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Article: 9850
Subject: German only: Neues FPGA-Kochbuch
From: Markus Wannemacher <Markus.Wannemacher@FernUni-Hagen.De>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 08:05:20 +0200
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Sorry, this news article is in German language only:

Aktuell ist in der bekannten KOCHBUCH-Reihe ein neues Buch 
ueber programmierbare Logikbausteine erschienen:

"Das FPGA-Kochbuch", Markus Wannemacher 
International Thomson Publishing 
416 Seiten, 103 Abbildungen, 74 Tabellen
mit einem Geleitwort von Prof. Waldschmidt
gebunden, mit CD-ROM, ISBN 3-8266-2712-1
79,- DM, 1998, ab sofort lieferbar


Online-Infos + Probetexte:  

        http://www.fernuni-hagen.de/IT/FPGA/kochbuch


Aus dem Inhalt:
· Grundlagen: Was ist ein FPGA?
· Anwendungen & Entwurfsmethoden, VHDL
· Programmiertechnologien: SRAM, Antifuse, Flash
· FPGA-Bausteine: Übersicht, Auswahl- und Vergleichskriterien
· Designwerkzeuge: Electronic Design Automation Programme 
  (EDA) im Vergleich
· Entwurfsrichtlinien, Tips, Ausblick & Trends, Investitionsplanung
· Glossar, FPGA-Adressenliste u.v.m.

Das Buch bietet eine umfassende Einführung in den Schaltungsentwurf mit
Feldprogrammierbaren Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Alle am Markt befindlichen 
Bausteinfamilien werden ausführlich vorgestellt . Der Entwickler 
erhält Kriterien, die ihm die Auswahl des geeigneten FPGAs erleichtern.

Der Autor erklärt ausführlich den Entwurfsablauf, die verschiedenen 
Programmiertechnologien und die Anwendung neuer Entwurfsmethoden. Die 
dazu benötigen Werkzeuge (EDA-Programme) werden mit ihrem Leistungs-
umfang vorgestellt.

Der umfangreiche Anhang mit Glossar und FPGA-Kontaktadressen sowie 
die beiliegende CD mit Datenblättern, Designsoftware und einem VHDL-
Online-Tutorial machen das Buch zu einem unentbehrlichen Leitfaden 
bei der FPGA-Entwicklung.

Weitere Infos gibts online oder auf Anfrage per E-Mail

Markus Wannemacher

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Article: 9851
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com>
Date: 9 Apr 1998 12:11:24 GMT
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> Microsoft has just run its most recent WInHEC (Windows Hardware
> Engineering Conference). Moth Microsoft and Intel are pushing a closed
> box approach both now and in the long term. Part of it has to do with
> reducing the cost of administration, part to do with locking Intel and
> microsoft into the PC lonmg term.

They can have all the conferences they want.  There is a strong contingent
outside MS and Intel that doesn't want this.  I'm not saying it won't
happen, but I believe it will take longer than you think, and that it will
not be as smooth as they would like you to believe.

Anyway, since when does Microsoft know diddly about hardware?  They may
think they do, but history and fact has borne it self out that they don't. 
Microsoft still can't even get software right...look at W95 and IE 3...they
both are crash happy.  The only thing MS did right was hire Dave Cutler
from DEC to do NT, which, is a very good OS (he did VMS, which was a truly
good OS).  The best they did before him was MS-DOS (hardly a technological
feat, purely a marketing phenomenon) and W31 (it speaks for it self...not a
real technological feat, but hardly consistently usable...).

Intel 'hired' away from DEC two of the designers of the Alpha, and until
that, the 486 was their best effort at a processor.  The best thing Intel
had going for it before this were exceptional fabs, the ability to cram a
ton of transistors on the die.  Now, at least, they have some real
technology in their processors, still quite clunky though.  Personally, the
PII is a joke, and I hope lives a short life, and dies quickly.  The PPro
was far better, but due to manufacturing difficulties, was not a cash cow
for Intel, and as we know, Intel only likes cash cows, not technological
innovation.

> Intel is aggressively moving to
> dominate the PC market from processors to chipsets to graphics chips to
> motherboards.

You are absolutely correct.

> Now the vast majority of motherboards ship
> with Intel chipsets.

I am not impressed by their processors, but their system board chip sets
are very well done.

> As far as Microsoft and Intel are concerned the ISA slot is dead.

Well, I have to disagree in the short term.  There are NO PCI modems. 
Also, PCMCIA is basically the same as ISA, and there are still toooo many
cards out there that support ISA.  So, again, despite the propaganda
machine, it will take longer than you think.

> Lets see. Most new PCs ship with an Intel Motherboard because their
> designers have acccess to the chip designs before anybody else.

Which is against the law, but when has that ever kept Intel and Microsoft
from doing it?

Austin

Article: 9852
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com>
Date: 9 Apr 1998 12:19:31 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
P.S.

> With the extremely short product life cycle of most PCs (most
> designs disappear within 2 years), 

An interesting statement....but wait.  If you claim the life of a PC is two
years...they why is there any maintenance problem?  I don't believe for a
second that their intention is to do away with maintenance problems....it
is to put all the aftermarket companies out of business.  Also, a closed
system won't work.  What do you do for networking cards, how about modem
technology changes?  What about a graphics accelerator?  Those can't go on
USB or firewire (1G Ethernet...).  This entier concept of a closed box with
no slots is short sighted.  A notebook is a closed box, yet they still have
PCMCIA/CardBus slots...for what?  Even the notebooks with buildin Ethernet
and modems still have these slots.

> For them it makes sense to fit the tried and tested Intel board.

That's a joke.  I have seem more bugs and bad design practices in the Intel
boards than any other boards.  Intel even violates the PCI spec on almost
all their PCI cards.  We spend weeks tracking down the source of an EMI
problem because they used immature PC designers who put the RS-232 driver
on the opposite side of the board as the connector, and ran the 10M
Ethernet signals parallel to them.  Their system board designs are bad at
best.

Article: 9853
Subject: Re: Smoking Crater in a Xilinx 3k FPGA
From: Andy Gulliver <agulliver@crossprod.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 14:15:17 +0100
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Kevin Steele wrote:
> 
> Thanks for the replies: I did find out the cause of the problem.
> 
> Xilinx FPGAs do not like 12V on Vcc.
> A Molex power connector on board was too easy to plug in off-center,
> resulting in 12V on Vcc (and -12V where 12V belongs)!  The solution has been
> to make sure that connector is keyed.
> 
> Kevin Steele
> 
[cut]


BTDTGTTS!

MC1488 with +/-12V swapped on wirewrap prototype => high speed slug of
plastic flying across the room!

-- 
Regards

AndyG

*****************************************************
*    Terry Pratchett's 'Mort' on stage in Leeds     *
*            23rd - 25th April 1998                 *
*  Details at http://www.btinternet.com/~whitkirk/  *
*****************************************************
Article: 9854
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: staylor@dspsystems.com
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 11:03:35 -0600
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Austin,

At one point I had 5 parallel port keys on my system. Not once have they ever
caused a problem or any sort. That doesn't mean I agree with the hardkey
concept, but that I see no reason to find an alternative, other than
elimination.

In article <01bd6360$db8245c0$8fc220cc@drt3>,
  "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
>
> <snip>
>
> Funny enough, with all the systems I have used over the past 15 years of
> dealing with parallel port keys, from Data Oh/No to today's Viewlogic
> key..I've never had a single problem with one at all.
>
> Austin
>
>


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Article: 9855
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: staylor@dspsystems.com
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 11:14:18 -0600
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Austin,

Intel is probably the largest manufacturer of motherboards there is. They
"contract" the actual manufacturing out to anyone who wants to do it by
publishing complete documents on how to copy their boards. They also are the
largest producer of chipsets for the PC. Therefor what they say goes. A year
or so ago the estimate was that Intel was directly or indirectly responsible
for nearly 50% of ALL PC compatible motherboards produced.

Microsofts involvement is that they are steering the OS to conform to the path
Intel wants to take. You don't have to take my word for it. Look at what's
happening. Don't argue with me now, call me in two years.

The JEDEC standards for SDRAM were already established. Intel wrote a spec for
the requirements of SDRAM in order to be compatible with their future products
that required lower numbers for several parameters. The memory manufacturers
have been complying. Tell me Intel is not running the show.

In article <01bd6360$18a63d40$8fc220cc@drt3>,
  "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
>
> > The PC industry is very different from the rest of the electronics
> industry. I
> > have worked in both. Intel and Microsoft are heading towards a closed
> box.
>
> Neither of those companies is a large PC manufacturer...and Microsoft has
> nothing to do with the computer being a closed box or not.  Intel has
> minimal say, as they do make OEM systems and system boards...but I must
> emphasize minimal.
>
> > They have released specs indicating that is what their CPUs will support.
>
> The CPU doesn't have much to do with the rest of the systems architecture,
> as far as whether it has slots or not, I don't get your point...
>

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Article: 9856
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: staylor@dspsystems.com
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 11:26:08 -0600
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
In article <01bd63b0$a7cf5a60$8fc220cc@drt3>,
  "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
>
> > Lets see. Most new PCs ship with an Intel Motherboard because their
> > designers have acccess to the chip designs before anybody else.
>
> Which is against the law, but when has that ever kept Intel and Microsoft
> from doing it?
>

Not if it is done properly. All they have to do is have a design completed and
make it available at the same time as the compatible CPu and chipset are
ready. That gives those who do it the "Intel" way a 3-6 month lead over those
who want to do it themselves.

I don't disagree that the ISA and PCI slot will not go away as quickly as
Intel and Microsoft want it to, but that is only because third parites will
keep it alive. But, with an OS like NT you need special drivers to talk to
hardware. If Microsoft doesn't provide them, somebody else must. How many
small companies could afford to do that?

As to the cards you mentioned. The graphics will be built into the CPU,
probably as a auxilliary port. Disk controllers are already on the motherboard
as are two serial and one parallel port. Some have 10/100 baseT built-in. With
USB and Firewire (a dud technology that needs to die before birth), Fibre
Channel or Gigabit Eithernet would be a much better choice, you can build a
system with anything you want without ever opening the box.

Scott Taylor - DSP Fibre Channel Systems

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Article: 9857
Subject: Summer Job
From: "Michael J. Johnson" <"jhnsn@erols.com"@erols.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 13:39:03 -0400
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Summer Job for Students: Make over 500$ a week
I MADE JUST THAT! Don't believe it? Then stop reading, otherwise go on!!

Did you ever wanted to live the good live? Be able to afford the nicer
things in live?
I have got it now! Do you want to know how I did it? Well, here it is:
I am a German immigrant that came to this country with almost nothing.
I found a job and worked my butt off only to find that the American
Dream could not be realized this way. The purchase of a computer changed

everything.   I came across an article that said you could make
thousands of dollars within weeks with only an initial investment of
$6.00! Well, I thought, "Yeah, right, this must be a scam, how stupid
can one be to fall for that?"
But I was curious, so I kept reading. I AM GLAD I DID. Anyway, it said
that you send
$1.00 to each of the 6 names and address stated in the article. You then

place your own name and address in the bottom of the list at #6, and
post the article in at least 200 newsgroups. No catch, that was it. The
main difference between this system and others is that you have a
mailing
list of 6 instead of 5... This means that your average gain will be app.

15 times higher!!!
So after thinking it over, I thought about trying it. I figured what
have I got to lose except 6 stamps and $6.00?
If you are worried about the legal aspects of it all, check it out with
the U.S. Post Office (1-800-725-2161). It is legal!  I invested the
$6.00.............
Well GUESS WHAT!!... within 7 days, I started getting money in the
mail!  I was amazed! I figured it would end soon, but it didn't. The
money just kept coming in.  In my first week, I made about $20.00 to
$30.00 dollars. By the end of the second week I had made a total of over

$1,050.00!!! In the third week I had over $11,000.00 and it's still
growing. This is now my fourth month and I have made a total of just
over $347,000.00 and it's still coming in.......
It's certainly worth $6.00, and 6 stamps, I spent more than that on the
lottery!! (and I never won a single penny doing that!)
Let me tell you how this works and also, make sure you print a copy of
this  article NOW, so you can get the information off of it as you need
it.  The process is very simple and consists of 3 easy steps. You may
wonder why I tell you this?  It's only possible with your desire to
become wealthy too. So go for it!
This system REALLY works. It worked for me so far!!
Here are the steps:
STEP 1: Get 6 separate pieces of paper and write the following on each
piece of paper "PLEASE PUT ME ON YOUR MAILING LIST." Now get 6 US$1.00
bills (or equivalent in your local currency) and place ONE inside EACH
of the 6 pieces of paper so the bill will not be seen through the
envelope to prevent thievery. Next, place one paper in each of the 6
envelopes and seal them. You should now have 6 sealed envelopes, each
with a piece of paper stating the above phrase, your name and address,
and a $1.00 bill. What you are doing is creating a service by this. THIS

IS ABSOLUTELY LEGAL!

Mail the 6 envelopes to the following addresses:

#1     J. GoodrichJ. Goodrich
        957 Sells Ave
        Columbus, OH 43212

#2     L.D. Salmanson
        barak 7
        Jerusalem
        Israel

#3     A.Puga
        88 Doucet
        Hull, Quebec
        J8Y 5P1, Canada


#4     D.Shores
        2343 LLoyd Rd.
        Knoxville, Md 21758


#5     B. Keele
        55 S. Yorktown Rd.
        Macomb, Il 61455

#6     M. Johnson
        20715 Jersey Mills Place
        Ashburn, VA 20147
STEP 2: Now take the #1 name off the list that you see above, move the
other names up (6 becomes 5, 5 becomes 4, etc...) and add YOUR Name as
number 6 on the list.

STEP 3: Change anything you need to. Now, post your amended article to
at least 200 newsgroups. (There is a bunch out there). All you need is
200, but remember, the more you post, the more money you make!  Don't
know HOW to post in the newsgroups? Well do exactly the following:
-----------------------------------------------------------
DIRECTIONS - HOW TO POST TO NEWSGROUPS
-----------------------------------------------------------
Step 1.  You do not need to re-type this entire letter to do your own
posting. Simply put your cursor at the beginning of this letter and
click and hold down your mouse button. While
continuing to hold down the mouse button, drag your cursor to the bottom

of this document and over to just after the last character, and release
the mouse button. At this point the entire
letter should be highlighted. Then, from the 'edit' pull down menu at
the top of your screen select 'copy'. This will copy the entire letter
into the computers memory.
Step 2.  Open a blank 'notepad' file and place your cursor at the top of

the blank page. From the 'edit' pull down menu select 'paste'. This will

paste a copy of the letter into notepad so
that you can add your name to the list. Remember to eliminate the #1
position, move everyone up a spot (re-number everyone else's positions),

