Monday, January 31, 2011

Quarterly tax deadline today for small business, so tired...

Did my Federal 941 for SS and Medicare, Colorado UI forms UITR-1 and UITR-1a, almost forgot 940 Federal Unemployment tax, which I think I had to do regardless of the amount because it was year-end.  In addition to the normal state and federal income taxes, which I can remember better.  Forgot that EFTPS (mandatory electronic) 941 payment takes a whole business day, and so no matter how early it is scheduled today, it is already late.  :-(   
(What is up with an electronic payment not being same-day, sheesh). 
Lucky the others can just be postmarked today.  :-)   
Keeping better records of the taxes I paid this time, hoping to do better with the next quarterly 4/30/11...  Also, I will pay the penalty when the notice arrives, and write a nice letter appealing the penalties, and hope for the best, it does work sometimes...

Connie "Hope Springs Eternal" O'Dell 
Sr. Verification Specialist, Bookkeeper, 401K administrator, President, and Janitor
(kinda slacking off on the last) 
CO Consulting - Boulder, CO -

Intel finds chip design error ...

'... "Core i5" and "Core i7."

...affected chips aren't the main processors...but a support chip. The flaw means it may degrade with use over a period of months or years, slowing down the transfer of data to and from the computer's hard drives and DVD drives.

Intel said consumers can "continue to use their systems with confidence, while working with their computer manufacturer for a permanent solution." '

Intel finds chip design error, but raises revenue outlook -

Thursday, January 27, 2011

IEEE GreenCom 2011 Call for Papers

Entirely on-line, as it should be...  :-)       link if cannot see below

Connie O'Dell 

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Call For Papers

The IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications (GreenCom) explores a new way of conducting scientific colloquia in an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly way. The conference will not only discuss latest research results in saving energy with "green" communications technology, but also be IEEE ComSoc's first "green" conference with very low CO2 emissions that is conducted on a single track entirely online without requiring participants to travel.

IEEE GreenCom will cover a wide range of green communications including energy efficiency of communications as well as communications technologies for other green solutions such as smart grids, green buildings, and green logistics. The conference solicits original, unpublished research papers on the subsequently listed topics of interest. Both academic and industry contributions that report substantial results in green communications with a significant potential for energy savings are welcome.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Green Wireless and Fixed Line Communications
• Energy-efficient protocols and extensions
• Energy-efficient technology for network equipment
• Energy-efficient communications management
• Energy-efficiency in specific networks
• Measurement & profiling of energy consumption

Communications Technologies for Green Solutions
• Transport and logistics
• Industrial processes
• Communications for energy efficient buildings
• Energy harvesting

Smart Grid Communications
•Communications networks for Smart Grids
•Distributed generation and storage

For a detailed list of potential topics and submission instructions, visit

Important Dates
Paper Submission Deadline: 20 March 2011
Acceptance Notification: 1 June 2011
Camera Ready Version Due: 1 July 2011 


IEEE Communications Society - 17th floor , 3 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

DVCon: UVM Tutorial (Universal Verification Methodology)

Can't go, have too much work already, but maybe you can!

Connie L. O'Dell 
Sr. Verification Specialist 
CO Consulting - Boulder, CO -

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Subject: Invitation to Learn about Accellera's Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) from Experts at DVCon
Accellera's Verification Intellectual Property (VIP) committee members invite you to learn about our new Universal Verification Methodology (UVM™) directly from the experts during a daylong tutorial at DVCon. For a detailed agenda of the technical content, please click here. To register for this event and our Accellera luncheon and Town Hall session please click here.
Verification has evolved into a complex project that often spans internal and external teams, but the discontinuity associated with multiple, incompatible methodologies among those teams has limited their productivity.  The UVM standard addresses verification complexity and interoperability within companies and throughout the electronics industry for both novice and advanced teams while also providing consistency. It defines a standard for the creation, integration, and extension of the UVM Verification Component (UVC) and the verification environments that scale from block to system. Accellera's VIP committee has been working hard to create the UVM for the past 18 months. Expert users, methodology engineers and tool developers have put together not just the standard specification but also a source code reference implementation for immediate deployment in complex SoC verification projects. Our tutorial will be presented by those experts.
Between the introductory and Transaction Level Modeling (TLM) sessions in the morning and the phasing and registers sessions in the afternoon, please join us for our lunch time Town Hall discussion on the UVM, SystemC and Transaction Level Modeling (TLM). A combined UVM and SystemC panel of experts will field questions and provide insights into how to bridge the abstraction gap between system-level verification and implementation level environments.  

