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Long Live the (8 Bit) King

There are whispers that their time has come to fade away into the sunset. Time to drift away on the electronic wind with laser discs, Zune players, and VHS. But can the role of 8 bit MCUs in the electronic engineering ecosystem be dismissed so easily? Maybe not. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Nikos Zervas (CEO … Read More → "Long Live the (8 Bit) King"

Is AI the Killer FPGA Application?

Ross Freeman, co-founder of Xilinx, invented the FPGA in 1984. In the 34 years that have passed, FPGAs have been wildly successful and are certainly among the most important electronic devices ever conceived. But during that entire history, tracing the evolution of FPGAs from dozens of LUTs to millions, the FPGA has been the optimal solution for … exactly zero applications.

Don’t get me wrong. FPGAs do one thing … Read More → "Is AI the Killer FPGA Application?"

Xilinx Hits the Road with Daimler

In what appears to be another win for Xilinx’s formidable Zynq SoC FPGA platform, Xilinx and Daimler announced a collaboration on “an in-car system using Xilinx technology for artificial intelligence (AI) processing in automotive applications.” We say this “appears” to be a win for Zynq because Zynq isn’t mentioned by name in the very-vague press release. It does say, however, that the … Read More → "Xilinx Hits the Road with Daimler"

Maybe You Can’t Drive My Car (Yet) Part 2

“I’m completely operational and all my circuits are functioning normally.” — Hal 9000, “2001, A Space Odyssey”

We now have more information about the fatal crash of a self-driving Tesla Model X P100D electric vehicle in Mountain View, California last March, thanks to a Read More → "Maybe You Can’t Drive My Car (Yet) Part 2"

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Jul 13, 2018
This year'€™s CDNLive Silicon Valley user conference had more than 100 presentations from 12 different technical tracks. More than 20 exhibitors participated in the Designer Expo. The customer paper on system-level PDN analysis methodology for an M.2 SSD of IC Packaging/Sig...
Jul 12, 2018
A single failure of a machine due to heat can bring down an entire assembly line to halt. At the printed circuit board level, we designers need to provide the most robust solutions to keep the wheels...
Jun 29, 2018
Once you'€™ve made the correct decision to add Speedcore eFPGA IP to your ASIC or SoC design, the next question you'€™ll need to answer is how large to make the eFPGA. That'€™s a multi-dimensional question because Speedcore eFPGAs contain many types of blocks including:...
chalk talks
PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications   Sometimes you’d like to just press reset after an overcurrent event. For those kinds of designs, a PPTC device is exactly what you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Lineman from Littelfuse about resettable overcurrent protection with PolySwitch PPTC, and how it can help your next design. … Read More → "PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications"
Bluetooth Low Energy for Automotive   Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) is showing up all over the IoT these days, but what about automobiles? It turns out BLE is great for a number of automotive applications as well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Stephen Limoges from Texas Instruments about BLE for automotive use. Click here … Read More → "Bluetooth Low Energy for Automotive"
Crossover Processors: The Best of Both WorldsSometimes you need the capabilities of both an applications processor AND a microcontroller. Luckily, NXP’s new “crossover” devices give you just that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mario Centeno and Gowri Chindalore from NXP about a new type of processor that brings you the best of both worlds. Click here … Read More → "Crossover Processors: The Best of Both Worlds"
New Defense and Aerospace ProductsIf you’re working on mil-standard systems and are worried about SWaP-C (and who isn’t?) you know that getting a reliable, off-the-shelf DC to DC converter and filter are critical to the success of your system. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kai Johnstad of Vicor about solving mil-standard COTS power problems. … Read More → "New Defense and Aerospace Products"
Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?Choosing the right circuit protection is a crucial design decision. Both diodes and multilayer varistors have advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right one for your application can be tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dean Beckley from AVX about choosing the best protection option for your next design. Click … Read More → "Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?"
Communication and Networks in the Modern VehicleThe modern automobile is practically a data center on the highway, and one of the most critical aspects of a data center is communications and networking. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Vik Patel of Infineon about the trends in automotive communication and networking, and the latest solutions from Infineon. Click … Read More → "Communication and Networks in the Modern Vehicle"