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Plotting a Course to Functional Safety

There are many roads to prosperity, but one must be taken. Inaction leads nowhere. – Robert Zoellick

Security is not implemented overnight. Standards don’t create themselves. And our design lives won’t get easier if security and standards aren’t addressed at every step of the game. In this week’s podcast, Brent Sherman (Intel), Adam Sherer (Cadence) and I chat about the challenges of … Read More → "Plotting a Course to Functional Safety"

Software-Defined Manufacturing

You might say that it all started with radio. For most of us, “radio” means what you listen to in your car (where today it’s but one choice rather than the only choice it used to be). AM and FM were, and are, the main variants for that. Take TV into account, and you have VHF and UHF – if you’re receiving it over the … Read More → "Software-Defined Manufacturing"

Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts

“Roses are red / Violets are blue / I’m schizophrenic / And so am I” – Oscar Levant

Two heads are better than one, and everyone’s stuck their head into the multicore business. Even little $1 microcontrollers have dual processor cores now, including those from MCU titan Microchip.
Just this week, Microchip announced two new (and unrelated) devices, both of which can claim a small first in … Read More → "Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts"

The Changing Face of Distribution

Once again, a news story has appeared in time to provide a topical twist to a story that was already underway. At the beginning of January, distribution giant Arrow Electronics announced that it had bought einfochips – a 1500-person “design and managed services” company. To quote the release, einfochips’ activities include, “developing custom hardware and software and new business models for the Internet of Things (IoT)”. And this announcement neatly … Read More → "The Changing Face of Distribution"

New Layers of Complexity

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we get to have our functional safety verification cake and eat it too! We’re talking about one of my all-time favorite subjects: cars! Fish Fry welcomes Sanjay Pillay (CEO of Austemper) to talk about functional safety in the world of SoCs and ASICs, how to tackle fault injection campaigns, and the future of the verification of autonomous … Read More → "New Layers of Complexity"

99 Problems but IO Ain’t One

Get ready my friends. We’re heading into the middle of the desert, we’re diving to the bottom of the sea, and we’re even going all the way into space. Why? Because we can. Because we have the right enclosure for our next electronic design. A lot of you out there are developing designs that need to go into the harshest of environments, … Read More → "99 Problems but IO Ain’t One"

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featured blogs
Nov 15, 2019
As we seek to go faster and faster in our systems, heat grows as does the noise from the cooling fans. It is because of this heat and noise, many companies are investigating or switching to submersible cooling (liquid immersion cooling) options. Over the last few years, subme...
Nov 15, 2019
Electronic design is ever-changing to adapt with demand. The industry is currently shifting to incorporate more rigid-flex circuits as the preferred interconnect technology for items that would otherwise be off-board, or require a smaller form factor. Industries like IoT, wea...
Nov 15, 2019
"Ey up" is a cheery multi-purpose greeting that basically means "Hello" and "Hi there" and "How are you?" and "How's things?" all rolled into one....
Nov 15, 2019
[From the last episode: we looked at how intellectual property helps designers reuse circuits.] Last week we saw that, instead of creating a new CPU, most chip designers will buy a CPU design '€“ like a blueprint of the CPU '€“ and then use that in a chip that they'€™re...
Nov 15, 2019
Last week , I visited the Cadathlon@ICCAD event at the 2019 International Conference on Computer Aided Design . It was my first CADathlon and I was quite intrigued , since the organizers webpage... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ...
chalk talks
Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics   5G brings a bewildering array of issues in small cell design – with small cells stepping in to handle the heavy lifting in the numerous places macro cells can’t reach. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suma Kapilavai of Qorvo about tackling the variety of massive MIMO and beamforming … Read More → "Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"
Power Supply Design — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   There is a bewildering range of choices for components for power supply design. Considering EMI protection, surge protection, transformers, rectifiers – the list goes on and on. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET to sort out the puzzle of power supply component selection, and to … Read More → "Power Supply Design — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics  Many applications require industrial-grade, high-accuracy temperature sensors. But, choosing the correct sensor for your industrial design can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Punya Prakesh of Texas Instruments about the challenges of high-accuracy sensors, the factors to consider when designing with them, and how to choose the … Read More → "High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics"
Wireless Connectivity – Panasonic and Mouser Electronics  Selecting the right wireless connection for the edge of the IoT can be tricky business. Depending on your design requirements, there can be a number of different technologies that are worth considering for your project. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Rose of Panasonic about wireless technologies for bridging … Read More → "Wireless Connectivity – Panasonic and Mouser Electronics"
Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   Choosing the right capacitor for your design can be a daunting undertaking. With so many options on the market – from film to ceramic to electrolytic, it’s easy to get lost in a maze of datasheets and specifications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET about … Read More → "Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX   Designing antennas can be a challenge for most engineers. With the explosion of active technologies such as MIMO and beamforming, the art of antenna design has become increasingly complex. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kenneth Schott from AVX about choosing and tuning high-performance antenna designs for your next … Read More → "AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX"