Return of VPX – Standards, Trends and Supply Chain Security

In this week’s podcast, we have a virtual grab bag of electronic engineering goodness. We start things off with a story about the unique exploration of the Bennu asteroid. We take a closer look at how  NASA’S OSIRIS-REx mission successfully mapped out Bennu’s gravity field and how this information has provided vital clues about the formation of asteroids. Also this week, Rob Persons (Smart Embedded Computing) … Read More → "Return of VPX – Standards, Trends and Supply Chain Security"

Flex Logix Joins the Race to the Inferencing Edge

Have you noticed that there seem to be a lot more products flaunting the fact that they are “Gluten Free” on the supermarket shelves these days? This sort of thing is obviously of interest to the estimated one person out of a hundred who has Celiac disease and is therefore intolerant to gluten, but do these product labels convey useful information … Read More → "Flex Logix Joins the Race to the Inferencing Edge"

Find Your Keys in Nothing Flat

“Location, location, location.” – Real estate mantra

Ultrawideband (UWB) is the proverbial twenty-year overnight success. The concept has been around for a long time, but it’s only now starting to hit the big time. 

UWB takes a shotgun approach to wireless communications. Rather than beam a relatively strong signal within a narrow … Read More → "Find Your Keys in Nothing Flat"

Cadence Brings Clarity to EMI

EMI is the ghost in our machines, the phantom of our electronic operas. We create our systems with a specific purpose, and our engineering efforts aim to hone and optimize toward that goal. At the same time, lurking in the copper traces and wayward return paths are silent specters seeking to derail our plans. They haunt our designs undetected, biding their time until the final day … Read More → "Cadence Brings Clarity to EMI"

Best and Worst Smart Home Interfaces

“’Easy to use’ is easy to say.” – Jeff Garber

My tech-savvy kids are preparing to move to another country, so I just inherited a lot of “smart home” gadgets that won’t work in their new place. Now I’ve got a box full of smart connected electrical outlets, Wi-Fi wall switches, wireless security cameras, and other gizmos. … Read More → "Best and Worst Smart Home Interfaces"

Terrible Things to Scare the Children: #adifferenthalloween with element14

It’s creepy! It’s crawly! It’s a design contest too! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Phil Hutchinson (element14) brings us the goods on this year’s spookily spectacular element14 Halloween design competition. Phil and I chat about some of last year’s creepy creations, why this year’s contest is slightly different than the year before, and how you can enter this unique Halloween design … Read More → "Terrible Things to Scare the Children: #adifferenthalloween with element14"

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Benefits of FPGAs & eFPGA IP in Futureproofing Compute Acceleration

Sponsored by Achronix

In the quest to accelerate and optimize today’s computing challenges such as AI inference, our system designs have to be flexible above all else. At the confluence of speed and flexibility are today’s new FPGAs and e-FPGA IP. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Fitton from Achronix about how to design systems to be both fast and future-proof using FPGA and e-FPGA technology.

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New package technology improves EMI and thermal performance with smaller solution size

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Power supply designers have a new tool in their effort to achieve balance between efficiency, size, and thermal performance with DC/DC power modules. The Enhanced HotRod™ QFN package technology from Texas Instruments enables engineers to address design challenges with an easy-to-use footprint that resembles a standard QFN. This new package type combines the advantages of flip-chip-on-lead with the improved thermal performance presented by a large thermal die attach pad (DAP).

Click here to download the whitepaper

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Demo: Inuitive NU4000 SoC with ARC EV Processor Running SLAM and CNN

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See Inuitive’s NU4000 3D imaging and vision processor in action. The SoC supports high-quality 3D depth processor engine, SLAM accelerators, computer vision, and deep learning by integrating Synopsys ARC EV processor. In this demo, the NU4000 demonstrates simultaneous 3D sensing, SLAM and CNN functionality by mapping out its environment and localizing the sensor while identifying the objects within it. For more information, visit

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Posted on Oct 16 at 7:48pm by Kevin Morris
Thanks Sudhir!
Posted on Oct 15 at 6:31am by sudhirkeejournal
Great article Kevin! :)
Posted on Oct 14 at 9:29am by Kevin Morris
@williamlee - Way to lead with an attack on our ethics. Classy. EE Journal has a strict policy to not consider commercial interests in our editorial. And, neither Intel nor Xilinx has been a sponsor for at least the last two years, partially because we sometimes wrote what we believed ...
Posted on Oct 14 at 8:27am by williamlee2112
This article comes off like an "Intel Sponsored Hit Piece" against an AMD and Xilinx merger. You seem to have conviently ignored the Fact that AMD's aquisition of ATI Graphics decades ago was and still is a Foundational part of AMD's unified success with the CPU and GPU business. Are ...
Posted on Oct 12 at 6:52am by JayN
Has Intel mentioned support of slave CPUs via CXL as accelerators in oneAPI?
Posted on Oct 8 at 7:08am by Max Maxfield
The first episode of the new TV series "Next" aired just two days ago as I pen these words The story features a high-functioning AI that gets out "into the wild" -- seriously, is it time to be scared yet?
Posted on Oct 2 at 1:27pm by Karl Stevens
I just saw an article about Altera OpenCL that was going to take care of all this. Have you checked lately? At the time it seemed that the GPU was handling the graphics fine, but a group of know it alls decided they could do better...
Posted on Oct 2 at 11:43am by TexasBubba
Gone are the days of reels of paper tape and drawers of 80 col punch cards. Somehow I don't seem to miss them much any more :-) Well, it was always entertaining to hang around "keypunch", if you know what I mean! Life is good! They even have IDE's for C ...
Posted on Oct 2 at 10:40am by Karl Stevens
Oh yes, it was the compiler that put that stuff in memory. Well the linker was in on the action. And it is puzzling why the compiler ties inputs and outputs together when the programmer could have used a spreadsheet instead like the HDL designers do.
Posted on Oct 2 at 10:24am by Karl Stevens
Ah yes, the poor computer was turned on and all of its things were scrambled. then came the shocker -- somebody pushed the reset. After recovering from reset shock and somebody pushed start and all it knew to do was look in memory for something to do. Then it figured ...
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