I’m a big fan of having hobby projects. In addition to taking one’s mind off the toils, troubles, and tribulations of the world, I think that having a new “thing” that you want to do is the best way to set about learning how to do it. Take adding a new programming language to your … Read More → "Recreating Retro-Futuristic 21-Segment Victorian Displays"
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Many of today’s electronic systems feature multiple printed circuit boards (PCBs) and/or modules. (For the remainder of this column, unless such interpretation is inconsistent with the context, we will assume the term “board” to embrace the term “module.”) Not surprisingly, the system’s designers often wish to pass data back and forth from board to board. … Read More → "SWA Stands for Stupendous, Wizard, and Awesome"
As we discussed in Part 1 of this two-part mega-mini-series, radiation in its various forms has long been the bane of designers of electronic systems, and the effects of radiation become more insidious and pervasive as integrated circuit fabrication processes employ smaller and smaller structures. We also introduced the concepts of electromagnetic radiation (EM radiation … Read More → "Handling Radiation in SRAM-Based FPGAs (Part 2)"
Radiation in its various forms has long been the bane of the designers of electronic systems. Unfortunately, the effects of radiation become more insidious and pervasive as integrated circuit fabrication processes employ smaller and smaller structures. The problem is most acute in the case of FPGAs, which also have their configuration cells to contend with. … Read More → "Handling Radiation in SRAM-Based FPGAs (Part 1)"
In Part 1 of this two-part mini-series, we noted that there are trillions of dollars’ worth of equipment in factories around the globe. Also, that if any of these devices — pumps, motors, generators, fans, etc. — stop working unexpectedly, they can disrupt the operations of the factory. In some cases, a seemingly insignificant unit … Read More → "I Just Created my First AI/ML App! (Part 2)"
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, its quantum internet…? In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we start things off with an exploration into the US Government’s plans for a country-wide quantum internet. We investigate the roles quantum entanglement and quantum superposition will play in the future of a quantum internet and what steps will need … Read More → "Cylynt and Stealthy"
I’m currently scampering around my office with a great big beaming smile plastered all over my face because I just created my very first artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML) application… and it works! When people hear the terms AI and ML, very often their knee-jerk reaction is to think about machine vision and … Read More → "I Just Created my First AI/ML App! (Part 1)"
I just heard from those clever chaps and chapesses at Algolux, who tell me they are using an evolutionary algorithm approach in their Atlas Camera Optimization Suite, which — they say — is the industry’s first set of machine-learning tools and workflows that can automatically optimize camera architectures intended for computer vision applications. As we … Read More → "When Genetic Algorithms Meet Artificial Intelligence"
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my Why, Hello FPGA and AI — How Nice to See You Together! column, on May 20th I gave my What the FAQ is an FPGA? presentation at the Embedded Online Conference. I’m sure it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that this was … Read More → "Meandering Musings on Metastability"
Yes! This is it! At long last we’ve reached the final part of this epic saga into all things related as to why switches bounce and how to mitigate against this phenomenon; that is, how to debounce the little rascals. On the off-chance you’ve only just run across this modest magnum opus, we should perhaps … Read More → "Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 9)"
Feb 28, 2021
Using Cadence ® Specman ® Elite macros lets you extend the e language ' i.e. invent your own syntax. Today, every verification environment contains multiple macros. Some are simple 'syntax... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Comm...
Feb 27, 2021
New Edge Rate High Speed Connector Set Is Micro, Rugged Years ago, while hiking the Colorado River Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park with my two sons, the older one found a really nice Swiss Army Knife. By “really nice” I mean it was one of those big knives wi...
Feb 26, 2021
OMG! Three 32-bit processor cores each running at 300 MHz, each with its own floating-point unit (FPU), and each with more memory than you than throw a stick at!...