All Hail the Dev Kit

Unsung Heroes of Winning Engineering

by Kevin Morris

We like to pretend that engineers choose their parts by detailed analysis of data sheets and careful study of critical specifications. But the truth is, we’d have a pretty hard time these days getting anything designed into our circuits at all without access to some high-quality development kits. If we order basic bare chips, the time it takes from breaking open the bubble wrap until we have something reasonable running on our lab bench is weeks at best. At a minimum, we have to develop some kind of prototype PCB with the FPGA, processor, and other major components at the center, and all the peripherals we think we need orbiting around it. That's just not a practical way to begin a development project.  Read More

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PNI Turns Navigation, Kalman Upside Down

Posted on 02/08/16 at 9:07 AM by bmoyer

What do you think of PNI Sensors' approach to reducing GPS-reading power?

Xilinx 1, Intel 0

Posted on 02/06/16 at 1:06 PM by beercandyman

I'll just point out that TSMC 16nm is really just 20nm with a finfet. I'll also point out that the latest part from Xilinx is just a little bigger than their last part. Altera did a big change in the architecture of the Stratix 10. For example single prec…

Magnets Help the Harvest

Posted on 02/04/16 at 10:07 PM by TotallyLost

In the first case with the fan and magnets, anything that increases loading of the fan, will incur losses in the fan motor, in addition to what is coupled off.

Now assuming you really need to move the air for cooling something, then the proper engineer…

Magnets Help the Harvest

Posted on 02/04/16 at 11:24 AM by bmoyer

What do you think of these magnetic energy harvesting ideas? Attractive? Repulsive?

FPGA Synthesis Showdown

Posted on 02/03/16 at 1:55 PM by TotallyLost

@gobeavs ... I don't think your anonymously attacking Kevin directly and personally in this or any other industry forum has cause, and is certainly way below the degree of professionalism other readers in this forum expect and deserve.

What ever person…

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