Opening the Door for Manufacturing Innovation: PulseForge Develops a New Form of Thermal Processing

What if we could revolutionize manufacturing and save energy at the same time? My guest is PulseForge CMO Stan Farnsworth and we are digging into the details of PulseForge’s new digital thermal processing. Stan and I investigate how this kind of thermal processing differs from traditional thermal processing and how it can vastly reduce the amount of energy used in manufacturing. We also take a closer look at … Read More → "Opening the Door for Manufacturing Innovation: PulseForge Develops a New Form of Thermal Processing"

Are You Ready to Lay Your Hands on the World’s First Universal Processor?

One of the things I really enjoy is bacon sandwiches, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about here. Another thing I enjoy is watching a startup company evolve from being a twinkle in its founder’s eye to purveying its first product.

Way back in the mists of time we used to call May 2020 (which is two … Read More → "Are You Ready to Lay Your Hands on the World’s First Universal Processor?"

Powering FPGAs is a Giant Hassle. Here’s Some Help.

When I first started working for an FPGA company a decade ago, I was stunned to find out how many power supply rails these parts required. I’d never encountered chips that needed five to ten (or more) power supply rails. Even back in the old, old PMOS days, chips needed only three supply voltages and, for a few fortunate decades, 5 volts was all you ever … Read More → "Powering FPGAs is a Giant Hassle. Here’s Some Help."

Shaving Hairs and New Electronics: UChicago’s Nanocrystal Breakthrough

Are you ready for some exciting nanocrystal technology? I certainly hope so! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Igor Coropceanu joins me to discuss how he and a team of fellow researchers at the University of Chicago discovered a new way to make nanocrystals function together electronically. We explore why this breakthrough in nanocrystal technology could lead to future devices with new abilities, what applications this would be … Read More → "Shaving Hairs and New Electronics: UChicago’s Nanocrystal Breakthrough"

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WiFi 6 & 6E: Strengthening Smart Home Enablement

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Qorvo

Demands on WiFi are growing exponentially, and our aging standards and technology are struggling to keep up. Luckily, WiFi 6 and 6E represent a leap in WiFi capabilities for our systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Testa of Qorvo about the ins and outs of WiFi 6 and 6E with their increased speed, capacity, and efficiency.

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Introducing new dynamic features for exterior automotive lights with DLP® technology

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Exterior lighting, primarily used to illuminate ground areas near the vehicle door, can now be transformed into a projection system used for both vehicle communication and unique styling features. A small lighting module that utilizes automotive-grade digital micromirror devices, such as the DLP2021-Q1 or DLP3021-Q1, can display an endless number of patterns in any color imaginable as well as communicate warnings and alerts to drivers and other vehicles.

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Building safer robots with computer vision & AI

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what about starlink?
Posted on May 23 at 7:32pm by GREG BULMASH
But can it run Crysis?
Posted on May 23 at 4:49pm by Tachyum
1. Hi Max, fun to read as always. Two questions: 1) 64000 ball-grid array. Are the balls arranged as a multi-dimensional sparse matrix? Will you lay out my circuit board for me? >>>> It's 6400 >>>> Its dense 2D matrix and yes Tachyum will provide reference design to ...
Posted on May 23 at 12:36pm by Tachyum
In regards to question number 3 ----- "3) And the bonus EE-degree question: Do they have precise exceptions?" Yes we have fully precise exceptions.
Posted on May 23 at 8:12am by Max Maxfield
Hi Mihir -- thank you for your kind words :-)
Posted on May 22 at 7:23am by Mihir Kumar
As always, great post. Thanks
Posted on May 20 at 3:11pm by Max Maxfield
Hi retired nemesis of retired Jim Turley -- I think it's 6,400 not 64,000 -- but I agree that they have a lot of balls to present us with this package :-) With regard to compilers, simulators, IDEs, etc -- they have a complete ecosystem. I should have written more about that. ...
Posted on May 20 at 3:06pm by Max Maxfield
I vaguely remember heard of it, but I never used it myself. I do remember AMD's AM2901 bit-slice processor -- that was an interesting approach (was the Motorola one a bit-slice machine?)
Posted on May 20 at 3:03pm by Max Maxfield
Thanks as always Crusty -- how is Mrs. Crusty (in good voice, I trust), and how is life in Crusty Mansions?
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At the heart of our growing IoT ecosystem are high performance semiconductors, but integrated circuits alone cannot make a successful IoT system. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Blais from KEMET and Ryan Wenzelman from Pulse about how passive components are crucial to the development of successful IoT frameworks. They take a closer look at RF, wired and power distribution aspects of IoT system development and investigate how YAGEO Group is advancing innovation in the world of IoT with a wide selection of passive components.
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Twinax Flyover Systems for Next Gen Speeds
As the demand for higher and higher speed connectivity increases, we need to look at our interconnect solutions to help solve the design requirements inherent with these kinds of designs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Matthew Burns from Samtec discuss how Samtec’s Flyover technology is helping solve our high speed connectivity needs. They take closer look at how Samtec’s Flyover technology helps solve the issue with PCB reach, the details of FLYOVER® QSFP SYSTEM, and how this cost effective, high–performance and heat efficient can help you with the challenges of your 56 Gbps bandwidths and beyond design.
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E-Mobility: Electronic Challenges and Solutions
The future electrification of the world’s transportation industry depends on the infrastructure we create today. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sven Lerche from Würth Elektronik about the electronic challenges and solutions for today’s e-mobility designs and EV charging stations. They take a closer look at the trends in these kinds of designs, the role that electronic parts play in terms of robustness, and how Würth’s REDCUBE can help you with your next electric vehicle or EV charging station design.
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Current Sense Resistor - WFC & WFCP Series
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Vishay
If you are working on a telecom, consumer or industrial design, current sense resistors can give you a great way to detect and convert current to voltage. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Clinton Stiffler from Vishay about the what, where and how of Vishay’s WFC and WFCP current sense resistors. They investigate how these current sense resistors are constructed, how the flip-chip design of these current sense resistors reduces TCR compared to other chip resistors, and how you can get started using a Vishay current sense resistor in your next design.
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Clamping Down on Failure: Protecting 24 V Digital Outputs
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If you're designing IEC61131 compliant digital outputs for these PLCs or industrial controllers, you need to have a plan to protect these outputs from a variety of unknowns. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Asa Kirby from Skyworks about an innovative new isolated smart switch device from Skyworks that gives you an unprecedented level of channel flexibility and protection, letting you offer customers a truly “set it and forget it” solution when it comes to your next PLC design.
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Energy Storage: The Key to Sector Coupling
Climate change is making better energy storage more important than ever before. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Dr. Rüdiger Meyer from Phoenix Contact joins me to discuss the what, where and how of energy storage systems. We take a closer look at the structure and components included in typical energy storage systems and the role that connectors play in successful energy storage systems.
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