Solving the Unsolvable: How Technology Acceleration is Transforming Information Delivery

My podcast guest this week is Ken Grob from Elma Electronic! Ken and I investigate the past, present, and future of the modern edge computing ecosystem. We also chat about the trends that are pushing a need for a transformation of information delivery, how SOSA can be used to implement edge compute and AI capabilities and one of my favorite topics – quantum computing! Also this week, I examine the … Read More → "Solving the Unsolvable: How Technology Acceleration is Transforming Information Delivery"

Tiny FPGA in Microchip’s latest PIC16 microcontroller adds real-time speed, sells for less than 50 cents

Microchip now offers a Flash-based microcontroller with an integrated programmable-logic block for less than half a dollar in volume. The nine members of the Microchip PIC16F13145 family (the ‘113, ‘114, ‘115, ‘123, ‘124, ‘125, ‘143, ‘144, and ‘145) sport the same 8-bit RISC microprocessor architecture as other members of the 16F family, but they also incorporate a new programmable-logic block called a Configurable Logic Block (CLB). … Read More → "Tiny FPGA in Microchip’s latest PIC16 microcontroller adds real-time speed, sells for less than 50 cents"

DVCon 2024: Seeing Beyond The Next Big Thing in EDA

In this week’s podcast, I chat about the future of EDA, the details of DVCon2024, and the feasibility of artificial intelligence for design verification with Tom Fitzpatrick – DVCon 2024 Conference General Chair. I also investigate new insect-inspired, fully functional micro-robots that may be the smallest, lightest, and fastest mini-robots ever created!

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AMFitzgerald and MEMS Infinity to Rule the PZT MEMS World

Generally speaking, I tend not to be interested in business-related announcements like strategic partnerships. I can’t tell you how many over-excited emails I’ve received informing me of something vague, fluffy, and wishy-washy along the lines of two companies planning to sign a memorandum of understanding that they may or may not collaborate to investigate the possibility that… by which time my eyes have glazed … Read More → "AMFitzgerald and MEMS Infinity to Rule the PZT MEMS World"

First Text-to-Speech, Then Text-to-Image, Now Text-to-3D-Animation

After seeing what I’ve just seen, you can consider (what I laughingly call) my mind to be well and truly blown. My poor old noggin is now full of ideas, each one triggering a cascade of considerations. Some of these meandering musings may even be germane to what I’m about to reveal. As usual, of course, we will all have to weed through my rambling … Read More → "First Text-to-Speech, Then Text-to-Image, Now Text-to-3D-Animation"

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Reduce 3D IC design complexity with early package assembly verification

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Shape The Future Now with Synopsys ARC-V Processor IP

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Posted on Mar 1 at 6:44am by Max Maxfield
I just remembered something else -- the valence electrons in 29Si don;t gave the same quantum spin as the ones in 28Si
Posted on Mar 1 at 6:39am by Max Maxfield
FANTASTIC!!! Thank you so much for sharing this :-)
Posted on Mar 1 at 1:50am by gurkx
... about the robot dog ... :) Its called 'Tati', you can find more about it under:
Posted on Feb 28 at 8:12pm by Ansi_Kenabi17
As the guy said: "What's wring with Wolfie? I can hear him barking..." 🙄
Posted on Feb 28 at 9:40am by Max Maxfield
If you are trying to cheer me up... you are failing miserably
Posted on Feb 27 at 8:02am by Ansi_Kenabi17
Meh. Had rhey been serious about it, they'd bolted it on AVR, not PIC16 core. PiC16 is a crime against humanity and PIC18 is not much better. This is just a niche product for some customer that they thought they might try selling to others.
Posted on Feb 27 at 6:26am by Steven Leibson
The ability to reconfigure the PIC16F13145's small FPGA on the fly is indeed an interesting feature of this device, tanon. I must admit that I can't think of much more to do with this feature than a signal mux, but Adam Taylor seems enamored of the device and ...
Posted on Feb 27 at 6:24am by Steven Leibson
Janos, your project is about 500 times bigger than the FPGA in PIC16F13145. Of course you don't print the schematics.
Posted on Feb 27 at 2:23am by tanon
The capability of being able to load multiple bitstreams into the microcontroller flash and re-program the CLB on-the-fly is very interesting indeed. Depending on the application, you could almost use that to extend the capability of the CLB by programmatically switching out the configuration, based on conditions sensed by the ...
Posted on Feb 26 at 11:34am by Janos
My actual project for Xilinx (xc6slx25, package ftg256, speed -2) contains: Slice Registers: 7,089 Slice LUTs: 8,457, used as Memory (RAM, ROM and shift register): 1,333 DSP48A1s: 17 IOBs: 153 Max frequency: 160 MHz I never print the schematics!
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