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Amazon and Google in the RTOS World

“One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Monkey see, monkey do. Google acquired Android years ago and turned it into a hugely successful tool for embedded programmers. Now, Amazon has taken over FreeRTOS. Will it become the next Android, a de facto standard for real-time software that … Read More → "Amazon and Google in the RTOS World"

Computing at a Crossroads

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"

Intel Delivers Xeon Scalable Processor 6138P with Arria 10 GX 1150 FPGA

Almost exactly four years ago, at Gigaom Structure 2014, Intel’s Diane Bryant announced that the company would be “integrating [Intel’s] industry-leading Xeon processor with a coherent FPGA in a single package, socket compatible to [the] standard Xeon E5 processor offerings.” It was a bare-bones sort of announcement with zero details, except that she expected the combination would deliver data center customers “a programmable, high performance coherent acceleration capability … Read More → "Intel Delivers Xeon Scalable Processor 6138P with Arria 10 GX 1150 FPGA"

More AI at the Edge

AI in edge devices is expected to experience mind-blowing growth over the next half decade, with predictions exceeding 100% CAGR. That means our IoT devices are going to be getting smart, and doing it quickly. Most of the applications of AI in edge or endpoint devices centers on sensors. Our devices are equipped with increasing numbers of increasingly complicated sensors, drowning our devices in data. In most applications, however, it … Read More → "More AI at the Edge"

Learn Programming from Facebook!

“Lotteries are a tax on people who are bad at math.” — anonymous

We’ve all been there. Your friend posts something stupid on Facebook, so you add a comment, patiently pointing out that they’ve mindlessly forwarded some bogus, ill-informed, or downright fabricated meme as if it were gospel truth. No, the airlines are not giving away free tickets today to celebrate their anniversary. Diet … Read More → "Learn Programming from Facebook!"

App Store for Acceleration

Cloud-based acceleration as a service is officially a thing, for real. You can go online right now, sign up for an AccelStore account, and within minutes (four of them, according to Accelize) you can hop on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OVH platforms and be happily gZIpping at 25x the speed of a CPU, find/replacing 6,000x the speed of sed, real-time transcoding HD BMP video to JPG, and … Read More → "App Store for Acceleration"

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Jun 22, 2018
A myriad of mechanical and electrical specifications must be considered when selecting the best connector system for your design. An incomplete, first-pass list of considerations include the type of termination, available footprint space, processing and operating temperature...
Jun 22, 2018
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Jun 22, 2018
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If integrating an embedded FPGA (eFPGA) into your ASIC or SoC design strikes you as odd, it shouldn'€™t. ICs have been absorbing almost every component on a circuit board for decades, starting with transistors, resistors, and capacitors '€” then progressing to gates, ALUs...
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Renesas Synergy™ Platform IoT product development can have a lot of hidden costs and schedule traps. To get your project done on time and on budget, you really need a centralized development environment that can bring the design flow under control. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Henrik Flodell of Renesas about how … Read More → "Renesas Synergy™ Platform"
GUI Made Easy: Modernize Your Embedded Application in MinutesIs your embedded application struggling with a 1990s user interface? It doesn’t have to be. Developing a clean, attractive, modern user interfaces can be easy if you have the right tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brendon Slade of NXP about how to modernize your embedded application GUI – in … Read More → "GUI Made Easy: Modernize Your Embedded Application in Minutes"
Simulating Systems with PSpiceSimple simulation just doesn't cut it with today's complex board designs. To manage the tradeoff between accuracy and performance, you need a variety of models with multiple levels of abstraction. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Parag Choudhary of Cadence Design Systems about simulating with PSpice.
Synplify FPGA SynthesisToday’s FPGAs demand a lot from your design tool environment, particularly when it comes to synthesis. With larger designs, more third-party IP, globally-distributed design teams, and increasing performance and power challenges, the demands on synthesis technology are greater than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joe Mallett of Synopsys about … Read More → "Synplify FPGA Synthesis"
Vivado Design Suite HLx EditionsHigh-level design methods can dramatically increase your productivity. Now that technologies like high-level synthesis (HLS) have gone mainstream, we can make some serious improvements to our FPGA design process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx about how the new HLx editions of Vivado Design suite are taking high-level design mainstream.
Stratus™ High-Level SynthesisHigh-Level Synthesis (HLS) has been gaining traction in the mainstream for the past couple of years. But, HLS is good for a lot more than just increasing development productivity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Pursley of Cadence Designs Systems about the new Stratus High-Level Synthesis technology, and how it … Read More → "Stratus™ High-Level Synthesis"