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Like Fiber in the Sky

When you’re building out network infrastructure, it’s often that last hundred meters or so that causes the most headache. Sure, there are challenges getting all the huge pipes and big switches to handle the massive bandwidth reliably, but things sometimes get the trickiest when we make that final run to the subscriber. Ethernet cables, fiber, and other wired solutions are expensive, difficult to install, high maintenance, and … Read More → "Like Fiber in the Sky"

GlobalFoundries Puts Their Cards on the Table

Just over a month ago, GlobalFoundries (GF among friends) had their technology conference, and it would appear that they stored up all kinds of news to release at the same time. Some announcements were more significant than others; we’ll review what’s new here, with a focus on the bigger issues and a passing nod to the others.

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Quantum’s Leap

Warning: This week’s Fish Fry may keep you up at night. We survey some of the scary security challenges facing us in the coming age of quantum computing. SecureRF CEO and President Louis Parks joins us to discuss a wide range of IoT security-related issues including endpoint authentication and identification, quantum resistance, and data accumulation. Also this week, we take a … Read More → "Quantum’s Leap"

Getting En-Meshed in Bluetooth

“You need to be careful with a Bluetooth headset, because some guys look crazy with them.” – Neil Strauss

If you shout “Bluetooth!” in a crowded theater, most people will think, “earpiece,” or “car phone,” or “Danish king with iffy dental work.” Or they’ll just think you’re a nerd. But few will think, “hmmm… mesh networking.”

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featured blogs
Dec 11, 2017
This is a continuation of A Cadence Carol... before reading this post, be sure to have read the first four installments! Stave I: Moore’s Ghost, Part I and Part II Stave II: The First of the Three Spirits, Part I and Part II * * * * * Awaking in the middle of a prodigiou...
Dec 11, 2017
This time of year is typically set aside for preparation, and this year is no different. We spent November working on a couple of major upgrades to prepare for releases in 2018, one with the way we handle quotes in My Samtec, and the other with how we handle the checkout expe...
Nov 16, 2017
“Mommy, Daddy … Why is the sky blue?” As you scramble for an answer that lies somewhere between a discussion of refraction in gasses and “Oh, look—a doggie!” you already know the response to whatever you say will be a horrifyingly sincere “B...
Nov 07, 2017
Given that the industry is beginning to reach the limits of what can physically and economically be achieved through further shrinkage of process geometries, reducing feature size and increasing transistor counts is no longer achieving the same result it once did. Instead the...
chalk talks
RSL10 Product Family Bluetooth Low Energy is showing up in all kinds of applications these days. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steven Dean of ON Semiconductor about how to integrate Bluetooth Low Energy into your next design with ON Semiconductor’s latest technology. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor RSL10 Multi-Protocol … Read More → "RSL10 Product Family"
USB Type-C and Power DeliveryUSB Type-C is spreading like wildfire in the market, but including USB Type-C support in your system can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Tyler from ON Semiconductor about simplifying USB Type-C implementation across a broad range of applications. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor USB … Read More → "USB Type-C and Power Delivery"
Wireless Connectivity Front End SolutionsWhen adding WiFi to your design, the RF section poses some major challenges. With today’s 2.4- and 5-GHz spectrum getting more and more crowded, it takes some careful design to get the signals you want and filter out all the noise and interference. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Testa … Read More → "Wireless Connectivity Front End Solutions"
Bourns RS-485 Port ProtectionProper circuit protection is critical in nearly every design today. But, it can be challenging to choose the right solution from the numerous options available. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wayne Dossey from Bourns about port protection, industrial communications, harsh electrical environments, and RS-485. Click here for more information about Bourns® … Read More → "Bourns RS-485 Port Protection"
Hardware Acceleration in C: Breaking Performance BarriersSometimes you need your C code to run really, really fast. But for most teams, hiring hardware experts to design accelerators just isn’t feasible. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Ma of Xilinx about hardware acceleration for your C applications – with no hardware design team required. Click here for … Read More → "Hardware Acceleration in C: Breaking Performance Barriers"
Fixed Point, Floating Point – What Are the Needs of DSP Applications?When implementing DSP algorithms, the tradeoff between fixed- and floating-point math can have huge implications on performance and precision. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pushkar Patwardhan of Cadence Design Systems about making the critical decisions on floating-point versus fixed-point. Click here for more information about Tensilica Customizable Processor and DSP IP.