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Exploring a Parallel Universe—It’s Coming to a Design Near You

Moore’s law has finally started to taper off but demand for performance has not. In response, the industry seems to have committed itself to a path of multicore processors and their bigger, bulkier cousins on steroids: the heterogeneous multicore systems. This path could profoundly change the landscape for software developers, but there has been little […]

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Kumar Venkatramani, VP Business Development, Silexica Inc.

In Pursuit of Power

It is no news that power design for modern systems is hard. The escalating demands of advanced chips—huge bursts of current, multidecade operating ranges, fast transients, and digital mode controls—have turned supplying power at the point-of-load (PoL) from an exercise in arithmetic into an adventure in high-bandwidth mixed-signal design. Looking in the opposite direction, pressure […]

CATEGORIES : Power Solutions/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Helping Out Reality

One day was a summer day like any other summer day. The next, everything had changed. Like swarms, like zombies they came, walking randomly in public places, staring lost into their smart phones, growing increasingly agitated. And then, just as suddenly, they were gone. Pokemon Go had swept across our town, another little dot on […]

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Blockchains Unchained

It first came to our attention as the plausible-sounding but obscure data structure that made Bitcoin unhackable. Then some people lost a lot of money in attacks on Bitcoin exchanges. But before the cyberspace version of yellow crime-scene tape could come down, blockchain was back. Exonerated for the bitcoin fiascos, blockchains were now being researched […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Is that Drone the Sound of Progress?

By now, thanks to the attentions of marketing writers and news reporters, the word “drone” is overloaded with meanings. Let’s set aside traditional senses: a low-frequency, continuous sound; a male bee; an unsounded string on a musical instrument. We are interested in aircraft. Somehow in the mid-20th century the military began calling unmanned target aircraft […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson