“Gossip is the Devil’s radio.” – George Harrison
A radio, by definition, pumps energy into the air. It wastes power, in other words. How could it not? Unless you’re doing some really elaborate beam forming, most of that energy is splattered all over the room instead of transporting useful data. In a battery-powered world, radio is a bad idea.
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We’ve been around the FPGA startup merry-go-round numerous times over the past few decades. It generally does not end well. The usual script goes something like this: brilliant engineers come up with novel ways to make FPGAs smaller, faster, cheaper, more energy efficient, or some combination of those. Brilliant engineers get some venture funding and start working toward first silicon tape-out. Marketing and management folks … Read More → "EFINIX – Yet Another FPGA Company"
Following on the recent announcement of the new Agilex FPGA family, Intel announced they are acquiring Omnitek – a developer of video and vision acceleration IP for FPGAs. As the market for FPGA-powered acceleration heats up, one of the killer applications is video and machine vision. FPGAs are extremely well suited to video analytics, as the combination of acceleration capabilities and flexible handling of high bit-rate data … Read More → "Intel Acquires Omnitek"
For IoT devices, it matters that the system be able to power itself down when not doing anything. So it matters that critical data remain in place when power is off – meaning that it needs non-volatile memory. Which, today, would be flash. And serial flash can be a good way to add such a memory with a modest footprint.
But, … Read More → "A Self-Sufficient Serial Flash Memory"
Are we really using the edge to the best of our ability? Sure, VR and AR are cool, but are they the best case for engineering and business development at the edge? In this episode of Fish Fry, I sit down with Kevin Hannah (Director of Product Operations- Kazuhm) and chat about why he thinks artificial intelligence should take center stage at the edge and why our ability to … Read More → "The Curious Case of the Critical Catalyst"
“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore” – Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz
We’ve all been there. We’ve lost of our way and the road ahead is more than just a bit fuzzy. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, I sit down with Lou Lutostanski (Avnet) and chat about why IoT projects are so challenging and what we can … Read More → "Avoiding IoT Purgatory"