Board to the Future

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a truly unique IoT design. As always, should you or any member of your engineering team be caught or killed, we will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This podcast will self destruct in five seconds… As we all know, IoT designs present us with a unique set of prerequisites and board design challenges. In … Read More → "Board to the Future"

A New Standard for FPGA Peripherals

FPGA boards are quite possibly the most versatile and useful tools in our engineering hardware toolboxes. A competent hardware engineer can grab an FPGA board and pretty quickly solve a wide variety of problems and challenges. Need to accelerate an algorithm in hardware? Want to process data coming in from high-speed peripherals? Have some interconnect, buffering, sensor fusion, or other challenging interface problem? An FPGA board … Read More → "A New Standard for FPGA Peripherals"

SiFive Aims to Change the World

“Call me Ishmael.” – Herman Melville, “Moby Dick”

Call me a skeptic.

There are lots of microprocessor architectures in the world. Maybe too many. There are even plenty of free and open-source processor options. Processors are like opinions: everybody has one. So why is RISC-V any different? What makes anyone think that RISC-V … Read More → "SiFive Aims to Change the World"

Plumbing for High Performance Computing

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, data center technology rules the roost. We can toil away at the world’s greatest IoT design, embedded computer, or specialized IC – but it’s the diligence of datacenter technology that holds the key to the success of our electronic design community. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at two different aspects of data … Read More → "Plumbing for High Performance Computing"
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Posted on Aug 20 at 8:02am by jojo64
I don't know much about processor ISAs but does RISC-V help make software development easier than on ARM-based boards? My experience with anything ARM is that no 2 boards are initialized the same, you may never get newer Linux kernels working which is also related to missing/outdated drivers. It's a ...
Posted on Aug 17 at 11:47am by Kevin Morris
@jojo64, Ah, you got me on HSMC! It should have been in there. We were talking primarily about Xilinx-compatible boards, so HSMC slipped my mind. Regarding photos - good point. We'll try to add some. Thanks for the feedback! Kevin
Posted on Aug 16 at 7:27pm by jojo64
No mention of HSMC? Also, is it EEJournal policy to not have images in articles? Would have been nice to see the connector or at least source links so I don't have to manually search for it.
Posted on Aug 16 at 2:46am by leftygoldblatt
Would it be possible to post a link to the Microsemi DAC paper? I did manage to find this - it has a table that mentions 56x https://www.codasip.com/2017/07/13/microsemi-and-codasips-presentation-at-dac-2017/ It looks like they are mentioning the improvement any baseline RISC (in their table they are comparing with ...
Posted on Aug 15 at 6:50pm by tedspeers
will be happy to spend the time to spread the fever ... won't try though with a reply I will mention one very tangible difference (but by no means the most important difference) between risc-v and ARM or x86 ... unless you buy an architectural license, you cannot change the ARM instruction ...
Posted on Aug 15 at 2:16pm by DanG
"ARM users have the choice of 100+ different vendors (it seems), all of which make chips that are totally 100% compliant with the ARM architecture standard" is not an accurate statement to my point. You are confusing the IC manufacturer/supplier of off-the-shelf components with the IP vendor who enables ASIC/SoC ...
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