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by Jim Turley

I had dinner with a real venture capitalist the other evening, and lived to tell about it. I can’t tell you everything we discussed that night (wink, wink), but I can say that we had a good talk about batteries. No, really.

The VC in question is a partner at one of the primo Sand Hill Road firms and, as usual, he was the smartest guy in the room. Or at least, at my table. The conversation ranged from food, to wine, to rusty cars, to a recent acquisition by Apple. He talks very fast, uses his hands a lot, and compulsively checks his phone during lulls in the conversation. I guess if I could make (or lose) millions of dollars on one call, I’d check my messages a lot, too.  Read More


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Optimization Moves Up a Level

Posted on 09/01/14 at 12:57 PM by bmoyer

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What do you think about Mentor's RTL-level optimization?

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Posted on 08/29/14 at 8:25 AM by carlwh28

It’s an age old question, what to select for your design? ASIC, FPGA, standard parts, ASSP etc. Each will have its merits for a particular design and market requirements, that's why these solutions still exist, there is no one panacea.

What is importan…

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Posted on 08/28/14 at 3:03 PM by SteveCasselman

While Xilinx has abandoned the lowest end of programmable logic Altera has a low cost, low power, DSP capable device with analog data inputs (AMS). I work at Altera so I currently can't tell you all the great features of this device but it has all the stu…

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Posted on 08/27/14 at 1:44 PM by dougwithau

Can you still do the "sea of gates" ASIC. The foundry would build an ASIC with lots of gates and leave the top metal layers off for later. The task was putting together the top layer (or 2) of metal interconnect.
It cost $80-100K in NRE 10 years ago. Mu…

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Posted on 08/27/14 at 11:29 AM by Dick Selwood

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What do you think about getting an ASIC without the millions of dollars price tag?

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