Avast! Cyber Pirates!

EDA, Piracy, and the Stormy Seas Ahead

by Amelia Dalton

Their bow shreds the digital waves like a knife. They will take no prisoners. It’s the thrill of the kill they seek and they will stop at nothing until the software is theirs. In this week’s Fish Fry, we are thwarting those dastardly cyber pirates with a mighty sword - a SmartFlow sword. Ted Miracco, CEO of SmartFlow Compliance Solutions, joins Fish Fry and we’re diving into the deep murky waters of cyber security in high tech. (I also ask him what’s it’s like to play football with Alec Baldwin!) Also this week, we check out a new retro DIY gaming system on Kickstarter called Tiny Arcade.  Read More

Industry News

November 27, 2015

Fast MultiCAD Visualisation for ENOVIA SmarTeam with KISTERS 3DViewStation

PXIe-700 Kintex 7 FPGA Card with FMC Expansion Module

November 25, 2015

Anritsu Introduces ShockLine™ VNA Solutions to Lower Test Costs Associated with Verifying E-band, Microwave Passive Component Performance

Renesas Electronics Europe and Giesecke & Devrient Collaborate on Industrial Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions

STMicroelectronics Introduces World's First Integrated EMI Filter for Automotive Ethernet Connectivity

November 24, 2015

Renesas Electronics Expands Touch-Based Application Possibilities for Home Appliance, Building, and Industrial Automation Applications with RX130 Group of MCUs

Microchip’s New Cost-Effective Low Power PIC® MCUs Extend Battery Life and Eliminate External Memory via 1 MB of Dual-Partition Flash

Synopsys' IC Compiler II Qualified for Samsung Foundry 10-nanometer Process

TQMa6x: Cortex-A9-Module with INTEGRITY RTOS Support

November 23, 2015

SMT power inductors from TT Electronics are certified for automotive applications

Semtech Expands Protection Platform with AEC-Q100 Qualified Device Designed to Safeguard the High-Speed Data Lines Found in Today's Automobiles

Synopsys Delivers Industry's First Ethernet 400G Verification IP for Next-Generation Networking and Communications Systems

SEGGER demonstrator board empowers embedded software evaluation

Ultralow Jitter Clock Distribution Solution Combines EZSync Multichip Synchronizatio

Mentor Graphics Veloce Emulation Platform Supports Andes Processors

November 19, 2015

Xilinx Announces the Spartan-7 FPGA Family

Keysight Technologies Introduces Two Extreme-Temperature Oscilloscope Probing Solutions

TI introduces industry’s first industrial drive control system-on-chip (SoC) to support digital and analog position sensors

Automotive-Grade High-Voltage Rectifiers from Diodes Incorporated Provide Robust Operation and Small Footprint

New Intelligent Power Modules from STMicroelectronics Enable Greener and More Reliable Appliances

Macronix High Performance Quad SPI NOR Flash Products Power Xilinx UltraScale™ FPGAs for the Aerospace & Defense Market

Ultra-low power microcontroller development kits for Apollo MCUs launched by Ambiq Micro

November 18, 2015

Semtech New Isolated Power Switch Platform Provides Control for Home Automation, Connected Buildings and Internet of Things Applications

The most distance with less power – TI’s new Sub-1 GHz solution spans 20 km on a coin cell

Intrinsic-ID to Showcase IoT Security Solution at InvenSense Developers Conference

Sonics Upgrades SoC Development Environment and Flagship NoC to Improve Chip Architecture Optimization and SoC Resiliency

ClearOhm® Silver Nanowires In Breakthrough Medical Application

Leti and Partners in Silicon Photonics Supply-Chain Project Announce Developments on Three Mature Platforms

High Voltage Automotive Battery Stack Monitor Achieves 0.04% Measurement Accuracy, Lower Cost & Improved Safety Features

November 17, 2015

Ericsson’s 60A digital point-of-load DC/DC converter delivers industry-leading power density and scalability

New STM32 Nucleo expansion board with boostedNFC from ams provides complete hardware and software blueprint for ultra compact NFC designs

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Wind River Sets Rocket RTOS On Free Trajectory

Company Gives Away the Software; Charges for the Cloud

by Jim Turley

Marketing Math 201

Up to 5x More Compelling

by Kevin Morris

Synopsys Hacked

No Apparent Loss, But What Does It Mean?

by Bryon Moyer

Beyond Debug

FPGAs for Fun and Prototyping

by Amelia Dalton

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FDA names salmon the first genetically modified animal safe to eat

Posted on 11/29/15 at 9:47 PM by SteveNordquis4

Exactly one growth hormone, and you get unvetted salmon in 18mos. instead of a year. The huge win is, to get them some current to swim in in so they don't taste like garfish, you're doing water-moving cross-fit and are guaranteed the salmon are the uglies…

Researchers teaching robots how to best reject orders from humans

Posted on 11/29/15 at 9:25 PM by SteveNordquis4

Case 5 is going to fail in all cases, so that's nice. "I am standing on the table, stylish_dismounts.lib failed to load, it can't get much worse...what is the tipping use-case in this room?"

