“One man’s constant is another man’s variable.” – programmers’ wisdom
Most engineering firms have a CTO. The Chief Technical Officer sets the technical direction, guides the research, gives the engineers their marching orders, and in between lectures strokes his beard and thinks deeply technical thoughts.
But what does the CTO of … Read More → "Interview: RISC-V CTO Mark Himelstein"
In this week’s podcast, we are talking about embedded in-chip monitoring and lifecycle chip design challenges with Stephen Crosher and Oliver King from Moortec. We also take a closer look at a new breakthrough in data storage technology and why a team of researchers from Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Texas A&M believe that tiny slices of tungsten ditelluride may just hold the key to the evolution … Read More → "Advancing into FinFET"
“If the end of Moore’s Law is a wall, the first one to slam into it will be whoever was ahead.” — Me, today
Days after we published our “No More Nanometers” article discussing the perils and pitfalls of our arcane node-naming conventions, Intel made their quarterly earnings release … Read More → "Intel – Flourish or Flounder?"
“We acquire the strength we have overcome.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s no secret that ARM is the 500-lb. gorilla in the IP-licensing business, but there are new signs that the company may be reaching its peak. Licensing revenue is down slightly, the company is reportedly raising prices to compensate, a Chinese joint venture has gone badly, and … Read More → "ARM Saturation, Price Hikes, and Possible Spinoff"
“I learned how to measure before I knew what was size.” – Sofi Tukker, “House Arrest”
Let’s start by speaking some truth. Nothing about the “5 nanometer” CMOS process has any real relationship to five actual nanometers and transistor size. That train jumped off the rails years ago, and the semiconductor industry has inflicted tremendous self-harm by perpetuating the … Read More → "No More Nanometers"
Intel has announced what they call their “First Intel AI-Optimized FPGA,” the Stratix 10 NX family. The company says these FPGAs “will offer customers customizable, reconfigurable and scalable AI acceleration for compute-demanding applications such as natural language processing and fraud detection.” Intel has bet on all the horses in the AI race, adding “Deep Learning Boost (DL Boost) to their flagship Xeon processors to dramatically accelerate AI … Read More → "Intel Announces Stratix 10 NX"