Work it harder
Make it better
Do it faster
Makes us stronger
— Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk
The internet of things once again takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. First up, we chat with Dianne Kibbey (Newark element14) about the Design for a … Read More → "Enabling Intelligence and Designing for a Cause"
FPGAs were conceived as “do anything” chips – Jacks of all Trades. Sure, they were crazy expensive for the number of effective gates they offered, they were a lot slower than custom logic doing the same task, and they drank copious quantities of coulombs getting the job done, but they could be programmed to do exactly your bidding. In a lot of designs, that made the FPGA the no-longer-missing link – … Read More → "Programmable Pile of Parts"
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. – Mark Twain
With all the media hype and heavy emphasis on the leading-edge semiconductor process technologies that will soon reach single-digit nanometer numbers, working-class process technologies often get no respect. That’s why I was so pleased to learn that GlobalFoundries Read More → "Zap! Zap! Zap! GlobalFoundries’ UHV 180nm Process Hits 700V"
Anything you do can be done efficiently or not. Whether it’s driving (mpg?), playing sportsball (results/energy spent?), or walking the dog (who pulls whom?), you can be efficient or not. Obviously, higher efficiency is better – assuming you care (sometimes spending energy worrying about efficiency can be inefficient). So… what if you could identify an improvement for an activity you care about that, by itself, … Read More → "An MRAM Cell that Competes with SRAM?"
“The greatest danger of AI is that people conclude too early that they understand it.” — Eliezer Yudkowsky
Sometimes accidental discoveries are the best ones. Teflon was supposed to be a refrigerant. The first heart pacemaker was designed as a measuring device, but inventor Wilson Greatbatch put in the wrong resistor value. And Play-Doh was created to clean wallpaper.
Read More → "PowerVR AX2185 Accelerates Neural Nets"
Computing is at a crossroads. For decades, we have surfed the exponential wave of Moore’s Law, tuning and tweaking the various von Neumann architectures, resizing caches, redefining pipelines, debating RISC vs CISC, messing with memory structures, widening words, predicting branches, and generally futzing around until we reached a point where we could claim victory for another node. We have built various schemes for … Read More → "Computing at a Crossroads"