The Goldilocks of Flash Memory

“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.” — William Gibson

The first impression wasn’t good. The opening PowerPoint slide showed the usual company logo, some pleasing clipart, and a punchy slogan. It read, “Inventing memory for things™.”

Really? That was the best tagline you could come up with? What did that little bon mot cost you, or was it the third runner-up … Read More → "The Goldilocks of Flash Memory"

QuickLogic Heats Up eFPGA

We’ve written several times now about the numerous advantages of putting FPGA fabric into your ASIC or SoC, rather than parking an FPGA next to it. Most teams designing custom chips these days have some kind of need for the flexibility of programmable logic, whether it’s to manage connectivity with a diverse or changing set of interfaces, perform compute acceleration for complex tasks, fuse data from multiple … Read More → "QuickLogic Heats Up eFPGA"

What Is a Smart City?

What do you think of when you hear the term “Smart Cities”? Parking apps? Lighting with sensors? Both of those are certainly part of the picture, but, in Europe, the entire picture could go far beyond those applications.

Through a presentation at an Imec event adjacent to their recent ITF event in Antwerp, and bolstered by a conversation with Imec’s John Baekelmans, I saw a far … Read More → "What Is a Smart City?"

Heavy Lifting Hardware

It’s time to break out your barbells, chalk powder and protein shakes, because we’re going to be doing some serious heavy lifting in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Instead of letting our biceps and triceps do all the work, how about we pull in some heavy-duty hardware to help us out? First up, we bring in Lisa Minwell from eSilicon who joins us to chat … Read More → "Heavy Lifting Hardware"

Aggressive with Passives

Most of us think about capacitors the way a chef thinks about salt – knowing that it’s never the star of the show, having a keen awareness that you need just the right amount, being vaguely conscious of the fact that there are multiple, subtly different types… When we’re debugging our board, there are often times when something mysteriously isn’t working right. When all … Read More → "Aggressive with Passives"

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discussion
Posted on Jul 24 at 8:14am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think about Imec's "living labs" approach to smart cities?
Posted on Jul 21 at 10:28pm by TotallyLost
A couple decades ago the crypto folks declared that SSL was rock solid, yet a number of hacks have proven otherwise since. The leaks disclosing BULLRUN successes, and the NSA's ties to premier security companies for back doors, does leave me very skeptical about hardware solutions that have large claims. ...
Posted on Jul 21 at 12:04pm by Bryon Moyer
I can't comment on these things myself, but the teams claim to have done a lot of work testing out the entropy, and they say it's so good that no additional circuits are needed. Obviously they'll need to put data out there at some point to bolster the case, but, ...
Posted on Jul 20 at 3:03pm by TotallyLost
So, following up on Susan Fowler's paper, did you ask questions about her take on women in engineering, and racing?
Posted on Jul 20 at 3:30am by TotallyLost
It's been several decades since I took the intro VLSI design class, and probably still have my copy of Introduction to VLSI Design. I'm not a chip designer. But there are likely to be several gotcha's with this process. The first is assuming these PUF arrays will produce random results ...
Posted on Jul 18 at 4:33pm by TotallyLost
Hopefully Intel is listening, and can correct these issues with Altera parts.
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Insatiable Bandwidth: Why HBM is Right For YouNothing can jam your system up like a lack of memory bandwidth. For many applications, DDR4 isn’t enough to meet  our performance needs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher about using High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) which brings incredible memory bandwidth to demanding applications. Click here for more information about comprehensive memory … Read More → "Insatiable Bandwidth: Why HBM is Right For You"