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8 Feb, 2015

Harry Foster FPGA Design Trends In my previous blog, I introduced the 2014 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study (click here). The objective of my previous blog was to provide an overview on our large, worldwide industry study. The key findings from this study will be presented in a set of upcoming blogs. In this blog, I present trends related to various aspects of FPGA design to illustrate growing … Read More

6 Feb, 2015

John Day There is a lot of excitement in the automotive industry about potential applications for Ethernet. For one example, Broadcom recently introduced a new BroadR-Reach® automotive Ethernet chip optimized for use in low-power applications. Broadcom said the chip’s low power potential enables uses cases beyond infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and into telematics, shark fin antennas, … Read More

5 Feb, 2015

Mark Forbes The close of DesignCon features the Best in Design & Test Awards. The awards span a variety of categories from design tools, to test, to validation and fabrication. We joined a few dozen other eager folks in the Chip Head Theater for the presentation of the awards. Since there was no one available from the Xpedition flow, all eyes fell on me to accept the award, should we win. Now, I’m more of a … Read More

3 Feb, 2015
IC Design

SPIEs Among Us

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker The 40th SPIE Advanced Lithography conference will be held at the San Jose Convention Center, February 22-26. Over the past few years, this conference has grown in scope to include emerging patterning technologies like directed self-assembly (DSA) and design-process-technology co-optimization. Underlying all the presentations, posters, panels, and hallway chatter are the common goals and challenges: … Read More

3 Feb, 2015

Vern Wnek This is the fifth post in a series showcasing the winners of the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards. View the previous ones here. Runner up for the Consumer Electronics & Handheld category: Wizlogix, Singapore Design: Modem and application processor Design team: Vivian Ong Ai Lian, Tan Shean Huey, Romeo Pineda Design challenges: Traces/spaces at 2.36th with constraint areas under multiple FPGAs High … Read More

3 Feb, 2015

Don Miller Commissioning BHRA Test Rigs Having recently joined the project team at BHRA that was to develop a design guide for loss coefficients in large scale flow systems, I had the opportunity to commission the new test rigs that we would be using.  From experience I knew that bringing a new wind tunnel online could take months before conditions were acceptable in the test section; however I certainly underestimated … Read More

2 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls My friend and colleague Richard Vlamynck has proposed another guest posting and I am more than happy to accommodate him. Apart from helping me and doing the rest of his day job, Richard puts in time, as I do, trying to assist people on various social networking sites. This can certainly be challenging, as, while many posts are genuine pleas for help from engineers who need to tap someone else’s … Read More

2 Feb, 2015
Mechanical Analysis

Gimme more light

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I’m a perfectly good driver but I don’t enjoy driving in the dark on unfamiliar roads.  Recently I found myself driving in the dark from one village to another on a country lane in the deepest darkest Wiltshire. For those of you unfamiliar with Wilshire, it is a county in the South West of England. Here’s a picture of a typical country lane in Wiltshire. These roads are just wide enough for a car to … Read More

30 Jan, 2015

J VanDomelen The military and aerospace (mil/aero) has had its ups and downs. Whereas military investment has been stagnant in the U.S. and Europe, other countries – including Brazil, Turkey, India, and more – continue to bolster their defenses. Even so, the global military market is being outpaced by the aerospace sector. The aerospace market is a bright spot in the mil/aero community – and it shows few signs of … Read More

30 Jan, 2015

Michael Ford Hollywood has a great way of showing us the future. How many movies have there been where some hapless security person get their thumb, finger, or even hand cut off in order that the bad guys gain access to some top secret facility. Is this now going to start to happen? Now that mobile handsets are starting to incorporate the use of a thumb-print scanner in place of the password or pin, especially as … Read More

30 Jan, 2015

John Day Baron Services, Inc., the Huntsville, Alabama company that provides storm tracker service to TV stations and up-to-date information on weather and road conditions to drivers via SiriusXM, is currently marketing a Driver Safety Program to automakers and tier one suppliers. Chris Carr, Baron’s director of business development, says the program’s objective is to make immediate, contextual information on … Read More

30 Jan, 2015

J VanDomelen Last year (2014) was a bright spot in the aerospace market, with two industry-leading companies – Boeing and Airbus – breaking industry records in the area of commercial transport aircraft. Boeing broke an aerospace industry record in 2014, delivering an impressive 723 airplanes in a single year. Airbus has, likewise, announced significant achievements. Airbus officials this month announced that the … Read More

29 Jan, 2015

J VanDomelen The global military and aerospace (mil/aero) industry is robust and expanding, with the greatest growth taking place on the commercial or civil side of things. That is, Boeing and Airbus – two of the top airframe manufacturers, which deliver platforms for commercial and military aviation and space – broke industry records in 2014. Officials at both Boeing and Airbus this month announced their airframe … Read More

28 Jan, 2015
IC Design

I C A 3D IC!

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Every time I see “3D IC’ somewhere, I’m reminded of that silly kid’s chant we used to yell at each other in the playground, “R U A B? I C A B! O, O, O!! A B I C!!” Apparently that was much more amusing at the age of eight, but it has stuck in my head all these years. Go figure… Which has nothing, really, to do with what I want to talk about, which is 3D IC design … Read More

28 Jan, 2015

Vern Wnek This is the fourth post in a series showcasing the winners of the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards. View the previous ones here. First place winner in the Consumer Electronics & Handheld category: Qualcomm, United States Design: a Quad-core APQ (application processor Qualcomm) targeting the tablet/netbook market segments Design team: Larry Paul, Sanat Kapoor, Stephen Baker, Danlin Xiang, Michael … Read More

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