reliability of their communication.  In the case of assembly panels the most common communication method is an assembly panel drawing that contains the dimensions on where [...]...


  • Erich Styger << The Embedded Beat

    Erich Styger << The Embedded Beat

    Software and hardware breakpoints
    Published. September 17, 2012

    By Erich Styger—As an embedded software developer, the use of breakpoints to debug software is a fact of life. I usually debug my applications in flash memory, because nearly all of the microcontroller units (MCUs) I use have on-chip flash memory, and quite often there is more of it available than RAM. However, debugging code in [...]...


  • Ask Steve

    Ask Steve

    Don’t Blindly Follow Old Boss to New Job
    Published. August 29, 2012

    Question:  My Company was just acquired by a larger company.  The new company has let some senior people go, including my boss.  I feel that because of my skills, my job is safe.  But I also have the option of following my boss to his new opportunity.  Can you help me figure out whether to stick with the acquiring company or follow my old boss?   -Mark, Phoenix   Answer:  This question is actually very timely.  My own Company, Microchip Technology, just...


  • Ylian Saint-Hilaire (Intel)

    Ylian Saint-Hilaire (Intel)

    Meshcentral.com - Update + IDF
    Published. August 28, 2012

    Hi everybody! For the last few months I have been at work non-stop on Meshcentral.com, most of the changes are on the back-end server but I did want to post a status update on what is going on. First, I have been working a lot on improving Intel AMT support. Now again, Meshcentral does not [...]...


  • Bob Duffy (Intel)

    Bob Duffy (Intel)

    Ultrabook Ultimate Coder Week 2: Gaps in tech initiate restarts and innovation
    Published. August 24, 2012

    I have to remind myself that Week 2 is actually the end of Week 1, and with that it is a bit mind boggling these developers are already deep into the tech after 1 week. We are already learning a lot from these projects. Any developer considering an Windows 8 project should certainly tune in. [...]...


  • Gael Holmes Hofemeier (Intel)

    Gael Holmes Hofemeier (Intel)

    Intel Developer Tools for Ultrabook
    Published. August 17, 2012

    Soon Ultrabooks will become widely available and will come with new features.  Developers will want to know what tools they can use to take advantage of the new capabilities.   There will be two main components of the new, supporting OS:  the traditional Desktop  interface and the  New Windows* 8 User Interface (UI). This blog will [...]...


  • PCB Matters

    PCB Matters

    Introducing DxDesigner 7.9.4
    Published. August 24, 2012

    Welcome! I am Gary Lameris Technical Marketing Engineer for Mentor Graphics. I’ve worked with DxDesigner since 1988 and have watched it grow from the independent Unix/Dos tool called PowerView and Viewdraw to a powerful multi-user schematic drafting program tightly integrated into the Expedition Enterprise and PADS layout tools today. Four years ago I moved to [...]...


  • Matt Ployhar (Intel)

    Matt Ployhar (Intel)

    Gamescom 2012 – PC Gaming comes out swinging!
    Published. August 17, 2012

    Gamescom 2012 – PC Gaming comes out swinging! So… I just got back from GDC-Europe, and Gamescom. Both were fantastic events. My only regret is that I couldn’t stay a day or two longer. For GDC-Europe the highlight for me was Victor Kisliy’s (CEO Wargaming.net) Keynote on the Free to Play business model. Definitely more [...]...


  • Absolute Power

    Absolute Power

    4G LTE vs. 3G Power Mystery Explained
    Published. August 9, 2012

      Last month we saw some interesting data in our investigation of energy efficiency of 4G LTE transmission versus 3G transmission on the new iPad. The data above suggests that in 4G LTE mode, the new iPad used roughly the same amount of energy (3.8Wh) for viewing our test movie (Star Trek, 2:06:46, 138MB) locally [...]...


  • Stack Overflow

    Stack Overflow

    All variables are equal, but some are more equal than others
    Published. July 31, 2012

    With all due apologies to George Orwell for the title, I thought I’d offer a little tidbit on the practice of the following construct: uint8_t a,b,c,d; a = b = c = d = 0; This code declares four variables (a,b,c,d) and sets them all equal to 0. The question is, is this a good, [...]...


  • Otaku, Cedric's weblog

    Otaku, Cedric's weblog

    Reinventing assertions
    Published. July 30, 2012

    If you have ever written a test in Java, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Assert class: Assert.assertEquals(result, expected); Java 5 introduced the assert keyword, but because it wasn’t enabled by default, the world of testing has continued to use the Assert class. I’ve always been bothered by the fact that the methods on this [...]...


