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Long Live the (8 Bit) King

There are whispers that their time has come to fade away into the sunset. Time to drift away on the electronic wind with laser discs, Zune players, and VHS. But can the role of 8 bit MCUs in the electronic engineering ecosystem be dismissed so easily? Maybe not. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Nikos Zervas (CEO … Read More → "Long Live the (8 Bit) King"

Is AI the Killer FPGA Application?

Ross Freeman, co-founder of Xilinx, invented the FPGA in 1984. In the 34 years that have passed, FPGAs have been wildly successful and are certainly among the most important electronic devices ever conceived. But during that entire history, tracing the evolution of FPGAs from dozens of LUTs to millions, the FPGA has been the optimal solution for … exactly zero applications.

Don’t get me wrong. FPGAs do one thing … Read More → "Is AI the Killer FPGA Application?"

Xilinx Hits the Road with Daimler

In what appears to be another win for Xilinx’s formidable Zynq SoC FPGA platform, Xilinx and Daimler announced a collaboration on “an in-car system using Xilinx technology for artificial intelligence (AI) processing in automotive applications.” We say this “appears” to be a win for Zynq because Zynq isn’t mentioned by name in the very-vague press release. It does say, however, that the … Read More → "Xilinx Hits the Road with Daimler"

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featured blogs
Jul 17, 2018
In the first installment, I wrote about why I had to visit Japan in 1983, and the semiconductor stuff I did there. Today, it's all the other stuff. Japanese Food When I went on this first trip to Japan, Japanese food was not common in the US (and had been non-existent in...
Jul 16, 2018
Each instance of an Achronix Speedcore eFPGA in your ASIC or SoC design must be configured after the system powers up because Speedcore eFPGAs employ nonvolatile SRAM technology to store the eFPGA'€™s configuration bits. Each Speedcore instance contains its own FPGA configu...
Jul 12, 2018
A single failure of a machine due to heat can bring down an entire assembly line to halt. At the printed circuit board level, we designers need to provide the most robust solutions to keep the wheels...
chalk talks
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 … Read More → "Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink"
Maxim’s DARWIN Low Power Microcontrollers   MCUs continue to evolve based on increasing demands from designers. We expect our microcontrollers to do more than ever – better security, more performance, lower power consumption – and we want it all for less money, of course. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kris Ardis from Maxim Integrated … Read More → "Maxim’s DARWIN Low Power Microcontrollers"
PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications   Sometimes you’d like to just press reset after an overcurrent event. For those kinds of designs, a PPTC device is exactly what you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Lineman from Littelfuse about resettable overcurrent protection with PolySwitch PPTC, and how it can help your next design. … Read More → "PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications"
Debug and Verify FPGA Algorithms with MATLAB and Simulink   Today’s FPGA designs require industrial-strength functional verification. The ad-hoc methods that worked with older, smaller FPGAs just don’t cut it anymore. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about ASIC-strength functional verification with model-based design. Click here for more information about how to verify VHDL and … Read More → "Debug and Verify FPGA Algorithms with MATLAB and Simulink"