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The Librarian, the Engineer, and the Supermodel

“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” – Robert Half

Life is not a zero-sum game. There is not a finite amount of success, talent, happiness, or intelligence to be distributed among us. Being good at something doesn’t require being bad at something else as compensation. Newton’s Third Law doesn’t apply to … Read More → "The Librarian, the Engineer, and the Supermodel"

Infinitely Parallel

They say that on a clear day you can see forever. When you look into the clouds, do you see System Verilog? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, you will! Doug Letcher (CEO and President – Metrics Technologies) joins us to chat about details of the Metrics cloud platform, verification 3.0 and why EDA cannot ignore the Cloud any longer. Also this week, we check out a new robotic … Read More → "Infinitely Parallel"

Blockchain is not Bitcoin—Bitcoin is not Blockchain

EEJournal readers ought to be very familiar with Bitcoin by now. All of the computing fruits of semiconductor technology, including microprocessors, GPUs, FPGAs, and ultimately ASICs, have been harnessed in the frenzied search for solutions to a mathematical problem that serves as “proof of work” that entitles the bearer to Bitcoin, using the rules originally created by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto and published in a paper … Read More → "Blockchain is not Bitcoin—Bitcoin is not Blockchain"

Big World, Big Data

“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.” – Daniel Keys Moran

What do RISC-V, data center innovation and artificial intelligence have in common? This week’s podcast of course! Zvonimir Bandic (Western Digital) joins us to discuss how the RISC-V open architecture can inspire innovation in the world of data centers and neural networks. Alexander Redkin (Syntacore) and … Read More → "Big World, Big Data"

FPGAs in Intel-Land

It’s all about the monetizing of the Xeon.” – Dan McNamara, Intel PSG

Intel’s Data-Centric Innovation Summit, held earlier this month at Intel’s Santa Clara HQ, incorporated a lot of talk about the role of Intel’s FPGA products in the “great scheme of things.” Last week, I discussed the FPGA market with $8 billion in annual sales that Intel’s targeting—see “Read More → "FPGAs in Intel-Land"

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Sep 20, 2018
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The 32-Bit Difference: How to Future Proof Your Next Design — Mouser Electronics and NXP  Future-proofing your embedded design can be a daunting challenge. With the wide variety of microcontrollers available today, it can be tricky to choose one that will meet the full lifecycle demands of your product. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brendon Slade from NXP about future-proofing your design with the … Read More → "The 32-Bit Difference: How to Future Proof Your Next Design — Mouser Electronics and NXP"
Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics  We all expect our microcontroller to have robust security features. But, it’s tough to find an MCU that meets all your design goals and incorporates security into every building block of your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Carlson from NXP about the MPC574 microcontroller family, which packs … Read More → "Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics"
HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution   High-performance FPGA-based prototyping has moved to the desktop. Validation of hardware and software interoperability can now be much more convenient and productive. HAPS 80D from Synopsys delivers a complete hardware and software prototyping solution right to your desk. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neil Songcuan of Synopsys about the … Read More → "HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution"
MLCC Alternatives   The current shortage of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is impacting a lot of project schedules. If you want to be sure your project isn’t hit by long MLCC lead times, and you’d like to improve a few things at the same time, there are some superb alternatives now on the market. In this … Read More → "MLCC Alternatives"
Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance  For high-performance, low-power processing of AI and machine vision algorithms, latency can be critical. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai from Cadence Design Systems about the using the new Vision Q6 processor core for embedded vision and AI applications. Click here for more information about Vision DSPs for … Read More → "Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance"
Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink  5G wireless infrastructure brings daunting design challenges. Fortunately, tools are available that can model and simulate some of the most complex aspects of 5G design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ken Karnofsky of MathWorks about modeling and simulation for beamforming, RF power amplifier linearization, and much more. Click here to … Read More → "Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink"