Chips, Chiplets, and Modules, Oh My!

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we’ve got an interview double header! First up, Peggy Carrieres (Avnet) joins me to discuss the electronic supply shortages we are experiencing today and why she believes constraint drives innovation. Next, Rob Mains (CHIPS Alliance) joins me to discuss how CHIPS Alliance is collaborating with a variety of different companies and universities to create a chip design ecosystem and the details … Read More → "Chips, Chiplets, and Modules, Oh My!"

Fish Fry Special Edition: Makers Today! Art by Physicist

Welcome to the fourth installment of a new special edition series of our long-running Fish Fry podcast called “Makers Today!”, where we highlight the movers and shakers in the maker space. In this month’s episode, my guest is Kitty Yeung, founder and designer at Art by Physicist.  Kitty and I discuss the variety of super cool designs she created as part of her kickstarter campaign, what her work … Read More → "Fish Fry Special Edition: Makers Today! Art by Physicist"

11 Reasons You Should NOT use an FPGA for a Design, and Four Reasons You Should

We write a lot about FPGAs here at EEJournal, with good reason, and you might get the impression that they’re the right solution to every design problem. They’re not.

Here’s a checklist to help keep you in the right path to successful design when considering FPGAs as a design alternative:

  1. If you … Read More → "11 Reasons You Should NOT use an FPGA for a Design, and Four Reasons You Should"

Adventures in Memory – Samsung’s HBM-PIM and A New Brain-Inspired Memory Device

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Nam Sung Kim (Senior Vice President of Samsung’s Memory Business Unit) joins me to discuss why he believes our computing architectures must evolve to meet the needs of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications and how breaking the traditional Von Neumann processor-memory boundary could be disruptive to both the hardware and software sides of our industry, and the details of Samsung’ … Read More → "Adventures in Memory – Samsung’s HBM-PIM and A New Brain-Inspired Memory Device"

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How Trinamic's Stepper Motor Technologies Improve Your Application

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Maxim Integrated (now part of Analog Devices)

Stepper motor control has come a long way in the past few years. New techniques can give greater control, smoother operation, greater torque, and better efficiency. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Lars Jaskulski about Trinamic stepper solutions and how to take advantage of micro stepping, load measurement, and more.

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What is a smart DAC?

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See how to add simple logic and programmability to analog circuits, without writing, maintaining and qualifying software. These devices have built-in non-volatile memory and are factory programmable. They also include programmable state machines, PWM generators and custom waveform generators – all in a single device. This means that adding simple intelligence to your analog circuits no longer requires a microcontroller.

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Digital Design Technology Symposium

Sponsored by Synopsys

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Posted on Sep 24 at 11:38am by Karl Stevens
metaprog wrote " You still have to design those cores using HDLs or at least an HLS." Indeed you do! And to me, that is a major problem. A system is a collection of interconnected blocks that communicate using interfaces that have control signals and usually data that is moved between ...
Posted on Sep 23 at 3:19pm by metaprog
Python in Pynq is used not as a replacement for HDLs, but as an easy tool for talking to AXI IPs from a PS side of your SoC. It is reading .hwh files and infering how to access your IP cores registers from there. You still have to design those ...
Posted on Sep 22 at 12:46pm by Karl Stevens
Hi, metaprog. Would you consider using C# and Visual Studio for "gluing things together and testing your IP"? Because you can define classes/objects at whatever level of detail you want, compile and run in debug mode. I do it and it works great. The are also delegates that you ...
Posted on Sep 21 at 10:19am by Steven Leibson
Those two statements do seem in conflict, Karl Stevens. "FPGA is off by an order of magnitude in performance" is with respect to an ASIC. FPGAs exhibit superior performance when compared with processors running software. That's clearly stated in the parts of those sentences that you didn't quote, but I ...
Posted on Sep 21 at 10:14am by Steven Leibson
Nothing wrong with testing your IP cores, metaprog.
Posted on Sep 21 at 9:35am by metaprog
Python in Pynq is for glueing things together and for testing your IP cores interactively. I don't see how it harms performance in those particular use cases (saying as someone who'd never use python for anything at all, but still like the design of Pynq).
Posted on Sep 21 at 9:20am by Karl Stevens
Reason #8 Want to write code in Python? Go ahead ... BUT Python is a programming language that runs on computers by definition. It is a programming language, FPGAs do not run programs. EXCEPT a design can be implemented on an FPGA that runs programs. There are embedded processors that run programs, ...
Posted on Sep 21 at 8:20am by Karl Stevens
Reason to NOT use FPGA #11 "FPGA is off by order of magnitude in performance" Reason TO use FPGA #1 Performance!! ????????????????????????
Posted on Sep 21 at 8:05am by Steven Leibson
In China, you can buy microcontrollers for three cents or less per chip. Is that really what Lattice is getting for it's least expensive FPGAs these days? If you're comparing a high-end MCU with a low-end FPGA, then consider the functions you're getting from both, for the price. Finally, all ...
Posted on Sep 21 at 8:00am by Steven Leibson
The disappearance of a power supply module is regrettable, but there are plenty of alternatives. That's good because FPGAs need plenty of power supply alternatives.
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i.MX RT1170
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