How the FPGA Came To Be, Part 6: Actel’s FPGA Story

Late in 2021, I published a five-part series titled “How the FPGA Came To Be” (referenced below). That series chronicled the development of programmable logic from the earliest days of Harris Semiconductor’s programmable diode arrays and continued through the development of bipolar PROMs, the Signetics 82S100 FPLA, MMI’s original bipolar PALs, CMOS PAL devices from Altera and Lattice Semiconductor, and finally the introduction of the … Read More → "How the FPGA Came To Be, Part 6: Actel’s FPGA Story"

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Open-Source AutoML for Edge AI/ML Development

I was just cogitating and ruminating on the futuristic technologies to which I was exposed when “Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)” first graced our television screens in 1966. Things like the flip-open communicators, which predated the launch of the world’s first flip phone by 30 years.

Also, there was artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) of a form. However, … Read More → "Open-Source AutoML for Edge AI/ML Development"

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An EEJournal reader recently suggested, eagerly I might add, that ChatGPT can already replace me. This statement was made even before OpenAI announced ChatGPT 4o. It’s not something that particularly worries me, knowing how these chatbots are trained. You can try to dump the entire Internet into a chatbot training session, but that does not give the chatbot wisdom, nor will it transform the chatbot into … Read More → "ChatGPT will not replace me – yet"

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My podcast guest this week is Margaret Schmitt, General Manager of the Microelectronics Security Division at Amida. We discuss common security threats facing microelectronics devices today, the details of Amida’s flagship Achilles solution, the innovative ways that Amida is enhancing security throughout the semiconductor lifecycle, … Read More → "It’s Not Just About Protecting the Chip: How Amida is Enhancing Security throughout the Semiconductor Lifecycle"

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Posted on Jul 24 at 6:42am by Steven Leibson
Hiya Duke, Duke, Duke, DukeofEarl. My good friend Robert Bielby, who was also my first manager at Xilinx, explained to me how tone deaf the early FPGA software developers were about pinning the I/O pin definitions between iterations of an FPGA configuration. I'm glad you found a workaround. I ...
Posted on Jul 23 at 9:33am by DukeofEarl
Great series Steven, on both this and the history of EDA. We have something in common, both having worked for Cadnetix and both being Steven's though I worked as an Applications Engineer in the UK... One of the problems biggest problems we had with early larger FPGAs, especially a large ...
Posted on Jul 19 at 2:54pm by Max Maxfield
Thank goodness -- at first I thought you were saying I'd made a mistake in my column LOL
Posted on Jul 19 at 2:54pm by Max Maxfield
Hi RedBarnDesigner -- thanks so much for your kind words. The stuff from Cartesiam was really good, so much so that they were snapped up by STMicro in 2021. Since that time, a bunch of other companies have started to do some very interesting things in this area. I'm not going ...
Posted on Jul 18 at 1:50pm by Karl Stevens
I could really get into designing using the FPGA memory blocks. Pipelining has reached the clock speed limit and HLS may never be truly usable. Using HDL for design entry was and still is a colossal blunder. There is no real debugging capability in the tool chain other than waveforms. ...
Posted on Jul 18 at 9:54am by RedBarnDesigner
2-pet??? That's a cat and a dog isn't it! (oops - watch out for the exclamation mark police!) What my brain meant to say was 2-part but my typing fingers got into a dispute with my brain and guess who won!
Posted on Jul 18 at 9:51am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Max, I have just re-read this 2-pet mini-series after reading your latest post. This article has really stuck with me. I find this really impressive. With a big fast CPU and some signal processing, I can easily believe that you can pick up any anomalies and send an alert. ...
Posted on Jul 16 at 1:15pm by narwal
Insightful article, Steven! Thank you. In the brouhaha of AI drumming, people are forgetting that the current prowess of AI is surface level. But people often underestimate what can it do in 10 years timeframe. I'm working on a power product which is attempting to answer this question for a very ...
Posted on Jul 16 at 6:21am by Steven Leibson
You have more faith in management than I do, fpgareader.
Posted on Jul 15 at 11:28pm by fpgareader
I refer you to Dilbert. The key phrase is ‘expert’. AI output almost certainly appears to be expert knowledge to any manager senior enough to have decision-making responsibility for AI deployment. So we rely on that exec being expert enough in ‘management’ to know that they should not rely on ...
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