New Kid on the Block

This week’s podcast is one part frog embryo, one part embedded design, and one part crystal ball! To start things off, we take a closer look at how a team of research scientists have created a new form of life (a living, programmable organism called a Xenobot) with a little help from African frog embryos, an algorithm that simulates designs for new life-forms, and the Deep Green supercomputer … Read More → "New Kid on the Block"

Silexica Bridges the HLS Gap

Today, we call it “acceleration” – the use of specialized hardware to optimize compute tasks that do not perform well on conventional von Neumann processors. We have entered an “age of acceleration” driven primarily by the explosion in AI technology. Countless startups are engaged in developing chips with alternative architectures that accelerate and parallelize various types of compute-intensive algorithms. As a result, we are living in a … Read More → "Silexica Bridges the HLS Gap"

What Makes Secure Processors Different?

“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true.” ― James Branch Cabell

Given the magnificent complexity of modern microprocessors, it’s inevitable that they’ll have bugs and security holes. It might even be physically impossible to create a bug-free CPU, but … Read More → "What Makes Secure Processors Different?"

Thermal Trials and Temperature Tales

We all know that today’s engineering teams are facing increasing challenges surrounding thermal aware designs. Whether you are designing a board, an IC, or a system, we all struggle with thermal and electrical simulation at one point or another. In this week’s Fish Fry, Jerry Zhao (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the challenges of thermal and electrical simulation and the benefits of electrical and thermal co-simulation … Read More → "Thermal Trials and Temperature Tales"

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Posted on Jan 19 at 2:46am by zajacik7
Steve, Your logic of elimination of 1st microprocessors was going well until you hit your own roadblock. You see in those days there were no solid definition of a microprocessor; single-chip, LSI, Integrated Circuit, commercial, military, chip set ... it was really nothing. We all were looking for something that worked ...
Posted on Jan 18 at 10:20pm by tomkk
Jim -- this is a truly great article! I wished I read id before I installed OneDrive last week. Your article is more than one year old - but it still is spot on. I went through all the same nightmare steps as you did. Only I think I was ...
Posted on Jan 17 at 1:17pm by Karl Stevens
FPGAs have many embedded memory blocks that can be used instead of flops to implement registers. True dual port mode can read two operands while another block reads the operator and address of the next operand for the algorithm, etc. For multiply/add, just pipeline using another small memory block ...
Posted on Jan 17 at 1:38am by Jamil Mazzawi
I will be very happy to answer any question about the article and the Optima Safety Platform. Just post the question as a comment bellow
Posted on Jan 16 at 9:02am by Max Maxfield
When you think about how technology has changed since you were young, what is the one thing that stands out the most to you?
Posted on Jan 14 at 1:44pm by Kev
Most of the insecurity comes from using shared memory (SMP), there's a fix for that - If you feel that would be a good addition to your X86/ARM/RISC-V CPU - get in touch ;-)
Posted on Jan 13 at 9:09am by Bryon Moyer
What would you build if you could get a large automotive SoC to qualify for ASIL-D?
Posted on Jan 10 at 10:23pm by TomLoredo
Glad to see a Part 4. BTW, I think "the enigmatic eclipse" was meant to be "the enigmatic ellipsis."
Posted on Jan 9 at 7:36am by Max Maxfield
Regarding everything we've covered in this mini-series, I'm happy to offer consulting services on any of these topics, such as creating an in-house style guide or recommending a copy editor, for example. Please feel free to contact me at
Posted on Jan 6 at 9:50am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of these graph-based AI inference accelerators from Blaize and Mythic?
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Jan 17, 2020
I once met Steve Wozniak, or he once met me (it's hard to remember the nitty-gritty details)....
Jan 17, 2020
[From the last episode: We saw how virtual memory helps resolve the differences between where a compiler thinks things will go in memory and the real memories in a real system.] We'€™ve talked a lot about memory '€“ different kinds of memory, cache memory, heap memory, vi...
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While Samtec started as a connector company with a focus on two-piece, pin-and-socket board stacking systems, High-Speed Board Stacking connectors and High-Speed Cable Assemblies now make up a significant portion of our sales. To support development in this area, in December ...
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Embedded Display Applications Innovation with TI DLP® Pico™ Technology – Texas Instruments and Mouser   DLP technology can add a whole new dimension to your embedded design. If you considered DLP in the past, but were put off by the cost, you need to watch this episode of Chalk Talk where Amelia Dalton chats with Philippe Dollo of Texas Instruments about the DLP LightCrafter 2000 EVM. This new … Read More → "Embedded Display Applications Innovation with TI DLP® Pico™ Technology – Texas Instruments and Mouser"
Amplifiers & Comparators Designed for Low Power, Precision — ON Semiconductor and Mouser   When choosing amplifiers and comparators for low-power, high-precision applications, it pays to have a broad understanding of the latest technology in op amps. There are new types of devices with significant advantages over the traditional go-to parts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Namrata Pandya of ON Semiconductor about … Read More → "Amplifiers & Comparators Designed for Low Power, Precision — ON Semiconductor and Mouser"
Create Multi-Band Sensor Networks with the LaunchPad SensorTag Kit — TI and Mouser Electronics   Doing IoT development today can involve a number of different communications standards. There is no “one size fits all” for wireless protocols. Every application has its own needs and constraints. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Adrian Fernandez of Texas Instruments about the new LaunchPad SensorTag development kit – … Read More → "Create Multi-Band Sensor Networks with the LaunchPad SensorTag Kit — TI and Mouser Electronics"
Wide Band Gap: Silicon Carbide — ON Semiconductor and Mouser Electronics  Wide bandgap materials such as silicon carbide are revolutionizing the power industry. From electric vehicles and charging stations to solar power to industrial power supplies, wide bandgap brings efficiency, improved thermal performance, size reduction, and more. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brandon Becker from ON Semiconductor about the advantages … Read More → "Wide Band Gap: Silicon Carbide — ON Semiconductor and Mouser Electronics"
Addressing Digital Implementation Challenges with Innovative Machine Learning TechniquesMachine learning is revolutionizing our designs these days with impressive new capabilities. But, have you considered using machine learning to actually create better designs? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rod Metcalf of Cadence Design Systems about how Cadence is using machine learning to help us get more out of our … Read More → "Addressing Digital Implementation Challenges with Innovative Machine Learning Techniques"
Thermal Management Solutions — Panasonic and Mouser Electronics   With shrinking form factors, tighter power budgets, and higher performance, thermal management can be a challenge in today’s designs. It might be time to bust out the thermal grease to help conduct away some of that excess heat. But, before you grab that tube, check out this episode of Chalk Talk where Amelia … Read More → "Thermal Management Solutions — Panasonic and Mouser Electronics"