The Currency of Data: Liquid Instruments’ Innovative Take on Software Defined Instrumentation

Software defined instrumentation takes center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Ben Nizette and I chat about how Liquid Instruments is changing the face of test and measurement. We examine each of their hardware platforms and investigate why this kind of flexible, modular, reconfigurable, and shareable instrumentation is the way of the future. Also this week, I check out the first commercially viable flexible plastic microprocessor chips … Read More → "The Currency of Data: Liquid Instruments’ Innovative Take on Software Defined Instrumentation"

RISC-V Takes Embedded World 2022 by Storm

I love computers (but only in a manly-man way, you understand). I’m not talking about the end-products that sit on our desks, hang out in our pockets, or lurk around us as we meander our way through the world, although I’m certainly fond of these little rascals—I’m much more interested in their “brains” in the form of their processing units where all … Read More → "RISC-V Takes Embedded World 2022 by Storm"

I Was Mr. Spock’s Science Officer, For a Day

I’ve been reading science fiction (SF) since the second grade. The first SF book that I read was “The Space Witch” by Don Freeman, which I promptly plagiarized. That book was published in 1959 and I read it a couple of years later. By fourth grade, I’d graduated to the Heinlein juveniles starting with “Have Space Suit Will Travel,” which psychically transported me out of my fourth-grade classroom … Read More → "I Was Mr. Spock’s Science Officer, For a Day"

OMG! Where Are My Assets?

I am an outrageously lucky man. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many countries and see many things. For example, I’ve given training courses in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Japan; I’ve presented guest lectures at universities in America, England, and Norway; and I’ve been invited to speak at conferences in Hawaii, Brazil, India, China, Taiwan, and South Korea (to name but … Read More → "OMG! Where Are My Assets?"

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Using Intel FPGA to Develop Video and Vision Solutions

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Intel

Today’s video applications require enormous amounts of compute performance on small power budgets. And, the wide variety of specifications, rates, and resolutions makes flexibility a key design requirement. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Omi Oliyide of Intel about how Intel FPGAs are ideal to take on even the most challenging video and vision designs, and explain how you can get started with this exciting technology in your next project.

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3 key considerations for your next-generation HMI design

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Human-Machine Interface (HMI) designs are evolving. Learn about three key design considerations for next-generation HMI and find out how low-cost edge AI, power-efficient processing and advanced display capabilities are paving the way for new human-machine interfaces that are smart, easily deployable, and interactive.

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Synopsys PCIe 6.0 IP TX and RX Successful Interoperability with Keysight

Sponsored by Synopsys

This DesignCon 2022 video features Synopsys PHY IP for PCIe 6.0 showing wide open PAM-4 eyes, good jitter breakdown decomposition on the Keysight oscilloscope, excellent receiver performance, and simulation-to-silicon correlation.

