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When Genetic Algorithms Meet Artificial Intelligence

I just heard from those clever chaps and chapesses at Algolux, who tell me they are using an evolutionary algorithm approach in their Atlas Camera Optimization Suite, which — they say — is the industry’s first set of machine-learning tools and workflows that can automatically optimize camera architectures intended for computer vision applications.

As … Read More → "When Genetic Algorithms Meet Artificial Intelligence"

Startup Introduces MEMS Speaker

“Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’s something about MEMS that seems almost magical, like tiny machines forged by elves. We think nothing of a 7nm CMOS die with billions of transistors, but a wee electromechanical accelerometer with moving parts seems otherworldly. 

So, it’s … Read More → "Startup Introduces MEMS Speaker"

Lattice Launches Certus-NX

Lattice Semiconductor has a knack for finding and exploiting holes in the programmable logic market. Years ago, they gave up chest beating their way into a distant third place in the FPGA market and decided instead to concentrate on the areas that the two dominant players (Xilinx and Intel/Altera) were ignoring. In a broad sense, that meant low-end FPGAs – devices with small form factors, small … Read More → "Lattice Launches Certus-NX"

DSP Group Dives into the Hearables Market

The term hearables (some call them smart headphones) refers to technically advanced electronic in-ear-devices. Most people think in terms of wireless earbuds or hearing aids that fit in the ear canal and use a processor to implement digital signal processing (DSP) techniques to enhance the wearer’s listening experience.

In fact, hearables may feature additional capabilities. If “the eyes are … Read More → "DSP Group Dives into the Hearables Market"

Distributed On-Chip Temperature Sensors Improve Performance and Reliability

I’m starting to fear the world is passing me by. When I designed my first ASIC in 1980, it was a Toshiba gate array device implemented at the 5 µm technology node, which was pretty much state-of-the-art for general-purpose digital ASIC designs at the time.

As I recall, this device contained around 2,000 equivalent gates (2-input NAND gates). My design was captured … Read More → "Distributed On-Chip Temperature Sensors Improve Performance and Reliability"

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uPOL Technology — TDK and Mouser Electronics   Power modules are a superior solution for many system designs. Their small form factor, high efficiency, ease of design-in, and solid reliability make them a great solution in a wide range of applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Ochoa of TDK about the new uPOL family of … Read More → "uPOL Technology — TDK and Mouser Electronics"
Keeping Your Linux Device Secure — Mentor   Embedded security is an ongoing process, not a one-time effort. Even after your design is shipped, security vulnerabilities are certain to be discovered – even in things like the operating system. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kathy Tufto from Mentor – a Siemens business, about how to make … Read More → "Keeping Your Linux Device Secure — Mentor"
Electronic Fuses (eFuses) — ON Semiconductor and Mouser Electronics   Today’s advanced designs demand advanced circuit protection. The days of replacing old-school fuses are long gone, and we need solutions that provide more robust protection and improved failure modes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pramit Nandy of ON Semiconductor about the latest advances in electronic fuses, and how … Read More → "Electronic Fuses (eFuses) — ON Semiconductor and Mouser Electronics"
Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) Technology — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics   In industrial applications, crystals are not ideal for generating clock signal timing. They take up valuable PCB real-estate, and aren’t stable in harsh thermal and vibration environments. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Smith from Texas Instruments about bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technology that offers an attractive alternative … Read More → "Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) Technology — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics"
Electrification of the Vehicle — KEMET and Mouser Electronics  The automotive technology revolution has arrived, and with it – new demands on components for automotive applications. Electric vehicles, ADAS, connected cars, and autonomous driving put fresh demands on our electrical and electronic parts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET about components for the next generation … Read More → "Electrification of the Vehicle — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
Use of Advance Sensors in Smart Industry Applications — STMicroelectronics and Mouser Electronics   In industrial systems, sensors can give us real-time information about the condition and operation critical machinery. By monitoring vibration, temperature, and other factors, we can get early warning of failures and do predictive maintenance – avoiding costly downtime. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Manuel Cantone of STMicroelectronics about … Read More → "Use of Advance Sensors in Smart Industry Applications — STMicroelectronics and Mouser Electronics"