Simplifying Ultra-Low Power System Design


By Paul Hill and Gordon MacNee With any low-power design, the designer has the choice between choosing low-power components or switching off the power to peripheral devices. When considering the choice of non-volatile flash memories, the designer has these same two options available to them – each of which has its pros and cons from system operation, power consumption and reliability persp... » read more

Making Outdoor Lighting More Efficient, Safe, and Affordable With Open-Standard Control Networking Technology


By Echelon (Adesto) Modern commercial outdoor lighting systems are being asked to do more than ever before. In addition to fulfilling their primary purpose of casting light onto dark roadways, parking areas, and public spaces, outdoor lighting systems are increasingly evaluated for how well they reduce energy consumption, improve safety for both pedestrians and drivers, and serve as the founda... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Synopsys will acquire QTronic GmbH, a provider of simulation, test tools, and services for automotive software and systems development. Based in Germany, QTronic was founded in 2006 and makes a virtual ECU platform as well as a test automation solution with test case generator. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. VeriSilicon uncorked VIP9000, a highly scalable and programmable processor fo... » read more

Building Automation And Industrial IoT Converge


Most of us don’t think too much about the environment where we work each day, but it takes a great deal of effort behind the scenes to make people feel physically comfortable. Building Automation Systems (BAS) are at the heart of the facilities where we spend eight (or more) hours a day, and are designed to centralize control of the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, eleva... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


CEVA acquired the Hillcrest Labs business from InterDigital. Hillcrest Labs supplies software and components for sensor processing in consumer and IoT devices. Hillcrest Labs' MotionEngine sensor processing software already runs on CEVA DSPs (as well as ARM and RISC-V cores) and enables high accuracy 6-axis and 9-axis sensor fusion, dynamic sensor calibration, and application specific features ... » read more

Using Memory Differently To Boost Speed


Boosting memory performance to handle a rising flood of data is driving chipmakers to explore new memory types and different ways of using existing memory, but it also is creating some complex new challenges. For most of the semiconductor design industry, memory has been a non-issue for the past couple of decades. The main concerns were price and size, but memory makers have been more than a... » read more

Memory In Microcontrollers


Gideon Intrater, CTO of Adesto, talks about how to use microcontrollers for applications where more memory is required, such as automotive, communication, and AI at the edge. Options include moving MCUs toward a more aggressive process node, adding external non-volatile memory, and execute-in-place types of architectures. » read more

Using Technology To Improve Beer And Wine


For those people who enjoy a glass of Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pilsner, you know that the temperature of that beverage is key to its enjoyment. Serve a red wine too chilled, and it ruins the flavor. And let’s not even get into the flavor of a warm lager. If you’re curious about how temperature affects the flavor of wine, check out this short and entertaining video from Wine Folly. Ask... » read more

Wrestling With High-Speed SerDes


SerDes has emerged as the primary solution in chips where there is a need for fast data movement and limited I/O, but this technology is becoming significantly more challenging to work with as speeds continue to rise to offset the massive increase in data. A Serializer/Deserializer is used to convert parallel data into serial data, allowing designers to speed up data communication without h... » read more

Resetting Serial Memory When A System Failure Occurs


Stability is an important consideration in embedded design, but electronic systems can suffer malfunctions triggered by a myriad of root causes. These include poor signal integrity, power spikes, software errors, and erroneous user interaction, just to name a few. These anomalies, in turn, can lead to inconsistent system operation or can even cause the system to hang. Although the list of po... » read more

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