The Transistor at 75: The First Makers, Part 2

Part 1 of this article discussed the spark that ignited the commercial semiconductor industry. It was the 1952 Transistor Symposium conducted by Bell Telephone Laboratories (BTL). A book published by BTL called A History of Engineering and Science in the Bell System: Electronics Technology (1925-1975) stated that twenty-six domestic and fourteen foreign transistor licensees of the BTL transistor patents attended the symposium. That’s a total of 40 licensees. However, Bo Lojek’s book titled History of Semiconductor Engineering listed only 34 companies in attendance: … Read More → "The Transistor at 75: The First Makers, Part 2"

Basking in the Safety of an Automotive Radar Cocoon

Things have changed a lot since I was young, not least that all my friends got old (I didn’t see that coming). Take automobiles, for example. My parents bought their first car when I was about six years old, which would make it around 1963. I have no idea what sort of car it was. All I know was that it was small and noisy. Also, that noisy was good because it was amazing how often it failed to start. … Read More → "Basking in the Safety of an Automotive Radar Cocoon"

Calling All Chiplets! Eliyan and the Ultimate Chiplet Interconnect

My podcast this week is all about chiplets, chiplet interconnects, and the Bunch of Wires (BoW) chiplet interconnect architecture! My guests hail from Eliyan – who is leading the pack when it comes to chiplet interconnect technology. Ramin Farjadrad (Co-founder and CEO), Patrick Soheili (Co-founder & Head of Business and Corporate Development) and Syrus Ziai (Co-founder & VP of Engineering)  … Read More → "Calling All Chiplets! Eliyan and the Ultimate Chiplet Interconnect"

Performing Extreme AI Analog Compute Sans Semiconductors

Generally speaking, I tend to duck when someone lobs a business-related press release in my direction. Call me a techno-weenie if you will, but I really don’t care to learn that Company A has been pondering the possibility of potentially signing a letter of intent with Company B to establish a framework within which to commence discussions about the prospect of collaborating on some vaguely … Read More → "Performing Extreme AI Analog Compute Sans Semiconductors"

Intel Finally Launches Sapphire Rapids: It’s All About The Accelerators, Baby

After many delays, Intel has finally launched the long-awaited Sapphire Rapids family of server processors, now named the 4th Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and the Intel Xeon CPU Max Series. Both names are mouthfuls, which has become typical of Intel product naming. Also typical is Intel’s ability to change the playing field to its advantage. Here, … Read More → "Intel Finally Launches Sapphire Rapids: It’s All About The Accelerators, Baby"

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Battery Management System Overview

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Effective battery management for electric vehicles is a critical design element faced by engineers today. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Marco Castellanos from Infineon about the key functions of battery management for electric vehicles, the role that cell balancing, voltage measurement and temperature measurement play in battery management ICs, and how wireless battery management using bluetooth low energy can help you tackle a variety of battery management challenges for your next design.

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Posted on Feb 6 at 12:02pm by Max Maxfield
You can but ask them (make sure you let them know that you heard about them here on :-)
Posted on Feb 5 at 9:47pm by theboom
All extremely exciting! Mythic's work also seems very exciting. I can think of the perfect application for this technology. I wonder if the folks at EnCharge or Mythic would like to support an educational nonprofit :)
Posted on Feb 5 at 11:03am by Brane212
While title is hinting at some revolutionary revelation, article is devoid of any useful information. As they say, it's chke full of information as much as shit is full of vitamines. Bla blaa blaa, "high bandwith", blaa bla "low energy for transfer" blaa blah... And great connecting story. Imagine that. ...
Posted on Feb 2 at 7:19am by Max Maxfield
Hi Dan -- I love Karnaugh maps -- I'm always blown away by what a great idea they are. Are you familiar with Reed-Müller logic? The idea here is that some digital functions can be difficult to optimize if they are represented in the conventional sum-of-products or product-of-sums forms, ...
Posted on Feb 2 at 7:14am by Max Maxfield
I would love to see it -- but I'm 100% loaded at the moment (and not in a good way with alcohol) -- there's just so many fun things to do and not enough time to do them all :-(
Posted on Jan 30 at 10:04am by Karl Stevens
Hi, Johnny. You wrote "The pleasure of pure digital design." Amen. And if I remember correctly , adding 1's Complement with a "Hot 1" into low order position does a subtract and has been used in computers. Here is an evolving "source syntax" that I think is easy to parse using C#; ...
Posted on Jan 30 at 7:54am by Dan Boschen
Tra-laaaaa!!!! What a great high performance work-out with implementing fixed point arithmetic. Kudos Max and I now know why you are "Max the Magnificent". Karnough Mapping ( is one additional approach to add for the solution to the black-box problem.
Posted on Jan 28 at 7:08am by Karl Stevens
Me to me: I cannot find the link, will have to try something different. Sorry
Posted on Jan 27 at 11:18am by Karl Stevens
If you have Windows, Visual Studio 2022, and want to peek at my Bloop project ... Boolean Logic oop, I will put it on DropBox or Git. This started out as a new kind of computer that took only a couple of hundred LUTs and 3 dual port Block Rams on an FPGA ...
Posted on Jan 27 at 10:36am by Max Maxfield
"I have a syntax and parser/builder/debugger in development." Email me ( when you have everything up and running -- there could be an article there :-)
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