In the first part of this blog (read here) we already figured out ways to optimize costs when switching from an FPGA to an ASIC-based design is an option. However, we also had to admit that there are still a large number of companies that will not hit a level of production volume that makes this decision easy. Now, we’ll introduce you to a game-changing Toshiba innovation that could make this decision a no-brainer! Simplify ASIC Development Starting Your Project With Innovative Technologies Due to the circumstance that transforming anRead More
Transforming an FPGA into an ASIC is associated with high development cost and time. In many cases the lower unit price of ASIC-based designs still does not justify the higher development efforts. Therefore, designing an application specific chip is usually only rewarding for high volume production. However, there are strategies to minimize the NRE (non-recurring expenses) for ASICs as well as innovative technologies like Toshiba’s FFSA™ that dramatically increase the benefits of ASICs even in low to medium volume production. ASIC Development Costs Can Be Influenced From Scratch Consider thisRead More

Posted On July 4, 2016By Christian JakobIn High-Rel, Technology

EtherSpace – The New Space Consortium Lifts Off

The history of spaceflight started already quite a while ago at the early 20th century inspired by fiction writers such as Jules Verne of H.G. Wells. But at that time there hardly anybody would have thought that many years later mankind is able to look back at great achievements in space travel. Who does not know Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin who were the first two men to set their feet on the Moon in 1969, with the landing of Apollo 11. Also well know is the International Space StationRead More
Broadcom Limited – connecting everything
Over the last two years mergers became a real habit in the semiconductor industry. Triggered by the demand for low cost chips and the possibility to create new synergies and to expand product portfolios there has been a real “shopping-fever” amongst companies. Within this ever-changing environment of semiconductor suppliers it can get really hard to figure out the advantages of the mergers. We’re here to help – and therefore we will explain to you how designers can actually benefit from one of the biggest deals of all: the combination ofRead More
Have you ever driven your car with your eyes shut? Probably not. In order to perform certain tasks we heavily rely on our vision. We see, analyse, understand and decide based on the data our eyes deliver. In a time in which we want to design applications which can help us to simplify our life and make tasks like driving our cars easier we have to think about how to enable electronic devices to see. A blind self-driving car would be scary, right? Image processing technology and machine vision enableRead More

Posted On September 1, 2015By EBV TeamIn Events, FPGA, Technology

4 Reasons Why You Should Attend The ASDF!

There are tons of events in our industry which want you to attend and try to capture you with everything from free development kits to knowledge “you won’t get anywhere else”. With tight schedules and every information already uploaded to the internet it can be hard to choose an event or to justify why you should take the effort and travel to a venue. We can certainly feel you. However there are some happenings which are real game changers – here is one of them: The Altera SoC Developers Forum (ASDF),Read More
We have a new reference design for you and it’s awesome! The next generation of the Altera SoC FPGA based development board, the “SoCrates II” is a powerful solution for processing applications. SoCrates II Development Board With Altera Cyclone V SoC The core device of the board is an Altera Cyclone V SoC device with an 800 MHz Dual Core ARM® Cortex®-A9 processor. SoCrates II has a customisable FPGA area offering enough space to implement a variety of different peripherals and now comes with high speed connectivity features. While the processor isRead More
Functional safety is vital to every device and application in order to prevent risk for humans and the environment. At the same time the term is not really what one would call a “sexy” feature of a product. In addition the implementation of functional safety mechanisms and systems is expensive and needs a lot of expertise.  Companies in Europe and the US have to face very strict rules regarding product liability for the products and machinery they develop. In order to sell products manufacturers need to meet the demanding safetyRead More

Posted On November 17, 2014By Kai SchmidtIn Events, Technology

Bits & Chips Smart Systems

The Bits&Chips Smart Systems conference and exhibition will take place this week with workshops on the 19th and a conference and exhibition on the 20th of November. The event targets all industries related to wireless communication, development of electronics, embedded software development, design and development tooling, advanced packaging, micro-assembly and integration, micro mechanics and networking technology. EBV will be at the show with Freescale and with Altera. Freescale Together with our friends from Freescale we will showcase the latest Layerscape dualcore Cortex-A7  and the QorIQ T4 Power Architecture products. As Freescale isRead More

Posted On November 10, 2014By Kai SchmidtIn Events, Technology, Vertical Segments

Vision 2014 – Trends and Technology