Group Puzzles Out Silicon Specs

Someday, a new class of semiconductor companies will assemble their products Lego-style, mixing and matching dice from multiple companies. It’s a huge change that’s still a long way off.

More than 146 people from 80 companies signed up for an event last week at IBM’s Almaden Research Center to take some small steps in this direction. It was the … Read More → "Group Puzzles Out Silicon Specs"

RAMPing Up Always-On AI

With the promises and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) and, more specifically, machine learning (ML), this is a time of great architectural innovation as developers compete to provide the best ML solutions. All engineering solutions have trade-offs; the trick here is to find the solution(s) with the fewest bad trade-offs.

In that spirit, we have a Read More → "RAMPing Up Always-On AI"

Up Up and Away

“I think everybody understands how important the cloud is.” – Marc Benioff

They say every cloud has a silver lining but does every silver lining have a cloud? In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Craig Johnson (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss a variety of cloud strategies. We investigate how priorities and usage models should influence our choice of cloud models and why different … Read More → "Up Up and Away"

Hot Chips 2019

[A previous version of this article contained a metaphor to watching pornography which has been removed, with our apologies.]

For two days in late August, an estimated 1,000 engineers crowded into Stanford Memorial Hall in Palo Alto, Calif. for Hot Chips 2019. #HotChips19, aka #HotChips31, featured some of the most impressive microprocessors seen in Silicon Valley … Read More → "Hot Chips 2019"

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Posted on Sep 16 at 9:18am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Aspinity's analog approach to always-on AI?
Posted on Sep 14 at 3:37pm by TotallyLost
Thanks Kevin ... these chips are certainly getting pretty awesome and converging head to head for the data center. 15 years ago there were some pure old school hardware guys sneering that we would want to run UNIX on the FPGA SOC's ... well that day is actually long past as a possibility, ...
Posted on Sep 13 at 6:22am by Art of Walls
To be fair, comparing the Apple //e with a Kindle is unfair. The point of the Kindle is using e-ink for reading and this is a technology that is still in development and very slow by nature. If you want reflective light screen like paper, this is what there is, ...
Posted on Sep 12 at 10:05am by Kevin Morris
SK - I agree with you. As editor in chief of EE Journal, I would like to apologize. Our EE Journal team is mostly women and we take issues like gender disparities in engineering seriously. We also have a tradition of hiring highly-skilled and knowledgeable writers, and giving them a ...
Posted on Sep 12 at 9:33am by SK
I am offended. I'm an engineer and I am excited by brilliant advances in science and technology. To suggest that I'd be equally excited by a porn festival is an insult, pure and simple. And, to the degree that other male engineers are NOT offended by your analogy, it's understandable ...
Posted on Sep 11 at 9:18pm by Rick_Merritt
@SK: It sounds like you were strongly offend by my choice of metaphor which was not my intention. It would be really unfortunate if anyone chose to stop reading EE Journal--or worse--to leave or not enter engineering due to that choice.
Posted on Sep 11 at 9:28am by SK
Of all the analogies you could pick to describe attendee enthusiasm, you pick porn? Could this be a reason why women are leaving engineering? It could be a reason I leave this magazine.
Posted on Sep 11 at 2:10am by fpgareader
Worse still for some people, the dramatic ‘opening a window ‘ visual event can trigger ‘Threshold Amnesia’, known to most of us as “Why did I come into this room just now?...) This hindbrain protection survival interrupt clears your mental desktop to prevent you walking off a precipice, out of your ...
Posted on Sep 9 at 3:02pm by TotallyLost
I'm not that excited about letting Marketing/Sales set prices without some significant oversight. Too often they are chasing some quota bonus that is important for their short term gains, and really bad for the company/industry long term. When they get paid based on sales commissions, and there isn't ...
Posted on Sep 9 at 8:12am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Mentor's tools and kits for machine-learning designs?
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In our last post , we looked very briefly at electrical constraints. That post was brief for a reason. Constraints need you to go slow at the beginning to ensure you go fast and smooth later. It... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ...
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In this video from EDI CON 2109, Samtec’s Jignesh Shah explains how Samtec Flyover® offers a 112 Gbps high-density escape from the system ASIC to the front panel. This is a live demonstration of 112 Gbps PAM4 traffic using Credo Semiconductors mixed signal SERDES with ...
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Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics Providing clean power for today’s complex FPGAs is a bewildering challenge. These devices can pose serious difficulties for conventional solutions based on buck converters. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jen Vaccaro from Intel about the new Intel Enpirion EC2650 6 amp power solution that offers significant advantages in powering … Read More → "Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics"
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Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit 5G infrastructure presents daunting challenges on the RF front. We want to put the processing as close as possible to the antenna, and the standards are evolving so fast that programmability is a must. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Brown from Avnet and Matt Burns from Samtec about … Read More → "Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit"
Trends Driving the Future of Sensor Development — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics   Sensors for IoT applications are changing and evolving rapidly these days. With experts predicting over a trillion sensors deployed worldwide, the pace of innovation in sensor technology has been accelerating, and design engineers need to keep up with the latest trends in order to get the best out of their IoT designs. In … Read More → "Trends Driving the Future of Sensor Development — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics"
Meeting the Power Challenges of Today’s Modern Rail — Vicor and Mouser Electronics   Designing for modern rail systems demands modern power supply technology. In today’s market, power density, efficiency, and reliability are paramount engineering considerations, and that starts with the way you power your components. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Michael Schipani of Vicor about choosing the right power strategy for … Read More → "Meeting the Power Challenges of Today’s Modern Rail — Vicor and Mouser Electronics"
Smart Home Design — NXP and Mouser Electronics Today’s smart home technologies have to balance scalability in performance, low power, heat dissipation, encoding and decoding standards, and much more. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Ruthenbeck of NXP about the nuts and bolts of smart home technology, with a virtual tour of the ultimate smart home. Click … Read More → "Smart Home Design — NXP and Mouser Electronics"