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Faster Interconnect! Go! Go!

What do Moore’s Law, the Von Neuman Bottleneck, and alpha-band brain activity have in common?! This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry! Matthew Burns (Samtec) joins us to discuss how we can prepare for the next wave of high speed fabrics in embedded computing and why  these new faster fabrics will make our design lives harder not easier. … Read More → "Faster Interconnect! Go! Go!"

Intel FOVEROS 3D Packaging

Moore’s Law said that we could double the number of transistors on an integrated circuit every two years. But there were a lot of variables in that equation. For example, the industry has always assumed that an “integrated circuit” was a single, 2D monolithic silicon chip. But Moore’s Law didn’t make that distinction. It also didn’t specify an area for the silicon … Read More → "Intel FOVEROS 3D Packaging"

Who Chooses Components and Tools?

Before becoming professional engineers, most of us designed and built things as a hobby. It’s rare to find an engineer who jumped right into engineering school without at least some background of tinkering and experimenting. And, when we did those projects, we had full control. We could choose whatever part we wanted or needed. We didn’t have to deal with management, manufacturing, … Read More → "Who Chooses Components and Tools?"

The Spirit of 42

What do Douglas Adams, PCB design, DRAM for cryptocurrency, and the fourth Industrial Revolution have in common? This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry, of course! First up, Greg Roberts (EMA Design Automation) brings us the goods on EMA’s new ebook called “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to PCB Design”. Next, Mark Greenberg (Cadence Design Systems) and I chat about using DRAM4 for artificial … Read More → "The Spirit of 42"

Validate Twice, Build Once

As electronic system design has evolved, the practice of designing in specialized silos has broken down. Challenges such as signal integrity for multi-gigabit signals has forced co-design that spans every level of design from system to board to package to IC. Other issues, including thermal, power, RF, EM, and many more, have exacerbated this effect. As much as we wish we could just design our PCB … Read More → "Validate Twice, Build Once"

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featured blogs
Mar 25, 2019
The 2018 AI Index Report , developed by scientists and researchers in the AI field was recently released. This report uses quantitative data, such as publication counts or mentions of AI, to assess... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community sit...
Mar 22, 2019
In the video above, it might not appear that much is taking place, but just like with transformers there is “more than meets the eye.” Alright, that was corny, and I am mildly ashamed, but Nanosecond Event Detection for shock and vibration is nothing to be ashamed...
Mar 21, 2019
A Race to the Finish: Announcing the Winners of the 2019 3D InCites Awards Mentor Embedded Linux launch targets enterprise-class gap Using AI Data For Security How to optimize your testbench-to-DUT connections VCSEL Technology Takes Off A Race to the Finish: Announcing the...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...
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Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   Choosing the right capacitor for your design can be a daunting undertaking. With so many options on the market – from film to ceramic to electrolytic, it’s easy to get lost in a maze of datasheets and specifications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET about … Read More → "Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
Understanding Power-Aware SimulationConsidering power delivery and signal integrity separately can lead to suboptimal results in PCB design. Signal return paths can interact with power delivery networks in a number of ways, and power-aware analysis can help identify and correct problems before you build your prototype. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Todd Westerhoff … Read More → "Understanding Power-Aware Simulation"
SimSurfing — Murata and Mouser Electronics   Choosing the right passives for your design can be a huge headache. Sorting through hundreds of data sheets looking for the component with just the right specs, balancing against your BOM requirements, and confirming availability can consume valuable engineering time. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Arthur Evans of … Read More → "SimSurfing — Murata and Mouser Electronics"
STRIPT™ Connectors — AVX and Mouser Electronics   There are numerous situations where a solderless connection to a PCB would save time, space, BOM cost, and engineering frustration. However, most designers still resort to sticking an expensive connector on their PCB where one is not really needed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Anderson of AVX … Read More → "STRIPT™ Connectors — AVX and Mouser Electronics"
RedFit IDC SKEDD Connector — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics  Why attach a header connector to your PCB when you really don’t need one? If you’re plugging a ribbon cable into your board, particularly for a limited-use function such as provisioning, diagnostics, or testing, it can be costly and clunky to add a header connector to your BOM, and introduce yet another component to … Read More → "RedFit IDC SKEDD Connector — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics"
RedExpert — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics  Choosing the right passive for your design can be a maddening voyage through datasheets, internet searches, and endless matching and comparing of component specs. Finding just the right inductor or capacitor often becomes an exercise in drudgery. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hebberly Ahatlan of Wurth Electronics about RedExpert … Read More → "RedExpert — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics"