In Memoriam: Dr. Bernard Peuto, Architect of Zilog’s Z8000 and Z8

“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when…” – “We’ll Meet Again,” Vera Lynn

My friend Bernard Peuto passed away this month. We first met two decades ago when I moved to California to join the Microprocessor Report. Bernard was … Read More → "In Memoriam: Dr. Bernard Peuto, Architect of Zilog’s Z8000 and Z8"

Small, Selective Gas Sensors

One of the annual features at the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress is the Technology Showcase, where 5 start-ups (or start-upoids) give quick presentations about their new ideas in exchange for visibility and prizes. One of this year’s contenders was Abhishek Motayed of n5 Sensors, who presented what looked like a promising new gas sensor platform. The nature of the event is such that you can’t go into … Read More → "Small, Selective Gas Sensors"

When You Just Can’t Fix It

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we gaze up at the starlit sky and dream of space exploration. We chat with Noel Dube (Reflex CES) about the differences between Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) and Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) and investigate the unique challenges each of these orbits present designers today. We also discuss the role of optical transceivers and interconnects will play in … Read More → "When You Just Can’t Fix It"

News Flash: Itanic Still Sinking

May the odds be ever in your favor. – The Hunger Games

Intel announced the name of its IA-64 processor in October, 1999. The company’s future 64-bit, VLIW processor would be known as the “Itanium.” Overnight, Usenet boffins christened it the “Itanic,” and the name stuck. The Register has long used the name, … Read More → "News Flash: Itanic Still Sinking"

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discussion
Posted on Feb 18 at 9:13am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of n5's approach to gas sensors?
Posted on Feb 16 at 12:29am by TotallyLost
This week Meyhofer and Reddy published research that might well extend Moore's Law another several decades. https://news.umich.edu/running-an-led-in-reverse-could-cool-future-computers/ On die cooling by reverse biasing an IR led so that it absorbs IR photons rather than emitting them. There are several obvious ways to make this really effective ...
Posted on Feb 14 at 1:42pm by TotallyLost
Well the good news is there will be some really cheap 9760 HPE NUMA clusters hitting the surplus fire sales soon, that will be a lot faster than our 9300's.
Posted on Feb 14 at 2:29am by lenstrom
I have full Conference in the Sigfox cloud connection the challenge is to build the business cases and use cases to take full advantage of the functionality and maybe one should as well reflect on using the NMT band to get better coverage, if and where that is available, So ...
Posted on Feb 13 at 8:27am by Jim Turley
Agreed. Although Itanium lasted ~20 years, I think the outcome was clear after the first ten. The rest was a long, slow, glide path. It's tough to decide whether to "fish or cut bait" when there's that much money on the line.
Posted on Feb 13 at 1:03am by Kev
I remember having to deal with PA-RISC, I didn't like it. Someone said it only survived because the big cache gave it enough performance. I think those folks moved on to Itanium and it suffered a similar problems - the base architecture was flawed and irrecoverable (according to a compiler ...
Posted on Feb 12 at 3:01pm by TotallyLost
Still have over a dozen of these dual core quad processor, huge cache, computational servers in our cluster that are a decade+ old. It was worth updating all them to dual core a few years back, just because for some problems they beat other computational servers in our cluster hands ...
Posted on Feb 12 at 1:43pm by Karl Stevens
IBM System360 learned Lesson #2 when previous 1401 users did no have source code to re-compile, therefore built and sold emulators to run machine code: Lesson #2. Better technology doesn’t matter. At least, not all the time—or even very often. Intel and HP were replacing the old x86, the worst CPU ...
Posted on Feb 12 at 11:32am by Jim Turley
"It works for me" has never been much of a solution.
Posted on Feb 11 at 9:13am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of the hybrid Sigfox/cellular approach to remote or mobile cloud connections?
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Feb 17, 2019
https://youtu.be/ZuoAfBXsbGw Made in front of the green screen (camera Sean) Monday: SPIE 2019: Light Entertainment Tuesday: DVCon Preview: The Year of PSS Wednesday: MWC Barcelona: 5G in Catalonia... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community sit...
Feb 15, 2019
This year at DVCon US, Mentor is going to add some sizzle to our booth (#1005) during the exhibit hours. In addition to our stellar demo staff who are always available to answer questions and show you the latest capabilities of our tools, we’re also going to be hosting ...
Feb 14, 2019
Samtec'€™s complete line of discrete wire connectors and cable assemblies are used in a variety of applications, including industrial automation and industrial equipment (like power supplies, measurement devices, process controls and sensor systems), security, telecom, auto...
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
Renesas Synergy AE-Cloud2 — Mouser Electronics and Renesas   Implementing wireless connectivity for your IoT design can be a serious engineering challenge. Bridging the gap between your edge device and the cloud involves navigating a labyrinth of wireless and network technologies that can create serious headaches for design teams. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jason Chien of … Read More → "Renesas Synergy AE-Cloud2 — Mouser Electronics and Renesas"
Infrared Array Sensor Grid-EYE — Mouser Electronics and Panasonic  Presence detection can be a tricky task when designing IoT edge devices. There are countless applications where we need to know whether or not people are around, but we don’t want anything like the enormous cost and overhead of a full-blown video analytics subsystem, and many of the “simple” solutions just don’t perform well … Read More → "Infrared Array Sensor Grid-EYE — Mouser Electronics and Panasonic"
Introducing Cadence Cloud Portfolio  EDA in the cloud has finally arrived! Now, when you need access to large amounts of computing power to push your design through those critical stages, there is a secure, reliable, powerful cloud-based system that lets you scale your design tools to meet your actual needs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton … Read More → "Introducing Cadence Cloud Portfolio"
Introducing the Visual Verification Suite’s New HDL Creator  Finding errors in a complex HDL design can be a daunting task. And, most errors aren’t detected until late in the design flow. If we could catch our errors earlier, when we are initially writing the code, we could save enormous amounts of time in simulation, synthesis, and layout. In this episode of Chalk … Read More → "Introducing the Visual Verification Suite’s New HDL Creator"
Powering the Future: Always Aware SIMO PMICs — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics  Power management for today’s small form-factor, cost-constrained, power-constrained devices can be a daunting design challenge. Balancing BOM cost, PCB area, and flexibility against other design parameters can be a headache for engineering teams. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Karthi Gopalan, Cary Delano and Gaurav Mital from Maxim Integrated about … Read More → "Powering the Future: Always Aware SIMO PMICs — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics"
Logic Innovations for the Industrial Control Space — Nexperia and Mouser Electronics  Industrial control logic designers don’t have to be stuck with 1970s technology. There’s a whole new world of exciting components and capabilities available for industrial control design, and innovation is moving at a rapid pace. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Wolf of Nexperia about the latest advances in … Read More → "Logic Innovations for the Industrial Control Space — Nexperia and Mouser Electronics"