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O-M-G! 100 More Captivating Columns

I simply cannot believe that I recently penned and posted my three hundredth column here at EEJournal. I think my columns average out at around 1,500 words apiece, which means we are talking about (pause while I launch my calculator app) 450,000 words!

The really sad thing is that when I was 16 years old circa 1973, my dear old mom did everything but beg me to do two things: (1) Learn to touch type and (b) Learn to use Pitman Shorthand.

Mum was a blackbelt at both. In the case of typing, I think she ran around 90 words-per-minute. With respect to Pitman, she cruised along at 170 words-per-minute. She once went to Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), which is a cycle of four German-language epic music dramas composed by Richard Wagner that are often played over four consecutive evenings. On one of the evenings, she took the entire opera down in Pitman shorthand. Remembering that this is sung in German, that’s quite a feat.

I didn’t listen to her, of course. I was far too clever for that. I remember thinking, “When will I ever need to type?” This was before we had any idea that computers were going to become so ubiquitous in our lives. I also remember thinking, “When will I ever need to use shorthand?” This was long before I ended up transitioning from being an engineer to being someone who spends much of his life interviewing engineers (where the ability to take shorthand would be really handy) and then writing about how hard engineering used to be when I started out (“And you tell the young people of today, and they don’t believe you,” as they say in the classic Four Yorkshiremen sketch by Monty Python).

So, 450,000 words captured with my two trusty “hunt-and-peck” index fingers and presented here at EEJournal for your delectation and delight. You’re welcome.

After I posted my first 100th column I created my Eeek! 100 Captivating Columns and Counting column to celebrate the event. When I reached my second 100th column, I followed up with my Yet Another 100 Captivating Columns and Counting column. That seems to have been just a couple of weeks ago, but the numbers don’t lie.

You could, of course, find all these offerings by rooting around EEJournal for yourself, but who has the time for that? So, to make your life easier (and who else does that?), I’ve gathered the links to columns #201 through #300 here for your viewing pleasure. I dare to flatter myself that some of these are little gems (well, at least, “diamonds in the rough”).

What would really make my day would be for you to skim through the following titles, diving in and out as you wish, and reporting your favorites in the comments below (I’d also be interested to hear which titles most grabbed your attention). So, hold onto your hat, because here we goooooo……

#201: Introducing SafeConnect Connectivity and Glitch Sign-Off from Real Intent
SafeConnect provides a way to detect and address connectivity issues early in the IP/SoC development process.

#202: Developing the World’s First Commercially Available RF Device with an Open-Source Chip
It’s great to see a small company use open-source tools and work with Efabless and SkyWater to develop a custom integrated circuit.

#203: Is Omnitron Poised to Disrupt the MEMS Industry?
Although this is a small company that’s only just come out of stealth mode, the folks at Omnitron may be poised to shake up the MEMS sensor market.

#204: DeGirum Has the Best Edge AI Story Ever!
Every now and then I hear something that makes me sit up in my seat and exclaim, “WHAT? O-M-G!”

#205: Mysteries of the Ancients: Binary Coded Decimal (BCD)
Even if you’re a logic guru, if you don’t learn something new in this column, then my name isn’t Max the Magnificent!

#206: Why Will Tomorrow’s Cars Be Like Today’s Smartphones?
Apex.AI has developed a breakthrough, safety-certified, developer-friendly, and scalable software platform for mobility systems.

#207: Who Needs a Network-on-Chip (NoC)? Everyone!
When it comes to NoCs, the defacto industry standards are the non-coherent FlexNoC and the cache-coherent Ncore interconnect IP from Arteris IP.

#208: Performing Extreme AI Analog Compute Sans Semiconductors
New analog AI accelerator from EnCharge delivers 150 TOPS/watt!

#209: Basking in the Safety of an Automotive Radar Cocoon
NXP’s 28nm SAF85xx one-chip solution is comprised of a highly integrated RF front-end and a multi-core radar processor.

#210: New PX5 RTOS Boasts Native Support for POSIX pthreads API
Flaunting its native pthreads API, PX5 is an advanced 5th-generation RTOS designed for the most sophisticated embedded applications.

#211: Using Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) in Noisy Environments
SPE allows automotive, aerospace, IoT, IIoT, etc. manufacturers to standardize on an open, scalable 100Mbps Ethernet-based network protocol.

