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September 20, 2019


The Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse (Part 1)

Is It Time to Be Scared Yet?

by MaxMaxfield

Since time immemorial, humans have been drawn to the idea of creating artificial creatures and intelligences. In Jewish folklore, for example, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being formed from inanimate clay or mud (as an aside, Helene Wecker’s break-out novel, The Golem and the Jinni, will have you on the edge of your seat at its conclusion).

More recently, mechanical automata entranced everyone who saw them. Perhaps the most astounding example of this genre is

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Embedded File Systems: a Tricky Task
Popular Flash Media Clashes with Embedded Concerns and General Apathy
by Jim Turley
Group Puzzles Out Silicon Specs
Chiplet Effort Seeks Interface Standards
by Rick Merritt
RAMPing Up Always-On AI
Aspinity’s Analog Detector Reduces Power
by Bryon Moyer
Up Up and Away
Different Clouds for Different Folks
by Amelia Dalton

Articles Archive



Samtec, Inc.
Sep 19, 2019
The word '€œrevolution'€ is very common in today'€™s world.  Whether it'€™s a revolutionary new smartphone or a revolution in personal transport, it is a phrase that is used frequently.  How many of these things are truly groundbreaking, or how many are vic...

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Sep 19, 2019
How do you program an embedded system? Say, the code that runs on the control processor on a big SoC? What programming language should you use? I have never really programmed an embedded system,... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ...

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September 19, 2019

Curtiss-Wright, Green Hills, and L3Harris Technologies Demo FACE™ Conformant Software Running on 7th Generation Intel Xeon Platform

RiCool Chassis Platform from Pixus Technologies Features 9-slot or 16-slot OpenVPX 6U Backplanes

Launch of world’s smallest digital IR proximity sensing module paves way to smaller, lighter, always-available earbuds

Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. Announces Industry’s First Single Board Computer Hardware IP Based on NXP LX2160 and Arm that is Designed for DO-254 DAL A Certification and Aligned with the Latest SOSA and HOST Standards

SmartDV Announces Availability of Ethernet TSN Design IP

Sensera Partners with Autodesk to Exhibit 3D IoT Positioning Solution

Renesas Electronics Showcases Latest Optical Communication Solutions at ECOC 2019

September 18, 2019

Cadence Launches Celsius Thermal Solver, Delivering the Industry’s First Complete Electrical-Thermal Co-Simulation for System Analysis

D2S Enables “Stitchless” Full-Chip Inverse Lithography Technology in a Single Day for The Multi-Beam Era

congatec launches 100 Watt ecosystem for embedded edge and micro servers

OmniVision’s Automotive SoC Offers Rear and Surround View Cameras Industry’s Best Low-Light Performance, Lowest Power and Smallest Size

Infineon and Synopsys Collaborate to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence in Automotive Applications

Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform Conformant to Latest FACE™ Technical Standard, Edition 3.0 Safety Base and Security Profiles

Synopsys Announces New Release of LucidShape Software for Automotive Lighting Design and Analysis

DDC-I’s Safety-Critical, DO-178 Deos RTOS Available for Abaco Systems’ Ruggedized SBC314 VPX CPU Board

September 17, 2019

Ericsson performs novel 5G coverage and performance verification using drone-powered solution from Rohde & Schwarz


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A Customizable ECG Monitor You Can Call Your Own

Sponsored by Maxim Integrated

The challenges encountered when attempting to accurately measure and record ECG signalsduring intense training also present limitations on the design of a health and fitness monitor. A new type of chest-worn device, which accurately measures ECG using a minimal number of electrodes, provides a hardware platform for quick development of high-end health and fitness products and apps.

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Synchronous or Nonsynchronous Topology? Boost System Performance with the Right DC-DC Converter

Sponsored by Maxim Integrated

Did you know that every 10°C rise in ambient temperature reduces a component’s lifetime by 50%? Power supplies with drop-offs or variances can lead to premature component failures and completely fry parts in your system. Power-intensive applications must have long-lasting and efficient power supplies. But what type of power management should be used? This application note examines the trade-offs of using a synchronous or nonsynchronous topology.

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Next Generation Applications for On-Board Optics

Sponsored by Samtec

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 use high-speed, high-reliability optics solutions in your next design.

Click here to download the Firefly Application Design Guide

Why Does a Medical Tool Need Security? — Maxim and Mouser Electronics

   Connected medical devices have a unique set of security design requirements, and a software-only security solution with a non-secure MCU might not be the best way to go. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Scott Jones from Maxim Integrated about the details of secure authentication and how we can … Read More → "Why Does a Medical Tool Need Security? — Maxim and Mouser Electronics"

The Future of Automotive Interconnects — Molex and Mouser Electronics

   The modern automobile is practically a data center on wheels, with countless processors, controllers, sensors, and intelligent systems that need to communicate reliably. Choosing the right interconnect solutions is front and center in the design of these complex systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rudy Waluch of Molex … Read More → "The Future of Automotive Interconnects — Molex and Mouser Electronics"

Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics

 Providing clean power for today’s complex FPGAs is a bewildering challenge. These devices can pose serious difficulties for conventional solutions based on buck converters. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jen Vaccaro from Intel about the new Intel Enpirion EC2650 6 amp power solution that offers significant advantages in powering … Read More → "Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics"

Prototyping Billion-Gate Designs with Protium X1 Enterprise Prototyping System

   FPGA-based Prototyping certainly isn’t new. And our needs for early firmware and software development, memory modeling and advanced data capture haven’t gotten any better, if anything – they have gotten worse. Hi, I’m Amelia Dalton – host of Chalk Talk. Today my Juergen Jaeger from Cadence Design Systems and I are talking about … Read More → "Prototyping Billion-Gate Designs with Protium X1 Enterprise Prototyping System"

Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit

 5G infrastructure presents daunting challenges on the RF front. We want to put the processing as close as possible to the antenna, and the standards are evolving so fast that programmability is a must. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Brown from Avnet and Matt Burns from Samtec about … Read More → "Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit"

Trends Driving the Future of Sensor Development — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics

   Sensors for IoT applications are changing and evolving rapidly these days. With experts predicting over a trillion sensors deployed worldwide, the pace of innovation in sensor technology has been accelerating, and design engineers need to keep up with the latest trends in order to get the best out of their IoT designs. In … Read More → "Trends Driving the Future of Sensor Development — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics"

The Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse (Part 1)
I used to be somewhat sanguine about the idea of artificial intelligence becoming self-aware and powerful enough to decide that we (humans) were superfluous to requirements -- The Terminator and Skynet come to mind -- but when you look at how fast things are moving... In anticipation of Part 2 of ...

posted by MaxMaxfield on Sep 19 at 10:52am

Embedded File Systems: a Tricky Task
Thanks Jim for the interesting article. While media can be a large part of the problem, there are file system choices for reliability - data integrity differs from fail-safety. Additionally, detection of a problem can lead to possible solutions - or at least more graceful failures. I've collected my thoughts ...

posted by Thom Denholm on Sep 19 at 7:23am

Why Your Computer is Slower Than a 1970s PC
Not unfair (IMHO) but definitely a contributor. The e-ink display in Kindles is very slow, but that's fine for reading novels. It has other advantages (daylight visibility, for one) but speed isn't one of them.

posted by Jim Turley on Sep 18 at 10:11am

RAMPing Up Always-On AI
What do you think of Aspinity's analog approach to always-on AI?

posted by Bryon Moyer on Sep 16 at 9:18am

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