Want to Rule a Robot Empire? InOrbit Can Help!

I’ve long been interested in the concept of humanoid robots boasting general artificial intelligence (AGI), which is the hypothetical ability of an intelligent agent to understand or learn any intellectual task that a human being can. (AGI is sometimes referred to as “Strong AI,” although academic sources typically reserve this term for computer programs that experience sentience or consciousness.)

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Who needs a Raspberry Pi Microcontroller Chip? Maybe You

Many semiconductor vendors including TI, NXP, STMicroelectronics, Microchip, and others play in the microcontroller market. As with nearly every semiconductor niche, microcontrollers have been getting bigger and badder for decades. In the 1970s, there were 4-bit microcontrollers for VCRs and other simple consumer electronics. There were scads of 8-bit microcontrollers, soon followed by 16-bit microcontrollers. Motorola Semiconductor (later renamed Freescale and eventually purchased by NXP) developed the 6801, 6805, 68705, 68HC08, 68HC11, 68 … Read More → "Who needs a Raspberry Pi Microcontroller Chip? Maybe You"

Changing the UI and UX Paradigm Once Touch at a Time

In this week’s podcast, super tiny technology is taking center stage! First up, I check out world’s first and smallest sensor that can enable touch gestures through any material. Dan Goehl (Co-founder and Chief Business Officer at UltraSense Systems) joins me to discuss how UltraSense’s new 3D ultrasound sensor is going to usher in a whole new era in user interfaces. Also this week, I investigate … Read More → "Changing the UI and UX Paradigm Once Touch at a Time"

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Double Density Cool Edge Next Generation Card Edge Interconnect

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Amphenol ICC

Nowhere is the need for the reduction of board space more important than in the realm of high-performance servers. One way we can reduce complexity and reduce overall board space in our server designs can be found in the connector solutions we choose. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Einhorn from Amphenol about how Amphenol double-density cool edge interconnects can not only reduce space but also lessen complexity and give us greater flexibility.

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USB-C and USB Power Delivery Solutions

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Every electronic market is rapidly adopting the latest USB Type-C® and USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) specifications. The new USB Type-C cable and connector specifications dramatically simplify the way we interconnect and power electronic gadgets. With the proliferation of battery-operated devices for consumer, medical, automotive, and industrial applications, USB-C is increasingly becoming the preferred universal standard for charging and powering devices.

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Synopsys & Samtec: Successful 112G PAM-4 System Interoperability

Sponsored by Synopsys

This Supercomputing Conference demo shows a seamless interoperability between Synopsys' DesignWare 112G Ethernet PHY IP and Samtec's NovaRay IO and cable assembly. The demo shows excellent performance, BER at 1e-08 and total insertion loss of 37dB. Synopsys and Samtec are enabling the industry with a complete 112G PAM-4 system, which is essential for high-performance computing.

