It was a little over a year ago that I concentrated my “beat” here at UBM Tech to test equipment (I had been covering RF/wireless, memory, and test for years). So, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the 10 most popular products over the past year (as determined by page views) on tmworld.com. I think the #1 product will surprise you; it surprised me.
What is interesting about this collection is that many of these instruments are field-test units. Making me ask, are you taking your instruments on the road more than ever before?
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.