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PCI-SIG’s PCIe 6.0 Spec Continues the Long, Happy Evolution of PCI Express

Well, PCI-SIG has done it once again. They’ve doubled the peak maximum bandwidth of the PCI Express (PCIe) bus by releasing the PCIe 6.0 specifications on January 11.  A 16-lane PCIe 6.0 connection has a peak bidirectional bandwidth of 256 Gbytes/sec. That’s pretty darn fast. How’d they do it? The simple answer is that they ripped a page from the high-speed Ethernet spec and adopted PAM4 … Read More → "PCI-SIG’s PCIe 6.0 Spec Continues the Long, Happy Evolution of PCI Express"

Happy 50th Birthday to the 8-bit Intel 8008 Microprocessor

Early microprocessors straddled two major computing epochs. During the first epoch, stretching from the late 1960s through the 1970s, computer system engineers designed and implemented minicomputer processor architectures and processor boards using TTL parts, bipolar PROMs, stone knives, and bearskins. Each minicomputer maker – including Digital Equipment Corp (DEC), Data General (DG), Prime, Computer Automation, IBM, Burroughs, HP, Four-Phase, NCR, and Univac – had their own, proprietary minicomputer … Read More → "Happy 50th Birthday to the 8-bit Intel 8008 Microprocessor"

Breaking Down Communication Barriers: How Altimade is Connecting Design, Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Are you designing with components that you cannot source? At what point in your design process do you think about manufacturing? This is exactly what we are exploring in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Ted Pawela (Altium) joins me to discuss how Altium and MacroFab are addressing common PCB design communication and procurement issues with an industry-first integrated PCB “Design WITH Manufacturing” application called Altimade. Ted and I … Read More → "Breaking Down Communication Barriers: How Altimade is Connecting Design, Supply Chain and Manufacturing"

BotFactory: All-In-One PCB Printing and Assembly

If you are anything like me, you dream of having the ability to create and automatically populate your printed circuit board (PCB) prototypes in the comfort of your own office. Well, in fact you can, because BotFactory’s SV2 combines a conductive ink printer, solder paste extruder, pick-and-place machine, and reflow bed into a single product that allows you to prototype your PCBs in a matter … Read More → "BotFactory: All-In-One PCB Printing and Assembly"

When Reliability Analysis Meets Silicon Lifecycle Management

I’ve recently been chatting with folks from Synopsys and Concertio, and now my head is so full of “stuff” regarding things like hyper-convergent chip design, reliability analysis, real-time performance optimization, and silicon lifecycle management that I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.

I’ve told this tale before (and I’ll doubtless tell it again), but … Read More → "When Reliability Analysis Meets Silicon Lifecycle Management"

Book Review: Designing Electronics that Work

Back in the day, 60 years ago, I built a lot of Heathkit test equipment including two oscilloscopes, two analog multimeters, an audio signal generator, an RF generator, an adjustable single-voltage power supply, and an automotive tester. I also built a Heathkit stereo receiver (that was a disaster), a digital clock with a Panaplex gas-discharge display (sure wish I still had that), and a microwave oven. Mid-century … Read More → "Book Review: Designing Electronics that Work"

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224 Gbps Data Rates: Separating Fact from Fiction — Samtec  Data rates are getting faster with each passing year. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec to separate fact from fiction when it comes to 224 Gbps data rates. They take a closer look at the design challenges, the tradeoffs, and architectural decisions that we will need … Read More → "224 Gbps Data Rates: Separating Fact from Fiction — Samtec"
Small Form Factor Industry Standards for Embedded Computing — Samtec and Mouser Electronics   Trends in today’s embedded computing designs including smart sensors, autonomous vehicles, and edge computing are making embedded computing industry standards more important than ever before. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about how standards organizations like PC104, PICMG and VITA are encouraging innovation in today’s … Read More → "Small Form Factor Industry Standards for Embedded Computing — Samtec and Mouser Electronics"
56 Gbps PAM4 Performance in FPGA Applications — Samtec and Mouser Electronics  If you are working on an FPGA design, the choice of a connector solution can be a crucial element in your system design. Your FPGA connector solution needs to support the highest of speeds, small form factors, and emerging architectures. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton joins Matthew Burns to chat about … Read More → "56 Gbps PAM4 Performance in FPGA Applications — Samtec and Mouser Electronics"
Industrial Ethernet Next Generation Connections — Amphenol ICC and Mouser Electronics  No longer are hierarchical communication models effective in this new era of Industry 4.0. We need to look at an independent communication model that includes a single network with industrial ethernet at its core. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Swift about Amphenol’s SPE and iX Industrial family of … Read More → "Industrial Ethernet Next Generation Connections — Amphenol ICC and Mouser Electronics"
Double Density Cool Edge Next Generation Card Edge Interconnect — Amphenol ICC and Mouser ElectronicsNowhere is the need for the reduction of board space more important than in the realm of high-performance servers. One way we can reduce complexity and reduce overall board space in our server designs can be found in the connector solutions we choose. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Einhorn … Read More → "Double Density Cool Edge Next Generation Card Edge Interconnect — Amphenol ICC 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"