AI to Save the Day: Athinia Uses Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to Help Solve Semiconductor Challenges

Can big data and artificial intelligence help solve the problems plaguing the semiconductor industry? That is exactly the topic of this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Athinia CEO Laura Matz joins me to discuss how Athinia is using AI and big data to solve critical semiconductor challenges. We discuss collaboration across the semiconductor industry, how Athinia is creating new insights in material optimization, and why military-grade requirements for data … Read More → "AI to Save the Day: Athinia Uses Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to Help Solve Semiconductor Challenges"

BeBop RoboSkin Provides Tactile Awareness for Robots

I often think of a future that involves truly intelligent robots working alongside humans to make the world a better place for all of us. My wife (Gina the Gorgeous) is constantly asking me how long it will be until we have our own robot to help with household tasks. I have no idea how to answer this question. Looking back over the last 40 years, some … Read More → "BeBop RoboSkin Provides Tactile Awareness for Robots"

Opening the Door for Manufacturing Innovation: PulseForge Develops a New Form of Thermal Processing

What if we could revolutionize manufacturing and save energy at the same time? My guest is PulseForge CMO Stan Farnsworth and we are digging into the details of PulseForge’s new digital thermal processing. Stan and I investigate how this kind of thermal processing differs from traditional thermal processing and how it can vastly reduce the amount of energy used in manufacturing. We also take a closer look at … Read More → "Opening the Door for Manufacturing Innovation: PulseForge Develops a New Form of Thermal Processing"

Are You Ready to Lay Your Hands on the World’s First Universal Processor?

One of the things I really enjoy is bacon sandwiches, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about here. Another thing I enjoy is watching a startup company evolve from being a twinkle in its founder’s eye to purveying its first product.

Way back in the mists of time we used to call May 2020 (which is two … Read More → "Are You Ready to Lay Your Hands on the World’s First Universal Processor?"

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Just 1-Wire to Power and Operate I2C or SPI Endpoints

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Analog Devices

If you are working on a connection or IO constrained design, a one wire solution could be a great way for you to power and operate your I2C or SPI endpoints. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Scott Jones from Maxim Integrated about the DS28E18 communications bridge: a one wire solution that can help you address a variety of system level challenges including protocol conversion, wiring limitations, and communication distance concerns.

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Intel Agilex FPGAs Deliver Game-Changing Flexibility & Agility for the Data-Centric World

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The new Intel® Agilex™ FPGA is more than the latest programmable logic offering—it brings together revolutionary innovation in multiple areas of Intel technology leadership to create new opportunities to derive value and meaning from this transformation from edge to data center. Want to know more? Start with this white paper.

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Synopsys PPA(V) Voltage Optimization

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Performance-per-watt has emerged as one of the highest priorities in design quality, leading to a shift in technology focus and design power optimization methodologies. Variable operating voltage possess high potential in optimizing performance-per-watt results but requires a signoff accurate and efficient methodology to explore. Synopsys Fusion Design Platform™, uniquely built on a singular RTL-to-GDSII data model, delivers a full-flow voltage optimization and closure methodology to achieve the best performance-per-watt results for the most demanding semiconductor segments.

