Moore’s Law Only Ends Once

I hope you have your seatbelt low and tight across your waist my friends, because we are flying high into cloud-based design in this week’s episode of Fish Fry! With templates, code, tools, fabs and processes in the cloud cargo hold, Naveed Sherwani (CEO – SiFive), Yunsup Lee (CTO/Founder – SiFive), and I are headed straight into the next generation of silicon design. Also this week, … Read More → "Moore’s Law Only Ends Once"

0.6V, and Still the Memory Persisted

A big chunk of the vast, imagined IoT (Internet of Things) includes the industrial IoT (IIoT), which is responsible for controlling and monitoring energy-consuming processes based on large motors, pumps, fans, generators, heavy-duty actuators, heaters, and other high-power equipment. Such IIoT applications aren’t as concerned with low-power design compared to the medical and consumer side of the IoT—wearables and the like. Medical and consumer … Read More → "0.6V, and Still the Memory Persisted"

The Librarian, the Engineer, and the Supermodel

“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” – Robert Half

Life is not a zero-sum game. There is not a finite amount of success, talent, happiness, or intelligence to be distributed among us. Being good at something doesn’t require being bad at something else as compensation. Newton’s Third Law doesn’t apply to … Read More → "The Librarian, the Engineer, and the Supermodel"

Plunify Cloud-powers Xilinx

As FPGA designs have gone from manageable to humongous, the demands on design tools and design tool expertise has risen exponentially. Long gone are the days when an applications engineer could waltz into your lab, click a few magic keys on a laptop, and walk out an hour later, having helped you achieve timing closure on your problematic FPGA design. Now, FPGA tools demand massive amounts … Read More → "Plunify Cloud-powers Xilinx"

High Bandwidth, Modest Capacity

Aaaaand… it’s memory time again. I don’t keep up with every release of memory (who could keep up with that without dedicating their lives to nothing but that?), but here and there we have either technology or application angles to new-memory stories. So, in that vein, we address memory in automotive and AI. Yes, two critical keywords in any tech article these days.Read More → "High Bandwidth, Modest Capacity"

Infinitely Parallel

They say that on a clear day you can see forever. When you look into the clouds, do you see System Verilog? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, you will! Doug Letcher (CEO and President – Metrics Technologies) joins us to chat about details of the Metrics cloud platform, verification 3.0 and why EDA cannot ignore the Cloud any longer. Also this week, we check out a new robotic … Read More → "Infinitely Parallel"

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Posted on Sep 20 at 12:57pm by GregR
There are a number of ways to use Ultra Librarian. To get free access to the library, you can visit UltraLibrarian.com, enter your part number, and do a model search. This will provide the ability to download the symbol, footprint, and 3D model in your CAD format for free. ...
Posted on Sep 20 at 12:24am by Tarik
Hi Jim, Thanks for the article. Please note Ultra Librarian is not free! It costs at least 500$ for single users.
Posted on Sep 18 at 5:42pm by harnhua
Always an honor to be featured here - thank you. The choice of "AI Lab" as the name of our online development environment was meant to depict the Rise of the Machines and how Skynet was going to take over th- ... oops, not really. It came out of a laboratory ...
Posted on Sep 17 at 7:57pm by Kev
Doomed as an approach; it's a long-term side effect of splitting the Silicon processes for CPUs and memory (DRAM). The reason they need more bandwidth is that communication is usually a dimension down from storage, i.e. storage is over the area of the chip (2D) but communication is usually ...
Posted on Sep 17 at 8:07am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Micron's and Cadence's thoughts on memory for automotive, AI, and crypto applications?
Posted on Sep 12 at 10:51am by TotallyLost
And invent stereo vision for depth perception ... hey didn't nature do that a few hundred million years ago?
Posted on Sep 12 at 10:49am by TotallyLost
LOL ... so lesson learned, move your light sources AWAY from the camera :)
Posted on Sep 11 at 1:20pm by TotallyLost
So are they as easily fooled as CNN's that yield horrible classification errors? I'd rather bet lives on real algorithms that are verifiable, rather than the probably works most of the time "magic".
Posted on Sep 10 at 9:18am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of both impingement cooling and Imec's approach to it?
Posted on Sep 6 at 1:23pm by TotallyLost
The ethereum blockchains, Krypton and Shift, had successful 51% attacks in August of 2016. Bitmain, and ASIC company, steadily approaches 51% of BTG. https://bitcoinist.com/bitmain-51-percent-bitcoin-hashrate/ So much for the security talking points.
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Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse   With power capabilities of up to 100W, USB Type-C requires sophisticated protection for cables. These high performance cables and connectors create numerous challenges for protection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Todd Phillips from Littelfuse about the ins and outs of USB Type-C, and the best techniques for cable … Read More → "Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse"
NXP Touch Solution for Mechanical Button Replacement — Mouser Electronics and NXP   Many of today’s systems demand touchscreen technology. If you want to integrate touch into your next design, you should watch this episode of Chalk Talk. Amelia Dalton interviews Clark Jarvis from NXP about trends and solutions in the touch revolution and getting started with the NXP Touch Solution. Click here for more information … Read More → "NXP Touch Solution for Mechanical Button Replacement — Mouser Electronics and NXP"
The 32-Bit Difference: How to Future Proof Your Next Design — Mouser Electronics and NXP  Future-proofing your embedded design can be a daunting challenge. With the wide variety of microcontrollers available today, it can be tricky to choose one that will meet the full lifecycle demands of your product. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brendon Slade from NXP about future-proofing your design with the … Read More → "The 32-Bit Difference: How to Future Proof Your Next Design — Mouser Electronics and NXP"
Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics  We all expect our microcontroller to have robust security features. But, it’s tough to find an MCU that meets all your design goals and incorporates security into every building block of your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Carlson from NXP about the MPC574 microcontroller family, which packs … Read More → "Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Enabling Energy-efficient IoT Solutions — Mouser Electronics and ON Semiconductor   Choosing connectivity solutions for power-sensitive IoT applications can be a tricky process. There are numerous options available, and a host of trade offs to consider in finding a setup that meets your system design goals. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pavan Mulabagal of ON Semiconductor about energy-efficient IoT … Read More → "Enabling Energy-efficient IoT Solutions — Mouser Electronics and ON Semiconductor"
HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution   High-performance FPGA-based prototyping has moved to the desktop. Validation of hardware and software interoperability can now be much more convenient and productive. HAPS 80D from Synopsys delivers a complete hardware and software prototyping solution right to your desk. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neil Songcuan of Synopsys about the … Read More → "HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution"