Patent Trolls Take a Hike

“Patents are like fertilizer. If you apply too many… you can leach the land, making growth more difficult.” – Alex Tabarrok

If my tree accidentally lands in your yard, can you drag me to Saudi Arabia to sue me? If you get shortchanged at a Boston coffee shop, can the shopkeeper be punished in Singapore? Do the laws in Botswana limit the time you can park … Read More → "Patent Trolls Take a Hike"

Business Model Bingo

In the old days, business models were pretty straightforward situations. If you were in retail or distribution – you bought stuff and sold it for more. If you were in manufacturing, you made stuff and sold it. If you were in services, you did stuff and charged by the hour or by the service. There wasn’t much creativity involved. Careful choice of business model just wasn’t a critical … Read More → "Business Model Bingo"

More Benchmarks from EEMBC

Everyone loves a hype cycle – at least until the disenchantment phase kicks in. Nothing spoils a party like someone demanding more than just words on a brochure. I mean, after all, anyone should be able to call their widget the highest-performance, lowest-power thing ever, right? Requiring actual evidence is such a downer.

And if you’re talking about the Internet of Things (IoT), then… well, where do … Read More → "More Benchmarks from EEMBC"

Design Automation for Fun and Profit (But Mostly Fun)

If you have attended the Design Automation Conference in the last couple years, you will know that the scope of this event reaches far beyond your standard EDA tools of years past. Sure, we’re still talking about design automation software, but now there’s a whole slew of IP vendors (and their software compatriots), IC packaging companies, embedded FPGA fabric distributors, and more. This week’ … Read More → "Design Automation for Fun and Profit (But Mostly Fun)"

MIPS Spins Its Wheels

Porsche is a driver’s car – a performance car… but it’s got no cup holders.” – Jason McCoy

You want the 140-character version? MIPS has a new processor with parity.

You want the longer, more detailed version? Uh… MIPS has a new processor with parity… and some ECC. And some additional technical documentation to help with safety certification. But the CPU itself? Pretty … Read More → "MIPS Spins Its Wheels"

EDA’s Second Chance

They say you don’t often get second chances. Certainly, there are few examples in the technology world where an entire industry blows a big market opportunity, backs away, and then gets another crack at it later. But, that could possibly happen with EDA and FPGAs. We might be on the verge of a time when the EDA industry could patch the big hole in their collective system design … Read More → "EDA’s Second Chance"

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discussion
Posted on Jun 26 at 8:25am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of the EEMBC IoT benchmarks?
Posted on Jun 22 at 10:07am by TotallyLost
And your design's IP becomes open to theft on the cloud ... probably hosted somewhere in Asia.
Posted on Jun 22 at 10:02am by TotallyLost
Miss the limited time "edit" button for posts ... that was a GREAT feature.
Posted on Jun 22 at 9:58am by JohnBirkner
Kevin, to reach customers numbered in the tens of thousands, we may be on the verge of a time when the EDA industry moves to the cloud, where full control of the electronic design process is managed most efficiently in terms of performance, updates, usability and pay as you go ...
Posted on Jun 22 at 9:52am by TotallyLost
And when we were interested in doing that with later products based on The Xilinx JBits SDK for Virtex and 4k devices the door was slamed in our faces by Xilinx.
Posted on Jun 21 at 5:20pm by Kevin Morris
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