Category Archives: Semiconductor

Plumbing for High Performance Computing

In this week's episode of Fish Fry, data center technology rules the roost. We can toil away at the world's greatest IoT design, embedded computer, or specialized IC - but it's the diligence of datacenter technology that holds the key to the success of our electronic design community. In this week's Fish Fry, we take a closer look at two different aspects of data center technology. Sachin Dhingra and I investigate a new CCIX verification IP recently rolled out by Cadence that hopes to ease data center interconnect bottlenecks. We also check out IBM's world record-breaking magnetic tape storage announcement and examine why it makes makes tape competitive for cloud storage.
 
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Links for August 11, 2017
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New Layers of Complexity

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we get to have our functional safety verification cake and eat it too! We’re talking about one of my all-time favorite subjects: cars! Fish Fry welcomes Sanjay Pillay (CEO of Austemper) to talk about functional safety in the world of SoCs and ASICs, how to tackle fault injection campaigns, and the future of the verification of autonomous cars. Keeping with our automotive theme this week, we also discuss the details of element14’s new IoT on Wheels’ Design Challenge.

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Links for July 28, 2017

More information about Austemper Design

More information about element14's IoT on Wheels Design Challenge

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Heavy Lifting Hardware

It’s time to break out your barbells, chalk powder and protein shakes, because we're going to be doing some serious heavy lifting in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Instead of letting our biceps and triceps do all the work, how about we pull in some heavy-duty hardware to help us out? First up, we bring in Lisa Minwell from eSilicon who joins us to chat about the high-performance computing demands we need to consider when designing for the Cloud and the details of eSilicon’s 14LPP IP Platform. Next, we’ve got Steve Mensor from Achronix who brings us the goods on FPGAs in the high-performance market and why your FPGAs are only as good as their software support tools. Also this week, we check out a new Kickstarter campaign called of the BitNation Space Agency that hopes to develop the world’s first international, decentralized, and open source Space Agency.

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Links for July 21, 2017

More information about eSilicon

More information about Achronix

Kickstarter Corner: The BitNation Space Agency

New Episode of Chalk Talk: MAXQ1061: A Turnkey Solution for Embedded Systems Security

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Scaling the Analytic Mountains

It’s coming. He knows it is. It’s only a matter of time before it buries him. His story is not unique. It’s been played out in our industry over and over again. He’s suffering from BUAMODS - or - Buried Under A Mountain Of Data Syndrome. But what’s the cure for this ailment? How do we dig ourselves out from underneath this mountain of analytics?  In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we strike at the very heart of this issue. Dr David Fried (CTO - Coventor) joins us to discuss how big analytics are changing the course of the semiconductor industry. We talk about the value of process variant experiments and how process modeling will affect the future of advanced 3-D technologies. Also this week, we check out a new 3-D prototype chip from MIT and Stanford University that combines data storage and computing in a single chip with a little help from multiple nanotechnologies. 

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Links for July 14, 2017

More information about Coventor

Coventor Announces SEMulator3D 6.1 and New Analytics Capabilities

New 3-D chip combines computing and data storage

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?

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Driving Toward Functionality

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the world of formal verification. Dave Kelf (OneSpin) joins us to discuss the mechanics of systematic verification and random verification and why automotive and other safety-critical applications may prove to be the most effective use of formal verification yet.  We also chat about the themes found at this year’s Design Automation Conference including why Dave believes that the convergence of HLS and System-C, FPGAs, and safety-critical applications made DAC 2017 one of the most exciting conference years to date.   

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Links for July 7, 2017

More information about OpenSpin

Formal Verification Leader OneSpin Solutions Unveils its Comprehensive Safety Critical Solution for Automotive, Other Mission-Critical Applications

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Insatiable Bandwidth: Why HBM is Right For You

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Thieves at the Gate

We all know that cybersecurity, software piracy, and IP theft are becoming bigger and bigger problems in today’s semiconductor industry. But what can we do about it? Dragging our heels and pretending that it’s not a problem isn’t really working out so well, and those cyber thieves are only getting more sophisticated. In this week’s Fish Fry, we welcome Ted Miracco (CEO of SmartFlow Compliance Solutions) and David Locke Hall, author of Crack 99 - The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate. We investigate what the semiconductor industry can do to help stem the rising tide of Intellectual property theft on a global scale. Also this week, we take a closer look at Qualcomm’s new advanced fingerprint scanning and authentication technology.

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Links for June 30, 2017

More information about SmartFlow Compliance Solutions

DAC Panel: Your Intellectual Property Has Been Stolen—Now What? How the Semiconductor Industry Can Combat This Global Problem

More information about "Crack 99 - The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate" by David Locke Hall

Qualcomm Announces Advanced Fingerprint Scanning and Authentication Technology (Press Release)

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Design Automation for Fun and Profit (But Mostly Fun)

If you have attended the Design Automation Conference in the last couple years, you will know that the scope of this event reaches far beyond your standard EDA tools of years past. Sure, we’re still talking about design automation software, but now there’s a whole slew of IP vendors (and their software compatriots), IC packaging companies, embedded FPGA fabric distributors, and more. This week’s episode of Fish Fry is going to be no different. We’re doing a little soup to nuts -  DAC style.  First, we discuss RTL verification with John Molyneux (President of Blue Pearl Software). Next, we get into embedding FPGA fabric as IP with Owen Bateman (Quicklogic). Lastly, we talk about the newest advancements in IC packaging with John Park (Cadence Design Systems).

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Links for June 23, 2017

More information about the 2017 Design Automation Conference

More information about Blue Pearl Software

More information about QuickLogic

More information about Cadence Design Systems Virtuoso XXX

 

 

 

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Neural Networks and You

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re diving deep into the world of neural networks. Pulin Desai (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss the future of implementation of neural networks in embedded systems and how the constantly evolving market of neural networking is driving the need for specialized DSP technology. Also this week, we take a closer look at a colorful new experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane that brought together AI, 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors (along with their RGB values) and one interesting list of neural network-created colors.

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Links for June 2, 2017

Cadence Unveils Industry’s First Neural Network DSP IP for Automotive, Surveillance, Drone and Mobile Markets

More information about Cadence® Tensilica® C5 Vision DSP IP

New paint colors invented by neural network (Janelle Shane)

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The V2V Clock is Ticking

The clock is ticking. The time to design in the next generation of vehicle-to-vehicle communication is now. In this week’s Fish Fry, we navigate through the twists and turns that V2V communications have in store for us. My guest Kim Rubin and I discuss how the issues surrounding security, privacy, and accuracy are going to be crucial to widespread V2V implementation in the next couple years. Keeping on track with our vehicular theme this week, we also check out new self-repairing asphalt technology (from Delft University in the Netherlands) that could charge our electric cars and fix our pothole problems at the same time. 

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Links for May 12, 2017

More information about Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Implementation (NHTSA)

Have scientists discovered the cure for potholes? (Article)

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Electromagnetic Domination

What has the electromagnetic spectrum done for you lately? I’m guessing not a lot. But it can. In this week’s Fish Fry, I sit down with Hayden Nelson (Abaco) and discuss the future of electronic warfare. Hayden reveals the what, where, and how of cognitive electronic warfare, how spectral allocation in wireless communication can be a battlefield game-changer, and why open standards are critical to the evolution of warfare communication technologies. Also this week, we check out a funny story coming out of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that involves five incarcerated cyber criminals, unauthorized network access, and two kluged together personal computers found in the ceiling of a prison.

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Links for April 21, 2017

More information about Abaco

Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

New Episode of Chalk Talk: ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ -- The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards

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