It’s an idea rooted in the very identity of the products that the semiconductor industry puts out: the integrated circuit (or IC). For decades, our job has been to take lots of things that used to exist as separate components – transistors, resistors, capacitors, and such – and build them all in close proximity on a single monolithic piece of silicon.
Recently, a colleague sent me a note on LinkedIn asking about an article I wrote over a decade ago called “Renaissance FAEs” – celebrating field application engineers (FAEs) working for FPGA companies. I went back and read the piece again, and was struck by three things:
First, the article is still just as relevant today as it was over ten years … Read More → "FPGA FAE Redux Paradox"
“The young always inherit the revolution.” – Huey Newton
Karl Marx, Charles Babbage, and Adam Smith walk into a bar.
After ordering drinks, the fathers of modern computing, socialism, and capitalism have a little discussion about the best ways to improve engineers’ productivity and efficiency. Babbage the engineer says that creativity and inspiration are key to innovation; … Read More → "Three Radicals Walk Into a Bar…"
What we have here is a failure to communicate. – Cool Hand Luke
The farmer and the cowman should be friends. – Oklahoma
There are apparently a couple of silos in the EDA world that could use some breaking down.
Fish Fry is flying high this week! We start things off with a little News You May Have Missed where we investigate the technology behind Glasgow, Scotland-based Kite Power Solutions. We take a closer look at out how they plan to make kite energy a commercial reality by 2025, and why their high-flying wind energy plans just got a big boost from the Imperial Department of Aeronautics and … Read More → "Up Where We Belong"
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)"