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Monday, October 6th, 2014
Many of you may have heard the story about the woodcutter and his blunt axe. The “Switching cost” of sharpening/buying a new axe may seem to be too high when in a time crunch. But a step back to review the situation and switching to a better tool can be life changing!
In today’s world this applies to chip design and verification teams more than ever. A Verification IP plays a key role in controlling verification schedules. Consider a case where tape out schedule is slipping in spite of having both – Internal VIP and External VIP.
Just like a blunt axe will take much longer to fell a tree, a sub standard Verification IP will prolong your IP Development. On the other hand if you “sharpen your axe” i.e. develop/buy a better Verification solution, it may initially seem like its taking longer and others are getting ahead. But, in the long run you will develop your IP faster.
Monday, April 7th, 2014
Two weeks ago my associate and myself attended the DATE conference to meet people and try to get new leads. This year, the conference took place in Dresden, Germany, which is at the heart of the “Silicon Saxony”, with no less than 40,000 jobs mostly in the semiconductor industry, so we were expecting a lot. If you’re not familiar with the conference, according to their website, “DATE combines the world’s favorite electronic systems design and test conference with an international exhibition for electronic design, automation and test, from system-level hardware and software implementation right down to integrated circuit design.” We had high expectations, and in the end we were quite disappointed. Granted, receptions (exhibition reception and DATE party) featured very good food and the party even included a visit of Volkswagen’s awesome luxury car plant. The staff was professional and nice, and we were lucky to have a neighbor who gave us an interesting perspective and helpful advice. What about the actual exhibition?
First, DATE is not cheap. Special start-up price is 2K€ ($2.7K). I just looked up DAC, it has a special “first exhibitor” package, for a mere $1.5K. DAC is about three times bigger, too. Concerning attendance, I was able to find numbers here and on the websites for the previous editions. There were 625 exhibition visitors in 2010, increased to 890 in 2011 (probably due to the presence of GlobalFoundries), and 800 in 2012 and 2013; the number of conference attendees has been around 1,300 and now is around 1,400. I couldn’t find any other statistics. By contrast, DAC compiles in-depth statistics about its visitors, including demographics and an event audit.
Monday, March 24th, 2014
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Friday, December 6th, 2013
Photo credits: mush
The Titanium Technologies Platform in New Zealand is getting some attention around the world for their work with new ways to use titanium. This is exciting news for a lot of people involved with businesses that use the material for one reason or another. Specifically, the group has developed a way to make porous materials from powdered titanium. This is going to open up a lot of applications in the aerospace industry not to mention marine engineering and possible biomedical uses.
According to initial research and results, some are saying that new titanium based products are going to open up a huge market in New Zealand in the coming years. This brings up an interesting point – whether or not other countries around the world will try to duplicate the technology on their own in order to find even newer ways to use titanium in an industrial sense.
Sunday, November 24th, 2013
Got cash to spare? Want to be the talk of town by acquiring some nifty chindogu? If your answer is a resounding yes, then check out our short list of unique japanese innovations you can fill up your collection with. Yatta!
1. Japanese kissing training device – Brought to you by Zima, a cocktail brand with an added twist, Kiss-a-Zima lets you (somewhat) make out with hot Japanese idols Aya Kiguchi, Yukina Kinoshita or Yutaka Teshima – kissing ronins can attach the nifty silicone lips (molded after said idols) to the cocktail bottle and smooch away.
2. Talking fridge toys – Lonely and bored each time you open the refrigerator? Now with Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets, you don’t have to shed tears of boredom whenever you make the pilgrimage to the ice box. Not only are they friendly and chatty, your very own fridge pets (choose from Polar Bear, Walrus, Penguin and Seal) also gently remind you whenever the fridge is left open too long!
Photo Credits: LaughingSquid
3. Anti-loneliness ramen bowl – Useful or just plain anti-social, this anti-loneliness ramen bowl features an iPhone dock that allows your smartphone to be perched precariously on the edge of your bowl. We can’t make up our mind whether it’s smart or just plain sad. ForeverAlone.jpg, anyone?
Photo Credits: Animal Designer
4. Gotochi Dissection Animals – Cute keychains are the norm in the Land of the Rising Sun, but keychains of animals (think: panda, fish, cow, pig and the like) that allow you take apart piece by piece, organs and all? We think this would make heartfelt gifts for biology students but other than that, we’ll pass for now.
5. Marriage-Hunting Bra – To boost Japan’s rapidly declining marriage rate, the Marriage-Hunting Bra or Konkatsu Bra features a marriage-countdown digital clock right smack in between your future wife’s mammary glands. Want to stop the countdown? In the words of Beyonce, you gotta “put a ring on it”.
Sara Xiang is Japanese gadgets and toys collector. She has more than 200 pieces in her home. In her spare time she become active in social media marketing, personally she likes melbourne digital agency.
