MCUs For the Indecisive

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from. We know we want wireless, but what kind? We want sensor interfaces, but which type? We need networking, but from whom?

Let me introduce you to a little company from Dallas that solves all those problems at once. … Read More → "MCUs For the Indecisive"

Silicon Carbide’s Time to Shine

We’re running the gamut of electronic design in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Chris Dries (CEO – UnitedSiC) and I discuss some common cascode issues facing hardware designers today and what UnitedSiC is doing to help ease the pain of those issues. We also chat about the advantages (and limitations) of silicon carbide and why he thinks silicon carbide will become the semiconductor of choice for power … Read More → "Silicon Carbide’s Time to Shine"

AI at the IoT Endpoint

Computation is entering an era of unprecedented heterogeneous distribution. The diverse demands of IoT applications require everything from heavy-iron, deep-learning data-crunching to ultra-low-latency snap recognition and judgment. Our IoT devices and systems must be simultaneously aware and responsive to their own local context and able to harness the power of massive compute resources for more global issues. A self-driving vehicle can’t afford to send gobs … Read More → "AI at the IoT Endpoint"

Seeing and Being Seen

Vision in living beings is a pretty incredible thing. The eyeball hardware and the brain software seem effortlessly to do what we struggle to do in inorganic hardware and software. But we’re making progress. And, today, we take on two vision topics – but, unlike in the past, they’re not closely related. They’re about two very different aspects of vision. And we’ll take them in the … Read More → "Seeing and Being Seen"

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Posted on May 21 at 8:29am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of double quantum wells as qubits?
Posted on May 16 at 10:02am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Cadence's new vision IP and Micron's new memory?
Posted on May 12 at 2:53am by TotallyLost
And why is this important ... because a large number of high end devices that failed due to market pressure post DOT. COM bust, can now be re-implemented at COTS prices and be highly profitable.
Posted on May 12 at 2:43am by TotallyLost
Probably the most notable thing about the smallest Polarfire device with 109K LUTs, is that it's probably significantly more powerful than Xilinx's decade old flagship Virtex-II and Virtex-II/PRO products (XC2V8000 with 104K LUT's and XC2VP125 with 125K LUT's), at a tiny fraction of the Xilinx list price ... ...
Posted on May 7 at 8:35am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think about what Coventor has added to SEMulator3D?
Posted on May 2 at 2:47pm by Kev
None of the processors have really been RISC for a long time, the ISAs are for RISC processors of long ago, and the internals of the CPUs are now largely independent of the instruction sets. MIPS guys told me a while back they were breaking with backward compatibility because they ...
Posted on May 2 at 11:14am by Karl Stevens
Finally some sanity! The mythical "execute all instructions in one cycle" BS was pure nonsense from day one. Loads and stores take one cycle PLUS THE MEMORY ACCESS TIME -- meanwhile IF THERE ARE ANY IN THE PIPE they can execute. CPUs circa 1960 -- almost 60 years ago -- had interleaved ...
Posted on Apr 30 at 8:55am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Excelfore's infrastructure for enabling the car/cloud conversation?
Posted on Apr 26 at 6:52pm by TotallyLost
It took less for the advanced civilizations from thousands of years ago to be wiped from existence ... where only grand buildings and public projects remain, without any other clues about their lives. We have trouble deciphering their stone tablets ... I suspect those that follow us will have even a harder ...
Posted on Apr 26 at 6:39pm by TotallyLost
or all the programmers will be lynched in the great socialist intellectual purge that follows from mass unemployment.
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If you manufacture overseas and ship into the U.S.A, you may have a longer waiting time in Customs than you would prefer.  Some of this waiting time could be eliminated by becoming part of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), one layer of the U.S. Custom...
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Yesterday I wrote about the first part of Krste Asanović's presentation Accelerating AI: Past, Present, and Future. Although yesterday's post only covered the past. Today, it's time for the present and future. Graphics Processing Units GPUs were originally d...
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That Moment When You Can’t Get MLCCs (and what to do about it)   There’s a major shortage of MLCC capacitors these days, but that just might be your opportunity to check out the advantages of Tantalum Polymer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about the special properties of Tantalum Polymer capacitors. Click here for more information about KEMET KOCAP … Read More → "That Moment When You Can’t Get MLCCs (and what to do about it)"
Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs  The latest high-speed SerDes standards put high demands on PCB design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Cristian Filip of Mentor about best practices and tools you can apply to implementing and validating the SerDes design on your next circuit board. Click here for more information about SerDes Channel Design … Read More → "Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs"
Deep Learning with MATLAB   Many engineers want to take advantage of deep learning in their applications, but don’t have the AI background needed to develop the models. MathWorks is out to change all that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Girish Venkataramani from the MathWorks about using MATLAB to build deep learning applications. … Read More → "Deep Learning with MATLAB"
Smart IoT Design  To get your IoT product to market fast, you need a capable development platform and processor. Getting rid of the friction in your development process can help keep your schedule on track. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Mark Ruthenbeck of NXP about using the latest generation of the i.MX … Read More → "Smart IoT Design"
Bluetooth Low Energy for Automotive   Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) is showing up all over the IoT these days, but what about automobiles? It turns out BLE is great for a number of automotive applications as well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Stephen Limoges from Texas Instruments about BLE for automotive use. Click here … Read More → "Bluetooth Low Energy for Automotive"
Via to Via Coupling Through Plane Cavities   Via to via crosstalk can be a challenging issue in PCB design, and there are a number of myths and misconceptions about how to best reduce it. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Fadi Deek from Mentor about the physics behind via to via crosstalk and how to best … Read More → "Via to Via Coupling Through Plane Cavities"