Sensing a New Generation

How Wearables Will Revolutionize Prenatal Medicine

by Amelia Dalton

In this week’s Fish Fry we explore a whole new world of wearable technologies with Julian Penders from Bloom Technologies. Julian (co-author of “Wearable Technologies for Healthier Pregnancies”) and I talk about how wearable technologies can help monitor lifestyle behaviors. We’ll be looking at the future of wearable technologies targeted for pregnancy, and discussing how these technologies pose additional challenges. Also this week, I check out Cadence’s new Innovus tool suite and reveal how it could make routing your million gate IC design just a little bit easier.  Read More

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July 03, 2015

Saelig Introduces Versatile Dual Channel 13.6GHz Microwave Signal Generator

European collaboration accelerates silicon photonics prototyping services

Canal+ Group Unveils New Hybrid OTT / HD Broadcast Set-Top Box Powered by Frog by Wyplay Middleware and STMicroelectronics

Cliff’s patented Dual DC Socket proves 2 into 1 will go

July 02, 2015

Mouser Unveils Enhanced Internet of Things Applications Site

9-45V & 16-80V input range, 150W DC-DC converters now in a 1/4 brick package

TI introduces the first brushed DC gate driver with adjustable current drive capability for scalable designs

ADLINK Extends 3U VPX Product Portfolio to Include Rugged, High Performance GPGPU Blade

Mouser and Imahara Launch New Home and Factory Automation Series to Connect Engineers to the Latest Innovations in Technology

Xilinx Tapes-Out Industry’s First All Programmable Multi-Processor SoC Using TSMC’s 16nm FF+ for Embedded Vision, ADAS, I-IoT, and 5G Systems

Nallatech 510T FPGA Accelerator Disrupts the Datacenter

July 01, 2015

Excelsys Technologies’ New powerMod Plug-in DC Modules are Optimised for Reactive Loads

GreenPeak’s new multi-channel chipset simultaneously supports ZigBee and Thread networks

Avalue introduces new BSW series Embedded Boards – EBM-BSW, EQM-BSW and ESM-BSW, based on Intel® Pentium®/Celeron® processor N3000 family

Super-Fast Switching Diodes from Diodes Incorporated Deliver Ultra-Low Leakage

June 30, 2015

Wind River Simics Advances Agile Practices for IoT Development

Zuken Offers Improved Productivity and Enhanced Collaboration with Latest E³.series Release

XP Power leads the industry with 95% efficient 225 Watt AC-DC supply in a 2” x 4” package

Sensory Releases Embedded Speaker Verification SDK - Enables Devices to Switch User Profiles Based on Who's Talking

Quicker System Boot Time & Power Analysis with 13A to 100A Digital Interface µModule Regulator

TE Connectivity’s Micro Circular Connectors Now Available Globally

TI introduces the first brushed DC gate driver with adjustable current drive capability for scalable designs

Renesas Electronics Delivers Industry-Leading Power Efficiency and Digital Filtering Capabilities for Industrial Sensor and Healthcare Design with RX231 Microcontrollers

June 29, 2015

Microchip Announces Projected-Capacitive Touch Screen Controller With Noise-Robust, Advanced Multi-Touch and Gesture Performance

Evaluation Kit demonstrates innovative Energy Harvesting Switch Technology from CHERRY

TE Connectivity and Andretti Technologies Team up to Advance Technology in Autosports and Electric Vehicles

Artila releases machine-to-machine (M2M) sensors and actuators solution

Universal Temperature Sensor IC with EEPROM Targets Modular & Custom Sensor Systems

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Sensing a New Generation

Posted on 07/05/15 at 5:28 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.
Congratulations Amelia !!!

IoT Security

Posted on 06/29/15 at 11:43 AM by TotallyLost

As stated in the article, the more complex the IoT solution is, the more points there will be for exploits.

The real problem is the complete lack of old school KISS -- Keep It Simple Stupid!!!

There is significant security in a $100 bill, targeted s…

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/27/15 at 9:46 AM by gobeavs

What will happen next is that Xilinx will get bought too. That seems to be the pattern in the semiconductor industry. If Broadcom and Altera can get bought so can Xilinx. Semiconductor industry is consolidating rapidly.

Maximizing Flash Lifetimes

Posted on 06/24/15 at 4:06 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.

This article appeared in 2012. Macronix was annealing flash to extend it's life.

Does anyone know whether it has been commercialised yet? or Licensed out?

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/24/15 at 12:29 AM by beercandyman

Intel will use it's sales force to get FPGAs into places that Altera never sold into before. While Intel loves margins they can take lower margins with strategic accounts that Xilinx won't be able to match. Also Intel makes boards. Altera and Xilinx only …


Posted on 06/23/15 at 11:56 PM by bmoyer

I'll see if I can get a more detailed response out of Imec. I suspect the qualification is with "just like Al" - that it can be etched just like Al can be etched, but they're doing something different that they're not disclosing.

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/23/15 at 2:49 PM by qursan

Intel is a poor player in the Architecture field. It certainly produced one of the most successful CPU architectures in the industry (besides the ARM). However, it always relied on its circuit design and semiconductor strength to improve performance. A si…


Posted on 06/23/15 at 12:30 PM by MistyMcGarr

So thinner copper is able to be etched like aluminum but the thicker copper of yesterday was not? What gas are you using to etch the copper today? According to you can etch AL but not CU?

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/23/15 at 12:14 PM by TotallyLost

There isn't a "one size fits all solution", and this is where it's going to get really fun.

Over the last decade accelerated math FPGA's ended up with a large number of DSP IP blocks optimized for certain FFT and matrix operations.

Network and perip…

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You'll get way more out of your Xilinx Zynq or Altera SoC device if you have a smooth design flow from MATLAB and Simulink. Luckily, MathWorks has already thought of that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about Model-Based Design for this new powerful class of programmable devices.

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4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Designing the analog front end for any project can be a time-consuming engineering task. And, without a lot of analog expertise, many of us will face some tricky engineering challenges. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about a new analog front end (AFE) that both simplifies and improves the design of many analog front ends.

Massive DDR4 Memory Bandwidth with Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs

As FPGA designers, we are always looking for the maximum performance and flexibility in our designs. But, commodity DDR3 memory can be a bottleneck in many systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen of Xilinx about the amazing performance you can get combining DDR4 with Xilinx FPGAs.

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