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Will Enthusiasts be Scrambling for your Designs in 50 Years?

If you’re like me, you started building plastic model kits at an early age. It was one of the tributaries that became the river I traveled on to become an engineer. Manufacturer names and probably the logos for model kit makers such as Monogram, Revell, Aurora, and Renwal are likely familiar. I certainly built model kits from all of those companies. Well, today’s big news is that the Atlantis Model Company has purchased the mold tooling for many plastic model kits from these specific vendors from “USA-Blitz Partners,” the company that bought this tooling after Revell went … Read More → "Will Enthusiasts be Scrambling for your Designs in 50 Years?"

Xilinx’s CEO Victor Peng Speaks About 7nm Everest/ACAP, Death of Moore’s Law. His Hot Chips 30 Keynote Now Online

Earlier this week, I published a detailed account of the HW/SW Programmable Engine that was the final, undisclosed block in the Xilinx Everest Architecture, to appear first in the company’s 7nm ACAP (the Adaptable Computing Acceleration Platform), which will tape out later this year. (See “Xilinx Puts a Feather in its ACAP: Final block in Xilinx’s 7nm Everest Architecture is Detailed at Hot Chips 30 in Cupertino.”) That article was largely based on a technical presentation given at Hot Chips 30 by Juanjo Noguera, the engineering director of the … Read More → "Xilinx’s CEO Victor Peng Speaks About 7nm Everest/ACAP, Death of Moore’s Law. His Hot Chips 30 Keynote Now Online"

Monty Python, Dead Parrots, Moore’s Law, and the ITRS

The news that GlobalFoundries has ceased work on its 7nm process node has prompted me to rewrite Monty Python’s remarkably appropriate Dead Parrot/Pet Shoppe sketch:

 

The CEO of Big Chip, Inc. enters the small offices of the ITRS (the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors), a mythological organization that no longer exists.

 

CEO: Hello, I wish to register a complaint.

 

(The ITRS agent does not respond at first, then slowly … Read More → "Monty Python, Dead Parrots, Moore’s Law, and the ITRS"

Registration for the Xilinx Developer Forums in October now open

Xilinx is holding three Developer Forums later this year and registration for the two October events is now open. The US event is being held at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose on October 1-2. The Beijing event is being held at the Beijing International Hotel on October 16. Registration has yet to open for the Frankfurt event being held on December 10 but you can pre-register for an alert when registration opens.

If you’re involved in the design of systems based on Xilinx devices, these events offer the most concentrated form of technical help and expertise … Read More → "Registration for the Xilinx Developer Forums in October now open"

391 San Antonio Road: The House that William Shockley Built (and Destroyed)

Once upon a time, the Santa Clara Valley was called the Valley of Heart’s Delight; the main industry was growing prunes; and there were orchards filled with apricot and cherry trees all over the place. Then in 1955, a future Nobel Prize winner named William Shockley moved back to the San Francisco Bay area where he’d been raised and set up shop in a rented, one-room Quonset hut located in Mountain View. The shop’s name was the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory. It was located at 391 San Antonio Road, close to El Camino Real.

Although Shockley’s … Read More → "391 San Antonio Road: The House that William Shockley Built (and Destroyed)"

Why are the IEEE President and President-Elect speaking in Ft. Collins? Because…

I worked at HP in Ft. Collins, Colorado back in the 1970s. It was a heady experience. We were designing and building early, pre-PC desktop computers and we owned the market back then. The division I worked for eventually migrated to 32-bit workstations, chased from the desktop computer arena by IBM’s PC. Although there were/are some other tech companies in Ft. Collins—and a gigantic Budweiser brewery—it’s not really a tech town although I did take my first (and only) class in operating systems from a CSU (Colorado State University) professor from Ft. Collins, along … Read More → "Why are the IEEE President and President-Elect speaking in Ft. Collins? Because…"

Cattle Call

Last week at Intel’s Data-Centric Innovations Conference, a rude attendee sitting a few seats away from me in the auditorium persisted in using his mobile phone during presentations. He attempted to muffle his voice by covering his mouth with his hand but only succeeded in garbling his words. He didn’t manage to mask the annoying noise. (He did achieve his goal of making his conversation private while remaining an annoyance.) Well, a failed Kickstarter product called the BloxVox sought to profit from people like this boorish attendee.</ … Read More → "Cattle Call"

EDPS (The Electronic Design Process Symposium) is Silicon Valley’s Hidden Gem, September 13-14, 2018

For twenty-five years, EDPS—the Electronic Design Process Symposium—has been probing the very limits of design. While it formerly took place in exotic locale of Sand City on Monterey Bay (an appropriate locale for a silicon-centric event, no?), this year it’s being held at the SEMI facility in Milpitas. The event has evolved; it’s focus expanded. In addition to the usual discussions of innovative and bleeding-edge design techniques, this year’s event includes sessions with expanded coverage of topics including:

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