A Modem Bundled with Time

“The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.” – Leontyne Price

There’s something to be said for good service. When you eat at a fancy restaurant or check in to a nice hotel, you expect exceptional service. That’s part of what you’re paying for, not just the creative … Read More → "A Modem Bundled with Time"

Fundamental AI Concepts

We hear a lot about artificial intelligence (AI) these days. The mentions are typically delivered in acronym salads that include machine learning (ML), deep neural nets (DNNs) and the other various NNs (convolutional – CNNs, recurrent – RNNs, etc.), and a pile of other technologies. Many of these are accessible only to specialists; the rest of us nod our heads sagely, pretending to understand, hoping no one calls … Read More → "Fundamental AI Concepts"

Up Where We Belong

Fish Fry is flying high this week! We start things off with a little News You May Have Missed where we investigate the technology behind Glasgow, Scotland-based Kite Power Solutions. We take a closer look at out how they plan to make kite energy a commercial reality by 2025, and why their high-flying wind energy plans just got a big boost from the Imperial Department of Aeronautics and … Read More → "Up Where We Belong"

High-Speed Communications: Not Just Binary Anymore

Flash memory technologists had a problem. Their customers needed more memory, and so they were trying to make the memory cells smaller so they could fit more onto a chip. But the demand was growing faster than the technology was shrinking, so they needed to get to higher densities more quickly.

The basic flash memory cell had … Read More → "High-Speed Communications: Not Just Binary Anymore"

Help One, Help Many

In this week’s Fish Fry, we are celebrating the winners of this year’s Not Impossible Awards with Kevin Sellers from Avnet. Kevin and I chat about how Avnet, Hackster i.o and Not Impossible Labs are facilitating a new era of groundbreaking technology that is not only good business – but also good for people. We take a closer look at each of this year’s award-winning designs … Read More → "Help One, Help Many"

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discussion
Posted on Jun 24 at 9:52am by tipalo
Hi all, it is very sad to see and read that all about neural nets is math, such a pity. Neural nets are NOT math at all, just think of all the animals with a brain, which can perform miraculous things, like flying or even flying blind, but they never ...
Posted on Jun 24 at 8:20am by Bryon Moyer
What other fundamental neural-net concepts do you find to be important?
Posted on Jun 21 at 2:20pm by Karl Stevens
It is sad that the Electronics DESIGN AUTOMATION industry is so obsessed with synthesis that the need for interconnections at the module level and functional simulation are ignored. Also that there is no way to compile an HDL without synthesis, P&R, STA. Visual Studio and the Roslyn/C# ...
Posted on Jun 21 at 12:25pm by TotallyLost
This is ultimately the fate of most products which are all, or partially, dependent on a vendor supplied service ... it will age to the point they no longer want to leave the server/cloud service behind the product powered up or supported. It is a defacto hidden subscription, rather than ...
Posted on Jun 21 at 8:33am by Jim Turley
Right you are; my unit is a Series 3. I can see why the mobile app might evolve over time, but not why disabling the existing functionality made sense. Especially as there was no warning or sunset period, and no underlying software change. I can understand ending technical support, as Microsoft ...
Posted on Jun 19 at 12:05pm by TedMalone
Hi Jim, Ted@TiVo here. I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems with our iOS and Android apps. We have not ended support for these apps, but we have ended support for very hold Series 3/TiVo HD hardware. These boxes date back to 2002 and most are not in use ...
Posted on Jun 17 at 9:33am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of PAM-4 as a new signaling format?
Posted on Jun 12 at 11:24am by theerrrantstitch
This is all extremely sad. As makers, how are we all going to come out of the shadows if we don't have a place to go? But Corporate America doesn't care about that. If anything, makers are a threat to them because if you can make it yourself, you're less ...
Posted on Jun 11 at 2:45pm by Kevin Morris
@chipchap42: "Two years later we gave up because it was just a zoo." Hah! So maybe the demise was because of the Yogi Berra effect "Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."
Posted on Jun 11 at 11:36am by chipchap42
Great article Kevin. I think you hit the nail on the head with the comments on the mis-alignment between the aim of going big and courting the corporate sponsors vs. the Maker community and the wannabe Makers learning to solder. Neither constituency wanted the other there, really. I remember going ...
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Jun 26, 2019
The 15th annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, by the National Association of Manufacturers, took place on June 12, 2019. The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufa...
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A few weeks ago, Cadence hosted an interesting panel discussion that talked about how AI is going to impact various industries. Panelists included Prosit Mukherjee from Qualcomm, Sanjay Gupta from... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site...
Jun 25, 2019
Over my 25 plus years of being a PCB designer I could not imaging going back to designing a PCB like I did in the late 90’s or even early 2000’s.  New technology is always being added to tools we use that helps simplify our job.  The key is making sure you'€™r...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...
chalk talks
High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics  Many applications require industrial-grade, high-accuracy temperature sensors. But, choosing the correct sensor for your industrial design can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Punya Prakesh of Texas Instruments about the challenges of high-accuracy sensors, the factors to consider when designing with them, and how to choose the … Read More → "High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics"
Electric Vehicles — Bourns and Mouser Electronics  The electric car revolution is here. But if we are going to keep pace with the global regulations set into place into the next couple of years, we need to start starting talking about battery management systems, voltage isolation, and a whole lot more. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "Electric Vehicles — Bourns and Mouser Electronics"
BlueNRG-Tile — STMicroelectronics and Mouser   When doing IoT designs, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. STMicroelectronics has a sensor development kit based on their BlueNRG-2 Bluetooth low-energy SoC that makes IoT design a snap. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Francesco Doddo of STMicroelectronics about the BlueNRG-2 development kit. Click here for … Read More → "BlueNRG-Tile — STMicroelectronics and Mouser"
Next Generation Applications for On-Board Optics When copper connections just don’t cut it – because of speed, reliability, or EMI constraints, optical connectivity provides the stable, secure, fast link your design needs. But many designers are not fluent in the world of optics. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about how to … Read More → "Next Generation Applications for On-Board Optics"
Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity   Physical verification can take an enormous amount of time, and catching errors early in the process is the best way to avoid costly and time-consuming iterations. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Christen Decoin of Synopsys about accelerating physical design productivity with tools and methods that can help catch … Read More → "Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity"
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"