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Broadcom, Qualcomm, and Call of (Fiduciary) Duty

We’re all in something like our fourth month of sitting and watching the slow motion drama of Broadcom’s attempted acquisition of Qualcomm. It seems everyone has an opinion on whether the merger would be a good thing or bad thing, and debate rages on as the fluid situation repeatedly escalates and then cools. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess whether … Read More → "Broadcom, Qualcomm, and Call of (Fiduciary) Duty"

IP Thieves at the Gate

We all know that cybersecurity, software piracy, and IP theft are becoming bigger and bigger problems in today’s semiconductor industry. But what can we do about it? Dragging our heels and pretending that it’s not a problem isn’t really working out so well, and those cyber thieves are only getting more sophisticated. In this week’s Fish Fry, we welcome Ted Miracco (CEO … Read More → "IP Thieves at the Gate"

Connecting the Next Billion

How many smartphones have you purchased in the last decade? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, MediaTek General Manager Finbarr Moynihan joins us to discuss how the smartphone revolution is facilitating new avenues of engineering experimentation. Finbarr and I investigate why form factors and feature sets are changing the engineering ecosystem, and how predictive technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence … Read More → "Connecting the Next Billion"

The Steady March of Progress

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

To no one’s great surprise, ARM has released a new set of microprocessor cores.

You could almost set your watch by ARM’s upgrade announcements, so regular and predictable have they become. What’s this – about the umpty-fifth new processor to come out of the British-based, Japanese-owned company in about … Read More → "The Steady March of Progress"

Cracking a WALNUT

It’s almost obvious that this would be a problem. Well… part of it is obvious; part not so much.

What do accelerometers do? They measure acceleration – including periodic acceleration, more commonly known as vibration. Any vibration within the designed frequency range is subject to detection.

And what is the most prevalent kind of vibration? Sound. And what’s one really popular way to enjoy … Read More → "Cracking a WALNUT"

Bring Back That Vinyl Feelin’

Calling all audiophiles, music lovers, and DJs in the crowd — this Fish Fry is for you! How can the audio quality of a million dollar professional mixing console be transformed into a mobile device? That may sound like an audio impossibility, but lossless high-resolution audio can now be held in the palm of your hand. In this week’s episode, Carl Alberty (Vice President – … Read More → "Bring Back That Vinyl Feelin’"

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featured blogs
Feb 23, 2018
The IEEE-SA has a policy of keeping standards active by making sure they get a cycle of updates every 10 years. Including Verilog, SystemVerilog has been going on a cycle of updates every 5±1 years since 1995. I wrote here about the updates to 1800-2009 and 1800-2012, and no...
Feb 23, 2018
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chalk talks
Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation SensingInductive sensing is a reliable, accurate, and robust technology for a wide variety of position, rotation, metal detection and spring compression measurement applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anjana Govil of Texas Instruments about how you can use inductance-to-digital converters to take advantage of inductive sensing in your next design. Click … Read More → "Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing"
Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode ModuleWant to add plug-and-play Bluetooth to your design, but need to have 4.0 dual-mode? Now there is a solution that spans the gamut of Bluetooth technologies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Richkas of Microchip about a new module that provides 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth in a ready-to-use configuration. Click here … Read More → "Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module"
SystemVision® Multi-discipline System Verification DatasheetThe SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets you explore concepts, validate performance specifications, investigate architectural partitions, and integrate implementation-level details, all in an easy-to-use virtual prototyping environment. Focus on a single design domain, or combine multiple domains, for full-system verification.
It’s an Analog World After AllIt’s an analog world out there.  And, while most microcontrollers offer terrific features in the digital and software domain, Microchip has a new family of MCUs with Intelligent Analog capabilities that can make a huge difference in connecting your design to the real world. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Alexis … Read More → "It’s an Analog World After All"
Enabling the Internet of Things: Introducing Atmel SAM D20 Cortex M0+ FamilyYour design needs to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), doesn’t it? Connecting your device to the rapidly expanding IoT opens up a wide world of potential new capabilities. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andreas Eieland (Atmel) about some amazing new devices that can dramatically simplify the task of getting … Read More → "Enabling the Internet of Things: Introducing Atmel SAM D20 Cortex M0+ Family"
Advanced Smart Display SolutionsIn today’s mobile designs, displays are one of the most important components in differentiating your product. As a result, more people are designing high-resolution displays into mobile devices. But, adding a high-res display to your design can be a complex task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Pavel Klinger (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) about GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ solutions for the … Read More → "Advanced Smart Display Solutions"