and add yourself in as #6.
Step 3.  Save your new notepad file as a .txt file. If you want to do
your postings in different sittings, you'll always have this file to go
back to.
----------------------------------------
FOR NETSCAPE USERS:
----------------------------------------
Step 4.  Within the Netscape program, go to the pull down window
entitled 'Window' select 'NetscapeNews'. Then from the pull down menu
'Options', select 'Show all Newsgroups'. After a few moments a list of
all the newsgroups on your server will show up. Click on any newsgroup
you desire. From within this newsgroup, click on the 'TO NEWS' button,
which should be in the top left corner of the newsgroups page. This will

bring up a message box.
Step 5.  Fill in the Subject. This will be the header that everyone sees

as they scroll through the list of postings in a particular group.
Step 6.  Highlight the entire contents of your .txt file and copy them
using the same technique as before. Go back to the newsgroup 'TO NEWS'
posting you are creating and paste the letter into the body of your
posting.
Step 7.  Hit the 'Send' Button in the upper left corner. You're done
with your first one! Congratulations...
--------------------------------------------------
INTERNET EXPLORER USERS:
--------------------------------------------------
Step 4.  Go to newsgroups and select 'Post an Article'.
Step 5.  Fill in the subject.
Step 6.  Same as #6 above
Step 7.  Hit the 'Post' button.
-------------------------------------------
THAT'S IT! All you have to do is jump to different newsgroups and post
away, after you get the hang of it, it will take about 30 seconds for
each newsgroup!
**REMEMBER, THE MORE NEWSGROUPS YOU POST IN, THE MORE MONEY YOU WILL
MAKE!! BUT YOU HAVE TO POST A MINIMUM OF 200** That's it! You will begin

receiving money from around the world within day's! You may eventually
want to rent a P.O. Box due to the large amount of mail you receive. If
you wish to stay anonymous, you can invent a
name to use, as long as the postman will deliver it. **JUST MAKE SURE
ALL THE ADDRESSES ARE CORRECT.** Now the WHY part:  Out of 200 postings,

say I receive only 5 replies (a very low example).  So then I made $5.00

with my name at #6 on the letter. Now, each of the 5 persons who just
sent me $1.00 make the MINIMUM 200 postings, each
with my name at #5 and only 5 persons respond to each of the original
5,  that is another $25.00 for me, now those 25 each make 200 MINIMUM
posts with my name at #4 and only 5 replies each, I will bring in an
additional $125.00! Now, those 125 persons turn around and post the
MINIMUM 200 with my name at #3 and only receive 5 replies each, I will
make an additional $626.00! OK, now here is the fun part, each of those
625 persons post a MINIMUM 200 letters with my name at #2 and they each
only receive 5 replies, that just made me $3,125.00!!! Those 3,125
persons will all deliver this message to 200 newsgroups with my name at
#1 and if still 5 persons per 200 newsgroups react I will receive
$15,625,00! With a original investment of only $6.00! AMAZING! And as I
said 5 responses is actually VERY LOW! Average is probable 20 to 30! So
lets put those figures at just 15 responses per person. Here is what you

will make:
at #6 $15.00
at #5 $225.00
at #4 $3,375.00
at #3 $50,625.00
at #2 $759,375.00
at #1 $11,390,625.00
When your name is no longer on the list, you just take the latest
posting in the newsgroups, and send out another $6.00 to names on the
list, putting your name at number 6 again( That's what I am doing), and
start posting again. The thing to remember is, do you realize that
thousands of people all over the world are joining the internet and
reading these
articles everyday, JUST LIKE YOU are now!! So can you afford $6.00 and
see if it
really works?? I think so... People have said, "what if the plan is
played out and no one sends you the money? So what! What are the chances

of that happening when there are tons of new honest users and new honest

people who are joining the internet and newsgroups everyday and are
willing to give it a try? Estimates are at 20,000 to 50,000 new users,
every day, with thousands of those joining the actual internet.
Remember, play FAIRLY and HONESTLY and this will work. You just have to
be honest.
Make sure you print this article out RIGHT NOW, also. Try to keep a list

of everyone that sends you money and always keep an eye on the
newsgroups to make sure everyone is playing fairly. Remember, HONESTY IS

THE BEST POLICY. You don't need to cheat the basic idea to make the
money!!
GOOD LUCK to all and please play fairly and reap the huge rewards from
this, which is tons of extra CASH.
**BY THE WAY, if you try to deceive people by posting the messages with
your name in the list and not sending the money to the rest of the
people already on the list, you will NOT get as much. Someone I talked
to knew someone who did that and he only made about $150.00, and that's
after seven or eight weeks! Then he sent the 6 $1.00 bills, people added

him to their lists, and in 4-5 weeks he had over $10k. This is the
fairest and most honest way I have ever seen to share the wealth of the
world without costing anything but our time!!! You also may want to buy
mailing and e-mail lists for future dollars.  Please remember to declare

your extra income. Thanks once again...
Article: 9858
Subject: Re: Xilinx XACT 6.01 crack
From: anon@anon.com (nemo)
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 18:17:09 GMT
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I've got 6.0.0, and 6.0.1, but neither of them contain the correct
file versions for this patch (for instance, my 6.0.0 and 6.0.1 PPRs
are dated 23/10/95 and 28/6/96, respectively, instead of 14/6/96, and
all three of them are different sizes). Presumably "6.01" was an
intermediate version - does anyone know??

