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A Presidential View of the IEEE Standards Association

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 17th March 2011

Guest: Steve Mills, President, IEEE Standards Association

Host: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc.

“A standard is a technical specification that is a result of a collaborative effort by a cross section of interested individuals from an industry . . . it’s produced through a consensus process where you get as close to total agreement as we possibly can . . . it specifies a solution for a technical problem in most cases, and that solution will hopefully be used to build products that will be made available in the broadest markets possible . . . and we hope that the result of the standard will serve to stabilize those markets and help to grow those markets over time.” –Steve Mills

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On this broadcast of Conversation Central, we picked the brain of Steve Mills, the President of IEEE Standards Association.  Since the topic of this show was standards, it was only appropriate to ask Mills to give a definition of a standard. Mills admitted that he finds Wikipedia’s definition to be the best definition on the internet but then proceeded to give a definition in his own words.  Over the course of the conversation, Mills explains the significance of standards to different groups of people and that in the wide scheme of things, having a high quality of standards overall, allows for a high quality of standards for everyone in their individual lives which raises the overall quality of life.  Mills also addresses a couple of myths about standards including the myth that only IEEE develops standards, when on the contrary, the industry develops the standards. Listen to the recorded broadcast now to also hear what Mills has to say about the following:

IEEE’s Five Principles for Developing Standards:

  • Consensus
  • Due Process
  • Openness
  • Right of Appeal
  • Balance

Mills’ Three Dynamics of Standardization

  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Technology
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Meet the Prototypers!

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 3rd March 2011

Guests: Doug Amos, Business Development Manager, Solutions Marketing, Synopsys Inc., Rene Richter, Corporate Application Engineering Manager, Synopsys Inc., and Austin Lesea, Principal Engineer, Xilinx
Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc., Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys Inc. and Phil Dworsky, Director, Strategic Alliances, and Publisher, Synopsys Press, Synopsys Inc.

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Conversation Central had a full house with the three authors of the newly released Synopsys publication FPGA-Based Prototyping Methodology Manual: Best practices in Design-for-Prototyping (FPMM). The group discussed the launch of the new book, the motivation for FPMM and the challenges they have faced. The book has been written in a way that appeals to a wide audience so that both managers, engineers and the like will find something valuable. In order to further support the book and give more resources to the readers, a forum and blog have also been established to gain feedback and allow progress to continue. Listen now to hear more details about this exciting new book!

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FPGA-Based Prototyping Methodology Manual: Best practices in Design-for-Prototyping (FPMM)

Xilinx

From left: Karen Bartleson, Yvette Huygen, Phil Dworsky, Doug Amos, Austin Lesea, and Rene Richter

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