You can find out more about UVM by visiting  


See you at DVCon.

Shishpal Rawat, Accellera Chair

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Looking for SystemC processor design experience, also SystemC Day, Feb 28 at DVCon

   If you have a SystemC/processor design/computer architecture background, and are interested in full-time employment for a startup, I know some people that would like to speak with you about an opportunity.  Colorado or Massachusetts are preferable, but other locations might work for the right person.
If you are just interested in getting started in SystemC, well, you should still contact me if you have design verification experience, but you may also find the following event interesting.  I would go, I always learn something cool at DVCon, but time is in short supply these days.  :-)

Connie L. O'Dell 
Sr. Verification Specialist 
CO Consulting - Boulder, CO -

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Subject: Users Meet at SystemC Day, Feb 28 at DVCon

Join Us for SystemC Day 2011
2nd Annual Event Co-located with the 2011 Design and Verification Conference (DVCon)


Registration Now Open!

NASCUG 15 Meeting and Lunch
Free to industry professionals; seating is limited, so register early
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DVCon Tutorial

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Monday, February 28
DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose, California

The emergence of the SystemC standard set the stage in a new era of electronics design. Widespread adoption of SystemC is seen throughout the world and has provided a foundation for the electronics industry to innovate in a number of areas including design, verification, modeling and synthesis.

Please join us at this special one-day event as we examine SystemC innovation. Hear from experts on the newest advancements in sustainable and flexible solutions for system-level design including the transaction-level modeling standard, OSCI TLM-2.0. Devised to bridge the system design gap between hardware and software, TLM-2.0 is now a substantial part of the new release of the IEEE-1666-2010 Standard for SystemC, and has spurred system design innovations in verification, virtual platform development, model interoperability, IP reuse, hardware/software co-design, high-level synthesis and many other areas.

In addition, advancements made by the technical working groups will be presented including Analog/Mixed-signal; Configuration, Control and Inspection; Transaction-level Modeling; and Synthesis.


8:30 am - 12:00 pm   NASCUG 15 Meeting
10:00 am - 2:00 pm   Sponsor Tabletop Exhibits
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm   Complimentary Lunch
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm   DVCon Tutorial:
"Software-Driven Verification Using TLM-2.0 Virtual Platforms"
5:00 pm   DVCon-Hosted Reception


NASCUG 15, 8:30am - Noon
The day starts off with the NASCUG 15 (North American SystemC Users Group) meeting featuring technical presentations on architectural modeling, verification, and analog/mixed-signal design using SystemC. An update of technical working group activities will be presented. Featured working groups include Transaction-level Modeling; Configuration, Control and Inspection; Analog/Mixed-signal; and Synthesis.


Upcoming Event:

SystemC AMS Day

Industry adoption of the SystemC AMS standard

May 12, 2011
Dresden, Germany

Find out more >>


SystemC Showcase, 10:00am - 2:00pm
The SystemC Showcase features tabletop exhibits from SystemC Day 2011 sponsors. Find out the latest tools, services and best practices for design and verification using SystemC.

Complimentary Lunch, Noon - 1:30pm
Courtesy of OSCI Sponsors and Accellera

DVCon Tutorial, 1:30pm - 5:00pm
"Software-Driven Verification Using TLM-2.0 Virtual Platforms"

In this DVCon-featured tutorial, industry experts from the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), Accellera, and the user community will explore software-driven verification using SystemC TLM-2.0 virtual platforms and the standards-based methodologies in production today. Find out more >>

DVCon-Hosted Reception, 5:00pm

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Engineering Family Day in DC, National engineer's week, career, &c: IEEE-USA Today's Engineer E-Mail Update: January 2011

Timely info for engineers.  
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Connie O'Dell 

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