Z80, Adieu

I’ve published several obituaries in EEJournal over the past few years, but this is my first such article for a microprocessor. After 48 years, Zilog has issued an end-of-life notice for the Z80 microprocessor, introduced in early 1976. I have a long history with the Z80 that stretches back all the way to that introduction year. I consider the Z80 to be the best 8-bit microprocessor ever designed, … Read More → "Z80, Adieu"

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Are you ready to jump feet first into the world of infrared sensor technology? In this week’s podcast, Phlux Technology CEO Ben White and I chat all about Plux Technology’s groundbreaking avalanche photodiode (APD) infrared sensor technology. We investigate the benefits that these sensors will bring to a variety of different applications and where Ben sees sustainable photonic technology development … Read More → "Seeing with Phlux: A New Era for Infrared Photodiode Sensor Technology"

BYOD or BYOM to Synaptics’ AI-Native Edge Compute Party

I have two questions for you. First, what are the three key elements of any platform intended for the internet of things (IoT) and edge computing, both of which are where the internet “rubber” meets the real-world “road”? Second, what springs to your mind when you hear someone drop the company Synaptics into the conversation?

Let’s start with the second question first … Read More → "BYOD or BYOM to Synaptics’ AI-Native Edge Compute Party"

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Posted on May 23 at 12:51pm by Max Maxfield
Hi John -- I've long wanted to visit the demo version of the Clock of the Long Now project at the London Science Museum -- I missed it the last time I was there (sad face).
Posted on May 23 at 10:58am by Tacitus
As they say, time telescopes, at least perception-wise; When you were Five, a year was 1/5th of your entire time/life experience, while at Fifty, a year is only 1/50th. I’m sure you’ve heard of “The Long Now” project? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clock_of_the_Long_...
Posted on May 21 at 3:17pm by ericwertz
Jameco also carries them, along with a bunch of other contemporary oldies-but-goodies.
Posted on May 21 at 6:51am by Steven Leibson
There's no denying the 6502's success, brucehoult. It was the foundation for the Apple II, the Atari VCS, the Atari 400 and 800 personal computers, and many other truly successful products. Alas, the 6809 was a bit late to the party, but a fine machine that unfortunately had to compete with the 16-bitters ...
Posted on May 20 at 2:03pm by brucehoult
> I consider the Z80 to be the best 8-bit microprocessor ever designed A good one, certainly, but I think not the best. Even at the same time, the 6502 brilliantly made use of the fact that RAM of the time was as fast as logic (later also exploited by ARM) ...
Posted on May 20 at 10:05am by BillM
Steve, Whenever I would look at a custom laid out (not automated) chip, I would infer whether they had issues (functional/timing) with the design (or where last minute changes found available 'free' space). The Z80 does look beautiful and logically arranged. Faggin did a wonderful job on the architecture ...
Posted on May 13 at 4:34pm by Tacitus
Really? That’s very depressing. That said, since I’m using a digital input/analog output architecture that mimics an advanced neuromorphic design, the CXL sounds like one possible solution to my memory problems - but then my doctor says that at my age, I just need to get more ...
Posted on May 13 at 9:30am by Steven Leibson
Ya gotta "laugh while you can," Tacitus.
Posted on May 13 at 9:21am by Tacitus
For this “monkeyboy”, one “fud” (Phd) is usually just like another, but I must admit I certainly pay attention when you begin your article by quoting the august Dr. Emilio Lizardo! Bravo!
Posted on May 8 at 12:42pm by Max Maxfield
Hi Henrik -- your Vision AppKit is perfect -- just what I'm looking for -- I wrote about your Ensemble AI-MCU family a few weeks ago https://www.eejournal.com/article/new-mcus-provide-102-the-performance-at-10-2-the-power/ The combination of your chip and the miniature camera on that tiny Vision AppKit board ...
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