Category Archives: Apps

Can 1000 processors dance on the head of a pin? MIT’s Professor Srini Devadas hopes so

Veteran EDA industry watcher Peggy Aycinena visited MIT recently and spoke with Professor Srini Devadas about a manycore processor project called “Angstrom.” The purpose of the project is to develop massively parallel hardware—as in 1024 processors—to explore better ways of … Continue reading

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39 low-cost boards for embedded Linux application development starting with Raspberry Pi. Want the list?

Thanks to Google+, I just found this very interesting list of 39 low-cost development boards supporting embedded Linux development. Most of these boards cost less than US $200 and many of them cost less than US $100. The list was … Continue reading

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Architecting Android Apps: FREE, in-person seminar in San Jose, May 7. Priceless. Pizza and Soda—$2

Android has quickly become the OS/GUI of choice for highly interactive 32-bit embedded devices and part of the appeal is the relative ease of developing applications (apps) for the platform. Now you have a chance to hear about the art … Continue reading

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Friday Video: How the flying quadcopter robots came to play the James Bond movie theme

Last Friday, I posted a video of a swarm of autonomous flying quadcopter robots playing the James Bond movie theme. Not well—but recognizably. This week, I’ve found a longer video where Professor Vijay Kumar of the University of Pennsylvania explains … Continue reading

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Tales from the EDA CEOs: The EDAC panel talks about IP and SoC integration, power, and other topics

Richard Goering has written up last week’s EDA CEO panel, sponsored by EDAC (the EDA Consortium). The panel took place at the Silicon Valley Bank’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California and featured CEOs from four EDA companies—Cadence (Lip-Bu Tan), Gradient … Continue reading

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Android apps no longer need…Android???

One of the first product announcements coming from the Las Vegas CES show this week is a real mindtwister from OpenMobile World Wide. It seems the company has developed an Application Compatibility Layer (ACL) that permits Android apps to run … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Circuit simulation app for Android. SPICE for $10, runs in your hand? Well, almost.

Here’s the most unlikely Android app I can imagine: a fully realized circuit simulator created for touch-screen use on Android phones and tablets. How geeky can you get? The $10 app is named EveryCircuit. It was written by Igor Vytyaz … Continue reading

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Sonics Founder Drew Wingard on the state of the art for SoCs, IP, System and SoC Realization

Last week at the monthly IEEE Computer Society meeting in Silicon Valley, Sonics founder and CTO Drew Wingard discussed the evolving SoC. He started by displaying a chart of the key components in an Apple iPhone 4S with their prices: … Continue reading

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Is it all about the [embedded] apps like EDA360 says? ARM and Avnet open an online software store for embedded developers

In a very surprising move first thing today at the ARM TechCon 2011 event, Avnet Electronics Marketing and ARM announced a new Embedded Software Store where you can search for, purchase, and download embedded software and development tools for ARM … Continue reading

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Want to start writing code for the two ARM Cortex-A9 processors on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 EPP right now? Virtual Platform makes it possible

As of today, you can start to develop application software for the Xilinx Zynq-7000 family of Extensible Processing Platforms (EPP) using a virtual prototyping platform announced today and jointly developed by Xilinx and Cadence. The virtual platform provides an accurate … Continue reading

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Want to guarantee that your next product is a huge success? Ask Apple’s Siri

Troy Wolverton is a News Columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and this morning’s paper carried his fascinating column on his growing infatuation with Siri, the intelligent assistant that lives inside of every Apple iPhone 4S. The column is … Continue reading

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Friday Video (Late): See the Lytro Light Field Camera in action

I’ve written a couple of blog entries on the new Lytro light-field camera that’s just gone on sale. One question I had in my mind was just how the user interface worked. Perhaps you had the same question. Get it … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Are apps just for Smartphones? Nope. Take a look at this EEVblog video of new firmware for the Agilent InfiniiVision 3000X DSO

Say “apps” and smartphones likely come to mind immediately. No wonder, since that’s how most of us interact with apps on a daily basis. As all sorts of devices get smarter and smarter, the concept of apps-driven design—fundamental to EDA360—makes … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Adobe develops new CPU-cycle-burning Photoshop app that’s sure to please customers—automated image deblurring

We have all shot our share of bad, blurred images. Dim light stretches shutter speeds and our subsequent handheld images look like we’ve consumed far too many Jello shots. (That’s just a theoretical statement, of course.) Automated deblurring of such … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Multi-core ARM CubeStormer II solves Rubik’s Cube in 8 seconds from punching the start button to solved puzzle!

