Differentiation versus Diversity

Tilera’s Acquisition Means One Less CPU Company

by Jim Turley

Once there was a time when every company had its own unique CPU architecture. Then there was a time when pretty much everyone used the same CPU architecture. Guess which era we’re living in now.

Actually, we’ve experienced both of those extremes multiple times. We have a makings of an industry cycle here. Really early computer companies (Burroughs, National Cash Register, Amdahl, International Business Machines, Data General, Digital Equipment Corporation, etc.) each invented and supported its own proprietary computer architecture. Each processor was implemented in discrete logic and occupied an entire printed-circuit board. Probably several boards, in fact. Software had no commonality at all. IBM machines couldn’t run any DEC software, which didn’t understand NCR code, which was incompatible with DG equipment, and so on.  Read More


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Mouser Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Eurotech, an Intel IoT Solutions Alliance Member

September 16, 2014

TI makes wide VIN power supply design easier with synchronous SIMPLE SWITCHER® DC/DC regulators

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Major Taiwanese DMS Company Pegatron Establishes New PCB Design Flow through Technical Cooperation with Zuken

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eSOL Adapts their Many-core OS to the Autonomous Driving Technology Platform

Saelig Debuts Packet-Master 'USB Power Delivery' Testers

September 15, 2014

Altera FPGAs Enable Dolby Vision for Ultra-HD TVs

GreenPeak introduces powerful Remote Control technology for Entertainment, Smart Home and Internet of Everything applications

Elmos Selects Synopsys' Custom and Digital Design Solutions

New 100V Transistors from STMicroelectronics Drive Greater Power Efficiency in Automotive Applications

Adeneo Embedded Provides Software Support and Services for Altera ARM-based SoC FPGAs

September 12, 2014

Wipro Accelerates SoC Verification with Synopsys Verification IP Portfolio

Altera Demonstrates Advanced SMPTE Solutions for IP-Based UHD Infrastructure at IBC 2014

Broadcom Announces Industry's First Global Navigation and Sensor Hub Combo Chip

September 11, 2014

Get the Rugged Infineon XMC1000 Industrial MCUs In Stock at Mouser

Matrox Unveils Quad and Six-Head PCI Express Graphics Cards

Keysight Technologies Introduces 65-GSa/s High-Speed Arbitrary Waveform Generator

STMicroelectronics to Offer Reference Implementation of Frog by Wyplay Middleware for All Its ARM® Set-Top-Box SoCs

TI empowers manufacturers with ecosystem of digital power developers

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Be a Better Programmer

Posted on 09/17/14 at 12:56 AM by juergenuk

juergenuk
Programmers put the bugs in. So they should get help where possible with tools and training to minimize. One way is to have a very rigid structure across the whole group.
On LinkedIN there was an interesting discussion, and some said: I want my programmi…

There’s a Processor in My FPGA!

Posted on 09/16/14 at 2:35 PM by SteveCasselman

Altera's OpenCL SDK allows software programmers to use the FPGA's fabric as easily as they use the processor cores. The same code that runs on an SoC also runs on the largest parts. Altera is also committed to having an SoC in each family so the Stratix 1…

Go-Fast FPGA Design

Posted on 09/16/14 at 1:23 PM by gabor@alacron.com

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I'd add "Make room for heatsinks." Especially if you're packing the whole FPGA with logic and cranking up the clock, you will need help taking the heat from the chip. I've never regretted allowing extra room for a big heatsink, including board-level mou…

Go-Fast FPGA Design

Posted on 09/16/14 at 9:43 AM by kevin

kevin
A few synthesis-specific things I neglected to mention in the article:
- Multiple synthesis tools: If you have access to more than one synthesis tool, use all of them. Even the lousy one that seems like it never works will win on some designs. The only w…

Feed It Forward (And Back)

Posted on 09/15/14 at 9:45 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about KLA-Tencor's feed-forward approach?

A Self-Sufficient Sensor Node

Posted on 09/12/14 at 5:09 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
It sounds like, for the most part, you're taking issue with the electret. If a different harvester were used with the same PMIC (assuming voltage compatibility), would that address the concerns?

While I don't want to speak entirely on Imec's behalf, my…

A Self-Sufficient Sensor Node

Posted on 09/11/14 at 2:04 PM by EnergyHarvesting

Not fully MEMS–

While the electret is MEMS, the resonant springs are far less sophisticated. These springs are relatively large/meso-scale and metal (as you would find in a hardware store). They do allow for low resonant frequencies < 100 Hz to be ob…

A Self-Sufficient Sensor Node

Posted on 09/11/14 at 11:23 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
How do you see this OMRON/Imec project comparing to other energy harvesting work being done?

Be a Better Programmer

Posted on 09/11/14 at 3:26 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
"Spend like a drunken sailor" If only. Anecdotal evidence is that even the few hundred dollars for Lint is too much. A Green Hills presentation at ESC some years ago, told of asking a programmer what would improve his life. He said a second screen for hi…

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