Are You Ready to Lay Your Hands on the World’s First Universal Processor?

One of the things I really enjoy is bacon sandwiches, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about here. Another thing I enjoy is watching a startup company evolve from being a twinkle in its founder’s eye to purveying its first product.

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Powering FPGAs is a Giant Hassle. Here’s Some Help.

When I first started working for an FPGA company a decade ago, I was stunned to find out how many power supply rails these parts required. I’d never encountered chips that needed five to ten (or more) power supply rails. Even back in the old, old PMOS days, chips needed only three supply voltages and, for a few fortunate decades, 5 volts was all you ever … Read More → "Powering FPGAs is a Giant Hassle. Here’s Some Help."

Shaving Hairs and New Electronics: UChicago’s Nanocrystal Breakthrough

Are you ready for some exciting nanocrystal technology? I certainly hope so! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Igor Coropceanu joins me to discuss how he and a team of fellow researchers at the University of Chicago discovered a new way to make nanocrystals function together electronically. We explore why this breakthrough in nanocrystal technology could lead to future devices with new abilities, what applications this would be … Read More → "Shaving Hairs and New Electronics: UChicago’s Nanocrystal Breakthrough"

Can HLS Partitioning Speed Up Placement and Routing of FPGA Designs? Yes, Oh Yes!

FPGA place-and-route software goes too fast, said no one ever. In fact, FPGA vendors have spent considerable effort in making their design software run faster on multicore processors. A paper recently presented at the ACM’s FPGA 2022 conference titled “RapidStream: Parallel Physical Implementation of FPGA HLS Designs,” describes a very interesting approach to pushing HLS designs through FPGA design software running on multicore processors faster. The … Read More → "Can HLS Partitioning Speed Up Placement and Routing of FPGA Designs? Yes, Oh Yes!"

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Simplifying Brushless Motor Controls with Toshiba Motor Control Solutions

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5 common Hall-effect sensor myths

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Posted on May 19 at 2:10pm by cowduo
Hi Max, fun to read as always. Two questions: 1) 64000 ball-grid array. Are the balls arranged as a multi-dimensional sparse matrix? Will you lay out my circuit board for me? 2) What about compilers, simulators, IDEs, design tools, and the like? 3) And the bonus EE-degree question: Do they have precise exceptions? - ...
Posted on May 18 at 7:10am by MikeBate56
Ah those were the days. Do you remember a 1 bit micro from Motorola. MC14500 I think.
Posted on May 17 at 10:50am by JohnBirkner
Hi Steve, Regarding “I was stunned to find out how many power supply rails these parts required.” Agreed, I also was stunned to see FPGA design engineers adding rails to make the FPGA cheaper, or faster, without any regard to increasing complexity beyond the chip. Regarding “Shankar apparently likes company ...
Posted on May 9 at 1:08pm by JohnBirkner
Steve, great article! I still have my original IBM PC, that we used to write a version of PALASM to program PALs. -John
Posted on May 9 at 11:16am by ronl@youknowsolutions.com
With a Flowpro parallel computational machine all of the objects and tasks are already petitioned at the source level of the design. It seems that a true parallel substrate machine such as Flowpro could easily take advantage of multicore synthesis.
Posted on May 6 at 9:11am by Crusty
You have done it again!!! Made me feel very old. Intelligent horse power is not new. I had four shire horses on the farm I grew up on in Devon England. I often wondered if I was needed to control the four up plough I was taught to use. As ...
Posted on May 5 at 4:25pm by Steven Leibson
Thanks Wally. Always nice to hear from you. --Steve
Posted on May 5 at 12:14pm by SmithChart
Very much enjoyed this. This is extremely topical right now: https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/01/europe/russia-farm-vehicles-ukraine-disabled-melitopol-intl/index.html -- Dag.
Posted on May 4 at 3:05pm by wally
Steven, a really great article that brings it all together! It was a very memorable time when we all chased that secret IBM group in Boca Raton. Wally
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