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Are cryptocurrencies the way of the future?
The Hindu: November 5, 2013

In a world when everything seems to be going the virtual way, why not virtual currencies? As it happens, cryptocurrencies have been in existence for quite some time and many believe they are the future of currency. The market value is proof of this. At present, Bitcoin is the most popular, highest valued and most secure type of cryptocurrency. It was the first cryptocurrency introduced in 2008-2009 as a decentralised instrument that can be created and used in transactions without an intermediate bank-like financial institution.." READ MORE

FPGA based Advanced Mezzanine Cards for MicroTCA applications
EDN India, August 2013

Commercial off the shelf solutions has been typically leading the telecom equipment market in the recent years. Custom solutions already in place are fast getting replaced by standard architectures like ATCA, MicroTCA etc. Out of these architectures MicroTCA with Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMC) has been evolving as low cost solutions in comparison to the "big brother" ATCA. Earlier days AMC solutions were purely based on network processors and switches. The evolution of AMC cards based on programmable devices (FPGAs) has made lots of changes in the Telecom COTs ecosystem..READ MORE

Analogue Design: A Challenging But Satisfying Option
Electronics for you, July 2013

At the current rate of growth and development, the Indian ESDM industry could potentially employ 2.78 crore by 2020 compared to 44 lakh in 2010. This indicates an urgency to develop skilled manpower by creating the necessary institutions, providing infrastructure and encourage collaboration between industry and academia to hone skill sets. Some of the steps that can be used to tackle this include:..READ MORE

Non availability of free skilled R&D resources in-house leads to design outsourcing
Tech Online, 4th July 2013

With good understanding and skills in areas such as custom circuit layout, electrical design and simulation, analogue designers plan, organise, execute and document as they steer their organisation towards its goals. The Indian electronics industry looks for designers who are flexible across domains and technologies. "Especially, an expert in analogue design is highly valued. Lots of analogue design experience and strong basics in the field can fetch high-profile jobs in India..READ MORE

The design capability has grown multi-fold and we see several innovative and complex designs being churned out.
Electronics Maker, June 2013

Traditionally Indian embedded design industry was largely a forte of MNCs who had set shops in India for their off shoring work and then there were small timers who used to work in Mom & Pop shop kind of arrangement who used to primarily do designs around low end microcontrollers servicing local markets. Now times have changed, technology has been growing at a much faster pace than we can embrace them. The users embracing these technologies have also become much more knowledgeable. With globalization people got exposure to various technologies much sooner and the gap between west and east became quite narrow. With the exposure came the knowledge to localize several products in India by importing it, integrating it and delivering to suit Indian market. ...READ MORE

Now you can enable NFC on your Mobiles
Times of India; May 28, 2013

Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology has created a lot of buzz, but the technology is being implemented only in high-end smart phones. There aren't also too many applications being developed to use the NFC technology. Google Wallet being a significant exception. However, Bangalore based Dexcel Electronics Designs is working on a new piece of hardware that can turn any phone into NFC-Enabled phone...READ MORE

Leader Speak with Anil Mascarenhas of IIFL
India Info Line, May 28, 2013

Embedded design industry forms part of the ESDM ecosystem; demand for which is poised for massive growth in the country. It's projected that by 2020 the demand would touch nearly US$ 400bn, however, the supply if it grows at the current growth rate will not be able to fulfil the same and will amount to approximately 290bn dollar deficit. This creates a unique opportunity in the ESDM Sector in India to cater to the domestic Indian demand as well as emerge as an electronic export hub. ..READ MORE

Innovation at Dexcel covers full gamut from military to mobiles
India Tech Online, May 4, 2013

IT industry watchers say 2013 may be the Year of Tap and Pay for mobile phones. New models increasingly come pre installed with NFC or Near Field Communication technology, which will allow the mobile hand set to be used in a contactless way - or by a simple tap - to make payments much as one uses a credit card these days. But what about the millions of phones currently in use, which DON'T have NFC technology? Would their owners have to throw away their handsets in buy new NFC-enabled devices to experience the convenience and security of tap and pay? ..READ MORE

Dexcel bags two prestigious awards from Institute of Economic Studies
BANGALORE (India); March 5, 2013

Dexcel Electronics Designs, a well-established embedded product engineering company, today announced that it has been conferred with the "Excellence Award" by the Indian Institute of Economic Studies, India's premier research institute. This award is in recognition of Dexcel's exemplary performance and strong contribution to the Indian economy by doing outstanding work in the embedded product engineering space.

