DVCon 2024: Seeing Beyond The Next Big Thing in EDA

In this week’s podcast, I chat about the future of EDA, the details of DVCon2024, and the feasibility of artificial intelligence for design verification with Tom Fitzpatrick – DVCon 2024 Conference General Chair. I also investigate new insect-inspired, fully functional micro-robots that may be the smallest, lightest, and fastest mini-robots ever created!

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AMFitzgerald and MEMS Infinity to Rule the PZT MEMS World

Generally speaking, I tend not to be interested in business-related announcements like strategic partnerships. I can’t tell you how many over-excited emails I’ve received informing me of something vague, fluffy, and wishy-washy along the lines of two companies planning to sign a memorandum of understanding that they may or may not collaborate to investigate the possibility that… by which time my eyes have glazed … Read More → "AMFitzgerald and MEMS Infinity to Rule the PZT MEMS World"

First Text-to-Speech, Then Text-to-Image, Now Text-to-3D-Animation

After seeing what I’ve just seen, you can consider (what I laughingly call) my mind to be well and truly blown. My poor old noggin is now full of ideas, each one triggering a cascade of considerations. Some of these meandering musings may even be germane to what I’m about to reveal. As usual, of course, we will all have to weed through my rambling … Read More → "First Text-to-Speech, Then Text-to-Image, Now Text-to-3D-Animation"

Will 2024 Really Be Intel’s Year to Retake the Lead in Semiconductor Process Technology?

Way, way back in my high school senior English class, I learned about the six critical components of a news story: who, what, when, where, why, and extent (5WE). Today’s story focuses on Intel’s expansive plans to retake the lead in the never-ending semiconductor race and primarily covers four of these critical story components: what, when, who, and why. Intel has announced that it plans … Read More → "Will 2024 Really Be Intel’s Year to Retake the Lead in Semiconductor Process Technology?"

The Importance of Supply Chain Resilience – Common Points of Failure, Obsolescence, and The Path Forward

Obsolescence and supply chain resilience take center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Longtime friend of the show GDCA CEO Ethan Plotkin and I chat about the challenges of obsolescence, how legacy equipment manufacturers can support national security and economic strength, and how the “Hill, Skill, Will Matrix” applies to OEM product discontinuation. Also this week, … Read More → "The Importance of Supply Chain Resilience – Common Points of Failure, Obsolescence, and The Path Forward"

Can Isotopically Pure Silicon Chips Switch 1,000X Faster?

I was just introduced to a company that has developed an affordable, clean, efficient way to separate out the isotopes of elements, including silicon and uranium. It was the potential for an isotopically pure form of silicon for use in both regular silicon chips and quantum computers that made my eyes open wide.

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Posted on Feb 22 at 6:58pm by Ansi_Kenabi17
Well, electronic ink has barely dried and here we have this... 🙄 "Here's Why Gemini 1.5 Might STEAL Your Job" https://x.com/NorthstarBrain/status/1759921306324152514?s=20 BTW, how the !*"#!%& does one insert a link here ?
Posted on Feb 22 at 6:39am by Max Maxfield
Don't scare me :-) Also, I think you meant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE-JoCg98iU
Posted on Feb 20 at 11:13am by Ansi_Kenabi17
And "text-to-article" is what, maybe a couple weeks or months away ? 🙄 AI engines are cropping up like mushrooms after the rain. I've just seen groq do this: [Groq Labs: Project Know-It-All](hhtps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE-JoCg98iU)
Posted on Feb 19 at 1:15pm by Steven Leibson
Hi Misha. I agree. There's a lot more history there. Some of it's buried pretty deep, and someone will probably write it, someday. Meanwhile, check out Robert Bielby's oral history at the Computer History Museum. There's lots of Altera history in there. Some Xilinx history too.
Posted on Feb 19 at 10:51am by mrburich
Hi Steve, this is a great story about Altera from the founding days to 1992. However, there is so much more to document about Altera from 1993 to 2014, when Intel closed the acquisition of Altera. So many great people, great innovations in programmable logic architecture and design software, many new generations of ...
Posted on Feb 19 at 7:42am by Max Maxfield
>> How does one or two extra neutrons in the core affect electron cloud relatively far away in any way ? (a) It's all to do with "quantum" and (b) I don't have a clue >> Also, if it does, then it should have some chemical consequences. Which means there should be some ...
Posted on Feb 18 at 10:55am by Ansi_Kenabi17
1. Let's revisit that in a year. AI advances at startling, more than exponential rate. 2. Its eyeball bandwidth is far bigger than yours. 3. It actually does its inference homework, admittedly still to a limited degree, but that is far above just regurgitating presented and available data. 4. Yes, no one served it ...
Posted on Feb 18 at 7:22am by Steven Leibson
Thanks for the reassurance, vaporland. I'm glad you liked the article and that you noticed and appreciated the historical context. I just asked ChatGPT to explain the Seagate Mozaic 3+ platform. Here's the answer, which highlights an LLM's inability to go beyond the material it's trained on: "As of my last ...
Posted on Feb 17 at 10:13am by vaporland
great article, especially the historical context since ChatGPT needs human input to generate its output, your job should be safe for quite a while longer
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