Author Archives: John Donovan

About John Donovan

Writer, editor, Dad

Defunding Innovation

By John Donovan I read two articles this morning that together bookend a singularly bad idea: defunding scientific R&D just when other countries – China in particular – are making it a national priority. Chinese Incentives The first was an … Continue reading

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Mentor Graphics Acquires CodeSourcery

December 2, 2010—Mentor Graphics has acquired most of the assets of CodeSourcery, the leading provider of open source GNU-based tool chains and services for advanced systems development. The acquisition builds on Mentor’s acquisition last year of Embedded Alley, whose runtime … Continue reading

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In Search of 500 MHz for Wireless Broadband

Everyone likes high-speed wireless access for their mobile devices. Unfortunately while the demand seems limitless, the supply is highly limited. Almost all available spectrum from microwaves on down is already allocated and increasingly crowded. Despite this inconvenient truth–or rather because … Continue reading

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Cadence Advocates Application-Driven Design

At last week’s CDN Live event, the Cadence team detailed their vision for the future of the EDA industry: not point tools for engineers but standards-based, end-user oriented application–driven design. CEO Lip-Bu Tan pointed out that the $350B electronics industry … Continue reading

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Otellini and Perlmutter Kick off IDF

Paul Otellini kicked off this year’s Intel Developer’s Forum (IDF) declaring, “Intel used to be a chip company…now we’re becoming a solutions provider.” Intel’s just the latest semicon firm to be forced to move up the food chain, offering more … Continue reading

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Ultra Low Power Electronics in the Next Decade

As a TI Fellow and director of TI’s Kilby Research Labs, Ajith Amerasekera’s job is to predict the future and plot a roadmap to it. His keynote at day two of the low-power electronics show (ISLPED) in Austin—“Ultra Low Power … Continue reading

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For Energy Efficiency, Forget Accuracy

U.C. Berkeley professor Jan Rabaey kicked off the 2010 International Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED) today in Austin with a challenge to programmers, hardware designers and their EDA tool providers: The deterministic Turing model has hit the power … Continue reading

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Is Cell Phone Radiation a Health Hazard?

Everyone with a microwave oven knows that radio waves can heat up water molecules, which is handy when you’re making Mac and Cheese for the kids but a little more problematic when you spend hours every day with a cell … Continue reading

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Mentor Passes Cadence in EDA Market

Gary Smith EDA have just released their 2009 Market Share study of the EDA market, compiled by analysts Nancy Wu & Mary Olsson. Synopsys continues to hold first place but for the first time Mentor Graphics managed to edge out Cadence … Continue reading

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The Essential Embedded Processing Tool

Today Embedded Insights guru Robert Cravotta launched the Embedded Processing Directory. I’m in awe at how much work obviously went into creating this 191-page detailed compendium. I don’t know what Robert’s business plan is, but free is a great price for … Continue reading

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