Mr. Amit Sinha, MD & CEO, Dexcel Electronics Designs was also felicitated at the ceremony with the "Udyog Rattan Award".

Dexcel is a single window company for complete end-to-end product design solutions providing their expertise in defense, industrial, telecom and semiconductor segments.

While receiving the award at a glittering event held recently in Bangalore, Amit said,"We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition from the Institute of Economic Studies. These awards are a testimony of Dexcel Electronics Designs great work and contributions in the embedded product engineering space. It is our constant endeavor to achieve the high standards of excellence that we set for ourselves and at being a true partner to our clients. That means providing them with innovations and solutions to deliver business outcomes. This award gives us motivation to continue doing ingenious work in the electronic systems design and manufacturing space. "

The New Delhi based Institute of Economic Studies was established by a group of economists, parliamentarians and industrialists in 1980 to study various aspects of the economy and economic development. The institute closely monitors various facets of the economy and individual contribution of various companies and business leaders. The Udyog Rattan Award and the Excellence Award are conferred at an annual ceremony to recognize an organization and individual contribution to economic development.

An introduction to FPGA Timing Analysis
Tech Online India, Feb 1, 2013

In the FPGA design flow, after getting the design requirement from client, detailed design document will be prepared. Once the document is approved, RTL design will start and once functional simulation is completed, design will be implemented (synthesis ->translate-> Mapping, place and route) for the targeted device using vendor specific or third-party synthesis tools. Timing analysis will come into picture before programming file generation. Hence, timing analysis tool will analyze and consider the architecture of the FPGA device, logic implemented, with interconnecting routing delays by default. ..READ MORE

Dexcel Electronics Designs launches training division - EmDAC
(1st Aug, Bangalore)

Dexcel has been a distinguished embedded design services company and is capable of providing end to end product design services. Dexcel was instituted in the year 2000 with a vision to provide embedded design services to global electronic industry.
In a decade, Dexcel, as a design house has greatly matured in hardware, software and product design aspects and is today respected as a specialist in FPGA and Processor based embedded product design. It has added many of the major Indian public sector units and leading technological companies in its client list. It has been accredited as a preferred vendor by most of its clients. This recognition has been the result of Dexcel’s committed and valuable support and consistent effort to improve the quality of services and product design.

Dexcel has been working on diversified embedded products based on FPGA and Processors, ranging from Characterization platforms for high speed data converters, IP encryption units, High speed onboard Video compression units, On-Ship Weapon Interlock systems, Next generation Network monitoring system, Radar control electronic system, Data acquisition systems for Satellite and Medical applications, Soft RTL encryption IP for telecom, Software based Video compression IP, Intelligent and Transparent feature enhancement system for mobile phone and so on.

During these years Dexcel has also professionally trained many of its clients to implement and integrate their end application/IP on Dexcel supplied platforms. This extended training service by Dexcel has been highly appreciated by its clients.
And this has in turn inspired Dexcel to partner with leading EDA device and tool vendors to provide professional training to a larger user base of these EDA tools and devices.

Visualizing the greater opportunity to contribute to the embedded design industry and grow in the training domain, Dexcel is launching a comprehensive end to end embedded design training division - EmDAC (Embedded Design Academy).

The need of the hour is to have a single window for complete product design solution and supply

The latest trend in design houses is that today customers prefer a one stop solution for designs as well as production which is also the need of the hour. Customers have become more application savvy and knowledgeable as we see them now being more participative in every aspect of the product design. This benefits the product design as a whole as the quality of the product improves and is more close to the customers' needs...READ MORE

Dexcel on IP re-use, Indian semicon product companies

Being in the embedded designs domain, Dexcel possesses both the hardware and software skill sets under one roof, supplemented with in-house CAD, mechanical housing and other related expertise to churn-out a complete product or solution. The company keeps a complete control on the project and hence, could deliver the products of quality and performance beyond customer expectations...READ MORE

Dexcel on growth drivers for Indian embedded design industry

It is my endeavor to write about semiconductors, solar/PV, EDA. FPGAs, embedded, etc., and related companies and solutions via this blog. One of the pleasures of writing a semicon blog is in being able to connect with and make a whole lot of friends from different countries, cultures, and companies, as well as bloggers.