Is there anyone out there who has the correct files, and would let me
install from them? I'm in East Anglia (UK).

Thanks -

qr86@dial.pipex.com

Article: 9859
Subject: Re: Implementation of Shift Registers and Buffers
From: "Paul F. Mondello" <pmondell@ede.sanders.lmco.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 15:22:35 -0400
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Stephen, here's a simple implementation of a shift register:

shift_register : PROCESS (rst_n, clk)

  BEGIN  --  PROCESS shift_register
    IF (rst_n='0') THEN
      data <= (OTHERS => '0');
    ELSIF (clk'event AND clk='1') THEN
      data(0) <= data_in;
       data(19 DOWNTO 1) <= data(18 DOWNTO 0);
    END IF;
  END PROCESS shift_register;

I've synthesized this into an xc4025e.


*****************************************************************************

Stephen Phillipson wrote:

> Hiya all,
>
> I was wondering if anyone has a simple implementation of a shift
> register and of a buffer (20 bits wide) in VHDL for synthesis to a
> Xilinx 4000 Series FPGA?
>
> Thanks!
> Steve Phillipson



Article: 9860
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com>
Date: 9 Apr 1998 19:32:36 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
> > > Lets see. Most new PCs ship with an Intel Motherboard because their
> > > designers have acccess to the chip designs before anybody else.
> >
> > Which is against the law, but when has that ever kept Intel and
Microsoft
> > from doing it?
> >
> 
> Not if it is done properly. All they have to do is have a design
completed and
> make it available at the same time as the compatible CPu and chipset are
> ready. That gives those who do it the "Intel" way a 3-6 month lead over
those
> who want to do it themselves.

No, it is an anti-trust issue if they do not make the correct documentation
available to third party manufacturers at the same time they have it.

> I don't disagree that the ISA and PCI slot will not go away as quickly as
> Intel and Microsoft want it to, but that is only because third parites
will
> keep it alive. But, with an OS like NT you need special drivers to talk
to
> hardware. If Microsoft doesn't provide them, somebody else must. How many
> small companies could afford to do that?

NT drivers aren't that hard to do, and people do them all the time. 
Actually, most of the drivers AREN'T written by Microsoft, they only
distribute them with their OS.

> As to the cards you mentioned. The graphics will be built into the CPU,
> probably as a auxilliary port.

So, only one graphics controller will be available?  Somehow I doubt that
will meet everyone's needs...  This sounds like a liberal Democratic
agenda...the state will take care of you and give you what you want....and
what ever it is we give you  will be what you want.  Personally, I don't
buy into it, and I doubt most will.  There may be more than one type of PC,
the home idiot PC that is a closed box (no disagreement there) and the PC
for those that don't want a closed box, but my point is there will always
be a PC that isn't a closed box available.

> Disk controllers are already on the motherboard
> as are two serial and one parallel port. Some have 10/100 baseT built-in.
With
> USB and Firewire (a dud technology that needs to die before birth), Fibre
> Channel or Gigabit Eithernet would be a much better choice, you can build
a
> system with anything you want without ever opening the box.

You're back in the Apple Mac days now....and like I said, it will fail, as
the closed Mac did.  It depends on your definition of 'open the box'.  We
will always need expansion slots to change modems, network cards and
graphics controllers, plus any other things that come up...  These can not
run over USB or FireWire...the data rate just isn't there.  An expansion
slot can be an externally plugable card, but they will be there.

You know, over the year people were hesitant to buy anything that couldn't
be expandable (remember the CPU upgrade sockets...) even though most never
upgraded...

Austin

Article: 9861
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com>
Date: 9 Apr 1998 19:33:12 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
WE AGREE COMPLETELY ;-)


staylor@dspsystems.com wrote in article
<6girgn$cda$1@nnrp1.dejanews.com>...
> Austin,
> 
> At one point I had 5 parallel port keys on my system. Not once have they
ever
> caused a problem or any sort. That doesn't mean I agree with the hardkey
> concept, but that I see no reason to find an alternative, other than
> elimination.
> 
> In article <01bd6360$db8245c0$8fc220cc@drt3>,
>   "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> >
> > <snip>
> >
> > Funny enough, with all the systems I have used over the past 15 years
of
> > dealing with parallel port keys, from Data Oh/No to today's Viewlogic
> > key..I've never had a single problem with one at all.
> >
> > Austin
> >
> >
> 
> 
> -----== Posted via Deja News, The Leader in Internet Discussion ==-----
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> 
Article: 9862
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com>
Date: 9 Apr 1998 19:38:10 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
> Microsofts involvement is that they are steering the OS to conform to the
path
> Intel wants to take.

Oh joy.

> You don't have to take my word for it. Look at what's
> happening. Don't argue with me now, call me in two years.

I say the same to you.  I'd even bet on it.  How about you wash my cars
once a week for a month (plane fare not included)?

> The JEDEC standards for SDRAM were already established. Intel wrote a
spec for
> the requirements of SDRAM in order to be compatible with their future
products
> that required lower numbers for several parameters. The memory
manufacturers
> have been complying. Tell me Intel is not running the show.

Big deal, that's only SDRAM that has to work with their chip sets.  Intel
doesn't manufacture memory any more, and the largest consumer of memory is
PCs, so it is only good business to make a chip that works in the largest
market.

Austin

Article: 9863
Subject: Schematic to Place&route tool for XC6200
From: Seonil Choi <seonil@halcyon.usc.edu>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 12:57:27 -0700
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
Dear all,

I draw a schematic using viewdraw (viewlogic). I am trying to make "edn"
file for XACTstep 6000 series (place and route tool) for XC6200.

I would like to know how to make "edn" file from a schematic.

Thank you.

Seonil
SC

Article: 9864
Subject: max7000
From: mulmon@hotmail.com
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 22:22:07 +0100
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
Hi. Forgive me if I appear ignorant but is there a diy programmer for
this family of alteras fpga..?if you can help i would be most grateful
regards Martin
Article: 9865
Subject: Reconfigurable Computing Survey in PIEEE
From: hauck@ece.nwu.edu (Scott Hauck)
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 21:26:13 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
For those of you interested in FPGA-based computing, my survey on 
reconfigurable computing appears in this month's Proceedings of the IEEE.  The 
abstract and other information are given below.

S. Hauck, "The Roles of FPGAs in Reprogrammable Systems", Proceedings of the 
IEEE, Vol. 86, No. 4, pp. 615-639, April 1998.

Abstract:

FPGA-based reprogrammable systems are revolutionizing some forms of 
computation and digital logic.  As a logic emulation system they provide 
orders of magnitude speedup over software simulation.  As a custom-computing 
machine they achieve the highest performance implementation for many types of 
applications.  As a multi-mode system they yield significant hardware savings 
and provide truly generic hardware.

In this paper we discuss the promise and problems of reprogrammable systems.  
This includes an overview of the chip and system architectures of 
reprogrammable systems, as well as the applications of these systems.  We also 
discuss the challenges and opportunities of future reprogrammable systems.


Scott Hauck
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.  USA
hauck@ece.nwu.edu
Article: 9866
Subject: Re: Investigate anyone right from your browser!
From: Wilson Lee <WilsonBrianLee@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 20:49:37 -0700
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
I agree totally, that why i am starting to post politically netural
messages randomly at different news groups.  I am thinking about
offering a service to do it for others.  What should i call it?
Internet Jamming Services?  Internet Freedom Flighting?  or
Internet News Killer?

staylor@dspsystems.com wrote:
> 
> In article <352DA40E.60B2@isu.edu>,
>   kantviti@isu.edu wrote:
> >
> > I think this service is a truly obnoxious intrusion of privacy!!!
> >
> > Good Info Services wrote:
> > >
> > > Introducing the hottest new way to find out anything about anyone...
> > > INTERNET INVESTIGATOR!!
> >
> 
> I don't know why this ended up in this newsgroup, but here goes. Many
> government agencies have been collecting such information for years, 30-40
> years at least. The IRS, DEA BATF and many others. They have it and make it
> available to others. Why shouldn't we the general public have access to it
> also? That way we can at least add a statement when we think something is
> incorrect, or possibly even get it corrected. You might think the information
> should be kept from your neighbor, but they have been able to get it anyway
> simply by paying private investigation agencies.
> 
> Rather than try to hide information about yourself, the solution is to create
> so much information that no one, no agency, no organization can handle the
> volume. Hide in plain sight.
> 
> Scott Taylor
> 
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Article: 9867
Subject: Re: Investigate anyone right from your browser!
From: "Prof. Vitit Kantabutra" <kantviti@isu.edu>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 22:46:06 -0600
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
I think this service is a truly obnoxious intrusion of privacy!!!




Good Info Services wrote:
> 
> Introducing the hottest new way to find out anything about anyone...
> INTERNET INVESTIGATOR!!
Article: 9868
Subject: Re: Investigate anyone right from your browser!
From: "Prof. Vitit Kantabutra" <kantviti@isu.edu>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 22:46:40 -0600
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
I think this service intrudes on people's privacy, and should not be
legal!!




Good Info Services wrote:
> 
> Introducing the hottest new way to find out anything about anyone...
> INTERNET INVESTIGATOR!!
Article: 9869
Subject: Xilinx XC9500 series -- software?
From: Kolaga Gold <spamscreen_Xiuhtecuhtli@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 22:02:39 -0700
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
OK.  I see that Digikey these parts in single unit quantity
for around US$5.  What about the software to program them?
I know that there is a 4 CD "free" set of software that
Xilinx is offering -- but I'm a student and I don't think
they will send a sales rep over to my dorm room to had me
this stuff.

