Embedded Systems Design, April 2008 - Embedded.com

Embedded Systems Design, April 2008


April ESD

VOL. 21 NO. 4
April 2008
Table of Contents

To access the digital edition, click here. To download a PDF, click part 1 here and part 2 here.


Cover Story

Software-defined silicon: Why can't hardware be more like software?
by Richard Terrill
Why can't hardware be more like software? It can, even though next generation multicore designs mix programmable logic, CPU blocks, and dedicated logic. But it requires a new approach to architectural design–software-defined silicon.
Note: article title in print edition was “Multicore SoC Design: Why can't hardware be more like software?”

Analyzing circuit sensitivity for analog circuit design
by Mark Fortunato
Delve deep into the mathematics of the Sallen-Key filter and its usefulness in analyzing the sensitivity of a circuit's critical characteristics to process variations using Monte Carlo analysis in determining how much a filter's transfer function will vary.

Using static analysis to evaluate software in medical devices
by Raoul Jetley and Paul Anderson
Researchers at the FDA's Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories investigating new techniques for analyzing software in medical devices are using static analysis tools to uncover potential flaws in a device under review.

Everything you want to know about embedded systems
by Bernard Cole
The Embedded Systems Conference is a great opportunity to learn about new technologies and hone your skills, all while having fun.


Programmer's Toolbox
The matrix reprogrammed

by Jack W. Crenshaw
Why do people continue to use Fortran? Because it can handle conformal arrays when no other high-order language can.

Break Points
Two completely unique products

by Jack Ganssle
Wouldn't it be nice to see the A/D's output all the time? A continuous graph might be even nicer. Or watch all of the stack pointers' high water marks? Here's a tool that does just that.


ESC raises the bar for developers

by Richard Nass
“Hands-on” takes on new meaning at the Embedded Systems Conference.

Tear Down
Electronic reader incorporates novel display technology, older processor

by Richard Nass
Store up to 80 “books” in a 9-oz. system.

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