A More Reliable MRAM Mechanism

The search continues for the perfect memory cell that will replace SRAM, DRAM, and flash memory cells with better performance, power, and reliability characteristics than any of those three. While we’ve seen a number of contenders, there isn’t really any cell that is optimal for all three. Typically, cells will target either SRAM (and maybe DRAM) for in-operation memory, or flash for long-term storage.Read More → "A More Reliable MRAM Mechanism"

Programmability’s Promise

Need programmability? Step right up my friends. In this week’s Fish Fry, we are investigating some of the newest and coolest applications using programmable technology today. Ted Marena (Microsemi) demonstrates how we can use PolarFire FPGAs in a machine-learning application and how this PolarFire FPGA-based board can also facilitate Linux and RISC-V development. Sunder Parameswaran (Falcon Computing) also joins us to discuss some really cool applications for FPGA … Read More → "Programmability’s Promise"

Re-interpreting Moore’s Law

For two or three decades, there has been raging debate about the longevity and relevance of Moore’s Law. Is it dead? Has it changed? Is it slowly fizzling out? Was it a law or just a projection? Is it really about transistor density only, or something more conceptual? Did Moore really say “doubles every two years” or was it more like 18 months? Was Moore’s … Read More → "Re-interpreting Moore’s Law"

Maybe You Can’t Drive My Car (Yet) Part 4

The autonomous driving news is really stacking up. Uber and Tesla have both been very active on the self-driving scene recently. There’s so much news that it’s time for a summary of four recent, major events:

 1. Uber lays off 100 backup drivers from its self-driving unit

Uber laid off 100 backup drivers from its self-driving unit. … Read More → "Maybe You Can’t Drive My Car (Yet) Part 4"

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Posted on Aug 13 at 8:31am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think the prospects are for SOT-MRAM?
Posted on Aug 10 at 4:07am by leftygoldblatt
https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1801/1801.05215.pdf "However, the flip side of the death of Moore’s Law will be a significant decrease in cost of chip fabrication, since manufacturing industries will not need to replace their equipment so often, and their investments in process technology will be drastically reduced. ...
Posted on Aug 8 at 10:23am by leem12000
Kevin, I am not sure how you became the author of this piece as I am the author of this when I was at Mentor Graphics. Can you please update and provide credit to the proper author, me? Thx, Mike Lee
Posted on Aug 6 at 8:57am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Irdeto's approaches to securing software?
Posted on Aug 1 at 8:46am by Kev
X-pessimism is an artificial problem caused by the bad/compact signal used by the original Verilog. Nowadays you can use nettypes in SystemVerilog and split out the components of the signal so that the uncertainty (X) is just tags saying you forgot to do things (like reset, power,...) and the ...
Posted on Jul 31 at 8:49am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Real Intent's gate-level X-pessimism and CDC solutions?
Posted on Jul 30 at 2:18pm by Karl Stevens
Well, he never got around to anything about RISC-V being the answer -- only his pipe dream of world domination. This quote "DSAs perform certain specific tasks better because they are not general purpose. Instead, they solve classes of problems that offer more opportunities to exploit parallelism. DSAs also use ...
Posted on Jul 25 at 2:35pm by cpetras
Wow!
Posted on Jul 24 at 9:27pm by TotallyLost
I made the K.I.S.S comment out of frustration. Engineering is about setting clear goals and specifications that are verifiable, and designing to that. It's NOT about picking some technology out of the hat, and applying it to a pet solution, and calling it good without any serious ...
Posted on Jul 23 at 3:55pm by TotallyLost
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MLCC Alternatives   The current shortage of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is impacting a lot of project schedules. If you want to be sure your project isn’t hit by long MLCC lead times, and you’d like to improve a few things at the same time, there are some superb alternatives now on the market. In this … Read More → "MLCC Alternatives"
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KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET"
Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink  5G wireless infrastructure brings daunting design challenges. Fortunately, tools are available that can model and simulate some of the most complex aspects of 5G design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ken Karnofsky of MathWorks about modeling and simulation for beamforming, RF power amplifier linearization, and much more. Click here to … Read More → "Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink"
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