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Programmable Pile of Parts

FPGAs were conceived as “do anything” chips – Jacks of all Trades. Sure, they were crazy expensive for the number of effective gates they offered, they were a lot slower than custom logic doing the same task, and they drank copious quantities of coulombs getting the job done, but they could be programmed to do exactly your bidding. In a lot of designs, that made the FPGA the no-longer-missing link – … Read More → "Programmable Pile of Parts"

Which Wireless Mesh Performs Best?

Those of you with kids, or those of you who were kids in the ‘60s with access to Disney movies, may recall the classic 101 Dalmatians. It’s a story about puppies stolen in the interest of a puppy-fur garment. Rough stuff, actually… Specifically, when the puppies are taken, the puppy’s parents engage a communication mechanism … Read More → "Which Wireless Mesh Performs Best?"

MCUs For the Indecisive

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from. We know we want wireless, but what kind? We want sensor interfaces, but which type? We need networking, but from whom?

Let me introduce you to a little company from Dallas that solves all those problems at once. … Read More → "MCUs For the Indecisive"

Seeing and Being Seen

Vision in living beings is a pretty incredible thing. The eyeball hardware and the brain software seem effortlessly to do what we struggle to do in inorganic hardware and software. But we’re making progress. And, today, we take on two vision topics – but, unlike in the past, they’re not closely related. They’re about two very different aspects of vision. And we’ll take them in the … Read More → "Seeing and Being Seen"

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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
Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance  For high-performance, low-power processing of AI and machine vision algorithms, latency can be critical. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai from Cadence Design Systems about the using the new Vision Q6 processor core for embedded vision and AI applications. Click here for more information about Vision DSPs for … Read More → "Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance"
KSIM: Capacitors  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors"
Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink  5G wireless infrastructure brings daunting design challenges. Fortunately, tools are available that can model and simulate some of the most complex aspects of 5G design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ken Karnofsky of MathWorks about modeling and simulation for beamforming, RF power amplifier linearization, and much more. Click here … Read More → "Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink"
Isolated Your Signals? How About Power?   You’ve isolated your signals, but what about power? Today’s designs require careful engineering of power isolation to keep things working in tough environments. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neel Seshan of Texas Instruments about new components that will help solve your power isolation woes. Click here for more … Read More → "Isolated Your Signals? How About Power?"
Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs  The latest high-speed SerDes standards put high demands on PCB design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Cristian Filip of Mentor about best practices and tools you can apply to implementing and validating the SerDes design on your next circuit board. Click here for more information about SerDes Channel Design … Read More → "Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs"
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"