Changing the UI and UX Paradigm Once Touch at a Time

In this week’s podcast, super tiny technology is taking center stage! First up, I check out world’s first and smallest sensor that can enable touch gestures through any material. Dan Goehl (Co-founder and Chief Business Officer at UltraSense Systems) joins me to discuss how UltraSense’s new 3D ultrasound sensor is going to usher in a whole new era in user interfaces. Also this week, I investigate … Read More → "Changing the UI and UX Paradigm Once Touch at a Time"

Happy 50th Birthday to the Signetics 555 Timer IC

Signetics announced the NE555 timer/oscillator IC in 1972, 50 years ago. Over five decades, this simple 8-pin chip has consistently sold in the billions, each year. It’s a perennial hobbyist favorite. Well-known authors such as Walter Jung wrote 555 timer cookbooks, and 555 circuits have been popular for new circuit designs since the 1970s. Engineering acceptance has been mixed. Some engineers routinely put 555 chips in their circuits. Others … Read More → "Happy 50th Birthday to the Signetics 555 Timer IC"

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Software and Automotive Safety

Sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software

In the realm of automotive designs, safety must reign above all else. But the question remains: How can we innovate within the constraints of today’s safety standards? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rob Bates from Siemens about the role ISO 26262 plays when it comes to COTS and open source software, what certified software components are all about, and how heterogeneous multiprocessing can be helpful in your next automotive design.

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How an SoM accelerates and simplifies processor-based designs

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

If you're comfortable working with integrated circuits that have four to 48 pins, building a custom printed circuit board (PCB) for a new product might make sense. But when your design is complex—think: processor with more than 300 pins, DDR memory, eMMC, complex physical layout, and all the electrical considerations that go with it—a simpler, lower-risk, off-the-shelf product is often a better solution. Discover the benefits of a system-on-module (SoM) for complex, high-pin-count PCB designs.

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Synopsys & Samtec: Successful 112G PAM-4 System Interoperability

Sponsored by Synopsys

This Supercomputing Conference demo shows a seamless interoperability between Synopsys' DesignWare 112G Ethernet PHY IP and Samtec's NovaRay IO and cable assembly. The demo shows excellent performance, BER at 1e-08 and total insertion loss of 37dB. Synopsys and Samtec are enabling the industry with a complete 112G PAM-4 system, which is essential for high-performance computing.

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Posted on Jan 21 at 8:01am by realityisdisappointing
I think we all know this will be used against us. The NWO is upon us everyone. Don’t take the mark or the beast and please repent while there is time. Jesus is the only way.
Posted on Jan 20 at 10:58am by Max Maxfield
I have to admit that I do like the feel of a classic (preferably vintage) toggle switch -- I also like the fact that in modern TV series like Cowboy Bebop ( we see a mix of modern (spaceships) and vintage (control panels replete with toggle ...
Posted on Jan 20 at 10:53am by Max Maxfield
Thanks so much for your feedback -- Joe also used to make his own boards -- I never did, but I wish I had (I often used strip board) -- I wish I had more time to work with 3D CAD software and 3D printers -- my chum Steve Manley ...
Posted on Jan 17 at 10:46am by SmithChart
In university, I didn't do so hot in thermodynamics, so this article is welcome. BTW, some great engineering design approaches and equations for thermal management available from heat sink vendors (Wakefield, Vicor) &c.
Posted on Jan 13 at 5:49pm by gene plichota
" actuation actuated " feedback ( which clicky-feel does inherently ) saves me from personal aggravation at being forced to wait on the dumb bucket of bolts, presumably to appreciate agape the digital wonder of it all even from the list of feedback second-bests ( display, beep ), the control is tolerable if not too awkward
Posted on Jan 12 at 11:16am by srpollock
Good article. Brings back a flood of memories of when I was a "digital" chip designer at Cal-Tex Semiconductor (purchased by Fairchild) during those times.
Posted on Jan 9 at 6:50am by oryweaver
I'm a 90s kid that got my first etching kit at a RadioShack at a local mall, and then later perfected my soldering skills in the Navy. It hurts my feelings a little every time I read another article telling me to give up and send my files to a ...
Posted on Jan 6 at 6:40am by Max Maxfield
While I was writing this column, I recalled my chum Joe Farr in the UK telling me that he used to make his own prototype boards (etching the copper and suchlike) in his workshop. I also recalled that, a couple of years ago, Joe told me that he's invested in ...
Posted on Jan 3 at 6:45pm by Steven Leibson
I do not know why this level of technology poses as consumer gear, except that it's built down to a price. User interfaces in the form of buttons and displays cost money.
Posted on Jan 3 at 5:49pm by gene plichota
logical and complete user control with fully-defined function is the design philosophy that I would not mind paying for and would gladly endure more clunkiness in the implementation of....instead, user control is minimized and awkward if it is not toward a purchase decision with wireless in the linkage and ...
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Jan 21, 2022
Here are a few teasers for what you'll find in this week's round-up of CFD news and notes. How AI can be trained to identify more objects than are in its learning dataset. Will GPUs really... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community si...
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Medical Grade Temperature Sensing with the World's Smallest Surface Mount FIR Temperature IC
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Melexis
Temperature sensing has come a very long way in recent years. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Doug Gates from Melexis about the latest innovation in medical grade temperature sensing. They take a closer look at the different kinds of applications that can use this kind of sensing technology, the role that emissivity and field view play in temperature sensing, and what sets the Melexis’ MLX90632 apart from other temperature sending solutions on the market today. 
Jan 19, 2022
ROHM Automotive LED Driver IC
There has been a lot of innovation in the world of automotive designs over the last several years and this innovation also includes the LED lights at the rear of our vehicles. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Ikuta from ROHM Semiconductor about ROHM’s automotive LED driver ICs. They take a closer look at why their four channel outputs, energy sharing function, and integrated protection functions make these new driver ICs a great solution for rear lamp design.
Jan 19, 2022
Current Sense Amplifiers: What Are They Good For?
Not sure what current sense amplifiers are and why you would need them? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Seema Venkatesh from Analog Devices about the what, why, and how of current sense amplifiers. They take a closer look at why these high precision current sense amplifiers can be a critical addition to your system and how the MAX40080 current sense amplifiers can solve a variety of design challenges in your next design. 
Jan 19, 2022
Double Density Cool Edge Next Generation Card Edge Interconnect
Nowhere is the need for the reduction of board space more important than in the realm of high-performance servers. One way we can reduce complexity and reduce overall board space in our server designs can be found in the connector solutions we choose. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Einhorn from Amphenol about how Amphenol double-density cool edge interconnects can not only reduce space but also lessen complexity and give us greater flexibility.
Jan 12, 2022
Tackling Automotive Software Cost and Complexity
With the sheer amount of automotive software cost and complexity today, we need a way to maximize software reuse across our process platforms. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Daniel Balser from NXP take a closer look at the software ecosystem for NXP’s S32K3 MCU. They investigate how real-time drivers, a comprehensive safety software platform, and high performance security system will help you tackle the cost and complexity of automotive software development.
Jan 6, 2022
Single Pair Ethernet : Simplifying IIoT & Automation
Industry 4.0 with its variety of sensing solutions and fieldbus systems can make communication pretty tricky but single pair ethernet can change all of that. In this episode of Chalk, Amelia Dalton chats with representatives from three different companies: Analog Devices, HARTING and Würth Elektronik to discuss the benefits of single pair Ethernet, what the new IEEE standard means to SPE designs, and what you should consider when working on your next single pair Ethernet design.
Dec 13, 2021