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2013-08-07 Memory-oriented optimisation techniques (Part 1)
This series examines how to overcome system performance bottlenecks with memory-oriented programming and compiler techniques. Part 1 focuses on loop transformations and a variety of global-, cache-, and scratchpad-oriented optimisations.
2014-12-29 Ultra-low-power FRAM targets industrial automation apps
The MB85RDP16LX from Fujitsu features multiple optimisations that promise to reduce energy consumption to less than 10 per cent of what is required by standard FRAM solutions.
2013-06-04 TSMC certifies Mentor EDA tools for 16nm FinFET
Mentor Graphics design and verification tools get certified for TSMC's 16nm FinFET process node. The companies also detailed their continued collaboration on 20nm physical verification kit optimisations.
2013-05-08 Synopsys IC compiler update speeds up design closure
The latest release features advanced optimisations to enable high-speed design, efficient implementation of final-stage engineering change orders and tape-out-proven support for FinFET-based processes.
2013-08-21 Zigbee IP spec for IPv6 6LoPAN wireless networks
Read about the evolution of IP-based solutions for wireless sensor networks and also the use of the new ZigBee Smart Energy IP stack.
2016-04-21 Xilinx sol'n eases logic cell system interconnect bottlenecks
The 2016.1 release of the Vivado Design Suite HLx Editions with extensions to the SmartConnect technology provides notable levels of performance for the UltraScale and UltraScale+ devices.
2014-12-18 What's hot at IEDM 2014?
The 2014 International Electron Devices Meeting proved that Moore's Law is still alive. The event was a victory lap for Intel, which gave more details on the 14nm finFET process.
2014-07-29 Utilising ASOS for the Internet of Things (Part 2)
The second instalment of this series focuses on creating the SynthOS project file, which is a text file defined by the user and has the name project.sop.
2014-07-28 Utilising ARM Cortex-M based SoCs (Part 2)
The second instalment compares the capabilities of a standard microcontroller approach to the design of an embedded application to that of a system on chip approach.
2014-09-18 Understanding plastic ball grid array
Learn about the Plastic Ball Grid Array or PBGA package, a cavity up laminate based substrate package in which the die is attached to the substrate in the normal die up manner.
2014-02-18 Ultrasonic water metering chip consumes less power
The chip includes 4-wire temperature connection that processes heat meter functions.
2014-10-24 Tips for accurate estimation of battery life
Developers still struggle to ensure they have enough battery to operate their products for the anticipated duration. There are, however, seven tips that can help guarantee accurate estimation of battery life.
2015-04-24 TI bares FPGA alternative
The 66AK2L06 programmable system-on-chip offers efficient, direct connection to analogue front end (AFE) using Texas Instrument's integrated KeyStone technology and JESD204B-compliant standards.
2016-03-21 Templates: Powerful yet problematic
In this first part, we define templates and discuss problems engineers have faced in dealing with templates across API boundaries.
2016-04-20 Templates: Implementing template generators
In this second instalment, we explain how run-time templates can be implemented in an efficient way using a new technique.
2015-03-27 Synopsys tool fast-tracks dev't of ASIC processors
ASIPs are deployed in various signal-processing intensive applications such as wireless base stations, mobile handsets, audio processing, image processing and cloud computing.
2015-08-31 Storage array packs 3D NAND drives
By supporting 3D TLC SSDs, Kaminario's K2 v5.5 customers can double the effective capacity of the array to more than 360TB per K-block and scale one K2 array to multiple petabytes in a single rack unit.
2013-03-22 Space and time trade-offs in advanced computing
Here's an examination of real world trade-offs of time and space, and their impact on our modern mobile computing model. Along the way, we touch on relativistic physics, computer science and science fiction, all in an entertaining and informative look at the continuum.
2014-12-18 Software speeds up design with Arria 10 FPGAs, SoCs
Altera's Quartus II software v14.1 enables users to quickly design and deploy solutions geared for computationally intensive applications such as high-performance computing, radar and medical imaging.
2013-03-04 Smartphone hang-ups curbed by ST's proximity sensor
The VL6180 is the first member of ST's FlightSense sensor line and it uses a new optical-sensing technology that reduces the incidence of dropped calls.
2015-04-27 Slowing mobile market looks to smart watches for growth
Over the next five years, both smartphones and tablets will slump to single-digit growth levels but smart watches could rise to annual sales of 300 to 400 million units, analyst Linley Gwennap forecast.
2013-08-14 Selecting low-power MCUs by the numbers
Learn how to evaluate an MCU's low-power operation by considering current consumption, state retention, wake-up time, and other power usage.
2014-04-14 Overcome challenges in FPGA-based prototyping
Here's a look at FPGA-based prototyping challenges and an innovative methodology unifying the benefits of gate-level partitioning and RTL partitioning, providing a short, automated, and predictable path to prototype.
2013-09-25 Oracle pushes Java as the answer to IoT front line
With fragmentation an for IoT, Oracle has made the effort to establish Java as a major entrant in the race to unify diverse operating systems and protocols for the Internet of Things.
2014-07-21 OCZ fastens accelerator to Microsoft SQL Server 2014
Building on the features of the previous version, the accelerator delivers low latency flash that can be deployed as local flash volumes, a flash cache for HDD volumes, or as a combination of both.
2014-08-14 Nvidia's 64bit Denver: The second coming of Tegra K1
The custom ARM core upgrade to Tegra K1 delivers a performance that is nearly at par with Intel's Haswell processor and surpasses Apple's A7 series SoC by up to 25 per cent, according to Nvidia's benchmarks. It claims to sport PC-class performance in mobile systems.
2013-02-19 Multicore Association disseminates MPP guide
The MPP guide aims to provide developers with a detailed set of best practices for writing multi-core-ready embedded software and outlines how to migrate applications to multi-core platforms.
2014-08-14 Moore's Law gets new lease on life
The semiconductor industry realised that energy-efficiency can be improved a bit, but instead of traditional scaling one must rely on new, clever tricks, including micro-architectural restructuring.
2002-03-07 MIPS plans tool additions to close compiler gap
MIPS Technologies plans to extend its work in software tools to help close the gap between the compiler and processor core technology.
2013-08-15 Memory-oriented optimisation techniques (Part 2)
Part 2 discusses loop buffer, data transfer, and storage management.
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