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InnoPhase Crafts Digital Radio Chip

“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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EFINIX – Yet Another FPGA Company

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"

Intel Acquires Omnitek

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"

The Curious Case of the Critical Catalyst

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"

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May 21, 2019
Today's blog highlights the features of the new Multi-Test Editor that is now available in ADE Assembler. With this blog, we have come to the end of the mini blog series that covered a lot of... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site...
May 20, 2019
The Loch Ness Monster? There’s that old, grainy picture. Big Foot? I’ve seen the video. UFO’s? Who knows? But micro, rugged industrial connectors? Come on, that’s really hard to believe … But, industrial electronics is Samtec'€™s largest sellin...
May 20, 2019
Next week – Wednesday 29 May – I am presenting a technical webinar, looking at multicore issue. In particular, we will be looking at a number of benefits of a multicore design including how it can help reduce certification costs and effort '€¦ Here is the abstra...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...
chalk talks
Transitioning to 5G — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   The transition to 5G is challenging just about every element of our system designs. Most of us spend a lot of energy worrying about high data rates, signal integrity, and RF challenges, but it’s easy to forget that the impacts of 5G extend to things like passives as well. In this episode of … Read More → "Transitioning to 5G — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
Industrial Communication Protection for RS-485 and Ethernet — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics  Industry 4.0 brings speed, automation, efficiency… and circuit protection problems. In order to protect the RS485 and industrial Ethernet in our Industry 4.0 designs against environmental hazards such as ESD, we need industrial-grade circuit protection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Craig Morrow of Littelfuse about heavy-duty protection for Industry … Read More → "Industrial Communication Protection for RS-485 and Ethernet — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics"
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"