Be a Great Engineer

There is no question we are in the era of massively collaborative engineering. The world-changing electronic system technologies being developed today – IoT, autonomous cars, AI, robots – are all the products of thousands or tens of thousands of engineers working together, developing new components, subsystems, software, and techniques. The hive-mind approach permeates just about every type of engineering project, and with large multi-disciplined teams attacking each major task, the level … Read More → "Be a Great Engineer"

The Bisquick Alternative

“If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.” – Elon Musk

“Our vision is to enable two guys in a garage to build a custom chip.” Thus spake Jack Kang, Vice President of SiFive, the 40-person startup making RISC-V chips. SiFive isn’t just another company pulling the RISC-V … Read More → "The Bisquick Alternative"

Spectre and Meltdown and iPhone Batteries and Henny Penny

Last week, we learned of two significant security vulnerabilities in the most common processor architectures, which are now used in just about every digital system on the planet. Our own Jim Turley wrote a great explanation of the problem. Predictably, the world responded with alarm, indignation, and a total lack of actual comprehension. After all – these … Read More → "Spectre and Meltdown and iPhone Batteries and Henny Penny"

Emerging MEMS and Sensors

The MEMS and Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) held their annual executive congress a couple of months ago. That would mean it’s time for Alissa Fitzgerald, principal at AMFitzgerald, to present what’s happening deep in the MEMS research space.

I’m also bringing in two other sources for this story – Vesper and VTT, since one of the new-technology themes relates to piezoelectric materials. So we’ll … Read More → "Emerging MEMS and Sensors"

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discussion
Posted on Jan 15 at 9:08am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Minima's approach to DVFS?
Posted on Jan 12 at 3:03pm by cluso99
In 2015 Microsoft unleashed the worst virus upon us !!! It was called Windows 10 and it continues to plague the world! This program can download, install, and run any program desired by its' authors (Microsoft) at any time and without the users (your) permission. It sends data back home without your consent. ...
Posted on Jan 9 at 10:28am by Dick Selwood
One of the predictable reactions was reaching for a lawyer - or my guess is certain lawyers reaching for some clients. Of course - the CEO dumping a shed load of shares doesn't help!
Posted on Jan 9 at 8:11am by Karl Stevens
"whether the FPGA bitstream is open or closed is moot" Right on! Having to generate a new bitstream is not practical for several reasons: 1) The bitstream "configures" the fabric by effectively closing the switches between vertical and horizontal wires in the interconnect and connecting LUTs and FFs to the fabric. ...
Posted on Jan 8 at 3:39pm by Beercandyman
So at least the Jbits approach has gone from "no f'ing way" to a level 5 impact so I'm making a little progress! Jbits can be both a low level approach and a high level approach. The low level part should be done by the FPGA manufactures themselves. Once you go ...
Posted on Jan 8 at 9:09am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of these new sensor ideas?
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Jan 17, 2018
I wrote an extra Breakfast Bytes post a couple of weeks ago about Spectre and Meltdown , which had suddenly become public a week earler than apparently was planned (having been disclosed to the relevant companies months before). I wrote that post only a few hours after inform...
Jan 17, 2018
We often take for granted the dual 12-megapixel camera collecting dust on the back of our smartphones or the fact that almost any building we enter has a sign reading “Smile, you’re on camera!”.  Cameras have gone from a mysterious “stealer of souls&...
Jan 5, 2018
When visitors to CES 2018 want to travel to the Las Vegas Convention Center across town, it will likely be in a fully autonomous vehicle from Lyft getting them there. While this futurist trip will certainly be a first for many riders, this type of point-to-point travel will s...
Jan 10, 2018
Recently, Electronics Products Magazine announced their 42nd Annual Product of the Year award winners, with Cadence Design Systems winning for their Virtuoso® System Design Platform. According to the article, the editors “have chosen [products] they......
Jan 17, 2018
In the last post, I discussed cavitation in a nozzle.  For this edition, I will discuss the phenomenon of cavitation during an external flow scenario. We looked at the definition of cavitation in the previous blog which in summary is: When the local pressure at some point i...
chalk talks
Scaling Embedded Deep Learning Inference Performance with Dedicated Neural Network DSP   Neural networks are taking over a broad range of exciting applications these days. But, the amount of computation required for neural network inferencing can be daunting. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai of Cadence Design Systems about some new processor IP designed specifically for neural network inferencing. … Read More → "Scaling Embedded Deep Learning Inference Performance with Dedicated Neural Network DSP"
Understanding the Cellular IoT Revolution Your next IoT design needs wireless connectivity, and you’re not an RF expert, right? For many applications, LTE is a great way to connect your device. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rob Faludi from Digi about RF solutions for IoT. Click here for more information about Digi International XBee® Family … Read More → "Understanding the Cellular IoT Revolution"
Renesas Synergy™ Platform IoT product development can have a lot of hidden costs and schedule traps. To get your project done on time and on budget, you really need a centralized development environment that can bring the design flow under control. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Henrik Flodell of Renesas about how … Read More → "Renesas Synergy™ Platform"
Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best PerformanceSilicon Carbide MOSFETs can outperform conventional transistors in a number of intriguing ways, but few engineers know how to design with them. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Xuning Zhang and Sujit Bangeree of Monolith Semiconductor about how to design Silicon Carbide MOSFETs from Littelfuse into your next design. Click here … Read More → "Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best Performance"
Choosing the Proper SuperCap   Supercapacitors bring impressive benefits to numerous applications. But, most designers don’t know the ins and outs of designing with these capable capacitors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Shawn Hansen of AVX about how to take advantage of the latest generation of supercapacitors in your next design. Click here … Read More → "Choosing the Proper SuperCap"
Why are so Many Engineers Choosing Power Modules? Designing your own power supply from scratch can be a nightmare. Power Modules are the easiest, most reliable, and most compact power solutions you can use in your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Goacher from Texas Instruments about the latest advances in power module technology, and how … Read More → "Why are so Many Engineers Choosing Power Modules?"