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Baby You Can Drive My Rover

“Beep beep’m beep beep yeah,” – John Lennon and Paul McCartney

While several companies are expending significant resources and large amounts of energy to develop automated driving for passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses here on Earth, a dedicated group of scientists and engineers at JPL (the Jet Propulsion Lab) have been working on a related but significantly different problem: creating autonomous driving … Read More → "Baby You Can Drive My Rover"

The Solar System’s Fastest FPGAs Journey to the Sun Carrying a Microprocessor Relic on Board

The sun is mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace
Where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees
– “Why Does the Sun Shine?,” They Might Be Giants (originally from the album “Space Songs,” 1959)

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe reached its first perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) on November 5. At that time, the probe was flying approximately 15 … Read More → "The Solar System’s Fastest FPGAs Journey to the Sun Carrying a Microprocessor Relic on Board"

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"

Communication Solves Flash Unpredictability

That flash thumb drive you have in your pocket is a beast of a memory. We store so much stuff in so little space; that form factor has completely democratized the storing of masses of data that would once have been assigned to a giant data center of yore. And all in your pocket now.

Of course, this comes at a cost. This is NAND flash, and … Read More → "Communication Solves Flash Unpredictability"

Is There an “IoT” in “Satellite?”

“I’m from the generation that wants to put a GPS in their kids so I always know where they are.” – Joss Whedon

It’s a trend as old as time. A new technology – rockets, computers, microwaves; take your pick – starts out expensive and exclusive, but then winds up so cheap and plentiful that we barely think about it.

< … Read More → "Is There an “IoT” in “Satellite?”"
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Jan 15, 2019
Since Samtec began in 1976, free connector samples have been a cornerstone of our business model. That said, we’re always looking for ways to continue to improve how we get samples into your hands. Recently we rolled out a simplified way to place sample requests on the ...
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  People of a certain age, who mindfully lived through the early microcomputer revolution during the first half of the 1970s, know about Bill Godbout. He was that guy who sent out crudely photocopied parts catalogs for all kinds of electronic components, sold from a Quon...
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Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications  Designing products for reliability and longevity requires a different mindset – and a different tool set from the more common “just get it out the door” engineering methodology. We need to focus on all phases of product life, and do a diligent analysis of the mechanisms that can lead to premature failure in the … Read More → "Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications"
New Defense and Aerospace Products – Mouser and VicorIf 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 – Mouser and Vicor"
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.