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Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past

The design cycle drum beats on. Your research and development team have been stressed for months. The constant push for “the next big thing” keeps you up at night. We’ve all been there. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we look at how the ever-growing life cycles of our embedded designs affect our product portfolio profitability. Ethan Plotkin (GDCA – CEO) … Read More → "Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past"

Reality is Not Linear

At what point in the creation of a chip does physical design actually begin? (Spoiler Alert: answers may vary.) In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Dave Stratman and I discuss the ongoing challenges of the physical design process, why convergent design flows are critical for today’s ever shrinking process nodes, and how form factor and the environment around the end customer affects physical design. We also … Read More → "Reality is Not Linear"

GreenWaves Puts Another Spin on IoT Chips

“If reason were fashionable, you would all have reason.” – Fanny de Beauharnais

Five bucks and nine processor cores. That’s the takeaway from GreenWaves’ new GAP8 processor chip.

Oh, and its low power consumption, measured in nanoamps. And parallel-programming tools. And convolutional neural net (CNN) acceleration. And an Arduino-esque development board. That about covers it.

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A Tale to Make Your Blood Run Cold

For many of us in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter, so a good time to close the curtains, gather round the fire and tell stories that make the blood run cold and the hairs on the back of your neck rise in horror. And this is one such story.

It was a peaceful day in the international company’s computer operations centre until, at 13.07, the monitoring … Read More → "A Tale to Make Your Blood Run Cold"

Policy and Regulations in the IoT World

Watching the tech industry over the last few decades, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that all of the inventions have come solely through the efforts of single-minded entrepreneurs determined to win, even if it means losing in the attempt. While lots of that has happened, this worldview, just like the notion that the Wild West was won solely by rugged individualists with no help from anyone, … Read More → "Policy and Regulations in the IoT World"

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Mar 22, 2018
Samtec’s RF product and service offering continues to grow.  Here’s a quick overview of the major developments: Expanded Bulls Eye® Offering:  Bulls Eye high-performance test point systems are now available in 50 GHz and 20 GHz designs, with systems up to 65 GH...
Mar 22, 2018
Remember the old times when we used to have a dedicated person type up all our letters? For better or worse, those days are over. As engineers we'€™d rather minimize manual labor and have it done by machines. In fact, automation has changed everything around us: the way we ...
Mar 22, 2018
At SEMICON China, there was a press briefing with Ajit Manoja, the CEO of SEMI, along with Lung Chu, who runs SEMI China, and thus also has responsibility for SEMICON China. This year was the 30th anniversary of SEMICON China. I still find that surprising. Lung Chu gave some ...
Mar 5, 2018
Next-generation networking solutions are pushing processing out of the cloud and towards the network'€™s edge. At the same time, processing structures architected around programmable logic provide the ability to make computing much more data-centric. Programmable logic make...
chalk talks
In-Design DFM Accelerates New Product Design and Introduction ProcessTaking your PCB from design into manufacturing can be a frustrating task. But, with the right up-front planning you can avoid schedule delays and headaches during the transition to production. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah and Bryan LaPointe from Cadence Design Systems about DFM for board design. Click … Read More → "In-Design DFM Accelerates New Product Design and Introduction Process"
Mid-Board Optics: An Alternative to Pluggable MSA Solutions How would you like to upgrade from copper to optical flyover – all with the same connector system? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about Firefly – a future-proof high-density flyover system. Click here to download the Firefly Application Design Guide
Mixed-Signal Digital Complexity Explosion   Mixed-signal design is becoming increasingly complex, and our old tools and methods just won’t cut it. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rod Metcalfe of Cadence Design Systems about the changing mixed-signal landscape and how Cadence’s robust suite of mixed-signal design solutions can solve your toughest problems. Click here … Read More → "Mixed-Signal Digital Complexity Explosion"
Moving Between FPGA and ASIC with High-Level Synthesis Writing RTL that works smoothly on both FPGA and ASIC implementations is nearly impossible. But, High-Level Synthesis (HLS) can make technology-independent design a breeze. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Stuart Clubb of Mentor’s Catapult team about how to use HLS to accelerate your design flow. Click here for more … Read More → "Moving Between FPGA and ASIC with High-Level Synthesis"
Toshiba Photocouplers: Photorelays Replacing Mechanical Relays   Photorelays outperform mechanical relays in almost every way. But, most designers don’t know about the power, footprint, and reliability advantages they bring to system design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joseph Tso of Toshiba about how photorelays can improve your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Toshiba Photocouplers: Photorelays Replacing Mechanical Relays"
Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection   Physically unclonable functions (PUFs) are like fingerprints for semiconductor devices. And, for security applications, PUFs are an outstanding, secure way to uniquely identify an individual device. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Scott Jones from Maxim Integrated about physically unclonable functions, and how you can use them to secure … Read More → "Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection"