Robotics for You and Me

Element14 Raises the Robot Bar

by Amelia Dalton

You scream, I scream, we all scream for…ROBOTS! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the GertBOT, a new robotics add-on board for Raspberry Pi recently released by Element 14. I’ve got Sagar Jethani with me to tell you about the powerful capabilities of this new expansion board. Sagar and I also explore the correlation between guitar playing and engineering, and why Eddie Van Halen is called "the Edison of guitar players.” Then, in keeping with our spirit of innovation and musical invention, I explore a new Etsy product that hopes to usher in a new generation of mixtapes.  Read More

Industry News

April 17, 2015

u-blox tiny surface-mount GNSS global positioning module supports all satellites and concurrent operation

TE Connectivity’s F-Spring Contact FASTON Terminal Combines Low Insertion Force With High Performance

INTEGRITY Security Services (ISS) Chooses Security Innovation as the Strategic Security Partner for “Connected Cars”

April 16, 2015

Microchip Introduces EtherCAT® Slave Controller With Integrated PHYs for Industrial Ethernet and Internet of Things Applications

Renesas Electronics Introduces Development Environment that Increases the Performance of Systems Based on RL78 Family of Microcontrollers

April 15, 2015

Avnet Announces Winners of 10th Annual Avnet Tech Games

EnSilica launches eSi-3260 processor core with comprehensive SIMD DSP extensions targeting IoT sensing nodes and always-on applications

Cypress Enables Fast and Easy Bluetooth Low Energy Connectivity With Fully-Certified, Small-Form-Factor Bluetooth Smart Module

Infineon Drives Advancement of Networked Industrial Automation: New XMC4800 Microcontrollers with EtherCAT® Technology Support Industry 4.0

60V Dual Output Synchronous Step-Down Controller with Adjustable 5V to 10V Gate Drive Draws Only 29µA in Standby

ams’ unveils specialty sensor technology portfolio optimized for IoT applications

April 14, 2015

High-Temperature, Flexible Splice Kits Help Deliver Environmental and EMI Protection

MAZeT Presents Complex User-Specific Embedded Systems – More than just Standard Technology

New Molex High-Speed Low-Loss Flex Circuit Assemblies Deploy DuPont™ Pyralux® TK Flexible Circuit Material

BMW Implements Microchip’s MOST® Technology to Power New BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Model’s Infotainment System

Richland Technologies Announces Safety-Critical OpenGL Graphics Drivers Supporting Advanced Multicore Processing Capabilities of Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY-178 tuMP Real-Time Operating System

World's first fully integrated NFC & EPC Gen2V2 dual-frequency RFID solution from EM Microelectronic

April 13, 2015

Evaluate Industrial Sensors Faster With First Quad IO-LINK® Master Reference Design

QuickLogic Introduces New ArcticLink 3 S2 LP - Lowest Power Programmable Sensor Hub in the Industry

Wind River and MathWorks Integrate Leading Simulation Technologies for Advanced Model-Based Design

Microchip Releases New Multizone Technology for Whole-Home-Audio and Multi-Room Applications Based on the JukeBlox® Platform

Solar-powered SmartMesh IP wireless networks enable maintenance-free Internet of Things

April 10, 2015

TE Connectivity Adds Wire-to-Board Headers to Its Power Triple Lock Connector Family

Altera to Demonstrate Ultra HD End-to-End Solutions at NAB 2015

April 09, 2015

Xilinx All Programmable Devices Enable Blackmagic Design to Develop Complete 4K Camera Systems on Chip

Latest Ossia breakthrough adapts existing antenna circuitry to make it easy, fast and affordable for OEMs to add remote wireless power to all Wi-Fi or Bluetooth equipped devices

Ideal Power – the “Design Engineer Friendly” source for External Power Supplies

Molex Lead-Free EON Compliant Pin Technology Delivers PCB Assembly Savings

News Archive

ARTEMIS is Dead – Long Live ECSEL

The changing role of European Funding for Embedded Systems R&D

by Dick Selwood

A Dialog with Imagination

Two Companies Want You to Wear Their Chips

by Jim Turley

FPGAs in Space

Microsemi Launches New Space-bound Family

by Kevin Morris

Revamped Digital IC Flow

Cadence Launches Innovus

by Bryon Moyer

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editors' blog

AMD Pulls the Plug on SeaMicro

posted by Jim Turley

Three years after spending $334 million to acquire SeaMicro, AMD has shuttered the entire unit and killed off the brand name and all of its products. (Yesterday)

Getting Onto the IoT

posted by Bryon Moyer

The barriers to entry into the Internet of Things can be steep – especially if you’re a small company. Kits and platforms can simplify things. (16-Apr)

