Danger: UXC – These Seven Perils Including Exploding Capacitors Can Kill Your Power Supplies

A wonderful British ITV television series made in 1979 called “Danger: UXB” depicted the hazardous adventures of a fictitious Royal Engineer tunneling company as it spread out across London to disarm or destroy the thousands of unexploded bombs (UXBs) that penetrated the city’s surface during the Blitz of World War II. I saw the series a year or two later on PBS, where it appeared as … Read More → "Danger: UXC – These Seven Perils Including Exploding Capacitors Can Kill Your Power Supplies"

The Future of IoT As We Know It – How Multi-Technology Collaboration will Shape the Next Wave of IoT Innovation

What do swarming robots, LoRa, and the future of IoT communications have in common? This week’s Fish Fry podcast!  We start things off with an investigation into a new robotic research project developed by Notre Dame assistant electronic engineering professor Yasemin Ozkan-Aydin. We take a closer look at the details of these new swarming robots and how they maneuver in challenging environments and accomplish difficult tasks collectively. Also … Read More → "The Future of IoT As We Know It – How Multi-Technology Collaboration will Shape the Next Wave of IoT Innovation"

CIRRENT Cloud ID Automates Cloud Certificate Provisioning and IoT Device-to-Cloud Authentication

Internet of Things (IoT) product companies have been struggling for years to simplify manufacturing, security, and provisioning. Well, I was just chatting with those clever lads and lasses at Infineon about their latest offering in the ongoing battle against the nefarious scoundrels who will steal or compromise … Read More → "CIRRENT Cloud ID Automates Cloud Certificate Provisioning and IoT Device-to-Cloud Authentication"

Fish Fry Special Edition: Makers Today! Dr. Duino

Welcome to the fifth installment of a new special edition series of our long-running Fish Fry podcast called “Makers Today!”, where we highlight the movers and shakers in the maker space. In this month’s episode, my guest is Guido Bonelli, founder of Dr. Duino.  Guido and I discuss how art and electronic design intertwine in his life, how hisRead More → "Fish Fry Special Edition: Makers Today! Dr. Duino"

Machine Learning: Esperanto coaxes 1092 RISC-V Processors to Dance on the Head of a Pin, er Chip

Dave Ditzel has a legendary history with computing and microprocessors. He joined AT&T Bell Labs to work on C language development. While there, he developed several generations of processors designed to execute optimized compiled C programs including CRISP, Bell Labs’s “C-language Reduced Instruction Set Processor.”

At Bell Labs, Ditzel also co-authored the foundational RISC document, “The Case … Read More → "Machine Learning: Esperanto coaxes 1092 RISC-V Processors to Dance on the Head of a Pin, er Chip"

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Single Pair Ethernet

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Phoenix Contact

Single-pair Ethernet is revolutionizing industrial system design, with new levels of performance and simplicity. But, before you make the jump, you need to understand the options for cables, connectors, and other infrastructure. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Lyndsey Walling of Phoenix Contact about the latest in single-pair Ethernet for industrial applications.

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Using the MAX66242 Mobile Application: The Basics

Sponsored by Maxim Integrated (now part of Analog Devices)

This application note describes the basics of the near-field communication (NFC)/radio frequency identification (RFID) MAX66242EVKIT board and gives an application utilizing the NFC capabilities of iOS and Android® based mobile devices to exercise board functionality. It then demonstrates how the application enables use of memory and secure features in the MAX66242. It also shows how to use the MAX66242 with an onboard I2C temperature sensor, demonstrating the device's energy harvesting feature.

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What are V³Link SerDes?

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

V³Link ICs are ultra-low latency SerDes that aggregate video, clock, control and GPIO data into a single-wire bidirectional bridge between industry-standard interfaces. Vision-based designs can use V³Link devices to achieve higher resolution, extend cable reach up to 15 meters and reduce system size, weight and power. Learn about the basics of V³Link technology and explore typical applications for V³Link in this training video.

