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Altera adds Floating Point feature to Gate Arrays

Altera have announced they are the first FPGA producer to implement hardened IEEE 754 compliant, floating-point operators in their Arria 10 and Stratix 10 families of FPGAs. The IEEE 754 pipe comes as an addition to the 18b and 27b fixed point math pipes already available in the DSP. The 20 nm Arria 10 can also include a dual-core hard ARM Cortex-A9, serial transceivers up to 28.3 Gbit/s, backplane support up to 17.4G bit/s and support for DDR4 at 2.666 Gbit/s

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Posted Apr 24, 2014 1:36:10 AM
Nucleo, a $10 Development Board

The Nucleo series of development boards from STMicroelectronics are mbed compatible giving an ARM development environment with headers to take Arduino shields.

The STM32 Nucleo board provides a low cost and flexible way for users to try out new ideas and build prototypes with any STM32 microcontroller line, choosing from the various combinations of performance, power consumption and features.

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Posted in Computer/Software/Internet Posted Apr 23, 2014 2:19:02 AM
Wireless Arduino Hits Target, Big Time

It’s been a few weeks now since a crowd funding campaign launched by Open Source RF in California came to an end but they must still be feeling a little stunned by the results. They launched the RFduino on Kickstarter and achieved their $5 K target on launch day. By the end of their campaign the pledges totalled over a third of a million dollars! Why has it aroused so much interest? Judge for yourself…

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Posted in Computer/Software/Internet Posted Apr 22, 2014 3:20:48 AM
Research Boosts Base Station Efficiency

Research carried out at the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff has led to a more efficient RF amplifier design which could result in a total saving of 200 MW of energy consumed by cell phone masts across the UK.

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Posted in RF (radio) Posted Apr 16, 2014 10:47:44 PM
Elektor Easter Offer – Buy 3 Books for the Price of 2
Easter is almost here and we’re celebrating with a springtime giveaway! For a limited time only, you can choose any three books from the Elektor Store and receive one absolutely free. That's right, you pay 2 and get 3!Read More
Posted in Elektor Posted Apr 15, 2014 4:01:24 PM
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