App Store for Acceleration

Cloud-based acceleration as a service is officially a thing, for real. You can go online right now, sign up for an AccelStore account, and within minutes (four of them, according to Accelize) you can hop on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OVH platforms and be happily gZIpping at 25x the speed of a CPU, find/replacing 6,000x the speed of sed, real-time transcoding HD BMP video to JPG, and … Read More → "App Store for Acceleration"

The Annual Lithography Issue

It’s that time of year again. The SPIE Advanced Lithography conference has come and gone, and the time has come for our annual update on EUV technology, along with directed self-assembly (DSA). Gone are the days of big news for either of those categories. Which means there’s lots of little news of the update variety.

Let’s start with basic stats for EUV. They represent … Read More → "The Annual Lithography Issue"

Free is a Very Good Price!

When I was a kid, a local furniture mogul gave away free haircuts to entice customers into his showroom. The haircuts were all the same, and on Monday mornings at school it was easy to tell whose mom went furniture shopping over the weekend. Free is an interesting price point. It can mean incredible savings for some really … Read More → "Free is a Very Good Price!"

Silicon Saxony

Even if you are Dresden for a high-tech trade show, like the DATE conference, you cannot avoid the layers of history. For a long time, it was the capital of different incarnations of an independent State of Saxony, in later times sharing a King with Poland. It became part of the German Empire when it united multiple German speaking states in 1871. By the turn of the twentieth century, it … Read More → "Silicon Saxony"

Please Don’t Hit Me!

“One person’s car is another person’s scenery.” — Jonathan Ive

Cars are ridiculously dangerous. They’re easily the greatest threat to the average person’s life, assuming you’re not a soldier in an active warzone (even then…) or a commercial crab fisherman. For teenagers, that’s especially true. Until they’re about 20 years old, an American teen is more likely to be killed … Read More → "Please Don’t Hit Me!"

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Posted on Apr 23 at 11:40am by Jerome19
I'm glad, and not at all surprised, to see the emergence of these offerings from Metrics and CAE. In my view, widespread use of EDA tools in the public cloud is inevitable. I work for a company delivering cloud data management infrastructure and, amongst other things, our platform is being ...
Posted on Apr 23 at 9:14am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of the current state of EUV and DSA?
Posted on Apr 22 at 11:33pm by Kev
Yes, programming (as we know it) is likely to become obsolete. It's just horribly inefficient programming in general purpose languages like C++ on serial processing hardware. The same goes for designing hardware at RTL level. The problem is that the academics have completely failed to come up with an easy ...
Posted on Apr 21 at 2:10am by arnim
Then there's the minor argument about power consumption. FGPAs don't get anywhere near as parsimonious on power as microcontrollers are. Yes, eventually algorithms in hardware, via FPGA or another method, will get better eventually, but microcontrollers won't stand still either. The NREs on hardware design will remain higher for the ...
Posted on Apr 20 at 1:36pm by chrisjwatts
When your project is finished how do you reliably archive it. I have seen archives that were the project files, the CAD software to use them, and the machines to run the software on all went into the vault. I don't see an easy way to achive this when someone ...
Posted on Apr 20 at 2:12am by kirvy
Github hosts one of the largest repositories of closed and open source code. I believe half of their revenue comes from enterprise customers. I don't remember any security incidents where there is a massive breach. (At least not now) The problem is not the infrastructure. The problem is the people ...
Posted on Apr 18 at 10:27am by leftygoldblatt
safety features is good. complete machine control seems ambitious. when all employees of google / tesla / apple? are sending their children across town to school in their contraptions rather than the school bus.... then the rest of us can have a look. They need skin in the game.... without that they ...
Posted on Apr 18 at 10:23am by leftygoldblatt
How would AI create a spreadsheet program? Or design the network drivers for TCP/IP? Do we just show it the RFC documents to read? It's worth remembering that software development is a detailed specification... whether a compiler bakes some of it into a FPGA bitstream or a bunch on ...
Posted on Apr 17 at 2:58pm by Kevin Morris
I once was managing a software team working on a giant EDA project. We were trying to sort out an almost incomprehensible mess with our code, and the company had put serious "lock down" security measures in place - making it almost impossible for our team to get our work ...
Posted on Apr 17 at 10:33am by TotallyLost
https://www.zdnet.com/article/report-1-in-4-public-cloud-users-has-had-data-stolen/
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Apr 25, 2018
In this week'€™s Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the second in a three-part series, Robert Schweiger does a deep dive on the technical aspects of the different sensors on a car: camera, radar, and lidar. For all three sensors the trend is the same: Increased resolution, higher...
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Counterfeit parts and the issues posed by them are a growing concern throughout the electronic industry.  However, counterfeit products are nothing new when it comes to consumer goods, and for many years, in any large city, traveling merchants have sold everything from purse...
chalk talks
Energy Infrastructure For efficient, high-performance power conversion applications, we need to look at solutions like IGBTs and wide-bandgap materials. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steven Shackell from ON Semiconductor about advantages and strategies for designing with high-voltage, high-temperature, high-frequency components. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor Solutions for Energy … Read More → "Energy Infrastructure"
AVX Hi CV SMD Capacitor SolutionsFor high-voltage, high-capacitance applications, you need robust, reliable capacitor solutions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Chris Reynolds from AVX dive deep into the fascinating details of choosing a Hi CV SMD capacitor for your design. Click here for more information about AVX High CV SMD Capacitor Solutions.
Integrating Schematic Integrity Analysis Into Any Design Flow   Schematic integrity problems cause a lot of expensive PCB re-spins. Errors in schematics can lead to schedule delays, manufacturing reruns, support problems, and higher overall project costs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Craig Armenti from Mentor about how Xpedition Schematic Integrity Analysis can help catch and correct errors … Read More → "Integrating Schematic Integrity Analysis Into Any Design Flow"
Passive Infrared Sensors Passive infrared sensors are great solutions for IoT design. With high reliability, low cost, and low power consumption, they are perfect for IoT edge devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jeffrey Katz from Panasonic about the latest in passive infrared sensors for your next design. Click here for more … Read More → "Passive Infrared Sensors"
ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ — The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion CardsFPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC and FMC+) allow easy connection of a wide variety of peripherals to FPGA development boards. But, FMC – and particularly FMC+ put big demands on connector technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about FMC and FMC+ standards, and the connectors that make … Read More → "ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ — The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards"
In-Design DFM Accelerates New Product Design and Introduction ProcessTaking your PCB from design into manufacturing can be a frustrating task. But, with the right up-front planning you can avoid schedule delays and headaches during the transition to production. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah and Bryan LaPointe from Cadence Design Systems about DFM for board design. Click … Read More → "In-Design DFM Accelerates New Product Design and Introduction Process"