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New Kid on the Block

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"

Silexica Bridges the HLS Gap

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"

Make Your Design Audio Savvy

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"

Microchip PolarFire Takes a RISC (-V)

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)"

Communication Breakdown

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"

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Jan 20, 2020
As you probably know, discrete wire component data is quite a bit different than just standard socket and terminal mating relationships. When we look at how Samtec approaches discrete wire products, there are several components involved. We not only sell the assemblies, but w...
Jan 20, 2020
My latest video blog is now available. This time I am looking at operating systems for embedded applications and how you go about selecting one. You can see the video here or here: Future video blogs will continue to look at topics of interest to embedded software developers....
Jan 17, 2020
I once met Steve Wozniak, or he once met me (it's hard to remember the nitty-gritty details)....
Jan 17, 2020
[From the last episode: We saw how virtual memory helps resolve the differences between where a compiler thinks things will go in memory and the real memories in a real system.] We'€™ve talked a lot about memory '€“ different kinds of memory, cache memory, heap memory, vi...
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Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics Providing clean power for today’s complex FPGAs is a bewildering challenge. These devices can pose serious difficulties for conventional solutions based on buck converters. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jen Vaccaro from Intel about the new Intel Enpirion EC2650 6 amp power solution that offers significant advantages in powering … Read More → "Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics"
Prototyping Billion-Gate Designs with Protium X1 Enterprise Prototyping System   FPGA-based Prototyping certainly isn’t new. And our needs for early firmware and software development, memory modeling and advanced data capture haven’t gotten any better, if anything – they have gotten worse. Hi, I’m Amelia Dalton – host of Chalk Talk. Today my Juergen Jaeger from Cadence Design Systems and I are talking about … Read More → "Prototyping Billion-Gate Designs with Protium X1 Enterprise Prototyping System"
Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit 5G infrastructure presents daunting challenges on the RF front. We want to put the processing as close as possible to the antenna, and the standards are evolving so fast that programmability is a must. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Brown from Avnet and Matt Burns from Samtec about … Read More → "Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit"
High Speed Cable Product Technology   Today’s multi-gigabit high speed serial connections demand a new generation of cables and connectors. With PAM4 and speeds reaching 56 and 112 Gbps, older technology cannot deliver the signal integrity you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Niehoff from Samtec about keeping those eyes wide open with … Read More → "High Speed Cable Product Technology"
Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity   Physical verification can take an enormous amount of time, and catching errors early in the process is the best way to avoid costly and time-consuming iterations. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Christen Decoin of Synopsys about accelerating physical design productivity with tools and methods that can help catch … Read More → "Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity"
Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems   Is your backplane getting a little long in the tooth? If you’ve been upgrading your interfaces to today’s super-high-speed standards, your backplane technology is probably getting left behind. You need to consider a high-speed, high-density, future-proofed backplane solution that can keep up with the demands of your system. In this episode of Chalk … Read More → "Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems"