• The Canonical Hamiltonian

    The Canonical Hamiltonian

    Metric Are… Everywhere
    Published. September 30, 2014

    I’m taking a class on academic writing this semester.  It’s been quite the experience.  For the most part, the class is populated with social science majors.  Attending class each week is like taking a dip in a refreshing cold stream after the clinical dryness of my usual physics and engineering activities.  For class, we’re required [...]...

  • JB’s Circuit

    JB’s Circuit

    Soft (Hardware) and Software IP Rule the IoT
    Published. September 2, 2014

    Will soft (hardware) and software IP dominate the IoT market? Experts from IPExtreme, Atmel, GarySmithEDA, Semico Research and Jama Software respond....

  • Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    Eye diagrams don’t lie: ReDrivers, before and after
    Published. August 21, 2014

    USB, HDMI, or analog signals degrade to mush over long signal traces or cables; check out these “before and after” videos for proof. Note: this particular blog posting is sponsored by Pericom Semiconductor. I’ve been writing about Pericom Semiconductor’s signal … Continue reading →...

  • Chipnastics


    Server system-on-chips pack up to 48 64-bit ARM cores
    Published. June 19, 2014

    Targeting secure cloud servers, storage servers, compute servers, and data-plane applications, the ThunderX series of multicore SoCs deliver power-efficient computing solutions Dave Bursky Semiconductor Technology Editor Multicore processors based on x86 cores are a very common choice for servers and for handling packets in data-networking applications. Although x86-based servers command most of the IT market, [...]...

  • EmbeddedPC


    Don’t get tied up in knots with your cables!
    Published. September 28, 2011

    It always seems like it’s the little things that often cause the most problems with your embedded system.  The more I work with electronic systems, the more respect and care I have developed for cables and interconnect systems.  This goes … Continue reading →...

  • Iconic Embedded

    Iconic Embedded

    Attack of the Spamming Refrigerator
    Published. April 17, 2014

    Updated 4-24-14: Added hotlinks Internet of Things Devices –including appliances–gets hacked and starts spamming your friends. As the Internet of Things takes off and an increasing array of devices are connected to the Internet, malware, viruses and hackers will inevitably follow. Smart appliances are arriving in our homes and with them, so has the first [...]...

  • Nick MacKechnie-Stuck somewhere between family life and IT...

    Nick MacKechnie-Stuck somewhere between family life and IT...

    nickmac@microsoft is EOL as at 21/03/14 NZDST
    Published. March 20, 2014

    Hi All, Thanks so much for all of your support, feedback and interactions since 2002 -  It's been a blast! Signing off, Cheers, Nick....

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon

    Haswell Integrated Power Supplies – A Big Deal for Embedded Systems
    Published. February 17, 2014

    The voltage problem has gotten so bad that it’s not unusual to have 10 or more different voltages on a board, each requiring their own power supply. Intel’s Haswell has a creative solution. To me, embedded computing is an exciting field to be involved in that’s full of interesting applications and constant innovation.  In this […]...

  • The Perils of Parallel

    The Perils of Parallel

    Intel Xeon Phi Announcement (& me)
    Published. November 24, 2013

    1. No, I’m not dead. Not even sick. Been a long time since a post. More on this at the end.2. So, Intel has finally announced a product ancestrally based on the long-ago Larrabee. The architecture became known as MIC (Many Integrated Cores), development vehicles were named after tiny towns (Knights Corner/Knights Ferry – one was to be the product, but I could never keep them straight), and the final product is to be known as the Xeon Phi.Why Phi? I don’t know. Maybe it’s the start of a convention...

  • Pallab's Place

    Pallab's Place

    EUV and eBeam at SPIE ADV Litho 2013
    Published. March 1, 2013

    While the main manufacturing flows are still focusing on optical lithography, eBeam and EUV are still making progress on advancements waiting for their chance in the main flow of the fab line. EUV is still working on power and throughput. A challenge for the industry is the dual sided consolidation for the advanced node development. [...]...

  • Domeika’s Dilemma

    Domeika’s Dilemma

    My Summer Vacation
    Published. September 28, 2010

    Blogging has been something that slipped off my radar for the past year. Here’s a reboot to see if I can get this going again. I’ll start with where my brain has been the past 9 months. Once I have this out, the plan is to start blogging about my thoughts on industry happenings, needs, [...]...

  • Wizards of Electromagnetism

    Wizards of Electromagnetism

    My Interview on EE Web
    Published. December 8, 2011

    Interview with me, Colin Warwick, at EE Web...

  • Hardware/Firmware Interfacings

    Hardware/Firmware Interfacings

    Why Trust your Chip Success to an Afterthought?
    Published. February 17, 2011

    At a recent DesignCon, I attended the panel, “The Same Chip Killers Keep Delaying Your Schedules – What Are You Doing About It?” consisting of Ed Sperling (Moderator/System-Level Design), John Busco (NVIDIA), Ravi Damaraju (Juniper Networks), Ramon Macias (NetLogic Microsystems), Sunil Malkani (Broadcom), and Bernard Murphy (Atrenta Inc). I saw two common themes that I have [...]...

  • Discourse on Embedded Signal Processing

    Discourse on Embedded Signal Processing

    DSPBridge Open Source DSP Development On OMAP
    Published. December 3, 2011

    The DSPBridge project allows open-source developers to use the OMAP processor’s on-chip DSP with embedded Linux. The DSP support is configured as a device driver when compiling the kernel, for details see the DSPBridge Project WIKI page on  Sample code is included that demonstrate common tasks.  There are a few articles on DSPBridge for [...]...

  • RF/Microwave Tracker

    RF/Microwave Tracker

    Teardown Signals Transition from GaAs to CMOS Power Amplifiers In 3G Handsets
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Although, working CMOS based 3G RF power amplifiers (PAs) were demonstrated several years ago, the transition from 2G to 3G handsets has not been that easy for CMOS. Concerns over performance have severely limited its progression in the 3G space. … Continue reading →...

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