Where can I get software for the XC9500 series?  I have
XABEL-CPLD 6.10 but that is good only for the XC4000
parts.  I want the ISP feature of the XC9500.

Thanks.
Article: 9870
Subject: Re: max7000
From: staylor@dspsystems.com
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 23:19:53 -0600
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
Martin,

I am not sure what you mean by do it yourself. If you use the 7000S
series, lowest cost and fastest speed grades in any case as they are the
newest, you can use the byte blaster to program them in circuit.

If you mean programming tools, go to www.altera.com and search for PLS-WEB.
That is a trial version (6 months?) which will compile for more 7000 series
devices.

In article <352D3BFF.68DE@hotmail.com>,
  mulmon@hotmail.com wrote:
>
> Hi. Forgive me if I appear ignorant but is there a diy programmer for
> this family of alteras fpga..?if you can help i would be most grateful
> regards Martin
>


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Article: 9871
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: staylor@dspsystems.com
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 23:28:39 -0600
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
In article <01bd63ee$44a767f0$8fc220cc@drt3>,
  "Austin Franklin" <darkroo8m@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
>
>
> No, it is an anti-trust issue if they do not make the correct documentation
> available to third party manufacturers at the same time they have it.
>

Unless there have been special limiations or restrictions placed on Intel that
is incorrect. You are saying they must release the documentation before they
ship the product. I was told 20-25 years ago that Kodak had such restrictions
placed on them, but I haven't heard that about Intel. I didn't think it was a
good idea then and I still don't now. There are plenty of companies with the
resources to go up against Intel if they wanted to. Samsung, Hitachi, etc. DEC
could have done it if they hadn't had a bonehead running the Alpha marketing.
IBM could if they wanted to, but even the PowerPC has died in that regard.

AMD, Cypress and IDT have contenders for the mid to low end markets. Once they
get better established, such as when Intel goes closed box and the others
don't, they might be able to move into the mainstream high end.

Scott Taylor - DSP Fibre Channel Systems

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Article: 9872
Subject: Re: Xilinx XACT 6.01 crack
From: timolmst@cyberramp.net
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 12:19:47 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
anon@anon.com (nemo) wrote:

>I've got 6.0.0, and 6.0.1, but neither of them contain the correct
>file versions for this patch (for instance, my 6.0.0 and 6.0.1 PPRs
>are dated 23/10/95 and 28/6/96, respectively, instead of 14/6/96, and
>all three of them are different sizes). Presumably "6.01" was an
>intermediate version - does anyone know??

>Is there anyone out there who has the correct files, and would let me
>install from them? I'm in East Anglia (UK).

Better yet, how about the source for the crack?



Tim Olmstead
webmaster of the CP/M Unofficial web page
email : timolmst@cyberramp.net
MAIN SITE AT : http://cdl.uta.edu/cpm
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Article: 9873
Subject: IEEE RTSS 98 -- Submission Deadline May 1
From: Jennifer Hou <jhou@ee.eng.ohio-state.edu>
Date: 10 Apr 1998 13:31:48 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
=======================================================================
                           CALL FOR PAPERS
              The 19th IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium
                            Madrid, Spain
                          December 2-4, 1998
                                      
    Sponsored by The IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on
                          Real-Time Systems
=======================================================================

                       SCOPE OF THE CONFERENCE

RTSS '98 brings together a diverse body of researchers and developers, 
to advance the science and practice of real-time and embedded systems.
All papers on real-time, embedded or reactive systems are welcome, 
including (but not limited to) the following topics:

   * Real-time and embedded operating systems.
   * Systems design and analysis: theories, methods and tools.
   * Scheduling techniques: CPUs, devices, networks, end-to-end.
   * Programming languages for real-time and embedded systems.
   * Specification, verification and automated analysis.
   * Middleware and APIs for real-time and embedded systems.
   * Performance evaluation: theory, analysis and tool support.
   * Domain-specific architectures for embedded systems.
   * Instrumentation, profiling, testing and debug support.
   * Support for COTS-based integrated systems. 
   * Fault-tolerance, reliability and safety.
   * Program analysis and tools.
   * Object-oriented languages: designs, programs, interfaces.
   * Real-time and reactive databases and file systems.
   * Computer networks and communications.
   * Signal processing, control and robotics.
   * Digital video, audio, animation and multimedia.

Papers on these or other relevant topics are solicited for RTSS '98.  
Of particular interest are case-study reports on experimental results, 
from any core application area in real-time, embedded and/or reactive 
systems.

=======================================================================

                        SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Papers should describe original research (i.e., not published elsewhere), 
and should not exceed 20 double-spaced pages.  All accepted submissions 
will appear in the proceedings published by IEEE, with the committee 
recommending a selection of the best papers for publication in a journal.

If possible, submissions should be made electronically, either in
postscript or PDF format. Additional details on submission guidelines
will be posted at the RTSS'98 Home Page:
   
               http://www.cs.umd.edu/~rich/rtss98/

Electronic submissions are preferred; however postal submissions will 
be accepted for review, provided they arrive by the Submission Deadline
of May 1, 1998. All authors taking this option should mail eight (8)
copies of their submitted papers to the Program Chair:

     Richard Gerber                       Email: rich@cs.umd.edu
     Department of Computer Science         URL: www.cs.umd.edu/~rich
     University of Maryland               Phone: +1-301-405-2710
     College Park, MD  20742 USA            Fax: +1-301-405-6707

=======================================================================

                           IMPORTANT DATES

       * May 1, 1998 -- Deadline for paper submissions
       * July 25, 1998 -- Notification of acceptance
       * September 1, 1998 -- Final paper due
       * December 2-4, 1998 -- RTSS '98, Madrid, Spain
=======================================================================

          EXHIBITION, WORKSHOP AND WORK-IN-PROGRESS SESSIONS

Exhibition and Show: RTSS '98 will include an industrial exhibition in
a centrally located space, for vendors to demonstrate state-of-the-art
systems, development tools and applications; where RTSS attendees can
engage in technical discussions with product engineers and developers;
and where company representatives meet (and potentially recruit) young
researchers specializing in real-time and embedded systems. To reserve
space for the exhibition, please contact the RTSS '98 Industrial
Chair, Dr. Alan Burns (burns@minster.cs.york.ac.uk).

Workshop: RTSS '98 will co-host a workshop on December 1, 1998,
directly before the conference. The focus of the workshop will be a
"hot topic" of special interest to researchers and developers of
real-time systems. Recent RTSS workshops were on topics such as
Middleware/APIs (1997) and Multimedia Systems (1996). More information
on the 1998 workshop topic will be announced shortly, and publicized
on the conference home page.

Work-in-Progress Session: As in previous years, RTSS '98 will include
a Work-In-Progress (WIP) session, featuring short presentations on new
and evolving work. Accepted WIP papers will be included in a special
proceedings, and distributed to RTSS'98 conference participants. The
proceedings will then be published electronically on the IEEE-CS
TC-RTS Home Page. WIP papers will be due approximately one month
before the Symposium.

=======================================================================

                         ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
   
General Chair: Kwei-Jay Lin, University of California, Irvine

Program Chair: Richard Gerber, University of Maryland

Finance Chair: Walt Heimerdinger, Honeywell Technology Center
   
Registration Chair: Linda Buss
   
Local Arrangements Chair: Angel Alvarez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
   
Local Treasurer: Juan A. de la Puente, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
   
Publicity Co-Chairs:
   Alejandro Alonso, Universidad Politicnica de Madrid (Europe)
   Chao-Ju Jennifer Hou, Ohio State University (Americas)
   Joseph Ng, Hong Kong Baptist University (Asia/Pacific)
   
Industrial Chair: Alan Burns, University of York
   
Ex-Officio: (RTS-TC Chair) Doug Locke, Lockheed Martin Corporation
=======================================================================

                          PROGRAM COMMITTEE

	    James Anderson (University of North Carolina)
		  Azer Bestavros (Boston University)
		Sanjoy Baruah (University of Vermont)
	   Giorgio Butazzio (Scuola Superiore e Sant'Anna)
		Gerhard Fohler (Malardalen University)
	   Michael Gonzalez Harbour (Universidad Cantabria)
	    Jeffrey Hollingsworth (University of Maryland)
	      Seongsoo Hong (Seoul National University)
	       Farnam Jahanian (University of Michigan)
	     Kevin Jeffay (University of North Carolina)
	   Hermann Kopetz (Vienna University of Technology)
		  Kim G. Larsen (Aalborg University)
		Insup Lee (University of Pennsylvania)
		Jane W.S. Liu (University of Illinois)
	Keith Marzullo (University of California at San Diego)
	      Sang Lyul Min (Seoul National University)
		Al Mok (University of Texas at Austin)
	   Ragunathan Rajkumar (Carnegie Mellon University)
		   Jennifer Rexford (AT&T Research)
		 Manas Saksena (Concordia University)
		    Bran Selic (ObjectTime, Ltd.)
		  Andy Wellings (University of York)
		  David Wilner (Wind River Systems)
		     Sergio Yovine (CNRS/VERIMAG)
		Hui Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University)
=======================================================================
Article: 9874
Subject: Re: XactStep6 - The cure for a dongle
From: husby@fnal.gov (Don Husby)
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 14:25:36 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
Garry Allen <garrya@abc.gov.au> wrote:
> Microsoft has just run its most recent WInHEC (Windows Hardware
> Engineering Conference). Moth Microsoft and Intel are pushing a closed
> box approach both now and in the long term. Part of it has to do with
> reducing the cost of administration, part to do with locking Intel and
> microsoft into the PC lonmg term. Intel is aggressively moving to
> dominate the PC market from processors to chipsets to graphics chips to
> motherboards.

Maybe they could invite IBM to give a talk about how they cornered
the market with their MicroChannel technology?



--
Don Husby <husby@fnal.gov>                        Phone: 630-840-3668
Fermi National Accelerator Lab                      Fax: 630-840-5406
Batavia, IL 60510


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