Sunday, November 24th, 2013
Photo Credits: Qarea
For many fledgling companies, creating future-oriented models for data storage, business operations and training is the difference between ultimate success and resounding failure. But with the incredible number of innovations in online technology, it’s difficult to determine what will be the next wave and what will cost precious time and expense to establish, only to vanish with passing trends. The “cloud” is more than a buzzword; it’s a philosophy of efficient storage and accessible software that will shape the generation of entrepreneurs yet to arrive. Software companies have invested billions in the idea that applications do not require physical servers or even an in-house team to govern them. Software as a Service (SaaS), the evolution of cloud computing promises to make cumbersome server requirements obsolete.
A Cloud hosting system will save on one key area: utilities. Without the constant drain of bulky servers and multiple large hardware devices, your company will maintain energy efficiency and cut the electricity bill by a significant amount. The physical space saved may also give you room to host more employees, an extra conference room or any other resource you can squeeze into the place where your towers once were.
Photo Credits: hp
Cloud hosting software can be accessed anywhere, meaning your employees only need a reliable remote device to get going on projects and critical updates. Since software services can be accessed through any one of several electronic devices, your flexibility will increase. These devices enable a “Bring your own device” (BYOD) method for your office, and make your business portable so that global employees can get your business message and access its information easily adopted. You can also cut the number of PCs in your office this way, saving more on resource expenditure.
Focus on Core Business
Cloud hosting software offers an insulated online platform that allows your company to handle any up-tick in the workload without directly affecting overall system execution. Instead of managing constant server issues, you can get to the business of your business. Cloud software environments like Salesforce outsource your help issues and development problems to a sleek team that might not otherwise be affordable as paid full-time employees, particularly for modest and growing organizations.
More storage capacity
Another advantage of cloud software is the added storage capacity you’ll have for your business-specific data. Now that you aren’t running several applications from a local server to handle e-mail and other needs, you can keep your data files at the office. Most cloud hosting companies offer tiers of storage depending on the amount of space you need, and will likely adjust those requirements as you go, giving you the option go bigger or smaller as your requirements change. The best part of creating this elasticity within your business is the jump it gives you on competitors who will frequently struggle to migrate large amounts of data from one system to another.
Photo Credits: Cloud Online Business
Less training time
No more wasting time bringing new employees through an extensive training process with in-house software application. Give them log-in credentials, show them the ropes with a pre-made training document from your cloud hosting company and watch it go. Some cloud hosting software companies will even offer training managers as part of the implementation process. Use it! Don’t bog your tech team down with yet another system to learn and then instruct when you can defer to the experts.
Choose the Cloud
For all the reasons listed, cloud hosting software is one of the most practical business innovations since the internet itself. Why spend time choosing from hundred of software applications, hiring countless IT managers and buying outdated devices? Invest the research hours in a complete cloud hosting software package that suits the objectives of your operation. Whether it’s a support and messaging service or a more intricate software solution, it will invariably make things simpler. Rather than pouring excess capital in the changing devices that litter the infrastructure landscape, find a group of companies to evolve with your business. Cloud software makes your business compact and ready for an approaching horizon.
Zara Hasan is a technology and finance writer and she is a housewife. His sample work can is present finance funding.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Short History of Different Formats to Record Audio
Photo by alexkerhead / Flickr
Recording audio only goes back just over a hundred years, but since a method to store sounds was first invented in 1877, the technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Today, people have access to a variety of different audio formats, including WAV files, MP3 files and more. By looking at the birth of audio recording, it’s easier to see where digital audio may be heading in the future.
Monday, November 11th, 2013
Some of us may already have imagined our dream homes from an early age. Whether it is a sprawling castle with a moat (and a resident pet dragon) or a simple hole in the wall (hats off to the Hobbits here), you may need inspiration should you suddenly decide you are one of the lucky ones who are able to construct your ideal habitat. Here are some examples you may want to peruse before realizing your home design fantasies:
1. Reversible Destiny Lofts – Tokyo, Japan
The name may be a mouthful to pronounce but the sheer vibrancy and creativity of this residence never fails to amaze. The brainchild of Shusaku Arakawa and Madeleine Gins, both architects based in Tokyo, Japan, the Reversible Destiny Lofts is not just eye candy. The 9-unit rainbow-colored complex was constructed to simulate its inhabitants, mentally and physically. This is achieved through its amusingly bright colors, hard-to-reach power outlets and switches, uneven flooring and irregularly shaped living spaces.
Monday, November 11th, 2013
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Technology is so dynamically progressive in this age, you won’t realize when a thing becomes obsolete. Newer editions of the existing products and innovations for better and smoother functioning of products has been driving every sector into a very rapid format of progress. The key is user experience. The easier you can have things to work for the user, the better your product is. Aren’t we all looking for that extra comfort in all the technological innovations we come across?