Growth Everywhere but at Intel

To quote a famous Scotsman, it’s a great day for America, everybody! The semiconductor industry’s Q1 results are in, and they’re good. Really good. The world’s top chipmakers collectively grew by 21% compared to this time a year ago. That’s a huge increase, especially given how large these companies were already. You try growing a billion-dollar business by twenty percent sometime. </ … Read More → "Growth Everywhere but at Intel"

The Digital Thread: The Advancement of Digital Backbones and the World’s First Digital Fiber Fabric

Ready, Aim, Digitize! In this week’s podcast, we start things off by taking a closer look at the world’s first digital fiber fabric developed at MIT. We investigate how this new digital fiber is able to collect and store data and the role AI plays in how it is able to process that data as … Read More → "The Digital Thread: The Advancement of Digital Backbones and the World’s First Digital Fiber Fabric"

Dynamic Flash the Next Big Thing?

It was the best of DRAM access times, it was the worst of DRAM access times… 

Do hybrid devices combine the best of two technologies, or the worst? Is a Toyota Prius a great leap forward, or just a small gas-powered car lugging around a heavy battery in its trunk? Peanut butter and chocolate, or floor wax and dessert topping? </ … Read More → "Dynamic Flash the Next Big Thing?"

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Accelerate the Integration of Power Conversion with microBUCK® and microBRICK™

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Vishay

In the world of power conversion, multi-chip packaging, thermal performance, and power density can make all of the difference in the success of your next design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Raymond Jiang about the trends and challenges in power delivery and how you can leverage the unique combination of discrete MOSFET design, IC expertise, and packaging capability of Vishay’s microBRICK™and microBUCK® integrated voltage regulators.

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Choose a high CMTI gate driver that cuts your SiC switch dead-time

Sponsored by Maxim Integrated

As GaN and SiC FETs begin to replace MOSFET and IGBT technologies in power switching applications, this paper discusses the key considerations when selecting an isolated gate driver. Maxim explains the importance of CMTI and propagation delay skew and presents an isolated gate driver IC ideal for use with these new power transistors.

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Super Resolution with ARC EV Processor IP

Sponsored by Synopsys

Interested in upscaling images with AI? Join Gordon Cooper for an update on SR-GAN with ARC EV Processors.

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Posted on Jun 9 at 2:11pm by Max Maxfield
Hi RBD -- great questions as always -- I will ask the folks at Tachyum if they would care to comment. For myself, I'm hoping to get an in-depth briefing and then write a full-up column on the Prodigy processor -- I'll ask the folks at Tachyum about that also.
Posted on Jun 6 at 8:59am by RedBarnDesigner
Hi Max, my initial reaction is "how will this increase in perfomance actually be achieved?" I'm not expecting an answer because that answer would reveal the comany's IP or "secret sauce"! So something that you may well be able to answer is where we currently stand in MIPS per Watt (...
Posted on Jun 2 at 3:10pm by MicrochipManny
By Intel dropping the various privilege levels, when anyone living in the present would possibly increase the number them...think various level of both software and hardware abstraction levels, goes to show that Intel is still living in the past and their future in tech as a whole is very ...
Posted on Jun 2 at 1:10pm by Karl Stevens
I wish that I could find one other person that has not been brain washed into believing the hype about superscalar, out of order execution, loooong pipelines, multi-core, etc. Since day one, cpu performance has mainly been limited by memory. WELL IT STILL IS! Before cache was invented memory access ...
Posted on May 25 at 11:08am by Max Maxfield
Hi Sleat -- I'm glad you liked this -- I'll mention your idea of swash-plates to Paul, but I think he has enough on his hands at the moment (his Kickstarter has raised $700,000+ of his original ~$70,000 goal). I can;t wait to start playing with one of these :-)
Posted on May 20 at 5:48pm by sleat
Breathtaking! I, too, first encountered "Mousetrap" in the 1960s. Some "bad older kids" had lost some of the pieces of the game I found in our wood-fragrant attic, so I set about making new parts out of wood. My older sister was much better at whittling than I was, so ...
Posted on May 14 at 4:13pm by Rebel Science
"And it can handle far-field (3 meter) activation with just a single microphone, not an array of microphones like other products." This is interesting as it sounds like they have a way to separate voices from background sounds. I wish the article had gone more into how they accomplish this. Efficiency ...
Posted on May 13 at 1:51pm by Max Maxfield
Hi taichichuan -- I'm sorry for the delay in my response -- I tell you, every time I blink another year whizzes by. Don't talk to me about Pokemon Go -- my wife and 24-year-old (at that time) son had me driving them around to places with more Pokemons, at ...
Posted on May 13 at 9:10am by jlangbridge
Hi RedBarnDesigner, I'm the guy my friend Max cited in his article. Whoops! Thanks for the heads up on the 404, we're busy fixing that. We've changed a lot of things over the course of the past few weeks, including a release, so a few things are missing, I'm sorry that ...
Posted on May 13 at 7:52am by Max Maxfield
Hi RBN -- as I said to Gene in the previous comment, I'm sorry for the delay in my response -- for some reason the system didn't inform me that there were comments for me to look at ($%^%$%# computers!). Re Luos -- I've emailed the folks there re the 404 error ...
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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 Tests of Qorvo about the ins and outs of WiFi 6 and 6E with their increased speed, capacity, and efficiency.
Jun 14, 2021
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Vibration Sensing with LoRaWAN
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Advantech
Vibration sensing is an integral part of today’s connected industrial designs but Bluetooth, WiFi, and Zigbee may not be the best solution for this kind of sensing in an industrial setting. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andrew Lund about LoRaWAN for vibration sensing. They investigate why LoRaWAN is perfect for industrial vibration sensing, the role that standards play in these kinds of systems, and why 3 axis detection and real-time monitoring can make all the difference in your next industrial design.
Jun 3, 2021
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Traveo II Microcontrollers for Automotive Solutions
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Infineon
Today’s automotive designs are more complicated than ever, with a slew of safety requirements, internal memory considerations, and complicated power issues to consider. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Marcelo Williams Silva from Infineon about the Traveo™ II Microcontrollers that deal with all of these automotive-related challenges with ease. Amelia and Marcelo take a closer look at how the power efficiency, smart IO signal paths, and over the air firmware updates included with this new MCU family will make all the time-saving difference in your next automotive design.
Jun 1, 2021
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Accelerating Innovation at the Edge with Xilinx Adaptive System on Modules
Sponsored by Xilinx
The combination of system-on-module technology with advanced SoCs with programmable logic offer the ultimate in functionality, performance, flexibility, power efficiency, and ease of use. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Karan Kantharia of Xilinx about the new Kira SOM, and how it enables faster time-to-deployment versus conventional component-based design.
May 26, 2021
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Meet the Latest Wireless Member of the DARWIN Family
May 21, 2021 -- Your next MCU needs to be more than just smart. It needs to be power-efficient, have ample memory, and industrial-grade security. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Zach Metzinger of Maxim Integrated about the latest member of the DARWIN family with a new RISC-V co-processor.
May 21, 2021
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Machine health monitoring is a key benefit in the Industry 4.0 revolution. Integrating data from sensors for vibration detection, motion detection, angle measurement and more can give a remarkably accurate picture of machine health, and timely warning of impending failure. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Alex Chernyakov of ROHM Semiconductor about the key considerations in machine health monitoring, and how a new line of accelerometers for industrial applications can help.
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