A big chunk of the vast, imagined IoT (Internet of Things) includes the industrial IoT (IIoT), which is responsible for controlling and monitoring energy-consuming processes based on large motors, pumps, fans, generators, heavy-duty actuators, heaters, and other high-power equipment. Such IIoT applications aren’t as concerned with low-power design compared to the medical and consumer side of the IoT—wearables and the like. Medical and consumer … Read More → "0.6V, and Still the Memory Persisted"
“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” – Robert Half
Life is not a zero-sum game. There is not a finite amount of success, talent, happiness, or intelligence to be distributed among us. Being good at something doesn’t require being bad at something else as compensation. Newton’s Third Law doesn’t apply to … Read More → "The Librarian, the Engineer, and the Supermodel"
As FPGA designs have gone from manageable to humongous, the demands on design tools and design tool expertise has risen exponentially. Long gone are the days when an applications engineer could waltz into your lab, click a few magic keys on a laptop, and walk out an hour later, having helped you achieve timing closure on your problematic FPGA design. Now, FPGA tools demand massive amounts … Read More → "Plunify Cloud-powers Xilinx"
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” — Jonathan Swift
What started out as an experiment has become an obsession. I wanted to see what happened to the dinosaurs.
I confess, I have (or had) two big concrete dinosaurs in my backyard. They’re awkward and massive and weigh about 200–300 pounds each. They … Read More → "Computer Vision 101"
Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) have been dominating the discussion on AI advancement for the past couple of years. But CNNs have one glaring weakness – a heavy reliance on massive amounts of multiplication. This huge arithmetic obstacle has led to a plethora of initiatives to accelerate both the training and inference phases of deep learning with CNNs, and a wide variety of hardware and software architectures designed … Read More → "Brainchip Debuts Neuromorphic Chip"
There’s nothing new about the need to cool silicon. It’s just that it used to be easy. Relatively.
To be fair, for your average, run-of-the-mill chip, you can still put it in a package with decent thermal resistance and run air over it if you must. Although more and more gadgets are resisting air cooling because fans are … Read More → "Spray-On Cooling"