How to Train Your Robot: Rosie the Robot Vacuum Joins Our Family

As I write this article, Rosie the robot vacuum cleaner is taking its third try at mapping my home. Rosie is our name for an Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ vacuum. We purchased Rosie from Amazon on the recommendation of Veronica, who lives next door. Rosie was on sale that day for $420, which is $280 off of the list price. The robot’s about the diameter of a … Read More → "How to Train Your Robot: Rosie the Robot Vacuum Joins Our Family"

SiLC’s FMCW LiDAR Can Perceive and Identify Objects More Than a Kilometer Away

I’ve told this tale before, and I’ll doubtless tell it again because I think it’s worth the retelling. When I was a kid (think Charlie Brown), my mom had a fulltime job (which was unusual for ladies at that time), so I spent the halcyon days of summer when we were out of school up the road at my Auntie Barbara’s house … Read More → "SiLC’s FMCW LiDAR Can Perceive and Identify Objects More Than a Kilometer Away"

Intel Takes Control of Communications Hill with Analog-Enabled FPGA Portfolio

If you drive south from downtown San Jose, California on US 101, you’ll soon see a commanding hill rising high above the city’s suburban landscape. A huge monolith commands the crest of this hill. Several large microwave horns once perched upon this tower as if it were a concrete throne. Some remain. The microwave tower was part of the AT&T Long Lines telephone … Read More → "Intel Takes Control of Communications Hill with Analog-Enabled FPGA Portfolio"

AI Everywhere (and for Everyone): Intel Builds A Bridge Between Data and Insight

AI is the name of the game this week! My special guest is Wei Li, VP and GM, Artificial Intelligence and Analytics (AIA) at Intel. Wei and I dig into the details of Intel’s new Open Source AI Reference Kits. We discuss the motivation to create these open source kits, why community involvement is crucial to Intel’s AI Everywhere campaign, and how engineers of varying … Read More → "AI Everywhere (and for Everyone): Intel Builds A Bridge Between Data and Insight"

When Supercomputers Meet Beer Pong

My head is currently swirling and whirling with a cacophony of conceptions. This maelstrom of meditations was triggered by NVIDIA’s recent announcement of their Jetson Orin Nano system-on-modules that deliver up to 80x the performance over the prior generation, which is, in their own words, “setting a new standard for entry-level edge AI and robotics.”

One of my contemplations … Read More → "When Supercomputers Meet Beer Pong"

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MOTIX™ Motor Control Solutions

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Infineon

Today’s complex automotive designs require a wide range of motor control and system ICs to deliver the features that customers demand. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Michael Williams from Infineon joins me to explore how Infineon’s MOTIX™ motor control solutions can help simplify your next automotive design. We take a closer look at the MOTIX™ Embedded power system on chip for motor control, the benefits that the MOTIX™ Embedded Power IC can bring to your next design, and how you can get started with your next motor control design with Infineon’s MOTIX™ motor control solutions.

Click here for more information about Infineon Technologies TLE986x 2-Phase Motor/Relay Driver ICs

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Algorithm Verification with FPGAs and ASICs

Sponsored by MathWorks

Developing new FPGA and ASIC designs involves implementing new algorithms, which presents challenges for verification for algorithm developers, hardware designers, and verification engineers. This eBook explores different aspects of hardware design verification and how you can use MATLAB and Simulink to reduce development effort and improve the quality of end products.

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PCIe Gen5 x16 Running on the Achronix VectorPath Accelerator Card

Sponsored by Achronix

In this demo, Achronix engineers show the VectorPath Accelerator Card successfully linking up to a PCIe Gen5 x16 host and write data to and read data from GDDR6 memory. The VectorPath accelerator card featuring the Speedster7t FPGA is one of the first FPGAs that can natively support this interface within its PCIe subsystem. Speedster7t FPGAs offer a revolutionary new architecture that Achronix developed to address the highest performance data acceleration challenges.