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Posted on May 26 at 6:27am by Steven Leibson
StarLink is an extremely interesting alternative, robb7x, but not a practical one at the moment. Wait times to get the equipment are still measured in months, as opposed to getting service immediately. My partner at Tirias Research lives in the wilds of Arizona and he just got StarLink. It ...
Posted on May 25 at 12:03pm by inder
What Type of FPGA is used? Xilinx? You have some special trick to outperform ASIC by FPGA? 6xTimes FP8 to Nvidia H100 you have emulated nvidia tensor cores? How you can compare that please publish some output from model inference or training some video please? I tested google TPU before ...
Posted on May 23 at 8:10pm by robb7x
what about starlink?
Posted on May 23 at 7:32pm by GREG BULMASH
But can it run Crysis?
Posted on May 23 at 4:49pm by Tachyum
1. Hi Max, fun to read as always. Two questions: 1) 64000 ball-grid array. Are the balls arranged as a multi-dimensional sparse matrix? Will you lay out my circuit board for me? >>>> It's 6400 >>>> Its dense 2D matrix and yes Tachyum will provide reference design to ...
Posted on May 23 at 12:36pm by Tachyum
In regards to question number 3 ----- "3) And the bonus EE-degree question: Do they have precise exceptions?" Yes we have fully precise exceptions.
Posted on May 23 at 8:12am by Max Maxfield
Hi Mihir -- thank you for your kind words :-)
Posted on May 22 at 7:23am by Mihir Kumar
As always, great post. Thanks
Posted on May 20 at 3:11pm by Max Maxfield
Hi retired nemesis of retired Jim Turley -- I think it's 6,400 not 64,000 -- but I agree that they have a lot of balls to present us with this package :-) With regard to compilers, simulators, IDEs, etc -- they have a complete ecosystem. I should have written more about that. ...
Posted on May 20 at 3:06pm by Max Maxfield
I vaguely remember heard of it, but I never used it myself. I do remember AMD's AM2901 bit-slice processor -- that was an interesting approach (was the Motorola one a bit-slice machine?)
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Solar Cells Optimized for Indoor Applications
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and TDK
Solar cell technology is more popular than ever before, but we have only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to new applications for photovoltaic cell technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Chris Burket from TDK about the basics of photovoltaic cells, what sets TDK’s a-SI film solar cells away from other solar cell technology on the market today and the cool new applications that can take advantage of this powerful technology.
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MOTIX Motor Control Solutions
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Infineon
Today’s complex automotive designs require a wide range of motor control and system ICs to deliver the features that customers demand. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Michael Williams from Infineon joins me to explore how Infineon’s MOTIX motor control solutions can help simplify your next automotive design. We take a closer look at the MOTIX Embedded power system on chip for motor control, the benefits that the MOTIX Embedded Power IC can bring to your next design, and how you can get started with your next motor control design with Infineon’s MOTIX motor control solutions.
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Enabling the Flow of Data in the World of IoT
At the heart of our growing IoT ecosystem are high performance semiconductors, but integrated circuits alone cannot make a successful IoT system. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Blais from KEMET and Ryan Wenzelman from Pulse about how passive components are crucial to the development of successful IoT frameworks. They take a closer look at RF, wired and power distribution aspects of IoT system development and investigate how YAGEO Group is advancing innovation in the world of IoT with a wide selection of passive components.
May 18, 2022
Twinax Flyover Systems for Next Gen Speeds
As the demand for higher and higher speed connectivity increases, we need to look at our interconnect solutions to help solve the design requirements inherent with these kinds of designs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Matthew Burns from Samtec discuss how Samtec’s Flyover technology is helping solve our high speed connectivity needs. They take closer look at how Samtec’s Flyover technology helps solve the issue with PCB reach, the details of FLYOVER® QSFP SYSTEM, and how this cost effective, high–performance and heat efficient can help you with the challenges of your 56 Gbps bandwidths and beyond design.
May 17, 2022
E-Mobility: Electronic Challenges and Solutions
The future electrification of the world’s transportation industry depends on the infrastructure we create today. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sven Lerche from Würth Elektronik about the electronic challenges and solutions for today’s e-mobility designs and EV charging stations. They take a closer look at the trends in these kinds of designs, the role that electronic parts play in terms of robustness, and how Würth’s REDCUBE can help you with your next electric vehicle or EV charging station design.
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Current Sense Resistor - WFC & WFCP Series
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Vishay
If you are working on a telecom, consumer or industrial design, current sense resistors can give you a great way to detect and convert current to voltage. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Clinton Stiffler from Vishay about the what, where and how of Vishay’s WFC and WFCP current sense resistors. They investigate how these current sense resistors are constructed, how the flip-chip design of these current sense resistors reduces TCR compared to other chip resistors, and how you can get started using a Vishay current sense resistor in your next design.
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