7 years ago! Almost to the day! Astounding!
We think of cloud computing as a relatively recent phenomenon, but it’s been seven years since we covered the first EDA forays into cloud computing. To state the obvious, in our world, seven years ago does not qualify as recent.
This was … Read More → "New In the Cloud"
“The hot side stays hot and the cool side stays cool” – McDonald’s pitch for the short-lived McDLT
Ah, the quaint old days, back when you assembled the analog and digital parts of a system out of separate components. The analog side got the analog parts … Read More → "Analog Functions Made from Digital Circuits"
One clear effect of the IoT revolution has been the integration of technology ecosystems that had been independent for decades. Because the IoT is an enormous super-system that takes data from edge nodes through a vast network to the cloud/data center and back again, just about any system we design today ends up connected to every other system being designed. The scope of the communication required is almost … Read More → "Qorvo and the Rare Air of RF"
“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” – Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Dr. David Patterson quick-marched an audience of about 200 pizza-sated engineers through a half-century of computer design on March 15. He spoke … Read More → "Fifty (or Sixty) Years of Processor Development…for This?"
We’re still in the hunt for new memories – particularly non-volatile ones that can compete, at least to some level, either with DRAM and SRAM or as longer-term storage. Resistive memories (RRAM or ReRAM) have been getting a fair bit of play over the last few years as a potential solution (if not the only one), … Read More → "Small, Fab-Friendly ReRAM Selector"
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"