Fear the Economic Singularity

In dystopian science fiction, we are taught to fear the technological singularity – the time when artificial super intelligence advances to a point far beyond human intelligence, with a result that profoundly alters human existence. Vivid imagery of automated weapons of doom working to wipe out human civilization and take over the world – or the galaxy – have terrorized generations of sci-fi fans. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and … Read More → "Fear the Economic Singularity"

More than Just Silicon

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the challenges SoC Design with ClioSoft CEO Srinath Anantharaman. Srinath and I are chat about the hidden advantages of IP management, the challenges of global design teams, and how IP reuse can make all the difference in your bottom line. In this week’s Kickstarter corner, we also take a closer look at the details of a new mind-controlled … Read More → "More than Just Silicon"

Lunch With McDonald’s McKiosk: I’m Hatin’ It

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. – Asimov’s First Law of Robotics (pure fiction)

During a recent trip to Saint George, Utah, my wife and I stopped at McDonald’s for a fast lunch. We’d just driven a grand scenic loop through the picturesque mountains of southwestern Utah, … Read More → "Lunch With McDonald’s McKiosk: I’m Hatin’ It"

The Moon, Moore’s Law, and Marketing

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.

– John F Kennedy, May 25, 1961

The complexity for minimum component costs has increased at a rate of roughly a factor of two per year… by 1975, the number of components per integrated circuit … Read More → "The Moon, Moore’s Law, and Marketing"

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discussion
Posted on Mar 18 at 8:59am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of the new Bluetooth location capabilities supported in Silicon Labs' latest release?
Posted on Mar 13 at 4:09pm by TotallyLost
Thanks Kevin :) We've been butting heads on this for a couple years now ... it really is a management problem, often rooted in organizational culture issues, where developers are often the scapegoat. If you don't fix it, the good developers (and managers) will ultimately migrate to the competition, rather than forcibly ...
Posted on Mar 13 at 9:25am by Kevin Morris
@TotallyLost - YES! Every bit of this! Every engineering manager should read every part of this. Thanks for sharing!
Posted on Mar 12 at 5:41pm by TotallyLost
Something don't change ... somethings do ... what are best practice rules for 2020?
Posted on Mar 12 at 5:29pm by TotallyLost
Late schedules are 99% the way we manage people and projects, with no skin in the game. Simple concepts, difficult to manage in some organizations. KISS, Mythical Man Month, Research vs Product Development, Project Definition vs Product Evolution, Staffing Skill Sets vs One Size Fits All, Accountability, and defined project/organizational ...
Posted on Mar 12 at 5:36am by brucehoult
"extension" is synonymous with "optional feature". For many purposes a computer with load, store, add, subtract, and, or, xor, left shift, right shift and the ability to compare two registers and branch based on the result is all you need. That is called "rv32i" or "rv64i". Everything else ...
Posted on Mar 11 at 11:54pm by sfjbstraining
Great Information. Thank You Author, for sharing your valuable information about iot with us. People who are reading this blog can continue your knowledge which you gained with us and know how to apply this practically along with our IoT ...
Posted on Mar 11 at 12:32pm by Azmat
Must incorporate, at least consider, thermal layers; else will remain curiosities.
Posted on Mar 11 at 7:45am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of these circuit-stacking ideas from IEDM?
Posted on Mar 9 at 6:26am by Karl Stevens
"You will find integer multiply and divide instructions in the chapter on the “M” extension in the ISA manual. That’s the “M” in “rv32imac” etc. is "extension" synonymous with "wish list"? I wish the "real" RISC V would stand and be recognized. Also I mistakenly thought that "predecessors" ...
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Mar 18, 2019
My latest article on embedded.com has been published. This piece is the thirtieth installment of the RTOS Revealed series, which will continue to appear for the next few months. The series covers every aspect of real time operating systems. Nucleus SE RTOS initialization and ...
Mar 18, 2019
Today'€™s dense and complex PCB designs require realistic 3D view to investigate the design issues way before they are ready for manufacturing. The complexity of the PCB designs is increasing... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ]...
Mar 15, 2019
Readers of the Samtec blog are familiar with the benefits of FMC and FMC+. These popular interfaces define a compact electro-mechanical expansion interface for a daughter card to an FPGA baseboard or other device with re-configurable I/O capability. VITA 57.1 has been around ...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...
chalk talks
Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   Choosing the right capacitor for your design can be a daunting undertaking. With so many options on the market – from film to ceramic to electrolytic, it’s easy to get lost in a maze of datasheets and specifications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET about … Read More → "Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX   Designing antennas can be a challenge for most engineers. With the explosion of active technologies such as MIMO and beamforming, the art of antenna design has become increasingly complex. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kenneth Schott from AVX about choosing and tuning high-performance antenna designs for your next … Read More → "AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX"
The Technology Behind i.MX Applications Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics If you’re designing systems where reliability and long life in challenging environments is important – industrial automation, robotics, automotive cluster, infotainment, and telematics – you may want to consider going beyond silicon. Fully-depleted silicon, or FDSOI offers significant benefits for these types of applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "The Technology Behind i.MX Applications Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit — NXP and Mouser Electronics   Putting together an IoT design can be an exercise in confusion. There are countless moving parts in different domains – mobile and cloud apps, connectivity, hardware development… the list goes on and on. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jay Canteenwala of NXP about the NXP Rapid IoT Prototyping … Read More → "Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics The RF section of 5G system brings a host of engineering challenges. When we are designing for 5G, we need to step up our game, and that means taking advantage of the latest high-performance, wide-bandgap materials like Gallium Nitride. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bror Peterson of Qorvo about … Read More → "5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"
Tensilica HiFi DSP   Performing speech recognition at the edge, rather than sending data back to the cloud, is a major engineering challenge. You need significant processing power on a tiny energy budget, and often in a small form-factor. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gerard Andrews of Cadence Design Systems about the … Read More → "Tensilica HiFi DSP"