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The Coming Disintegration

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.

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Three Radicals Walk Into a Bar…

“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…"

Up Where We Belong

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"

DAC At It (Again)

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)"

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Jul 19, 2019
I am sure you can't fail to have noticed that tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon. It has been everywhere for the last few weeks. I was a teenager. I remember... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ]...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...
chalk talks
High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics  Many applications require industrial-grade, high-accuracy temperature sensors. But, choosing the correct sensor for your industrial design can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Punya Prakesh of Texas Instruments about the challenges of high-accuracy sensors, the factors to consider when designing with them, and how to choose the … Read More → "High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics"
Electric Vehicles — Bourns and Mouser Electronics  The electric car revolution is here. But if we are going to keep pace with the global regulations set into place into the next couple of years, we need to start starting talking about battery management systems, voltage isolation, and a whole lot more. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "Electric Vehicles — Bourns and Mouser Electronics"
Next Generation Applications for On-Board Optics When copper connections just don’t cut it – because of speed, reliability, or EMI constraints, optical connectivity provides the stable, secure, fast link your design needs. But many designers are not fluent in the world of optics. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about how to … Read More → "Next Generation Applications for On-Board Optics"
Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity   Physical verification can take an enormous amount of time, and catching errors early in the process is the best way to avoid costly and time-consuming iterations. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Christen Decoin of Synopsys about accelerating physical design productivity with tools and methods that can help catch … Read More → "Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity"
Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems   Is your backplane getting a little long in the tooth? If you’ve been upgrading your interfaces to today’s super-high-speed standards, your backplane technology is probably getting left behind. You need to consider a high-speed, high-density, future-proofed backplane solution that can keep up with the demands of your system. In this episode of Chalk … Read More → "Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems"
Sliding Power from TE Connectivity — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics   Power connections present a major problem for hot swapping drawers in racks. Fortunately, there are new sliding power solutions that keep your gear smoothly powered up through those drawer pulls. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Costello from TE Connectivity about the latest sliding power solutions. Click here … Read More → "Sliding Power from TE Connectivity — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics"