Photonics Summit Delivers High-Bandwidth Discussion on State of Silicon Photonics

Photonics Summit Delivers High-Bandwidth Discussion on State of Silicon Photonics
by Mitch Heins on 10-03-2017 at 12:00 pm

On September 6, 2017, Cadence Design Systems, Lumerical Solutions and PhoeniX Software hosted their second Photonics Summit. As with last year’s summit, this was a two-day event, with the first day including in a myriad of photonics presentations and the second day being a hands-on workshop. The hands-on workshop taught attendees… Read More


Fabless and IDMs Training up on Integrated Photonics

Fabless and IDMs Training up on Integrated Photonics
by Mitch Heins on 11-28-2016 at 12:00 pm

I had the good fortune to be able to attend a very informative five-day photonic integrated circuit (PIC) training this last week in Santa Clara, CA. The training was organized by Erik Pennings of 7 Pennies consulting and hosted by Tektronix. Several ecosystem partners from the design automation, photonic foundries and photonic… Read More


Full Visibility in ASIC Prototypes at DAC

Full Visibility in ASIC Prototypes at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-24-2013 at 3:46 pm

ASIC prototyping from multiple vendors using FPGA boards was popular at DAC again this year in Austin, Texas. I stopped by the Tektronix booth for a few minutes to meet with Dave Orecchio to get an update.


Dave Orecchio (right), TektronixRead More


SoC Optimization Using FPGA Prototyping

SoC Optimization Using FPGA Prototyping
by Daniel Payne on 05-18-2013 at 11:00 am

As an engineer I learn new concepts best by seeing a demonstration, in this case it was a demo of how to optimize SoC performance by using an ASIC prototyping debug process. SoC designers that use FPGAs to prototype their new ASIC often encounter debug issues, like:

  • Limited observability of internal nets required for debug, maybe
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Tektronix at #50DAC

Tektronix at #50DAC
by Daniel Nenni on 05-13-2013 at 10:00 am

If we grew up in similar eras you will know Tektronix as a company that manufactures test and measurement devices. Every lab I was in during high school and college had Tek oscilloscopes and logic analyzers. At #50DAC however, attendees that visit Tektronix will experience firsthand RTL simulation-level visibility to multi-FPGA… Read More


View from the top: Brad Quinton

View from the top: Brad Quinton
by Daniel Payne on 03-20-2013 at 3:53 pm

Many engineers dream about starting their own company some day, and today I talked with an engineer that has gone beyond the dreaming stage to actually start an EDA company and then get that company acquired. His name is Brad Quinton and the start-up was called Veridae Systems, now part of Tektronix.


Brad QuintonRead More


Is debugging a task, or a continuous process?

Is debugging a task, or a continuous process?
by Don Dingee on 02-22-2013 at 2:59 pm

Early in my so-called EE career, I sat in a workshop led by the director of quality for the Ford truck plant in Louisville, KY, where “Quality is Job #1.” At that time, they were gaining experience in electronic control modules (ECMs) for fuel efficiency and emissions control. Who better to transfer the secrets of Crosby and Deming… Read More


Seeing inside SoC designs, from the beginning

Seeing inside SoC designs, from the beginning
by Don Dingee on 01-31-2013 at 8:10 pm

Engineers have this fascination with how things work. They are thrilled to tear stuff apart, and sometimes to even be able to put it back together afterwords. So I can keep my recovering engineer card, I thought I’d take a few moments and look inside a technology Daniel Payne and I have been covering here, exploring where the idea started… Read More


Engineer to Engineer, Embedded Instrumentation

Engineer to Engineer, Embedded Instrumentation
by Daniel Payne on 01-03-2013 at 10:28 pm

Last month the folks at Tektronix did something very useful, they invited 30 engineers to talk directly with their chief engineer of embedded instrumentation as part of “Meet the Experts” in Santa Clara, CA.

Brad Quinton, Chief Architect created a new and efficient approach of embedding instrumentation in your … Read More


Apply within: four embedded instrumentation approaches

Apply within: four embedded instrumentation approaches
by Don Dingee on 12-21-2012 at 9:00 am

Anyone who has been around technology consortia or standards bodies will tell you that the timeline from inception to mainstream adoption of a new embedded technology is about 5 years, give or take a couple dream cycles. You can always tell the early stage, where very different concepts try to latch on to the same, simple term.

Such… Read More