The FX32B crystal has been unveiled for wireless, portable, and handled system architectures. Housed in a 3.2 x 2.5 x 0.8-mm package. The crystal sports a 20 to 5 MHZ frequency range, +/- 50 PPM frequency tolerance, +/-50 PPM frequency stability, and an operating temperature range of --10 to +60 deg. C. Other tolerances, stabilities, and operating temperatures are available.
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.