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Goodbye SnapEDA (Sad Face) | Hello SnapMagic (Happy Face)

I still find it hard to believe that the first time generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) in the form of ChatGPT by OpenAI impinged itself on the public consciousness—including what I laughingly think of as my own consciousness (but only when I consciously think about it)—was only a year ago (give or take a few days) as I pen these words.

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Is This the Future of Chiplet-Based Design?

Do you think chiplets are tasty? I think I’ve just seen the future of chiplet-based design—well, one possible future—and it looks finger-licking good to me. Just to make sure we are all tap-dancing to the same skirl of the bagpipes, let’s start by setting the scene. For the purposes of these discussions, we will take the term integrated circuit (IC) to refer … Read More → "Is This the Future of Chiplet-Based Design?"

Accelerating and Reducing the Cost of Semiconductor Process Development

Before I turned to the dark side to become the world’s greatest technical writer of my generation (at least, according to my mom), I used to be a real engineer. As I’ve mentioned in earlier columns (and to anyone I can persuade to listen), my first job was as a member of a design team creating central processing units (CPUs) for mainframe computers.

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Boosting the Efficiency and Performance of Silicon Chips with a Special Epitaxial Layer

Did you ever see the Doctor Who episode “Vincent and the Doctor”? This starts with the Doctor and his companion, Amy, visiting a Vincent van Gogh exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. When they spot an alien creature in one of Vincent’s paintings, they travel back in time to find out what’s happening and sort things out. 

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Blinded by the Light

Do you remember the song Blinded by the Light? This composition, which was originally written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen, first appeared on his 1973 debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Bruce is, of course, a legend. As awesome as his rendition is, however, I will always associate Blinded by the Light with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, who released … Read More → "Blinded by the Light"

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chalk talks
Analog in a Digital World: TRIMPOT® Trimming Potentiometers — Bourns and Mouser Electronics  Trimmer potentiometers are a great way to fine tune the output of an analog circuit and can be found used in a wide variety of applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Patricia Moorman from Bourns and Amelia Dalton break down the what, where, how and why of trimpots and the benefits that Bourns … Read More → "Analog in a Digital World: TRIMPOT® Trimming Potentiometers — Bourns and Mouser Electronics"
RF Interconnect for Automotive Applications — Amphenol RF and Mouser Electronics   Modern and future automotive systems will put enormous demands on RF. We need reliable, high-bandwidth, low-latency, secure wireless connections between cars and infrastructure, from car to car, and within systems on each car. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Owen Barthelmes and Kelly Freeman of Amphenol RF to talk … Read More → "RF Interconnect for Automotive Applications — Amphenol RF and Mouser Electronics"
Mindi Analog Simulator — Microchip and Mouser Electronics   It’s easy to go wrong in the analog portion of your design, particularly if you’re not an analog “expert.” Electrical simulation can help reduce risk and design re-spins. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rico Brooks of Microchip about the MPLAB Mindi tool, and how it can help reduce … Read More → "Mindi Analog Simulator — Microchip and Mouser Electronics"
AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX   Designing antennas can be a challenge for most engineers. With the explosion of active technologies such as MIMO and beamforming, the art of antenna design has become increasingly complex. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kenneth Schott from AVX about choosing and tuning high-performance antenna designs for your next … Read More → "AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX"
Overcoming Today’s RFIC and SiP Design Challenges with Virtuoso RF Solution   5G presents daunting challenges for RF design. RF modules are reaching a level of complexity such that verification and analysis now demand about half of the design time, and that requires an integrated flow including physical verification and analysis as well as circuit design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats … Read More → "Overcoming Today’s RFIC and SiP Design Challenges with Virtuoso RF Solution"
Molex Antennas: Transforming the IIoT Landscape — Molex and Mouser Electronics   RF and antenna design for IoT devices can be a major challenge. Fortunately, Molex has some great turnkey solutions to fit a wide variety of design constraints and project needs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt McWhinney from Molex about the RF and antenna options for IoT designs, … Read More → "Molex Antennas: Transforming the IIoT Landscape — Molex and Mouser Electronics"