SWA Stands for Stupendous, Wizard, and Awesome

Many of today’s electronic systems feature multiple printed circuit boards (PCBs) and/or modules. (For the remainder of this column, unless such interpretation is inconsistent with the context, we will assume the term “board” to embrace the term “module.”) Not surprisingly, the system’s designers often wish to pass data back and forth from board to board.

Oftentimes, these … Read More → "SWA Stands for Stupendous, Wizard, and Awesome"

Can Intel Succeed?

Doug had cinnamon apple oatmeal for breakfast the day he hit the championship-winning home run. 

For the big game, the team was wearing their preferred dark uniforms rather than the “away game” white ones. The game was in their home stadium. The wind was out of the southwest at about ten knots, making a nice breeze from behind home plate … Read More → "Can Intel Succeed?"

How To Implement Virtual Memory on x86 Chips

As if it  weren’t already complex enough, x86 processors from Intel and AMD allow you to make software and memory even more indirect and complicated. This week we dive into virtual memory, demand paging, and other advanced features that x86, ARM, RISC-V, and most other modern CPUs all implement but that aren’t well understood. 

What the heck is … Read More → "How To Implement Virtual Memory on x86 Chips"

A Mesh By Any Other Name Just Isn’t the Same

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we’re making the impossible possible! We start things off with a closer look at the world’s first metamaterial developed by a team of researchers from EPFL Labs. We investigate the unique properties of this new metamaterial and how this research could pave the way for the development of advanced forms of mechanical metamaterials. Also this week, Matt Commens (Ansys) joins … Read More → "A Mesh By Any Other Name Just Isn’t the Same"
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TensorFlow to RTL with High-Level Synthesis

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Bridging the gap from the AI and data science world to the RTL and hardware design world can be challenging. High-level synthesis (HLS) can provide a mechanism to get from AI frameworks like TensorFlow into synthesizable RTL, enabling the development of high-performance inference architectures. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Apte of Cadence Design Systems about doing AI design with HLS.

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Speeding Up Large-Scale EM Simulation of ICs Without Compromising Accuracy

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With growing on-chip RF content, electromagnetic (EM) simulation of passives is critical — from selecting the right RF design candidates to detecting parasitic coupling. Being on-chip, accurate EM analysis requires a tie in to the process technology with process design kits (PDKs) and foundry-certified EM simulation technology. Anything short of that could compromise the RFIC’s functionality. Learn how to get the highest-in-class accuracy and 10X faster analysis.

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Posted on Jan 21 at 9:31am by Jim Turley
I feel your pain. I also fell into the OneNote/OneDrive trap. I use OneNote a lot, and I naively upgraded to the newer slick-looking version a few years ago before realizing that, unlike all previous versions, it doesn't store a local copy of your notes. It's all in OneDrive ...
Posted on Jan 20 at 4:30pm by flasunshine
Great article! And funny-angry-self-righteous commenter who claims "it works for me." He is clueless. I bought a new Windows 10 laptop a few months ago and copied MBs of files from my old PC to my new PC using a thumbdrive. I didn't even know the concept of ONEDRIVE existed and ...
Posted on Jan 13 at 10:48pm by theboom
i must say, based on some of the user support i get, it seems like some of these companies have junior engineers running the asylum. Just because some kid is a genius, that doesn't mean they employ professional best-practices, like, oh i dunno, thoroughly testing code before rolling it out, ...
Posted on Jan 8 at 12:33pm by Kevin Morris
No More "Times Lower Than" Hey Marketers and PR folks - this one's for you. In researching this article I repeatedly ran into official, presumably copy-edited materials that made claims that power was "75X lower" or "30 times less than" other solutions. This is absolutely wrong. Your audience for these materials ...
Posted on Jan 6 at 9:12am by Zhongqing You
Hi Max, You always write a good read! Is there any update on this as to actual sample or any demonstration on what they claim? I would be looking for a pair new TWS based on this! Thank you.
Posted on Jan 5 at 6:10am by traneusee
Back in 1983, my group was developing a realtime multichannel measurement system that did a lot of calculation on each channel's data, so the data area was almost all per-channel rather than common to all channels. The software was written in assembler to run on an 8086. Rather than indexing each variable ...
Posted on Jan 4 at 10:48am by vardistict
Disappointed not to find any link to your "4-bit Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) microcontroller" in this article, or even on this website. And NO, I haven't heard about it, so keep talking .... Got here from http://www.ganssle.com/tem/tem413.html The Embedded Muse 413, Jack Ganssle, January 4, 2021.
Posted on Dec 31 at 2:45pm by BenYL
This series was exceptional, thank you for doing it. I actually liked the humor too.
Posted on Dec 19 at 1:51pm by Karl Stevens
Quote:"But, as we pointed out above, a capable hardware engineer is pretty much mandatory to drive the HLS tool." As usual, another synthesis tool instead of what is really needed . Is it too hard to grasp the fact that design has to come before synthesis? If the design is ...
Posted on Dec 16 at 4:02pm by MustardOnCheese
I personally think code obfuscation is silly. However, most companies wan't it not for security but to hide implementation details, what they consider proprietary IP, etc.
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