Wine Wi-Fi Finds Fine Vines

Winemaking is an occupation steeped in tradition, to mix my metaphors. Winery websites feature richly sepia-toned photos of rugged Old World types squeezing the soil through their hands, gazing at grape clusters, and extolling their great-great-grandfathers’ foresight in planting head-trained Zinfandel vines with original rootstock in the rich alluvial soil of Napa Valley. It’s enough to drive you to drink. 

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Xilinx Introduces Kria SoMs

Integration is the fundamental fuel that drives technical innovation. Each new node of Moore’s Law has allowed us to “Cram More Components” onto our integrated circuits, facilitating greater and greater levels of integration on chunks of silicon. But even in today’s “System on Chip” era, we do not truly have “systems” on a chip.

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Machine Learning Megaphone: Advancements in Voice Technology

This week’s podcast is all about the advancements in voice technology. Laurent Pilati (NXP) joins me to discuss the challenges surrounding machine learning for voice tech, the details of NXP’s Voice Intelligent Technology (VIT), and what benchmark metrics are involved for the qualification for a voice design. Also this week, I take … Read More → "Machine Learning Megaphone: Advancements in Voice Technology"

Predictive Maintenance Evaluation Kit for Smart Buildings

One of the myriad problems I face — in addition to (a) being persistently pursued by gaggles of groupies and (b) the fact that all of my groupies are cranky, cantankerous, and curmudgeonly old engineers of the male persuasion — is that of being inundated by barrages of information from companies scattered around the globe.

Being only human (although it pains me … Read More → "Predictive Maintenance Evaluation Kit for Smart Buildings"

Clever Hack Finds Mystery CPU Instructions

In the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage, a team of doctors and scientists gets miniaturized and injected into the bloodstream of a human patient. They and their yellow submarine navigate past heart valves, battle corpuscles, and swim in tear ducts. It provides an inside look into biological workings most of us never see. 

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SLX FPGA: Accelerate the Journey from C/C++ to FPGA

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High-level synthesis (HLS) brings incredible power to FPGA design. But harnessing the full power of HLS with FPGAs can be difficult even for the most experienced engineering teams. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jordon Inkeles of Silexica about using the SLX FPGA tool to truly harness the power of HLS with FPGAs, getting better results faster - regardless of whether you are approaching from the hardware or software domain.

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Designs and software are growing in complexity. With verification, you need the right tool at the right time. Cadence® Palladium® Z2 emulation and Protium™ X2 prototyping dynamic duo address challenges of advanced applications from mobile to consumer and hyperscale computing. With a seamlessly integrated flow, unified debug, common interfaces, and testbench content across the systems, the dynamic duo offers rapid design migration and testing from emulation to prototyping. See them in action.

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Posted on Apr 20 at 10:04am by ronl@youknowsolutions.com
How would an intellectual property case be handled in which a copyrighted algorithm description, text or graphical code, is synthesized directly to substrate hardware and not to a Turing processor. This is the case with patent US 10,181,003. Specific synthesized hardware from an algorithm description is not claimed but the hardware ...
Posted on Apr 19 at 6:04pm by gene plichota
to do it right, the law has to get into ideas and and their representation and lack of physical being and originals and copies and what makes up what we call reality itself ( the only commonality of intellectual property with actual property is the sense that it is proper to ...
Posted on Apr 15 at 7:51pm by Jim Martin
I really enjoyed these discussions on switch debouncing, but I was uncertain if the techniques discussed applied to my problem. I have a discarded spectrometer with a very sophisticated gear driven apparatus to rotate a diffraction grating. A cam activates a microswitch every time the grating has been rotated 10 Angstroms. ...
Posted on Apr 15 at 12:00am by kaam
An API is more a standard than actual code. It's a contract between software components. Companies invest resources to define such standards and they expect to be compensated when other parties benefit from their work. Extending the ruling to hardware, does it mean the HDMI interface can now be copied ...
Posted on Apr 14 at 3:26pm by gene plichota
whatever the technical critique, spectacularly successful businesswise
Posted on Apr 13 at 10:48am by ChuckInMN
RedBarn, I agree that companies need to overhaul their "software supply chain" so that upgrades are safe and from trusted sources but that's not the market this device serves. Your internet Modem is a great example - unless you expect that updates will be delivered in physical form like a ...
Posted on Apr 12 at 6:38pm by Beercandyman
This sounds like a big win for open source. Anyone can take any interface copy it word for word. How will Google feel when someone open sources all of it's APIs? Are they going to get behind a "Free Android" version? Maybe all the phone companies will get together and ...
Posted on Apr 12 at 9:19am by rebound11
As a guy who teaches and gives away his work (code, circuits etc.) for free for anyone to use and copy, I can understand why copying the structure of an API would be fair use, but I can't find any logic in saying that copying the actual implementation of said ...
Posted on Apr 12 at 8:06am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Jim, really interesting article this. It gives a really valuable insight into the way the courts think about these issues. Interesting also the bit about deferring any ruling on copyright rules. Hmm. Thank you.
Posted on Apr 10 at 6:26am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Chuck, I also believe in the "right to repair" but as with all technologies it is all about how you use the technology. If you buy a product from me - it is your product and belongs to no-one else. I have a smartphone, which although I paid for ...
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