Flash memory technologists had a problem. Their customers needed more memory, and so they were trying to make the memory cells smaller so they could fit more onto a chip. But the demand was growing faster than the technology was shrinking, so they needed to get to higher densities more quickly.
The basic flash memory cell had … Read More → "High-Speed Communications: Not Just Binary Anymore"
It’s a sad day. Maker Media, Inc. ceased operations this week and laid off all staff. The company published Make: magazine and operated and licensed “Maker Faires” around the world. We have covered the maker movement and Maker Faires for years, even though our audience is professional engineers. We saw value there. Maker Faire was a window into the future of engineering – a place where we could go … Read More → "Staying Too Long at the Faire"
The intrepid EE Journal team is back (and taking no prisoners) at this year’s Design Automation Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. First up, we chat with the DAC Monday keynote speaker Galen Hunt (Microsoft – Distinguished Engineer and Managing Director, Microsoft Azure Sphere). Galen and I chat about the seven properties of secure devices and why he thinks IOT isn’t a technology revolution. Next up, … Read More → "DAC At It (Again)"
We’ve always been pretty impressed by Achronix – and for good reason. In an FPGA market where countless startups have tried and failed, Achronix somehow built themselves into a successful, independent, profit-making FPGA company. That’s not an easy task, and it required numerous “pivots” on the part of the company.
Initially, Achronix developed a family of novel asynchronous FPGAs and associated tools. When it became clear … Read More → "Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGAs"
When you spend a goodly chunk of your career dealing with EDA-like issues, as did I, then you have a pretty easy gut reaction to anything involving synthesis. See some kind of synthesis with a fancy new name? Must be some new crazy approach to generating logic circuits, right? Probably involving AI (which everything must have these days)?
Um… no. … Read More → "Firming Up Your Photoresist"