Code, Copyright, and Craziness

Google and Oracle Battle it Out Over Code Copyright

by Jim Turley

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” – Chris Robinson

I’m not a lawyer (thankfully), but that won’t stop me from rendering a legal opinion: This is nuts.

Let’s start with a car analogy. You decide that your trusty, rusty Ford F-150 pickup truck needs an oil change and a new oil filter. You buy the oil and the filter at your local auto-parts store, jack up the old wreck, and proceed to change them both in your driveway. Ford has no problem with this.

 

Nanoparticle Resists

Are They Next In Line for Aggressive Nodes?

by Bryon Moyer

Back when we covered the state of EUV lithography, we mentioned yet another ongoing resist tale: that of nanoparticles. It seemed like its own independent story, but, as it turns out, it’s part of a larger narrative – one we’ve already broached in the past.

This whole resist angle of EUV has dragged me kicking and screaming deeper into the world of chemistry, a realm where I don’t exactly feel at home. And yet, there are some interesting things going on, so I do the best I can. The good news is that many of you may also not be chemists, and so I can share the discomfort. You’re welcome.

 

Planes, Trains, and Processors

Embedded Processor Boards, Intel Inside, and Concurrent Technologies

by Amelia Dalton

A vapor trail streams across an empty sky. Steel wheels slowly grind to a halt in the early morning fog. We're headed to the heart of critical embedded system design in this week's Fish Fry. Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) and I chat about overcoming the challenges of high performance embedded computing, the importance of security in Intel-based processor cards, and what the “Under 17 Car Club" is all about. Also this week, we attempt to unravel the mysteries of industrial power supply design.

 

Toward Intelligent Vision

Cadence Tensilica Vision P6

by Kevin Morris

I’m told that the motivation for the iconic 1979 Saturday Night Live skit was a loosening of the US censor restrictions on broadcast television. For the first time, the word “hell” could be uttered on American TV. The story is that the Saturday Night Live writers wanted to celebrate the event by including the word “hell” as many times as possible in one skit.

Steve Martin stood staring off into the distance repeating: “What the hell is that thing?” and a crowd gradually gathers, all asking the same question.

 

The World’s Best Multiplexer

Lattice CrossLink pASSP Fits Into the Odd Spaces in New Designs

by Jim Turley

“Better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond.“ – Anonymous

In biology, it’s known as a niche - a narrowly defined set of circumstances wherein a certain specific plant or creature can thrive. Outside of its niche, the beast in question perishes. Within its niche, however, it is king.

Marketers have hijacked the term, of course, and they use it in a vaguely pejorative way to describe limited market opportunities and conditions. A small-potatoes company is known as a “niche player,” while a specialized business opportunity is dismissed as a “niche market.”

 

Collaboration Between OPC UA and DDS

How Are These Protocols Different? How Are They Similar?

by Bryon Moyer

Some time back, we addressed the many standards and would-be standards and proprietary formats populating the IoT space. Because there are so many, it’s easy, when faced with two arbitrary protocols, to assume either that they compete or that they are orthogonal. But, as it turns out, they may do what appears, on the surface, to be the same thing, but with application-based differences that make them neither competitive nor orthogonal, but complementary.

I waded into this when the Open Platform Communications (OPC) Foundation and the Object Management Group (OMG) announced a collaboration project establishing cooperation between the OPC Foundation’s Unified Architecture (OPC UA) and OMG’s Data Distribution Service (DDS).

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