This week’s podcast is one part frog embryo, one part embedded design, and one part crystal ball! To start things off, we take a closer look at how a team of research scientists have created a new form of life (a living, programmable organism called a Xenobot) with a little help from African frog embryos, an algorithm that simulates designs for new life-forms, and the Deep Green supercomputer … Read More → "New Kid on the Block"
Today, we call it “acceleration” – the use of specialized hardware to optimize compute tasks that do not perform well on conventional von Neumann processors. We have entered an “age of acceleration” driven primarily by the explosion in AI technology. Countless startups are engaged in developing chips with alternative architectures that accelerate and parallelize various types of compute-intensive algorithms. As a result, we are living in a … Read More → "Silexica Bridges the HLS Gap"
Voice control and audio interfaces are popping up in a wide spectrum of applications these days, and the possibilities extend far beyond Alexa, Google, and Siri. But adding an audio interface to your design is a complex task, and design teams face serious challenges in meeting common constraints like privacy, security, noise immunity, handling multiple speakers or sound sources, and performance. Simply extracting clear voice information … Read More → "Make Your Design Audio Savvy"
FPGAs and embedded processors are the new chocolate and peanut butter. Although each of the two technologies is powerful and useful all on its own, combining them on one chip brings a whole new level of capability to the table. (And they taste great together, too.) When Microchip bought Microsemi – which previously bought Actel – they inherited a robust line of low-power, high-reliability FPGAs. And, while these … Read More → "Microchip PolarFire Takes a RISC (-V)"
In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we start things off with an investigation into the cyber-physical world with Ian Dennison from Cadence Design Systems. Ian and I talk about the challenges of connecting the physical world with the virtual world of information processing and why we are experiencing a “Gold Rush” in LiDAR these days. Also this week, I sit down with Dave Caserza and Ken Grob from … Read More → "Communication Breakdown"
All this has happened before, and all this will happen again
— J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan
— Battlestar Galactica
First, let’s get the headline out there. Intel now boasts the world’s largest FPGA – the Stratix 10 GX 10M. As one might guess from the … Read More → "Intel’s “World’s Largest” FPGA"