Speech recognition is becoming more and more critical in IoT designs these days. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Gerard Andrews (Cadence Design Systems) and I are talking about the trends in voice control user interfaces, the advantages of locally-enabled speech recognition, and the differences between neural network processing for audio and imaging applications. Also this week, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special selection of … Read More → "Hey! Hey! What Did You Say?"
We’ve written a lot about AI in the cloud, and we’ve discussed data center solutions such as GPUs, high-end FPGAs, and dedicated AI chips such as Intel’s Nervana. For many applications, training and inferencing CNNs and other AI-based systems in cloud data centers is the only way to get the compute power required to crunch the vast data sets and complex models. But, … Read More → "Who Will Win AI at the Edge?"
It seemed like such a good idea at the time.
I’ve wanted an autotransformer for electronic troubleshooting work for a while. Autotransformers are variable transformers that let you bring the AC voltage up slowly on a piece of gear under test. I owned a Radio Shack/Micronta variable transformer for decades, but it didn’t survive my move to … Read More → "Pimping My Variac Autotransformer (Actually, it’s a Philmore)"
“I’m sorry, but neon just doesn’t look good on anybody!” — Tiffani Thiessen
First there was Neon, now there’s Helium. ARM has pulled the wraps off a package of DSP and machine-learning extensions for its low-end Cortex-M processors, sort of like Neon but not. Whereas Neon added DSP features to the Cortex-A family, Helium adds similar, but different, features to … Read More → "ARM Floats Helium for Cortex-M"
“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when…” – “We’ll Meet Again,” Vera Lynn
My friend Bernard Peuto passed away this month. We first met two decades ago when I moved to California to join the Microprocessor Report. Bernard was … Read More → "In Memoriam: Dr. Bernard Peuto, Architect of Zilog’s Z8000 and Z8"
One of the annual features at the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress is the Technology Showcase, where 5 start-ups (or start-upoids) give quick presentations about their new ideas in exchange for visibility and prizes. One of this year’s contenders was Abhishek Motayed of n5 Sensors, who presented what looked like a promising new gas sensor platform. The nature of the event is such that you can’t go into … Read More → "Small, Selective Gas Sensors"