Click here for more information about the VectorPath Accelerator Card

Posted on Oct 6 at 6:32am by Max Maxfield
I have two SSDs in my tower -- my boot C: drive and a separate data D: drive. When I ca,e into work about 2 months ago, all three of my screens were black -- I tried rebooting and got a "No boot media found" message. I took it to ...
Posted on Oct 3 at 4:33pm by Steven Leibson
You are correct acantle1. I stand corrected and have updated the article accordingly. Thanks for the correction! I agree with you that both devices are likely to succeed in the marketplace. I was trying to indicate that with my discussion of the AMD/Xilinx software tools. Perhaps I should have ...
Posted on Oct 3 at 11:30am by acantle1
Correction. You mention that Xilinx's Zynq RFSoC consists of an RF Die and FPGA Die in a 2.5D package, when in fact the Zynq RFSoC devices are monolithic dies with both the RF and FPGA logic sitting together on that die. This provides an impressive low power, potentially low cost, ...
Posted on Sep 28 at 11:47am by Steven Leibson
I must agree with you Karl. Right now, oneAPI supports FPGAs using preconfigured kernals. That leaves 90-95% of the FPGA's potential performance on the floor, unused. Much to be done. Now that Intel has opened oneAPI to both the open source and open governance communities and assigned management to Codeplay, ...
Posted on Sep 28 at 10:49am by Karl Stevens
Now it is time to show how OneAPI can support all that block ram. Of course there needs to be a new design methodology since years of effort has gone down the drain trying to make HDL work efficiently. I have not been able to find enough about OneAPI. Same ...
Posted on Sep 26 at 10:18am by Steven Leibson
Thanks! I'll amend the article accordingly.
Posted on Sep 26 at 9:40am by anonymousEE
FYI - looks like you missed it by a few days (you published 9/16, Backblaze published 9/13), Backblaze JUST updated their SSD vs HDD reliability report to say that from their data they can confidently say SSD's are more reliable than HDD's.
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Congratulations on 500 episodes!
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I love the early Genesis -- I never got to see them with Peter Gabriel, but I saw them twice in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Phil Collins -- and they were AWESOME!!!
Posted on Sep 8 at 12:07am by Max Maxfield
That USN MK 112 sounds awesome in a "I'm glad I don't have to use it myself" sort of way -- I wish I could see one in the flesh. Thanks for sharing -- Max
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Oct 6, 2022
The days of 'throwing it over the wall' are over. Heterogeneous integration is ushering in a new era of silicon chip design with collaboration at its core'”one that lives or dies on seamless interaction between your analog and digital IC and package design teams. Heterogeneo...
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We share 6 key advantages of cloud-based IC hardware design tools, including enhanced scalability, security, and access to AI-enabled EDA tools. The post 6 Reasons to Leverage IC Hardware Development in the Cloud appeared first on From Silicon To Software....
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When I wrote my book 'Bebop to the Boolean Boogie,' it was certainly not my intention to lead 6-year-old boys astray....
Designing with GaN? Ask the Right Questions about Reliability
As demands for high-performance and low-cost power conversion increases, gallium nitride offers several intriguing benefits for next generation power supply design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Sandeep Bahl from Texas Instruments investigate the what, why and how of gallium nitride power technology. They take a closer look at the component level and in-system reliability for TI’s gallium nitride power solutions and why GaN might just be the perfect solution for your next power supply design.
Oct 4, 2022
TE APL: Flexibility for Any Use
Connectors can make a big difference when it comes to reducing system complexity and ease of use but did you know they can also help with automation and sustainability as well? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Anita Costamagna from TE discuss TE’s APL Connectivity solutions. They dig into the details of these connector solutions and how you can get started using these connector solutions in your next design.
Sep 22, 2022
Automotive Electronic Seat Control
Sponsored by Infineon
Today’s automotive seat design must keep in mind size, cost, battery life and passing EMC testing. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Rick Browarski from Infineon investigate the newest innovations in automotive electronic seat control. They take a closer look at the anatomy of power seats today, the role that an ECU plays in the control of electronic seats and how Infineon chip set offerings can help you with your next smart power seat design.
Sep 22, 2022
Power Multiplexing with Discrete Components
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Toshiba
Power multiplexing is a vital design requirement for a variety of different applications today. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Talayeh Saderi from Toshiba about what kind of power multiplex solution would be the best fit for your next design. They discuss five unique design considerations that we should think about when it comes to power multiplexing and the benefits that high side gate drivers bring to power multiplexing.
Sep 22, 2022
Matter & NXP
Interoperability in our growing Internet of things ecosystem has been a challenge for years. But the new Matter standard is looking to change all of that. It could not only make homes smarter but our design lives easier as well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Sujata Neidig from NXP examine how Matter will revolutionize IoT by increasing interoperability, simplifying development and providing a comprehensive approach to security and privacy. They also discuss what the roadmap for Matter looks like and how NXP’s Matter reference platforms can help you get started with your next IoT design.
Sep 20, 2022
EiceDRIVER™ F3 Enhanced: Isolated Gate Driver with DESAT
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Infineon
When it comes to higher power applications, galvanically isolated gate drivers can be great solution for power modules and silicon carbide MOSFETS. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Emanuel Eni from Infineon examine Infineon’s EiceDRIVER™ F3 Enhanced isolated gate driver family. They take a closer look at advantages of galvanic isolation and the key features and benefits that this gate driver family can bring to your next design.
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