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Low Power News, December 27, 2013

ANSYS, parent company of Apache, announced electronics upgrades for ANSYS 15.0 this week.  The upgrades include curvilinear element types important for antenna and stealth work; a new DC analysis tool for low voltage, high current, PCBs and IC packages; and a new flow that couples their electromagnetics and mechanical simulation packages.

Cadence announced that during CES 2014 they will be showing off products that demonstrate its Tensilica line of IP featuring audio, video, and WiFi solutions.

AMD blogged about their efforts to abstract the programming layer for their Radeon GPUs in an effort to make them accessible to a larger pool of programmers.

Earlier this year, I wrote about keeping an eye on government funding sources.  AMD has done just that, and it’s paid off in the form of a three million dollar grant from the DOE and NNSA to research interconnect architectures for high performance computing.

Finally, if you’re looking for a place to spend some of your Christmas cash, here are two suggestions.  First, I found a new maker toy.  A few weeks ago, I blogged about the Silicon Labs USB to SPI development kit.  This week I came across the Atmel AVRDragon development board.  I don’t know much about it yet, but it looks reasonably priced and pretty interesting.

Second, here’s a maker/spy novel.If you’re looking for something to read, you might check out the free first nine chapters of the latest novel from K.B. Spangler, author of the web comic, A Girl and Her Fed, (see below).   “Maker Space” starts with fourteen blocks of Washington D.C. taken out by terrorists.  The main character, Rachel Peng, must find out who did it before the country goes to war.

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