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Audio is the New UI

In the world of cutting-edge consumer electronics, audio user interfaces reign supreme. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Yipeng Liu from Cadence Design Systems. Yipeng and I discuss how the complexity of mobile codex sample rates is changing the consumer electronic design landscape, why automotive designs present a unique set of audio design challenges, and what lies ahead for the future of audio user interfaces. … Read More → "Audio is the New UI"

A New Standard for FPGA Peripherals

FPGA boards are quite possibly the most versatile and useful tools in our engineering hardware toolboxes. A competent hardware engineer can grab an FPGA board and pretty quickly solve a wide variety of problems and challenges. Need to accelerate an algorithm in hardware? Want to process data coming in from high-speed peripherals? Have some interconnect, buffering, sensor fusion, or other challenging interface problem? An FPGA board … Read More → "A New Standard for FPGA Peripherals"

SiFive Aims to Change the World

“Call me Ishmael.” – Herman Melville, “Moby Dick”

Call me a skeptic.

There are lots of microprocessor architectures in the world. Maybe too many. There are even plenty of free and open-source processor options. Processors are like opinions: everybody has one. So why is RISC-V any different? What makes anyone think that RISC-V … Read More → "SiFive Aims to Change the World"

System Delta Sigma Delta

System Design is inherently a task of integration. The job of the system engineer is to gather and integrate a collection of components which, taken together, will solve some problem, while meeting a list of requirements such as form factor, performance, functionality, power consumption, reliability, and cost.

Almost all of the components we choose will be sourced from third parties. Seldom (if ever) these days is there … Read More → "System Delta Sigma Delta"

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featured blogs
Oct 18, 2017
Rob Aitken is digging a bit deeper into what it would really take to connect a trillion things in his keynote next Thursday at Arm TechCon How to Build and Connect a Trillion Things . What would those things be? What might unit volumes be? How could we power them? Secure them...
Oct 18, 2017
As consumers, no one ever complains that their wireless connectivity is “too fast”. Global wireless carriers and network providers continue to push the limits of 4G LTE, but a next-generation wireless standard – 5G New Radio (5G NR) – is on the horizo...
Sep 12, 2017
Torrents of packets will cascade into the data center: endless streams of data from the Internet of Things (IoT), massive flows of cellular network traffic into virtualized network functions, bursts of input to Web applications. And hidden in the cascades, far darker bits try...
Sep 29, 2017
Our existing customers ask us some pretty big questions: “How can this technology implement a step-change in my specific process? How can Speedcore IP be integrated in my SoC? How can you increase the performance of my ASIC?” We revel in answering such questions. Ho...
chalk talks
Thermal Management SolutionsAdvanced thermal management materials can have a big impact on getting the heat out of your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Emal Rustemi from Panasonic about the latest advances in thermal management materials, and how you can take advantage of them in your system design. Click here for more … Read More → "Thermal Management Solutions"
Simplify Your 10W Isolated SupplyIn designing space-constrained power supplies for your design, opto couplers present a number of problems. But, it’s possible to do flyback feedback without using an opto coupler at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward and Anthony Huynh from Maxim Integrated about new no-opto flyback feedback solutions. Click here … Read More → "Simplify Your 10W Isolated Supply"
Capacitors for Enterprise SSDConfused about the right capacitor to choose for SSD hold-up applications? Finding the cap that can give you just the right amount of juice for your system to survive power outages without data loss is a tricky business. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with James Lewis of KEMET about the advantages … Read More → "Capacitors for Enterprise SSD"
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"
MAXQ1061: A Turnkey Solution for Embedded Systems SecuritySecurity should NOT be an afterthought in your embedded designs. It’s important to have a well-conceived security strategy implemented from the top down. in this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Reza Ahmadi of Maxim Integrated about the MAXQ1061 turnkey solution for embedded systems security. It’ll help you sleep better at night. Click … Read More → "MAXQ1061: A Turnkey Solution for Embedded Systems Security"
Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?Choosing the right circuit protection is a crucial design decision. Both diodes and multilayer varistors have advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right one for your application can be tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dean Beckley from AVX about choosing the best protection option for your next design. Click … Read More → "Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?"