#212: These Aren’t Your Mother’s SoMs!
Variscite recently released their latest-and-greatest state-of-the-art SOM for efficient machine learning (ML) on edge devices.

#213: Helping Sandia National Laboratories Reach Nirvana
In 1990, Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico hosted an EDA vendor competition they called “Nirvana.”

#214: XMOS: Using RISC-V to Define SoCs in Software
XMOS has announced that the 4th generation of their XCORE architecture will be RISC-V compatible.

#215: Mind-Boggling Neuromorphic Brain Chips (Part 1)
BrainChip’s second generation Akida platform drives extremely efficient and intelligent edge devices for the artificial intelligence of things (AIoT).

#216: Mind-Boggling Neuromorphic Brain Chips (Part 2)
On one benchmark, the Akida achieved 30% better precision while using 50X fewer parameters and 30X fewer MAC operations.

#217: 100+ AI-Designed SoCs and Counting!
I just discovered that we are celebrating the first 100+ commercial tape-outs of AI-designed chips, all of which were realized using Synopsys’ DSO.ai technology.

#218: Is the Future of AI Sparse?
Using sparse neural networks, the folks at Femtosense achieve 100X improvement in inference speed and efficiency.

#219: Intel’s Agilex 7 FPGAs Take Barcelona by Storm
Massive MIMO, Virtual CSRs, and Passive Optical Networks meet Freddie Mercury, Montserrat Caballé, and Manu Chao in Barcelona.

#220: Next-Gen AI Vision Processors Target Edge Applications
The CV72S SoC presents Ambarella’s state-of-the-art technology at a size and cost point that fits the IoT market in general and the security/surveillance market in particular.

#221: Is This the Future of IoT Product Development?
Quick-Connect Studio is a cloud-based design platform to graphically build hardware and software to quickly validate prototypes and accelerate product development.

#222: Yes! On-Chip (FPGA, MCU, SoC) Generation of Post-Quantum Secure IDs and Keys
SW version of physically unclonable function (PUF) technology can be deployed in every MCU, FPGA, and SoC under the sun, including devices that have already been built and systems that have already been deployed.

#223: We’re Going Back to the Moon (and LDRA is Helping to Get Us There)!
LDRA has been endorsed by NASA as the official verification tool employed by many of the vendors supporting the Artemis project.

#224: Welcome to 21st Century Heavy Equipment Automation
Teleo is revolutionizing heavy equipment operations by turning any piece of construction equipment into a semi-autonomous robot, resulting in greater performance, efficiency, and insight than ever before.

#225: AMD Awes with End-to-End 5G Telco Solutions
The AMD + Xilinx combo is able to cover everything from the cloud and supercomputing to the edge, AI analytics, adaptable intelligent systems, gaming, simulation, and visualization, and—of course—5G and communications infrastructure.

#226: The Non-Contact Body Temperature Measurement Market Heats Up
Melexis has announced a tiny non-contact temperature sensor, the MLX90632, that offers medical grade accuracy.

#227: Risk Mitigation: Don’t Make Storage an Afterthought in Software-Defined Vehicles
There are memory-related unknowns, such as what will future workloads look like, and there are corresponding risk mitigation strategies.

#228: Metaspectral Takes AI Processing of Hyperspectral Imaging by Storm
Using AI to analyze hyperspectral data at a sub-pixel level to determine the material composition of each pixel.

#229: Join the Innovation Revolution with NextFlex and Manufacturing USA!
16 institutes have been established to take emerging technologies and establish meaningful manufacturing ecosystems.

#230: Agile Analog Makes the Analog Parts of SoC Design Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy
The Composa tool and methodology is so cunning we could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel.

#231: MathWorks Meets the Cobot Cohort from Universal Robots
The guys and gals at Universal Robots have a cornucopia of cobots, while the chaps and chapesses at MathWorks have all the tools required to model every aspect of this cobot cohort.

#232: Using Generative AI for Refactoring and Debugging Code Cuts Debugging Time in Half!
New AI tool detects bugs generated by code-generating AI tools and humans.

#233: Gruesome Gambols Gripping Generative AI (Part 1)
Are we fully aware of all the implications of generative AI that’s capable of generating text, images, and other media

#234: Gruesome Gambols Gripping Generative AI (Part 2)
When we consider that ChatGPT was made available in November 2022, it’s amazing how many inroads it’s made into our collective consciousness

#235: Gruesome Gambols Gripping Generative AI (Part 3)
It’s getting harder and harder to tell if you are talking to a human or a chatbot on the phone.

