This week’s podcast is one part frog embryo, one part embedded design, and one part crystal ball! To start things off, we take a closer look at how a team of research scientists have created a new form of life (a living, programmable organism called a Xenobot) with a little help from African frog embryos, an algorithm that simulates designs for new life-forms, and the Deep Green supercomputer … Read More → "New Kid on the Block"
As I mentioned in a recent column — [Electronic] Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future — the fact that we have just drifted into the year 2020, which means we are now 1/5th the way through the 21st century, is giving me pause for thought about how … Read More → "Not Your Grandmother’s Embedded Systems"
Today, we call it “acceleration” – the use of specialized hardware to optimize compute tasks that do not perform well on conventional von Neumann processors. We have entered an “age of acceleration” driven primarily by the explosion in AI technology. Countless startups are engaged in developing chips with alternative architectures that accelerate and parallelize various types of compute-intensive algorithms. As a result, we are living in a … Read More → "Silexica Bridges the HLS Gap"
“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true.” ― James Branch Cabell
Given the magnificent complexity of modern microprocessors, it’s inevitable that they’ll have bugs and security holes. It might even be physically impossible to create a bug-free CPU, but … Read More → "What Makes Secure Processors Different?"
The upshot: Optima claims to have accelerated functional-safety fault coverage by 1000x, making possible large ASIL-D chips.
Functional safety is the new headache on the block. Once reserved for mil/aero designs only, automobiles have now shoved it into the spotlight. We’ve talked about it Read More → "Large ASIL-D Chips"
We all know that today’s engineering teams are facing increasing challenges surrounding thermal aware designs. Whether you are designing a board, an IC, or a system, we all struggle with thermal and electrical simulation at one point or another. In this week’s Fish Fry, Jerry Zhao (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the challenges of thermal and electrical simulation and the benefits of electrical and thermal co-simulation … Read More → "Thermal Trials and Temperature Tales"