More Multiply-Accumulate Operations Everywhere


Geoff Tate, CEO of Flex Logix, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about how to build programmable edge inferencing chips, embedded FPGAs, where the markets are developing for both, and how the picture will change over the next few years. SE: What do you have to think about when you're designing a programmable inferencing chip? Tate: With a traditional FPGA architecture you ha... » read more

Low Ripple Notch Filter Designs Using Apodized Thickness Modulation


An apodized discrete layer thickness design method for notch filters is presented. The method produces error tolerant designs with low ripple in the pass band regions without any additional numerical optimization. Sample designs are presented. Multiple approaches have been used in the past for producing notch filters (also called minus filters). The two main approaches can be grouped into ru... » read more

Using Analog For AI


If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. But development of artificial intelligence (AI) applications and the compute platforms for them may be overlooking an alternative technology—analog. The semiconductor industry has a firm understanding of digital electronics and has been very successful making it scale. It is predictable, has good yield, and while every de... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto


Internet of Things Is Google developing a Pixel Watch wearable? Perhaps, if recent job listings are any indication. The company recently was looking to hire someone as vice president of hardware engineering, wearables. Last month, Fossil Group sold smartwatch technology intellectual property to Google for $40 million, while Google hired certain members of Fossil’s wearables R&D team. ... » read more

Digital Signal Processing for Frequency-Modulated Continuous Wave RADARs


RADAR, LiDAR and vision systems play a critical role in enabling advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD). The automotive ADAS markets are forecast to grow at high rates in the upcoming years, with increasing requirements and system implementation complexity. This paper provides an overview of RADAR technology as used in ADAS applications, including a summary of the... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: March 10


Simulated memories Resistance-switching cells hold promise as a faster, higher capacity, lower power replacement for current non-volatile memory. Yet "the mechanisms that govern their remarkable properties have been poorly understood, limiting our ability to assess the ultimate performance and potential for commercialization," said Alejandro Strachan, professor of materials engineering at Pu... » read more