Maybe It’s Time to Go Custom

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

You could substantially increase the performance of your system with one little change. Or you could take a big bite out of energy consumption. Or you could greatly strengthen the security of your system. All with one little change of habit. If you are a car or bicycle enthusiast, you probably pay attention to custom […]

Power and Complexity: Welcome to AMP

CATEGORIES : All, Embedded system, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) is on the short list to be the technology acronym of the year for 2016. But what is it, exactly, and why would you want any? More usefully, what are the considerations and challenges in implementing AMP in an embedded system? Let’s begin with definitions. A symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) system is one […]

Neural Networks and the Rings of Power

CATEGORIES : All, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

In the dark world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the Dark Lord commanded the creation of a set of golden rings that embodied and projected his power. One in particular (Figure 1) held power over the others, with the ability to find them and bring them together. Figure 1. One ring ruled all the […]

It’s Alive! The Miraculous Resurrection of Artificial Intelligence

CATEGORIES : All, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

In late January the computing world passed—mostly without notice—two remarkable milestones. One marked the end of a beginning: Marvin Minsky, a pioneer and guiding light of artificial intelligence (AI) died. The other standing stone marked a beginning, perhaps of a new era. Only days after Minsky’s death, an article in the magazine Nature reported that […]

Hardware Acceleration for Embedded Computing

CATEGORIES : All, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

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 […]