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April 6, 2020


When the Bugs Find You

Percepio’s DevAlert Notifies You When Something’s Rotten in Denmark

by Jim Turley

“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.” – Rosa Parks

Bugs are an inevitability, but they’re especially embarrassing when your customer finds them before you do. All things being equal, it would be better if your devices notified you of a bug instead of your customers calling to complain that their shiny and expensive new device just tipped over. 

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Adventures in Satellite Security and The SpaceX Comfy Ride to the Moon

by Amelia Dalton
Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 6)

by Max Maxfield
Creating Innovation in a Vacuum
Unique Device Technology Avoids Complicated Semiconductor Techniques
by Jim Turley
HLS Powers AI Revolution
Will Inference Finally Mainstream HLS?
by Kevin Morris

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Max\'s Cool Beans
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[From the last episode: We saw some of the mistakes that can cause programs to fail and to breach security and/or privacy.] We'€™ve seen how having more than one program or user resident as a '€œtenant'€ in a server in the cloud can create some challenges '€“ at leas...

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Samtec, Inc.
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There are many historical innovations that are the product of adversity, and the current situation is an extreme example.  While it is not the first time that humanity has faced a truly global challenge like the COVID-19 pandemic, this time the world is connected by tech...

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April 6, 2020

New Vishay Intertechnology ThermaWick™ SMD Thermal Jumper Chip Removes Heat From Electrically Isolated Components

Keysight Technologies Welcomes the University of Malaga to OpenTAP™ Project Community

April 3, 2020

Renesas RX13T 32-Bit MCU Enables Inverter Control in On-Off Switching Motors for Industrial and Home Appliances at Lower System Cost

NXP Streamlines Intelligent Device and Secure Edge-to-Cloud Development with Microsoft Azure RTOS

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April 2, 2020

GOWIN Semiconductor Adds VHDL Support to their GOWIN Synthesis FPGA Software for Complete RTL Language Support

New 600W fan-less AC-DC power supply for medical (BF) and ITE/industrial applications

Synopsys Expands Collaboration with Broadcom for 7nm and 5nm Designs

Easy I/O Expansion Using Standard Ethernet Brings More Versatility to Rugged Avionics Systems

Pre-Switch appoints Foxy Power to spearhead adoption of highly-efficient, AI-based soft-switching power platform

ESD Alliance Announces AMEDAC as a New Member of its Community

April 1, 2020

Durable Industrial Board-to-Board Connectors from Harwin Tested to 3Gbits/s Operation

Open Source Software to realize Conversational AI – COTOBA Agent OSS

STMicroelectronics Simplifies Power for Smart Devices with Flexible and Rugged VIPer® Controller

March 31, 2020

Keysight Technologies Launches Innovate Anywhere Program

OneSpin Expands Online Resources Giving Remote-Working Verification Community Ability to Continue Tackling Design Verification Challenges

March 30, 2020

STMicroelectronics Breaks Down Barriers to Broad Adoption of Vibration Monitoring in Industry 4.0 Applications


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Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 6)
As I've said before, I'm a hardware design engineer by trade, so I guess hardware solutions hold a certain appeal for me. It's like the old saying goes, "If your only tool is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail" :-) I will be interested to hear your ...

posted by Max Maxfield on Apr 4 at 1:36pm

Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 6)
I'm certainly all for teaching about switch bounce, as it's not obvious to the uninitiated that it actually occurs. I'm also all for teaching about understanding the required response time for any function driven by a switch (or any other signal for that matter). The correct method for debouncing must ...

posted by SK on Apr 3 at 3:29pm

Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 6)
Oooh, Oooh -- I just thought of one more reason -- I'm proud of my diagrams, but it's hard to draw a diagram of a piece of software (although I'm going to give it "the old college try" when we get to look at software solutions :-)

posted by Max Maxfield on Apr 2 at 4:23pm

Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 6)
I wouldn't argue that debouncing in software is an excellent choice for high-volume production projects. Debouncing in hardware may be more appropriate for smaller projects and hobbyists. Having said this, there must be a reason why well-known devices like the MC14490 from On Semiconductor and the MAX6816 / 6817 / 6818 from Maxim Integrated ...

posted by Max Maxfield on Apr 2 at 4:21pm

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