Category Archives: Design

Diagnosticians Beware: The Internet can Mess Your Mind

My wife’s car, a 2002 Saturn L300, has a problem. It’s losing coolant. I just added about three inches of bright orange GM Dexcool coolant to the overflow reservoir under the hood after having done something similar just a few … Continue reading

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The very strange case of the broken dryer knobs—a case of very non-green design

Perhaps you’re like me—you hate to see bad design that results in waste. Sometimes, it’s a design that uses too much energy. The waste heat seems disproportionate with the function performed. Sometimes, it’s another form of waste. It’s one of … Continue reading

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Jan Rabaey’s remarkable short course in Low-Power Design Essentials, Part 2

Note: This blog entry continues with the excellent short course in low power design that Professor Jan Rabaey taught at the January meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society. Low-Power Design Essentials, Part … Continue reading

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What is analog’s role in low-power design? Interview with TI’s VP of Analog Technology Development, Dr. Venu Menon

Last month, Dr. Venu Menon, VP of Analog Technology Development at Texas Instruments, gave a keynote speech at the ISQED conference in Silicon Valley titled “Applications Drive Analog Technology Development and Innovation.” During his keynote, Dr. Menon noted that analog … Continue reading

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Do you believe in 21st century Intelligent Design?

Late last month, columnist Mike Cassidy wrote about visionary Clayton Christensen’s Innovator’s Dilemma in the San Jose Mercury News and his words reminded me that it was time, past time, to make yet another blog-based plea for intelligent design. No, … Continue reading

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2011: A great year for low-power design, wasn’t it?

2011 was a great year for low-power design. I don’t think I can remember a year as good to low-power designers. I thought I’d devote this blog to a review of some major developments in 2011 that made low-power designers’ … Continue reading

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What if 2.5D got really cheap? How would that affect low-power design?

Last week, silicon-interposer foundry Deca Technologies unstealthed. I found out from an article in the San Jose Mercury News and just published a blog about the announcement in my other blog, the EDA360 Insider. Deca is a subsidiary of Cypress … Continue reading

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1972: When scientific calculators truly went low power

Dave Cochran recently wrote about his long engineering career at Hewlett-Packard on the www.hpmemory.org Web site. Who? What Web site? Well, the Web site is an amazing living museum that’s a tribute to Bill and Dave’s HP. And Dave Cochran is … Continue reading

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Imagine no uninterruptible power supplies. I wonder if you can. A sad story of six fried hard disk drives

This is the story of six fried hard disk drives and why they died needlessly of heat failure as told to me by my good friend Ron Sartore, founder and CEO of AgigA Tech, at this month’s Flash Memory Summit. … Continue reading

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Will Compaan’s HotSpot Parallelizer technology take us to the promised land of parallel computing?

In connection with my just-written blog entry on the massively parallel SpiNNaker project (see below), I want to relate some information about another meeting I had last March at the DATE (Design Automation and Test) conference in Grenoble, France. I … Continue reading

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