Real World ATCA and SWAP-C, a Revolution in Gaming, and Bathtub Drones

Welcome my electronic engineering compatriots! We’ve got quite a line up for you this week. First up, Rob Persons (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) joins us to discuss the details of a real world AdvancedTCA application that utilizes SWAP-C called DASCAN (Dynamically Adaptive Secure Computing Area Network) and how AdvancedTCA applications compare with more traditional server-based applications in battlefield environments. We also discuss how Artesyn has collaborated with Gamestream and … Read More → "Real World ATCA and SWAP-C, a Revolution in Gaming, and Bathtub Drones"

Decoding Silicon Valley

“Silicon Valley is not a magical place, but magical things happen there.” – Jonathan C. Baer

Earlier this week, more than 100 engineering consultants, a few marketers, and four mad scientists (self-proclaimed “consulting physicists”) met under the auspices of the IEEE-CNSV—that’s the Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley—to schmooze, eat Stuft pizza, and hear serial … Read More → "Decoding Silicon Valley"

Xilinx Strikes Back – Kinda

This week, Xilinx hit us with a duo of SerDes-related announcements – a demonstration of 112G PAM4 electrical signaling technology for optical networks, and the addition of 58G PAM4 transceivers to some of their 16nm Virtex® UltraScale+™ devices. The announcements were made at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Expo (OFC 2018), where Xilinx demonstrated what they claim are the industry’s first 112G PAM4 transceivers. (We think they mean “first … Read More → "Xilinx Strikes Back – Kinda"

Life at 10nm. (Or is it 7nm?) And 3nm

There’s a saying: “Everything stays the same until it changes.” Well, perhaps we need a slightly modified version of this for semiconductors: “Everything stays the same until it has to change.”

OK, so that’s probably not something exclusive to chips – because of a related saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In other words, change only those things that are preventing you … Read More → "Life at 10nm. (Or is it 7nm?) And 3nm"

Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past

The design cycle drum beats on. Your research and development team have been stressed for months. The constant push for “the next big thing” keeps you up at night. We’ve all been there. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we look at how the ever-growing life cycles of our embedded designs affect our product portfolio profitability. Ethan Plotkin (GDCA – CEO) … Read More → "Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past"

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Posted on Mar 16 at 1:48am by inovelpwnz
make sense, altho not a single mention of crypto (currency). that one definetely will have its place
Posted on Mar 15 at 2:45am by inovelpwnz
its great. but what does it all mean for consumers? the transition from finfet to GAA the annual 5% increase in synthetic work?
Posted on Mar 12 at 4:11pm by Bryon Moyer
You're right! Good catch; thanks. Updated to fix it.
Posted on Mar 12 at 1:27pm by mcgett
Something is wrong with data in the "6T SRAM Cell Area" row, either the data has been swapped between the Intel and GF columns or the ratio should be 1.16 not 0.86.
Posted on Mar 12 at 9:40am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think about these platforms? And the nodes they're named after?
Posted on Mar 5 at 10:03am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of DSP Concepts' approach to low-level audio design?
Posted on Feb 26 at 9:32am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think about AMAT's approach to gate metal for aggressive-node FinFETs?
Posted on Feb 22 at 10:00am by Dick Selwood
Forgot to mention that late last year various governments, including the US and UK, blamed North Korea for the WannaCry malware attack , which is believed to have hit more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations, and to have caused billions of dollars of damage.
Posted on Feb 19 at 10:37am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of these ideas regarding structure for the IoT?
Posted on Feb 15 at 6:55am by Jim Turley
I thought so as well, but VITA itself says that's a retronym: the definition was applied after the fact. It was called VME before they ever came up with a reason why. Max Loesel (one of VME's inventors) once told me it didn't really mean anything.
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