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Like Fiber in the Sky

When you’re building out network infrastructure, it’s often that last hundred meters or so that causes the most headache. Sure, there are challenges getting all the huge pipes and big switches to handle the massive bandwidth reliably, but things sometimes get the trickiest when we make that final run to the subscriber. Ethernet cables, fiber, and other wired solutions are expensive, difficult to install, high maintenance, and … Read More → "Like Fiber in the Sky"

NXP’s New i.MX RT1050 Gets Edgy

“Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.” – Immaculate Heart Art College, rule #6

In business, there’s the concept of creative destruction. Prof. Clayton Christensen argues about “the innovator’s dilemma” and disruption from below. In more prosaic terms, product companies must “watch their rearview mirrors” or else a competitor might come “roaring up their tailpipe.”

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New Layers of Complexity

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we get to have our functional safety verification cake and eat it too! We’re talking about one of my all-time favorite subjects: cars! Fish Fry welcomes Sanjay Pillay (CEO of Austemper) to talk about functional safety in the world of SoCs and ASICs, how to tackle fault injection campaigns, and the future of the verification of autonomous … Read More → "New Layers of Complexity"

MIPS Spins Its Wheels

Porsche is a driver’s car – a performance car… but it’s got no cup holders.” – Jason McCoy

You want the 140-character version? MIPS has a new processor with parity.

You want the longer, more detailed version? Uh… MIPS has a new processor with parity… and some ECC. And some additional technical documentation to help with safety certification. But the CPU itself? Pretty … Read More → "MIPS Spins Its Wheels"

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featured blogs
Dec 11, 2017
This is a continuation of A Cadence Carol... before reading this post, be sure to have read the first four installments! Stave I: Moore’s Ghost, Part I and Part II Stave II: The First of the Three Spirits, Part I and Part II * * * * * Awaking in the middle of a prodigiou...
Dec 11, 2017
This time of year is typically set aside for preparation, and this year is no different. We spent November working on a couple of major upgrades to prepare for releases in 2018, one with the way we handle quotes in My Samtec, and the other with how we handle the checkout expe...
Nov 16, 2017
“Mommy, Daddy … Why is the sky blue?” As you scramble for an answer that lies somewhere between a discussion of refraction in gasses and “Oh, look—a doggie!” you already know the response to whatever you say will be a horrifyingly sincere “B...
Nov 07, 2017
Given that the industry is beginning to reach the limits of what can physically and economically be achieved through further shrinkage of process geometries, reducing feature size and increasing transistor counts is no longer achieving the same result it once did. Instead the...
chalk talks
Bourns RS-485 Port ProtectionProper circuit protection is critical in nearly every design today. But, it can be challenging to choose the right solution from the numerous options available. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wayne Dossey from Bourns about port protection, industrial communications, harsh electrical environments, and RS-485. Click here for more information about Bourns® … Read More → "Bourns RS-485 Port Protection"
Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?Choosing the right circuit protection is a crucial design decision. Both diodes and multilayer varistors have advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right one for your application can be tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dean Beckley from AVX about choosing the best protection option for your next design. Click … Read More → "Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?"
Industrial IoT – Smart FactoryIndustrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a set of challenging requirements for designers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dan Isaacs of Xilinx about meeting the security, performance, and flexibility demands of IIoT. Click here for more information about Industrial IoT Solutions powered by Xilinx.
Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP TechnologyEver want your own pocket-sized spectroscope? Of course you have! Unfortunately, spectroscopes have always been high-budget devices that only the best-funded organizations could buy. Well, that’s all changed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Trevor Dowd of Texas Instruments about an exciting new pocket-sized spectroscope, based on TI DLP technology, that … Read More → "Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology"
Enabling Embedded VisionEmbedded Vision is one of today's most challenging applications. We need incredible processing power, lightning-fast latency, and very low energy consumption. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Aaron Behman of Xilinx about the exciting world of embedded vision.
How to Build Custom Motor Controllers for Processors, FPGAs and SoCsControlling motors in your design can be a complex business. Most engineers are focused on other aspects of the design, but are not experts in motor control. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Cigan of MathWorks about simplifying the motor control design process. We'll have you up and spinning in no time!