Do You Hear What I Hear?

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! — Audrey Hepburn

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at how Avnet and Not Impossible Labs are collaborating to create a new a category of vibratory wearables. Kevin Sellers (Avnet) joins us to discuss how these new wearable technologies will improve quality of life for people affected by motor-related … Read More → "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

Why does Xilinx say That its New 7nm Versal “ACAP” isn’t an FPGA?

Xilinx has been performing a slow reveal of its new ACAP (adaptive compute acceleration platform) architecture for many months, and the company unveiled much more—including the new “Versal” family name and six (!) new, multi-member series (aka families) of 7nm ACAP devices—at its October 1 Xilinx Developers Forum (XDF), held in San Jose, California. (The company says that “Versal” is a contraction of the words “versatile” … Read More → "Why does Xilinx say That its New 7nm Versal “ACAP” isn’t an FPGA?"

Finance 101: Lemonade Stand, Inc.

“Venture capital is about capturing the value between the startup phase and the public company phase.” – Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures

We live in a world of high finance. We don’t necessarily have to enjoy it, but it’s useful to understand it. Not because you’re likely to jump careers from engineering to corporate finance (although you certainly could), but … Read More → "Finance 101: Lemonade Stand, Inc."

ARM Cortex-A76AE Reliably Stays in Lock Step

“A man with a watch always knows what time it is. A man with two is never certain.” – Segal’s Law

Another day, another new ARM processor. These guys are like Taco Bell. They keep rearranging the same three or four ingredients to create a surprising assortment of different products. A pipeline here, a new cache there, and you’ve got a … Read More → "ARM Cortex-A76AE Reliably Stays in Lock Step"

Altium Disrupts PCB Design

PCB design is more art than science. A painter beginning a painting has only a concept, and the painter’s work is to transform that concept into a physical realization of canvas, oils, pigments, and brush strokes.  There are an infinite number of paintings that could result, and the experience, expertise, intuition, and creativity of the artist give life to the finished work of art. When … Read More → "Altium Disrupts PCB Design"

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Posted on Oct 14 at 10:27am by Karl Stevens
Let's see now: EDA was born when "VERILOG CAN BE SIMULATED!!!!" became the driving force Verilog should(MUST) be used for design entry. Designers were reluctant, but as usual hype and buzzwords prevailed. No wonder "The example Sharma gave was for cell classification—for example, characterizing a certain transistor layout ...
Posted on Oct 8 at 8:43am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of KLA-Tencor's ideas for inspecting leading-edge wafers?
Posted on Oct 2 at 12:31pm by TotallyLost
Taking a break from learning Upverter, Polarfire, PCI-E for this great article and reference data! And a bit timely in many ways. Things have certainly come a long way since I started doing 4:1 Bishop tape on Vellum PCB layouts in the late 60's for CED in Camarillo. And a long ...
Posted on Oct 1 at 9:05am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of this approach to thwarting PUF degradation?
Posted on Sep 28 at 4:59am by SteveNordquis4
For one thing, bare metal programmers mob coding in cool showers just got that much more interesting. Impingement makes much of passivation that can keep sending the heat along, though it's hard to imagine it keeping up with the IBM (well, GlobalFoundries now) microchannel version that has us imagining Power9 ...
Posted on Sep 24 at 10:53am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Cadence's thoughts on electromigration and Baum's thoughts on emulation, all with respect to power integrity?
Posted on Sep 20 at 12:57pm by GregR
There are a number of ways to use Ultra Librarian. To get free access to the library, you can visit, enter your part number, and do a model search. This will provide the ability to download the symbol, footprint, and 3D model in your CAD format for free. ...
Posted on Sep 20 at 12:24am by Tarik
Hi Jim, Thanks for the article. Please note Ultra Librarian is not free! It costs at least 500$ for single users.
Posted on Sep 18 at 5:42pm by harnhua
Always an honor to be featured here - thank you. The choice of "AI Lab" as the name of our online development environment was meant to depict the Rise of the Machines and how Skynet was going to take over th- ... oops, not really. It came out of a laboratory ...
Posted on Sep 17 at 7:57pm by Kev
Doomed as an approach; it's a long-term side effect of splitting the Silicon processes for CPUs and memory (DRAM). The reason they need more bandwidth is that communication is usually a dimension down from storage, i.e. storage is over the area of the chip (2D) but communication is usually ...
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  The deep learning revolution is the most interesting thing happening in the electronics industry today, said Chris Rowen during his keynote speech at the Electronic Design Process Symposium (EDPS), held last month at the Milpitas headquarters of SEMI, the industry asso...
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chalk talks
Molex Antennas: Transforming the IIot Landscape — Molex and Mouser Electronics   RF and antenna design for IoT devices can be a major challenge. Fortunately, Molex has some great turnkey solutions to fit a wide variety of design constraints and project needs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt McWhinney from Molex about the RF and antenna options for IoT designs, … Read More → "Molex Antennas: Transforming the IIot Landscape — Molex and Mouser Electronics"
Shift Left for Fewer PCB Re-Spins   Design rule checking (DRC) is becoming more important with today’s complex PCB designs. With the complexity of today’s designs, the old ad-hoc methods just don’t cut it. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rory Riggs from Mentor about how Hyperlynx DRC can help get your next design out on … Read More → "Shift Left for Fewer PCB Re-Spins"
Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse   With power capabilities of up to 100W, USB Type-C requires sophisticated protection for cables. These high performance cables and connectors create numerous challenges for protection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Todd Phillips from Littelfuse about the ins and outs of USB Type-C, and the best techniques for cable … Read More → "Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse"
NXP Touch Solution for Mechanical Button Replacement — Mouser Electronics and NXP   Many of today’s systems demand touchscreen technology. If you want to integrate touch into your next design, you should watch this episode of Chalk Talk. Amelia Dalton interviews Clark Jarvis from NXP about trends and solutions in the touch revolution and getting started with the NXP Touch Solution. Click here for more information … Read More → "NXP Touch Solution for Mechanical Button Replacement — Mouser Electronics and NXP"
The 32-Bit Difference: How to Future Proof Your Next Design — Mouser Electronics and NXP  Future-proofing your embedded design can be a daunting challenge. With the wide variety of microcontrollers available today, it can be tricky to choose one that will meet the full lifecycle demands of your product. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brendon Slade from NXP about future-proofing your design with the … Read More → "The 32-Bit Difference: How to Future Proof Your Next Design — Mouser Electronics and NXP"
Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics  We all expect our microcontroller to have robust security features. But, it’s tough to find an MCU that meets all your design goals and incorporates security into every building block of your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Carlson from NXP about the MPC574 microcontroller family, which packs … Read More → "Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics"