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Passwords Rent Asunder

The upshot: The Tide Organization tested password splintering and, in one study, found an increase of 14,064,094% in security as compared with “conventional, centralized alternatives.”

Passwords are this horrible thing that we can’t seem to escape. If we’re doing it right, each of the 300-odd passwords we need will be random, long, changed every month, and, of … Read More → "Passwords Rent Asunder"

Longer Wavelengths for Safer Ranging

The upshot: new NIL/SWIL sensing technology from Artilux uses longer-wavelength light, making ToF measurements safer and more accurate.

Cameras flatten us all. We can see what we’re looking at, but there are two limitations: everything is squished into 2D, so that our noses are in the same plane as the front of our ears; and we … Read More → "Longer Wavelengths for Safer Ranging"

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SI* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

The Man, The Myth, The Legend of Everything SI – the one and only Dean of the Teledyne LeCroy Signal Integrity Academy Eric Bogatin joins Fish Fry this week. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Eric at this year’s AltiumLive and we talked about a wide variety of signal and power integrity issues including the downsides of open source designs, what signal integrity noise and rogue waves … Read More → "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SI* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)"

SoCs for ML Training

Most of what I’ve covered in the past has been about machine-learning inference. For anyone newly wading into this space, machine learning has two phases. In the first phase, a model is trained; in the second phase, that model is deployed for its intended application – inferring something about real-world input in accordance with the training. It can also be helpful to split training into two: generic training and then model implementation on a specific inference platform. … Read More → "SoCs for ML Training"

Pixelated Perfection

What makes your pocket-sized screen picture perfect? There is a good chance Pixelworks has something to do with it. In this week’s podcast, Peter Carson (Pixelworks) and I dig into the details of innovative Pixelworks’ image processing platform and why the preservation of artistic intent is cornerstone to the Pixelworks vision. Also this week, we take a closer look at a new neural network training … Read More → "Pixelated Perfection"

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Nov 13, 2019
At the third stroke of midnight on 30 September 2019, Australia's talking clock fell silent....
Nov 13, 2019
By Elven Huang – Mentor, A Siemens Business SRAM debugging at advanced nodes is challenging. With pattern matching and similarity checking, Calibre tools enable designers to more quickly and precisely locate SRAM modification errors and determine the correct fix. Static...
Nov 13, 2019
Decisions, Decisions … I may be in the market for a new car in the near future. Unless you'€™ve got a strong preference (and most car buyers DO have a strong preference, IMO), choosing a vehicle is a series of trade-offs.  Fuel efficiency vs. horsepower. Functionali...
Nov 13, 2019
One of the big trends that has been happening somewhat below the radar is the growth of various forms of 3D packaging. I noted this at HOT CHIPS in summer, when a big percentage of the designs were... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community sit...
Nov 8, 2019
[From the last episode: we looked at the differences between computing at the edge and in the cloud.] We'€™ve looked at the differences between MCUs and SoCs, but the one major thing that they have in common is that they have a CPU. Now'€¦ anyone can define their own CPU ...
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Effortless USB-C Battery Charging with MAX77860 — Maxim and Mouser Electronics   Designing USB Type C into your design requires a bit more attention than previous generations. With all the benefits USB Type C brings – reversible plugs, more power, and higher bandwidth, it also demands more engineering inside our devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sagar Khare of Maxim … Read More → "Effortless USB-C Battery Charging with MAX77860 — Maxim and Mouser Electronics"
Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics   5G brings a bewildering array of issues in small cell design – with small cells stepping in to handle the heavy lifting in the numerous places macro cells can’t reach. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suma Kapilavai of Qorvo about tackling the variety of massive MIMO and beamforming … Read More → "Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"
Machine Learning at the Edge — NXP and Mouser Electronics  AI and neural networks are part of almost every new system design these days. But, most system designers are just coming to grips with the implications of designing AI into their systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anthony Huereca of NXP about the ins and outs of machine learning … Read More → "Machine Learning at the Edge — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Improving Battery-Life with Ultra Low-Power Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics   Battery life is critical in today’s mobile device designs, and designing-in ever-larger batteries causes all sorts of awkward compromises. The best strategy is to lower power consumption, and the processor is a great place to start. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nik Jedrzejewski of NXP about the new … Read More → "Improving Battery-Life with Ultra Low-Power Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
LPC5500 MCU Series — NXP and Mouser Electronics  Security is key in today’s edge designs, but where to start with designing-in security? Ad-hoc security strategies are recipes for disaster. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brendon Slade of NXP about the powerful new LPC5500 series of MCUs from NXP that have great performance and security designed in from … Read More → "LPC5500 MCU Series — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Trends Driving the Future of Sensor Development — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics   Sensors for IoT applications are changing and evolving rapidly these days. With experts predicting over a trillion sensors deployed worldwide, the pace of innovation in sensor technology has been accelerating, and design engineers need to keep up with the latest trends in order to get the best out of their IoT designs. In … Read More → "Trends Driving the Future of Sensor Development — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics"