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Infinite Compute Capacity

Design automation and verification take center stage in this week’s podcast! First up, Seena Shankar (Cadence Design Systems) joins me to discuss the power of cloud computing in EDA. Next, Vanessa Cooper (DVCon U.S. Technical Program Committee Chair) gives special sneak peek into this year’s Design and Verification Conference and Expo. Vanessa and I discuss the various workshops and tutorials offered at this … Read More → "Infinite Compute Capacity"

Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 1)

They taught me a lot of things at university. Unfortunately, they neglected to mention the topic of switch bounce. If you are a practicing engineer working with electronic systems, you will almost certainly have run into this problem. If you are new to the field, you can be assured that the delights of switch bounce are lurking out there waiting for an opportunity to bid you … Read More → "Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 1)"

The Originality Myth

Every engineer I’ve ever asked has said the same thing happens to them on a fairly regular basis. They’ll see an online announcement or presentation on some cool new application, piece of gear, or clever Kickstarter product and think (or say), “Hey, I thought of that several years ago.” It’s a frustrating feeling, that some throw-away thought you had in the shower four … Read More → "The Originality Myth"

Silexica Bridges the HLS Gap

Today, we call it “acceleration” – the use of specialized hardware to optimize compute tasks that do not perform well on conventional von Neumann processors. We have entered an “age of acceleration” driven primarily by the explosion in AI technology. Countless startups are engaged in developing chips with alternative architectures that accelerate and parallelize various types of compute-intensive algorithms. As a result, we are living in a … Read More → "Silexica Bridges the HLS Gap"

Thermal Trials and Temperature Tales

We all know that today’s engineering teams are facing increasing challenges surrounding thermal aware designs. Whether you are designing a board, an IC, or a system, we all struggle with thermal and electrical simulation at one point or another. In this week’s Fish Fry, Jerry Zhao (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the challenges of thermal and electrical simulation and the benefits of electrical and thermal co-simulation … Read More → "Thermal Trials and Temperature Tales"

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Jan 24, 2020
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Jan 24, 2020
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Series 2 Product Security — Silicon Labs and Mouser Electronics  Side channel attacks such as differential power analysis (DPA) present a serious threat to our embedded designs. If we want to defend our systems from DPA and similar attacks, it is critical that we have a secure boot and root of trust. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gregory Guez … Read More → "Series 2 Product Security — Silicon Labs and Mouser Electronics"
Embedded Display Applications Innovation with TI DLP® Pico™ Technology – Texas Instruments and Mouser   DLP technology can add a whole new dimension to your embedded design. If you considered DLP in the past, but were put off by the cost, you need to watch this episode of Chalk Talk where Amelia Dalton chats with Philippe Dollo of Texas Instruments about the DLP LightCrafter 2000 EVM. This new … Read More → "Embedded Display Applications Innovation with TI DLP® Pico™ Technology – Texas Instruments and Mouser"
Amplifiers & Comparators Designed for Low Power, Precision — ON Semiconductor and Mouser   When choosing amplifiers and comparators for low-power, high-precision applications, it pays to have a broad understanding of the latest technology in op amps. There are new types of devices with significant advantages over the traditional go-to parts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Namrata Pandya of ON Semiconductor about … Read More → "Amplifiers & Comparators Designed for Low Power, Precision — ON Semiconductor and Mouser"
Create Multi-Band Sensor Networks with the LaunchPad SensorTag Kit — TI and Mouser Electronics   Doing IoT development today can involve a number of different communications standards. There is no “one size fits all” for wireless protocols. Every application has its own needs and constraints. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Adrian Fernandez of Texas Instruments about the new LaunchPad SensorTag development kit – … Read More → "Create Multi-Band Sensor Networks with the LaunchPad SensorTag Kit — TI and Mouser Electronics"
PiezoListen: A New Kind of Speaker for New Applications — TDK and Mouser Electronics   Until recently, putting speakers into extremely space-constrained designs was a daunting challenge. Now, however, advances in piezo speakers bring remarkable performance to ultra-small ultra-thin speakers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Reynolds of TDK about PiezoListen – a whole new kind of high-performance multilayer piezo speaker. Click here … Read More → "PiezoListen: A New Kind of Speaker for New Applications — TDK and Mouser Electronics"
ROHM BD71847AMWV PMIC for the NXP i.MM 8M Mini – Mouser Electronics and ROHM Designing-in a power supply for today’s remarkable applications processors can be a hurdle for many embedded design teams. Creating a solutions that’s small, efficient, and inexpensive demands considerable engineering time and expertise. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kristopher Bahar of ROHM about some new power management ICs that are … Read More → "ROHM BD71847AMWV PMIC for the NXP i.MM 8M Mini – Mouser Electronics and ROHM"