The Significance of Sparsity

What has sparsity done for you lately? In this episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the challenges that surround on-device artificial intelligence processing. Megha Daga (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the why the presence of zeroes is becoming more and more important in the development of neural networks and how sparsity can be used for bandwidth and compute reduction. In this week’s News You May Have Missed, … Read More → "The Significance of Sparsity"

A Tale of Two Spectrum Analyzers

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” – Satchell Page

Dave Jones, the multitalented proprietor of has posted more than 1100 online videos covering all aspects of electronics, including numerous teardown videos that I used frequently in a prior life to highlight certain revealed design aspects in the equipment he’s torn down. Recently, Jones posted a 1-hour (!) teardown … Read More → "A Tale of Two Spectrum Analyzers"

Xilinx Scores Azure Acceleration Win

Xilinx scored a major win recently, with Microsoft’s Azure cloud group reportedly making a commitment to use Xilinx devices in something like half of their future Azure deployments. Until now, Azure has been solidly in the Intel PSG (Altera) camp for FPGA-based acceleration. Microsoft says that every Azure server for the past several years has been equipped with FPGAs, and, until now, those … Read More → "Xilinx Scores Azure Acceleration Win"

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Posted on Nov 5 at 8:11am by Bryon Moyer
Do you use ALE? Which steps do you use it for?
Posted on Nov 4 at 1:23pm by Jim Turley
Thanks for the well-researched reply. However, I can't quite see which part of the article you're so comprehensively rebutting. It says that hybrid vehicles won't save their owners money on fuel, which is true. The rest is interesting, but somewhat beside the point. Besides, if I'd left out the other ...
Posted on Nov 2 at 1:38pm by JamesGilbert
Love the Anthony Bourdain hook, and I get the stuff about the processors and agree, to some extent, but then the other analogies ... well, I really could have done without them. I think these detract from your main point. I humbly suggest you ought to do some basic homework before ...
Posted on Nov 1 at 1:16pm by Steven Leibson
Spoken like a true linux believer! Let's see. I have driver problems in Windows 10. I protect my large economic and experience inventments in Windows-specific software by running Windows in a virtual machine on top of linux and somehow my driver and performance problems vanish? I have no interest in operating ...
Posted on Nov 1 at 11:16am by lstenberg
Hi Steven, Why not consider to replace your Win10* with linux e.g. the Ubuntu or CentOS variant: free, faster, more stable than win10 to my 30 years of experience with win and linux. Furthermore you get free support from the big world wide communities of linux volunteeers that keep linux ...
Posted on Oct 31 at 8:30am by Karl Stevens
Here's what I think is the key paragraph along with that there's a lot of design that should be done before synthesis and PandR/Timing. "Unfortunately, every CNN model is unique in its topology. So far, at least, there is no one-graph-fits-all approach to CNN design. That means that every ...
Posted on Oct 30 at 1:46pm by Karl Stevens
Since neither C or C++ is suitable for hardware design and SystemVerilog or VHDL are not really suitable to program anything, it is time to step back and think about hardware design: There are inputs, outputs, and functional blocks. Blocks do arithmetic and/or Boolean functions using logic gates or ...
Posted on Oct 29 at 1:02pm by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Rohinni's approach to assembling lots of LEDs?
Posted on Oct 24 at 10:32am by Jim Turley
What do you think of the idea of using virtualization and containers in an embedded system? Wave of the future, or crazy misapplication of technology?
Posted on Oct 23 at 11:04am by
There is another option for the budding entrepreneur, and that is equity crowdfunding . So for your lemonade stand small business, you'd be able to sell equity in your company, the offer process is less stringent and you can raise up to $1 Million in any 12-month period Also "Investors can be ...
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Nov 12, 2018
The title of this post seems pretty generic, after all who wouldn't want correct designs. But actually Correct Designs is the name of a company. They have been working closely with Cadence on PSS, the Accellera Portable Stimulus Standard, and Pespec (officially the Caden...
Nov 9, 2018
Samtec is presenting new products and new technologies at Electronica 2018, as well as our full line of interconnects including High Speed Board-to-Board, High Speed Cable Assemblies, Micro/Rugged, Flexible Stacking, Optics and Precision RF.  We are in a new location this ye...
Oct 31, 2018
There'€™s no doubt that automation and the internet have revolutionized the way products are bought and sold....
Oct 16, 2018
  IC Insights has just published the September Update to The 2018 McClean Report, and one figure (reproduced below) puts yet another nail into the coffin for poor old Moore'€™s Law. Now please take care. There'€™s a vertical line between the 200mm wafers on the left ...
chalk talks
Analog to Digital Converters: A Resolution Revolution — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics   Today’s IoT designs rely on massive amounts of data from a wide range of sensors. One thing most of these systems have in common is the need for high-resolution data converters that can operate on limited power budgets. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Andeen from Maxim Integrated … Read More → "Analog to Digital Converters: A Resolution Revolution — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics"
Optoelectronics: SensorXplorer — Vishay and Mouser Electronics   Many IoT designs require limited vision capabilities – without a full-blown camera interface. Edge devices may need to be able to see light, recognize colors or gestures, or sense presence. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Samy Ahmed of Vishay about using optoelectronics to give enhanced capabilities to your … Read More → "Optoelectronics: SensorXplorer — Vishay and Mouser Electronics"
Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics   Security and power are key considerations in just about every IoT design these days. And, if you don’t start with a microcontroller that has robust security and power features, it can be an uphill battle. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ram Konreddy of Microchip Technology about the new … Read More → "Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics"
Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications  Designing products for reliability and longevity requires a different mindset – and a different tool set from the more common “just get it out the door” engineering methodology. We need to focus on all phases of product life, and do a diligent analysis of the mechanisms that can lead to premature failure in the … Read More → "Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications"
Magnetics: Not Just for Inductors Anymore — KEMET and Mouser Electronics Magnetics have a wide range of new and exciting applications that extend far beyond simple inductors – including temperature sensors, flex suppressors, zero phase current transformers, and more. With all these new uses for magnetics, it pays to keep up on the latest technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "Magnetics: Not Just for Inductors Anymore — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
Molex Antennas: Transforming the IIot Landscape — Molex and Mouser Electronics   RF and antenna design for IoT devices can be a major challenge. Fortunately, Molex has some great turnkey solutions to fit a wide variety of design constraints and project needs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt McWhinney from Molex about the RF and antenna options for IoT designs, … Read More → "Molex Antennas: Transforming the IIot Landscape — Molex and Mouser Electronics"