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How Would You Save Some of the Industry’s Basket Cases?

by Jim Turley

You finally get the phone call. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer are on speakerphone, calling you while you grill hot dogs in the backyard. Beer in one hand, BBQ tongs in the other (and Bluetooth headset in your ear), you shoot the breeze with your ol’ buddies Bill and Steve.

“So, [insert your name here], what’dya say? Do you want to come be the new CEO of Microsoft? Of course, you’d have to move to Redmond, but we could make that worth your while. Company car… big salary… corner office(s)… Do we have a deal?”

Would you take the job? In this scenario, Satya Nadella remains EVP of the company’s Cloud and Enterprise group, reporting to you. You would oversee all of Microsoft’s worldwide operations, controlling business strategy, technical development, licensing terms – you name it.  Read More


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April 23, 2014

UMC Certifies Synopsys IC Validator Physical Verification Tool for 28 nm

Buck Converter from Diodes Incorporated Handles Fast-Changing Loads

RFEL to launch Rapid Product Development System for its HALO video processing technology at CTx 2014

4DSP Brings High-Performance Software Defined Radio to PCI Express Form Factor with the PC722

Synopsys' New ProtoCompiler Software Speeds Time to First Prototype by Up to 3X

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Mouser and ADI Sponsor "Create the Future" Design Contest for Engineers and Students

New ams current-sensing solution for battery management systems needs no shunt resistor

Synopsys Announces Industry's First Complete LPDDR4 IP Solution for High-Performance, Low-Power Mobile SoC Designs

Altera Achieves Industry Milestone: Demonstrates FPGA Technology Based on Intel 14 nm Tri-Gate Process

April 22, 2014

Programmable Hex Voltage Supervisor Has 1% Threshold Accuracy & Built-In EEPROM

Bluetooth® Innovation Series is ‘Can’t Miss’ Training on Wireless Connectivity for the Internet of Things

VESA® and MIPI® Alliance Announce the Adoption of VESA’s New Display Stream Compression Standard

Hillcrest Labs Selected by Lenovo to Bring Motion, Gesture and Cursor Control to Smart TVs

High Gain Amplifiers for Commercial and Military Radar Released by Pasternack

Cadence to Expand Verification Solution with Acquisition of Jasper Design Automation

New ATCA System Management Software from Artesyn Embedded Technologies Could Accelerate Integration of Complex Systems by up to 40 Percent

Altera Changes the Game for Floating Point DSP in FPGAs

April 21, 2014

Xilinx and Open-Silicon Announce Hybrid Memory Cube Controller IP for All Programmable FPGAs

Neuropro SHOWCASES Next Generation eeg monitoring Products based on imec technology

Icon Labs Products Immune to the Heartbleed SSL Bug

Altera and TSMC Collaborate to Bring Advanced Packaging Technology to Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs

April 18, 2014

Agilent Technologies Announces Certification of HDMI 2.0 Test Solution for HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test, With Widest Coverage of Test Items

April 17, 2014

Honeywell’s new Basic Compensated Unamplified Board Mount Pressure Sensors Provide High Durability, Sensitivity and Flexibility

Tanner EDA Announces All-New Digital Place and Route Tool in Release v16.1 of HiPer Silicon Design Suite

Altia Releases Altia Design 11.1 – New GUI Development Editor

The Embedded Software Store Expands Its Site in Support of CPU Architectures Beyond the ARM Architecture

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Attack of the Tiny Terrors

Posted on 04/23/14 at 6:10 PM by Jim Turley

Jim Turley
Very true. And Actel (now Microsemi) has something similar. Farther back, Scenix did all of its peripherals in software; there were no "real" peripherals at all, just code.

CEO For a Day

Posted on 04/23/14 at 6:08 PM by Jim Turley

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Think you've got what it takes to be a Silicon Valley CEO? Let's hear it.

Communications Out of Thin Air

Posted on 04/23/14 at 1:24 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Just to clarify something that comes up frequently in your comments, I never intended to assert that this was specifically energy-free. The point is that the system doesn't have to generate the radiated signal - it bounces the existing one. It, of course,…

Toward Ten TeraFLOPS

Posted on 04/23/14 at 1:09 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
@Kevin,

The big mistake is to assume you really want to cool a multi-megawatt system with air. At some point the energy cost to cool/move the air, is significantly more than the electronics itself -- reflected not only in direct energy costs, but incre…

Freescale Goes Nuts for ARM

Posted on 04/23/14 at 12:28 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
The product line is certainly very interesting ... and is likely to give Microchip and Atmel some competition smiling

The motor controllers and multicore Arm's are a game changer.

Toward Ten TeraFLOPS

Posted on 04/23/14 at 12:21 PM by kevin

kevin
@TotallyLost, I agree. I should have gone into some detail on the memory bandwidth issue in the article. Memory access is not only a dominant performance bottleneck, it is a dominant factor in power consumption as well. For many HPC applications, power is…

Toward Ten TeraFLOPS

Posted on 04/23/14 at 9:39 AM by 70billy

Is there some more detailed info on architecture and interface of such blocks?

Shall we take a conservative factor of 1 over 100 or more in real use? so to say that Altera claims 10 TF/s but in real application maybe 10-50 GF/s, if embedded processors…

Toward Ten TeraFLOPS

Posted on 04/23/14 at 8:01 AM by eorenstain

If this article is supposed to describe the mid to far future then in my mind it fulfills it's target.
This article DOESN'T describe the present. In the present it isn't hard to find a hardware engineer which can write the code needed. It is though very …

Attack of the Tiny Terrors

Posted on 04/23/14 at 2:25 AM by BradL

Don't worry - by the time Microchip gets anywhere near to running low on part numbers, they will have integrated a fractional part number converter circuit on-chip. smiling

The CLC is a nice addition, though they are hardly the first with something like th…

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