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Achronix Accelerates eFPGA

Perhaps when the most important problem is a nail, every solution starts to look like a hammer. With the ramping explosion in AI and machine learning, countless companies are trying to climb on the bandwagon, morphing and melding their existing technologies in an attempt to come up with a differentiated solution that will capture a meaningful share of this mind-boggling emerging opportunity. Everybody from EDA vendors to cloud data … Read More → "Achronix Accelerates eFPGA"

What Will Replace DRAM and NAND, and When?

Long, long ago, back when Richard Nixon was president of the United States of America, magnetic cores were the dominant computer memory technology. In fact, magnetic cores were essentially the only practical memory technology for two decades. Although we had hand-woven rope memory for ROM, only the Apollo space computers and the HP 9100 desktop calculator used it. My 1954 “Britannica Book of the Year”—a real book, … Read More → "What Will Replace DRAM and NAND, and When?"

Racing to the End of Moore’s Law: The New World Semiconductor Order

There’s a new world order coming for the semiconductor industry, said A.B. Kahng. We’re racing to the end of Moore’s Law, and the race will now be won by sheer capex (capital expenditures) and size. Kahng, Professor of CSE and ECE at UC San Diego, was speaking at the < … Read More → "Racing to the End of Moore’s Law: The New World Semiconductor Order"

Ye Olde FPGA Acceleration

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that FPGA-based compute acceleration is suddenly a hot topic. And, even from under the rock, you probably got the memo that Intel paid over $16B to acquire Altera a couple years back – mostly to capitalize on this “new” emerging killer app for FPGA technology. These days there is an enormous battle brewing for control … Read More → "Ye Olde FPGA Acceleration"

A Tale of Two Spectrum Analyzers

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” – Satchell Page

Dave Jones, the multitalented proprietor of EEVblog.com has posted more than 1100 online videos covering all aspects of electronics, including numerous teardown videos that I used frequently in a prior life to highlight certain revealed design aspects in the equipment he’s torn down. Recently, Jones posted a 1-hour (!) teardown … Read More → "A Tale of Two Spectrum Analyzers"

Xilinx Scores Azure Acceleration Win

Xilinx scored a major win recently, with Microsoft’s Azure cloud group reportedly making a commitment to use Xilinx devices in something like half of their future Azure deployments. Until now, Azure has been solidly in the Intel PSG (Altera) camp for FPGA-based acceleration. Microsoft says that every Azure server for the past several years has been equipped with FPGAs, and, until now, those … Read More → "Xilinx Scores Azure Acceleration Win"

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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"
MLCC Alternatives   The current shortage of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is impacting a lot of project schedules. If you want to be sure your project isn’t hit by long MLCC lead times, and you’d like to improve a few things at the same time, there are some superb alternatives now on the market. In this … Read More → "MLCC Alternatives"
KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET"