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Fear the Economic Singularity

In dystopian science fiction, we are taught to fear the technological singularity – the time when artificial super intelligence advances to a point far beyond human intelligence, with a result that profoundly alters human existence. Vivid imagery of automated weapons of doom working to wipe out human civilization and take over the world – or the galaxy – have terrorized generations of sci-fi fans. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and … Read More → "Fear the Economic Singularity"

Lunch With McDonald’s McKiosk: I’m Hatin’ It

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. – Asimov’s First Law of Robotics (pure fiction)

During a recent trip to Saint George, Utah, my wife and I stopped at McDonald’s for a fast lunch. We’d just driven a grand scenic loop through the picturesque mountains of southwestern Utah, … Read More → "Lunch With McDonald’s McKiosk: I’m Hatin’ It"

When You Just Can’t Fix It

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we gaze up at the starlit sky and dream of space exploration. We chat with Noel Dube (Reflex CES) about the differences between Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) and Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) and investigate the unique challenges each of these orbits present designers today. We also discuss the role of optical transceivers and interconnects will play in … Read More → "When You Just Can’t Fix It"

Don’t Trust the Robot Driving Your Car

“It feels good when it stops.”

It’s beyond dispute that cars are safer than ever before. Some of that is due to basic physics – cars have thicker doors, tougher roofs, shatterproof glass, bigger bumpers, and so on – and some is due to electronics. We now have cars with automatic cruise control, automatic distance-keeping, and limited automatic piloting. </ … Read More → "Don’t Trust the Robot Driving Your Car"

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featured blogs
Mar 18, 2019
My latest article on embedded.com has been published. This piece is the thirtieth installment of the RTOS Revealed series, which will continue to appear for the next few months. The series covers every aspect of real time operating systems. Nucleus SE RTOS initialization and ...
Mar 18, 2019
Today'€™s dense and complex PCB designs require realistic 3D view to investigate the design issues way before they are ready for manufacturing. The complexity of the PCB designs is increasing... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ]...
Mar 15, 2019
Readers of the Samtec blog are familiar with the benefits of FMC and FMC+. These popular interfaces define a compact electro-mechanical expansion interface for a daughter card to an FPGA baseboard or other device with re-configurable I/O capability. VITA 57.1 has been around ...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...
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Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance  For high-performance, low-power processing of AI and machine vision algorithms, latency can be critical. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai from Cadence Design Systems about the using the new Vision Q6 processor core for embedded vision and AI applications. Click here for more information about Vision DSPs for … Read More → "Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance"
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"
Scaling Embedded Deep Learning Inference Performance with Dedicated Neural Network DSP   Neural networks are taking over a broad range of exciting applications these days. But, the amount of computation required for neural network inferencing can be daunting. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai of Cadence Design Systems about some new processor IP designed specifically for neural network inferencing. … Read More → "Scaling Embedded Deep Learning Inference Performance with Dedicated Neural Network DSP"
Industrial IoT – Smart FactoryIndustrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a set of challenging requirements for designers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dan Isaacs of Xilinx about meeting the security, performance, and flexibility demands of IIoT. Click here for more information about Industrial IoT Solutions powered by Xilinx.
Enabling Embedded VisionEmbedded Vision is one of today's most challenging applications. We need incredible processing power, lightning-fast latency, and very low energy consumption. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Aaron Behman of Xilinx about the exciting world of embedded vision.
Molex Embedded Vision – Mouser and MolexWhen designing advanced applications such as embedded vision, connectors are one of the last things on most engineers’ minds, But the selection of the correct connectors for the job can be a make-or-break decision in the success of your product. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Ciapetta and Chris Slinkman … Read More → "Molex Embedded Vision – Mouser and Molex"