The Hardware Vanishing Point

Someday, Will it All be Software?

by Kevin Morris

The disciplines of hardware and software engineering have always been intertwined and symbiotic - like the yin and yang of some bizarre abstract beast. Software cannot exist without hardware to execute it, of course, and most hardware today is designed in the service of software. The vast majority of systems being designed today involve a mix of both elements working together, with software steadily inheriting more and more of the complexity load.

Let’s think about that for a minute.

On the one hand, we have digital hardware technology that has rocketed up the Moore’s Law curve for five solid decades, exploding in complexity like nothing ever seen by humans. One might expect, based on that fact alone, that hardware would bear the brunt of system complexity. After all, we have gone from tens of transistors on a chip to billions, and from scant kilobytes of memory and storage to terabytes.  Read More


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Intel/Altera Agreement (Partially) Tells the Tale

posted by Kevin Morris

We did a lot of speculation in our recent articles about the rumored Intel bid to buy Altera. One of the areas of most intense speculation was the 2013 agreement the two companies signed - for Intel to manufacture 14nm FPGAs for Altera. More than two years after that deal was signed, Intel is rumored to be making an offer to buy Altera for upwards (maybe far upwards) of $10B. But, is the existing 2013 agreement potentially weakening Intel’s bargaining position? (4-May)

Intel Altera Deal Off?

posted by Kevin Morris

Multiple financial news sources are reporting today that talks between Intel and Altera have ended... (9-Apr)

Requirements Modeling and Simulation

posted by Bryon Moyer

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Intel Buying Altera? We Totally Called It.

posted by Kevin Morris

Rumors abound today that Intel is in negotiations to buy Altera - a deal that could be worth over ten billion. If so, it would be the largest acquisition in Intel's history. We have no confirmation from either company that such a deal is in play, but we did a pretty thorough analysis of the situation last June in this article: http://www.eejournal.com/archives/articles/20140624-intel/ What do you think? (27-Mar)

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Buses, Windows, and You

Posted on 05/22/15 at 5:40 AM by Dick Selwood

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Amazon Prime started as just free shipping. Now they have seriously upped the subscription and thrown in Amazon instant video streaming. Cool if you watch lots of video but not if you only want books. Strangely it allows you to opt out of free delivery bu…

A Dendrite-Free Lithium Anode

Posted on 05/21/15 at 10:43 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think of the higher-concentration LiFSI-DME battery electrolyte?

Eschew the Real World

Posted on 05/20/15 at 11:28 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
I understand simulating a CPU for a complex SoC in an attempt to get early code development on low level memory and device interfaces ... in particular to have bring up diagnostics done by the time silicon and boards finally arrive.

As obruend notes, t…

Eschew the Real World

Posted on 05/20/15 at 12:19 AM by obruend

I do not really see the upside of simulating a CPU on another CPU for most projects (sure, there may be exceptions). Software development can easily be started before any hardware is available by just compiling the code to a hardware which is already avai…

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