The FinFET Revolution is Changing Computer Architecture

The arrival of FinFETs, starting in the 20 nm CMOS logic process node, has been justly credited with saving Moore’s Law. Just as our ability to continue scaling planar MOSFETs began to come apart, the FinFET’s vastly superior channel control came to the rescue, taming leakage currents and opening the way to continued voltage scaling. […]


Sorting Out Embedded Vision Systems

Papers at this year’s Embedded Vision Summit suggested the vast range of ways that embedded systems can employ focused light as an input, and the even vaster range of algorithms and hardware implementations they require to render that input useful. Applications range from simple, static machine vision to classification and interpretation of real-time, multi-camera video. […]

CATEGORIES : System Architecture, Uncategorized/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Subsystem IP: The Implications Reach Beyond the Chip

Subsystem IP: The Implications Reach Beyond the Chip

The appearance of subsystem-scale intellectual property (subsystem IP) cores a few years ago triggered a glacial shift in system-on-a-chip (SoC) design: slow, inexorable, but shoving before it a mound of unintended consequences. As cell-based SoCs and even FPGAs incorporating subsystem IP appear in real systems, we are seeing that those consequences extend even beyond the […]

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Rethinking the Internet of Things

As the Internet of Things (IoT) cements itself into place as the mandatory next big thing for 2015, more systems architects are taking a hard look at its underlying concepts. As they look, these experts are asking some hard questions about simplistic views of the IoT structure: the clouds of sensors and actuators attached to […]

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

OK, 4K Ultra-High Definition TV, Where is My Content?

You lusted after the early demonstration units. You watched with growing anticipation as more vendors announced products. As prices began to fall, you laid your plans. And then at the perfect moment, you pounced! A 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) TV, with a screen the size of a dining table, a two-page list of features, and […]

CATEGORIES : Broadcast, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson