SSDs Aren’t Just Faster Hard Disks

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A new hard disk controller. Ho-hum, yawn. But this one says it improves performance tenfold. Huh? How is that possible? And that it increases price/performance by 90%. This also seemed implausible. Time to dig into these nonsense claims.  </ … Read More → "SSDs Aren’t Just Faster Hard Disks"

Advancing into FinFET

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Sequitur Security Is a Package Deal

“My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.” – Kanye West

When everyone else took Spanish classes in high school, I took Latin. That prepared me for a life of translating classic literature (nope), correcting Catholic priests (not ever), deciphering legal phrases (more often than I’d like), and acing … Read More → "Sequitur Security Is a Package Deal"

ARM Saturation, Price Hikes, and Possible Spinoff

“We acquire the strength we have overcome.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s no secret that ARM is the 500-lb. gorilla in the IP-licensing business, but there are new signs that the company may be reaching its peak. Licensing revenue is down slightly, the company is reportedly raising prices to compensate, a Chinese joint venture has gone badly, and … Read More → "ARM Saturation, Price Hikes, and Possible Spinoff"

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Posted on Aug 3 at 9:41am by Jim Turley
Nice. It's surprising (to me, anyway) how many digital problems can be traced to bad AC power.
Posted on Jul 30 at 12:01pm by acantle
Great article Kevin, nicely covering all the bases here. It defines the exact challenge that my new venture, Nallasway, is hoping to tackle. We need a first principles grassroots approach to this, to truly benefit from this once in a lifetime shift in our industry.
Posted on Jul 30 at 8:37am by JayN
yes, I agree on the heterogeneous programming. It will be interesting to see if oneAPI succeeds. The programmer still needs to be aware of the target device to get the best optimization. However, there was also an article yesterday on "Machine-Programming Code Similarity System", using AI to write code, with ...
Posted on Jul 29 at 7:02am by muldrow
Years ago I was encountering an intermittent reset on a new circuit board that would only occur once every couple of days. Instrumenting on the board indicated a noise burst on the power line that only went off every 2 or 3 days. I set up a scope probe on the AC ...
Posted on Jul 28 at 2:19pm by fpgareader
But how do we trust the 3rd party security company - over time? But DIY is heavy as Jim said: see this ETSI Security doc: A Good Read for embedded guys so you’ll be ready when your bosses panic over their IoT device liabilities.
Posted on Jul 28 at 8:26am by Max Maxfield
Now you are making me feel guilty -- but you are assuming the resonant frequency is in the ultrasonic -- suppose it was < 20 Hz...
Posted on Jul 28 at 8:24am by Max Maxfield
Hi Ivan -- They showed me the frequency response curves -- in fact I have them here in my office -- I'll show them to you the next time you drop round for a cup of tea :-)
Posted on Jul 27 at 10:58am by Karl Stevens
It does not matter if it is called a RISC, or CISC, or whatever ill-defined term that people use the old load, add, store, branch CPU has hit "the brick wall". It is time to re-think how to build a computer. Distributing a clock to every single FF and then ...
Posted on Jul 25 at 3:17pm by theboom
"in the case of xMEMs speakers, the resonant frequency occurs outside the audio range, thereby making it someone else’s problem." Sure, who cares about insects and dogs?
Posted on Jul 24 at 2:40am by Grant837
Alas, what you cover are just the minor issues, not the big one about how OneDrive moves your files, which no other back-up service I know of, does. On the big issue he is 100% right, and it does not matter if he is a techie or not.
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