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March 26, 2019


I’d Like to Buy a Hint, Pat

How CPU Branch Hints Help Performance But Hurt Security

by Jim Turley

“When one has taken root, one puts out branches.” – Jules Verne

What do microprocessors, pine trees, and public libraries all have in common? They have lots of branches. Branch instructions are fundamental to all von Neumann machines, along with arithmetic and logic operations. Without branches – specifically, conditional branches – you can’t really write any software, and you don’t really have a computer.

Trouble is, branches are also the biggest thieves of performance, stealing clock cycles that could be put to good use. Your CPU might be able to calculate huge sums or do elaborate bit

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Negative Capacitance
Ferroelectrics Slash Subthreshold Swing
by Bryon Moyer
Faster Interconnect! Go! Go!
High Speed Fabrics and Preparing for the Next Wave of Embedded Computing
by Amelia Dalton
Message to CEOs: Stand Up for Your Company!
True Leadership versus Thought Leadership
by Steven Leibson
The New Age of Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex
Flexible Electronics Serves a Niche Need… For Now
by Jim Turley

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March 26, 2019

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Sponsored by Murata and Mouser Electronics

Choosing the right passives for your design can be a huge headache. Sorting through hundreds of data sheets looking for the component with just the right specs, balancing against your BOM requirements, and confirming availability can consume valuable engineering time. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Arthur Evans of Murata about a new tool that will make passive selection a snap.

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Unveiling NFC’s Full Potential — NXP and Mouser Electronics

 For IoT designs requiring short-range connectivity, low cost, low power, and versatile operation, near-field communication (NFC) technology can be an ideal solution. With NFC, you can connect just about any device to anything at very low cost, and with zero power on one end of the connection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia … Read More → "Unveiling NFC’s Full Potential — NXP and Mouser Electronics"

Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics

   Choosing the right capacitor for your design can be a daunting undertaking. With so many options on the market – from film to ceramic to electrolytic, it’s easy to get lost in a maze of datasheets and specifications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET about … Read More → "Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"

AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX

   Designing antennas can be a challenge for most engineers. With the explosion of active technologies such as MIMO and beamforming, the art of antenna design has become increasingly complex. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kenneth Schott from AVX about choosing and tuning high-performance antenna designs for your next … Read More → "AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX"

The Technology Behind i.MX Applications Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics

 If you’re designing systems where reliability and long life in challenging environments is important – industrial automation, robotics, automotive cluster, infotainment, and telematics – you may want to consider going beyond silicon. Fully-depleted silicon, or FDSOI offers significant benefits for these types of applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "The Technology Behind i.MX Applications Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics"

Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit — NXP and Mouser Electronics

   Putting together an IoT design can be an exercise in confusion. There are countless moving parts in different domains – mobile and cloud apps, connectivity, hardware development… the list goes on and on. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jay Canteenwala of NXP about the NXP Rapid IoT Prototyping … Read More → "Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit — NXP and Mouser Electronics"

5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics

 The RF section of 5G system brings a host of engineering challenges. When we are designing for 5G, we need to step up our game, and that means taking advantage of the latest high-performance, wide-bandgap materials like Gallium Nitride. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bror Peterson of Qorvo about … Read More → "5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"

Negative Capacitance
Next they will be claiming atomic fusion at the junctions. Recall that ‘resistor’ hysteresis was first observed/reported ~1910, mathematically postulated in ~1970, and physically demonstrated ~2000. We are approaching THE ‘singularity’.

posted by Azmat on Mar 25 at 11:41am

Fear the Economic Singularity
Or we add a substantial "income tax" for each robot/android's earnings, and use those funds to pay idled workers benefits. If we can tax humans, we can certainly tax their replacements. Robots stop being so cheap very quickly.

posted by TotallyLost on Mar 23 at 1:07am

Fear the Economic Singularity
The solutions are simple. "Work" becomes contributions all paid at the same $1.00 per week. Yes, this does end much of what we have known. However, it ends the grab for more money as everyone is economically equal. In reality, the $1.00 would gain value. people who come up with ideas, inventions, ...

posted by vcx on Mar 22 at 5:53pm

Message to CEOs: Stand Up for Your Company!
Awesome post ... keep up the good work!!

posted by TotallyLost on Mar 21 at 6:25pm

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