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To the Stars with Microchip’s New RT PolarFire FPGAs

The hot news on the street — if you live on a street where people build satellites and space probes for a hobby — is that those little scamps at Microchip Technology have just announced their new radiation-tolerant (RT) PolarFire FPGA, which they proudly proclaim, “…is optimized to meet the most demanding requirements in spacecraft payload systems’ … Read More → "To the Stars with Microchip’s New RT PolarFire FPGAs"

FPGA Fiesta

We’re serving up a double helping of field programmable goodness in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry podcast. Dianne Kibbey (element14) and I dish about this year’s Path II Programmable design series. We discuss the details of this innovative program and how you sign up to participate in this FPGA-based program. Also this week, Geoff Tate (CEO – Flex Logix) and I … Read More → "FPGA Fiesta"

Acceleration Battlefield

The market for accelerating specialized data center workloads is expected to grow dramatically over the next few years. The acceleration market was estimated to be in the two-billion-dollar range in 2018, and it is expected to grow to a staggering $21 billion by 2023 – around a 50% CAGR. This growth is not unexpected. The world is producing data at an exponentially growing rate. Estimates are that something like 90% of all … Read More → "Acceleration Battlefield"

Another Fine Mesh

“There is no shame is being ambivalent about almost everything in your life.” – Louis Theroux

Hey, kids, let’s all make something! If your STEM summer camp counselor has got you soldering instead of swimming, chances are you’re building some sort of home-automation appliance. Which means you’re probably hacking hardware, slinging code, and testing network compatibility. Well, Silicon Labs has … Read More → "Another Fine Mesh"

From Chip to City and Back Again

“Here’s your ticket pack your bag: time for jumpin’ overboard.
The transportation is here.
Close enough but not too far, Maybe you know where you are.” – Talking Heads

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the complexities of data processing in coming age of 5G. Wade Smith (ANSYS) joins us to discuss the challenges of 5G … Read More → "From Chip to City and Back Again"

To the Cloud and Back?

In the 1980s, a dramatic transformation came over the world of computing. Mainframes and minicomputers had long held the lion’s share of the world’s computing workload. Dumb terminals gave users access to the enormous-for-the-time processing and storage resources housed in massive data centers where most of the existing processing and storage capacity lived.

But, microcomputers finally evolved to … Read More → "To the Cloud and Back?"

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featured blogs
Nov 15, 2019
As we seek to go faster and faster in our systems, heat grows as does the noise from the cooling fans. It is because of this heat and noise, many companies are investigating or switching to submersible cooling (liquid immersion cooling) options. Over the last few years, subme...
Nov 15, 2019
Electronic design is ever-changing to adapt with demand. The industry is currently shifting to incorporate more rigid-flex circuits as the preferred interconnect technology for items that would otherwise be off-board, or require a smaller form factor. Industries like IoT, wea...
Nov 15, 2019
"Ey up" is a cheery multi-purpose greeting that basically means "Hello" and "Hi there" and "How are you?" and "How's things?" all rolled into one....
Nov 15, 2019
[From the last episode: we looked at how intellectual property helps designers reuse circuits.] Last week we saw that, instead of creating a new CPU, most chip designers will buy a CPU design '€“ like a blueprint of the CPU '€“ and then use that in a chip that they'€™re...
Nov 15, 2019
Last week , I visited the Cadathlon@ICCAD event at the 2019 International Conference on Computer Aided Design . It was my first CADathlon and I was quite intrigued , since the organizers webpage... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ...
chalk talks
Automotive MOSFET for the Transportation Market — Infineon and Mouser Electronics   MOSFETS are critical in automotive applications, where long-term reliability is paramount. But, do we really understand the failure rates and mechanisms in the devices we design in? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton sits down with Jeff Darrow of Infineon to discuss the role of MOSFETS in transportation, solder inspection, qualification. … Read More → "Automotive MOSFET for the Transportation Market — Infineon and Mouser Electronics"
ERFV Coax Connectors — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics   5G pushes every dimension of electronic and RF design, and that puts extraordinary demand on or connectors. The best designs in the world won’t work reliably if your connector solution isn’t up to the task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Claude de Lorraine of TE Connectivity about ERFV … Read More → "ERFV Coax Connectors — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics"
Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics   5G brings a bewildering array of issues in small cell design – with small cells stepping in to handle the heavy lifting in the numerous places macro cells can’t reach. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suma Kapilavai of Qorvo about tackling the variety of massive MIMO and beamforming … Read More → "Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"
Power Supply Design — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   There is a bewildering range of choices for components for power supply design. Considering EMI protection, surge protection, transformers, rectifiers – the list goes on and on. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET to sort out the puzzle of power supply component selection, and to … Read More → "Power Supply Design — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit 5G infrastructure presents daunting challenges on the RF front. We want to put the processing as close as possible to the antenna, and the standards are evolving so fast that programmability is a must. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Brown from Avnet and Matt Burns from Samtec about … Read More → "Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit"
Computing at the Edge — NXP and Mouser Electronics  Edge computing is not the realm of one-size-fits-all computing. Real-world systems have a variety of node hardware that needs to be managed and secured. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Altaf Hussain from NXP about the complications of (and some solutions for) edge computing with NXP’s Layerscape processors. Click here … Read More → "Computing at the Edge — NXP and Mouser Electronics"