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The New Age of Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex

“You’ve gone too far this time / And I’m dancing on the valentine” – Duran Duran

One of the weirdest demonstrations I’ve seen was from the guy at e-Ink. He was showing off his company’s flat display technology attached to a mockup Amazon Kindle reader. The back was off and all the electronic guts were hanging out: processor, RAM, display … Read More → "The New Age of Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex"

Will the 5G IoT Race be Won Solely by Marketing?

Create the hype, but don’t ever believe it. – Simon Cowell

Despite the tons of early hype, the worldwide 5G race has just begun. In a race to announce the first operational 5G network in the US, cellular communications vendors AT&T and Verizon have both initiated limited 5G cellular trials in a handful of cities. AT&T’s 5G … Read More → "Will the 5G IoT Race be Won Solely by Marketing?"

Bridging to 3 nm

We got away with lax discipline for a long time. Like an out-of-control classroom, we had kids at the front of the class paying attention, while, as you got towards the back, kids were passing notes, tossing spitwads, flying paper planes, and even simply leaving class. The only discipline was imposed from the front; the back and the sides of the room had no enforcement mechanism.</ … Read More → "Bridging to 3 nm"

Hey! Hey! What Did You Say?

Speech recognition is becoming more and more critical in IoT designs these days. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Gerard Andrews (Cadence Design Systems) and I are talking about the trends in voice control user interfaces, the advantages of locally-enabled speech recognition, and the differences between neural network processing for audio and imaging applications. Also this week, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special selection of … Read More → "Hey! Hey! What Did You Say?"

Who Will Win AI at the Edge?

We’ve written a lot about AI in the cloud, and we’ve discussed data center solutions such as GPUs, high-end FPGAs, and dedicated AI chips such as Intel’s Nervana. For many applications, training and inferencing CNNs and other AI-based systems in cloud data centers is the only way to get the compute power required to crunch the vast data sets and complex models. But, … Read More → "Who Will Win AI at the Edge?"

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Unveiling NFC’s Full Potential — NXP and Mouser Electronics For IoT designs requiring short-range connectivity, low cost, low power, and versatile operation, near-field communication (NFC) technology can be an ideal solution. With NFC, you can connect just about any device to anything at very low cost, and with zero power on one end of the connection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia … Read More → "Unveiling NFC’s Full Potential — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
The Technology Behind i.MX Applications Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics If you’re designing systems where reliability and long life in challenging environments is important – industrial automation, robotics, automotive cluster, infotainment, and telematics – you may want to consider going beyond silicon. Fully-depleted silicon, or FDSOI offers significant benefits for these types of applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "The Technology Behind i.MX Applications Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit — NXP and Mouser Electronics   Putting together an IoT design can be an exercise in confusion. There are countless moving parts in different domains – mobile and cloud apps, connectivity, hardware development… the list goes on and on. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jay Canteenwala of NXP about the NXP Rapid IoT Prototyping … Read More → "Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics The RF section of 5G system brings a host of engineering challenges. When we are designing for 5G, we need to step up our game, and that means taking advantage of the latest high-performance, wide-bandgap materials like Gallium Nitride. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bror Peterson of Qorvo about … Read More → "5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"
Tensilica HiFi DSP   Performing speech recognition at the edge, rather than sending data back to the cloud, is a major engineering challenge. You need significant processing power on a tiny energy budget, and often in a small form-factor. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gerard Andrews of Cadence Design Systems about the … Read More → "Tensilica HiFi DSP"
Renesas Synergy AE-Cloud2 — Mouser Electronics and Renesas   Implementing wireless connectivity for your IoT design can be a serious engineering challenge. Bridging the gap between your edge device and the cloud involves navigating a labyrinth of wireless and network technologies that can create serious headaches for design teams. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jason Chien of … Read More → "Renesas Synergy AE-Cloud2 — Mouser Electronics and Renesas"