TI Innovation Challenge Takes Flight

Seven Deadly Synths, Real-time ASL, and Hercules Autopilot

by Amelia Dalton

Gather 'round makers, it’s innovation time! In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re checking out the Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge North America Design Contest with Steve Lyle from TI. Steve introduces us to this year’s super cool winning entries including an advanced new synthesizer that will change how the physically disabled create music, a new wearable that will help the hearing impaired communicate with others, and a full flight control system designed for quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicles that could change how unmanned search and rescue missions are carried out. Also this week, we look into a new IoT product launched by Project Overlord (yes, really).  Read More

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September 03, 2015

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September 02, 2015

Renesas Accelerates Functional Safety Implementation in Industrial Equipment with New RX111 Safety Package Solution

GE Takes Advantage of Latest Intel Processor to Deliver Leading Edge Performance from New Rugged 3U VPX Single Board Computer

Microsemi’s Industry-leading Space Products Support Pluto New Horizons Space Exploration Mission

Altair Semiconductor Adopts Cadence Palladium XP Platform for Advanced IoT SoC Development

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September 01, 2015

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Synopsys Announces Availability of Logic Library and Embedded Memory IP for Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor 40-nm Low-Power Process

Pre-amplifiers extend digitizers dynamic range and sensitivity

Plessey wins £6.7m grant for LED production expansion

August 31, 2015

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BeSpoon’s Position-tracking System Captures and Displays Real-Time Data to Improve Sports Teams’ Performance

Synopsys Named a Visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing

Lime Microsystems and ZyXEL Partner to Deliver Open Source Solutions for Next Generation Wireless Mobile Networks

Synopsys' IC Validator Signoff Physical Verification Delivers 2X Memory Reduction in Latest Release

August 28, 2015

Synopsys Initiates $100 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase Agreement

Proven Power Solutions for Altera Arria 10 FPGA

August 27, 2015

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STMicroelectronics Pushes MEMS Innovation in Smart Things, Smart Environments, and Smart Driving

August 26, 2015

Honeywell Introduces Quadrature Speed and Direction Sensor with Enhanced Reliability

Synopsys Announces Results of Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition

New Power MOSFETs from STMicroelectronics Approach “Perfect” Switching Performance

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What’s in an IoT Name? And Who Goes First?

posted by Bryon Moyer

Some ruminations stimulated by Imec’s IoT discussions in Brussels. (Yesterday)

Blue-Collar Sensors from Microchip

posted by Bryon Moyer

Are your sensors getting a bit too full of themselves, forgetting their roots? Sitting there sipping lattes with pinkies aflight? This time, we go back to the old neighborhood to look at some salt-of-the-earth sensors. (1-Sep)

Fear and Trepidation at Intel

posted by Bryon Moyer

Why was this last round of layoffs so much more… traumatic than past ones? (28-Aug)

WiFi Three Ways from CEVA

posted by Bryon Moyer

CEVA has offered up IP for integrating WiFi into SoCs. Three configurations are optimized for three use cases. (27-Aug)

Why Nigerian Bank Scams Are So Obvious

posted by Jim Turley

The classic "Nigerian bank scam" is so laughably obvious that it can't fool anyone anymore, right? Wrong, and its goofiness is probably deliberate. (20-Aug)

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Silicon Pioneer

Posted on 09/02/15 at 2:34 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
I never found out! Guess it was something like shout louder.

(Almost) Like FPGAs, Only Better

Posted on 09/01/15 at 11:50 AM by TotallyLost

Oh YES smiling

Now for a device that is the best of both ... large dense hard logic IP section for core invariant algorithms, plus a fair sized FPGA section, for the data center compute applications.

Thanks Kevin!

Silicon Pioneer

Posted on 09/01/15 at 1:21 AM by tsalt@gmx.de

Thanks for the article Dick. So what was the correct answer in the assessment?

IoT Security Artifacts

Posted on 08/31/15 at 12:56 PM by bmoyer

Some interesting follow-up discussion going on here: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/6931120-6042732168600444932

In particular, the browser consideration for using CA certificates may not apply...

A New Silvaco Emerges

Posted on 08/31/15 at 9:35 AM by bmoyer

What do you think about the change Silvaco has ahead of them?

Silicon Pioneer

Posted on 08/27/15 at 9:34 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Do you recognise this portrait of Moore?


Posted on 08/26/15 at 11:19 AM by TotallyLost

It comes down to responsibly taking risks and doing due diligence for mitigating and evaluating those risks.

When dealing with other valuable items, there are well established vetting processes, and more importantly required bonds, for doing business.

New FPGAs... From China?

Posted on 08/26/15 at 10:06 AM by kevin

@gobeavs, Achronix is not toast. They are busy making and selling FPGAs. See Steve Mensor's reply on the other thread where you asked about them:

New FPGAs... From China?

Posted on 08/25/15 at 7:14 AM by gobeavs

Speaking of FPGA startups, what is the latest with Achronix?

They must have died by now. I see no new press releases. I see no new funding for them.

They must be toast.

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