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Silicon Stagnation

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, MEMS and sensors visionary Alissa Fitzgerald and I chat about emerging technologies in the MEMS and sensors ecosystem. We investigate how research and development is changing the MEMS landscape and why Alissa thinks that silicon sensor technology could be at risk of stagnation due to waning research efforts. Also this week, we check out the details of a new “sweaty” humanoid … Read More → "Silicon Stagnation"

Another RISC-V Religious Conversion

“It will require a great deal more than a letter of appeal to achieve conversion.” — Fredrik Bajer (1837–1922)

You could see them coming a mile off. Two nice young men, riding bicycles. They wore pressed white shirts and black ties when they came to my door and asked if I’d heard The Good News. If not, they’d be happy to sit with me and … Read More → "Another RISC-V Religious Conversion"

EE Journal’s Live Coverage of the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress

Our EE Journal Team went to the 2017 MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress in San Jose. We listened as MEMS and sensor industry experts broke down the challenges and opportunities of the industry. Presentations focused on system level solutions incorporating MEMS and sensor devices and components, unique applications and innovative technological and market solutions. And we live tweeted the whole thing! All those tweets are collected here so you can … Read More → "EE Journal’s Live Coverage of the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress"

The Bright, Bright Future of Electronic Engineering

Imagine you are an admissions counselor at your favorite engineering school. It’s a top-flight institution, and you have far more applicants than openings. You need to be very selective about who you admit.

The first candidate enters your office and takes a seat.

“So, tell me a little bit about what you’ve done in high school, and why you want to be an … Read More → "The Bright, Bright Future of Electronic Engineering"

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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...
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Scaling Embedded Deep Learning Inference Performance with Dedicated Neural Network DSP   Neural networks are taking over a broad range of exciting applications these days. But, the amount of computation required for neural network inferencing can be daunting. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai of Cadence Design Systems about some new processor IP designed specifically for neural network inferencing. … Read More → "Scaling Embedded Deep Learning Inference Performance with Dedicated Neural Network DSP"
Industrial IoT – Smart FactoryIndustrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a set of challenging requirements for designers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dan Isaacs of Xilinx about meeting the security, performance, and flexibility demands of IIoT. Click here for more information about Industrial IoT Solutions powered by Xilinx.
Enabling Embedded VisionEmbedded Vision is one of today's most challenging applications. We need incredible processing power, lightning-fast latency, and very low energy consumption. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Aaron Behman of Xilinx about the exciting world of embedded vision.
Molex Embedded VisionWhen designing advanced applications such as embedded vision, connectors are one of the last things on most engineers’ minds, But the selection of the correct connectors for the job can be a make-or-break decision in the success of your product. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Ciapetta and Chris Slinkman … Read More → "Molex Embedded Vision"
Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from XilinxHave you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx. Click here to learn more – … Read More → "Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx"
MathWorks Connects to HardwareThe Maker movement is exploding right now, and most of the cool projects require doing some math. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amnon Gai of The MathWorks about using the powerful capabilities of MATLAB and Simulink in anything from your next maker hobby project to full-blown industrial designs. Click the … Read More → "MathWorks Connects to Hardware"