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Let the Formal Be With You

In a long-forgotten corner of a lab far, far away a bug sits idle. He’s waiting for just the right time to strike. Static analysis and testing will not budge him from his hiding place. Is there anything we can do to root out this software bug from his clever code camouflage? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry we investigate the power of formal verification with … Read More → "Let the Formal Be With You"

Like Fiber in the Sky

When you’re building out network infrastructure, it’s often that last hundred meters or so that causes the most headache. Sure, there are challenges getting all the huge pipes and big switches to handle the massive bandwidth reliably, but things sometimes get the trickiest when we make that final run to the subscriber. Ethernet cables, fiber, and other wired solutions are expensive, difficult to install, high maintenance, and … Read More → "Like Fiber in the Sky"

Go Configure and Multiply

Where else can you go for not one but two electronic engineering interviews with two of the coolest executives in the biz? Yep, right here. First up, Robert Blake (Achronix – CEO) and I discuss the details of their Speedcore custom blocks, the issues surrounding the efficiency of computation in SoC design, and the benefits of FPGA acceleration core integration. Also this week, Mike Wishart (efabless – CEO) … Read More → "Go Configure and Multiply"

NXP’s New i.MX RT1050 Gets Edgy

“Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.” – Immaculate Heart Art College, rule #6

In business, there’s the concept of creative destruction. Prof. Clayton Christensen argues about “the innovator’s dilemma” and disruption from below. In more prosaic terms, product companies must “watch their rearview mirrors” or else a competitor might come “roaring up their tailpipe.”

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It’s Alive!

We’ve all felt like Dr. Frankenstein at some point in our careers, right? We kludge together a board with a wide variety of parts, add electricity and some blue smoke, and then (if we are lucky) we have created the perfect monster. Without a proper avenue for financing and a solid plan to bring your monster into the world (without mobs … Read More → "It’s Alive!"

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featured blogs
Dec 15, 2017
In my post about Silexica ( Silexica: Mastering Multicore ) I said that I like to use planes as an analogy for cores in a multi-core system. As I said there: They haven't got appreciably faster but you can have lots of them. If you want to transport 10,000 people from Lo...
Dec 15, 2017
FPGA system designers have no shortage of FPGA options for their next-gen end market solution. Xilinx continues to expand their UltraScale+ families. Intel PSG/Altera will ramp Arria 10 and Stratix 10 solutions well in to 2018. New FPGA products require a new generation of FP...
Nov 16, 2017
“Mommy, Daddy … Why is the sky blue?” As you scramble for an answer that lies somewhere between a discussion of refraction in gasses and “Oh, look—a doggie!” you already know the response to whatever you say will be a horrifyingly sincere “B...
Nov 07, 2017
Given that the industry is beginning to reach the limits of what can physically and economically be achieved through further shrinkage of process geometries, reducing feature size and increasing transistor counts is no longer achieving the same result it once did. Instead the...
chalk talks
IDesignSpec: Executable Register SpecificationGetting RTL right for your chip design is a difficult engineering and verification challenge with very high stakes. And, most of us use a variety of tools – including spreadsheets and text documents – to capture our design intent and details. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anupam Bakshi from Agnisys … Read More → "IDesignSpec: Executable Register Specification"
Crossover Processors: The Best of Both WorldsSometimes you need the capabilities of both an applications processor AND a microcontroller. Luckily, NXP’s new “crossover” devices give you just that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mario Centeno and Gowri Chindalore from NXP about a new type of processor that brings you the best of both worlds. Click here … Read More → "Crossover Processors: The Best of Both Worlds"
What are Aluminum Polymer Capacitors?Choosing the right capacitors can make a big difference in the reliability, longevity, cost, and board size of your design. But most engineers don’t know which capacitors to choose for which applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with James Lewis from KEMET about the fascinating and surprising world of capacitor technology. … Read More → "What are Aluminum Polymer Capacitors?"
Protium S1, the Most Productive FPGA-Based Prototyping SolutionFPGA-based prototypes are essential in most system designs today. But, building your own prototype is a challenging and expensive proposition. You need a robust solution with performance, scalability, software support, visibility, and a host of other important attributes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Juergen Jaeger about the Protium S1 FPGA-based … Read More → "Protium S1, the Most Productive FPGA-Based Prototyping Solution"
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"