  • James Reinders (Intel)

    James Reinders (Intel)

    ispc: Xeon and Xeon Phi support now
    Published. July 28, 2012

    Vectorization is an industry wide challenge - and if you are interested in seeing some one of the industry leading exploration projects (and trying it on your code)... then may want to look at ispc. ispc is an R&D compiler for a C-based language that is targeted for exploring the performance available from doing SPMD [...]...


  • Robin Bornoff's Blog

    Robin Bornoff's Blog

    Simulation Software So Simple Even Teenagers Can Use It
    Published. July 26, 2012

    The UK government has a policy for all year 10 or year 11 students to undertake a week’s work experience. Last week we welcomed a 15 year old student to the Mentor office where the FloTHERM and FloVENT software development is done. The student was tasked with simulating the air flow and temperature distribution in [...]...


  • PCB Signal and Power Integrity Tech Corner

    PCB Signal and Power Integrity Tech Corner

    Process of via design and verification
    Published. July 12, 2012

      Designers dealing with SERDES channels pay more and more attention to signal via effects. Many literatures and guidelines talk about the approaches to correctly configure vias so that via effects on signals can be minimized. Such methods require detailed analysis of single via or differential via pair. With the help of accurate 3D field [...]...


  • javierandrescaceres (Intel)

    javierandrescaceres (Intel)

    Building an Intel AMT Agent Monitor - Part II
    Published. July 11, 2012

    This post is the second part of a previous post covering the basics of developing a sample using the Intel AMT Agent Presence feature. In this post I’ll port the code to the latest SDK, then I’ll discuss some problems I found during migration and finally I’ll mention a potential usage case for future working. [...]...


  • Windows Embedded Standard

    Windows Embedded Standard

    This Blog is Moving!
    Published. July 9, 2012

    This blog site is being incorporated into a new, more integrated blog site that covers all things Embedded. As of today we will no longer be posting news and announcements on this site but will be posting to the new site instead- Approaching Embedded Intelligently. We have migrated a number of useful articles to this new site already so you will not lose these troubleshooting and information resources- you can find them under the Products Update discussion topic. We hope you enjoy the new site!...


  • Stephane Boucher's DSP Blog

    Stephane Boucher's DSP Blog

    DSP Papers, Articles, Theses, etc
    Published. March 17, 2011

    As you may already know, there is a 'Papers and Theses' section on DSPRelated:http://www.dsprelated.com/documents.phpThere are hundreds of DSP Related documents (articles, papers, theses, dissertations, etc) scattered all around the web, and the goal with this section is to find and list as many of those documents as possible in one place. There are, at the moment, a little over 100 documents list... read more...


  • Domeika's Dilemma

    Domeika's Dilemma

    Multicore – assimilating the new developments
    Published. October 9, 2009

    There was a brief pause in my blogging as I have been assimilating some of the new developments in the multicore realm.  Some of the items are close to home for me at my respective company with the acquisition of Wind River, Cilk Arts, and RapidMind.  I’m not at liberty to comment on strategy, future [...]...


  • Common Thread

    Common Thread

    Problems building Android on Ubuntu 11
    Published. January 16, 2012

    Been doing some work with the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code and ran into some build problems on Ubuntu 11 (Ubuntu 10 LTS is the supported platform). If you are suffering from errors when trying to build, the workaround is to step back the host compiler versions. $: apt-get install gcc-4.4 $: apt-get install g++-4.4 $: make -j8 [...]...


  • Microchip Coupon Codes & Discounts

    Microchip Coupon Codes & Discounts

    Choina Only! 70% Discount on PICkit 3 & Many More!
    Published. January 16, 2012

    To usher in 2012 and the Year of the Dragon, the Dev Tools group and microchipDIRECT are jointly offering a special promotion on many popular Microchip development tools exclusively to engineers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from now till February 6th, 2012. Highlights of the sale include a never-before 70% discount on the PICkit 3 [...]...


  • Magic Blue Smoke

    Magic Blue Smoke

    Most Commonly Used/Required UPF 1801 Constructs
    Published. March 3, 2012

      Often times many designers keep asking one question ; Does all EDA tools support UPF2.0 Commands. In theory all the commands in UPF are referred to as IEEE 1801 commands and all the supported commands by the tool can be accessed through solvnet article  (https://solvnet.synopsys.com/retrieve/021264.html) In my opinion in addition to the standard UPF [...]...


  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Keynote at SMART TECHnology World
    Published. March 26, 2012

    On Friday 23rd March 2012 Kevin Dallas, General Manager of the Windows Embedded Business at Microsoft delivered a keynote presentation at SMART TECHnology World, during the keynote Kevin is joined by Michael Allison, IT Administrator of Hillcrest Medical Center, Tom Romano, CIO of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Jim Buczkowski, a Technical Fellow at Ford to discuss the emergence and value of Intelligent Systems Here’s a link to the keynote video - Mike...


  • Rands In Repose

    Rands In Repose

    Hacking is Important
    Published. July 6, 2012

    Back in the early 90s, Borland International was the place to be an engineer. Coming off the purchase of Ashton-Tate, Borland was the third largest software company, but, more importantly, it was a legitimate competitor to Microsoft. Philippe Kahn, the......


  • John Coyne's Embedded Blog

    John Coyne's Embedded Blog

    Compact 7 Webcast–June 19th!
    Published. May 21, 2012

      Our Windows Embedded Compact 7 team is hosting a Webcast on June 19th! Image Tuning to balance Performance and Power in Windows Embedded Compact 7 The demands of the embedded world make creating the best image possible an absolute requirement. ...(read more)...


  • Kathy Farrel (Intel)

    Kathy Farrel (Intel)

    Learn about the new PC that can help take care of itself - the Intel® Small Business Advantage platform
    Published. June 29, 2012

    Did you know that Small Business is the largest and fastest growing commercial segment in the PC market? Most small businesses do not have IT departments or tools to manage their computing assets. Intel saves the day with the Intel® Small Business Advantage platform. Introduced earlier this year, Intel® SBA helps small business owners concentrate on their day-to-day business [...]...


  • Robert MuellerAlbrecht (Intel)

    Robert MuellerAlbrecht (Intel)

    Intel(R) Embedded Software Development Tool Suite Supports Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N2xxx and D2xxx Seed Program
    Published. March 17, 2012

    The Intel(R) Embedded Software Development Tool Suite for Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor is available for free 30 day evaluation with 1 time renewal as part of the Intel® Atom™ Processor N2800 Development Kit Intel® Atom™ Processor D2700 Development Kit seed program. These development kits come with Yocto Project* 1.1 reference builds. Check it out at   [...]...


  • Gunjan Rawal (Intel)

    Gunjan Rawal (Intel)

    Atom Mashing Radio: Episode#15 airs October 28th. Tune in!
    Published. October 25, 2011

    Don’t miss the upcoming episode of Atom Mashing Radio ‘Developers and Mobile Device Management’ Join Peter Biddle and Ahmed Datoo of Zenprise as they explore the future of mobile device management. Tune in here at 12:00pm PT Friday, Oct. 28. As t......


  • Tao B Wang (Intel)

    Tao B Wang (Intel)

    Explained on Video: Intel HAXM and How It Can Help Android App Development
    Published. June 6, 2012

    This video shows how any Android developer using an Intel® Architecture (IA) based host PC with Windows, Mac or Linux can greatly speed up Android emulation by leveraging Intel® Virtualization Technology. Side by side comparisons show the performance gains of using the free Intel® HAXM driver with the Intel® x86 Atom™ System Image to deliver [...]...


  • Ryan Newton (Intel)

    Ryan Newton (Intel)

    In Colorado? Join us at the Intel Concurrent Collections workshop (Sep 7)
    Published. September 1, 2011

    Next week we're having the third annual Concurrent Collections (CnC) workshop: http://cnc11.hpcgarage.org/ If you're near Colorado State University, registration is only $25 and we'd be happy to see you there....


  • Clay Breshears (Intel)

    Clay Breshears (Intel)

    Can I still get an Energy Efficient Free Lunch?
    Published. February 17, 2012

    When the semiconductor industry was turning to multicore chips and lowering clock rates, Herb Sutter wrote a seminal article entitled "The Free Lunch is Over: A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software." Up to that point software developers relied on the increasing clock speeds (the "free lunch") to give their software a boost in the next generation [...]...


  • Jeff Kataoka (Intel)

    Jeff Kataoka (Intel)

    Jeff's Notebook: Released for vPro™ technology: Intel® Setup and Configuration Software 8.0
    Published. April 13, 2012

    Good news for IT Managers and manageability software developers for Intel® vPro™ technology.  Our Intel vPro experts are constantly working our developer tools to improve the IT management of vPro client networks.  This week, they have released Intel Setup and Configuration Software (Intel® SCS) 8.0 to help IT managers and manageability software developers to set up and configure Intel® Active [...]...


  • Arch Robison (Intel)

    Arch Robison (Intel)

    Performance Issues for C++11 Lambda Expressions
    Published. June 8, 2012

    This blog is about the difference between "capture by value" and "capture by reference" in C11++ lambda expressions. My point is that if copying a captured object is both legal and cheap, capture by value may yield faster code than capture by reference. C++ lambda expressions let the compiler do the tedious work of creating [...]...


  • Rainer Makowitz << The Embedded Beat

    Rainer Makowitz << The Embedded Beat

    Securing telematics and infotainment
    Published. January 11, 2012

    By Rainer Makowitz — The Consumer Electronics Show 2012 is once again demonstrating to what extent consumer devices either enter the car or they get converted into their automotive equivalent and added to the feature list. The biggest expectations on value for the driver are in the field of infotainment and assist functions. Whether access [...]...


  • Glen Burchers << The Embedded Beat

    Glen Burchers << The Embedded Beat

    CEOs speak out on the future of smart mobile devices
    Published. March 30, 2012

    By Glen Burchers “My three year old daughter has been playing with her iPad too much. When she walks in front of the TV, she tries to interact with it by pushing on the screen. The new generation is expecting new user experience across their different devices. People should not worry about where their content, [...]...


  • John Isaac's Blog

    John Isaac's Blog

    Using Virtual Prototyping versus Physical Prototyping
    Published. July 6, 2012

    On our “Best-In_Class” web site, we talk about 6 practices that have enabled electronics companies to achieve their agressive business goals and obtain best-in-class status.  In my last blog, I talked about how they enable Concurrency in the design process.  By turning serial processes into parallel, this not only had the affect of reducing time [...]...


  • Mike Jensen's Blog

    Mike Jensen's Blog

    Rooster Tail Engineering
    Published. July 6, 2012

    It is not uncommon for the extraordinary to quickly become the ordinary. Consider cell phones, tablet computers (or just computers in general), hybrid cars, heart transplants, drone aircraft, digital cameras, Amazon.com, Facebook…the list is long and varied. Most of these are considered “ordinary” by today’s standards, but each was little more than an idea in someone’s [...]...


  • CallMOM

    CallMOM

    Who knew that you could balance 100?s of work orders simultaneously across the factory for truly optimized production plan?
    Published. July 6, 2012

    Our electronics manufacturing factories today are finally picking up steam. This is creating pressure on many companies who are looking for ways to improve performance-to-schedule. One of the most important factors in attracting and keeping customers, is the ability to continuously meet delivery commitments for production and to keep the delivery time as short as [...]...


  • Taken For Granted

    Taken For Granted

    DAC 2012: Mystical Confluence: ESL Hockey Stick and The Cup!
    Published. June 7, 2012

    Another note from DAC 2012:  In Gary Smith’s Sunday night pre-DAC talk, he mentioned that in 2011, ESL tools took off – the famous Hockey Stick.  See his slide (courtesy of my friend Frank Schirrmeister): Could the long-awaited, long postponed arrival of the ESL Hockey Stick at the same time as the Stanley Cup Finals [...]...


  • On Verification

    On Verification

    Getting the last 20%
    Published. July 7, 2010

    I am happy to write that Nusym’s pioneering coverage convergence technology is now part of Synopsys. Over the years, I’ve seen the “long pole” in verification schedules shift based on the evolution of verification technologies and chip architectures.  A few years ago one of the long poles was writing tests – it was nearly impossible [...]...


  • Listening Post

    Listening Post

    YouTube Helps Engineers
    Published. September 30, 2011

    The channel that gets to close our series on how social media helps engineers is YouTube. The only social media platform that we never hear anyone complain about or say they would never use is YouTube. Why is that you ask? Because everyone loves video! If you don’t have a Facebook page, refuse to open [...]...


  • Coverage is my Friend

    Coverage is my Friend

    High Level Coverage
    Published. November 1, 2011

    Unless you’ve completely isolated yourself from the wisdom of Verification and EDA pundits, you must have heard at some point that High Level Verification and High Level Synthesis are the way of the future. This has been true for at least the past 10 years and most likely is still going to be true for [...]...


