FPGA-Prototyping Simplified

Cadence Rolls New Protium Platform

by Kevin Morris

System on Chip (SoC) design today is an incredibly complicated collaborative endeavor. By applying the label “System” to the chips we design, we enter a realm of complex, interdisciplinary interactions that span realms like analog, digital, communications, semiconductor process, and - with increasing dominance - software. Since the first SoCs rolled out a mere decade or so ago, the composition of design teams has shifted notably, with the percentage of cubicles occupied by software developers increasing much more rapidly than those of any of the other engineering disciplines. In most SoC projects today, software development is the critical path, and the other components of the project are merely speed bumps in the software development spiral.  Read More


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An Irregular Street Scene

Posted on 07/21/14 at 9:45 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
How do you see the pros and cons of plasma dicing?

FPGAs in the IoT

Posted on 07/17/14 at 9:44 AM by mwipliez

mwipliez
"One of the challenges of bringing FPGAs to markets where software-programmable solutions like MCUs have traditionally ruled is bringing the design team up to speed with creating FPGA designs"

I think the challenge to replace MCUs by FPGAs is simply th…

Who Uses Power-Over-Ethernet?

Posted on 07/16/14 at 3:44 PM by PoE

PoE
With the new Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard under discussion (IEEE802.3bt), I believe the industry is about to witness a boom in new PoE applications such as lighting, thin/virtual clients and industrial controls. Texas Instruments is discussing this…

Black Helicopters & Foil Hats

Posted on 07/16/14 at 8:55 AM by alexanderstohrh

quite credible reports do certainly exist. they are dealing with projects that were known to be doomed at a certain point in time but the setup was not unveiled to the general project staff until a certain decision point was reached. knowing all options a…

FPGAs in the IoT

Posted on 07/15/14 at 5:40 PM by kevin

kevin
What do you think of Lattice's iCE40 Ultra series? Are FPGAs truly game-changers in the mobile and wearable market?

And Then There Was One

Posted on 07/15/14 at 10:38 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Where do you see the sensor fusion market going?

Tesla, Edison, and the Patent Office

Posted on 07/11/14 at 10:41 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Surely underlying Jim's argument is the fact that that the patent system in the US, put in place after American entrepreneurs had run rough shod over European IP laws, but then started feeling the pain, are no longer about protecting the inventor but are …

Wireless Wramblings

Posted on 07/10/14 at 3:32 PM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
There must be more ways to use technology to make life better in fundamental ways.

How do we get our act together on this?

Tesla, Edison, and the Patent Office

Posted on 07/09/14 at 12:06 PM by ihart

Wow Jim,
You have written a few articles here about your disdain for the American patent system. I'm still not sure I follow your logic. If I spend a few years of my personal time developing a unique invention, why shouldn't I be granted protection fr…

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