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"
“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"
Let’s start by getting one thing straight: Minima Processor is not a processor company. It’s a processor-related IP company, and, most specifically (at least for now), it’s a DVFS (dynamic voltage and frequency scaling) IP company.
If you’re not familiar with DVFS, it’s a way of changing power … Read More → "Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Schooling"
“I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.” — Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz
In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we set our sights on open source hardware design. Jake Janovetz (President – Opal Kelly) introduces us to a brand new crowdfunding campaign called the Brain-1. Jake and … Read More → "If I Only Had a Brain-1"
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"
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"