OMG! Where Are My Assets?

I am an outrageously lucky man. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many countries and see many things. For example, I’ve given training courses in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Japan; I’ve presented guest lectures at universities in America, England, and Norway; and I’ve been invited to speak at conferences in Hawaii, Brazil, India, China, Taiwan, and South Korea (to name but … Read More → "OMG! Where Are My Assets?"

New GUIs for Old Cars: Development Platforms for Manual and Autonomous Driving

If you love old cars, you know there’s an allure to their look but their sparse instrumentation leaves much to be desired and, of course, these old machines have no connection to today’s wired world. Earlier this year, Berlin-based Incari announced that it had partnered with the Strate School of Design Bangalore and Design 1880 in France. The three partners plan to retrofit advanced human-machine … Read More → "New GUIs for Old Cars: Development Platforms for Manual and Autonomous Driving"

Sowing the Seeds of Change: How Sustainability and Extending Product Life Cycles Can Help Ease Our Supply Chain Woes

We are sowing the seeds of innovation in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Peggy Carrieres from Avnet and I investigate the global supply chain challenges facing our engineering community today. We take a closer look at the role sustainability will play in the future of electronic design and how Avnet’s visual libraries called “Avail” can help you navigate a variety of supply chain and design chain issues. … Read More → "Sowing the Seeds of Change: How Sustainability and Extending Product Life Cycles Can Help Ease Our Supply Chain Woes"

Using ML to Mine Design Data to Speed and Improve SoC Designs

On the one hand, I’m tremendously excited and enthused by all of the amazing things I’m currently hearing regarding deployments of enterprise-level artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL). But (and there’s always a “but”)…

Actually, before we hurl ourselves headfirst into the fray with gusto and abandon, someone asked me earlier today to … Read More → "Using ML to Mine Design Data to Speed and Improve SoC Designs"

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"Scalable Power Delivery" for High-Performance ASICs, SoCs, and xPUs

Sponsored by Infineon

Today’s AI and Networking applications are driving an exponential increase in compute power. When it comes to scaling power for these kinds of applications with next generation chipsets, we need to keep in mind package size constraints, dynamic current balancing, and output capacitance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Mark Rodrigues from Infineon joins Amelia Dalton to discuss the system design challenges with increasing power density for next generation chipsets, the benefits that phase paralleling brings to the table, and why Infineon’s best in class transient performance with XDP architecture and Trans Inductor Voltage Regulator can help power  your next high performance ASIC, SoC or xPU design.

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Integrating multiple functions within a housekeeping MSP430 microcontroller

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Adding a small, low-cost microcontroller (MCU) for simple housekeeping functions can benefit many board designs. This housekeeping (or secondary) MCU is not the main host processor in the system, but it can handle several important system-level functions such as LED control or input/output (I/O) expansion. This article will explain how integrating a multifunction housekeeping MCU in your system can help lower bill-of-materials (BOM) costs, save board space, and best of all simplify your design.

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Demo: Achronix Speedster7t 2D NoC vs. Traditional FPGA Routing

Sponsored by Achronix

This demonstration compares an FPGA design utilizing Achronix Speedster7t 2D Network on Chip (NoC) for routing signals with the FPGA device, versus using traditional FPGA routing. The 2D NoC provides a 40% reduction in logic resources required with 40% less compile time needed versus using traditional FPGA routing. Speedster7t FPGAs are optimized for high-bandwidth workloads and eliminate the performance bottlenecks associated with traditional FPGAs.

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Posted on Jun 16 at 8:35am by Max Maxfield
I'm guessing the lights on the IBM panel were small incandescent bulbs. If I ever lay my hands on one of these panels, I'll have to decide whether to keep the bulbs or replace them with LEDs.
Posted on Jun 16 at 8:33am by Max Maxfield
Of course you have LOL
Posted on Jun 15 at 2:20pm by Karl Stevens
Are you sure those lights were LEDs? I thought toggle switches disappeared before LEDs existed.
Posted on Jun 15 at 7:14am by Karl Stevens
And along with RPN comes the "shunting yard algorithm". And that leads to the Abstract Syntax Tree(AST) which just might be the key to building a state of the art computer. Python is a very popular interpreted language and C# is a newer compiled language(my favorite!), both based ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 4:46pm by Max Maxfield
Hi Neil -- this sounds AWESOME -- I want to see a picture (or a video) -- can you email it to me at One of my friends has one of the original Altair 8800 (he says the aluminum case could withstand a house falling on it) -- ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 4:41pm by Max Maxfield
Hi John -- first of all, I doubt that quantum computing is ever going to "simplify computer architecture" LOL I actually plan on checking the 2030s and 2040s out, but since I don't currently have a functional time machine (you simply cannot get the parts in Huntsville, Alabama), I'm taking ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 4:35pm by Max Maxfield
Hi Karl -- where would BASIC have been without its GOTO statement? And where would Reverse Polish Notation (RPN) be without a stack? I just added "all the languages" to my list of things to talk about next time (not in my next article, but the next one in this ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 4:31pm by Max Maxfield
Hi Ron -- thanks for the kind words -- in addition to the interpreter / threaded interpretive stuff, you've given me some ideas for a follow-on column -- I have some other columns to write first, but I'll add this to the list :-)
Posted on Jun 14 at 3:06pm by neilkf
Hi Max, the first computer I worked on had toggle switches and LEDs. I kind of missed the blinking lights... During the COVID lock-down, I thought I'd try to build a simple computer the old fashion way with SSI/MSI logic (and lots of LEDs), but new MSI logic has ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 12:37pm by JohnBirkner
Hi Max, YAY! Very interesting. Now what if you were to inadvertently wander into a timeslip and found yourself transported forward to the late 2030s or early 2040s? Would you be defining ALUs with qubits? Would Quantum entanglement zero delay time enable a 1-bit ALU to calculate 64 bit numbers as ...
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Virtual prototyping tools shift software development for automotive processors earlier in the electric vehicle design cycle, learn how with customer NXP. The post Customer Spotlight: NXP's New Class of Processors Enables Safe Multi-Application Integration for Consolidated Ve...
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Key Elements of Indoor Air Quality: Why Do They Matter and Why Do We Detect Them?
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Sensirion
Measuring indoor air pollution is a valuable tool to monitor our health and productivity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Timothy Kennedy from Sensirion discuss the what, how, and why of indoor air quality testing and how the all in one air quality sensor called Sen5X from Sensirion can make measuring our indoor air quality easier than ever before.
Jun 23, 2022
Solar Cells Optimized for Indoor Applications
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and TDK
Solar cell technology is more popular than ever before, but we have only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to new applications for photovoltaic cell technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Chris Burket from TDK about the basics of photovoltaic cells, what sets TDK’s a-SI film solar cells away from other solar cell technology on the market today and the cool new applications that can take advantage of this powerful technology.
May 26, 2022
MOTIX™ Motor Control Solutions
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Infineon
Today’s complex automotive designs require a wide range of motor control and system ICs to deliver the features that customers demand. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Michael Williams from Infineon joins me to explore how Infineon’s MOTIX™ motor control solutions can help simplify your next automotive design. We take a closer look at the MOTIX™ Embedded power system on chip for motor control, the benefits that the MOTIX™ Embedded Power IC can bring to your next design, and how you can get started with your next motor control design with Infineon’s MOTIX™ motor control solutions.
May 26, 2022
Enabling the Flow of Data in the World of IoT
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.
May 18, 2022
Twinax Flyover Systems for Next Gen Speeds
Sponsored by Samtec
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.
May 17, 2022
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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