5G: Can You Hear Me Now?

CATEGORIES : IoT, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

The first 5G silicon has been announced. 5G network field trials are underway. The next generation of wireless everything is just about ready. Maybe. If you listen to other voices, standards groups are still wrestling with important technical issues. Big questions—small cells or large, smart base stations or streamlined ones, centralized computing or distributed—still hang […]

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

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

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 […]

In Pursuit of Power

CATEGORIES : Power Solutions/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

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 […]

Helping Out Reality

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

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 […]

Blockchains Unchained

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

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 […]