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Brighter LEDs

Cree has been manufacturing press releases on brighter LEDs almost as fast as they are (presumably) making the LEDs themselves. And, in one release, they credit a technology they call SC3 for the advances. But, as with many such technology brandings, they didn’t really say much about what it was.

Was it a revolutionary new approach? A big “aha” moment catapulting them forward? Or a collection of incremental things that they bound together and let the marketing department call a “technology”?

Well, its kinda some of both. … Read More → "Brighter LEDs"

New Emulator Help

Emulators are becoming more important for chip verification. While they used to be valued for in-circuit emulation (ICE) – real-worldish implementations of pre-mask hardware, the driving force now is the ability to execute software on pre-mask SoCs.

But an emulator is a big beast of a machine, and, for two out of the three emulator players, doing an upgrade is an even bigger process because they have to design their own custom chip for the heart of the emulator. Mentor just announced such an upgrade, doubling the speed and capacity of their existing Veloce emulator.

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