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Decoding Silicon Valley

“Silicon Valley is not a magical place, but magical things happen there.” – Jonathan C. Baer

Earlier this week, more than 100 engineering consultants, a few marketers, and four mad scientists (self-proclaimed “consulting physicists”) met under the auspices of the IEEE-CNSV—that’s the Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley—to schmooze, eat Stuft pizza, and hear serial … Read More → "Decoding Silicon Valley"

Xilinx Strikes Back – Kinda

This week, Xilinx hit us with a duo of SerDes-related announcements – a demonstration of 112G PAM4 electrical signaling technology for optical networks, and the addition of 58G PAM4 transceivers to some of their 16nm Virtex® UltraScale+™ devices. The announcements were made at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Expo (OFC 2018), where Xilinx demonstrated what they claim are the industry’s first 112G PAM4 transceivers. (We think they mean “first … Read More → "Xilinx Strikes Back – Kinda"

Intel FPGA Hits its Stride

Any time a company goes through a major acquisition, there is a period of slowdown and uncertainty. Organizational and cultural norms are stirred into a boiling cauldron of corporate chaos, org charts are pruned and rebuilt, goals are reset, and inevitably projects and products are delayed. In the worst cases, entire product lines and customer bases can be lost. In the best cases, things are a bit shaky and … Read More → "Intel FPGA Hits its Stride"

DVCon and the Big Data Problem

Design and verification technologies are front and center in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. DVCon General Chair Dennis Brophy joins us with a special sneak peak of the 2018 Design and Verification Conference. Dennis and I chat about how the biggest trends are reflected at DVCON, including machine learning, automotive technologies, and big data analysis. We also discuss the addition of shorter format workshops to … Read More → "DVCon and the Big Data Problem"

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Mar 16, 2018
MICRO RUGGED CONNECTORS Most designers think the smaller the connector, the more fragile and delicate it is.  We don'€™t usually think of micro pitch connectors as being rugged, as being able to handle high mating cycles, or as having robust mechanical strength on the PCB,...
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Enabling IoT Applications with Bluetooth 5 and Thread Bluetooth Low Energy is a critical element of just about every IoT device these days. Super low power consumption, wireless connectivity, and robust features make BLE ideal for IoT edge devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pratyush Dave from Nordic Semiconductor about how to easily add the very best … Read More → "Enabling IoT Applications with Bluetooth 5 and Thread"
Choosing the Proper SuperCap   Supercapacitors bring impressive benefits to numerous applications. But, most designers don’t know the ins and outs of designing with these capable capacitors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Shawn Hansen of AVX about how to take advantage of the latest generation of supercapacitors in your next design. Click here … Read More → "Choosing the Proper SuperCap"
RSL10 Product Family – New Bluetooth Low Energy Solutions Bluetooth Low Energy is showing up in all kinds of applications these days. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steven Dean of ON Semiconductor about how to integrate Bluetooth Low Energy into your next design with ON Semiconductor’s latest technology. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor RSL10 Multi-Protocol … Read More → "RSL10 Product Family – New Bluetooth Low Energy Solutions"
USB Type-C and Power DeliveryUSB Type-C is spreading like wildfire in the market, but including USB Type-C support in your system can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Tyler from ON Semiconductor about simplifying USB Type-C implementation across a broad range of applications. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor USB … Read More → "USB Type-C and Power Delivery"
Wireless Connectivity Front End SolutionsWhen adding WiFi to your design, the RF section poses some major challenges. With today’s 2.4- and 5-GHz spectrum getting more and more crowded, it takes some careful design to get the signals you want and filter out all the noise and interference. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Testa … Read More → "Wireless Connectivity Front End Solutions"
Bourns RS-485 Port ProtectionProper circuit protection is critical in nearly every design today. But, it can be challenging to choose the right solution from the numerous options available. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wayne Dossey from Bourns about port protection, industrial communications, harsh electrical environments, and RS-485. Click here for more information about Bourns® … Read More → "Bourns RS-485 Port Protection"