Archive for January, 2009

The PCB Is The System, for Taray

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

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Taray’s Bruce Riggins has published a very well written and compelling article on the company’s “7Circuits” product.  From Taray’s perspective, the system is the PCB, and he’s done an excellent job of explaining how their tools solve a number of complex problems.  He even works in a Star Trek reference – always a plus.

From Whence Innovation?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

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Is innovation the sole province of small companies, or do engineers innovate no matter where they are?  Does nimbleness and aggression trump resources and an installed base?  EDA Graffiti hosts two guest posts that each present a side of the issue.

The History of EDA on One Page

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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Paul McLellan has another excellent post that goes through the history of the EDA industry quickly, but thoroughly.  Take a look, it’s really well done.  Both old timers and the less seasoned should enjoy it.

Will Collaboration Save Semiconductor Design?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

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Qualcomm’s Saranyan Vigraham suggests that semiconductor companies consider sharing the internal tools that they develop to make their design flows actually work.  This idea deserves some thought.

A Cautionary Tale

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

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While we’re all completely engaged in moving the systems engineering industry forward, sometimes it’s good to ponder the casualties.  It’s apparently goodbye to Agility Design Solutions.

Eating their Wheaties!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

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Please check out David Ewing’s excellent article on the design of Synapse Wireless’ SNAP mesh network protocol on Embedded.Com. Good Stuff!

Cunning UI Design for Embedded Systems

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

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I guess we’ve all encountered gadget user interfaces that were less than optimal, if not outright stupid. Huge numbers of embedded devices with touch screens are appearing on the market. Given this flood of tactile deprivation, I was thankful to see Niall Murphy’s recent article on Embedded.com with some very helpful UI “design tips”. If you’re designing an embedded system and considering the use of a touch screen, please, please read his article.

Missing In Action: Open-Source EDA Tools

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

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Paul McLellan presents an extremely well reasoned explanation for the stark absence of open-source technology in the commercial EDA tools space.

ESL: Reach For Another Rung

Friday, January 9th, 2009

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Sorry for two posts about the same subject, but Brian Bailey’s whitepaper (System Level Virtual Prototyping becomes a reality with OVP donation from Imperas) really got me thinking. Overall, Brian formulates a strong argument for system-level model-based design.

Is it (Finally) ESL’s Time?

Friday, January 9th, 2009

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I found a great article on OVP World written by Brian Bailey about ESL and the forces at work affecting ESL adoption. It’s called “System Level Virtual Prototyping becomes a reality with OVP donation from Imperas” and I highly recommend it.