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Posted on Jan 24 at 11:26am by Max Maxfield
>> "The NWO is upon us..." What do Nocturnal Woolly Ocelots have to do with anything? >> "Don’t take the mark or the beast..." Shouldn't this be "mark OF the beast"?
Posted on Jan 21 at 8:01am by realityisdisappointing
I think we all know this will be used against us. The NWO is upon us everyone. Don’t take the mark or the beast and please repent while there is time. Jesus is the only way.
Posted on Jan 20 at 10:58am by Max Maxfield
I have to admit that I do like the feel of a classic (preferably vintage) toggle switch -- I also like the fact that in modern TV series like Cowboy Bebop (https://www.netflix.com/title/80207033) we see a mix of modern (spaceships) and vintage (control panels replete with toggle ...
Posted on Jan 20 at 10:53am by Max Maxfield
Thanks so much for your feedback -- Joe also used to make his own boards -- I never did, but I wish I had (I often used strip board) -- I wish I had more time to work with 3D CAD software and 3D printers -- my chum Steve Manley ...
Posted on Jan 17 at 10:46am by SmithChart
In university, I didn't do so hot in thermodynamics, so this article is welcome. BTW, some great engineering design approaches and equations for thermal management available from heat sink vendors (Wakefield, Vicor) &c.
Posted on Jan 13 at 5:49pm by gene plichota
" actuation actuated " feedback ( which clicky-feel does inherently ) saves me from personal aggravation at being forced to wait on the dumb bucket of bolts, presumably to appreciate agape the digital wonder of it all even from the list of feedback second-bests ( display, beep ), the control is tolerable if not too awkward
Posted on Jan 12 at 11:16am by srpollock
Good article. Brings back a flood of memories of when I was a "digital" chip designer at Cal-Tex Semiconductor (purchased by Fairchild) during those times.
Posted on Jan 9 at 6:50am by oryweaver
I'm a 90s kid that got my first etching kit at a RadioShack at a local mall, and then later perfected my soldering skills in the Navy. It hurts my feelings a little every time I read another article telling me to give up and send my files to a ...
Posted on Jan 6 at 6:40am by Max Maxfield
While I was writing this column, I recalled my chum Joe Farr in the UK telling me that he used to make his own prototype boards (etching the copper and suchlike) in his workshop. I also recalled that, a couple of years ago, Joe told me that he's invested in ...
Posted on Jan 3 at 6:45pm by Steven Leibson
I do not know why this level of technology poses as consumer gear, except that it's built down to a price. User interfaces in the form of buttons and displays cost money.
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I just created a handy-dandy one-page Quick-Quick-Start Guide for seniors that covers their most commonly asked questions pertaining to the iPhone SE....
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In my previous article ( From AMBA ACE to CHI, Why Move for Coherency? ) I talked about how coherency needs have evolved from AMBA ACE to the highly successful and widely adopted CHI architecture.... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site...
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High performance computing continues to expand & evolve; our team shares their 2022 HPC predictions including new HPC applications and processor architectures. The post The Future of High-Performance Computing (HPC): Key Predictions for 2022 appeared first on From Silico...
Expanding SiliconMAX SLM to In-Field
Sponsored by Synopsys
In order to keep up with the rigorous pace of today’s electronic designs, we must have visibility into each step of our IC design lifecycle including debug, bring up and in-field operation. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Pateras from Synopsys about in-field infrastructure for silicon lifecycle management, the role that edge analytics play when it comes to in-field optimization, and how cloud analytics, runtime agents and SiliconMAX sensor analytics can provide you more information than ever before for the lifecycle of your IC design.
Jan 24, 2022
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Medical Grade Temperature Sensing with the World's Smallest Surface Mount FIR Temperature IC
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Melexis
Temperature sensing has come a very long way in recent years. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Doug Gates from Melexis about the latest innovation in medical grade temperature sensing. They take a closer look at the different kinds of applications that can use this kind of sensing technology, the role that emissivity and field view play in temperature sensing, and what sets the Melexis’ MLX90632 apart from other temperature sending solutions on the market today. 
Jan 19, 2022
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ROHM Automotive LED Driver IC
There has been a lot of innovation in the world of automotive designs over the last several years and this innovation also includes the LED lights at the rear of our vehicles. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Ikuta from ROHM Semiconductor about ROHM’s automotive LED driver ICs. They take a closer look at why their four channel outputs, energy sharing function, and integrated protection functions make these new driver ICs a great solution for rear lamp design.
Jan 19, 2022
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Current Sense Amplifiers: What Are They Good For?
Not sure what current sense amplifiers are and why you would need them? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Seema Venkatesh from Analog Devices about the what, why, and how of current sense amplifiers. They take a closer look at why these high precision current sense amplifiers can be a critical addition to your system and how the MAX40080 current sense amplifiers can solve a variety of design challenges in your next design. 
Jan 19, 2022
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Double Density Cool Edge Next Generation Card Edge Interconnect
Nowhere is the need for the reduction of board space more important than in the realm of high-performance servers. One way we can reduce complexity and reduce overall board space in our server designs can be found in the connector solutions we choose. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Einhorn from Amphenol about how Amphenol double-density cool edge interconnects can not only reduce space but also lessen complexity and give us greater flexibility.
Jan 12, 2022
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Tackling Automotive Software Cost and Complexity
With the sheer amount of automotive software cost and complexity today, we need a way to maximize software reuse across our process platforms. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Daniel Balser from NXP take a closer look at the software ecosystem for NXP’s S32K3 MCU. They investigate how real-time drivers, a comprehensive safety software platform, and high performance security system will help you tackle the cost and complexity of automotive software development.
Jan 6, 2022
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