“My GPS has a British accent – it’s way less annoying than the American one.” – Rachel Bilson
GPS is pretty spectacular technology. I mean, who would’ve guessed that a swarm of satellites circling 12,550 miles overhead could tell us where we’re standing? It seems crazy, yet GPS is so prevalent now that we barely notice it. It’s part of the … Read More → "Polte Locates Anything, Anywhere"
We’ve always been pretty impressed by Achronix – and for good reason. In an FPGA market where countless startups have tried and failed, Achronix somehow built themselves into a successful, independent, profit-making FPGA company. That’s not an easy task, and it required numerous “pivots” on the part of the company.
Initially, Achronix developed a family of novel asynchronous FPGAs and associated tools. When it became clear … Read More → "Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGAs"
When you spend a goodly chunk of your career dealing with EDA-like issues, as did I, then you have a pretty easy gut reaction to anything involving synthesis. See some kind of synthesis with a fancy new name? Must be some new crazy approach to generating logic circuits, right? Probably involving AI (which everything must have these days)?
Um… no. … Read More → "Firming Up Your Photoresist"
“The road to success is paved with the hot asphalt of failure.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take an in-depth look at the complex reliability issues present in today’s automotive designs. Hany Elhak (Cadence Design Systems) and I chat about the role that mixed-signal chips play in the automotive ecosystem, the reality of defect analysis in the … Read More → "Reliability’s Road"
“You have to fight against being an antique.” – Burt Lancaster
Constant improvement brings constant obsolescence. When we keep updating our operating systems, processors, DRAM, and applications, we also leave behind the old apps and data that we used to use.
Normally, that’s not a huge problem. Most programs are backward-compatible with their predecessors. You can … Read More → "Resurrecting 1980s Computers"
You might say that it all started with radio. For most of us, “radio” means what you listen to in your car (where today it’s but one choice rather than the only choice it used to be). AM and FM were, and are, the main variants for that. Take TV into account, and you have VHF and UHF – if you’re receiving it over the … Read More → "Software-Defined Manufacturing"