OneDrive Down the Road to Madness

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson

“OneDrive is up to date,” it says on my screen. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Look, I like Microsoft. I really do. It’s easy to bash the software giant, but I’ve always kinda preferred using Windows systems for work. I mix it up with MacOS, … Read More → "OneDrive Down the Road to Madness"

Realistic Edge-Device Testing

We have so many electronic devices in our lives these days. OK, file that under “D” for “Duh!!!,” but how many different kinds do we have? Well… phones, of course. Tablets? Check… Computers? You bet.

After those, things are less obvious. A smart watch? OK… mostly that’s a phone that looks like a watch (and maybe without the phone capabilities, but… … Read More → "Realistic Edge-Device Testing"

Tower of Power

Power is the name of the game in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. We’re talking about all things power-related; from “Shift Left” power signoff to the super cool capabilities of near threshold voltage computing. Kenneth Chang (Synopsys) joins us to discuss why power integrity and reliability can make or break chip design and how RedHawk Analysis … Read More → "Tower of Power"

Where’s the CNN Synthesis?

The electronic design automation (EDA’s) mission has always been primarily to facilitate the design and verification of electronic circuits. EDA began, of course, with companies like Mentor, Daisy, and Valid providing specialized software for capturing and editing schematic drawings. These tools took the native human-readable language of the designer: schematics, and created the fundamental machine-readable structure of EDA: the netlist.

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The New, New Intel Unleashes a Technology Barrage

“3D XPoint is nothing short of a miracle.” – Alber Ilkbahar

Intel just celebrated the start of its 50th year. For those who were not following closely in 1968, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore founded Intel Corporation on July 18 of that year. That’s a year after the Summer of Love and … Read More → "The New, New Intel Unleashes a Technology Barrage"

BARR-C Aims to Make Us Better Programmers

“I’d spell ‘creat’ with an e.” – Ken Thompson, when asked what he’d change about Unix.

Look up “panacea” and you’ll find a bunch of C programming tools. Everyone and his dog has ideas about how to create better, more reliable C code. Use an ISO-certified compiler. Follow MISRA C guidelines. Write the comments first. Agile Programming. Energy crystals. The … Read More → "BARR-C Aims to Make Us Better Programmers"

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Posted on Aug 21 at 10:01am by Daniel Payne
Jim, Nice write up on the foibles of Microsoft OneDrive, another reason that I made the switch to Mac OS years ago. I was an early user of DropBox and have enjoyed a wonderful experience with their cloud storage, also Google Drive. Oh, I do have Windows 10 on my Mac ...
Posted on Aug 20 at 1:01pm by mfingeroff
I think that it's true that there is no "one size fits all" solution out there for Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) and this will continue to be this way for quite a while. What we see today is the proliferation of general purpose accelerators combined with a compiler to implement ...
Posted on Aug 20 at 9:27am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of KnowThings's approach to stress-testing IoT edge devices?
Posted on Aug 17 at 11:10am by TotallyLost
And assuming the C algorithm coders are run time environment aware, and don't use an implementation architecture or coding style that is inherently difficult to implement on the run time architectures.
Posted on Aug 17 at 11:06am by TotallyLost
And this means a CNN coded in std C (or OpenMP) should have a clear synthesis path, that is both low power and high performance in an FPGA or ASIC. Assuming the HDL C synthesis tool provides simple net lists to the vendor optimization and P&R tools.
Posted on Aug 16 at 9:33pm by Kev
CNNs are a lot like the Fast-SPICE problem, and neural networks in general are like circuit simulation in (say) Verilog. The problem for the EDA guys is they have not managed to get off RTL design into more abstract forms like asynchronous-FSM and making "real number" modeling work properly in ...
Posted on Aug 13 at 8:31am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think the prospects are for SOT-MRAM?
Posted on Aug 10 at 4:07am by leftygoldblatt "However, the flip side of the death of Moore’s Law will be a significant decrease in cost of chip fabrication, since manufacturing industries will not need to replace their equipment so often, and their investments in process technology will be drastically reduced. ...
Posted on Aug 8 at 10:23am by leem12000
Kevin, I am not sure how you became the author of this piece as I am the author of this when I was at Mentor Graphics. Can you please update and provide credit to the proper author, me? Thx, Mike Lee
Posted on Aug 6 at 8:57am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Irdeto's approaches to securing software?
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Enabling Energy-efficient IoT Solutions — Mouser Electronics and ON Semiconductor   Choosing connectivity solutions for power-sensitive IoT applications can be a tricky process. There are numerous options available, and a host of trade offs to consider in finding a setup that meets your system design goals. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pavan Mulabagal of ON Semiconductor about energy-efficient IoT … Read More → "Enabling Energy-efficient IoT Solutions — Mouser Electronics and ON Semiconductor"
HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution   High-performance FPGA-based prototyping has moved to the desktop. Validation of hardware and software interoperability can now be much more convenient and productive. HAPS 80D from Synopsys delivers a complete hardware and software prototyping solution right to your desk. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neil Songcuan of Synopsys about the … Read More → "HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution"
Moving to 48V — Mouser Electronics and Vicor   48V power supplies have numerous advantages over lower voltage systems. With 48V you can deliver more power more efficiently in a smaller form factor. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Robert Gendron and Ian Mazsa of Vicor about advantages and tips for designing higher-voltage power systems. Click here for … Read More → "Moving to 48V — Mouser Electronics and Vicor"
MLCC Alternatives   The current shortage of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is impacting a lot of project schedules. If you want to be sure your project isn’t hit by long MLCC lead times, and you’d like to improve a few things at the same time, there are some superb alternatives now on the market. In this … Read More → "MLCC Alternatives"
Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules – Mouser and Maxim Integrated   New ultra-small power modules can deliver smaller solution size, higher reliability, and higher power density. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward from Maxim Integrated about the industry’s smallest power modules. They might be exactly what you need for your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules – Mouser and Maxim Integrated"
Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance  For high-performance, low-power processing of AI and machine vision algorithms, latency can be critical. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pulin Desai from Cadence Design Systems about the using the new Vision Q6 processor core for embedded vision and AI applications. Click here for more information about Vision DSPs for … Read More → "Scaling Up Vision and AI DSP Performance"