Why Universities Want RISC-V

“Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.” – W. Edwards Deming

New microprocessor designs often emerge from universities. But how often do processors go back into universities? 

It’s a new decade, so a new processor is in fashion. Like hemlines and boy bands, processors rise and fall in popularity. There was the … Read More → "Why Universities Want RISC-V"

Create Your Own RTOS in 1 Hour (Part 1)

“What fresh hell is this?” – Dorothy Parker

Want a fun late-summer project? Looking for a source of frustration? Need a quick hack to polish up your programming resume? Let’s create our own RTOS using the built-in hardware features of the x86 processor family and very little code. 

Calling this an “RTOS” … Read More → "Create Your Own RTOS in 1 Hour (Part 1)"

Return of VPX – Standards, Trends and Supply Chain Security

In this week’s podcast, we have a virtual grab bag of electronic engineering goodness. We start things off with a story about the unique exploration of the Bennu asteroid. We take a closer look at how  NASA’S OSIRIS-REx mission successfully mapped out Bennu’s gravity field and how this information has provided vital clues about the formation of asteroids. Also this week, Rob Persons (Smart Embedded Computing) … Read More → "Return of VPX – Standards, Trends and Supply Chain Security"

Flex Logix Joins the Race to the Inferencing Edge

Have you noticed that there seem to be a lot more products flaunting the fact that they are “Gluten Free” on the supermarket shelves these days? This sort of thing is obviously of interest to the estimated one person out of a hundred who has Celiac disease and is therefore intolerant to gluten, but do these product labels convey useful information … Read More → "Flex Logix Joins the Race to the Inferencing Edge"

Find Your Keys in Nothing Flat

“Location, location, location.” – Real estate mantra

Ultrawideband (UWB) is the proverbial twenty-year overnight success. The concept has been around for a long time, but it’s only now starting to hit the big time. 

UWB takes a shotgun approach to wireless communications. Rather than beam a relatively strong signal within a narrow … Read More → "Find Your Keys in Nothing Flat"

Cadence Brings Clarity to EMI

EMI is the ghost in our machines, the phantom of our electronic operas. We create our systems with a specific purpose, and our engineering efforts aim to hone and optimize toward that goal. At the same time, lurking in the copper traces and wayward return paths are silent specters seeking to derail our plans. They haunt our designs undetected, biding their time until the final day … Read More → "Cadence Brings Clarity to EMI"

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Nordic Cellular IoT

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Nordic Semiconductor

Adding cellular connectivity to your IoT design is a complex undertaking, requiring a broad set of engineering skills and expertise. For most teams, this can pose a serious schedule challenge in getting products out the door. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kristian Sæther of Nordic Semiconductor about the easiest path to IoT cellular connectivity with the Nordic nRF9160 low-power system-in-package solution.

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An engineer’s guide to autonomous and collaborative industrial robots

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As robots are becoming more commonplace in factories, it is important that they become more intelligent, autonomous, safer and efficient. All of this is enabled with precise motor control, advanced sensing technologies and processing at the edge, all with robust real-time communication. In our e-book, an engineer’s guide to industrial robots, we take an in-depth look at the key technologies used in various robotic applications.

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Demo: Low-Power Machine Learning Inference with DesignWare ARC EM9D Processor IP

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Applications that require sensing on a continuous basis are always on and often battery operated. In this video, the low-power ARC EM9D Processors run a handwriting character recognition neural network graph to infer the letter that is written.

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Posted on Oct 28 at 4:53am by Pravi21
Is it possible to run RTOS on a x86 architecture? As far I have understood RTOS is for low end microcontrollers where as general purpose os is for high end architectures. RTOS are developed to bring some OS concepts to microcontrollers. See the link below. https://engineersasylum.com/t/how-to-get-started-with-rtos/258 ...
Posted on Oct 26 at 10:13am by tipalo
This reminds me of my first Assembler code, back in 1976, :-) But any RTOS is only a common OS, with a time constraint, see Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_operating_system What about a real RTOS, as an example an OS written exclusively in VHDL/Verilog, while connecting ...
Posted on Oct 25 at 7:02pm by 迈克尔0820
I am also starting to learn about motors, but it seems a bit difficult. Hope I can stick to it. http://metonec.com/
Posted on Oct 16 at 7:48pm by Kevin Morris
Thanks Sudhir!
Posted on Oct 15 at 6:31am by sudhirkeejournal
Great article Kevin! :)
Posted on Oct 14 at 9:29am by Kevin Morris
@williamlee - Way to lead with an attack on our ethics. Classy. EE Journal has a strict policy to not consider commercial interests in our editorial. And, neither Intel nor Xilinx has been a sponsor for at least the last two years, partially because we sometimes wrote what we believed ...
Posted on Oct 14 at 8:27am by williamlee2112
This article comes off like an "Intel Sponsored Hit Piece" against an AMD and Xilinx merger. You seem to have conviently ignored the Fact that AMD's aquisition of ATI Graphics decades ago was and still is a Foundational part of AMD's unified success with the CPU and GPU business. Are ...
Posted on Oct 12 at 6:52am by JayN
Has Intel mentioned support of slave CPUs via CXL as accelerators in oneAPI?
Posted on Oct 8 at 7:08am by Max Maxfield
The first episode of the new TV series "Next" aired just two days ago as I pen these words https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next_(2020_TV_series) The story features a high-functioning AI that gets out "into the wild" -- seriously, is it time to be scared yet?
Posted on Oct 2 at 1:27pm by Karl Stevens
I just saw an article about Altera OpenCL that was going to take care of all this. Have you checked lately? At the time it seemed that the GPU was handling the graphics fine, but a group of know it alls decided they could do better...
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