Z80, Adieu

I’ve published several obituaries in EEJournal over the past few years, but this is my first such article for a microprocessor. After 48 years, Zilog has issued an end-of-life notice for the Z80 microprocessor, introduced in early 1976. I have a long history with the Z80 that stretches back all the way to that introduction year. I consider the Z80 to be the best 8-bit microprocessor ever designed, … Read More → "Z80, Adieu"

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Let’s start with the second question first … Read More → "BYOD or BYOM to Synaptics’ AI-Native Edge Compute Party"

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This week’s Fish Fry podcast is all about digital signal processing! Pulin Desai (Cadence Design Systems) joins me to chat about recent developments in vision, radar and lidar applications, AI inference trends that are driving the need for flexible and programmable digital signal processing, and why DSPs are indispensable in the new world of artificial intelligence. Also this week, I check out a new PCB prototype developed at … Read More → "Digital Signal Processing and the AI Architecture Evolution"

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Posted on May 21 at 3:17pm by ericwertz
Jameco also carries them, along with a bunch of other contemporary oldies-but-goodies.
Posted on May 21 at 6:51am by Steven Leibson
There's no denying the 6502's success, brucehoult. It was the foundation for the Apple II, the Atari VCS, the Atari 400 and 800 personal computers, and many other truly successful products. Alas, the 6809 was a bit late to the party, but a fine machine that unfortunately had to compete with the 16-bitters ...
Posted on May 20 at 2:03pm by brucehoult
> I consider the Z80 to be the best 8-bit microprocessor ever designed A good one, certainly, but I think not the best. Even at the same time, the 6502 brilliantly made use of the fact that RAM of the time was as fast as logic (later also exploited by ARM) ...
Posted on May 20 at 10:05am by BillM
Steve, Whenever I would look at a custom laid out (not automated) chip, I would infer whether they had issues (functional/timing) with the design (or where last minute changes found available 'free' space). The Z80 does look beautiful and logically arranged. Faggin did a wonderful job on the architecture ...
Posted on May 13 at 4:34pm by Tacitus
Really? That’s very depressing. That said, since I’m using a digital input/analog output architecture that mimics an advanced neuromorphic design, the CXL sounds like one possible solution to my memory problems - but then my doctor says that at my age, I just need to get more ...
Posted on May 13 at 9:30am by Steven Leibson
Ya gotta "laugh while you can," Tacitus.
Posted on May 13 at 9:21am by Tacitus
For this “monkeyboy”, one “fud” (Phd) is usually just like another, but I must admit I certainly pay attention when you begin your article by quoting the august Dr. Emilio Lizardo! Bravo!
Posted on May 8 at 12:42pm by Max Maxfield
Hi Henrik -- your Vision AppKit is perfect -- just what I'm looking for -- I wrote about your Ensemble AI-MCU family a few weeks ago https://www.eejournal.com/article/new-mcus-provide-102-the-performance-at-10-2-the-power/ The combination of your chip and the miniature camera on that tiny Vision AppKit board ...
Posted on May 8 at 12:36pm by Henrik
Hi Max, I think we here at Alif semiconductor can help you with this! I have an application that detects faces running on our tiny Vision AppKit, if you think that would work I'd be happy to send you one :-) Demo here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
Posted on Apr 22 at 11:49am by arnim
A subset of this EDA acquisition game has been the development of FPGA tools. NeoCAD did the tools for AT&T's clones of Xilinx FPGAs, doing it so well it embarrassed Xilinx, so they acquired them. I still have the NeoCAD coffee cup.
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