Intel’s Agilex 7 FPGAs Take Barcelona by Storm

As part of giving courses on digital logic simulation, along with presentations at technical conferences and guest lectures at universities, I’ve been fortunate enough to have at least sampled a tempting taster of many of the countries in Scandinavia and Western Europe, including Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Sad to relate, one of the countries on … Read More → "Intel’s Agilex 7 FPGAs Take Barcelona by Storm"

Winston Kock: Right Place, Right Time, Right Idea

During research for my recent 6-part article series on the early transistor makers, I tried to find information on the companies that attended the 1952 Bell Labs Transistor Symposium, yet clearly never made transistors. One of those companies was listed as “The Baldwin Company.” Searching the Internet, the closest match I could find for that corporate name was the Baldwin Piano Company. I wondered, what thread could … Read More → "Winston Kock: Right Place, Right Time, Right Idea"

The Soft Robot Revolution: imec Develops Robotic Systems That Can Self Heal and Feel Pain

Did you know imec and VUB have teamed up to develop soft robotic systems that can feel pain and self-heal? Bram Vanderborght (imec) joins me this week to chat all about it! We investigate the challenges inherent to soft robotics, how an integrated approach and several breakthrough innovations made these robotic systems possible, and where Bram thinks soft robotics are headed in the future.

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100+ AI-Designed SoCs and Counting!

Way back in the mists of time we used to call 2020, the guys and gals at Synopsys launched (Design Space Optimization AI), which they described as being “The industry’s first autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) application for chip design.”

As they said at that time, “ searches for optimization targets in very large solution spaces of chip design, utilizing reinforcement … Read More → "100+ AI-Designed SoCs and Counting!"

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Posted on Mar 23 at 10:48pm by Amydoelly
It has longer service life, high power density, fast charging and high reliability at 105°C. Not only supercapacitors, but also some capacitors used in new energy vehicle lights also meet this condition. For example, YMIN's VMM series and VKM series are used for smart lights. Below is the company's official ...
Posted on Mar 23 at 11:46am by Ron Cline
Old PLD/CPLD chip designer here. In addition to the FPGA by-hand-design requirement, I believed that FPGAs had a fatal flaw in that they had to be rebooted from a separate memory like a microprocessor and argued FPGAs would never be accepted by hardware board designers for mass production. Boy ...
Posted on Mar 23 at 10:22am by Steven Leibson
Thanks for this fascinating information, rrestle! I remember BEI and some Googling reveals that Schneider Electric bought them in 2005. Signetics and Siliconix were both founded in the early 1960s and both have been long since acquired. I was not aware of the optical disks in Baldwin organs being the start ...
Posted on Mar 23 at 6:07am by Max Maxfield
"Here are some assignment expressions that I am using for debug." It seems to me that you are having too much fun LOL
Posted on Mar 22 at 9:33am by rrestle
I started working for The Baldwin Piano & Organ Company in December 1975 as a cooperative education student from the University of Cincinnati Electrical Engineering Department and was told then the story that Baldwin had, indeed, attended the Bell Labs Transistor announcement. BEI Electronics, Inc is an offshoot from Baldwin (http://...
Posted on Mar 21 at 9:15am by Steven Leibson
Thanks TomLoredo. I agree. Kock should be more widely known. I'm hoping this article helps.
Posted on Mar 21 at 7:40am by TomLoredo
What a fantastic story—a fascinating subject in Kock, whose EE/applied physics story is very well-told here. Thanks for bringing him to my attention. Despite having been interested in electronics in the musical instrument (MI) industry since the early 1980s, I'd never heard of Kock. Clearly, he should be ...
Posted on Mar 21 at 5:52am by Steven Leibson
Thanks Wally. I had to add another chapter to the early transistor makers story. Look for it next week. Then, in April, I've got another series starting on the early history of MOS. Had a great time writing that one.
Posted on Mar 20 at 9:20am by wally
Steven, Another great historical study of our industry! Wally
Posted on Mar 18 at 9:31am by Karl Stevens
Hi, Max. Here are some assignment expressions that I am using for debug. As simple as I can imagine. The main() is to get the compiler's attention and really does nothing. main() z = 2 * 3 - 4 * 5; A = 11 + 12 * 13 - (14 + 15) * 10; X = 2 * 3 + 4 * 5; y = y + 1; x = 5 - 10; B = 4 + 6 - 17; y = 2 + 3 * 4 - 4; X = 2 * 3 + 4 * 5; y = 2 + 3 * 4 - 4; y = 0; y = 2 + 3 * 4 ...
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