This site has hosted teardowns of a number of consumer devices such as tablets, TVs, and mobile phones.But plenty of other products in common use rely on a bit of programmability to gain extra features and functionality.
The personal astable multivibrator is one popular product with a long pedigree, and it too has been enhanced by the addition of a CPU. The datasheets for these devices are notoriously incomplete. It's rare to find technical specifications such as translation in thousands of an inch, frequency settings, and current consumption. A suitable unit was procured and brought into the lab for analysis. Click to read the rest of this story on Embedded.com.
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.