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The Pivot to Relevance

Imagine that you were a company investing lots of cash in a specific new-product direction, and you went to your customers to tell them the good news – and they reacted with, “Meh… I’ll never use it.” What would you do with that? Double down? Or change directions?

That’s an oversimplified view of what happened at GlobalFoundries earlier in … Read More → "The Pivot to Relevance"

The Radio Shack at the End of the Universe

“Let’s do the time warp again.” – Riff Raff

My relationship with Radio Shack goes back more than 50 years, when the company opened a store on Shelbyville Road near my home in Louisville, Kentucky. Heck, I even worked in a suburban Radio Shack as a freelance repair person for a summer during my college days, and I’ve still got the 50< … Read More → "The Radio Shack at the End of the Universe"

The Significance of Sparsity

What has sparsity done for you lately? In this episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the challenges that surround on-device artificial intelligence processing. Megha Daga (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the why the presence of zeroes is becoming more and more important in the development of neural networks and how sparsity can be used for bandwidth and compute reduction. In this week’s News You May Have Missed, … Read More → "The Significance of Sparsity"

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Nov 19, 2018
At the Linley Fall Processor Conference recently, the keynote on the second day was by Cliff Young of Google titled Codesign in Google TPUs: Inference, Training, Performance, and Scalability . The TPU is Google's Tensor Processing Unit. It is actually a family, since, as...
Nov 16, 2018
If you aren'€™t from the packaging world, then chances are likely you might think '€œpacking'€ refers to objects being placed in to a box instead of packaging integrated circuits (IC'€™s) on a substrate. Packaging has advanced since it began, and as with many areas i...
Nov 14, 2018
  People of a certain age, who mindfully lived through the early microcomputer revolution during the first half of the 1970s, know about Bill Godbout. He was that guy who sent out crudely photocopied parts catalogs for all kinds of electronic components, sold from a Quon...
Nov 13, 2018
Podcast Interview with the authors of The Hitchhikers Guide to PCB Design eBook by Mike Beutow with PCB Chat....
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Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics   With the rapid pace of change in IoT designs these days, the flexibility, power efficiency, and low latency of FPGAs can be major advantages. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Schulte of Intel about applying FPGA technology to IoT systems. Click here for more information about Intel® FPGAs (formerly … Read More → "Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics"
Analog to Digital Converters: A Resolution Revolution — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics   Today’s IoT designs rely on massive amounts of data from a wide range of sensors. One thing most of these systems have in common is the need for high-resolution data converters that can operate on limited power budgets. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Andeen from Maxim Integrated … Read More → "Analog to Digital Converters: A Resolution Revolution — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics"
Optoelectronics: SensorXplorer — Vishay and Mouser Electronics   Many IoT designs require limited vision capabilities – without a full-blown camera interface. Edge devices may need to be able to see light, recognize colors or gestures, or sense presence. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Samy Ahmed of Vishay about using optoelectronics to give enhanced capabilities to your … Read More → "Optoelectronics: SensorXplorer — Vishay and Mouser Electronics"
Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics   Security and power are key considerations in just about every IoT design these days. And, if you don’t start with a microcontroller that has robust security and power features, it can be an uphill battle. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ram Konreddy of Microchip Technology about the new … Read More → "Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics"
Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications  Designing products for reliability and longevity requires a different mindset – and a different tool set from the more common “just get it out the door” engineering methodology. We need to focus on all phases of product life, and do a diligent analysis of the mechanisms that can lead to premature failure in the … Read More → "Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications"
Magnetics: Not Just for Inductors Anymore — KEMET and Mouser Electronics Magnetics have a wide range of new and exciting applications that extend far beyond simple inductors – including temperature sensors, flex suppressors, zero phase current transformers, and more. With all these new uses for magnetics, it pays to keep up on the latest technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "Magnetics: Not Just for Inductors Anymore — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"