One such gentleman is Ravinder Gujral or Ravi, as he’s popularly called, Director – Business Development, Dexcel Electronics Designs Pvt. Ltd. Dexcel, based very much in Bangalore, India, is among one of the emerging companies in the embedded space in the country. Ravi contacted me, like several others, via my blog! Likewise, I was elated to find myself a new friend and reader! Later, we met during Altera’s SOPC event, where Dexcel was exhibiting as well. ..READ MORE

Top 10 embedded companies in India

Right then! This topic should be of interest to several folks in India as well as overseas! Especially, those who are looking to tap the renowned Indian talent in embedded systems and software.

It is very well known that all the leading MNCs are present in India, and well, do great work in embedded systems and software. Definitely, any top 10 list of such companies would include the likes of .....READ MORE

Altera's "Code:DSP" Initiative Accelerates FPGAs Into DSP Mainstream
First C-code-based Design Flow for Reconfigurable DSP Solutions

San Jose, Calif., September 3, 2002 -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today launched Code:DSP, a major initiative to extend the reach of FPGAs from multi-channel, high-performance signal processing functions to a wide range of mainstream DSP-based applications. Highlighted by the industry's first C-code based design flow for FPGAs, the Code:DSP initiative sharpens Altera's focus on the DSP market by offering designers a broad range of support services, tools, and development platforms for implementing reconfigurable DSP designs in leading-edge FPGA devices. ..READ MORE

Programming the IBM Cell Baseband Engine
By T. Shakthi Pradeep, Dexcel Electronics

DSP DesignLine
(06/17/2009 2:31 PM EDT)

The IBM Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) promises high performance at low power using multiple powerful cores connected with a high-speed interconnect. While effective, this architecture raises parallel programming issues that this two-part feature will address.

Here, in Part 1, we will start with an overview of the Cell BE architecture, continue with the basics of threads and how they're used, specifically with respect to single-threaded sequential programming and multi-threaded programming. ..READ MORE

Encryption engine using SOPC

( 01 May 2007 )
by Amit Sinha, CEO and Managing Director, Dexcel Electronics Designs Pte Ltd; and Razak Mohammedali,

Security, a critical feature in today’s networks, enables secure financial transactions such as on-line banking. Network security also enables sharing data across different global locations. Here we discuss a data encryption system used in IP networks.

Figure 1 shows a high-level block diagram of the encryption engine in a Stratix II FPGA.
The system receives data from a PC through the USB 2.0 port interface through a FIFO UART, and sends or receives data to and from the LAN network. The data receive speed on the UART is of the order of 450Kbps which is substantially high for the type of solution required. The LAN interface is for 10/100Mbps network.
Since encryption algorithms are typically highly computation intensive it becomes imperative that it is designed in the hardware. Besides, a custom UART is also needed that can handle huge buffers at very high speeds. These system requirements could have been implemented using a processor and a number of ASICs or an FPGA on the PCB. The high-speed traffic of data between the ASICs would have posed serious timing and frequency related issues making the development process tedious and costly. Fortunately, using NIOS II processor and the system on a programmable chip (SOPC) approach to this design helps meet the requirements in minimum time and optimum effort.
Figure 1 reveals the custom logic used inside the FPGA to create such a system. A careful system design ensures proper hardware and software partitioning of requirements, with a bearing on performance and other design criteria.

The comprehensive range of IPs available for FPGA platform covering embedded processors, interfaces, peripherals, DSP, and communication makes SOPC an attractive proposition.
Embedded systems design needs to address typical constraints like time-to-market, cost, power, and form factor. Typically, embedded systems need processing power, storage space, connectivity to
I/O devices, and communication capability with PC or other systems. There is an increasing demand for the capability to combine custom/proprietary hardwired logic along with all the features that are supported by typical microcontrollers.
Currently a number of microcontroller vendors provide single chip solutions that have a plethora of features, but they do not provide a flexible platform for integrating proprietary logic. SOPC systems based on FPGAs and NIOS II processor provide this benefit of customizing hardware to get an exact fit to any application.
In this design, SOPC system partitioning was done by implementing high speed/throughput data computation for
the encryption engine directly on the hardware and complex algorithms in the software. Other interfaces such as Flash, SDRAM
and LAN interface were implemented using the standard components library in NIOS II. The Avalon Bus was used as the interconnect fabric to integrate all the interfaces and proprietary logic for this application.



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