Better Hints and Less Misses: A New Holistic Approach to Hardware-Based SoC/ASIC Cybersecurity

In this week’s podcast we have a bubbling virtual witches brew of electronic engineering creativity that is one part analog, three parts IP, with a big ol’ heap full of intelligent decision making. Gajinder Panesar (UltraSoC) and Tim Ramsdale (Agile Analog) join us to discuss the what UltraSoC’s digital monitoring ecosystem IP is all about, the changing role of analog IP in the world of … Read More → "Better Hints and Less Misses: A New Holistic Approach to Hardware-Based SoC/ASIC Cybersecurity"

ARM Cortex-X1 Launches High-Performance Line

“And now for something completely different.” – John Cleese

In its latest bid for world domination, ARM has announced two new high-end Cortex processor designs. One is a nice, but unremarkable, tweak on the current Cortex-A77 core. The other is something different: an unabashed speed freak that drops any pretense of power efficiency in pursuit of performance. Say hello … Read More → "ARM Cortex-X1 Launches High-Performance Line"

StoryBoard and Cyborg Eyes: A Revolution in User Interfaces

This week’s podcast is absolutely brimming with electronic engineering goodness! First, we investigate the details of new artificial eye that can be powered by sunlight, developed by a team of researchers at Hong Kong University. Next, Jason Clarke (Crank Software) joins us to discuss user interface design, what their unique Storyboard platform is all about, and how I can get an embedded app running in minutes.

& … Read More → "StoryBoard and Cyborg Eyes: A Revolution in User Interfaces"

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Posted on May 30 at 2:20pm by Karl Stevens
Since a lowly FPGA accelerator can beat the pants off a cpu running at 10x clock speed ... something can be said about heterogeneous processing. Compilers are using Abstract Syntax Trees so the flow is based on binary expressions and control flow becomes either do the next in sequence or do ...
Posted on May 29 at 8:15am by tjburke
Hi Max, Your musings on a "big red button" immediately caused this Daffy gem to pop into my brain: "Not the wed one! Don't ever push the wed one!" has been part of my lexicon since my (misspent?) youth watching these cartoons.
Posted on May 28 at 10:36am by Jim Turley
Not sure what you're ranting about. ARM's latest CPU designs aren't particularly complex compared to those from other CPU companies. Yes, this stuff is complicated but hardly impossible to verify. That's why it's called engineering. Complexity is part of the game. Otherwise we'd all still be using 8-bit 4004 processors. Or ...
Posted on May 28 at 12:41am by jaranguren
"Personally, I think that ARM’s low-power reputation was undeserved. There’s nothing magical about ARM’s CPU microarchitecture, circuit design, or instruction set that makes it unusually efficient, and other CPU manufacturers have matched or beaten ARM’s MIPS-per-watt metrics. The laws of physics are the same for everyone. " ...
Posted on May 27 at 11:13am by Karl Stevens
Do they really expect to dig themselves out of the hole by digging it deeper? Probably not -- they are just counting on people INTUITIVELY believing -- in the end more complexity is what sells. AND ALSO FORGETTING THAT THE CONTRAPTION WILL SOMEDAY HAVE TO BE VERIFIED. There are already 3 ...
Posted on May 21 at 7:09am by Karl Stevens
Quote: "Microchip has taken a different approach, creating a semi-generic (but customizable for your application) neural network processor in the FPGA fabric that allows new networks and coefficients to be rapidly loaded and re-loaded in real time without reconfiguring the FPGA. This gives a tremendous amount of in-system capability, with ...
Posted on May 11 at 1:39pm by Jim Turley
The most egregious example (this week): Wink has been selling its home-automation hubs for years with no subscription. This week, they started demanding monthly payments and will brick the hardware for any customer who doesn't sign up.
Posted on May 6 at 11:19pm by first microprocessor
Preface on the History of the World’s First Microprocessor. Author Preface to the “Accidental Engineer” ~ Ray Holt ~ Growing up was not so normal. Our father was an Itinerant welder and pipe fitter and we traveled across Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and California. We had a family ...
Posted on May 6 at 11:22am by Kevin Morris
Seems to me that companies should either be selling products or selling services, but not selling products and then trying to use a service model. If you're selling a piece of gear, make sure it works with or without the service. If you're selling a service, required gear should be ...
Posted on May 2 at 12:09pm by Max Maxfield
Twas ever thus -- if you ever hear engineers talking outside your own discipline, much of it sounds like a different language. When I hear the IT guys talking, for example, I think to myself "This is what I must sound like to my wife" (fortunately, she never listens to ...
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