Yeah, I can see they drilled on the bar crane safety drills, …

German robot practices hitting humans to ensure future safety

Posted on 11/27/15 at 8:18 PM by SteveNordquis4

Sounds legit. Wholly owned by the My Watch Already Mansplained It To Your Healthcare Provider Group PLC, MENA.

Late enough in the episode to say "Those aren't galvanic response and Burr Discomfort Index curves!"

Researchers create working electronics inside a rose

Posted on 11/26/15 at 1:21 PM by SteveNordquis4

For people who can't keep SOCs on, crack PCBs just by fingering a connector, but can grow plants, plant surgery gone...well, they their transistor characteristics fast rather than keep the leaves in D.I. water for a week, but just look at it. (CC licensed…

Face-slapping alarm clock refuses to let you sleep in

Posted on 11/26/15 at 12:10 PM by SteveNordquis4

Not pictured; Hair was in French Braid before alarm phase 1.

Face-slapping alarm clock refuses to let you sleep in

Posted on 11/26/15 at 12:08 PM by SteveNordquis4

Good children of the world will of course choose vagus nerve interference devices, automated room blinds on light days, and canny direction of the projector on their cellphone to stop recording long-term memories and stop the second phase of rapid skeleto…

Marketing Math 201

Posted on 11/26/15 at 2:05 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Just under 30 years ago, when the word FPGA had to be explained, a stealth mode company published a paper in Electronics (The leading technical publication of the time). It was called something like Counting Gates and compared how Altera and Xilinx used …

Marketing Math 201

Posted on 11/24/15 at 2:23 PM by tentner

You should note that Altera is using ALMs, not 6-input LUTs. ALMs contain 2x 4-input LUTs + some logic to fancy combine them + 2 dedicated adder-bits. (At least I assume that Stratix 10 uses the same type of ALM - I could not download meaningful documents…

Synopsys Hacked

Posted on 11/23/15 at 10:19 AM by bmoyer

What do you think about EDA break-ins such as what happened to Synopsys, and their implications for networked and cloud implementations?

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November 26, 2015
It’s Thankgiving! Happy Thanksgiving if you are reading this on the day. Cadence is closed, of course. I’m working on blogs for next week (yeah, right). But I thought I’d put out a fun blog. This has nothing to do with EDA or the semiconductor ecosystem o…

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November 26, 2015
Drawn by the scent of huge revenues, great powers are converging on the Internet of Things (IoT). From far up the supply chain semiconductor companies are setting in motion the myriad hardware pieces—tiny microcontroller units (MCUs) for Things, energy-ef…

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November 25, 2015
  Dave Jones regularly tears down equipment on his EEVblog videos and discusses how these products have been engineered as he disassembles them. His latest, just-posted teardown focuses on the beautifully engineered Rigol DSG815 RF Signal Generator, …

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November 25, 2015
Choosing temperature-sensing products may seem trivial, but with the wide variety of products available, this task can be quite daunting. In this blog post, I’ll present four types of temperature sensors – resistance temperature det…

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November 23, 2015
Dick Tracy had it right. Wearable devices are becoming more of any every day item as they proliferate across markets. In part 1 of our wearables white paper series, I wrote about the market and technical factors that are driving the rapid adoption of wear…

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M8/M12 Connector System

For industrial-grade applications, consumer-style connectors just don't cut it. You'd never use RJ45 where you really care about ruggedness or reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Wess of TE Connectivity about M8 and M12 high-reliability connecitivity solutions that will keep your system operating smoothly under harsh conditions.

Altera 2.5Gb Ethernet IP

Even though the newest, fastest standards get all the press, most of the work in the world is being done by standards like 2.5G Ethernet. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Juwayriyah Hussain of Altera about Altera's IP for 2.5G Ethernet. It'll have you up and running with Ethernet on your next design in no time.

Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx

Have you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx.

Genus Synthesis Solution: Massively Parallel RTL Synthesis

Synthesis of large designs can be a major bottleneck, particularly with the number of iterations often required and the long synthesis runtimes of current generation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Stratman of Cadence Design Systems about the revolutionary new Genus massively-parallel synthesis technology. Genus promises to have an enormous impact on the synthesis bottleneck.

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