Optimizing at the Cellphone Antenna

posted by Bryon Moyer

Imec presented some results at ISSCC that sounded at first blush like a MEMS topic we’ve discussed before. Turns out it’s not quite that simple. (14-Apr)

Intel Altera Deal Off?

posted by Kevin Morris

Multiple financial news sources are reporting today that talks between Intel and Altera have ended... (9-Apr)

Switching Power Supplies Revamped

posted by Bryon Moyer

Semitrex says it has a new, more efficient, lower-power, easier way to do power supplies. (7-Apr)

Editors' Blog Archive



Instruments for the Black-Turtleneck Crowd

Posted on 04/18/15 at 9:26 AM by MartinKing

Somewhat blinkered view of how great the software is though sad Sadly the releases are generally only ever BETA releases with minor cosmetic changes and bug fixes, never any major feature implementations. The software is useless for reverse engineering un…

At Least This Time It Was OUR OWN Barbarians

Posted on 04/16/15 at 12:29 PM by TotallyLost

The "Holy Shit" is every flaw/backdoor they use, will be reverse engineered and directed against us. And our home team isn't helping close those newly discovered back doors (attack vectors) to protect us.

4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Posted on 04/15/15 at 2:15 PM by rseedle

Where is the white paper on the 4-Channel Analog Front End Solution ?


Intel Altera Deal Off?

Posted on 04/14/15 at 4:28 PM by TotallyLost

For the reason's posted under "Intel Plus Altera
What Would it Mean?" ... Intel simply doesn't need Altera, or Xilinx IP.

Everything that is important they will need to engineer themselves anyway, and that isn't very much. A co-processor FPGA fabric i…

Intel Plus Altera

Posted on 04/14/15 at 3:37 PM by TotallyLost

Actually, an excellent highly optimized co-processor FPGA for software algorithms is a very different beast than your typical Xilinx or Altera FPGA. It's doesn't need IO's, other than a clean coherent L2 cache interface, and some mailbox interrupts in bot…

The Vision Thing

Posted on 04/14/15 at 3:10 PM by rcousins

Thanks for the article, Jim. It's especially exciting to see what companies like Xilinx are doing with embedded vision in the area of SoCs and accelerating image processing algorithms via hardware. With the growth of expectations and features common to mo…

Revamped Digital IC Flow

Posted on 04/13/15 at 10:41 AM by bmoyer

What are your concerns about next-gen digital design? Does Innovus address them?

Put an FPGA IN It

Posted on 04/09/15 at 9:10 PM by garydpdx

A French company called Menta has a similar technology, an FPGA as IP block in an ASIC.

Intel Plus Altera

Posted on 04/09/15 at 5:09 PM by kleinman

And yet MULTIPLE buyers bid ALTR up 3% today. The stock market could be dead wrong; today's reaction isn't what one would expect to see based on the latest rumor.

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Scripted Flows in Vivado Design Suite

When you're using a new tool for the first time, a good GUI is great to have, but once you're up and running and automating a complex design process, scripted flows offer a much more powerful means of controlling your tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ron Plyler of Xilinx explore scripted flows in the Vivado design suite.

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.

Static Timing Analysis and Constraint Validation

Before you can even think about timing closure in your FPGA design, you have to set up timing constraints. But, being sure that you have the right constraints can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ron Plyler of Xilinx about some powerful new ways to set up and validate timing constraints on your way to timing closure with Xilinx's Vivado tool suite.

Vivado IP Integrator

Even the best "plug and play" IP blocks are far from fool-proof. One of the most challenging aspects of IP-based design can be getting the blocks stitched together properly, making sure you have the right version of all the IP blocks, and confirming the configuration of your whole design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven about the powerful correct-by-construction automation built into the IP Integrator in Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx. IP Integrator seriously raises the bar on automation of IP-based design.

Accelerating Your Analog Output Design

Eventually, most of our designs need to control something in the real world. That means we have to bust out of our safe little digital realm, and drive some analog actuators or something similar. But, building that analog output section from scratch can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about the Analog Output Design Accelerator Kit (MAXREFDES24EVSYS), a complete platform for easy evaluation that requires no lab equipment.

Delivering Higher FPGA Utilization & Performance: UltraScale Architecture

Ever notice how hard it can be to get the full utilization that an FPGA datasheet promises? Xilinx is aiming to change all that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Darren Zacher of Xilinx about the new Ultrascale FPGA family, and how the architecture has been optimized for maximum utilization.

Architecture Matters: Three Architectural Insights for SoC FPGAs

New devices that combine the power and flexiblility of FPGAs and conventional processors on a single chip represent a breakthrough in capability. But, understanding the complex architecture of these sophisticated components requires us to look under the hood to see how the architecture fits our design requirements, and how to choose the right chip for our application. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Todd Koelling of Altera about what to look for in the architecture of your SoC FPGA.

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