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Like Fiber in the Sky

When you’re building out network infrastructure, it’s often that last hundred meters or so that causes the most headache. Sure, there are challenges getting all the huge pipes and big switches to handle the massive bandwidth reliably, but things sometimes get the trickiest when we make that final run to the subscriber. Ethernet cables, fiber, and other wired solutions are expensive, difficult to install, high maintenance, and … Read More → "Like Fiber in the Sky"

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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featured blogs
Jan 16, 2018
The Sunday of IEDM is always two full-day short courses. One is on the future of memory technology, one is on the future of logic technology. This year the logic one was titled Boosting Performance, Ensuring Reliability, Managing Variation in Sub-5nm CMOS . I have to admit I ...
Jan 16, 2018
Samtec will be introducing several new products at DesignCon 2018. All of these products are designed to increase data rates, increase system density, and shrink product footprints, so designers can meet their system signal integrity needs. NovaRay™ High Bandwidth, High ...
Jan 5, 2018
When visitors to CES 2018 want to travel to the Las Vegas Convention Center across town, it will likely be in a fully autonomous vehicle from Lyft getting them there. While this futurist trip will certainly be a first for many riders, this type of point-to-point travel will s...
Jan 10, 2018
Recently, Electronics Products Magazine announced their 42nd Annual Product of the Year award winners, with Cadence Design Systems winning for their Virtuoso® System Design Platform. According to the article, the editors “have chosen [products] they......
Jan 15, 2018
This is the seventh in a series of blog posts showcasing the winning designs from the 27th Annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards. The 1st place winner in the Telecom, Network Controllers & Line Cards  category is Altice Labs, Portugal. This Switching Matrix card is a...
chalk talks
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"
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"