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Pixelated Perfection

What makes your pocket-sized screen picture perfect? There is a good chance Pixelworks has something to do with it. In this week’s podcast, Peter Carson (Pixelworks) and I dig into the details of innovative Pixelworks’ image processing platform and why the preservation of artistic intent is cornerstone to the Pixelworks vision. Also this week, we take a closer look at a new neural network training … Read More → "Pixelated Perfection"

It’s ALive!

Coming to you from AltiumLive 2019, this week’s podcast is all about hacking, PCB design, and how sharing information can inspire innovation big and small. AltiumLive 2019 keynote speaker Joe Grand (Grand Idea Studio/L0pht Heavy Industries) and I discuss how hacking and engineering can collide in today’s EE ecosystem. We also discuss the origins of the legendary hacking group L0pht Heavy Industries and Joe shares a … Read More → "It’s ALive!"

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Oct 23, 2019
The most complex of the Platonic solids is the icosahedron with twenty triangular faces....
Oct 23, 2019
IDC or Crimp? When discussing options for cable assemblies, designers frequently ask if we recommend discrete wire cable assemblies with crimped contacts or insulation displacement connectors (IDC) with ribbon cable. Our answer is it depends on your application. Crimped conne...
Oct 23, 2019
Recently the Western Automotive Journalists, or WAJ (I had no idea that was a thing), held their annual Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ]...
Oct 22, 2019
By Abdellah Bakhali – Mentor, A Siemens Business Better SoC IO ring verification means more accurate and consistent product reliability. New automated checks help designers identify and correct errors early in the design flow. Learn more here… Aristotle once sugg...
Oct 18, 2019
[From the last episode: We looked at the role of cache memory in a processor.] Now that we'€™ve looked at the major components of a computing system, let'€™s put them together. We won'€™t talk about how we'€™re putting them together for the moment; that comes next. We...
chalk talks
Improving Battery-Life with Ultra Low-Power Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics   Battery life is critical in today’s mobile device designs, and designing-in ever-larger batteries causes all sorts of awkward compromises. The best strategy is to lower power consumption, and the processor is a great place to start. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nik Jedrzejewski of NXP about the new … Read More → "Improving Battery-Life with Ultra Low-Power Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
LPC5500 MCU Series — NXP and Mouser Electronics  Security is key in today’s edge designs, but where to start with designing-in security? Ad-hoc security strategies are recipes for disaster. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brendon Slade of NXP about the powerful new LPC5500 series of MCUs from NXP that have great performance and security designed in from … Read More → "LPC5500 MCU Series — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Why Does a Medical Tool Need Security? — Maxim and Mouser Electronics   Connected medical devices have a unique set of security design requirements, and a software-only security solution with a non-secure MCU might not be the best way to go. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Scott Jones from Maxim Integrated about the details of secure authentication and how we can … Read More → "Why Does a Medical Tool Need Security? — Maxim and Mouser Electronics"
Trends Driving the Future of Sensor Development — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics   Sensors for IoT applications are changing and evolving rapidly these days. With experts predicting over a trillion sensors deployed worldwide, the pace of innovation in sensor technology has been accelerating, and design engineers need to keep up with the latest trends in order to get the best out of their IoT designs. In … Read More → "Trends Driving the Future of Sensor Development — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics"
Demystifying Wireless! Key Considerations for Adding Wireless to Your IoT Solution — Digi & Mouser Adding wireless connectivity to your IoT design can be a major challenge in an already-crowded schedule. And, doing it as an afterthought can cause all kinds of trouble. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andrew Reiter from Digi International about a holistic approach to designing wireless connected designs. Click here … Read More → "Demystifying Wireless! Key Considerations for Adding Wireless to Your IoT Solution — Digi & Mouser"
High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics  Many applications require industrial-grade, high-accuracy temperature sensors. But, choosing the correct sensor for your industrial design can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Punya Prakesh of Texas Instruments about the challenges of high-accuracy sensors, the factors to consider when designing with them, and how to choose the … Read More → "High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics"