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GlobalFoundries Puts Their Cards on the Table

Just over a month ago, GlobalFoundries (GF among friends) had their technology conference, and it would appear that they stored up all kinds of news to release at the same time. Some announcements were more significant than others; we’ll review what’s new here, with a focus on the bigger issues and a passing nod to the others.

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Quantum’s Leap

Warning: This week’s Fish Fry may keep you up at night. We survey some of the scary security challenges facing us in the coming age of quantum computing. SecureRF CEO and President Louis Parks joins us to discuss a wide range of IoT security-related issues including endpoint authentication and identification, quantum resistance, and data accumulation. Also this week, we take a … Read More → "Quantum’s Leap"

Getting En-Meshed in Bluetooth

“You need to be careful with a Bluetooth headset, because some guys look crazy with them.” – Neil Strauss

If you shout “Bluetooth!” in a crowded theater, most people will think, “earpiece,” or “car phone,” or “Danish king with iffy dental work.” Or they’ll just think you’re a nerd. But few will think, “hmmm… mesh networking.”

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Achronix Leaps Forward

With the announcement that the company became profitable in Q1 2017, that year-to-year growth will exceed 700%, and that 2017 revenues will pass the $100 million mark, Achronix has successfully made the challenging transition from speculative FPGA startup to viable, self-sustaining company. This alone is a remarkable achievement, in the wake of numerous well-managed enterprises that tried and failed to reach that same elusive milestone. The road to “profitable FPGA company” is littered … Read More → "Achronix Leaps Forward"

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featured blogs
Nov 17, 2017
CASPA is the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association. Once a year they have their annual conference and dinner banquet. I ended up getting involved with them a few years ago when I stepped in with 24-hours' notice to moderate a panel session for them, plu...
Nov 15, 2017
SuperComputing 2017 remains in full force this week from the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.  There are lots of activity in presentations, seminars, demonstrations and exhibits on the tradeshow floor. Stay tuned to the Samtec blog the rest of the week for more highligh...
Nov 16, 2017
“Mommy, Daddy … Why is the sky blue?” As you scramble for an answer that lies somewhere between a discussion of refraction in gasses and “Oh, look—a doggie!” you already know the response to whatever you say will be a horrifyingly sincere “B...
Nov 07, 2017
Given that the industry is beginning to reach the limits of what can physically and economically be achieved through further shrinkage of process geometries, reducing feature size and increasing transistor counts is no longer achieving the same result it once did. Instead the...
chalk talks
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"
Hardware Acceleration in C: Breaking Performance BarriersSometimes you need your C code to run really, really fast. But for most teams, hiring hardware experts to design accelerators just isn’t feasible. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Ma of Xilinx about hardware acceleration for your C applications – with no hardware design team required. Click here for … Read More → "Hardware Acceleration in C: Breaking Performance Barriers"
Fixed Point, Floating Point – What Are the Needs of DSP Applications?When implementing DSP algorithms, the tradeoff between fixed- and floating-point math can have huge implications on performance and precision. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pushkar Patwardhan of Cadence Design Systems about making the critical decisions on floating-point versus fixed-point. Click here for more information about Tensilica Customizable Processor and DSP IP.
Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the PuzzleThe switch to LED lighting creates huge opportunities for IoT in addition to the obvious power and cost benefits. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Bolan and Bob Householder of Avnet about the fascinating and exciting engineering innovations following in the wake of LED technology.
Targeting SDR Design to HardwareSoftware defined radio (SDR) design is a complex dance of hardware and software. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Noam Levine from MathWorks about how to simplify the implementation of SDR in hardware. Click here for more information about Software-Defined Radio (SDR) solutions from MathWorks.