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Microsemi Joins RISC-V Love Fest with SoC FPGA

Processors and FPGAs go together like chocolate and peanut butter, but it took a few years to get the recipe just right. Early turn-of-the-millennium attempts included the Xilinx Virtex II Pro with an on-chip PowerPC processor core and Altera’s Excalibur device with an ARM922T processor core. These early products are considered market failures. Actually, Kevin Morris called the Altera Excalibur “a monumental flop” in his article titled “< … Read More → "Microsemi Joins RISC-V Love Fest with SoC FPGA"

Battery Free for You and Me

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at a IoT landscape that could not only reduce our battery power dependence but could also make a “forever battery” a reality. David Su (CEO – Atomic Technologies) and I discuss Atmosic Technologies’ holistic approach to power management, the details of their lowest power radio technology, and how their controlled energy harvesting is integral to their new … Read More → "Battery Free for You and Me"

The Radio Shack at the End of the Universe

“Let’s do the time warp again.” – Riff Raff

My relationship with Radio Shack goes back more than 50 years, when the company opened a store on Shelbyville Road near my home in Louisville, Kentucky. Heck, I even worked in a suburban Radio Shack as a freelance repair person for a summer during my college days, and I’ve still got the 50< … Read More → "The Radio Shack at the End of the Universe"

On Your Mark, Get Set, MEMS!

This week’s podcast is coming to you from the land of vineyards, grapevines, and MEMS magnetic field sensors — Napa Valley, California! In this episode of Fish Fry, we have an interview with each of the entrants of this year’s MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress Technology Showcase (think of it like a mini “Shark Tank” for … Read More → "On Your Mark, Get Set, MEMS!"

Finance 103: Reading the Stock Charts

“One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.” – William Feather

Hooray, your company has gone public! You and all your coworkers can now stare at real-time stock tickers all day long, tracking your newfound wealth, second by second. Hey, our stock is going up! We’ … Read More → "Finance 103: Reading the Stock Charts"

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Dec 13, 2018
A few years ago, I was working for a large company in Menlo Park. The job itself was not where I wanted to be, and I was happy to leave it for Cadence. But despite my bellyaching about the position,... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community si...
Dec 12, 2018
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Nov 14, 2018
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Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics   With the rapid pace of change in IoT designs these days, the flexibility, power efficiency, and low latency of FPGAs can be major advantages. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Schulte of Intel about applying FPGA technology to IoT systems. Click here for more information about Intel® FPGAs (formerly … Read More → "Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics"
Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics   Security and power are key considerations in just about every IoT design these days. And, if you don’t start with a microcontroller that has robust security and power features, it can be an uphill battle. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ram Konreddy of Microchip Technology about the new … Read More → "Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics"
Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics  We all expect our microcontroller to have robust security features. But, it’s tough to find an MCU that meets all your design goals and incorporates security into every building block of your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Carlson from NXP about the MPC574 microcontroller family, which packs … Read More → "Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Synergy Platform Update – Mouser and Renesas IoT development demands a laundry list of specialized technologies and design decisions. It pays to have a development platform that can keep up with the rapidly changing landscape. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Henrik Floodell from Renesas about how the latest version of the Synergy Platform can help keep … Read More → "Synergy Platform Update – Mouser and Renesas"
Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment – Mouser and Microchip  Arduino can be an excellent platform for professional/commercial application development and deployment. While most engineers associate Arduino with hobby and maker use, Microchip Technology has developed tools and platforms that bring the convenience and ease of Arduino into the professional realm. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bob Martin from … Read More → "Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment – Mouser and Microchip"
Deep Learning with MATLAB   Many engineers want to take advantage of deep learning in their applications, but don’t have the AI background needed to develop the models. MathWorks is out to change all that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Girish Venkataramani from the MathWorks about using MATLAB to build deep learning applications. … Read More → "Deep Learning with MATLAB"