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Top Ten Reasons to Be Scared of IoT

“Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” – common phrase attributed to many

I love data. Data is good. (Data are good?) There’s nothing like good firsthand data to fuel informed and rational decision-making.

There’s also nothing like good firsthand data to launch a completely ill-informed product strategy, an Internet meme, a political screed, or a family argument. Data is what you make of … Read More → "Top Ten Reasons to Be Scared of IoT"

Xilinx Previews Next Generation

New Xilinx CEO Victor Peng made his public debut by sketching out the latest vision for the world’s leading FPGA company last week, and it included a bold claim – that Xilinx was inventing an entirely new category of semiconductor device, the Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP). We’ll say right up front that there is precious little information available on these future devices; the first examples of them … Read More → "Xilinx Previews Next Generation"

A New Kind of Flexible Device

“Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” – Mark Twain

One thing we know for sure about semiconductor chips is that they’re really, really, really expensive to manufacture. We’re talking space-program levels of money. It costs many billions of dollars to build a new semiconductor fab, not to mention the acre-feet of water, chemicals, materials, and manpower needed to … Read More → "A New Kind of Flexible Device"

Audio Processing Evolves Like Chip Design

There seems to be a natural progression in our industry. It happened before, more slowly, with basic chip design; now that the concept is well established, it can happen more easily elsewhere.

We’re talking about ways to speed up the design process when designing… well, pretty much anything. But the process arose out of the semiconductor industry as we … Read More → "Audio Processing Evolves Like Chip Design"

GreenWaves Puts Another Spin on IoT Chips

“If reason were fashionable, you would all have reason.” – Fanny de Beauharnais

Five bucks and nine processor cores. That’s the takeaway from GreenWaves’ new GAP8 processor chip.

Oh, and its low power consumption, measured in nanoamps. And parallel-programming tools. And convolutional neural net (CNN) acceleration. And an Arduino-esque development board. That about covers it.

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