Mechatronics

SAN JOSE – Electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue declined a fraction of a percent in the fourth quarter of 1999, but increased 5% for the year to $3.4 billion, the EDA Consortium said here today.

The real-time control software (RCS) has multiple tasks. First, it manages the communication with the host network environment. The scope of this task includes handling the initiation of new simulations from workstations on the network, and loading the binary image generated by the compiler. High-speed transfer is accomplished via a DMA-based protocol with the physical link implemented via a fiber-optic cable. The RCS also is responsible for handling interrupt and service requests from the network and the Tharas Systems hardware. These lower-level functions form the basis for the RCS' third major task: co-simulation management.

What caught my eye recently, and made me start to think in a twisted way, was a story on the EETimes website about how organizers of next year's Design Automation Conference have decided to cut loose (if conference organizers are capable of such). Namely, they've added a paper track with the acronym WACI.

Now, please understand. I'm very much in favor of research. Some managers assume, rightly, that they will be better able to design products, serve customers and build profits if they can get a better understanding of what customers really want today and what they will want tomorrow.

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The real-time control software (RCS) has multiple tasks. First, it manages the communication with the host network environment. The scope of this task includes handling the initiation of new simulations from workstations on the network, and loading the binary image generated by the compiler. High-speed transfer is accomplished via a DMA-based protocol with the physical link implemented via a fiber-optic cable. The RCS also is responsible for handling interrupt and service requests from the network and the Tharas Systems hardware. These lower-level functions form the basis for the RCS' third major task: co-simulation management.

What caught my eye recently, and made me start to think in a twisted way, was a story on the EETimes website about how organizers of next year's Design Automation Conference have decided to cut loose (if conference organizers are capable of such). Namely, they've added a paper track with the acronym WACI.

Now, please understand. I'm very much in favor of research. Some managers assume, rightly, that they will be better able to design products, serve customers and build profits if they can get a better understanding of what customers really want today and what they will want tomorrow.

We want to make it even easier to go from paper napkin to shipping product,” he said. Merely choosing the pieces is about a third of the work. The risky part is, do they all play together? Almost more than anything else, we provide a confident feeling that all these things are going to work.”

In a word, no. For one thing, most applications move too fast for single-chip solutions to be practical. This is particularly problematic as shrinking fabrication processes drive up the cost of chip design. For example, a typical 90nm mask costs more than $1 million! Thus, you can only afford to design a single-chip solution if you have an application with high volumes and stable requirements. (The best example of this is the low-cost cell phone market, where single-chip solutions have started to appear.)

The Chandler, Ariz., company has been steadily gaining on its competitors, including Motorola Inc., in the market for 8-bit microcontrollers used in current and next-generation designs, according to analysts. In the last quarter of 1999, Microchip posted revenue of $129.2 million, up 29%, from $100.2 million, in the comparable 1998 quarter.

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What caught my eye recently, and made me start to think in a twisted way, was a story on the EETimes website about how organizers of next year's Design Automation Conference have decided to cut loose (if conference organizers are capable of such). Namely, they've added a paper track with the acronym WACI.

Now, please understand. I'm very much in favor of research. Some managers assume, rightly, that they will be better able to design products, serve customers and build profits if they can get a better understanding of what customers really want today and what they will want tomorrow.

We want to make it even easier to go from paper napkin to shipping product,” he said. Merely choosing the pieces is about a third of the work. The risky part is, do they all play together? Almost more than anything else, we provide a confident feeling that all these things are going to work.”

In a word, no. For one thing, most applications move too fast for single-chip solutions to be practical. This is particularly problematic as shrinking fabrication processes drive up the cost of chip design. For example, a typical 90nm mask costs more than $1 million! Thus, you can only afford to design a single-chip solution if you have an application with high volumes and stable requirements. (The best example of this is the low-cost cell phone market, where single-chip solutions have started to appear.)

Now, please understand. I'm very much in favor of research. Some managers assume, rightly, that they will be better able to design products, serve customers and build profits if they can get a better understanding of what customers really want today and what they will want tomorrow.

We want to make it even easier to go from paper napkin to shipping product,” he said. Merely choosing the pieces is about a third of the work. The risky part is, do they all play together? Almost more than anything else, we provide a confident feeling that all these things are going to work.”

In a word, no. For one thing, most applications move too fast for single-chip solutions to be practical. This is particularly problematic as shrinking fabrication processes drive up the cost of chip design. For example, a typical 90nm mask costs more than $1 million! Thus, you can only afford to design a single-chip solution if you have an application with high volumes and stable requirements. (The best example of this is the low-cost cell phone market, where single-chip solutions have started to appear.)

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We want to make it even easier to go from paper napkin to shipping product,” he said. Merely choosing the pieces is about a third of the work. The risky part is, do they all play together? Almost more than anything else, we provide a confident feeling that all these things are going to work.”

In a word, no. For one thing, most applications move too fast for single-chip solutions to be practical. This is particularly problematic as shrinking fabrication processes drive up the cost of chip design. For example, a typical 90nm mask costs more than $1 million! Thus, you can only afford to design a single-chip solution if you have an application with high volumes and stable requirements. (The best example of this is the low-cost cell phone market, where single-chip solutions have started to appear.)

In a word, no. For one thing, most applications move too fast for single-chip solutions to be practical. This is particularly problematic as shrinking fabrication processes drive up the cost of chip design. For example, a typical 90nm mask costs more than $1 million! Thus, you can only afford to design a single-chip solution if you have an application with high volumes and stable requirements. (The best example of this is the low-cost cell phone market, where single-chip solutions have started to appear.)

The Chandler, Ariz., company has been steadily gaining on its competitors, including Motorola Inc., in the market for 8-bit microcontrollers used in current and next-generation designs, according to analysts. In the last quarter of 1999, Microchip posted revenue of $129.2 million, up 29%, from $100.2 million, in the comparable 1998 quarter.

In addition to producing the variety of configurable data-path resources needed to implement original C code, A/RT Designer synthesizes the finite state machine or microcoded controller architecture needed to control the data path.

The instrumentation method also makes interactive experimentation possible. Interactive experimentation is the process whereby developers add patches to their executing software by manipulating their design at a source code level. The fragments are then compiled on the fly and added to the executing source code using the branch mechanism described above. The fragments may also be removed at will, providing the developer with an interactive environment to diagnose problems and verify fixes.