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Posted on Jul 1 at 7:16am by Brane212
PIC was crap. Even mid-range PIC16 core is painfully limited ( PIC16F1527 and similar) Just one grief - both index registers are "shadowed". But instead of having two sets and just fliping them on interrupt entry, they get COPIED. Which means that no matter what, one has to regenerate them ...
Posted on Jul 1 at 6:45am by ronl@youknowsolutions.com
Hi Max, your article brings up a conundrum I have had recently involving a proposal specifying a processor to be used in conjunction with an FPGA. I ended up selecting RISC-V processor IP to be used but really without a good reason why. Sometimes you go along to get along. ...
Posted on Jun 30 at 10:12am by Max Maxfield
The way things are racing along at the moment, I'm learning to believe three impossible things before breakfast LOL
Posted on Jun 28 at 10:37pm by John
Sounds like witchcraft, or mumbo jumbo, which means it will probably feature in mobile phones and laptops within the next 5 years, lol.
Posted on Jun 28 at 6:30am by Max Maxfield
Wow! This is an awesome story Steve -- how come I never heard about any of this before? You should have led with this when we first met LOL
Posted on Jun 16 at 8:35am by Max Maxfield
I'm guessing the lights on the IBM panel were small incandescent bulbs. If I ever lay my hands on one of these panels, I'll have to decide whether to keep the bulbs or replace them with LEDs.
Posted on Jun 16 at 8:33am by Max Maxfield
Of course you have LOL
Posted on Jun 15 at 2:20pm by Karl Stevens
Are you sure those lights were LEDs? I thought toggle switches disappeared before LEDs existed.
Posted on Jun 15 at 7:14am by Karl Stevens
And along with RPN comes the "shunting yard algorithm". And that leads to the Abstract Syntax Tree(AST) which just might be the key to building a state of the art computer. Python is a very popular interpreted language and C# is a newer compiled language(my favorite!), both based ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 4:46pm by Max Maxfield
Hi Neil -- this sounds AWESOME -- I want to see a picture (or a video) -- can you email it to me at max@clivemaxfield.com? One of my friends has one of the original Altair 8800 (he says the aluminum case could withstand a house falling on it) -- ...
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We all look for 100% perfection and want to turn our dreams (expectations) into reality as far as we can. Are you also looking for a magic wand to turn expectation into reality? The story applies to... ...
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Learn how AI-powered cameras and neural network image processing enable everything from smartphone portraits to machine vision and automotive safety features. The post How AI Helps Cameras See More Clearly appeared first on From Silicon To Software....
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Direct Drive: Getting More Juice from Your JFET
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and UnitedSiC
In this episode of Chalk Talk, Jonathan Dodge from UnitedSiC (now part of Qorvo) and Amelia Dalton discuss how you can take full advantage of silicon carbide JFET transistors. They delve into the details of these innovative transistors including what their capacitances look like, how you can control their speed and how you can combine the benefits of a cascode and a directly driven JFET in your next design.
Jun 29, 2022
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Battery Management System Overview
Sponsored by Infineon
Effective battery management for electric vehicles is a critical design element faced by engineers today. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Marco Castellanos from Infineon about the key functions of battery management for electric vehicles, the role that cell balancing, voltage measurement and temperature measurement play in battery management ICs, and how wireless battery management using bluetooth low energy can help you tackle a variety of battery management challenges for your next design.
Jun 28, 2022
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Key Elements of Indoor Air Quality: Why Do They Matter and Why Do We Detect Them?
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Sensirion
Measuring indoor air pollution is a valuable tool to monitor our health and productivity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Timothy Kennedy from Sensirion discuss the what, how, and why of indoor air quality testing and how the all in one air quality sensor called Sen5X from Sensirion can make measuring our indoor air quality easier than ever before.
Jun 23, 2022
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Solar Cells Optimized for Indoor Applications
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and TDK
Solar cell technology is more popular than ever before, but we have only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to new applications for photovoltaic cell technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Chris Burket from TDK about the basics of photovoltaic cells, what sets TDK’s a-SI film solar cells away from other solar cell technology on the market today and the cool new applications that can take advantage of this powerful technology.
May 26, 2022
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MOTIX™ Motor Control Solutions
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Infineon
Today’s complex automotive designs require a wide range of motor control and system ICs to deliver the features that customers demand. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Michael Williams from Infineon joins me to explore how Infineon’s MOTIX™ motor control solutions can help simplify your next automotive design. We take a closer look at the MOTIX™ Embedded power system on chip for motor control, the benefits that the MOTIX™ Embedded Power IC can bring to your next design, and how you can get started with your next motor control design with Infineon’s MOTIX™ motor control solutions.
May 26, 2022
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Enabling the Flow of Data in the World of IoT
At the heart of our growing IoT ecosystem are high performance semiconductors, but integrated circuits alone cannot make a successful IoT system. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Blais from KEMET and Ryan Wenzelman from Pulse about how passive components are crucial to the development of successful IoT frameworks. They take a closer look at RF, wired and power distribution aspects of IoT system development and investigate how YAGEO Group is advancing innovation in the world of IoT with a wide selection of passive components.
May 18, 2022
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