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Posted on Oct 22 at 12:21am by Coin
Posted on Oct 19 at 10:11am by Steven Leibson
You're right, kgon1. I am using 200mm fabs as proxies for old lithographies. Upgrading fabs to 300mm means the old tooling for chips made with 200mm equipment needs to be redone. I think many fab vendors drop those lithographies at that point. When they eol a process node, that's the ...
Posted on Oct 19 at 7:43am by Steven Leibson
It costs money to maintain a fab just as it costs money to build one. If clean room floor space can be repurposed for more profit by changing out machines to go with finer pitch lithographies, it usually makes economic sense to do so. That upgrade comes at the expense ...
Posted on Oct 17 at 9:14pm by kgon1
To drive the cost of chips down, one needs scale. 300 mm gives one scale not 200 mm. All the200 mm FABs I've been in are now 300 mm. The last one we brought up as 300mm in 2006 , TI bought it to do 90 nm and 45nm , it 's TI 3rd 300mm FAB. The 15 ...
Posted on Oct 17 at 6:27pm by mhsheikh25@gmail.com
True but I left Honeywell Sensing and Control in 2002 and the best designs are still being made. The real problem was a push by management in these companies not to hold any inventory i.e. JIT. It is clear that smart inventory levels ( roughly six months on book would have ...
Posted on Oct 14 at 4:23am by kdoherty99
A nice article covering the latest shortage. There is one aspect of this shortage I have not seen covered in the various articles I've seen so far. The gaining trend to push older IC's into premature obsolescense by the FABs and chip suppliers. This trend is picking up and seems ...
Posted on Oct 12 at 10:56am by gene plichota
there are those of us who object in principle to the way info is organized and presented by the design of our infosphere....much like principled vax-refusers, we stand on our right to not chow down on what's put before us and don't engage farther than is necessary what's wrong ...
Posted on Oct 6 at 4:08pm by Scott V.
There is absolutely no reason to fabricate most semiconductors on a fine pitch process where a mask set to make the chip can literally cost millions of dollars. Most Diodes, Discrete Transitors, Mofets and other power semiconductors can and are fabricated on much older processes that have been around for ...
Posted on Oct 4 at 2:02pm by MartinCroome
We ran out of toilet paper thanks to panic buying! What makes people think that semiconductors are somehow different? Hit it in a nut shell. Stupid purchasing managers in cars manufacturers -> Smart purchasing managers in consumer goods manufacturers -> Panic
Posted on Oct 1 at 6:54am by John
Ha, I too was born in 1957 and my career councillor gave the same advice and, like you, I hated all that theory; I wanted to make things. I hope CCs today look deeper into matching the candidate with the course.
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Oct 26, 2021
We unpack the demanding PPA requirements for edge AI SoCs, as chip designers turn their attention to edge AI applications such as embedded vision systems. The post Smarter Ways to Meet Your PPA Targets for Edge AI Processors appeared first on From Silicon To Software....
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Component placement is one of the most critical aspects of PCB designing. As the number of components and layers increases, the complexities of placing components increase manifold. Allegro® PCB... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community s...
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I've seen a lot of things in my time, but I don't think I was ready to see a robot that can walk, fly, ride a skateboard, and balance on a slackline....
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Solutions for Heterogeneous Multicore
Multicore processing is more popular than ever before but how do we take advantage of this new kind of processing? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Jeff Hancock from Siemens and Amelia Dalton investigate the challenges inherent in multicore processing, the benefits of hypervisors and multicore frameworks, and what you need to consider when choosing your next multicore processing solution.
Oct 21, 2021
Hot-Swap and Power Protection -- Mouser Electronics and Analog Devices
When it comes to our always-on, critical systems we need to carefully consider power protection and maintainability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Dwight Larson investigate the issues that surround hot-plugging into an energized power supply, the best solutions to consider, what the different hot-swap circuit topologies look like for a variety of applications and why the MAX15090B/C with its innovative current foldback startup may be the best solution for your next design.
Oct 20, 2021
Machine-Learning Optimized Chip Design -- Cadence Design Systems
New applications and technology are driving demand for even more compute and functionality in the devices we use every day. System on chip (SoC) designs are quickly migrating to new process nodes, and rapidly growing in size and complexity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rod Metcalfe about how machine learning combined with distributed computing offers new capabilities to automate and scale RTL to GDS chip implementation flows, enabling design teams to support more, and increasingly complex, SoC projects.
Oct 14, 2021
NEUTRIK Fiber Optic Solutions
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Neutrik
The advantages and benefits of fiber optics are a mile long…but how can you design with them? How can you clean them? How do you repair them? Need a bit of a refresher? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Kuklinski from Neutrik about the OpticalCon advanced, OpticalCon LITE and Opticalcon DragonFly fiber optic solutions from Neutrik. They take a closer look at what benefits each of these solutions brings to the table, what kind of configurations are offered with each of these fiber optic solutions and what kind of performance you can expect when using them in your next design.
Aug 19, 2021
Seamless Ethernet to the Edge with 10BASE-T1L Technology
In order to keep up with the breakneck speed of today’s innovation in Industry 4.0, we need an efficient way to connect a wide variety of edge nodes to the cloud without breaks in our communication networks, and with shorter latency, lower power, and longer reach. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Fiona Treacy from Analog Devices about the benefits of seamless ethernet and how seamless ethernet’s twisted single pair design, long reach and power and data over one cable can solve your industrial connectivity woes.
Aug 17, 2021
Flexible Power for a Smart World
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and CUI Inc.
Safety, EMC compliance, your project schedule, and your BOM cost are all important factors when you are considering what power supply you will need for your next design. You also need to think about form factor, which capacitor will work best, and more. But if you’re not a power supply expert, this can get overwhelming in a hurry. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ron Stull from CUI Inc. about CUI PBO Single Output Board Mount AC-DC Power Supplies, what this ??ac/dc core brings to the table in terms of form factor, reliability and performance, and why this kind of solution may give you the flexibility you need to optimize your next design.
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