It's not often that all the planets align and the stars come together,
but this is the fourth year that the stars of the electronics world have
united under one roof to share a meal, a beer and stories and
experiences that can ignite a fertile young engineering mind, remind a
colleague of a special time shared in the history of electronics or
inspire today's engineers to innovate and press on through tough and
seemingly insurmountable challenges.
I was invited by my colleagues Michael Steffes, Intersil Apps manager
and Paul Rako, Analog Devices engineer to the fourth annual Analog
Aficionados event in Santa Clara, CA. Rako was the great impetus behind
this event and it has blossomed into 150 attendees this year.
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.