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Postage-Stamp Linux

“If you have any trouble sounding condescending, find a Unix user to show you how it’s done.” – Scott Adams

There was a time when big operating systems ran on big iron. IBM, Data General, Burroughs, DEC, and other computer makers built big machines with big, blinking lights, and big price tags. They ran grown-up software and they supported multiuser operating systems. If you wanted … Read More → "Postage-Stamp Linux"

Policy and Regulations in the IoT World

Watching the tech industry over the last few decades, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that all of the inventions have come solely through the efforts of single-minded entrepreneurs determined to win, even if it means losing in the attempt. While lots of that has happened, this worldview, just like the notion that the Wild West was won solely by rugged individualists with no help from anyone, … Read More → "Policy and Regulations in the IoT World"

Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT

We are gathered here today to celebrate the matrimony of operational technology and information technology. During the years they have been together, their understanding of each other has grown and matured, and they have decided to live their lives together. But how exactly are they going to do that? With a little help from us, of course. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Lou Lutostanski … Read More → "Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT"

The Cloud Slaps Another Sinner

“Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street.” – Paulo Coelho

Arabs call it kismet. Westerners, fate. English-speakers talk about a coincidence. Buddhists refer to karma. And The Police called it Synchronicity II.

I think the universe is trying to tell us something.

Just last week I railed on the Read More → "The Cloud Slaps Another Sinner"

Aaware of Wake Words

Few tech areas are hotter right now than smart speakers and smart home assistants, with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Apple Siri all tripping over each other to earn our trust as personal DJ, home shopper, lighting tech, news reporter, and research assistant. Devices ranging from the $50 Echo Dot and Google Home Mini up to $350-$400 Apple Home Pod and Google Home … Read More → "Aaware of Wake Words"

Sound Off – No Wait, Sound On!

Today we’re going to talk sound. Two separate stories – one where we can enjoy sound, the other where sound can work for us.

You Sound Well!

Our first story comes from USound, originating in a discussion we had at last fall’s MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress. They’ve developed a small MEMS speaker that can give flat sound-pressure levels (SPLs) from 10 … Read More → "Sound Off – No Wait, Sound On!"

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featured blogs
Feb 23, 2018
The IEEE-SA has a policy of keeping standards active by making sure they get a cycle of updates every 10 years. Including Verilog, SystemVerilog has been going on a cycle of updates every 5±1 years since 1995. I wrote here about the updates to 1800-2009 and 1800-2012, and no...
Feb 23, 2018
What is a software GPS, what does it have to do with Tensilica DSP IP, and why would anyone care? To answer that, let's start with a quiz from the transportation industry. How many shipping containers are currently in transit around the world? It turns out that no one kn...
Feb 22, 2018
We’ve spent a good chunk of the last year building a new on-site search experience for Samtec.com. This update continues that trend with our newly released competitor cross reference search addition. Using this feature, you can access competitor cross reference data for...
Jan 19, 2018
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Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone In order to develop new applications for drones, we need a flying development kit. Drones are complex systems with incredible versatility, and developing software and hardware can be tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Paul Guermonprez of Intel about a new drone development ecosystem. Click here for more information … Read More → "Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone"
Enabling IoT Applications with Bluetooth 5 and Thread Bluetooth Low Energy is a critical element of just about every IoT device these days. Super low power consumption, wireless connectivity, and robust features make BLE ideal for IoT edge devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pratyush Dave from Nordic Semiconductor about how to easily add the very best … Read More → "Enabling IoT Applications with Bluetooth 5 and Thread"
Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection   Physically unclonable functions (PUFs) are like fingerprints for semiconductor devices. And, for security applications, PUFs are an outstanding, secure way to uniquely identify an individual device. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Scott Jones from Maxim Integrated about physically unclonable functions, and how you can use them to secure … Read More → "Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection"
Scaling Embedded Deep Learning Inference Performance with Dedicated Neural Network DSP   Neural networks are taking over a broad range of exciting applications these days. But, the amount of computation required for neural network inferencing can be daunting. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai of Cadence Design Systems about some new processor IP designed specifically for neural network inferencing. … Read More → "Scaling Embedded Deep Learning Inference Performance with Dedicated Neural Network DSP"
Understanding the Cellular IoT Revolution Your next IoT design needs wireless connectivity, and you’re not an RF expert, right? For many applications, LTE is a great way to connect your device. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rob Faludi from Digi about RF solutions for IoT. Click here for more information about Digi International XBee® Family … Read More → "Understanding the Cellular IoT Revolution"
Renesas Synergy™ Platform IoT product development can have a lot of hidden costs and schedule traps. To get your project done on time and on budget, you really need a centralized development environment that can bring the design flow under control. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Henrik Flodell of Renesas about how … Read More → "Renesas Synergy™ Platform"