Passwords Rent Asunder

The upshot: The Tide Organization tested password splintering and, in one study, found an increase of 14,064,094% in security as compared with “conventional, centralized alternatives.”

Passwords are this horrible thing that we can’t seem to escape. If we’re doing it right, each of the 300-odd passwords we need will be random, long, changed every month, and, of … Read More → "Passwords Rent Asunder"

Driving Optimization

What do high level synthesis, FPGAs, and the first 3D printer capable of printing fully-functional electronics have in common? This week’s podcast, of course! First up, I chat with Max Odendahl (CEO, Founder – Silexica) about ins and outs of system level understanding and optimization, what we can do with unsynthesizable C/C++ code and how we can tackle the biggest challenges in using Software  (C/C++) for hardware … Read More → "Driving Optimization"

High-End FPGA Showdown – Part 3

In part 1 of this series, we looked at new high-end FPGA families from Xilinx, Intel, and Achronix and discussed their underlying semiconductor processes, the type and amount of programmable logic LUT fabric, the type and amount of DSP/arithmetic resources and their applicability to AI inference acceleration tasks, the claimed TOPS/FLOPS performance capabilities, and on-chip interconnect … Read More → "High-End FPGA Showdown – Part 3"

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discussion
Posted on Nov 12 at 12:27pm by Karl Stevens
"Now I’m sitting here pondering what I would like to accelerate here in my office. How about you? Do you have any data-intensive applications that would benefit from a 10X to 100X speedup?" No, But I think it is time to put some effort into control/decision logic optimization. ...
Posted on Nov 12 at 9:43am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of this approach to splitting up passwords for better security?
Posted on Nov 7 at 11:43am by Karl Stevens
The Boolean logic model is running in debug mode so the design can be both modeled and debugged in C Sharp Visual Studio. In fact since both the data flow and control logic are fully defined the model is an executable spec. Here is a preliminary syntax for functional design ...
Posted on Nov 7 at 7:48am by Max Maxfield
To be honest, I think this is all rather exciting, because new concepts and definitions are sprouting up like mushrooms on a day-to-day basis.
Posted on Nov 7 at 7:30am by Karl Stevens
I realize that some designers want to know as early as possible if there are timing problems, but FIRST the function has to be right. There are different ways to optimize timing, but FUNCTION IS SACRED!
Posted on Nov 7 at 7:24am by Karl Stevens
Absolutely! The logic design phase has been totally ignored since the ridiculous conclusion that Verilog should be used for design entry BECAUSE it can be SIMULATED! Then the first thing that the tools do is synthesize HDL rather than simulate. In fact they do place and route and timing analysis ...
Posted on Nov 7 at 6:52am by Kevin Morris
Tools are the most important element in driving adoption of programmable logic technology. With dynamic new markets for FPGAs such as AI inference acceleration, the demands on tools have grown even more. Do you think tools are still the greatest barrier to FPGA use in our systems?
Posted on Nov 5 at 9:50am by Bryon Moyer
If you're using, say, Office applications, are you getting the dumbed-down versions that are the current online versions? Or are they full-up? For instance, would you still be able to script Excel with VBA? I think (I could be wrong) that you need the on-premise version to do that today. ...
Posted on Nov 4 at 9:43am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of the current Mipsology and the future SoC ML inference approaches?
Posted on Oct 31 at 7:35am by Max Maxfield
It amazes me to think about the raw compute power offered by this card -- if I got my time machine working and took it back to say 1975... it would be useless because they didn't have the PCIe interface back then LOL
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Fuses in Automotive Applications — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics   Automotive applications put a high demand on fuses. With the increasing electrical content in modern vehicles, correct fuse specification is a critical item for safety, and standards have been slow to catch up with demands. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Saad Lambaz from Littelfuse to discuss the evolution … Read More → "Fuses in Automotive Applications — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics"
Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics   5G brings a bewildering array of issues in small cell design – with small cells stepping in to handle the heavy lifting in the numerous places macro cells can’t reach. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suma Kapilavai of Qorvo about tackling the variety of massive MIMO and beamforming … Read More → "Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"
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