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Running the Long Game: New RISC-V Based SoCs and Using Technosignatures to Find Alien Life

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a RISC-V Fish Fry! In this week’s podcast, we first investigate how the search for alien life just got a lot more interesting with the help of a unique grant from NASA, the SETI institute, and a team of esteemed researchers from across the United States. We take a closer look at the details of this new research … Read More → "Running the Long Game: New RISC-V Based SoCs and Using Technosignatures to Find Alien Life"

Accelerating Video for the Masses

It’s not news that streaming video is taking over the world. And, in the process, it has become by far the leading consumer of internet bandwidth. With the COVID-19 crisis, it’s a good bet that around 100% of the people reading this article have used video conferencing services within the last few weeks, and more likely within the last few days or even hours. In … Read More → "Accelerating Video for the Masses"

A Google for Components

“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” — Eric Hoffer

It’s not often that you get to solve two problems at once. Or that one product serves two markets simultaneously. But that’s the clever business strategy behind a new search engine that helps PCB designers find component footprints while also giving component … Read More → "A Google for Components"

Distributed On-Chip Temperature Sensors Improve Performance and Reliability

I’m starting to fear the world is passing me by. When I designed my first ASIC in 1980, it was a Toshiba gate array device implemented at the 5 µm technology node, which was pretty much state-of-the-art for general-purpose digital ASIC designs at the time.

As I recall, this device contained around 2,000 equivalent gates (2-input NAND gates). My design was captured … Read More → "Distributed On-Chip Temperature Sensors Improve Performance and Reliability"

Making FPGA SoC Easier

There are about a zillion SoCs on the market today, perhaps even a zillion and a half, we haven’t counted in awhile. Of course most of them are built on various forms of ARM MCUs or applications processors, and the line card includes a zillion squared permutations with various collections of peripherals and interfaces parked alongside the processor. It can be a dizzying experience to … Read More → "Making FPGA SoC Easier"

Native Connectivity: Bridging the Global Design Gap with Altium 365

“Cloud Computing is not only the Future of Computing, but the Present and Entire Past of Computing” – Larry Ellison

In this week’s episode of EE Journal’s Fish Fry podcast, we investigate a new era of PCB design with Leigh Gawne (Chief Software Architect for Altium). Leigh joins us to discuss the details of Altium 365 and how this cloud-based platform for PCB … Read More → "Native Connectivity: Bridging the Global Design Gap with Altium 365"

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Next Generation Connectivity and Control Concepts for Industry 4.0 — Molex and Mouser Electronics   Industry 4.0 promises major improvements in terms of efficiency, reduced downtime, automation, monitoring, and control. But Industry 4.0 also demands a new look at our interconnect solutions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Schuerman of Molex about Industry 4.0 and how to choose the right connectors for your … Read More → "Next Generation Connectivity and Control Concepts for Industry 4.0 — Molex and Mouser Electronics"
Benefits of FPGAs & eFPGA IP in Futureproofing Compute Acceleration   In the quest to accelerate and optimize today’s computing challenges such as AI inference, our system designs have to be flexible above all else. At the confluence of speed and flexibility are today’s new FPGAs and e-FPGA IP. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Fitton from Achronix about … Read More → "Benefits of FPGAs & eFPGA IP in Futureproofing Compute Acceleration"
Cloud Computing for Electronic Design (Are We There Yet?)   When your project is at crunch time, a shortage of server capacity can bring your schedule to a crawl. But, the rest of the year, having a bunch of extra servers sitting around idle can be extremely expensive. Cloud-based EDA lets you have exactly the compute resources you need, when you need them. … Read More → "Cloud Computing for Electronic Design (Are We There Yet?)"
Innovative Hybrid Crowbar Protection for AC Power Lines — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics   Providing robust AC line protection is a tough engineering challenge. Lightning and other unexpected events can wreak havoc with even the best-engineered power supplies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pete Pytlik of Littelfuse about innovative SIDACtor semiconductor hybrid crowbar protection for AC power lines, that combine the best … Read More → "Innovative Hybrid Crowbar Protection for AC Power Lines — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics"
Electrification of the Vehicle — KEMET and Mouser Electronics  The automotive technology revolution has arrived, and with it – new demands on components for automotive applications. Electric vehicles, ADAS, connected cars, and autonomous driving put fresh demands on our electrical and electronic parts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET about components for the next generation … Read More → "Electrification of the Vehicle — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
Accelerate HD Ultra-Dense Multi-Row Mezzanine Strips — Samtec and Mouser Electronics   Embedded applications are putting huge new demands on small connectors. Size, weight, and power constraints are combining with new signal integrity challenges due to high-speed interfaces and high-density connections, putting a crunch on connectors for embedded design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about the … Read More → "Accelerate HD Ultra-Dense Multi-Row Mezzanine Strips — Samtec and Mouser Electronics"