There’s nothing like throwing a mind-blowing amount of 21st-century technology at a 1970s problem and Rubik’s Cube seems like a popular nerdy problem to solve. I blogged about one Lego-based puzzle-solving robot a few weeks ago and now ARM has … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Illusion in the name of Apps. A video with a surprise ending

This amazing exploration of building-scale performance art in Berlin has a hidden purpose that you won’t suspect until you see the green parachutes falling to earth at the end. It’s nearly psychedelic. Tip of the hat to Nancy Szymanski for … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Macworld’s Jason Snell has a largely successful conversation with Apple’s Siri intelligent agent

Here’s an 11-minute video showing Macworld’s Editorial Director Jason Snell putting Apple’s Siri, the intelligent agent residing in the company’s new iPhone 4S, through some paces. This is a longer demo than the one at the iPhone 4S rollout and … Continue reading

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Friday Video: How can automotive apps benefit from multicore chips?

In this short 3.5-minute video, Freescale Systems Engineer Richard Soja explains why automotive applications need multicore processors and how System Realization teams can benefit from using multicore chips. This video was made in connection with the rollout of the Freescale … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Webcam + Open-source video code + Arduino Uno microcontroller board + pan/tilt servo make automated face-tracker, prove the power of an apps-centric world

Presented for your consideration: This very cool video from Sparkfun (the 21st-century version of Heathkit) shows how you can use a surprisingly small about of custom code and an open-source video software toolkit, a Webcam, an off-the-shelf Arduino Uno microcontroller … Continue reading

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Today’s Apple iPhone 4S intro emphasizes apps. Built-in apps

With much of the expected fanfare, Apple introduced its next iPhone: the 4S. The iPhone 4S is a world phone with both GSM and CDMA capabilities, but it’s not a 4G phone. However, that probably doesn’t matter. With its usual … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Carl Howe and the Android Pirates of Cyberspace

Yesterday, Carl Howe of the Yankee Group gave a Webinar about Android Pirates. Whazzat? Android pirates in Cyberspace? We’re all familiar with the very real problem of software piracy. We’ll, it’s spread to apps. In fact, the very nature of … Continue reading

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New apps for pcb designers in the OrCad Capture Marketplace speed common design tasks

EMA Design Automation has just added five new apps to the Cadence OrCad Capture Marketplace. These apps are small additions that add big features for printed-circuit-board design teams and they help to automate several chores that all such teams must … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Why do you need four ARM Cortex-A9 processor cores in a mobile processor SoC?

Earlier this week, I wrote about the phantom ARM Cortex-A9 in the upcoming Kal-El Tegra mobile processor IC from NVIDIA. (See “Processor Wars: NVIDIA reveals a phantom fifth ARM Cortex-A9 processor core in Kal-El mobile processor IC. Guess why it’s … Continue reading

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Verizon turns up the apps by creating a free workplace for apps creators. Free lattes too

This article on the CNN Web site tells you what Verizon thinks of apps: they’re essential. Verizon’s Application Innovation Center in the SoMa (South of Market) region of San Francisco has all the trappings of a 21st-centruy apps factory: free … Continue reading

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EDA360 and the brand new Hewlett-Packard 15C Limited Edition RPN pocket scientific calculator

Want to know how to get a serious calculator collector salivating? Bring back a favorite design from 1982, re-engineer the design so that the old code runs on top of an emulation layer that allows the use of a “modern” … Continue reading

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