Bridge Over Pixelated Water

CrossLink Changes the Camera Interface Game

by Amelia Dalton

We're talking about the building blocks of electronic design in this week's Fish Fry. First, we take a closer look at some groundbreaking transistor technology. We investigate new research coming out of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology that could finally make graphene tunneling transistors a reality. Also this week, we examine Lattice Semiconductor's CrossLink pASSP with Subra Chandramouli. Subra and I dive down into the details of this new programmable bridging device and reveal how ASSP and the FPGA parts of the CrossLink story can help you with your next camera or interface-enhanced design.

 

Challenging Challenge Questions

Do They Really Provide the Best Security?

by Bryon Moyer

The developed world – particularly the US – is a complex environment replete with residents from diverse places and backgrounds with widely differing experiences. But it’s not a homogeneous mix: cities will be more diverse than rural areas, and, even within cities, you’re going to get clusters of people with shared characteristics.

Well, there appears to be a cluster of people – not sure where – that have the following traits:
• They’ve lived in one place and went to one set of schools.
• They’ve had one set of friends for their entire life.
• They have clear favorites of everything. And those favorites never change, ever. By the time they’re 25, they have a favorite pet, movie, book, teacher, TV show, musician, song, everything. And even though they have 60 years ahead of them, those favorites will stick.

 

Cooling Off Accelerated Computing

Intel/Altera Attacks Memory Bottleneck

by Kevin Morris

A battle is on to claim supremacy in the next generation of computing. Alliances are forming, battle plans are being forged, and armies are amassing.

The enemy, quite simply, is power. No matter what kind of computing we’re doing, from IoT edge devices to massive data center and high-performance computing (HPC) server applications, the single limiting factor is energy consumption. Our IoT device may have to survive indefinitely on minuscule doses of harvested energy. Our mobile device needs to live an entire day on a single battery charge. Our server farm has to achieve the maximum possible throughput, limited by the amount of energy the power company can provide and the amount of heat we can pump out of the building.

 

Code, Copyright, and Craziness

Google and Oracle Battle it Out Over Code Copyright

by Jim Turley

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” – Chris Robinson

I’m not a lawyer (thankfully), but that won’t stop me from rendering a legal opinion: This is nuts.

Let’s start with a car analogy. You decide that your trusty, rusty Ford F-150 pickup truck needs an oil change and a new oil filter. You buy the oil and the filter at your local auto-parts store, jack up the old wreck, and proceed to change them both in your driveway. Ford has no problem with this.

 

Nanoparticle Resists

Are They Next In Line for Aggressive Nodes?

by Bryon Moyer

Back when we covered the state of EUV lithography, we mentioned yet another ongoing resist tale: that of nanoparticles. It seemed like its own independent story, but, as it turns out, it’s part of a larger narrative – one we’ve already broached in the past.

This whole resist angle of EUV has dragged me kicking and screaming deeper into the world of chemistry, a realm where I don’t exactly feel at home. And yet, there are some interesting things going on, so I do the best I can. The good news is that many of you may also not be chemists, and so I can share the discomfort. You’re welcome.

 

Planes, Trains, and Processors

Embedded Processor Boards, Intel Inside, and Concurrent Technologies

by Amelia Dalton

A vapor trail streams across an empty sky. Steel wheels slowly grind to a halt in the early morning fog. We're headed to the heart of critical embedded system design in this week's Fish Fry. Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) and I chat about overcoming the challenges of high performance embedded computing, the importance of security in Intel-based processor cards, and what the “Under 17 Car Club" is all about. Also this week, we attempt to unravel the mysteries of industrial power supply design.

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