The Radio Shack at the End of the Universe

“Let’s do the time warp again.” – Riff Raff

My relationship with Radio Shack goes back more than 50 years, when the company opened a store on Shelbyville Road near my home in Louisville, Kentucky. Heck, I even worked in a suburban Radio Shack as a freelance repair person for a summer during my college days, and I’ve still got the 50< … Read More → "The Radio Shack at the End of the Universe"

Ye Olde FPGA Acceleration

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that FPGA-based compute acceleration is suddenly a hot topic. And, even from under the rock, you probably got the memo that Intel paid over $16B to acquire Altera a couple years back – mostly to capitalize on this “new” emerging killer app for FPGA technology. These days there is an enormous battle brewing for control … Read More → "Ye Olde FPGA Acceleration"

The Significance of Sparsity

What has sparsity done for you lately? In this episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the challenges that surround on-device artificial intelligence processing. Megha Daga (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the why the presence of zeroes is becoming more and more important in the development of neural networks and how sparsity can be used for bandwidth and compute reduction. In this week’s News You May Have Missed, … Read More → "The Significance of Sparsity"

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Posted on Nov 17 at 9:36am by Beercandyman
Bringing Bittware and Nallatech is a good move. They both have great respect for each other and they are more than 2x better together than apart. I just came back from the Supercomputer show in Dallas and there is a lot of FPGA activity. Many more people know what a ...
Posted on Nov 14 at 4:57am by acantle
Thanks for a very nice article Kevin. Glad to see that true editorial isn’t quite dead yet.
Posted on Nov 13 at 9:06pm by Kev
The lack of movement in the ability to compile code for heterogeneous computing isn't new, for me it goes back to Inmos in the 1980s. Here's my solution - Interestingly, Xilinx blew me off when I said I knew how to speed up the SystemC (C++) modeling ...
Posted on Nov 13 at 11:33am by Steve Hoover
Yes, Kevin, the programming model for FPGAs is a big hurdle. In fact, it's the focus of my startup. I've recently picked up a focus on cloud FPGAs and I'm building momentum for an open-source project to make them more accessible. This project (regardless of which is your favorite h/...
Posted on Nov 13 at 9:32am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think about how AI implementations are evolving, and about Cadence's vision and audio neural-net solutions?
Posted on Nov 12 at 3:34pm by TotallyLost
Last time I checked end-user OS platform preferences, Windows was falling below 37% of market share, somewhat rapidly. Unix/Linux/FreeBSD varients pretty much rule these days, at well over 50% of market share, with the Android UI market for phones, tablets, etc tanking Windows platforms. See the Wiki article Usage_share_...
Posted on Nov 5 at 8:11am by Bryon Moyer
Do you use ALE? Which steps do you use it for?
Posted on Nov 4 at 1:23pm by Jim Turley
Thanks for the well-researched reply. However, I can't quite see which part of the article you're so comprehensively rebutting. It says that hybrid vehicles won't save their owners money on fuel, which is true. The rest is interesting, but somewhat beside the point. Besides, if I'd left out the other ...
Posted on Nov 2 at 1:38pm by JamesGilbert
Love the Anthony Bourdain hook, and I get the stuff about the processors and agree, to some extent, but then the other analogies ... well, I really could have done without them. I think these detract from your main point. I humbly suggest you ought to do some basic homework before ...
Posted on Nov 1 at 1:16pm by Steven Leibson
Spoken like a true linux believer! Let's see. I have driver problems in Windows 10. I protect my large economic and experience inventments in Windows-specific software by running Windows in a virtual machine on top of linux and somehow my driver and performance problems vanish? I have no interest in operating ...
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Nov 16, 2018
If you aren'€™t from the packaging world, then chances are likely you might think '€œpacking'€ refers to objects being placed in to a box instead of packaging integrated circuits (IC'€™s) on a substrate. Packaging has advanced since it began, and as with many areas i...
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Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics  With the rapid pace of change in IoT designs these days, the flexibility, power efficiency, and low latency of FPGAs can be major advantages. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Schultz of Intel about applying FPGA technology to IoT systems. Click here for more information about Intel® FPGAs (formerly … Read More → "Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics"
A New Advanced IC Packaging Battlefield  Today, advanced packaging technology has created a new battleground where 2.5D packaging and heterogeneous design drive constraints that span semiconductor, packaging, board, and even system-level design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Park of Cadence Design Systems about new techniques and tools for advanced IC packaging design. Click here … Read More → "A New Advanced IC Packaging Battlefield"
Analog to Digital Converters: A Resolution Revolution — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics   Today’s IoT designs rely on massive amounts of data from a wide range of sensors. One thing most of these systems have in common is the need for high-resolution data converters that can operate on limited power budgets. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Andeen from Maxim Integrated … Read More → "Analog to Digital Converters: A Resolution Revolution — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics"
Optoelectronics: SensorXplorer — Vishay and Mouser Electronics   Many IoT designs require limited vision capabilities – without a full-blown camera interface. Edge devices may need to be able to see light, recognize colors or gestures, or sense presence. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Samy Ahmed of Vishay about using optoelectronics to give enhanced capabilities to your … Read More → "Optoelectronics: SensorXplorer — Vishay and Mouser Electronics"
Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics   Security and power are key considerations in just about every IoT design these days. And, if you don’t start with a microcontroller that has robust security and power features, it can be an uphill battle. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ram Konreddy of Microchip Technology about the new … Read More → "Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics"
Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications  Designing products for reliability and longevity requires a different mindset – and a different tool set from the more common “just get it out the door” engineering methodology. We need to focus on all phases of product life, and do a diligent analysis of the mechanisms that can lead to premature failure in the … Read More → "Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications"