Lattice Powers-up Industry 4.0

Lattice Semiconductor has hit their stride, smoothly executing the strategy they laid out a couple of years ago. In the wake of a failed acquisition, the company turned the page, re-focused, and set a course to make their FPGA technology accessible to a broad range of engineering teams designing high-value applications. It’s a solid strategy – bundling their devices with full-stack solutions including hardware, hardware and … Read More → "Lattice Powers-up Industry 4.0"

The Secret Power Behind SSDs

I keep waiting for hard disk drives to die off, but they just never do. Individual drives fail all the time, but the whole category of spinning platter storage has shown a remarkably resilient half-life. I guess Neil Young was right: Rust never sleeps. 

The main alternative is solid-state disks (SSDs), and they’ve been getting better and cheaper, threatening … Read More → "The Secret Power Behind SSDs"

The World According to Analog: Why Our Digital Futures Depend on Analog

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we investigate the analog data conundrum with Tom Doyle and Marcie Weinstein from Aspinity. We take a closer look at the power and data challenges of processing at the edge, what Aspinity’s new analog machine learning IC is all about, and the details of their new evaluation kits that utilize their analogML core. Also this week, I dig into the details … Read More → "The World According to Analog: Why Our Digital Futures Depend on Analog"

Voice Activation Gets More Efficient

Science fiction is all about “what if.” What if there were no gravity? What if apes developed an advanced civilization after our own? What if we’re living in a computer simulation? 

What if voice-activated gadgets used a lot less power? Would that change the way people use them, or make them more useful, or open up new applications? What … Read More → "Voice Activation Gets More Efficient"

Achronix Goes Head-to-Head

For leading FPGA suppliers Xilinx and Intel (Altera), the secret to success has always been to beat the other. That’s how duopolies work. For everyone else wanting to wedge their way into the highly-competitive programmable logic market, common wisdom has always been to find a niche. 

The niche strategy is more of a survival trick. Numerous companies have made … Read More → "Achronix Goes Head-to-Head"

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In-Chip Sensing and PVT Monitoring

Sponsored by Synopsys

In-chip monitoring can significantly alter the lifecycle management landscape. By taking advantage of modern techniques, today’s more complex designs can be optimized even after they are deployed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Stephen Crosher of Synopsys about silicon lifecycle management and how to take full advantage of the optimization opportunities available for scalability, reliability, and much more.

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Three considerations for automotive powertrain safety and security

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Insights on StarRC Standalone Netlist Reducer

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Posted on May 14 at 4:13pm by Rebel Science
"And it can handle far-field (3 meter) activation with just a single microphone, not an array of microphones like other products." This is interesting as it sounds like they have a way to separate voices from background sounds. I wish the article had gone more into how they accomplish this. Efficiency ...
Posted on May 13 at 1:51pm by Max Maxfield
Hi taichichuan -- I'm sorry for the delay in my response -- I tell you, every time I blink another year whizzes by. Don't talk to me about Pokemon Go -- my wife and 24-year-old (at that time) son had me driving them around to places with more Pokemons, at ...
Posted on May 13 at 9:10am by jlangbridge
Hi RedBarnDesigner, I'm the guy my friend Max cited in his article. Whoops! Thanks for the heads up on the 404, we're busy fixing that. We've changed a lot of things over the course of the past few weeks, including a release, so a few things are missing, I'm sorry that ...
Posted on May 13 at 7:52am by Max Maxfield
Hi RBN -- as I said to Gene in the previous comment, I'm sorry for the delay in my response -- for some reason the system didn't inform me that there were comments for me to look at ($%^%$%# computers!). Re Luos -- I've emailed the folks there re the 404 error ...
Posted on May 13 at 7:40am by Max Maxfield
Hi Gene -- sorry for the delay in my response -- I'm currently running around in ever-decreasing circles shouting "Don't Panic!" Can you explain a little more what you mean by "application and system views" remembering that I'm not a software guy?
Posted on May 12 at 11:48am by 408wij
Failure to note that 99% of Achronix's revenue comes from Intel is a big omission in this story, as is the failure to note that they're just about to complete their Spac merger just as said revenue stream is nearing it's end.
Posted on May 11 at 9:58pm by gene plichota
think about all the past actions predicated on the supposition that no such thing existed....always better to know as the wise man said, " the truth hurts, but the lies'll kill you "
Posted on May 10 at 4:38am by vharihar
"ITRS ... and then drank lots of wine", Lol! Anyway, in between there was one based on "half metal pitch", I believe, from a time when memory transistors were the higher density kinds. In any case, even that went totally out of sync with what the real situation was, as you ...
Posted on May 9 at 6:22am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Max, Hmm, I'm unconvinced! After reading the article, I headed over to the Luos git repository but I haven't actually cloned any code. I was unsure exactly what Luos was "bringing to the distributed control systems" party and so I clicked on the URL for the YouTube video presentation. ...
Posted on May 6 at 2:01pm by gene plichota
great stuff!....I hope to one day be able to toggle between application and system views....this looks like it's getting into the same territory
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SN1000 SmartNIC
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Build, Deploy and Manage Your FPGA-based IoT Edge Applications
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RF Interconnect for Automotive Applications
Modern and future automotive systems will put enormous demands on RF. We need reliable, high-bandwidth, low-latency, secure wireless connections between cars and infrastructure, from car to car, and within systems on each car. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Owen Barthelmes and Kelly Freeman of Amphenol RF to talk about interconnects for these new, challenging automotive RF systems.
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IEC 62368-1 Overvoltage Requirements
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