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December 12, 2018


RISC-V: The Groundswell Continues

The Faithful Gather in Santa Clara

by Jim Turley

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s interesting to attend a religious revival meeting when you’re not a member of that particular denomination. It’s a bit like attending a political rally as an outsider, or buying tickets to a live concert even though you hate the band but your date really wants to go. You smile and make polite conversation with the attendees, all of whom have something in common. And, in the end, you might come away with a new appreciation of their beliefs, their politics, or their taste in awful music.

So it was at

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by Amelia Dalton
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December 12, 2018

Superior Flexibility of RS485-Networking Transceiver from STMicroelectronics Simplifies Design, Saves Board Space and Bill of Materials

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USB On-the-Go Basics

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USB On-the-Go (OTG) allows two USB devices to talk to each other without requiring a personal computer. Although OTG appears to add "peer to peer" connections to USB, it instead retains the standard USB host/peripheral mode and introduces the dual-role device (DRD), capable of functioning as either host or peripheral. This application note provides insight into USB OTG operation, including host vs peripheral operation, host negotiation protocol, session request protocol and requirements for an OTG transceiver.

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Understanding SAR ADCs: Their Architecture and Comparison with Other ADCs

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Successive-approximation-register (SAR) ADCs provide up to 5Msps sampling rates with resolution up to 20 bits. The SAR architecture allows for high-performance, low-power ADCs to be packaged in small form factors for today's demanding applications. This article explains how the SAR ADC operates using a binary search algorithm to converge on the input signal. It also explains the heart of the SAR ADC, the capacitive DAC and the high-speed comparator. Finally, the SAR architecture is contrasted with pipeline, flash, and sigma-delta ADCs.

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Magnetics: Not Just for Inductors Anymore

Sponsored by KEMET and Mouser Electronics

Magnetics have a wide range of new and exciting applications that extend far beyond simple inductors - including temperature sensors, flex suppressors, zero phase current transformers, and more. With all these new uses for magnetics, it pays to keep up on the latest technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Componiani from KEMET about some of the more interesting new applications for magnetics in your next design.

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Building Application Designs with Pressure Sensors — Honeywell and Mouser Electronics

   Today’s IoT designs require a large variety of sensors, and finding the correct one can be a daunting challenge. Choosing wisely could affect just about every aspect of your project, from BOM cost to performance in the field.  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats in depth with Clint Briscoe of … Read More → "Building Application Designs with Pressure Sensors — Honeywell and Mouser Electronics"

Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics

   With the rapid pace of change in IoT designs these days, the flexibility, power efficiency, and low latency of FPGAs can be major advantages. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Schulte of Intel about applying FPGA technology to IoT systems. Click here for more information about Intel® FPGAs (formerly … Read More → "Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics"

A New Advanced IC Packaging Battlefield

  Today, advanced packaging technology has created a new battleground where 2.5D packaging and heterogeneous design drive constraints that span semiconductor, packaging, board, and even system-level design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Park of Cadence Design Systems about new techniques and tools for advanced IC packaging design. Click here … Read More → "A New Advanced IC Packaging Battlefield"

Analog to Digital Converters: A Resolution Revolution — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics

   Today’s IoT designs rely on massive amounts of data from a wide range of sensors. One thing most of these systems have in common is the need for high-resolution data converters that can operate on limited power budgets. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Andeen from Maxim Integrated … Read More → "Analog to Digital Converters: A Resolution Revolution — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics"

Optoelectronics: SensorXplorer — Vishay and Mouser Electronics

   Many IoT designs require limited vision capabilities – without a full-blown camera interface. Edge devices may need to be able to see light, recognize colors or gestures, or sense presence. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Samy Ahmed of Vishay about using optoelectronics to give enhanced capabilities to your … Read More → "Optoelectronics: SensorXplorer — Vishay and Mouser Electronics"

Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics

   Security and power are key considerations in just about every IoT design these days. And, if you don’t start with a microcontroller that has robust security and power features, it can be an uphill battle. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ram Konreddy of Microchip Technology about the new … Read More → "Introducing the SAML10 and SAML11 MCUs — Microchip and Mouser Electronics"

Communication Solves Flash Unpredictability
What do you think of HCC Embedded's failsafe flash management?

posted by Bryon Moyer on Dec 10 at 10:13am

That Buzz in your Pocket
What do you think of Boréas's approach to haptics using piezoelectric materials?

posted by Bryon Moyer on Dec 3 at 12:35pm

What Will Replace DRAM and NAND, and When?
The Load/Store times are somewhat misleading, high-density memories on the end of serial links (PCIe) are not that fast on small transfers. If you want that speed you'll have to do PiM - die-stacking the memory with CPU. Likewise using a single cache-coherent data-bus becomes the throttle on the ...

posted by Kev on Nov 30 at 12:27am

Batteries as a Service
I'm on the other side of this. For example, if I'm using a $5 IoT device to do something important, and that device has $40M worth of cloud data center support required to make it work properly, I'd rather be paying for the service than the object. I want the supplier ...

posted by Kevin Morris on Nov 28 at 3:04pm

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