Group Puzzles Out Silicon Specs

Someday, a new class of semiconductor companies will assemble their products Lego-style, mixing and matching dice from multiple companies. It’s a huge change that’s still a long way off.

More than 146 people from 80 companies signed up for an event last week at IBM’s Almaden Research Center to take some small steps in this direction. It was the … Read More → "Group Puzzles Out Silicon Specs"

RAMPing Up Always-On AI

With the promises and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) and, more specifically, machine learning (ML), this is a time of great architectural innovation as developers compete to provide the best ML solutions. All engineering solutions have trade-offs; the trick here is to find the solution(s) with the fewest bad trade-offs.

In that spirit, we have a Read More → "RAMPing Up Always-On AI"

Up Up and Away

“I think everybody understands how important the cloud is.” – Marc Benioff

They say every cloud has a silver lining but does every silver lining have a cloud? In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Craig Johnson (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss a variety of cloud strategies. We investigate how priorities and usage models should influence our choice of cloud models and why different … Read More → "Up Up and Away"

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Posted on Sep 19 at 10:52am by MaxMaxfield
I used to be somewhat sanguine about the idea of artificial intelligence becoming self-aware and powerful enough to decide that we (humans) were superfluous to requirements -- The Terminator and Skynet come to mind -- but when you look at how fast things are moving... In anticipation of Part 2 of ...
Posted on Sep 19 at 7:23am by Thom Denholm
Thanks Jim for the interesting article. While media can be a large part of the problem, there are file system choices for reliability - data integrity differs from fail-safety. Additionally, detection of a problem can lead to possible solutions - or at least more graceful failures. I've collected my thoughts ...
Posted on Sep 18 at 10:11am by Jim Turley
Not unfair (IMHO) but definitely a contributor. The e-ink display in Kindles is very slow, but that's fine for reading novels. It has other advantages (daylight visibility, for one) but speed isn't one of them.
Posted on Sep 16 at 9:18am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Aspinity's analog approach to always-on AI?
Posted on Sep 14 at 3:37pm by TotallyLost
Thanks Kevin ... these chips are certainly getting pretty awesome and converging head to head for the data center. 15 years ago there were some pure old school hardware guys sneering that we would want to run UNIX on the FPGA SOC's ... well that day is actually long past as a possibility, ...
Posted on Sep 13 at 6:22am by Art of Walls
To be fair, comparing the Apple //e with a Kindle is unfair. The point of the Kindle is using e-ink for reading and this is a technology that is still in development and very slow by nature. If you want reflective light screen like paper, this is what there is, ...
Posted on Sep 12 at 10:05am by Kevin Morris
SK - I agree with you. As editor in chief of EE Journal, I would like to apologize. Our EE Journal team is mostly women and we take issues like gender disparities in engineering seriously. We also have a tradition of hiring highly-skilled and knowledgeable writers, and giving them a ...
Posted on Sep 12 at 9:33am by SK
I am offended. I'm an engineer and I am excited by brilliant advances in science and technology. To suggest that I'd be equally excited by a porn festival is an insult, pure and simple. And, to the degree that other male engineers are NOT offended by your analogy, it's understandable ...
Posted on Sep 11 at 9:18pm by Rick_Merritt
@SK: It sounds like you were strongly offend by my choice of metaphor which was not my intention. It would be really unfortunate if anyone chose to stop reading EE Journal--or worse--to leave or not enter engineering due to that choice.
Posted on Sep 11 at 9:28am by SK
Of all the analogies you could pick to describe attendee enthusiasm, you pick porn? Could this be a reason why women are leaving engineering? It could be a reason I leave this magazine.
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How do you program an embedded system? Say, the code that runs on the control processor on a big SoC? What programming language should you use? I have never really programmed an embedded system,... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ...
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In this video from EDI CON 2109, Samtec’s Jignesh Shah explains how Samtec Flyover® offers a 112 Gbps high-density escape from the system ASIC to the front panel. This is a live demonstration of 112 Gbps PAM4 traffic using Credo Semiconductors mixed signal SERDES with ...
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Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit 5G infrastructure presents daunting challenges on the RF front. We want to put the processing as close as possible to the antenna, and the standards are evolving so fast that programmability is a must. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Brown from Avnet and Matt Burns from Samtec about … Read More → "Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit"
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