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It’s Alive!

“The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” –  Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

There’s a scene in the old Woody Allen movie, “Sleeper,” where a future time traveler discovers a cave with an ancient, dust-covered VW Beetle parked inside. He cautiously explores the strange artifact before opening the door and hesitantly settling in to the … Read More → "It’s Alive!"

Space: The Final COTS Frontier

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re headed hundreds of kilometers above the earth and we’re bringing commercial off-the-shelf parts with us! My guest Doug Patterson (Aitech) and I take a closer look at how radiation affects space-destined designs, we examine the difference between space-grade and space-qualified parts, and we also chat about how COTS products are being used in space applications today. … Read More → "Space: The Final COTS Frontier"

Why Blank Slates Don’t Work

This week’s episode of Fish Fry covers the world of embedded design open standards and modules, a new security IC, and the science behind swearing. Jerry Gipper (Executive Director at VITA) joins us to discuss how VITA evolved from a simple VMEbus users group to the unique collaboration between suppliers and users it is today. We’ll discuss the future of VME and VPX technology, and why open … Read More → "Why Blank Slates Don’t Work"

EE Journal’s Live Coverage of the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress

Our EE Journal Team went to the 2017 MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress in San Jose. We listened as MEMS and sensor industry experts broke down the challenges and opportunities of the industry. Presentations focused on system level solutions incorporating MEMS and sensor devices and components, unique applications and innovative technological and market solutions. And we live tweeted the whole thing! All those tweets are collected here so you can … Read More → "EE Journal’s Live Coverage of the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress"

MIPS Spins Its Wheels

Porsche is a driver’s car – a performance car… but it’s got no cup holders.” – Jason McCoy

You want the 140-character version? MIPS has a new processor with parity.

You want the longer, more detailed version? Uh… MIPS has a new processor with parity… and some ECC. And some additional technical documentation to help with safety certification. But the CPU itself? Pretty … Read More → "MIPS Spins Its Wheels"

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
Feb 20, 2018
It's nearly time for embedded world 2018 (yes, it likes to be trendy and put it all in lower-case), which takes place February 27 to March 1. It happens every year in Nuremberg, and is the biggest embedded conference in the world. Cadence will be there. It is a busy week...
Feb 19, 2018
 56 Gbps PAM4 At DesignCon 2018, Matt Burns (Technical Marketing Manager of Samtec) and Ivan Madrigal (SerDes Systems Application Engineer at Xilinx®), walk us through a combined Xilinx-Samtec 56 Gbps PAM4 backplane demonstration. One port of 56Gbps PAM4 PBRS31 data is...
Feb 19, 2018
Next week, Tuesday-Thursday, is what I believe to be the biggest event dedicated to embedded system development on the planet: Embedded World. It is a massive show. The exhibition includes just about anything remotely connected with embedded design. It is so large that there ...
Jan 19, 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the way the world works, opening up countless opportunities in commercial and industrial systems. Applications span diverse markets such as autonomous driving, medical diagnostics, home appliances, industrial automation, adaptive webs...
chalk talks
New Defense and Aerospace ProductsIf you’re working on mil-standard systems and are worried about SWaP-C (and who isn’t?) you know that getting a reliable, off-the-shelf DC to DC converter and filter are critical to the success of your system. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kai Johnstad of Vicor about solving mil-standard COTS power problems. … Read More → "New Defense and Aerospace Products"
Altera Stratix 10 SecuritySecurity is a key issue in just about every system design today. And, in FPGA-based systems you need robust security features built into the FPGA itself. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ryan Kenny of Altera discuss the new security features in Altera’s Stratix 10 FPGAs and how they help you address … Read More → "Altera Stratix 10 Security"
SystemVision® Multi-discipline System Verification DatasheetThe SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets you explore concepts, validate performance specifications, investigate architectural partitions, and integrate implementation-level details, all in an easy-to-use virtual prototyping environment. Focus on a single design domain, or combine multiple domains, for full-system verification.
Modernizing System DevelopmentAllowing disconnected development and waiting until the latest program stages to perform systems integration and connect all the pieces is a high risk situation, yet one all too common in today’s product realization process. Bringing domain expertise together as appropriate throughout a project’s development process is imperative for project success.  This paper explores a more … Read More → "Modernizing System Development"
New Approach to Manage Electrical ComplexityToday’s competitive and challenging environment, thought-leaders are recommending a shift to systems engineering. Using a systems engineering approach could help OEMs maintain product quality, reduce costs, manage change, and achieve time to market. This paper talks about applying systems engineering principles using the Capital tool suite to address these issues.
Accelerating Open Source Security Using OpenCL & Altera FPGAsToday’s FPGAs offer interesting potential for accelerating performance- and power-critical operations such as security algorithms. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ryan Kenny of Altera about using FPGAs to accelerate open source security algorithms written in OpenCL. Click the link below for more information about how Altera FPGAs can accelerate open source … Read More → "Accelerating Open Source Security Using OpenCL & Altera FPGAs"