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Buying PCB software can be a lot like purchasing a new car. Once you've got the full set of amenities that you've always wanted (don't forget the TruCoat!), you're about ready to take out a second mortgage on your house. PCB design software does not have to break the bank or cause ruffled feathers during your next budget review. In this week's Fish Fry, we examine the multiple flavors of Altium's PCB tool suites packages -- all the bells and whistles, price points, and more with Sam Sattel, PCB rockstar from Altium. Also this week, we check out iSkin - the newest research in wearable technology coming out of the Embodied Interaction Group in Germany. You won't want to miss it!  Read More

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Intel Plus Altera

Posted on 03/31/15 at 12:21 PM by kleinman


You are spot-on, Intel's motivation is certainly multi-faceted. No doubt they see Altera's business as highly accretive to revenue, to say nothing of the gross margin dollar contribution.

Kevin and I chose to focus on the datacenter angle for …

Intel Plus Altera

Posted on 03/31/15 at 8:58 AM by dougafpga

Nice analysis, but I hope it's not that simple.
If Intel's alleged interest is a single-minded "hold the (data) centre", then what happens to all the other Altera users who suddenly find they are no longer at the focal point of a new "Intel FPGA division…

It’s EUV Season Again

Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:36 AM by bmoyer

Are you confident that EUV will materialize in a useful timeframe? Or are you making other plans?

A Low-Power Gyro – For Real

Posted on 03/28/15 at 9:42 PM by SteveNordquis4

Cypress as in wacky currency and commodity leverage and high Russian representation, compliance seeks you; got it.

I thought we were going to have those UPS gyros (the ones with 70kg. shatter shields, yes) on exercise bands and make balance balls (thos…

Intel Buying Altera? We Totally Called It.

Posted on 03/28/15 at 7:25 AM by smithtronix

You deservedly should get credit for calling it last year. Of course it should not be a surprise as it really has been an excessively long time in coming. A chronology of technologies leading up to this marriage would be very interesting. Let's just hope …

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