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The Originality Myth

Every engineer I’ve ever asked has said the same thing happens to them on a fairly regular basis. They’ll see an online announcement or presentation on some cool new application, piece of gear, or clever Kickstarter product and think (or say), “Hey, I thought of that several years ago.” It’s a frustrating feeling, that some throw-away thought you had in the shower four … Read More → "The Originality Myth"

Neural-Net Inference Benchmarks

The upshot: MLPerf has announced inference benchmarks for neural networks, along with initial results.

Congratulations! You now have the unenviable task of deciding which neural-network (NN) inference engine to use in your application. You want, of course, the fastest one. And it needs to run at the edge on a battery-powered device. All you have to do is … Read More → "Neural-Net Inference Benchmarks"

New Kid on the Block

This week’s podcast is one part frog embryo, one part embedded design, and one part crystal ball! To start things off, we take a closer look at how a team of research scientists have created a new form of life (a living, programmable organism called a Xenobot) with a little help from African frog embryos, an algorithm that simulates designs for new life-forms, and the Deep Green supercomputer … Read More → "New Kid on the Block"

Make Your Design Audio Savvy

Voice control and audio interfaces are popping up in a wide spectrum of applications these days, and the possibilities extend far beyond Alexa, Google, and Siri. But adding an audio interface to your design is a complex task, and design teams face serious challenges in meeting common constraints like privacy, security, noise immunity, handling multiple speakers or sound sources, and performance. Simply extracting clear voice information … Read More → "Make Your Design Audio Savvy"

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featured blogs
Jan 24, 2020
Someone has created a song by taking Pi, assigning each number to a note, and adding harmonies. The result is strangely captivating....
Jan 24, 2020
[From the last episode: We looked at the different ways memory can be organized in different kinds of systems.] Let'€™s look at a scenario: you run a restaurant, but you'€™re short on funds to hire people. So you'€™re your own chief cook and bottle-washer. You do everyt...
Jan 23, 2020
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Jan 22, 2020
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chalk talks
Series 2 Product Security — Silicon Labs and Mouser Electronics  Side channel attacks such as differential power analysis (DPA) present a serious threat to our embedded designs. If we want to defend our systems from DPA and similar attacks, it is critical that we have a secure boot and root of trust. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gregory Guez … Read More → "Series 2 Product Security — Silicon Labs and Mouser Electronics"
Embedded Display Applications Innovation with TI DLP® Pico™ Technology – Texas Instruments and Mouser   DLP technology can add a whole new dimension to your embedded design. If you considered DLP in the past, but were put off by the cost, you need to watch this episode of Chalk Talk where Amelia Dalton chats with Philippe Dollo of Texas Instruments about the DLP LightCrafter 2000 EVM. This new … Read More → "Embedded Display Applications Innovation with TI DLP® Pico™ Technology – Texas Instruments and Mouser"
Create Multi-Band Sensor Networks with the LaunchPad SensorTag Kit — TI and Mouser Electronics   Doing IoT development today can involve a number of different communications standards. There is no “one size fits all” for wireless protocols. Every application has its own needs and constraints. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Adrian Fernandez of Texas Instruments about the new LaunchPad SensorTag development kit – … Read More → "Create Multi-Band Sensor Networks with the LaunchPad SensorTag Kit — TI and Mouser Electronics"
Addressing Digital Implementation Challenges with Innovative Machine Learning TechniquesMachine learning is revolutionizing our designs these days with impressive new capabilities. But, have you considered using machine learning to actually create better designs? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rod Metcalf of Cadence Design Systems about how Cadence is using machine learning to help us get more out of our … Read More → "Addressing Digital Implementation Challenges with Innovative Machine Learning Techniques"
Thermal Management Solutions — Panasonic and Mouser Electronics   With shrinking form factors, tighter power budgets, and higher performance, thermal management can be a challenge in today’s designs. It might be time to bust out the thermal grease to help conduct away some of that excess heat. But, before you grab that tube, check out this episode of Chalk Talk where Amelia … Read More → "Thermal Management Solutions — Panasonic and Mouser Electronics"
PiezoListen: A New Kind of Speaker for New Applications — TDK and Mouser Electronics   Until recently, putting speakers into extremely space-constrained designs was a daunting challenge. Now, however, advances in piezo speakers bring remarkable performance to ultra-small ultra-thin speakers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Reynolds of TDK about PiezoListen – a whole new kind of high-performance multilayer piezo speaker. Click here … Read More → "PiezoListen: A New Kind of Speaker for New Applications — TDK and Mouser Electronics"