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.

 

Toward Intelligent Vision

Cadence Tensilica Vision P6

by Kevin Morris

I’m told that the motivation for the iconic 1979 Saturday Night Live skit was a loosening of the US censor restrictions on broadcast television. For the first time, the word “hell” could be uttered on American TV. The story is that the Saturday Night Live writers wanted to celebrate the event by including the word “hell” as many times as possible in one skit.

Steve Martin stood staring off into the distance repeating: “What the hell is that thing?” and a crowd gradually gathers, all asking the same question.

 

The World’s Best Multiplexer

Lattice CrossLink pASSP Fits Into the Odd Spaces in New Designs

by Jim Turley

“Better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond.“ – Anonymous

In biology, it’s known as a niche - a narrowly defined set of circumstances wherein a certain specific plant or creature can thrive. Outside of its niche, the beast in question perishes. Within its niche, however, it is king.

Marketers have hijacked the term, of course, and they use it in a vaguely pejorative way to describe limited market opportunities and conditions. A small-potatoes company is known as a “niche player,” while a specialized business opportunity is dismissed as a “niche market.”


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