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Plunify – The Big FPGA Guns

Eyes scan the optimization options like a master pool player about to run the table against a hapless opponent. Solids and stripes form a map – a complex mathematical model where LUTs and connections melt away and a unique strategy emerges. Quick optimization to get the lay of the land, 7 ball in the side pocket, multiple runs for timing, park the cue ball left to set up for the 5 in … Read More → "Plunify – The Big FPGA Guns"

Aaware of Wake Words

Few tech areas are hotter right now than smart speakers and smart home assistants, with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Apple Siri all tripping over each other to earn our trust as personal DJ, home shopper, lighting tech, news reporter, and research assistant. Devices ranging from the $50 Echo Dot and Google Home Mini up to $350-$400 Apple Home Pod and Google Home … Read More → "Aaware of Wake Words"

The Changing Face of Distribution

Once again, a news story has appeared in time to provide a topical twist to a story that was already underway. At the beginning of January, distribution giant Arrow Electronics announced that it had bought einfochips – a 1500-person “design and managed services” company. To quote the release, einfochips’ activities include, “developing custom hardware and software and new business models for the Internet of Things (IoT)”. And this announcement neatly … Read More → "The Changing Face of Distribution"

eFPGAs Go Mainstream

For decades, the idea of embedded FPGA fabric has been hanging around the industry like a comic sidekick – providing entertaining conversation, but never really taking part in the plot. The concept seemed solid enough on paper. Put some LUT fabric on your ASIC along with the other stuff and you get additional flexibility, maybe avoiding the almost-inevitable need to park an expensive FPGA right next to your ASIC when … Read More → "eFPGAs Go Mainstream"

Be a Great Engineer

There is no question we are in the era of massively collaborative engineering. The world-changing electronic system technologies being developed today – IoT, autonomous cars, AI, robots – are all the products of thousands or tens of thousands of engineers working together, developing new components, subsystems, software, and techniques. The hive-mind approach permeates just about every type of engineering project, and with large multi-disciplined teams attacking each major task, the level … Read More → "Be a Great Engineer"

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Moving Between FPGA and ASIC with High-Level Synthesis Writing RTL that works smoothly on both FPGA and ASIC implementations is nearly impossible. But, High-Level Synthesis (HLS) can make technology-independent design a breeze. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Stuart Clubb of Mentor’s Catapult team about how to use HLS to accelerate your design flow. Click here for more … Read More → "Moving Between FPGA and ASIC with High-Level Synthesis"
Toshiba Photocouplers: Photorelays Replacing Mechanical Relays   Photorelays outperform mechanical relays in almost every way. But, most designers don’t know about the power, footprint, and reliability advantages they bring to system design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joseph Tso of Toshiba about how photorelays can improve your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Toshiba Photocouplers: Photorelays Replacing Mechanical Relays"
Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection   Physically unclonable functions (PUFs) are like fingerprints for semiconductor devices. And, for security applications, PUFs are an outstanding, secure way to uniquely identify an individual device. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Scott Jones from Maxim Integrated about physically unclonable functions, and how you can use them to secure … Read More → "Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection"
GaN Power Devices   Wide-band gap transistors bring significant advantages in power system design. By allowing higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures, they can bring serious performance to your next design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bob Galli from Panasonic about how to take advantage of GaN power transistors. Click here for more … Read More → "GaN Power Devices"
Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best PerformanceSilicon Carbide MOSFETs can outperform conventional transistors in a number of intriguing ways, but few engineers know how to design with them. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Xuning Zhang and Sujit Bangeree of Monolith Semiconductor about how to design Silicon Carbide MOSFETs from Littelfuse into your next design. Click here … Read More → "Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best Performance"
Protium S1, the Most Productive FPGA-Based Prototyping SolutionFPGA-based prototypes are essential in most system designs today. But, building your own prototype is a challenging and expensive proposition. You need a robust solution with performance, scalability, software support, visibility, and a host of other important attributes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Juergen Jaeger about the Protium S1 FPGA-based … Read More → "Protium S1, the Most Productive FPGA-Based Prototyping Solution"