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May 21, 2019


Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGAs

Poking the Bear - Again

by Kevin Morris

We’ve always been pretty impressed by Achronix – and for good reason. In an FPGA market where countless startups have tried and failed, Achronix somehow built themselves into a successful, independent, profit-making FPGA company. That’s not an easy task, and it required numerous “pivots” on the part of the company.

Initially, Achronix developed a family of novel asynchronous FPGAs and associated tools. When it became clear that engineering teams were not quite ready to buy into the asynchronous thing, Achronix developed a very market-savvy family of conventional FPGAs, with few novel features but with a clever mix of exactly right hardened IP that made the devices excel at specific targeted applications. Later, they switched fabs to

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Firming Up Your Photoresist
Imec Presents Sequential Infiltration Synthesis Results at SPIE Advanced Litho
by Bryon Moyer
Reliability’s Road
Automotive Mixed Signal Chips, Defect Analysis, and Where We Go From Here
by Amelia Dalton
Resurrecting 1980s Computers
Carnegie Mellon’s OLIVE Emulates Old Machines to Prevent Data from Dying
by Jim Turley
Software-Defined Manufacturing
Bright Machines Wants to Do to Mfg What’s Been Done to Radio, Networking
by Bryon Moyer

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May 21, 2019
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May 21, 2019

ClioSoft and Silvaco Collaborate to Integrate ClioSoft’s SOS Design Data Management Platform with Silvaco’s Analog Custom Design Tools

SmartDV Reduces Protocol Debug Time with Smart ViPDebug

Reflex Photonics’ LightCONEX, the first 150 Gbps 24-lane rugged transceiver on the market, to power the next generation of 3U VPX cards from Interface Concept.

May 20, 2019

Lattice’s New MachX03D FPGA Enhances Security with Hardware Root-of-Trust Capabilities

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Firming Up Your Photoresist
What do you think of SIS as a way of improving pattern fidelity with EUV?

posted by Bryon Moyer on May 20 at 9:07am

To Err is Human
And in the last year, more Tesla deaths ... including Tesla driving under another SemiTrailer and killing it's driver. And some statistics that didn't start with Tesla Marketing https://medium.com/@MidwesternHedgi/teslas-driver-fatality-rate-is-more-than-triple-that-of-luxury-cars-and-likely-even-higher-433670ddde17

posted by TotallyLost on May 18 at 12:19am

Software-Defined Manufacturing
What do you think of the notion of software-define manufacturing?

posted by Bryon Moyer on May 13 at 10:14am

eASIC’s Big Win
@TotallyLost - my understanding is you can kinda' do that. With Agilex, you can have chiplets with parts of your design hardened via eASIC technology connected via EMIB with FPGA fabric.

posted by Kevin Morris on May 12 at 9:23pm

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