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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"

Amazon and Google in the RTOS World

“One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Monkey see, monkey do. Google acquired Android years ago and turned it into a hugely successful tool for embedded programmers. Now, Amazon has taken over FreeRTOS. Will it become the next Android, a de facto standard for real-time software that … Read More → "Amazon and Google in the RTOS World"

There’s No Business like EDA Business

In this week’s podcast, we welcome Bob Smith from the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance to Fish Fry. Bob and I are chat about why the ESD Alliance and SEMI are joining forces, the ESD Alliance’s plans for DAC this year, and we even fit in a little discussion about wine. Also this week, we check out the new artificial intelligence and machine learning program at this … Read More → "There’s No Business like EDA Business"

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"

PowerVR AX2185 Accelerates Neural Nets

“The greatest danger of AI is that people conclude too early that they understand it.” — Eliezer Yudkowsky

Sometimes accidental discoveries are the best ones. Teflon was supposed to be a refrigerant. The first heart pacemaker was designed as a measuring device, but inventor Wilson Greatbatch put in the wrong resistor value. And Play-Doh was created to clean wallpaper.

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Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment  Arduino can be an excellent platform for professional/commercial application development and deployment. While most engineers associate Arduino with hobby and maker use, Microchip Technology has developed tools and platforms that bring the convenience and ease of Arduino into the professional realm. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bob Martin from … Read More → "Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment"
Debug and Verify FPGA Algorithms with MATLAB and Simulink   Today’s FPGA designs require industrial-strength functional verification. The ad-hoc methods that worked with older, smaller FPGAs just don’t cut it anymore. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about ASIC-strength functional verification with model-based design. Click here for more information about how to verify VHDL and … Read More → "Debug and Verify FPGA Algorithms with MATLAB and Simulink"
Intelligent Power Modules  Intelligent power modules can speed up your project, improve your power consumption, and bring a host of other benefits to your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Divins from Infineon about using Infineon’s intelligent power modules in your next project. Click here for more information about Infineon Technologies … Read More → "Intelligent Power Modules"
Simulation-Based Tuning of Power Electronics Controllers   Power electronics are becoming more complex these days, and simulating your digital power controller gives significant advantages. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Arkadiy Turevskiy of MathWorks about how to tune digital power electronics controllers with simulation. Click here for more information about Simulation-Based Tuning of Power Electronics Controllers.