The Risks & Rewards of Early Tapeout
Blog 7/22/2014 Post a comment
Verification remains a key issue in system-on-chip development. The time taken to verify a high-density SoC design to a high level of confidence can lead teams to think the unthinkable. One of these counterintuitive options is to not exhaustively verify a chip before taping out but use the resulting silicon itself as a cornerstone of the verification process.
Future of PCM: Optoelectronic?
Blog 7/22/2014 Post a comment
Work by a team at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter may well become recognized as the first steps on the road to a new and bright optoelectronic future for phase-change memory materials.
Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante
Blog 7/22/2014 1 comment
The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility
Blog 7/18/2014 3 comments
A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
Blog 7/17/2014 4 comments
Babak Parviz, one of the fathers of Google's Project Glass, left the company for Amazon this week, presumably spreading the DNA of wearables. Meanwhile, Android Wear continues to gain buzz if not market traction yet.
VoLTE Rises, Riding Software
Blog 7/17/2014 2 comments
Service providers are spending on systems for voice services again, thanks to the move to 4G LTE, but the spending comes with demand vendors embrace network virtualization.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket
Blog 7/16/2014 10 comments
Artificial Intelligence is mainly run in massive datacenters these days, but some of the best emerging thought on the subject suggests it should be done at the edge of the network, close to where data is collected.
Engineering Ethics Into A Robot
Blog 7/16/2014 4 comments
Researchers are exploring how to engineer ethics into artificially intelligent beings that would interact and help humans as socially assistive robots.
Testing ReRAM Structures
Blog 7/14/2014 2 comments
This article by Peter J. Hulbert addresses issues related to characterization and forming, as well as endurance testing for 1R ReRAM structures.
Convince Me Why Washer Must Talk to Grill
Blog 7/13/2014 84 comments
When I think about IoT devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my intervention, and talking about my habits to a total stranger behind my back, the very idea just creeps me out.
Want Your Own Desktop PCB Printer?
Max’s Cool Beans 7/10/2014 19 comments
The BreadBox PCB printer controls things like timing, mixing of chemicals, and agitation to produce really professional looking, predictable, and repeatable boards.
Brown-Out Reset – an Update
Break Points 7/8/2014 2 comments
When using brown-out reset circuits, the bottom line is that on many MCUs you can’t use the A/D to monitor Vdd during flash writes unless there’s some way to simulate the expected load. As always, do a careful, worst-case engineering analysis.