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Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts

“Roses are red / Violets are blue / I’m schizophrenic / And so am I” – Oscar Levant

Two heads are better than one, and everyone’s stuck their head into the multicore business. Even little $1 microcontrollers have dual processor cores now, including those from MCU titan Microchip.
Just this week, Microchip announced two new (and unrelated) devices, both of which can claim a small first in … Read More → "Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts"

Maybe You Can’t Drive My Car (Yet) Part 2

“I’m completely operational and all my circuits are functioning normally.” — Hal 9000, “2001, A Space Odyssey”

We now have more information about the fatal crash of a self-driving Tesla Model X P100D electric vehicle in Mountain View, California last March, thanks to a Read More → "Maybe You Can’t Drive My Car (Yet) Part 2"

Which Wireless Mesh Performs Best?

Those of you with kids, or those of you who were kids in the ‘60s with access to Disney movies, may recall the classic 101 Dalmatians. It’s a story about puppies stolen in the interest of a puppy-fur garment. Rough stuff, actually… Specifically, when the puppies are taken, the puppy’s parents engage a communication mechanism … Read More → "Which Wireless Mesh Performs Best?"

Arm Unwraps Three New CPU/GPU Designs

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” – Malcolm Forbes

Japanese-owned Arm is celebrating the start of summer with three new ’76-themed IP cores: Cortex-A76, Mali-G76, and Mali-V76. It’s almost like they’re declaring independence from the competition.

You know the drill. New Arm cores are faster, more power-efficient, and occasionally even smaller than their predecessors. That’s mostly true in this case … Read More → "Arm Unwraps Three New CPU/GPU Designs"

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Jul 17, 2018
In the first installment, I wrote about why I had to visit Japan in 1983, and the semiconductor stuff I did there. Today, it's all the other stuff. Japanese Food When I went on this first trip to Japan, Japanese food was not common in the US (and had been non-existent in...
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Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules   New ultra-small power modules can deliver smaller solution size, higher reliability, and higher power density. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward from Maxim Integrated about the industry’s smallest power modules. They might be exactly what you need for your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules"
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"
Synergy Platform Update IoT development demands a laundry list of specialized technologies and design decisions. It pays to have a development platform that can keep up with the rapidly changing landscape. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Henrik Floodell from Renesas about how the latest version of the Synergy Platform can help keep … Read More → "Synergy Platform Update"
Maxim’s DARWIN Low Power Microcontrollers   MCUs continue to evolve based on increasing demands from designers. We expect our microcontrollers to do more than ever – better security, more performance, lower power consumption – and we want it all for less money, of course. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kris Ardis from Maxim Integrated … Read More → "Maxim’s DARWIN Low Power Microcontrollers"
Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment  Arduino can be an excellent platform for professional/commercial application development and deployment. While most engineers associate Arduino with hobby and maker use, Microchip Technology has developed tools and platforms that bring the convenience and ease of Arduino into the professional realm. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bob Martin from … Read More → "Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment"
Intelligent Power Modules  Intelligent power modules can speed up your project, improve your power consumption, and bring a host of other benefits to your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Divins from Infineon about using Infineon’s intelligent power modules in your next project. Click here for more information about Infineon Technologies … Read More → "Intelligent Power Modules"