EDA News – 2006.08.21 – Early Edition

  • Samsung Electronics Creates 70-inch LCD Panel for TV Screens
    Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, has developed the first 70-inch LCD panel for use in the consumer TV market. Currently, the largest LCD TV screen size is 65 inches in diameter. The company will unveil its 70-inch LCD HDTV at the International Meeting on Information Displays (IMID) 2006, which will open in Daegu, Korea on August 23.
  • University of Rochester Researches Ballistic Deflection Transistors
    Computer designers at the University of Rochester are going ballistic. “Everyone has been trying to make better transistors by modifying current designs, but what we really need is the next paradigm,” says Quentin Diduck, a graduate student at the University who thought up the radical new design. “We’ve gone from the relay, to the tube, to semiconductor physics. Now we’re taking the next step on the evolutionary track.”
  • The Portland Group to Release v6.2 of PGI Compilers, Development Tools
    The Portland Group(TM) (PGI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, and a leading supplier of compilers and development tools for High-Performance Computing, announced that version 6.2 of its PGI C/C++ and Fortran compilers and development tools will be generally available on August 24, 2006. The latest release of the PGI Workstation compilers adds native support for 32-bit Windows platforms to an existing tool suite that already supports 64-bit Windows and is the reference standard on both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux systems. PGI compilers and tools are widely used in high-performance technical computing (HPTC) and other application areas that require parallelization and optimization capabilities to extract maximum performance from the latest multi-core processors from AMD and Intel.
  • Wireless Technology to Grow 26% in Manufacturing
    Wireless technology, now the networking backbone in homes and offices worldwide, is about to see widespread adoption where it will have, perhaps, its most profound impact: on the plant floor and out in the field. The worldwide market for wireless technology in manufacturing is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26% over the next five years. The market was $325.7 million in 2005 and is forecasted to be over $1 billion in 2010, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.
  • free engineering magazines

  • A Move to Secure Data by Scattering the Pieces
    NY Times: “Mr. Gladwin developed a set of software routines that would copy the data stored on his PC into a large number of fragments, or slices. The mathematics of his solution had an additional benefit: the original data could be reconstructed from a majority of the slices. The design made it possible to retrieve a complete set of his original data even if some of the disks that held portions of the data failed or went offline.”
  • The Right Mix of Flexibility and System Integration
    Over on the TI blog: “Based on my example in my last blog of Lifesize’s video conferencing application, it’s clear that best-in-class compression is one of the issues that has to be taken into account when implementing HD. But it is not the only one.”