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The New Age of Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex

“You’ve gone too far this time / And I’m dancing on the valentine” – Duran Duran

One of the weirdest demonstrations I’ve seen was from the guy at e-Ink. He was showing off his company’s flat display technology attached to a mockup Amazon Kindle reader. The back was off and all the electronic guts were hanging out: processor, RAM, display … Read More → "The New Age of Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex"

Fear the Economic Singularity

In dystopian science fiction, we are taught to fear the technological singularity – the time when artificial super intelligence advances to a point far beyond human intelligence, with a result that profoundly alters human existence. Vivid imagery of automated weapons of doom working to wipe out human civilization and take over the world – or the galaxy – have terrorized generations of sci-fi fans. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and … Read More → "Fear the Economic Singularity"

Lunch With McDonald’s McKiosk: I’m Hatin’ It

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. – Asimov’s First Law of Robotics (pure fiction)

During a recent trip to Saint George, Utah, my wife and I stopped at McDonald’s for a fast lunch. We’d just driven a grand scenic loop through the picturesque mountains of southwestern Utah, … Read More → "Lunch With McDonald’s McKiosk: I’m Hatin’ It"

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Mar 20, 2019
In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Rong Chen talks about the 5G use cases and PHY processing and highlights the B20 DSP features which enable efficient control and DSP processing for 5G... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community s...
Mar 19, 2019
Deeper Dive into Non-Trivial Bug Escapes and Safety Critical Designs This blog is a continuation of a series of blogs related to the 2018 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study (click here).  In my previous blog (click here), I presented verification results fin...
Mar 19, 2019
As one of the great superheroes learned '€“ '€œwith great power comes great responsibility.'€ Even without '€œspidey-sense'€ and the ability to scale tall buildings with webbing, there is still power to be wielded with Samtec'€™s new mPOWER'„¢ connectors'€¦w...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...
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Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   Choosing the right capacitor for your design can be a daunting undertaking. With so many options on the market – from film to ceramic to electrolytic, it’s easy to get lost in a maze of datasheets and specifications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET about … Read More → "Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX   Designing antennas can be a challenge for most engineers. With the explosion of active technologies such as MIMO and beamforming, the art of antenna design has become increasingly complex. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kenneth Schott from AVX about choosing and tuning high-performance antenna designs for your next … Read More → "AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX"
The Technology Behind i.MX Applications Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics If you’re designing systems where reliability and long life in challenging environments is important – industrial automation, robotics, automotive cluster, infotainment, and telematics – you may want to consider going beyond silicon. Fully-depleted silicon, or FDSOI offers significant benefits for these types of applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "The Technology Behind i.MX Applications Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit — NXP and Mouser Electronics   Putting together an IoT design can be an exercise in confusion. There are countless moving parts in different domains – mobile and cloud apps, connectivity, hardware development… the list goes on and on. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jay Canteenwala of NXP about the NXP Rapid IoT Prototyping … Read More → "Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics The RF section of 5G system brings a host of engineering challenges. When we are designing for 5G, we need to step up our game, and that means taking advantage of the latest high-performance, wide-bandgap materials like Gallium Nitride. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bror Peterson of Qorvo about … Read More → "5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"
Tensilica HiFi DSP   Performing speech recognition at the edge, rather than sending data back to the cloud, is a major engineering challenge. You need significant processing power on a tiny energy budget, and often in a small form-factor. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gerard Andrews of Cadence Design Systems about the … Read More → "Tensilica HiFi DSP"