#236: The End of the Beginning of the End of Civilization as We Know It (Part 1)?
I hate to say this, but the more I think about things, the more despondent I’m becoming.

#237: The End of the Beginning of the End of Civilization as We Know It (Part 2)?
How long will it be before AI does everything and there’s nothing left for people to do?

#238: AI-Augmented Earbuds That Read Your Mind!
Are you ready for AI-augmented earbuds that can monitor your brainwaves (for reasons that will blow your mind)

#239: Say Howdy to High Fidelity Software-Defined Sensing for the 21st Century
The folks at SigmaSense have come up with a new approach that offers high-fidelity software-defined sensing suitable for the 21st century.

#240: Want a Database Tailormade for Edge Computing?
Designed for use in edge devices, the ITTIA DB is an HTAP database that can handle the transactional and streaming analytical requirements of OLTP and OLAP applications.

#241: Grammar for Professionals, e.g. vs. i.e. All Becomes Clear
Many people think these two little rascals are interchangeable, but they are used to convey different types of information.

#242: Indoor Voice or XCORE-VOICE?
Unleashing a new era of voice-based user experience for the next generation of smart electronics.

#243: A Tempting Taste of the AI-Powered World to Come
In which we discover how to use generative AI to automate your automation tasks and implement a chatbot widget on your website.

#244: Want Tailormade Screamingly-High-Performance RISC-V64 IP
Take a 4-wide out-of-order (OOO) RISC-V with a Gazzillion memory interface, add the only OOO RISC-V vector unit on the planet, then customize at will.

#245: MEMS Oscillators Address Precision Timing Problems
The clever chaps and chapesses at SiTime offer precision timing solutions that are based on resilient and reliable silicon MEMS technology.

#246: Are You Ready for the Chiplet Age?
Want a silicon device with 100B+ transistors? Chiplets are your new best friend!

#247: Embedded Security for MCUs at the Edge
Life is short, and security is hard, but Infineon’s Edge Protect should ease the developers’ task of securing our Edge devices.

#248: What Is Time, What Time Is It, and Why Do We Care?
It may be that there really isn’t such a thing as space that contains things and there isn’t really such a thing as time during which events occur.

#249: Want to Reduce Your Data Center AI Inferencing Infrastructure Costs by 10X?
NeuReality aims to make AI easy, to democratize AI adoption, to increase AI performance by 10X, to reduce AI infrastructure cost by 10X, and to mitigate the carbon footprint associated with using AI.

#250: The Future Sounds Incredible (When Employing Ultrasonic Speaker Technology)
Think 200 MEMS ultrasonic pumps on a 3.5mm x 3.5mm die, each pumping air 400,000 times a second, the result modulated down into audio signals wow!

#251: Blumind Bodes AI For Everyone, Everywhere
Let’s start with an always-on, all-analog neural network implemented using a standard CMOS process, and then things start to get interesting.

#252: Blinded by the Light
Lightelligence offers optical-based computation, optical network on chip, and optical networking shine on!

#253: Teradyne’s Tactics to Tackle Twenty-First Century Test
Ongoing advancements in semiconductors are driving quality challenges, these challenges are addressed by Teradyne’s Archimedes Analytics Solution

#254: Are These the Top-Performing Edge AI Processors?
The folks at Hailo are shipping edge AI processors and vision processing units (VPUs) with gusto and abandon.

#255: May the Flux (Copilot) Be with You!
Imagine having a combination of ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot integrated into your schematic and PCB layout tool.

#256: Doing the Time Warp with Calibre DesignEnhancer
The shift-left capabilities provided by DesignEnhancer speed the physical design process and improve the quality of the design.

#257: Chiplets for the Unwashed Masses
Want to purchase IP functions (CPU, FPGA, memory, Ethernet, etc.) as off-the-shelf chiplets? The future is closer than you think!

#258: Boosting Semiconductor Fab Productivity by up to 20 Percent!
With Flexciton’s AI-powered scheduling solution, even state-of-the-art fabs can experience up to 10% boost in productivity, while legacy fabs can see up to 20% productivity improvement.

#259: Is This the Ultimate Chiplet Interconnect Technology?
Compared to UCIe, NuLink offers greater than 2x the bandwidth in less than half the area while consuming less than half the power (and I haven’t even told you the good part yet)

#260: Boosting the Efficiency and Performance of Silicon Chips with a Special Epitaxial Layer
Boost the performance and power efficiency of legacy and state-of-the art IC process technologies (analog, digital, memory…)

#261: Accelerating and Reducing the Cost of Semiconductor Process Development
Following a spurt of semi-fab-related articles, we are poised to plunge into the semiconductor fabrication fray once more (I hope you are suitably attired).

#262: It’s Time to Learn More about Timing
MEMS-based TCXOs from SiTime can out-perform quartz-based OXCOs, so can you imagine how well MEMS-based OCXOs from SiTime can perform?https://www.eejournal.com/article/its-time-to-learn-more-about-timing/ 

#263: Don’t React, PreAct!
Detecting and protecting against deep fakes by merging 2D RGB camera data with 3D LiDAR point cloud data.

#264: Before Computers Were Logic Diagrams and Machines
There has historically been a great deal of fascination with logic, initially expressed in the form of logic diagrams, and later in the construction of special-purpose machines for manipulating logical expressions and representations.

#265: What? NOR Flash Just Got Even Sexier?
Is NOR Flash better than NAND Flash? The answer is “Yes,” “No,” or “Maybe,” depending on what you wish to do with it.

#266: Spectacular Spintronics (Mechanical Electronics) Now Available Worldwide
Build mechanical circuits that run just like electrical ones. Suitable for kids from 8 to 80+

#267: Is This the Future of Chiplet-Based Design?
Can you imagine developing a chiplet-based IC (all the way to the packaged product) is as little as 8 weeks?

#268: Are We Ready for the 2nm Process Node?
It is anticipated that moving from the 3nm node to the 2nm node will result in 10% to 15% speed increase, 10% to 15% area reduction, and 25% to 30% power improvements (give or take).

#269: Winbond’s CUBE Memory Is Anything but Square
The CUBE can provide a functionality troika by acting as DRAM + Si-Caps + SI-Interposer.

#270: Microchip, PolarFire, and the Imperative of the Intelligent Edge
RISC-V-based PolarFire SoC FPGAs provide the power efficiency, pervasive security, and exceptional reliability demanded by the intelligent edge.

#271: Goodbye SnapEDA (Sad Face) | Hello SnapMagic (Happy Face)
SnapEDA has transmogrified itself into a new entity called SnapMagic, which extends all of the company’s existing capabilities with a GenAI called SnapMagic Copilot.

#272: New MCUs Provide 10^2 the Performance at 10^-2 the Power
Alif Semiconductor’s off-the-shelf Ensemble MCUs can handle advanced AI/ML use cases like voice processing and even video, all without need for external memory and suchlike.

#273: 9.6Gbps HBM3 Memory Controller IP Boosts SoC AI Performance
It’s not often you get to say things like “exponential increase in insatiable demand,” so I’m going to make the most of it here…

#274: Infineon and Archetype to Develop AI Sensor Chipsets
These AI-powered sensors will allow developers to blend real-time sensor data with natural language to create a living view of the world.

#275: Unleashing the Power of Quantum Computing
By solving the problem of quantum error correction (QEC), the folks at Riverlane have flung open the doors for useful quantum computers.

#276: Using AI-Enabled Robots to Automate What Cannot Be Automated
The folks at Micropsi don’t make robots themselves. Instead, they provide the intelligence (in the form of AI software) that can be used with any robot or cobot (collaborative robot) to dramatically increase its capabilities.

#277: Is This the Next Level of Machine Vision for Autonomous Driving?
At CES 2024, the chaps and chapesses at Ambarella will be formally debuting the CV3-AD635, which supports Mainstream L2+ and automated parking, and the CV3-AD655, which supports Advanced L2+ (L2++, if you will) and automated parking.

#278: AI-Based Cybersecurity for Next-Generation Data Center Servers
Axiado’s single-chip TCU control plane innovation is a hardware-anchored solution rooted in real-time AI with pre-emptive threat detection

#279: Want to Create Silicon Chips? Want Them Fast? Want them Cheap?This small fab can produce semiconductors and MEMS devices in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of large foundries, all without any compromises in quality.

#280: Photo-Realistic Renderings for Next-Gen Engineering Applications
Tech Soft 3D has just announced its latest and greatest SDK offering in the form of HOOPS Luminate, which provides photo-realistic and advanced real-time rendering.

#281: Within Five Years, All New Cars Will Be Able to See at Night!
Owl’s new 3D thermal imaging technology can detect and identify warm objects in total darkness up to 200 yards ahead.

#282: Is MIPS Poised to Take the RISC-V World by Storm?
MIPS + RISC-V is a marriage made in heaven. You can’t get more RISC than RISC-V and you’d have to go a long way to find a team that knows more about RISC architectures than the team at MIPS.

#283: We Already Have Cars That Can See, How About Cars That Can Hear?The folks at Imagimob have just launched a library of IMAGIMOB Ready Models that can be used off-the-shelf to add AI/ML audio capabilities to everything from baby monitors to autonomous cars.

#284: Generative AI Is Coming to the Edge!
Can you imagine running your own local GenAI application on your notepad or laptop computer?

#285: Designing MPU/MCU/SoC/AI Hardware? Are You Sure Your Security Features Are Secure?
Cycuity’s Radix tool watches data as it flows through the device to ensure it doesn’t go where it shouldn’t and that it can’t be seen by naughty applications.

#286: R U Going to Attend the Second Annual Chiplet Summit?
Only a few days remain until the start of the biggest, bestest, and most bodacious second annual Chiplet Summit, which is to be held 6-8 February 2024 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California.

#287: AI Boldly Goes Behind the Beyond
(a) we can use simulation to generate data to train AI models, (b) we can use the trained AI models to speed our simulations, and (c) we can create AI-based control algorithms that we train using…

#288: From Architecture to PCB Schematic in 60 Seconds!
Are you ready to meet the world’s first deterministic AI that helps electronic teams go from architecture to schematic in 60 seconds.

#289: Can Isotopically Pure Silicon Chips Switch 1,000X Faster?
The ability to affordably create an isotopically pure form of silicon (28Si) for use in both regular silicon chips and quantum computers could be a game-changer!

#290: First Text-to-Speech, Then Text-to-Image, Now Text-to-3D-Animation
The tagline on DeepMotion’s website is “Bringing Digital Humans to Life With AI.” After seeing SayMotion, you’ll know what they mean.

#291: AMFitzgerald and MEMS Infinity to Rule the PZT MEMS World
PZT MEMS products are going to make exciting markets even more exciting.

#292: Rise of the Robots (Well, Robot Arms)
Kassow Robots offers 7-axis collaborative robot arms that can mimic all the capabilities (motion-wise) of a human arm.

#293: Look At Something, Ask a Question, Hear an Answer: Welcome to the Future
The folks at Zinn Labs recently announced an event-based gaze-tracking system for AI-enabled smart frames and mixed-reality systems

#294: Acoustic Detection of Drones
In the case of war drones, what is required is some way to (a) detect incoming drones and (b) transmogrify them by robust means into ex-drones.

#295: Rambus’s RAMPART Will Rout Rowhammer
By confining bit flips to a single DRAM chip in a rank, RAMPART allows existing ECC to repair rowhammer induced corruption.

#296: Is It Time for MRAM to Shine?
Although some may see MRAM as a niche market, it’s a niche market that’s growing in leaps and bounds, and Everspin is well placed to take full advantage of the ever-increasing requirements for state-of-the-art MRAM solutions.

#297: Reimagining Radar in the Form of High-Resolution 4D Sensing Systems
Applications for bitsensing’s technology include transforming the capabilities of autonomous vehicles, reimagining the abilities of smart city infrastructures, and elevating connected living… and that’s just for starters.

#298: A Brave New World of Emulation and Software Prototyping
The guys and gals at Siemens have just announced not one, not two, but three new families of congruent ASIC/SoC emulation and software prototyping solutions that bring tears of joy to my eyes.

#299: Controlling the World with Raspberry Pi
Sfera Labs has made a name for itself with its ruggedized control and automation systems based on open-source processors like Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

#300: Will the Renesas RZ/VH2 MPU Dominate Embedded AI Vision Applications?
These bodacious devices are focused (no pun intended) on state-of-the-art vision applications in the edge embedded application space.

2 thoughts on “O-M-G! 100 More Captivating Columns”

  1. Max,

    Given you use no shorthand and do crude typing, why haven’t you used technology to help out? Speech to text capability has matured a lot in the last few decades. Just a hint!

    1. Hi Jesse –actually, I do use speech to text on my video interviews — but that’s just an aid to memory — I still have to write the columns after — so, which columns and/or titles are your favorites out of this recent batch ?

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