Renesas Announces Fabulous ForgeFPGA Family

It’s not often that I have the chance to introduce a new field-programmable gate array (FPGA) family, and even rarer that we get to greet a new FPGA vendor, so my cup runneth over because Renesas Electronics Corporation just leaped into the FPGA market with the announcement of a new line of very low-cost, very low-power, very interesting ForgeFPGA devices.

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Celebrating Eleven IEEE Milestones at the Computer History Museum

September 11 is a somber day of remembrance in the United States for the terrible events that took place 20 years ago, but, this year, it was also a happy day to quietly remember ten significant Silicon Valley Milestones. Brian Berg organized an outdoor event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California to commemorate eleven IEEE Milestones that he helped to create.

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For Your Holiday Shopping Pleasure: Paco Rabanne’s New Fragrance for Men goes Electronic

Just in time for Black Friday, here’s a holiday gift idea for that hard-to-please nerd on your list: Phantom, Paco Rabanne’s new fragrance for men, has been electronified. Now you can have just what was missing in men’s colognes, … Read More → "For Your Holiday Shopping Pleasure: Paco Rabanne’s New Fragrance for Men goes Electronic"

Fish Fry Special Edition: Makers Today! OKdo

We are switching things up for our sixth installment of my new special edition series of our long-running Fish Fry podcast called “Makers Today!”, where we highlight the movers and shakers in the maker space. In this month’s episode, my guests are Katie Clubb and Richard Curtin from OKdo! Katie, Richard and I chat about OKdo’s mission to encourage inspiration with the Okdo Projects Hub, … Read More → "Fish Fry Special Edition: Makers Today! OKdo"

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Hot-Swap and Power Protection -- Mouser Electronics and Analog Devices

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Analog Devices

When it comes to our always-on, critical systems we need to carefully consider power protection and maintainability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Dwight Larson investigate the issues that surround hot-plugging into an energized power supply, the best solutions to consider, what the different hot-swap circuit topologies look like for a variety of applications and why the MAX15090B/C with its innovative current foldback startup may be the best solution for your next design.

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Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS)

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Analog Devices' industrial communication products provide building automation engineers with a broad range of Analog IO, Digital IO, Isolation, and communication interfaces that combine low power, robust performance, and improved diagnostics in the smallest possible form factors.

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Integrity 3D-IC: Industry’s First Fully Integrated 3D-IC Platform

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3D stacking of ICs is emerging as a preferred solution for chip designers facing a slowdown in Moore’s Law and the rising costs of advanced nodes. However, chip stacking creates new complexities, with extra considerations required for the mechanical, electrical, and thermal aspects of the whole stacked system. Watch this video for an overview of Cadence® Integrity™ 3D-IC, a comprehensive platform for 3D planning, implementation, and system analysis, enabling system-driven PPA for multi-chiplet designs.

