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In the Shadow of Moore’s Law

For the last half century, a large segment of the world’s electronic engineers have worked in the insane vortex of Moore’s Law. Entire engineering careers from college through retirement have been spent with the only constant being exponential change. Whatever you learned in engineering school was obsolete before your first job promotion. Whatever you managed to design one year, you had to double to … Read More → "In the Shadow of Moore’s Law"

Repeating Fast Radio Bursts Ring Canada’s CHIME

On January 9, Canada’s CHIME (the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) radio telescope team described the detection of a repeating, milliseconds-long FRB (fast radio burst), only the second to ever be detected. The announcement appeared in two letters published in the same January 9 issue of Read More → "Repeating Fast Radio Bursts Ring Canada’s CHIME"

Intel FOVEROS 3D Packaging

Moore’s Law said that we could double the number of transistors on an integrated circuit every two years. But there were a lot of variables in that equation. For example, the industry has always assumed that an “integrated circuit” was a single, 2D monolithic silicon chip. But Moore’s Law didn’t make that distinction. It also didn’t specify an area for the silicon … Read More → "Intel FOVEROS 3D Packaging"

Baby You Can Drive My Rover

“Beep beep’m beep beep yeah,” – John Lennon and Paul McCartney

While several companies are expending significant resources and large amounts of energy to develop automated driving for passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses here on Earth, a dedicated group of scientists and engineers at JPL (the Jet Propulsion Lab) have been working on a related but significantly different problem: creating autonomous driving … Read More → "Baby You Can Drive My Rover"

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featured blogs
Feb 19, 2019
“So, what really is 5G?”. That may be a question some folks are asking themselves. Why? No one has really heard of 5G yet. Right? Insert rolling eye emoji here. In case someone lives under a rock, “5G” refers to the next-gen cellular standard that will...
Feb 19, 2019
https://youtu.be/4N5bx3eR_9U The three highlighted posts for January were: Breakfast Nibbles: Predictions for 2019 AlphaZero: Four Hours to World Class from a Standing Start Persistent Memory Sign up... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community s...
Feb 15, 2019
This year at DVCon US, Mentor is going to add some sizzle to our booth (#1005) during the exhibit hours. In addition to our stellar demo staff who are always available to answer questions and show you the latest capabilities of our tools, we’re also going to be hosting ...
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...
chalk talks
Introducing the Visual Verification Suite’s New HDL Creator  Finding errors in a complex HDL design can be a daunting task. And, most errors aren’t detected until late in the design flow. If we could catch our errors earlier, when we are initially writing the code, we could save enormous amounts of time in simulation, synthesis, and layout. In this episode of Chalk … Read More → "Introducing the Visual Verification Suite’s New HDL Creator"
What is Intel® Optane™ Technology? — Mouser Electronics and Intel  Memory architecture is often the biggest bottleneck in a high-performance system design. The gap between high-speed DRAM and higher-capacity non-volatile memory sits at an inconvenient place on the cost-performance curve. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jeffrey Galinovsky of Intel about how new Intel technologies including Intel® Optane™ memory technology … Read More → "What is Intel® Optane™ Technology? — Mouser Electronics and Intel"
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"
A New Advanced IC Packaging Battlefield  Today, advanced packaging technology has created a new battleground where 2.5D packaging and heterogeneous design drive constraints that span semiconductor, packaging, board, and even system-level design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Park of Cadence Design Systems about new techniques and tools for advanced IC packaging design. Click here … Read More → "A New Advanced IC Packaging Battlefield"
HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution   High-performance FPGA-based prototyping has moved to the desktop. Validation of hardware and software interoperability can now be much more convenient and productive. HAPS 80D from Synopsys delivers a complete hardware and software prototyping solution right to your desk. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neil Songcuan of Synopsys about the … Read More → "HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution"
Moving to 48V — Mouser Electronics and Vicor   48V power supplies have numerous advantages over lower voltage systems. With 48V you can deliver more power more efficiently in a smaller form factor. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Robert Gendron and Ian Mazsa of Vicor about advantages and tips for designing higher-voltage power systems. Click here for … Read More → "Moving to 48V — Mouser Electronics and Vicor"