Return of the Hobbyist

New Boards, Power Electronics, and Software Tinkerers

by Dick Selwood

Now bear in mind that I am a mature Englishman, so when I talk boards I am not looking at the sort of thing that you see on the US Pacific coast and that the Beach Boys sang about. (There, that rather demonstrated "maturity". For those of you wondering what I am on about, the Beach Boys were a Californian 1960s band who sang about surfing, cars and girls – very exotic in early 1960's, pre-swinging London.)

Instead we are looking at Raspberry Pi and its rivals, which have sparked off a whole new wave of tinkerers - a new type of tinkerer, who plays with hardware at a module level and with software. A distinctive feature of these board families is that they all have developed a strong, web-based community, where community members share projects, problems and successes.  Read More


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February 27, 2015

Keysight Technologies Introduces Bandwidth Enhanced InfiniiMax III+ Probes, Accessories for High-Speed Bus Testing

February 26, 2015

Altium announces new release of the TASKING C compiler for Renesas RH850

February 25, 2015

Altium Announces Tasking C Compiler for the Next Generation Bosch GTM-IP MCS

February 24, 2015

Digi-Key Expands Mentor Graphics’ EDA Tools Portfolio with New Features & Low-Priced Premium Bundles

Altium Announces Updates to Flagship High-Speed PCB Design Tool

February 19, 2015

Saelig Introduces Pre-compliance EMC Probe Kits

February 16, 2015

Mentor Graphics Signs Agreement with CADD Edge to Distribute Electronic Design and Analysis Products

February 09, 2015

Altium Announces New PCB Design Tool for Integrated Solidworks Collaboration

January 30, 2015

TE Connectivity's Revolutionary New ARISO Contactless Connectivity System Now Available from Mouser

January 28, 2015

Altium and Valydate Announce Strategic Partnership with New Design Analysis and Verification Technology

January 27, 2015

Cadence Expands Sigrity 2015 Technology Portfolio with New Products, a Key Feature Update and Flexible Licensing Options

January 08, 2015

INLYNK Software partners up with Octopart and Altium and to introduce Optymo 4.3

January 07, 2015

Piaggio adopts Zuken's E³.series for wire harness design

December 19, 2014

Zuken Plays Key Role in Innovation Award Win for Electric Vehicle Research Collaboration

December 17, 2014

Altium Announces Expanded Benefits to Subscription Customers

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electronica 2014

Fifty Years of Electronics in Munich

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Editors' Blog

Raspberry Pi: The next generation

posted by Dick Selwood

The little board that can now has more processing power and double the memory (3-Feb)

Planning PCB, Package, and Die Together

posted by Bryon Moyer

Cadence’s OrbitIO tries to tie together disparate tools and inefficient ways of planning pinouts. (31-Jul)

Internet of Things- This Season's Trend

posted by Dick Selwood

(10-Mar)

3D-IC Planning

posted by Bryon Moyer

How do you figure out the best way to arrange all of the pieces that are going to go into your 3D-IC/2.5D-IC/SiP? (2-Apr)

Debug Trick Uses CPU Cache as RAM

posted by Jim Turley

Can't bring up your new hardware because the %#$@! thing won't even boot? Can't access even basic RAM? Try using the CPU's on-chip cache like RAM and find the bug! (26-Feb)

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forum

Freescale Acquired by NXP

Posted on 03/03/15 at 1:28 PM by garydpdx

garydpdx
A small correction, Jim. Motorola Semi was part of the original Motorola, Inc. before it split into Motorola Mobility (which went to Google, then flipped to Lenovo minus patents) and Motorola Solutions, which inherits the original company's history by de…

Quilt Packaging

Posted on 03/02/15 at 9:35 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think of this quilt packaging approach to interconnecting multiple dice?

In It to Win It

Posted on 03/01/15 at 1:54 PM by gobeavs

Very interesting listening to this. Achronix says they are in production. I would love to hear about how many actual FPGAs they are shipping per month. Ten pieces per month?

Looking at the last couple rounds, I'm surprised the doors aren't closed yet. …

Xilinx Throws Down

Posted on 03/01/15 at 1:16 PM by gobeavs

I just think Achronix is toast. I would really love to hear what their advantage is. I think the Intel 22 nm may have been a small advantage but probably not enough to make that big of a difference. I think you need to be twice as fast or half the die siz…

Tools! Tools! Tools!

Posted on 02/28/15 at 7:22 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Full report on a show with over 900 exhibitors to come. Watch this space

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