The World According to Analog: Why Our Digital Futures Depend on Analog

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we investigate the analog data conundrum with Tom Doyle and Marcie Weinstein from Aspinity. We take a closer look at the power and data challenges of processing at the edge, what Aspinity’s new analog machine learning IC is all about, and the details of their new evaluation kits that utilize their analogML core. Also this week, I dig into the details … Read More → "The World According to Analog: Why Our Digital Futures Depend on Analog"

Voice Activation Gets More Efficient

Science fiction is all about “what if.” What if there were no gravity? What if apes developed an advanced civilization after our own? What if we’re living in a computer simulation? 

What if voice-activated gadgets used a lot less power? Would that change the way people use them, or make them more useful, or open up new applications? What … Read More → "Voice Activation Gets More Efficient"

Achronix Goes Head-to-Head

For leading FPGA suppliers Xilinx and Intel (Altera), the secret to success has always been to beat the other. That’s how duopolies work. For everyone else wanting to wedge their way into the highly-competitive programmable logic market, common wisdom has always been to find a niche. 

The niche strategy is more of a survival trick. Numerous companies have made … Read More → "Achronix Goes Head-to-Head"

Work Smarter Not Harder: Optimized Software Pipelines and A New Brain-Like Device Learns by Association

We are talking about working smarter not harder in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! To start things off, I investigate a new brain-like computing device developed by a team of researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Hong Kong. I take a closer look at how this new device is able to simultaneously process and store information and the details of the new synaptic transistor at the … Read More → "Work Smarter Not Harder: Optimized Software Pipelines and A New Brain-Like Device Learns by Association"

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Intel NUC Elements

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Intel

Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) compute elements are small-form-factor barebone computer kits and components that are perfect for a wide variety of system designs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kristin Brown of Intel System Product Group about pre-engineered solutions from Intel that can provide the appropriate level of computing power for your next design, with a minimal amount of development effort from your engineering team.

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IP Solutions for a Data-Centric World

Sponsored by Cadence Design Systems

High-performance computing, data communications, networking, and storage systems are taking center stage in many application areas, driven by newer applications such as analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), genomics, and simulation-intensive workloads. Power efficiency, high performance, and small form factor are key requirements for such systems. This paper examines how Cadence’s pre-verified, standards-based design IP can help you deliver on your quality and time-to-market goals.

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Introduction to EMI

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Conducted versus radiated EMI. CISPR-25 and CISPR-32 standards. High-frequency or low-frequency emissions. Designing a system to reduce EMI can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Watch this video to get an overview of EMI causes, standards, and mitigation techniques.

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Posted on May 14 at 4:13pm by Rebel Science
"And it can handle far-field (3 meter) activation with just a single microphone, not an array of microphones like other products." This is interesting as it sounds like they have a way to separate voices from background sounds. I wish the article had gone more into how they accomplish this. Efficiency ...
Posted on May 13 at 1:51pm by Max Maxfield
Hi taichichuan -- I'm sorry for the delay in my response -- I tell you, every time I blink another year whizzes by. Don't talk to me about Pokemon Go -- my wife and 24-year-old (at that time) son had me driving them around to places with more Pokemons, at ...
Posted on May 13 at 9:10am by jlangbridge
Hi RedBarnDesigner, I'm the guy my friend Max cited in his article. Whoops! Thanks for the heads up on the 404, we're busy fixing that. We've changed a lot of things over the course of the past few weeks, including a release, so a few things are missing, I'm sorry that ...
Posted on May 13 at 7:52am by Max Maxfield
Hi RBN -- as I said to Gene in the previous comment, I'm sorry for the delay in my response -- for some reason the system didn't inform me that there were comments for me to look at ($%^%$%# computers!). Re Luos -- I've emailed the folks there re the 404 error ...
Posted on May 13 at 7:40am by Max Maxfield
Hi Gene -- sorry for the delay in my response -- I'm currently running around in ever-decreasing circles shouting "Don't Panic!" Can you explain a little more what you mean by "application and system views" remembering that I'm not a software guy?
Posted on May 12 at 11:48am by 408wij
Failure to note that 99% of Achronix's revenue comes from Intel is a big omission in this story, as is the failure to note that they're just about to complete their Spac merger just as said revenue stream is nearing it's end.
Posted on May 11 at 9:58pm by gene plichota
think about all the past actions predicated on the supposition that no such thing existed....always better to know as the wise man said, " the truth hurts, but the lies'll kill you "
Posted on May 10 at 4:38am by vharihar
"ITRS ... and then drank lots of wine", Lol! Anyway, in between there was one based on "half metal pitch", I believe, from a time when memory transistors were the higher density kinds. In any case, even that went totally out of sync with what the real situation was, as you ...
Posted on May 9 at 6:22am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Max, Hmm, I'm unconvinced! After reading the article, I headed over to the Luos git repository but I haven't actually cloned any code. I was unsure exactly what Luos was "bringing to the distributed control systems" party and so I clicked on the URL for the YouTube video presentation. ...
Posted on May 6 at 2:01pm by gene plichota
great stuff!....I hope to one day be able to toggle between application and system views....this looks like it's getting into the same territory
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May 14, 2021
Another Friday, another week chock full of CFD, CAE, and CAD news. This week features a topic near and dear to my heart involving death of the rainbow color map for displaying simulation results.... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site....
May 13, 2021
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SN1000 SmartNIC
Sponsored by Xilinx
Cloud providers face a variety of challenges with moving data from one place to another. In modern data centers, flexibility is a key consideration - on par with performance. Software-defined hardware acceleration offers a major breakthrough in flexibility. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kartik Srinivasan of Xilinx about the details of Smart NICs with the new Alveo SN1000 with composable hardware.
May 11, 2021
Build, Deploy and Manage Your FPGA-based IoT Edge Applications
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Intel
Designing cloud-connected applications with FPGAs can be a daunting engineering challenge. But, new platforms promise to simplify the process and make cloud-connected IoT design easier than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tak Ikushima of Intel about how a collaboration between Microsoft and Intel is pushing innovation forward with a new FPGA Cloud Connectivity Kit.
May 7, 2021
RF Interconnect for Automotive Applications
Modern and future automotive systems will put enormous demands on RF. We need reliable, high-bandwidth, low-latency, secure wireless connections between cars and infrastructure, from car to car, and within systems on each car. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Owen Barthelmes and Kelly Freeman of Amphenol RF to talk about interconnects for these new, challenging automotive RF systems.
May 5, 2021
IEC 62368-1 Overvoltage Requirements
Over-voltage protection is an often neglected and misunderstood part of system design. But often, otherwise well-engineered devices are brought down by over-voltage events. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Todd Phillips of Littelfuse about the new IEC 623689-1 standard, what tests are included in the standard, and how the standard allows for greater safety and design flexibility.
Apr 21, 2021
Easy Hardware and Software Scalability across Renesas RA MCUs
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Renesas
There are a bewildering number of choices when designing with an MCU. It can be a challenge to find one with exactly what your design requires - form factor, cost, power consumption, performance, features, and ease-of-use. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brad Rex of Renesas about the small-but-powerful Renesas RA family - a flexible and scalable collection of MCUs that may be exactly what your next project needs.
Apr 13, 2021
Yield Explorer and SiliconDash
Sponsored by Synopsys
One a design goes to tape-out, the real challenges begin. Teams find themselves drowning in data from design-process-test during production ramp-up, and have to cope with data from numerous sources in different formats in the manufacturing test supply chain. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Laird of Synopsys in part three of our series on the Silicon LifeCycle Management (SLM) platform, discussing how Yield Explorer and SiliconDash give valuable insight to engineering and manufacturing teams.
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