Polte Locates Anything, Anywhere

“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"

Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGAs

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"

Firming Up Your Photoresist

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"

Reliability’s Road

“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"

Resurrecting 1980s Computers

“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"

Software-Defined Manufacturing

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"

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Posted on May 22 at 10:15am by Bryon Moyer
Interesting story! "there’s almost nowhere in the modern world – indoors or out – that’s truly outside of cellular range" Oooo... time for trip out into the countryside, away from major highways. Or my house. I'm not that far out of town, but hills (very much not flat in the ...
Posted on May 21 at 4:28pm by TotallyLost
Wow ... one very sweet pivot
Posted on May 20 at 9:07am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of SIS as a way of improving pattern fidelity with EUV?
Posted on May 18 at 12:19am by TotallyLost
And in the last year, more Tesla deaths ... including Tesla driving under another SemiTrailer and killing it's driver. And some statistics that didn't start with Tesla Marketing https://medium.com/@MidwesternHedgi/teslas-driver-fatality-rate-is-more-than-triple-that-of-luxury-cars-and-likely-even-higher-433670ddde17
Posted on May 13 at 10:14am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of the notion of software-define manufacturing?
Posted on May 12 at 9:23pm by Kevin Morris
@TotallyLost - my understanding is you can kinda' do that. With Agilex, you can have chiplets with parts of your design hardened via eASIC technology connected via EMIB with FPGA fabric.
Posted on May 11 at 12:50pm by TotallyLost
Would be nice to have your cake, and eat it too ... err ... to still have some reconfigurability after locking down a core part of a design, to pick up a little speed and lower power. Like only harden 1/2 the chip
Posted on May 8 at 10:16am by mrburich
Here is one example describing Altera's HardCopy customer success from the EE Journal's archive, over ten years ago! Many other successes were proprietary to their customers. https://www.eejournal.com/article/20081125_hardcopy/
Posted on May 8 at 9:40am by mrburich
A good article, as usual at EE Journal. For the record, Altera's HardCopy was very successful for several generations and with many key customers. I am sure that experience by Intel's PSG led to the acquisition of eASIC.
Posted on May 6 at 8:54am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of the latest in lithography from SPIE?
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When I was at GOMAC in Albuquerque at the end of March, I ran into a couple of Cadence people and a couple of Green Hills people. Everyone left except one of the Green Hills guys, since he was... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ]]...
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Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems   Is your backplane getting a little long in the tooth? If you’ve been upgrading your interfaces to today’s super-high-speed standards, your backplane technology is probably getting left behind. You need to consider a high-speed, high-density, future-proofed backplane solution that can keep up with the demands of your system. In this episode of Chalk … Read More → "Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems"
Sliding Power from TE Connectivity — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics   Power connections present a major problem for hot swapping drawers in racks. Fortunately, there are new sliding power solutions that keep your gear smoothly powered up through those drawer pulls. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Costello from TE Connectivity about the latest sliding power solutions. Click here … Read More → "Sliding Power from TE Connectivity — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics"
Transitioning to 5G — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   The transition to 5G is challenging just about every element of our system designs. Most of us spend a lot of energy worrying about high data rates, signal integrity, and RF challenges, but it’s easy to forget that the impacts of 5G extend to things like passives as well. In this episode of … Read More → "Transitioning to 5G — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
Introduction to ESD Protection for High-Speed Data Line Interfaces — Mouser Electronics and Toshiba   ESD protection for circuits with high-speed data line interfaces can be tricky. Fine-pitch connectors like USB Type-C provide a vulnerability to the system that demands lower-capacitance ESD protection diodes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hensen Teong from Toshiba about the latest strategies and technologies for ESD protection of … Read More → "Introduction to ESD Protection for High-Speed Data Line Interfaces — Mouser Electronics and Toshiba"
Industrial Communication Protection for RS-485 and Ethernet — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics  Industry 4.0 brings speed, automation, efficiency… and circuit protection problems. In order to protect the RS485 and industrial Ethernet in our Industry 4.0 designs against environmental hazards such as ESD, we need industrial-grade circuit protection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Craig Morrow of Littelfuse about heavy-duty protection for Industry … Read More → "Industrial Communication Protection for RS-485 and Ethernet — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics"
Silicon Carbide Diodes, FETs and Modules: ROHM’s Powerful Advantages and Extensive Lineup — ROHM and Mouser Electronics   Wide-bandgap materials such as silicon carbide significantly outperform silicon in numerous applications such as power. With higher voltage capability and lower conduction lose, switching applications can be much more efficient. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mitch Van Ochten from Rohm about the properties of wide-bandgap materials and how … Read More → "Silicon Carbide Diodes, FETs and Modules: ROHM’s Powerful Advantages and Extensive Lineup — ROHM and Mouser Electronics"