Abstracting Register Sequences

Write Once, Use Many

by Bryon Moyer

Noooooo! Are you kidding me? How many times has this happened so far? You know tape-out is tomorrow, right? Dangit! Ok, what it is this time? … Yeah… ok… A timing problem… so in the bring-up sequence, you want to hold the 0 state in that stupid register for an extra cycle? In other words, you guys got the timing wrong and it’s now my job to cover your butts? And now if it doesn’t work or if we’re late, it’s my fault, right? Nice transfer of that hot potato. Jeesh… You realize this is going to need verification, right? I don’t even know if the regression suite can run in time even if we started now! And I need to find all the places where this needs to change… Ok, we’ll get star –

 

The Core of Innovation

Intermolecular and New Materials Discovery

by Amelia Dalton

The journey is not an easy one. Most engineers can't even see the finish line, let alone complete the race. The future of our industry hangs in balance and this is a competition that must be won - one way or another. In this week's fish fry, we investigate the perilous path to new material discovery with Chris Kramer of Intermolecular. Chris and I discuss the materials discovery process, the subtle interaction between process tools and new materials, and the challenges and opportunities new materials can bring. Also this week, we take a closer look at a new type of 3D printed material developed at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute, in Potsdam, Germany that can make simple machines out of 3D printed plastic.

 

Tell Me What to Think

The Crayon Effect and New Product Development

by Jim Turley

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” – proverb

Creativity is a funny thing. It seems so elusive at the time, yet so obvious after the fact. Take the Beatles’ Abbey Road. It’s hard to imagine a world without it. Was there ever really a time when nobody had ever heard “Something” or “Octopus’s Garden” or “Here Comes the Sun?” It seems like those songs have always been around, but before 1969 none of that music existed.

 

Xilinx vs Intel

The New Showdown in Programmable Logic

by Kevin Morris

Sunday! Sunday… SUNDAY! Get your tickets now! Fire-breathing System-in-Package FPGAs square off in a duel for the ages! See Xilinx’s FinFET-powered 16nm TSMC-fabbed UltraScale+ Virtex and Zynq take on Intel’s new Altera-powered Stratix and Arria Generation 10 SoC FPGAs and SiPs. Watch Quartus and Vivado spar for design tool supremacy! Feel the heat as distributors such as Avnet, Arrow and others pile on legions of FAEs armed with development kits, reference designs, and IP blocks in winner-take-all battles for dominance in communications, data center, automotive, industrial, and IoT applications. That’s right, we’ll sell you the whole socket, but you’ll need only the edge.

 

Interim Industrial Security

Icon Labs Firewalls Grandpa Equipment

by Bryon Moyer

The Internet of Things used to be a topic involving more questions than answers. How should we organize the network? What type of sensors? What type of communication? How to store data? Where to store data? Cloud or fog or both?

While I’m not going to suggest that all of those questions have been answered to everyone’s satisfaction (actually, they have been, many different ways, but there’s obviously not universal agreement on those answers), most questions have been muted as compared to the one big remaining question still being shouted from the rooftops: “How do we secure the IoT?” (OK, there are probably some still asking, “Why do I need to secure my IoT?” but we’re not going to tackle that today.)

 

The Only Dot You Will Ever Need

Iota Labs Takes on Physical Push Notifications

by Amelia Dalton

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a Kickstarter campaign! In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we start things off with UC Berkley startup Iota Labs who gives us an up-close introduction to their new physical push notification system called Dot. Also this week, Mike Long from LCR embedded systems joins Fish Fry to discuss the newest advances, challenges, and advantages of using using fiber-optics in embedded designs. To finish things up (and in celebration of Star Trek’s recent 50th Anniversary), we inspect the new Star Trek TNG Bluetooth® ComBadge available for pre-order from ThinkGeek.

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