December 1, 2006

Left shifting DFM analysis into the PCB design flow

What do we mean by a ‘left shift’ in design for manufacturing (DFM) analysis? Think of it as moving the DFM analysis from a tool run by the manufacturer into an integrated solution within the printed circuit board (PCB) design system. It is a major advance in the design of PCBs, allowing users to ultimately […]

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December 1, 2006

Silicon carrier for computer systems

Applications ranging from gaming to digital media to data analytics continue to grow more complex and constantly demand increasing computing power from computer systems. Historic growth in microprocessor performance has primarily been responsible for assuring a steady growth in the computing power of computer systems. Traditionally, this growing performance has been sustained by scaling down […]

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September 1, 2006

Embedded non-volatile configurable program storage

Processor program storage today Most of the microcontrollers currently on the market store program code in one of three ways: in ROM on the same chip as the MCU; in embedded flash memory on the same chip as the MCU; or as external flash memory whose contents are downloaded to the MCU. Each of these […]

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June 1, 2006

Accelerating the move from prototype to production with a robust design flow

When migrating from FPGA prototype to ASIC, engineers need to interface with multiple silicon and software vendors. Designing with FPGAs often requires the use of several software platforms, including front-end synthesis tools, FPGA software development tools, and verification and timing analysis tools. Migrating to an ASIC platform involves using a parallel design flow with different […]

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March 1, 2006

The future of high-performance computing: direct low-latency peripheral-to-CPU connections

For peripheral card and system manufacturers, delivering low-latency high-performance computing solutions at affordable prices has been an insurmountable barrier. Although processor speeds and bandwidth have taken quantum leaps over the last decade, the last few inches between the adapter slot and system CPU represent a bottleneck that restricts the development of cost-effective high-performance computing solutions. […]

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December 1, 2005

Effects of InfiniBand fixture crosstalk on a synthesized eye diagram

Introduction A synthesized eye diagram begins with an accurate TDT measurement of a linear device. The validity of this approach has been proven across a number of case studies and is now commonly accepted in the communication industry. The measurement allows the device’s eye response to be accurately generated by an advanced synthesis algorithm such […]

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June 1, 2005

Power analysis for efficient power planning

As designs grow larger and process technologies continue to shrink, power becomes an increasingly important design consideration. When designing a printed circuit board (PCB), the power consumed by a device needs to be accurately estimated to develop an appropriate power budget and to design the power supplies and cooling system. The PowerPlay power analysis technology, […]

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