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July 17, 2018


Intel Acquires eASIC – Why?

Strategic Moves in the FPGA World

by Kevin Morris

Intel announced last week that they are acquiring structured ASIC company eASIC into their Programmable Systems Group (PSG). If you haven’t been following along in your major merger primer, Intel PSG was formerly known as Altera – one of the two major players in the FPGA market. Altera has played second fiddle to Xilinx in the Duopoly Symphony for the past twenty seasons or so. This acquisition is the most recent strategic move in the longstanding rivalry between the two companies, and it raises the level of intrigue substantially in the competitive arena.

So, who is eASIC, what is a “structured ASIC”, and why would Intel need to buy a  Read More

The Cobalt Wave Continues
Applied Materials Taps Co for Interconnect
by Bryon Moyer
Long Live the (8 Bit) King
Tricky Bits IP, Evolution of the 8 Bit Micro, and the Raspberry Pi of Autonomous Cars
by Amelia Dalton
MEMS Lidar for Driverless Vehicles Takes Another Big Step
Alibaba builds MEMS Lidars into a Driverless Courier Vehicle
by Steven Leibson
Living on the EDGE
Microsoft’s Semi-Secret E2 EDGE Processor Might be the Next Big Thing
by Jim Turley

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Jul 17, 2018
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July 17, 2018

Now at Mouser: NXP’s LPC540xx MCUs Offer Flexible Communication for Next-Gen IoT Applications

AI, IoT, 5G startups to compete for industry’s most innovative in fog computing during Fog World Congress ‘Fog Tank’

Flex Power Modules expands innovative BMR480 DC/DC advanced bus converter series with 1300 Watt rated version

Cadence Automotive Solution for Safety Verification Used by ROHM to Achieve ISO 26262 ASIL D Certification

TE Connectivity’s AmbiMate Sensor Module MS4 Series, Now at Mouser, Offers Easy Environment Sensor Integration

Agility Power Systems Builds Kilowatt-Level High-Efficiency Power Converters Using Helix Semiconductors Power ICs

Now in Stock at Mouser: Cree’s XLamp CMT LED Arrays Deliver 45% More Lumen Density

Let and Soitec Launch a New Substrate Innovation Center to Develop Engineered Substrate Solutions

July 16, 2018

MagnaChip to Offer Planar-Type Hall-effect Sensors Suitable for Mobile, IoT and Automotive Applications

New High- and Very-High-Performance STM32 Value Lines from STMicroelectronics Boost Real-Time IoT-Device Innovation

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Visit Futuristic Robot Hotel and Ponder Dawn of AI in New “Generation Robot” Video

Offline Buck Converter for IoT Applications from Diodes Incorporated

July 13, 2018

Curtiss-Wright’s Latest Generation OpenVPX GbE Switch Module Enables Secure Embedded Networks

Telit and IBM Accelerate Global Industrial IoT Deployments


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Debug and Verify FPGA Algorithms with MATLAB and Simulink

Sponsored by MathWorks

Today’s FPGA designs require industrial-strength functional verification. The ad-hoc methods that worked with older, smaller FPGAs just don’t cut it anymore. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about ASIC-strength functional verification with model-based design.

Click here for more information about how to verify VHDL and Verilog using HDL simulators and FPGA-in-the-loop test benches.

MLCC Alternatives

   The current shortage of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is impacting a lot of project schedules. If you want to be sure your project isn’t hit by long MLCC lead times, and you’d like to improve a few things at the same time, there are some superb alternatives now on the market. In this … Read More → "MLCC Alternatives"

Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules

   New ultra-small power modules can deliver smaller solution size, higher reliability, and higher power density. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward from Maxim Integrated about the industry’s smallest power modules. They might be exactly what you need for your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules"

Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance

  For high-performance, low-power processing of AI and machine vision algorithms, latency can be critical. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai from Cadence Design Systems about the using the new Vision Q6 processor core for embedded vision and AI applications. Click here for more information about Vision DSPs for … Read More → "Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance"

KSIM: Capacitors

  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors"

Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink

  5G wireless infrastructure brings daunting design challenges. Fortunately, tools are available that can model and simulate some of the most complex aspects of 5G design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ken Karnofsky of MathWorks about modeling and simulation for beamforming, RF power amplifier linearization, and much more. Click here … Read More → "Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink"

Synergy Platform Update

 IoT development demands a laundry list of specialized technologies and design decisions. It pays to have a development platform that can keep up with the rapidly changing landscape. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Henrik Floodell from Renesas about how the latest version of the Synergy Platform can help keep … Read More → "Synergy Platform Update"

A Nightmare Bug: Random People Listening In
No matter how suspicious it has seemed that Amazon is encouraging us to put listening devices in every room of our homes, the company has always said that its Echo assistants are not listening in on or recording conversations. Over and over again, company spokespeople have promised that they only ...

posted by rudolffairbanks on Jul 17 at 2:28am

The Cobalt Wave Continues
What do you think of Applied's tapping cobalt for interconnect?

posted by Bryon Moyer on Jul 16 at 9:48am

Is AI the Killer FPGA Application?
If the algorithm isn’t memory bound at all, then a highly pipelined superscalar high core count CPU/GPU implementation is likely to be as fast, or faster than an FPGA. While it's possible to be faster than an FPGA with high core count, it's probably not economical energy wise. ...

posted by appleseed314 on Jul 16 at 5:41am

Living on the EDGE
We write algorithms based on the communications structure of the hardware it runs on. Most problems can be expressed with very different algorithms that are highly optimal for different highly parallel cpu, memory, and communications architectures. When single processor/memory systems are targeted, we tend to write monolithic algorithms and ...

posted by TotallyLost on Jul 12 at 2:48pm

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