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Posted on Feb 27 at 8:02am by Ansi_Kenabi17
Meh. Had rhey been serious about it, they'd bolted it on AVR, not PIC16 core. PiC16 is a crime against humanity and PIC18 is not much better. This is just a niche product for some customer that they thought they might try selling to others.
Posted on Feb 27 at 6:26am by Steven Leibson
The ability to reconfigure the PIC16F13145's small FPGA on the fly is indeed an interesting feature of this device, tanon. I must admit that I can't think of much more to do with this feature than a signal mux, but Adam Taylor seems enamored of the device and ...
Posted on Feb 27 at 6:24am by Steven Leibson
Janos, your project is about 500 times bigger than the FPGA in PIC16F13145. Of course you don't print the schematics.
Posted on Feb 27 at 2:23am by tanon
The capability of being able to load multiple bitstreams into the microcontroller flash and re-program the CLB on-the-fly is very interesting indeed. Depending on the application, you could almost use that to extend the capability of the CLB by programmatically switching out the configuration, based on conditions sensed by the ...
Posted on Feb 26 at 11:34am by Janos
My actual project for Xilinx (xc6slx25, package ftg256, speed -2) contains: Slice Registers: 7,089 Slice LUTs: 8,457, used as Memory (RAM, ROM and shift register): 1,333 DSP48A1s: 17 IOBs: 153 Max frequency: 160 MHz I never print the schematics!
Posted on Feb 22 at 6:58pm by Ansi_Kenabi17
Well, electronic ink has barely dried and here we have this... 🙄 "Here's Why Gemini 1.5 Might STEAL Your Job" https://x.com/NorthstarBrain/status/1759921306324152514?s=20 BTW, how the !*"#!%& does one insert a link here ?
Posted on Feb 22 at 6:39am by Max Maxfield
Don't scare me :-) Also, I think you meant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE-JoCg98iU
Posted on Feb 20 at 11:13am by Ansi_Kenabi17
And "text-to-article" is what, maybe a couple weeks or months away ? 🙄 AI engines are cropping up like mushrooms after the rain. I've just seen groq do this: [Groq Labs: Project Know-It-All](hhtps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE-JoCg98iU)
Posted on Feb 19 at 1:15pm by Steven Leibson
Hi Misha. I agree. There's a lot more history there. Some of it's buried pretty deep, and someone will probably write it, someday. Meanwhile, check out Robert Bielby's oral history at the Computer History Museum. There's lots of Altera history in there. Some Xilinx history too.
Posted on Feb 19 at 10:51am by mrburich
Hi Steve, this is a great story about Altera from the founding days to 1992. However, there is so much more to document about Altera from 1993 to 2014, when Intel closed the acquisition of Altera. So many great people, great innovations in programmable logic architecture and design software, many new generations of ...
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