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Altera has released a white paper on implementing FPGA design with OpenCL. Utilizing the Khronos Group’s OpenCL standard on an FPGA may offer significantly higher performance and at much lower power than is available today from hardware architectures such as CPUs, graphics processing units (GPUs), and digital signal processing (DSP) units. In addition, an FPGA-based heterogeneous system (CPU + FPGA) using the OpenCL standard has a significant time-to-market advantage compared to traditional FPGA development using lower level hardware description languages (HDLs) such as Verilog or VHDL.

My Robot Nation from Kodama Studios brings printable 3-D robots just in time for the holidays. The service emerged from Beta on November 30th with a promise of nine billion different robot design combinations, which users can create by themselves at home using a web browser with WebGL 3D graphics. “WebGL allows us to create and manipulate 3D objects right in your browser in real-time–something that was previously only possible in PC applications or consoles games,” said Mark Danks, the co-founder of My Robot Nation, previously a game designer at Sony.