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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"

50 Years of French Research

Fifty years ago, the semiconductor industry barely existed. Jack Kilby had implemented the first integrated circuit only nine years earlier, and Intel’s two co-founders, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, were still working at Fairchild. Yet, in Grenoble, in the foothills of the French Alps, an organisation was founded to devote itself initially to semiconductor research and later to a wider range of related activities.Read More → "50 Years of French Research"

Heavy Lifting Hardware

It’s time to break out your barbells, chalk powder and protein shakes, because we’re going to be doing some serious heavy lifting in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Instead of letting our biceps and triceps do all the work, how about we pull in some heavy-duty hardware to help us out? First up, we bring in Lisa Minwell from eSilicon who joins us to chat … Read More → "Heavy Lifting Hardware"

Automatic Car Driver Detection

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and, more specifically, Machine Learning (ML) seem finally to have hit the scene in a permanent way. Having grown up watching expert systems and fuzzy logic and other schemes come and go, the stars and planets – not to mention theories, algorithms, and computing power – appear to have aligned to give us something useful.

For a while, ML and “big data” were terms that were … Read More → "Automatic Car Driver Detection"

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featured blogs
Aug 17, 2017
Fehlerkultur is apparently untranslatable into English, at least according to Michael Würtenburger, the head of BMW car IT. His best try was "no-blame organization." His theme echoed many other presenters during the two days, that the automotive industry has to...
Aug 16, 2017
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Aug 09, 2017
Recall for a moment a scene—you’ve probably witnessed something like it at trade shows or on video dozens of times. A robot arm moves purposefully from its rest position. It swoops down on an object—a sphere, say—plucks it up, holds it aloft, replaces it, ...
chalk talks
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?"
Communication and Networks in the Modern VehicleThe modern automobile is practically a data center on the highway, and one of the most critical aspects of a data center is communications and networking. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Vik Patel of Infineon about the trends in automotive communication and networking, and the latest solutions from Infineon. Click … Read More → "Communication and Networks in the Modern Vehicle"
Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver SolutionsSome signals just weren’t meant to go through your PCB. They need to jump on the freeway and get where they’re going with no funny business. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about bringing the power of flyovers to your board-based system. Click here to download the Flyover … Read More → "Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver Solutions"
Industrial IoT – Smart FactoryIndustrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a set of challenging requirements for designers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dan Isaacs of Xilinx about meeting the security, performance, and flexibility demands of IIoT. Click here for more information about Industrial IoT Solutions powered by Xilinx.