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Posted on Dec 2 at 3:04am by jackganssle
Great analysis, Steve. What about Pico Electronics in Glenrothes, Scotland, which partnered with General Instruments to build a calculator chip called the PICO1? That part reputedly debuted in 1970, and had the CPU as well as ROM and RAM on a single chip. I can't find much about this part.
Posted on Dec 1 at 7:47pm by HKellman1
Lee Boysel was a great guy and fellow Michigan Alumn - my degree MBA 1968. I owned private stock in Four Phase Systems. If you are not commercially successful, you are forgotten to history. Lee's complex chips had a terrible yield. I knew my investment was in trouble when they passed ...
Posted on Nov 24 at 6:42am by JimLewis
I just read the first 10 pages of the court case. I think just stating the conclusion egregiously misrepresents the general situation: > But we hold that the copying here at issue nonetheless constituted a fair use. Hence, Google’s copying did not violate the copyright law The key points that ...
Posted on Nov 18 at 4:03pm by Steven Leibson
Happy to meet another Mostek 3870 user, DavidSG. We're rare as hen's teeth although Wikipedia claims that the F8/3870 architecture was once very popular. Nothing like the 8051 or the prolific PIC series, though.
Posted on Nov 17 at 4:43pm by DavidSG
I was sitting around for several years waiting for "a computer on a chip". I'd had encounters with the PDP8 and Nova minicomputers, and fully grocked the potential of such devices. When the 4004 came out I took one look and said "Nah! I want one chip, not 3". Similar for the 8008. ...
Posted on Nov 17 at 6:44am by Max Maxfield
My chum Jay Dowling just emailed me to say: "Hi Max, re your FPGA P&R article -- I had a macro I would use for Altera to get the best results. They use some kind of hash of the design as the seed to a random number generator used ...
Posted on Nov 17 at 6:23am by Steven Leibson
Neigh, Max. I didn't have hands-on experience with the 4004. Just a bunch of other microprocessors that followed.
Posted on Nov 16 at 9:24am by Max Maxfield
My friend Peter Traneus Anderson (a.k.a. Traneus Rex) correctly answered my poser as follows: Twists = 0.25 Edges = 1 Faces = 1 Orbits = 4 Peter then went on to pose a conundrum of his own as follows: For zero radians twist per rotation around the donut, we have your 0-degree case. For pi radians ...
Posted on Nov 16 at 8:01am by Max Maxfield
Hi Steve -- I've read a lot about the 4004 (I have one of the original ceramic packaged devices in my little collection) -- most of it was reasonably accurate but some of the details got a little fluffy around the edges -- so I'm really enjoying reading your "from the ...
Posted on Nov 15 at 9:30am by Max Maxfield
This is my bad -- I intended the following to be posted on my column Tortuously Topological Toroidal Transformations (a.k.a. Donut Math) ( ----------------------- My friend Peter Traneus Anderson (a.k.a. Traneus Rex) correctly answered the first part of my poser as ...
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Sensor Technologies Here to Stay: Post-pandemic
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Today sensor technology has become integral to our everyday lives. And in the future, sensor technology will mean even more than it does today. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Jones from Infineon about the future of sensor technologies and how they are going to impact our lives in the post-pandemic world. They investigate how miniaturization, built-in antennas in-package and the evolution of radar technology have helped usher in a whole new era of sensing technologies and how all of this and more will help us live healthier and happier lives.
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Tame the SiC Beast - Unleash the Full Capacity of Silicon Carbide
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Wide band gap materials such as silicon carbide are revolutionizing the power industry. At the same time, they can also introduce byproducts including overheating, short circuits and over voltage. The question remains: how can we use silicon carbide without those headache-inducing side effects? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rob Weber from Microchip about Microchip’s patented augmented switching technology can make those silicon carbide side effects a thing of the past while reducing our switching losses up to 50% and accelerating our time to market as well.
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TE's Dynamic Series for Robotics
If you are designing a robot, a drive system, or any electromechanical system, the dynamic series of connectors from TE Connectivity might be a great solution for your next design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jennifer Love from TE Connectivity about the design requirements common in robotic applications and why this new flexible connector with its innovative three point contact design, audible locking system, and dedicated tooling make it a great solution for all kinds of robotic designs.
Nov 19, 2021
Machine Learning with Microchip
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Microchip
Can you design a machine learning application without a deep knowledge in machine learning? Yes, you can! In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Yann Le Faou from Microchip about a machine learning approach that is low power, includes an expertise in communication and security, and is easy to implement.
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Introducing Vivado ML Editions
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There are many ways that machine learning can help improve our IC designs, but when it comes to quality of results and design iteration - it’s a game changer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Ni from Xilinx about the benefits of machine learning design optimization, what hierarchical module-based compilation brings to the table, and why extending a module design into an end-to-end flow can make all the difference in your next IC design.
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High Voltage Charging Solution for Energy Storage & Backup Systems
Today there is growing demand for energy storage with more power, longer range, and longer run time. But the question remains: how can we increase our energy storage given the energy storage mediums on the market today? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anthony Huyhn from Analog Devices about the benefits of high voltage energy storage, why stacked battery cells are crucial to these kinds of systems, how high voltage energy storage systems can reduce conduction loss exponentially and what kind of high voltage charging solutions from Analog Devices are on the market today.
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