The IoT Becomes the Web of Things

Drawn by the scent of huge revenues, great powers are converging on the Internet of Things (IoT). From far up the supply chain semiconductor companies are setting in motion the myriad hardware pieces—tiny microcontroller units (MCUs) for Things, energy-efficient SoCs for hubs, and powerful accelerators for cloud data centers—that will underlie the IoT. From the […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

System on Chip, or System on Chips: The Many Paths to Integration

System on chip means putting everything you can on one die. Only lack of technology, major process incompatibility, or physically running out of real estate have seemed valid excuses for taking a multi-die approach to integration. But these ideas are ending. Today new options, including lower-cost multi-die packaging, novel uses of high-speed serial transceivers, and […]


Hardware Acceleration for Embedded Computing

The Hot Chips conference for 2015 has come and gone, leaving us with a snapshot of some of the best contemporary thinking on silicon architectures. And while the scope of this year’s conference was wide—from wearables to supercomputers—a handful of papers, taken together, sketched out a strategy for the near future of embedded computing. Why […]

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Flash Upends the Data Center

Perhaps you could call it a tipping point. For years the increasing density of flash memory chips has meant more room for media on smart phones, cameras, and media players. And far more powerful flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) have enabled new tablet and notebook computers, and have begun quietly appearing in data centers. But suddenly […]


That Robot is Eating My Hardware Budget!

With quiet efficiency the robots are taking over—and it is already too late to stop them. No, this isn’t another scary story about the robot apocalypse. It is about a threat to the hardware budget and the schedule on your next design. And though you can’t impede technology shifts, you can anticipate their impacts. The […]

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson