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Intel’s Grand Vision

“With unit cost falling as the number of components per circuit rises, by 1975 economics may dictate squeezing as many as 65,000 components on a single silicon chip.”

– Gordon E. Moore, “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits,” Electronics, pp. 114–117, April 19, 1965.

Our shuttle bus driver exited 101 and began to weave through an increasingly narrow labyrinth of residential streets. There were eight or nine … Read More → "Intel’s Grand Vision"

Redpine Signals Enters the MCU Arena

“The history of innovation is the story of ideas that seemed dumb at the time.” – Andy Dunn

Innovation vs. inertia. It’s a familiar struggle in our business. Do you create something entirely new by throwing away everything that came before, or do you leverage the existing ecosystem and build incrementally? There are plenty of examples of either strategy working – or failing – … Read More → "Redpine Signals Enters the MCU Arena"

Is There an “IoT” in “Satellite?”

“I’m from the generation that wants to put a GPS in their kids so I always know where they are.” – Joss Whedon

It’s a trend as old as time. A new technology – rockets, computers, microwaves; take your pick – starts out expensive and exclusive, but then winds up so cheap and plentiful that we barely think about it.

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Global Navigation in One Tiny, Surface-Mountable Module

The amount of hardware in orbit for GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) navigation is big and getting bigger. The US GPS and Russian GLONASS satellite constellations are already complete. GPS originally consisted of 24 satellites flying in six orbital planes. Each plane had four slots with one operational satellite per slot. In 2011, the US Air Force expanded the constellation and added three satellites for a total of 27 … Read More → "Global Navigation in One Tiny, Surface-Mountable Module"

Q&A with Xilinx President and CEO Victor Peng

“Strategy is about setting yourself apart from the competition” – Michael Porter, Harvard Business School

Earlier this month, Xilinx announced the 7nm Versal ACAP series of advanced programmable ICs along with a new board-level hardware accelerator for data centers called Alveo. Xilinx President and CEO  Victor Peng announced these products during his keynote on October 2 at the Xilinx Developers Forum (XDF) held in … Read More → "Q&A with Xilinx President and CEO Victor Peng"

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After two interesting blogs by Yagya Mishra that explained the most popular features of the Run Plan assistant in Virtuoso® ADE Assembler , I am writing this third blog in the series to share... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site...
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Migrating from 3G to LTE — Digi International and Mouser Electronics  If your company infrastructure is converting from 3G to LTE, you’ve got a lot to think about. You’ll want to rethink the entire installation from antennas to routers, and even reconsider your choice of carriers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Randall Kerr of Digi about demystifying the transition to … Read More → "Migrating from 3G to LTE — Digi International and Mouser Electronics"
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"
Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance  For high-performance, low-power processing of AI and machine vision algorithms, latency can be critical. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai from Cadence Design Systems about the using the new Vision Q6 processor core for embedded vision and AI applications. Click here for more information about Vision DSPs for … Read More → "Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance"
KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET"
Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink  5G wireless infrastructure brings daunting design challenges. Fortunately, tools are available that can model and simulate some of the most complex aspects of 5G design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ken Karnofsky of MathWorks about modeling and simulation for beamforming, RF power amplifier linearization, and much more. Click here to … Read More → "Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink"
Isolated Your Signals? How About Power? Mouser and Texas Instruments   You’ve isolated your signals, but what about power? Today’s designs require careful engineering of power isolation to keep things working in tough environments. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neel Seshan of Texas Instruments about new components that will help solve your power isolation woes. Click here for more … Read More → "Isolated Your Signals? How About Power? Mouser and Texas Instruments"