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"
Today we’re going to talk about – um… hang on a sec, my phone is buzzing……… OK, sorry, I’m back. Um, so, yeah, haptics. Generically, it’s what we do on equipment to lend not only a sense of sound and sight for feedback, but also touch. And that touch angle has many forms – like when your phone vibrates.
“Captain’s log, Stardate 4211.4. Keeping our presence here secret… is an enormous tactical advantage.” – Captain Kirk
In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at security in IoT devices with a little help from Rich Collins from Synopsys. Rich and I chat about the challenges of the SIM product lifecycle and why pre-verified hardware and software can make all the … Read More → "Operation: SIM"
So you’re going to add wireless capabilities to your WidgetMaster-Plus, eh? You did all that work getting the widgety parts working, so now all you need is to slap on an antenna and a wireless thingymawhatcher and it’s out the door, right?
Yeah, well, maybe so, maybe no. There are two phases to getting this done. The first … Read More → "Easier Gadget Wireless"
It’s that time of year again my friends, when the leaves began to fall gently to the ground and the accelerometers run free. Yes, its MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress time! Steve Whalley this week gives us a sneak peak into this year’s Executive Congress. Steve and I discuss how sensor systems … Read More → "MEMS To The Rescue"
There’s a reason why I’m sitting in a conference room located on the second floor of a small Sunnyvale office building across the street from the Sunken Gardens Golf Course. I’m sitting across the table from Voler Systems’ president Walt Maclay with a pulse plethysmograph optical sensor (that’s an infrared photoelectric sensor used to record changes in pulsatile blood flow from a … Read More → "A Kit of Its Own: Voler Systems’ Health-Sensor Platform"