UI Development And Graphics Strategies For Today’s Embedded Devices: Performance Matters!

The importance of getting your interactive graphical user interface (UI) right for the end user is absolutely critical to the success of any project. By understanding the most common occurring issues, or issues cited as the most frustrating/degrading experiences in the UI experience, and by taking a holistic view of the system across layers (OS, middleware, application) with these specific UI a... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Tools Mentor Graphics rolled out an extension to its PCB design platform that allows for synchronization of processes across multi-board systems. The new tool captures logic and system definitions for boards, cables, backplanes, cable assemblies, sensors and actuators. Cadence introduced a dynamic characterization solution for mixed signal blocks such as PLLs, data converters, high-speed tr... » read more

The Week In Review: System-Level Design

A widely quoted report by Bloomberg said ARM might benefit from a major deal with Google, which is considering using ARM cores in its own processor designs. It's impossible to tell at this point whether Google actually will go through with developing its own chips, a move that would have monumental ramifications in multiple areas. For one thing it would give ARM a major entry into the data cent... » read more

The Week In Review: System-Level Design

Si2’s OpenPDK rolled out its Open Process Specification 1.1, including elements necessary to automatically create a process design kit using any EDA vendor’s design flow. The standard uses formal grammar based on the XML Schema Definition. ARM won a deal with Rockchip, which is extending its license to a number of ARM processors as well as its GPU and interconnect technology. This marks ... » read more

What’s Missing In Low-Power Verification

By Ed Sperling Ask two engineers what low-power verification is and you’ll likely get the same checklist that includes confidence in the overall design, good coverage, a long list of corner cases, and other items in a checklist. Ask them how to reach that goal you’ll almost certainly get different answers—or maybe no answers at all. Power has emerged as a ubiquitous concern in design,... » read more

Let The Mobile Games Begin

By Pallab Chatterjee Mobile devices today are optimized for low- to mid-bandwidth data transmission, which is sufficient for e-mail, batch downloads of applications and music, and playback of encoded/compressed streaming video. But in coming months they will add another feature—image capture and processing and advanced graphics processing. This adds a whole new wrinkle to mobile devices, ... » read more

Get Ready For 3D

By Pallab Chatterjee The advent of digital imaging in the production, broadcast and projection of films will drive the current 3D craze into a sustainable long-term trend. The digital medium allows for “headache-free” viewing and is expected to produce about $1 billion in revenue this year in North America. What’s changed this time is 3D formats will not be limited to feature films in t... » read more