Reconfigurable AI Building Blocks For SoCs And MCUs


FPGA chips are in use in many AI applications today, including Cloud datacenters. Embedded FPGA (eFPGA) is now becoming used for AI applications as well. Our first public customer doing AI with EFLX eFPGA is Harvard University, who will present a paper at Hot Chips August 20th on Edge AI processing using EFLX: "A 16nm SoC with Efficient and Flexible DNN Acceleration for Intelligent IoT Devi... » read more

Security Gap Grows


There is far more talk about security in designs these days, and far more security features being added into chips and systems. So why isn't it making a dent in the number of cyberattacks? According to the Online Trust Alliance, there were 159,700 cyber incidents in 2017 around the globe. But the group notes that because most incidents are not reported, the real number could be twice as lar... » read more

Flexibility A Key For Future Cars


First, a bit of eye candy seen in IC Manage’s booth at the recent Design Automation Conference in San Francisco. The McLaren P1 GTR. It was impossible not to stop and drool over this gorgeous, non-street-legal racecar, where all bets are off when it comes to following safety and reliability specifications. [caption id="attachment_24135661" align="alignleft" width="300"] Source: Dean Dra... » read more

Self-Driving Hits The Safety Reset Button


All of a sudden the autonomous future is looking a bit more uncertain, which is somewhat surprising given what tech and auto boosters have been saying for years now — namely, that self-driving cars are “just around the corner.” (Google that phrase to see just how often they’ve been saying it. Even the starchy Economist trumpets this very meme.) The American Center for Mobility (ACM... » read more

Still Waiting For Autonomous Vehicles


To better understand the challenges ahead for fully autonomous vehicles, research teams over the last few decades have attempted to automate the process of driving. But early successes have not yet given us truly autonomous vehicles. Why? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) created the first autonomous vehicle in 1984. This limited-use autonomous vehicle could drive on- and... » read more

HD Video Comes To Entry-Level Drones


The consumer drone market has expanded greatly over the last few years, with almost 3 million units shipped during 2017. This upward trend is likely to continue. Analyst firm Statista forecasts that the commercial drone business will be worth $6.4 billion annually by 2020, while Global Market Insights has predicted that the worldwide drone market will grow to $17 billion (with the consumer cate... » read more

It Takes A Village To Get A Design Done


No one lacks for brilliant ideas these days. In fact, it’s a golden age of innovation. But where the pace of innovation can slow is getting that idea to market. Take for example, the case of one of S3 Semiconductors' customers.. It recently developed a custom chip solution for a company in the oil and gas industry that was creating complex valve controllers that sensed pressure and tempera... » read more

Right-Sized Security


Security is a key design consideration of any connected product. Nefarious parties can and will attempt to exploit security flaws in order to capture sensitive data, gain device control, or for a myriad of other reasons. When considering security needs and implementation in their systems, Device OEMs must balance a number of factors. Security is obviously a very important factor; however, de... » read more

The Long Pause


Carmakers are leaping over each other to roll out cars that meet SAE Level 3 requirements, whereby under some conditions drivers can let go of the steering wheel. Getting to Level 5 will take a lot longer, and there is some debate about where and even whether Level 4 will ever happen (see Fig. 1). Fig. 1: Levels of autonomy. Source: Auto Alliance There are two big gaps that need to be a... » read more

Hardware Acceleration With eFPGAs


If integrating an embedded FPGA (eFPGA) into your ASIC or SoC design strikes you as odd, it shouldn’t. ICs have been absorbing almost every component on a circuit board for decades, starting with transistors, resistors, and capacitors –– then progressing to gates, ALUs, microprocessors, and memories. FPGAs are simply one more useful component in the tool box, available for decades and ... » read more

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