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EDA360 Evangelist and Marketing Director at Cadence Design Systems (blog at https://eda360insider.wordpress.com/)

Friday Video: Robot does Travolta? Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Stayin’ Alive

This short video shows an anthropomorphic robot named PETMAN, a DARPA project from Boston Dynamics, with a soundtrack added by a YouTube user. Fun! By the way, I saw a preview of the movie “Robot and Frank” last weekend. Also … Continue reading

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Workshop on Analog and Mixed-Signal Design Automation: November 8 in Silicon Valley

A 1-day workshop on Analog and Mixed-Signal Design Automation will be held on November 8 in conjunction with ICCAD in Silicon Valley. It’s no secret that advanced-node process scaling makes all IC design more complex and more challenging—even more so … Continue reading

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3D Thursday will return next week

This week is being consumed by the Flash Memory Summit. 3D Thursday will return next week. Thanks for standing by.

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Nikon announces Android-powered camera: the $349 Coolpix S800c

Nikon has just announced an Android-powered point-and-shoot camera—the $349 Coolpix S800c. It’s a 16Mpixel camera with a 10x optical zoom but the real innovation appears on the back in the form of a touch-panel LCD 0.8Mpixel OLED display that is … Continue reading

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How Skyera developed the 44Tbyte, enterprise-class Skyhawk SSD from the ground up. A System Realization story.

I rarely get to tell an in-depth System Realization story like this one. The development of the 44Tbyte, enterprise-class Skyhawk SSD starts with a clear picture of the objective—build an enterprise-class, solid-state storage server using commercial MLC (multi-level cell) NAND … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi + Canon = Camera Pi: ARM 11 and Linux hack of a Canon 5D Mk II DSLR

Here’s a link to a very interesting and cool hack of a Canon 5D Mk II DSLR achieved by stuffing a Raspberry Pi Linux-based single-board computer into an accessory battery grip. EDA360 Insider has covered the Raspberry Pi board before. … Continue reading

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Daniel Nenni at SemiWiki publishes a [very] brief history of the SoC

Daniel Nenni has just posted a very brief history of the SoC, with heavy emphasis on SoCs for mobile products. The emphasis is probably warranted because mobile designs really have driven SoC design for the past decade. One of the … Continue reading

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Which Android Phones are winning in Asia, and where?

This is too cool! Animoca publishes games for Android-based platforms and, apparently, collects information about what type of platform a game is downloaded into. So the company just published an analysis titled “Animoca data: the top Android phones in key … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Mars Rover video goes viral—We’re NASA and We Know it

Hip Hop and NASA? Whoda’ thunk it? Some fevered brain saw the connection between NASA and LMFAO.

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Friday Video: A brief history of PDAs with system-design tips through three teardowns

Once more, Australia’s Dave Jones has produces an eminently watchable and helpful video where he tears down three PDAs from 1986, 1996, and 2004: A Psion Organiser, a US Robotics Palm Pilot 5000, and an HP iPaq. Over two decades, … Continue reading

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Friday [not quite a] Video: Slideshow of old Packard manufacturing plant set to music

The Packard Motor Company made automobiles in Detroit for decades and closed the doors of its manufacturing plant in 1958 after going bankrupt. Although the 95-building complex closed more than half a century ago, it’s still there (for now), decaying, … Continue reading

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Friday Video: A personal invitation to Memcon from Sanjay Srivastava

Want to know why you need to be at Memcon this year? Here’s Denali Software founder Sanjay Srivastava to tell you why: Now go and sign up! It’s a free ticket and includes breakfast, lunch, and some goodies—not to mention … Continue reading

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TI Stellaris promo features ARM Cortex-M4F dev board for $4.99—or possibly free

You’ve got a little more than a month to sign up for a $4.99 TI Stellaris Launch Pad Dev board based on the ARM Cortex-M4F processor core. Register and you get on the list to purchase a board for $4.99 … Continue reading

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Download a free PDF of the Mixed-signal Methodology Guide, Chapter 1: Design Trends and Challenges

A couple of days ago, I let you know that Cadence had just published a comprehensive book on mixed-signal SoC design and verification. The book’s title is the “Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide,” written by the top mixed-signal design experts from across … Continue reading

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Samsung Exynos 5 Dual mobile processor features two 1.7GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processors, a WQXGA display controller, and two LPDDR3 controllers to feed ‘em

This past weekend, the Web was abuzz with last week’s unveiling of Samsung’s Exynos 5 Dual mobile processor. This SoC features two 1.7GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processors rather than the previous Exynos generation Dual mobile processor that incorporated two 1.4GHz ARM … Continue reading

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New Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide provides design, verification and implementation methodologies for advanced mixed-signal designs

Cadence has just published the “Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide,” which provides an overview of design, verification and implementation methodologies for advanced mixed-signal designs based on recommendations from the book’s co-authors—top mixed-signal design experts from across the industry including authors from Boeing, … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Dr. Who, Season 7 Preview

If you don’t understand why this is here, don’t sweat it.

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Friday Video: First flight of NASA Morpheus VTOL lander ends quickly and badly

The first untethered flight of NASA’s Morpheus vertical takeoff and landing vehicle ended quickly and badly. And then Morpheus exploded. As explained by the person who posted the following video on YouTube, “It appears to have had a guidance failure.” … Continue reading

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Looking for an introductory Verilog book? How’s $24.95 sound?

Bob Zeidman, founder and president of Zeidman Consulting, has just published the third edition of his book “Introduction to Verilog.” It was first published a dozen years ago and is based on the Verilog seminars that Zeidman has given at … Continue reading

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Xilinx takes Zynq to 11—or more precisely to 1GHz

In the satirical 1984 movie “This is Spinal Tap,” Nigel the guitarist explains why the volume controls on his Marshall amps go to 11 instead of 10 like everyone else’s amps: “If we need that extra push over the cliff,” … Continue reading

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Need to make an ARM Cortex-A9 processor core all it can be?

A new blog published today on the ARM Web site titled “How do you take an ARM POP up one more notch?” describes a very recent collaboration between ARM and Cadence to enhance the ARM POP IP, which helps any … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: Save the date. 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging Conference on December 12-14

The 9th International 3-D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging Conference and Exhibition will be held December 12 -14, 2012 at the Sofitel in Redwood City, CA. It’s run by RTI International. More info here.

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If Aladdin’s Genie lived in a Computer-on-Module, it might look like the Gumstix Overo

One of the funniest lines in the 1992 animated Disney movie “Aladdin” is when the frenetic blue Genie, voiced by the incredible Robin Williams, describes his situation: “PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS; Itty-bitty living space,” referring to his life in a lamp. … Continue reading

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How many SSDs does it take to saturate PCIe Gen 3? Would you believe 16 drives?

It’s now possible to conduct some interesting performance tests on real PCIe Gen 3 products and the video below shows you a PCIe Gen 3 RAID card talking to 16 SSDs, which is the number of drives needed to saturate … Continue reading

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How to program all of those SoC processor cores? Answers from Jim Ready. Free event, September 18.

While we can stamp out processors galore on an advanced-node SoC, programming those processors is another matter entirely. Yet “multicore” and “many-core” SoC designs are the in-vogue approach to processing performance. How to solve this dilemma? Get a glimpse of … Continue reading

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