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99 Problems but IO Ain’t One

Get ready my friends. We’re heading into the middle of the desert, we’re diving to the bottom of the sea, and we’re even going all the way into space. Why? Because we can. Because we have the right enclosure for our next electronic design. A lot of you out there are developing designs that need to go into the harshest of environments, and we're here...

Whose Product Is It, Anyway?

What follows is wholly uninformed speculation. I hereby declare that I am not competent to render legal judgments. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. Do not place any weight behind this argument. Now, having said all that… Two high-tech companies are currently suing each other. No news there. Don’t worry about which two companies...

Boards to Systems

There’s no question that the IC side of the EDA world gets most of the attention. After all, quad-patterning, EUV-having, boundary-pushing, 5-nm lithography issues are certainly bright shiny objects to grab the attention of tech-nerds. But the vast majority of us are doing more pedestrian stuff - designing board-based systems for a wide variety of applications...

Self-Driving Cars: Unofficial Views

Most of what we see about the upcoming self-driving car phenomenon comes from the industry. Press releases and contributed articles may disagree on timing and exact phase-in mechanisms, but they’re pretty unanimous in one respect: “This is happening.” There are certain segments, of course, for whom self-driving cars will be money in the bank. Anyone...

Electromagnetic Domination

What has the electromagnetic spectrum done for you lately? I’m guessing not a lot. But it can. In this week’s Fish Fry, I sit down with Hayden Nelson (Abaco) and discuss the future of electronic warfare. Hayden reveals the what, where, and how of cognitive electronic warfare, how spectral allocation in wireless communication can be a battlefield game-changer,...

Cars, Connection and Silicon

How do you sum up embedded world, this year spread over three days, with nearly 40,000 people and over 1,000 exhibitors, all around a theme of Securely Connecting the Embedded World? Well you can't – not sensibly. Instead I am going to look at a thread that recurred in the dozens of conversations that I had in those three days and that is currently...

The Persistence of Memory

Q: When is a cache not a cache? A: When it’s a Memory Request Optimizer. If that sounds tautological (aren’t all caches memory-request optimizers?), then you haven’t talked to Performance-IP, a small startup in the Boston area. P-IP has a patent-pending way to speed up your system’s slow accesses to external memory by interposing some clever...

Magnitudes of Mystery

Over the past five-plus decades, Moore’s Law has taken us on a remarkable rocket ride of complexity. With the number of transistors on a chip approximately doubling every two years - and we’re up to 26 of those “doublings” now - we’ve seen an increase on the order of 67 million times the number of transistors on a chip, giving us processors with over...

Cracking a WALNUT

It’s almost obvious that this would be a problem. Well… part of it is obvious; part not so much. What do accelerometers do? They measure acceleration – including periodic acceleration, more commonly known as vibration. Any vibration within the designed frequency range is subject to detection. And what is the most prevalent kind of vibration? Sound....

Maximizing Memory Performance

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve got CPUs, GPUs, audio codecs, video accelerators, bailing wire, and duct tape. This week’s Fish Fry is about how you can get all of your component ducks in a row with a little help from Performance-IP. Gregg Recupero (CTO - Performance-IP) and I discuss the details of Performance IP’s Memory Request Optimizer,...

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