  • Nigel Dessau

    Nigel Dessau

    Top 10 List – Things You Might not Know about AMD Fusion APUs
    Published. August 22, 2011

    I don’t typically blog about AMD news, but couldn’t help myself today because today represents a new chapter in the Fusion era of computing. We have updated our award-winning (see No. 9 below) C- and E-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) … Continue reading...


  • Olliance Group: Open Means Business

    Olliance Group: Open Means Business

    Open Source and the Mobile Applications Gold Rush
    Published. September 2, 2011

    Since the launch of the Apple iPhone App Store in July 2008, the focus on investment in mobile/wireless has shifted from handsets for their own sake to a near obsession with mobile phones as applications platforms, and to building and marketing applications for them. Apple didn’t invent the applications store concept – handset manufacturer Palm [...]...


  • MontaVista Blog

    MontaVista Blog

    Conference Report: Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2011
    Published. November 30, 2011

    In late October 2011 I had the opportunity to attend the Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE) in Prague, Czech Republic as a representative of the elinux.org community, sponsored by Linux Foundation.  As a new member of the MontaVista team, I’d …Read more »...


  • State-Space

    State-Space

    RTOS, TDD and the “O” in the S-O-L-I-D rules
    Published. June 11, 2012

    In Chapter 11 of the “Test-Driven Development for Embedded C” book, James Grenning discusses the S-O-L-I-D rules for effective software design. These rules have been compiled by Robert C. Martin and are intended to make a software system easier to develop, maintain, and extend over time. The acronym SOLID stands for the following five principles: S: [...]...


  • Law & Life: Silicon Valley

    Law & Life: Silicon Valley

    2011: Top Ten FOSS Legal Developments
    Published. January 9, 2012

    Last year, 2011, was one of the most active years in legal developments in FOSS. This activity reflects the increase in FOSS use: Laura Wurster of Gartner, noted in the Harvard Business Review blog that open source has hit a “strategic tipping point” this year with companies increasingly focused on using “open source” software for competitive [...]...


  • TWICE Viewpoint Blog

    TWICE Viewpoint Blog

    Best Buy Meeting Could Be ‘Bumpy’
    Published. June 20, 2012


  • Trenton Technology Blog

    Trenton Technology Blog

    Anonymous Video Analytics Enhance Digital Signage
    Published. February 6, 2012

    Getting the right message, to the right people, at the right time remains one of marketing’s greatest challenges.  Traditional media (television, radio, newspapers, magazines) offer some ability to target customers – think tire ad within an automotive magazine – but to a large degree product promotion often requires a marketing approach aimed at a broad [...]...


  • Discover the Windows Embedded Experience

    Discover the Windows Embedded Experience

    Free Webinar: HTML5 & the Future of Embedded Devices
    Published. May 26, 2012

    Hi folks,don’t miss the upcoming freeWebinar held by BSQUARE:Date:Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:00 PM Pacific Time: (GMT-08:00)Duration:1 hourTitle:HTML5 & the Future of Embedded Devices            Registration:HereDescription:HTML5 is everywhere right now. And with good reason. This platform can add functionality and capabilities to your device, extending the lifecycle of a current product and preparing applications for future platforms. It is...


  • Urban Work Bench

    Urban Work Bench

    We Remember
    Published. November 10, 2011

    If nothing else, this Remembrance Day, take a moment to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, for the hope of peace, and the security of future generations. Or brave the weather on Friday and show your support in your local community. This image is where we’ll be, at the newly dedicated [...]This post was written by Mike Thomas for UrbanWorkbench.com ©2010.Originally posted as We Remember...


  • Simon's DFM Corner

    Simon's DFM Corner

    TSMC 28nm yield (SemiWiki)
    Published. March 6, 2012

    I posted the following reply to Daniel Nenni’s article on TSMC 28nm yield: “I agree that design teams need to take more ownership of the yield issue. Unfortunately, yield is such a sensitive topic that people only talk about it when it’s bad! The defect density vs. die size and yield curves above represent the [...]...


  • Everything USB

    Everything USB

    HighPoint RocketU 1144A 4-port USB 3.0 Card Review
    Published. February 18, 2012


  • EmbeddedPC

    EmbeddedPC

    Don’t get tied up in knots with your cables!
    Published. September 28, 2011

    It always seems like it’s the little things that often cause the most problems with your embedded system.  The more I work with electronic systems, the more respect and care I have developed for cables and interconnect systems.  This goes … Continue reading →...



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