Mentoring Makers

Community is the Mother of Invention

by Larra Morris

The paper supply place down the block from my apartment may be the happiest retail store in all of Manhattan.

Every time I walk in there, the workers inside brighten and start asking questions: “Oooh! Poster board? What are you going to make?” They want to know all about the project and whether I’ve considered the merits of hot glue over tape. Their enthusiasm is enough to make a person feel a little self-conscious about the rather basic, uninspiring plans they have for their card stock purchase.

These paper enthusiasts, much like the friendly people in a quilt store who would love to hear all about what you’re going to do with those colorful fabric scraps, or an excited Maker Faire veteran checking out each and every booth under the tent, are exemplifying an attitude essential to the maker movement: they view creativity as a team sport.  Read More

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September 03, 2015

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September 02, 2015

Renesas Accelerates Functional Safety Implementation in Industrial Equipment with New RX111 Safety Package Solution

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Microsemi’s Industry-leading Space Products Support Pluto New Horizons Space Exploration Mission

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STMicroelectronics Keynotes on the Next MEMS Wave at MIG Conference Asia

September 01, 2015

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Pre-amplifiers extend digitizers dynamic range and sensitivity

Plessey wins £6.7m grant for LED production expansion

August 31, 2015

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BeSpoon’s Position-tracking System Captures and Displays Real-Time Data to Improve Sports Teams’ Performance

Synopsys Named a Visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing

Lime Microsystems and ZyXEL Partner to Deliver Open Source Solutions for Next Generation Wireless Mobile Networks

Synopsys' IC Validator Signoff Physical Verification Delivers 2X Memory Reduction in Latest Release

August 28, 2015

Synopsys Initiates $100 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase Agreement

Proven Power Solutions for Altera Arria 10 FPGA

August 27, 2015

ETC Simulation Contracted by Concordia University to Expand ADMS Training System with Utilities Capabilities

Neonode Will Showcase zForce DRIVE at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show IAA

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August 26, 2015

Honeywell Introduces Quadrature Speed and Direction Sensor with Enhanced Reliability

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New Power MOSFETs from STMicroelectronics Approach “Perfect” Switching Performance

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What’s in an IoT Name? And Who Goes First?

posted by Bryon Moyer

Some ruminations stimulated by Imec’s IoT discussions in Brussels. (Yesterday)

Blue-Collar Sensors from Microchip

posted by Bryon Moyer

Are your sensors getting a bit too full of themselves, forgetting their roots? Sitting there sipping lattes with pinkies aflight? This time, we go back to the old neighborhood to look at some salt-of-the-earth sensors. (1-Sep)

Fear and Trepidation at Intel

posted by Bryon Moyer

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WiFi Three Ways from CEVA

posted by Bryon Moyer

CEVA has offered up IP for integrating WiFi into SoCs. Three configurations are optimized for three use cases. (27-Aug)

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Silicon Pioneer

Posted on 09/02/15 at 2:34 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
I never found out! Guess it was something like shout louder.

(Almost) Like FPGAs, Only Better

Posted on 09/01/15 at 11:50 AM by TotallyLost

Oh YES smiling

Now for a device that is the best of both ... large dense hard logic IP section for core invariant algorithms, plus a fair sized FPGA section, for the data center compute applications.

Thanks Kevin!

Silicon Pioneer

Posted on 09/01/15 at 1:21 AM by

Thanks for the article Dick. So what was the correct answer in the assessment?

IoT Security Artifacts

Posted on 08/31/15 at 12:56 PM by bmoyer

Some interesting follow-up discussion going on here:

In particular, the browser consideration for using CA certificates may not apply...

A New Silvaco Emerges

Posted on 08/31/15 at 9:35 AM by bmoyer

What do you think about the change Silvaco has ahead of them?

Silicon Pioneer

Posted on 08/27/15 at 9:34 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Do you recognise this portrait of Moore?


Posted on 08/26/15 at 11:19 AM by TotallyLost

It comes down to responsibly taking risks and doing due diligence for mitigating and evaluating those risks.

When dealing with other valuable items, there are well established vetting processes, and more importantly required bonds, for doing business.

New FPGAs... From China?

Posted on 08/26/15 at 10:06 AM by kevin

@gobeavs, Achronix is not toast. They are busy making and selling FPGAs. See Steve Mensor's reply on the other thread where you asked about them:

New FPGAs... From China?

Posted on 08/25/15 at 7:14 AM by gobeavs

Speaking of FPGA startups, what is the latest with Achronix?

They must have died by now. I see no new press releases. I see no new funding for them.

They must be toast.

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