PLANTATION, Fla. Precision Analog Systems has introduced a 16-channel analog output card for the VMEbus. Each channel on the PAS 9716/AO has a high-speed 16-bit D/A converter with a 1- to 10-V output range. Two of the channels can be updated with a single VME transfer when 32-bit write instructions are employed. Test registers, an ID PROM and two digital output channels are also provided. The board is priced at $1,600.
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.