So, I just got off the phone with a PR colleague at a semiconductor company. The conversation set me back.
The comment? "Well the apps engineers tell me that there's not much of a story in the product. You just connect it and it works."
It almost makes me speechless. But in a sense they're right. Are we making products that are both so complex to implement and simple to use that for systems engineers there's little design engineering to do with the parts.
Finding out the perceived frequency response of your combined headphone/ear 'system' and compensating for it using parametric equalization can offer some eye-opening benefits. But finding an EQ solution isn't always easy.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.