When Eight Is Enough

Microchip's 8-bit Challenge

by Amelia Dalton

There is a common assumption that innovation cannot be inspired in the world of 8-bit microcontrollers. If that is the case, then why haven’t they disappeared like the telegraph or the 8-track tape? Perhaps it's because we still need them and sometimes they are just what the doctor (or engineer as the case may be) ordered. In this week’s Fish Fry, I check out some cool new 8-bit MCUs from Microchip Technology with Greg Robinson (VP - Microchip Technology) and we dive down into the guts of these new 8-bit masterpieces - from the intelligent analog features to the digital pin placement capabilities. Also this week, we investigate how Israeli start-up StoreDot plans to revolutionize battery technology. (Hint: It includes chemically synthesized bio-organic peptide molecules!)  Read More


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Attack of the Tiny Terrors

Posted on 04/23/14 at 6:10 PM by Jim Turley

Jim Turley
Very true. And Actel (now Microsemi) has something similar. Farther back, Scenix did all of its peripherals in software; there were no "real" peripherals at all, just code.

CEO For a Day

Posted on 04/23/14 at 6:08 PM by Jim Turley

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Think you've got what it takes to be a Silicon Valley CEO? Let's hear it.

Communications Out of Thin Air

Posted on 04/23/14 at 1:24 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Just to clarify something that comes up frequently in your comments, I never intended to assert that this was specifically energy-free. The point is that the system doesn't have to generate the radiated signal - it bounces the existing one. It, of course,…

Toward Ten TeraFLOPS

Posted on 04/23/14 at 1:09 PM by TotallyLost

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@Kevin,

The big mistake is to assume you really want to cool a multi-megawatt system with air. At some point the energy cost to cool/move the air, is significantly more than the electronics itself -- reflected not only in direct energy costs, but incre…

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