Superstar

The Truth About Engineering Talent

by Kevin Morris

People who are sports fans often watch in amazement when a superstar athlete gets a contract worth tens of millions of dollars. “Why,” they ask, “is kicking or throwing a ball worth that kind of money? And with millions of talented people who spend their entire lives practicing this sport, why is this particular one deserving of that kind of compensation?”

We all wonder this.

Then, we realize that, in many cases, most of the crowd gathers primarily to watch the performance of that one superstar. Take him or her away and it’s just another game. To prove that, watch what happens in the US when a professional sports league goes on strike and the teams bring in temporary “replacement” players. The audience leaves in droves. People don’t watch on TV - except perhaps from schadenfreude. Even though the replacement players are top-notch professionals in their own right, they don’t bring the superstar magic to the performance. The result is simply ordinary excellence, with all too many tell-tale signs that even skilled professionals are just human after all.  Read More


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Cheap Chips

Posted on 08/28/14 at 3:03 PM by SteveCasselman

While Xilinx has abandoned the lowest end of programmable logic Altera has a low cost, low power, DSP capable device with analog data inputs (AMS). I work at Altera so I currently can't tell you all the great features of this device but it has all the stu…

Cheap Chips

Posted on 08/27/14 at 1:44 PM by dougwithau

Can you still do the "sea of gates" ASIC. The foundry would build an ASIC with lots of gates and leave the top metal layers off for later. The task was putting together the top layer (or 2) of metal interconnect.
It cost $80-100K in NRE 10 years ago. Mu…

Cheap Chips

Posted on 08/27/14 at 11:29 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
What do you think about getting an ASIC without the millions of dollars price tag?

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Posted on 08/25/14 at 10:03 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Are you using vibration as a way to detect issues before they become issues?

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Posted on 08/19/14 at 11:17 AM by kevin

kevin
Do you plan to do any design with 20nm? Do the benefits justify the incremental cost?

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