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Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts

“Roses are red / Violets are blue / I’m schizophrenic / And so am I” – Oscar Levant

Two heads are better than one, and everyone’s stuck their head into the multicore business. Even little $1 microcontrollers have dual processor cores now, including those from MCU titan Microchip.
Just this week, Microchip announced two new (and unrelated) devices, both of which can claim a small first in … Read More → "Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts"

The Changing Face of Distribution

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"

New Layers of Complexity

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we get to have our functional safety verification cake and eat it too! We’re talking about one of my all-time favorite subjects: cars! Fish Fry welcomes Sanjay Pillay (CEO of Austemper) to talk about functional safety in the world of SoCs and ASICs, how to tackle fault injection campaigns, and the future of the verification of autonomous … Read More → "New Layers of Complexity"

99 Problems but IO Ain’t One

Get ready my friends. We’re heading into the middle of the desert, we’re diving to the bottom of the sea, and we’re even going all the way into space. Why? Because we can. Because we have the right enclosure for our next electronic design. A lot of you out there are developing designs that need to go into the harshest of environments, … Read More → "99 Problems but IO Ain’t One"

Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing?

If you live in Germany, the term Industry 4.0 (or rather Industrie 4.0) will be familiar to you. The term comes from an initiative backed by the German Government, to the tune of Euros 1 billion, to improve manufacturing through the use of modern technology. There is direct interest from Chancellor Angela Merkel and involvement by two senior ministers, and many of the big German manufacturing companies are playing a part in … Read More → "Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing?"

Our 3D Printed Universe

Move over niche applications, 3D printing is headed to prime time! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the evolution of 3D printing and investigate how 3D printed materials are changing the prototyping landscape. Rich Stump from FATHOM joins me to discuss the how 3D printed material allows them to help designers and engineers make the “un-makeable”. We … Read More → "Our 3D Printed Universe"

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featured blogs
Jul 13, 2018
This year'€™s CDNLive Silicon Valley user conference had more than 100 presentations from 12 different technical tracks. More than 20 exhibitors participated in the Designer Expo. The customer paper on system-level PDN analysis methodology for an M.2 SSD of IC Packaging/Sig...
Jul 12, 2018
A single failure of a machine due to heat can bring down an entire assembly line to halt. At the printed circuit board level, we designers need to provide the most robust solutions to keep the wheels...
Jun 29, 2018
Once you'€™ve made the correct decision to add Speedcore eFPGA IP to your ASIC or SoC design, the next question you'€™ll need to answer is how large to make the eFPGA. That'€™s a multi-dimensional question because Speedcore eFPGAs contain many types of blocks including:...
chalk talks
Isolated Your Signals? How About Power?   You’ve isolated your signals, but what about power? Today’s designs require careful engineering of power isolation to keep things working in tough environments. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neel Seshan of Texas Instruments about new components that will help solve your power isolation woes. Click here for more … Read More → "Isolated Your Signals? How About Power?"
Energy Infrastructure For efficient, high-performance power conversion applications, we need to look at solutions like IGBTs and wide-bandgap materials. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steven Shackell from ON Semiconductor about advantages and strategies for designing with high-voltage, high-temperature, high-frequency components. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor Solutions for Energy … Read More → "Energy Infrastructure"
AVX Hi CV SMD Capacitor SolutionsFor high-voltage, high-capacitance applications, you need robust, reliable capacitor solutions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Chris Reynolds from AVX dive deep into the fascinating details of choosing a Hi CV SMD capacitor for your design. Click here for more information about AVX High CV SMD Capacitor Solutions.
Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best PerformanceSilicon Carbide MOSFETs can outperform conventional transistors in a number of intriguing ways, but few engineers know how to design with them. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Xuning Zhang and Sujit Bangeree of Monolith Semiconductor about how to design Silicon Carbide MOSFETs from Littelfuse into your next design. Click here … Read More → "Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best Performance"
Thermal Management SolutionsAdvanced thermal management materials can have a big impact on getting the heat out of your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Emal Rustemi from Panasonic about the latest advances in thermal management materials, and how you can take advantage of them in your system design. Click here for more … Read More → "Thermal Management Solutions"
Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?Choosing the right circuit protection is a crucial design decision. Both diodes and multilayer varistors have advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right one for your application can be tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dean Beckley from AVX about choosing the best protection option for your next design. Click … Read More → "Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?"