Creating Tiny AI/ML-Equipped Systems to Run at the Extreme Edge

One of my favorite science fiction authors is/was Isaac Asimov (should we use the past tense since he is no longer with us, or the present tense because we still enjoy his writings?). In many ways Asimov was a futurist, but — like all who attempt to foretell what is to come — he occasionally managed to miss the mark.

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Growth Everywhere but at Intel

To quote a famous Scotsman, it’s a great day for America, everybody! The semiconductor industry’s Q1 results are in, and they’re good. Really good. The world’s top chipmakers collectively grew by 21% compared to this time a year ago. That’s a huge increase, especially given how large these companies were already. You try growing a billion-dollar business by twenty percent sometime. </ … Read More → "Growth Everywhere but at Intel"

The Digital Thread: The Advancement of Digital Backbones and the World’s First Digital Fiber Fabric

Ready, Aim, Digitize! In this week’s podcast, we start things off by taking a closer look at the world’s first digital fiber fabric developed at MIT. We investigate how this new digital fiber is able to collect and store data and the role AI plays in how it is able to process that data as … Read More → "The Digital Thread: The Advancement of Digital Backbones and the World’s First Digital Fiber Fabric"

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Thunderbolt Technology Overview

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Intel

Thunderbolt is the closest thing we’ve got to universal interconnect between a wide variety of devices and systems. With a universal USB-C connector, it can do video, power, data communication - all at scalable rates with smart adjustment. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sandeep Vedanthi of Intel about the latest in Thunderbolt technology - Thunderbolt 4, which brings a number of benefits over previous versions.

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4 common questions when isolating signal and power

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A high-voltage circuit design requires isolation to protect human operators, enable communication to lower-voltage circuitry and eliminate unwanted noise within the system. Many options are available when designing a power supply for digitally isolated circuits including; flyback, H-bridge LLC, push-pull, and integrated isolated data and power solutions. This article explores common questions when isolating signal and power in a design as well as a brief overview of available power solutions.

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Posted on Jun 17 at 4:42pm by cbrunson8
Great editorial Max - thanks for drawing a straight shot sci fi reference from IA's "Foundation to Applications on the Edge" with SensiML. Are we there yet? LOL.
Posted on Jun 9 at 2:11pm by Max Maxfield
Hi RBD -- great questions as always -- I will ask the folks at Tachyum if they would care to comment. For myself, I'm hoping to get an in-depth briefing and then write a full-up column on the Prodigy processor -- I'll ask the folks at Tachyum about that also.
Posted on Jun 6 at 8:59am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Max, my initial reaction is "how will this increase in perfomance actually be achieved?" I'm not expecting an answer because that answer would reveal the comany's IP or "secret sauce"! So something that you may well be able to answer is where we currently stand in MIPS per Watt (...
Posted on Jun 2 at 3:10pm by MicrochipManny
By Intel dropping the various privilege levels, when anyone living in the present would possibly increase the number them...think various level of both software and hardware abstraction levels, goes to show that Intel is still living in the past and their future in tech as a whole is very ...
Posted on Jun 2 at 1:10pm by Karl Stevens
I wish that I could find one other person that has not been brain washed into believing the hype about superscalar, out of order execution, loooong pipelines, multi-core, etc. Since day one, cpu performance has mainly been limited by memory. WELL IT STILL IS! Before cache was invented memory access ...
Posted on May 25 at 11:08am by Max Maxfield
Hi Sleat -- I'm glad you liked this -- I'll mention your idea of swash-plates to Paul, but I think he has enough on his hands at the moment (his Kickstarter has raised $700,000+ of his original ~$70,000 goal). I can;t wait to start playing with one of these :-)
Posted on May 20 at 5:48pm by sleat
Breathtaking! I, too, first encountered "Mousetrap" in the 1960s. Some "bad older kids" had lost some of the pieces of the game I found in our wood-fragrant attic, so I set about making new parts out of wood. My older sister was much better at whittling than I was, so ...
Posted on May 14 at 4:13pm by Rebel Science
"And it can handle far-field (3 meter) activation with just a single microphone, not an array of microphones like other products." This is interesting as it sounds like they have a way to separate voices from background sounds. I wish the article had gone more into how they accomplish this. Efficiency ...
Posted on May 13 at 1:51pm by Max Maxfield
Hi taichichuan -- I'm sorry for the delay in my response -- I tell you, every time I blink another year whizzes by. Don't talk to me about Pokemon Go -- my wife and 24-year-old (at that time) son had me driving them around to places with more Pokemons, at ...
Posted on May 13 at 9:10am by jlangbridge
Hi RedBarnDesigner, I'm the guy my friend Max cited in his article. Whoops! Thanks for the heads up on the 404, we're busy fixing that. We've changed a lot of things over the course of the past few weeks, including a release, so a few things are missing, I'm sorry that ...
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If you are working on a connection or IO constrained design, a one wire solution could be a great way for you to power and operate your I2C or SPI endpoints. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Scott Jones from Maxim Integrated about the DS28E18 communications bridge: a one wire solution that can help you address a variety of system level challenges including protocol conversion, wiring limitations, and communication distance concerns.
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WiFi 6 & 6E: Strengthening Smart Home Enablement
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Demands on WiFi are growing exponentially, and our aging standards and technology are struggling to keep up. Luckily, WiFi 6 and 6E represent a leap in WiFi capabilities for our systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Tests of Qorvo about the ins and outs of WiFi 6 and 6E with their increased speed, capacity, and efficiency.
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Traveo II Microcontrollers for Automotive Solutions
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Accelerating Innovation at the Edge with Xilinx Adaptive System on Modules
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Meet the Latest Wireless Member of the DARWIN Family
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