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Powering FPGAs is a Giant Hassle. Here’s Some Help.

When I first started working for an FPGA company a decade ago, I was stunned to find out how many power supply rails these parts required. I’d never encountered chips that needed five to ten (or more) power supply rails. Even back in the old, old PMOS days, chips needed only three supply voltages and, for a few fortunate decades, 5 volts was all you ever … Read More → "Powering FPGAs is a Giant Hassle. Here’s Some Help."

Can HLS Partitioning Speed Up Placement and Routing of FPGA Designs? Yes, Oh Yes!

FPGA place-and-route software goes too fast, said no one ever. In fact, FPGA vendors have spent considerable effort in making their design software run faster on multicore processors. A paper recently presented at the ACM’s FPGA 2022 conference titled “RapidStream: Parallel Physical Implementation of FPGA HLS Designs,” describes a very interesting approach to pushing HLS designs through FPGA design software running on multicore processors faster. The … Read More → "Can HLS Partitioning Speed Up Placement and Routing of FPGA Designs? Yes, Oh Yes!"

How the Intel 8088 Got Its Bus

The IBM PC (aka the IBM 5150) had such a massive impact on computing history that origin stories about the machine are legion. Many books have been written to tell the stories of a rag-tag group of isolated engineers in IBM’s Entry Systems Business, down in Boca Raton, Florida. William C. Lowe initially led the group. He got the job after he told IBM’s Corporate … Read More → "How the Intel 8088 Got Its Bus"

New Semiconductor Technologies Are Rarely What They Seem at First Glance

I watched the first season of “Ted Lasso” with my family over the Thanksgiving holiday in late November. If you’re one of the few people, like me, who aren’t familiar with the series, it’s based on a 2013 concept ad series by NBC Sports touting the channel’s coverage of the UK’s top-level Premier League football (“soccer” in the US) matches. Jason Sudeikis … Read More → "New Semiconductor Technologies Are Rarely What They Seem at First Glance"

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224 Gbps Data Rates: Separating Fact from Fiction — Samtec  Data rates are getting faster with each passing year. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec to separate fact from fiction when it comes to 224 Gbps data rates. They take a closer look at the design challenges, the tradeoffs, and architectural decisions that we will need … Read More → "224 Gbps Data Rates: Separating Fact from Fiction — Samtec"
56 Gbps PAM4 Performance in FPGA Applications — Samtec and Mouser Electronics  If you are working on an FPGA design, the choice of a connector solution can be a crucial element in your system design. Your FPGA connector solution needs to support the highest of speeds, small form factors, and emerging architectures. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton joins Matthew Burns to chat about … Read More → "56 Gbps PAM4 Performance in FPGA Applications — Samtec and Mouser Electronics"