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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 just need to blink an LED, use something else. Often, your first introduction to FPGA design is the blinking light project. In real life, some designs … Read More → "11 Reasons You Should NOT use an FPGA for a Design, and Four Reasons You Should"

Watch Out! It’s the Smallest Stereo Camera in the World!

I cannot believe how fast things are moving when it comes to things like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), especially in the context of machine vision, which refers to the ability of a computer to use sight to perceive what’s going on in the world around it (see also What the FAQ are AI, ANNs, ML, DL, and DNNs?).

Are you familiar with Read More → "Watch Out! It’s the Smallest Stereo Camera in the World!"

Microchip Powers Down the Edge

Microchip’s FPGA offering has a heritage of low power and high reliability. Beginning with Actel’s antifuse- and flash-based devices that were picked up and advanced by Microsemi and then later joined Microchip’s formidable stable in a subsequent acquisition, the fundamental approach hasn’t changed – building the lowest-power mid-range FPGAs on the market.

Now, that agenda has advanced even further with the announcement of new devices that target edge computing and interface applications across a wide range of end markets. While Actel and Microsemi focused primarily on aerospace, … Read More → "Microchip Powers Down the Edge"

NOR Flash is Sexy Again!

I was just chatting with the chaps and chapesses at Macronix, which is a leading integrated device manufacturer in the non-volatile memory (NVM) market, providing a full range of NOR Flash, NAND Flash, and ROM products.

For reasons that will (or may, or may not) become apparent, our conversation reminded me of the French astrologer, physician and reputed seer, Michel de Nostredame (1503-1566), whose name is usually Latinized … Read More → "NOR Flash is Sexy Again!"

A Brief History of the Single-Chip DSP, Part II

After DSP’s annus mirabilis in 1948, another three decades would pass before actual, practical DSP chips would appear. DSP bits and pieces like TRW’s MPY016H hardware multiplier and TI’s TMC0280 LPC speech chip teased – real, integrated DSPs were just around the corner – but it was not until the 1980s that semiconductor technology advanced enough to make programmable DSP chips practical. The number of single-chip DSPs exploded during the 1980s and 1990s. Then, after 20 years, the era of the single-chip DSP came to an abrupt end. (Note: This article is the second half … Read More → "A Brief History of the Single-Chip DSP, Part II"

A Brief History of the Single-Chip DSP, Part I

DSP dates back to the very beginnings of the digital age, perhaps even a little bit before. If the construction of the first digital computer, ENIAC, in 1946, marks the beginning of the digital age in 1946, then DSP popped up a scant two years later. The IEEE published a monograph in 1998 titled “Fifty Years of Signal Processing: The IEEE Signal Processing Society and its Technologies 1948-1998,” which marks the start of the DSP age in 1948 … Read More → "A Brief History of the Single-Chip DSP, Part I"

Secure Your Data at Rest, Stupid!

As I’ve mentioned on occasion, I was born in the city of Sheffield in the county of Yorkshire in that paradise on Earth known to the bards as Albion. Sheffield has an international reputation for metallurgy and steelmaking. In fact, it was this industry that established Sheffield as one of England’s main industrial cities during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

You may recall from my blog about my mom — The Times They Are a-Changin’ — Part 1 — that, following WWII, she started … Read More → "Secure Your Data at Rest, Stupid!"

Ooh, Ooh that Smell! Can Intel’s IPUs Clean up the Cloud Data Center Mess?

Data center architecture must change because the applications running in data centers have changed. Several factors are forcing these architectural changes, including some key trends:

  1. The migration from monolithic applications running on single CPUs to distributed applications running on multiple virtual machines (VMs) using containers and microservices.
  2. The migration from single-owner enterprise data centers to data centers owned and operated by cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, IBM, Dell, HP Enterprise (HPE), etc.</ … Read More → "Ooh, Ooh that Smell! Can Intel’s IPUs Clean up the Cloud Data Center Mess?"
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