Two years ago at the annual DATE conference in Europe, a MEMS design contest was announced. Sponsored by Reutlingen University, Coventor, X-Fab, and Cadence, the goal was to stimulate creative ideas for MEMS technology. The sponsors each had a part: Coventor and Cadence provided tools for the design process, and X-Fab signed up to build the winning design. Reutlingen University helped with the organizing efforts.
Well, the … Read More → "MEMS Design Contest Winners"
Work it harder
Make it better
Do it faster
Makes us stronger
— Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk
The internet of things once again takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. First up, we chat with Dianne Kibbey (Newark element14) about the Design for a … Read More → "Enabling Intelligence and Designing for a Cause"
FPGAs were conceived as “do anything” chips – Jacks of all Trades. Sure, they were crazy expensive for the number of effective gates they offered, they were a lot slower than custom logic doing the same task, and they drank copious quantities of coulombs getting the job done, but they could be programmed to do exactly your bidding. In a lot of designs, that made the FPGA the no-longer-missing link – … Read More → "Programmable Pile of Parts"
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. – Mark Twain
With all the media hype and heavy emphasis on the leading-edge semiconductor process technologies that will soon reach single-digit nanometer numbers, working-class process technologies often get no respect. That’s why I was so pleased to learn that GlobalFoundries Read More → "Zap! Zap! Zap! GlobalFoundries’ UHV 180nm Process Hits 700V"
“One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Monkey see, monkey do. Google acquired Android years ago and turned it into a hugely successful tool for embedded programmers. Now, Amazon has taken over FreeRTOS. Will it become the next Android, a de facto standard for real-time software that … Read More → "Amazon and Google in the RTOS World"
Anything you do can be done efficiently or not. Whether it’s driving (mpg?), playing sportsball (results/energy spent?), or walking the dog (who pulls whom?), you can be efficient or not. Obviously, higher efficiency is better – assuming you care (sometimes spending energy worrying about efficiency can be inefficient). So… what if you could identify an improvement for an activity you care about that, by itself, … Read More → "An MRAM Cell that Competes with SRAM?"