Machine Learning and The New Age of Intelligent Chip Design

Machine learning is once again taking center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Rod Metcalfe (Cadence Design Systems) joins me to discuss the role of machine learning in the future of chip design, why implementation teams are having a hard time keeping up with today’s advanced node designs, and how advancements in computer science are helping usher in a new age of intelligent … Read More → "Machine Learning and The New Age of Intelligent Chip Design"

Metrology Maketh the Man (and Woman, and Silicon Chip)

Metrology is the scientific study of measurement. The ability to measure things helps in locating and identifying problems and weak spots in production lines and processes. I was just introduced to a new molecular sensor for semiconductor metrology that may be poised to take the chip fabrication process by storm, but first…

When we look around, it’s easy to … Read More → "Metrology Maketh the Man (and Woman, and Silicon Chip)"

Xilinx Launches Versal HBM

It’s no secret that we are drowning in data. Today’s applications and algorithms require almost incomprehensible amounts of data, and that means the bandwidth requirements are exploding faster than networking and memory technologies can handle. Even with the most advanced accelerators we can build with our FPGAs, we can be choked trying to get data on and off the chip and finding places to … Read More → "Xilinx Launches Versal HBM"

Quadric CPU Combines AI with Conventional Code

Another day, another new microprocessor architecture. There was a time in the Nineties when everyone and his dog was designing a new processor. They were all going to revolutionize the world, crush Intel, enable new cutting-edge devices, and show us how it’s really supposed to be done. The nerd journals were filled with new CPU acronyms like RISC, VLIW, IPC, EPIC, ROB, ILP, SSE2, TLB, … Read More → "Quadric CPU Combines AI with Conventional Code"

How Many Computers Are in Your Computer?

It’s computers all the way down. We know about recursion in software, but it’s surprising to find it occurring in hardware. How many computers are really inside your computer? One? A couple? Maybe a dozen? In reality, it’s probably hundreds. 

Normal people count the average PC, Mac, or Linux box as one computer. But, as engineers, we … Read More → "How Many Computers Are in Your Computer?"

The Hidden Security Risks of Automotive Electronic Systems

What comes to mind when you think of an automotive energy source? I’m guessing of all the things you could possibly imagine tamarind shells wouldn’t be one of them… but maybe they should be. To start things off in this week’s Fish Fry podcast, I take a closer look at a new multi-national research study that could pave ways to supply energy to cars. (Spoiler Alert: … Read More → "The Hidden Security Risks of Automotive Electronic Systems"

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Silicon Lifecycle Management (SLM)

Sponsored by Synopsys

Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep on analyzing our IC designs once they are in the field? After all, simulation and lab measurements can never tell the whole story of how devices will behave in real-world use. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Randy Fish of Synopsys about gaining better insight into IC designs through the use of embedded monitors and sensors, and how we can enable a range of new optimizations throughout the lifecycle of our designs.

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Harnessing the Power of Data to Enhance Quality of Life for Seniors

Sponsored by Maxim Integrated

This customer testimonial highlights the CarePredict digital health platform. Its main device, the Tempo wearable, uses artificial intelligence to derive actionable insights to enhance care and quality of life for seniors.

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Design Success with Foundation IP & Fusion Compiler

Sponsored by Synopsys

When is 1+1 greater than 2? When using DesignWare Foundation IP & Fusion Compiler! Join Raymond and Yung in their discussion of a customer that benefited from the combination of Fusion Compiler’s machine learning and Foundation IP cells and macros.

More information about DesignWare Foundation IP: Embedded Memories, Logic Libraries, GPIO & PVT Sensors

