Eyes scan the optimization options like a master pool player about to run the table against a hapless opponent. Solids and stripes form a map – a complex mathematical model where LUTs and connections melt away and a unique strategy emerges. Quick optimization to get the lay of the land, 7 ball in the side pocket, multiple runs for timing, park the cue ball left to set up for the 5 in … Read More → "Plunify – The Big FPGA Guns"
Few tech areas are hotter right now than smart speakers and smart home assistants, with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Apple Siri all tripping over each other to earn our trust as personal DJ, home shopper, lighting tech, news reporter, and research assistant. Devices ranging from the $50 Echo Dot and Google Home Mini up to $350-$400 Apple Home Pod and Google Home … Read More → "Aaware of Wake Words"
Once again, a news story has appeared in time to provide a topical twist to a story that was already underway. At the beginning of January, distribution giant Arrow Electronics announced that it had bought einfochips – a 1500-person “design and managed services” company. To quote the release, einfochips’ activities include, “developing custom hardware and software and new business models for the Internet of Things (IoT)”. And this announcement neatly … Read More → "The Changing Face of Distribution"
For decades, the idea of embedded FPGA fabric has been hanging around the industry like a comic sidekick – providing entertaining conversation, but never really taking part in the plot. The concept seemed solid enough on paper. Put some LUT fabric on your ASIC along with the other stuff and you get additional flexibility, maybe avoiding the almost-inevitable need to park an expensive FPGA right next to your ASIC when … Read More → "eFPGAs Go Mainstream"
There is no question we are in the era of massively collaborative engineering. The world-changing electronic system technologies being developed today – IoT, autonomous cars, AI, robots – are all the products of thousands or tens of thousands of engineers working together, developing new components, subsystems, software, and techniques. The hive-mind approach permeates just about every type of engineering project, and with large multi-disciplined teams attacking each major task, the level … Read More → "Be a Great Engineer"
“I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.” — Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz
In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we set our sights on open source hardware design. Jake Janovetz (President – Opal Kelly) introduces us to a brand new crowdfunding campaign called the Brain-1. Jake and … Read More → "If I Only Had a Brain-1"