Optane, We Hardly Knew Yeh

Buried in Intel’s recent and somewhat dismal second-quarter 2022 financial results was a line item under “Non-GAAP adjustment or measure” that read: “Optane inventory impairment” for the sum of $559 million. Ouch. About 60 percent of the way through the “Forward-Looking Statements” section of the financial earnings statement is the phrase “the wind-down of our Intel Optane memory business.” Bye, bye Optane.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: The Rise of Bespoke Silicon

Move over off-the-shelf chips, bespoke silicon is coming your way! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Walt Hearn from Ansys joins me to discuss the rise of bespoke silicon, the need for open multi-physics platforms, collaboration in the EDA ecosystem, and more. Also this week, I investigate a new bacteria powered wearable device developed by a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Spoiler Alert: … Read More → "One Size Does Not Fit All: The Rise of Bespoke Silicon"

Retro-Futuristic-Steampunk Technologies (Part 1)

From one perspective, I’m not very good in an argument because I can usually see both points of view. Oftentimes, if the argument is between two other persons, I can introduce a third way of looking at things that really gums up the works. Contrariwise, from another viewpoint, I can be great in an argument because—since I can usually find something with which I … Read More → "Retro-Futuristic-Steampunk Technologies (Part 1)"

STMicroelectronics and GlobalFoundries Jointly Press on with FD-SOI in a New Fab Near Grenoble

STMicroelectronics (ST) and GlobalFoundries (GF) have just signed a memorandum of understanding to create a new, jointly operated 300mm semiconductor fab to be located alongside ST’s existing fab in Crolles, France. The new fab will support multiple semiconductor technologies and process nodes, including FD-SOI (fully depleted silicon on insulator). ST and GF expect that the fab will start producing chips in 2024 and will ramp to … Read More → "STMicroelectronics and GlobalFoundries Jointly Press on with FD-SOI in a New Fab Near Grenoble"

U Can Touch This! BeBop Sensors Brings a Sense of Touch to Robots and More!

Robotic innovation and the future of human-machine interfaces take center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Keith McMillen (CEO, Founder - BeBop Sensors) joins me to chat about BeBop’s Intelligent Sensing Technologies which can transform any surface into a touch surface that naturally blends into its environment. We dig into the details of BeBop’s RoboSkin that can provide robots with the sense of touch and discuss why Keith believes that intelligent interfaces will change how we interact with machines in the future. Also this week, I take a closer look at a new robotic learning method called WHIRL developed by a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that could make teaching robots easier than ever before. … Read More → "U Can Touch This! BeBop Sensors Brings a Sense of Touch to Robots and More!"
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Clamping Down on Failure: Protecting 24 V Digital Outputs

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Skyworks

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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Making Cars Safe, Secure, and Reliable

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Cadence has worked closely with customers to meet the challenges of designing and verifying automotive components, subsystems, and entire systems. A holistic design approach ensures that the vehicle meets performance requirements while adhering to automotive quality, safety, and security standards early in the design cycle. Discover Cadence innovations specifically around CFD and thermal, system analysis, PCB/ECU design, processor IP, system verification, functional safety and 3D-IC design.

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Posted on Aug 3 at 12:14pm by Beercandyman
Nick will be missed. He was always upbeat and happy. You never talked to him without a little chuckle. His email address was Bozo@... and wrote his emails in comic sans. He would throw me some patent consulting work telling me "you know more about reconfigurable computing than anyone else ...
Posted on Jul 31 at 7:19am by Max Maxfield
Hi Duane -- I've not read that one yet (the last book I read by Walter Isaacson was his biography of Leonardo da Vinci) -- but I have read "A Crack in Creation" by Jennifer Doudna herself and that's a "must read" (I'll be including that in Part 2 of this ...
Posted on Jul 29 at 1:31pm by duanebenson
I recently finished another Walter Isaacson biography: "The Code Breaker" a biography about Jennifer Doudna and her work with RNA. It's now in my list of most favorite books along with "The End of Everything" by astrophysicist, Katie Mack. - Two books covering the very small and the very large. ...
Posted on Jul 28 at 10:09am by Max Maxfield
The movie was OK, but the book is awesome -- the effort it took to compile the first edition of the OED takes my breath away to this day -- I learned a huge amount about dictionaries in general -- and the underlying story of the key players is something ...
Posted on Jul 28 at 6:06am by Steven Leibson
"The Professor and the Madman" was made into a movie in 2019. It stars Sean Penn and Mel Gibson. It enjoys a poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but I liked it well enough. It's clearly a movie for geeks and nerds.
Posted on Jul 24 at 2:31pm by Max Maxfield
I hang my head in shame -- I shall chastise myself soundly (I'll try not to be too harsh) -- the only saving grace is that everyone understands what I meant (apart from those who don't, but they don't count).
Posted on Jul 24 at 2:28pm by Max Maxfield
I'm so sorry -- I just now saw this comment -- I agree, this may be a good time to bring everyone up to date with the current state of our Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) 4-bit Computer project... watch this space...
Posted on Jul 21 at 9:10am by mrburich
Please Max, help the cause: The big problem is the number of television news readers and web-site and print-publication copy editors who are not schooled in proper English grammar and usage. A variety of solecisms including "graduated high school" are out of control. It is correct to say "I was ...
Posted on Jul 18 at 5:45pm by Brane212
You should mark advert articles as such. Your tongue up Tek's arse here is quite disgusting. All they did is use Xilinx product, plop on an ADC and Tek's price sticker on it.
Posted on Jul 14 at 7:55am by Max Maxfield
Thank you for your kind words -- my fingers and toes are crossed for you for good luck -- I think you are going to be happy with your selection because I'm hearing nothing but good things regarding RISC-V.
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HARTING's HAN® 1A Connector Series
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and HARTING
There is a big push in the electronics industry today to make our designs smaller and more modular. One way we can help solve these design challenges is with the choice of connector we select for our designs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Goda Inokaityte from HARTING and Amelia Dalton examine the role that miniaturized connectivity plays in the future of electronic design. They also how HARTING's Han 1A connectors can help reduce errors in installation, improve serviceability and increase modularity in your next design.
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Gate Driving Your Problems Away
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Infineon
Isolated gate drivers are a crucial design element that can protect our designs from over-voltage and short circuits. But how can we fine tune these isolated gate drivers to match the design requirements we need? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Perry Rothenbaum from Infineon explore the programmable features included in the EiceDRIVER™ X3 single-channel highly flexible isolated gate drivers from Infineon. They also examine why their reliable and accurate protection, precise and fast on and off switching and DESAT protection can make them a great fit for your next design.
Jul 25, 2022
ActiveCiPS™: Configurable Intelligent Power Management Solutions
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Qorvo
Programmable power management can not only help us manage our power systems but it can also have size, weight, and cost benefits as well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Yael Coleman from Qorvo about the system-wide benefits of configurable power management solutions. They investigate the programmable features of the ActiveCips configurable intelligent power management solutions and review how these solutions can help you balance weight, size, power and cost in your next design.
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Chipageddon: What's Happening, Why It's Happening and When Will It End
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Digi
Semiconductors are an integral part of our design lives, but supply chain issues continue to upset our design processes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Ronald Singh from Digi and Amelia Dalton investigate the variety of reasons behind today’s semiconductor supply chain woes. They also take a closer look at how a system-on-module approach could help alleviate some of these issues and how you can navigate these challenges for your next design.
Jul 13, 2022
Direct Drive: Getting More Juice from Your JFET
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and UnitedSiC
In this episode of Chalk Talk, Jonathan Dodge from UnitedSiC (now part of Qorvo) and Amelia Dalton discuss how you can take full advantage of silicon carbide JFET transistors. They delve into the details of these innovative transistors including what their capacitances look like, how you can control their speed and how you can combine the benefits of a cascode and a directly driven JFET in your next design.
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Battery Management System Overview
Sponsored by Infineon
Effective battery management for electric vehicles is a critical design element faced by engineers today. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Marco Castellanos from Infineon about the key functions of battery management for electric vehicles, the role that cell balancing, voltage measurement and temperature measurement play in battery management ICs, and how wireless battery management using bluetooth low energy can help you tackle a variety of battery management challenges for your next design.
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