Posted on Aug 4 at 11:07am by Beercandyman
Nice work. Thanks!
Posted on Jul 27 at 6:24pm by pelado
2021 now and I fell in the same trap. I keep thinking that MS launches its products to early just to avoid giving space to competitors. They have always had a poor/no quality nor user experience testing. I lost a lot of files, and there's no one to blame but ...
Posted on Jul 27 at 11:10am by DaveN
Thanks Jim for all your scribbling and best wishes for enjoyably retirement!
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Could it be that the wrong types of computational machines are being used, i.e. a stored program model? C/C++ software models are being developed that program an FPGA directly, but converting this model to a computational machine is difficult. The advantage of this model though, is that the ...
Posted on Jul 22 at 8:25am by Max Maxfield
As an extra little snippet, EEJournal's very own Amelia Dalton just emailed me to say: "I know the Uni-piper (Darth Vader playing the bagpipes)! His kids go to my son's old school. Portland is such a small town. :)" I tell you; the whole "six degrees of separation" (and "six degrees ...
Posted on Jul 20 at 4:59pm by GregD
As requested, below is a video demonstrating the same experiment from the Zynq MPSOC video, but targetting a high perfromance x86 CPU (AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper 16 core 3.4GHz) attached to a Xilinx Alveo U250 PCIExpress card (Virtex UltraScale+ VU13P device). As you can see everything pretty much scales with the ...
Posted on Jul 14 at 7:10am by
I guess this is great news for somebody but do we really need it? I believe that US patent 10,181,003 obviates the need for Boolean or State structures to solve any computation that has a solution. The asynchronous model described by US 10,181,003 synthesizes the parallel model to hardware without these structures ...
Posted on Jul 13 at 4:43pm by beekay
Karnaugh maps! My CompSci professor in college marked my answer as "wrong", as I didn't "do the work on the paper." As you mentioned, once you are used to these maps, you can "see" the answers. I love logic questions, and to me it was a breeze to see on ...
Posted on Jul 8 at 6:40pm by Benek
The article fails to mention that the only thing that is being discontinued is the old (2013) version of the SmartThings hub. Since Samsung acquired SmartThings, they gave ample warnings about eventual changes to the Hub and the entire 'ecosystem', so no one should be caught unaware. The next version of ...
Posted on Jul 7 at 1:48pm by GregD
OpenCL is a low level hardware API, that although technically C/C++, that does not make it easy to use, even for hardware savvy programmer. It looks like writing low level drivers. You must manually partition code, and write host-side software to communicate at the byte level to the accelerator ...
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Aug 4, 2021
It is the last day before a break and so I write about whatever I feel like. It's not an official holiday, but I'm going to the East Coast to see my kids, who both live in New York and so I... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community s...
Aug 3, 2021
I just discovered that Norland Nannies -- who can command a salary of $170,000 on a bad day -- are trained in self-defense and defensive driving....
Jul 30, 2021
You can't attack what you can't see, and cloaking technology for devices on Ethernet LANs is merely one of many protection layers implemented in Q-Net Security's Q-Box to protect networked devices and transaction between these devices from cyberattacks. Other security technol...
Jul 29, 2021
Learn why SoC emulation is the next frontier for power system optimization, helping chip designers shift power verification left in the SoC design flow. The post Why Wait Days for Results? The Next Frontier for Power Verification appeared first on From Silicon To Software....
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.
Aug 3, 2021
i.MX RT1170
Dual Core microcontrollers can bring a lot of benefits to today’s modern embedded designs in order to keep all of our design requirements in balance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Patrick Kennedy from NXP about why newer design requirements for today’s connected embedded systems are making this balancing act even harder than ever before and how the i.MX RT1170 can help solve these problems with its heterogeneous dual cores, MIPI interface, multi-core low power strategy and SRAM PUF technology can make all the difference in your next embedded design.
Aug 3, 2021
Software and Automotive Safety
In the realm of automotive designs, safety must reign above all else. But the question remains: How can we innovate within the constraints of today’s safety standards? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rob Bates from Siemens about the role ISO 26262 plays when it comes to COTS and open source software, what certified software components are all about, and how heterogeneous multiprocessing can be helpful in your next automotive design.
Jul 28, 2021
Power Profiler II
If you are working on a low-power IoT design, you are going to face power issues that can get quite complicated. Addressing these issues earlier in your design process can save you a lot of time, effort, and frustration. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kristian Sæther from Nordic Semiconductor about the details of the new Nordic Power Profiler Kit II - including how it can measure actual current, help you configure the right design settings, and show you a visualized power profile for your next design.
Jul 28, 2021
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Bourns
Today, your circuit protection device needs to be versatile, handling a wide range of conditions with long-life low capacitance, low leakage, and state-of-the-art energy handling density. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Paul Smith from Bourns about IsoMOV - a new integrated circuit protection that brings together the most important circuit protection capabilities in one efficient package.
Jul 27, 2021
Using Intel FPGA to Develop Video and Vision Solutions
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Intel
Today’s video applications require enormous amounts of compute performance on small power budgets. And, the wide variety of specifications, rates, and resolutions makes flexibility a key design requirement. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Omi Oliyide of Intel about how Intel FPGAs are ideal to take on even the most challenging video and vision designs, and explain how you can get started with this exciting technology in your next project.
Jul 27, 2021